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Certificate III in Make-Up

National Course Code: SHB30215


The nationally accredited Certificate III in Make-Up qualifies you as a professional make-up artist. Learn advanced make-up and cosmetic techniques to create a range of looks and prime yourself for a boost to your freelance or retail career.


Through a mix of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Apply make-up and airbrushed make-up for a variety of different aesthetics and situations
  • Collaborate with industry professionals in a production setting
  • Use advanced application techniques
  • Apply essential small business skills to start your own business


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Communication skills to connect with your clients and other industry professionals
  • Customer service, collaboration and consultation skills
  • Problem solving strategies to meet client expectations


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Professional skills to work effectively as a freelance make-up artist or as part of a retail brand
  • A nationally recognised qualification at a Certificate III level
  • Strong pathways to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Freelance or retail make-up artist
  • Retail cosmetic assistant


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate III in Nail Technology
  • Certificate III in Beauty Services
  • Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy
  • Diploma of Beauty Therapy
  • Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services)
  • Advanced Diploma of Intense Pulsed Light and Laser for Hair Reduction

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • A collaborative, team player spirit
  • Confidence to communicate with people from all walks of life
  • Motivation and drive
  • Professionalism and integrity

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Case studies
  • Practical skills assessments
  • Portfolio of work that contributes toward assessments
  • Projects
  • Theory knowledge assessments

This course, the Certificate III in Make-Up, covers the foundational skills and knowledge you need in order to work in the industry.

The Certificate IV level course focuses on specialised beauty therapy areas including facials, waxing and massage.

Depending on your campus location and local partnerships with TAFE NSW, you may have the opportunity to participate in real or simulated events that take you behind the scenes in the industry.

Make-up artists are a key part of the beauty industry. From runways to editorial, the looks artists create are nothing short of transformational. As a make-up artist, you need to work as part of a broad team so it is important to have strong communication and collaboration skills in order to be successful.

When you study with TAFE NSW, you will learn these skills. From following a design brief to pre-production meetings with your team and working alongside hairdressing students to create looks for special events; you will be prepared to work collaboratively and explore your creativity in a team.

In a simulated or real workplace, youll work on tasks that enable you to gain experience in work situations that enhance your learning journey and contribute to your assessments.

This is a hands-on qualification so most of your course work will be in simulated or real world working environments. You will also have access to a computer to complete any online components of the course.

  • The Cosmetic and Toiletry Retailing industry is forecast to generate $5.0 billion in revenue and grow by an annualised 2.3% in the five years from 2019/20 to 2024/25
  • Australia is ranked in the top five world markets for sales of skin care and make-up products, with skin care sales growing around 8% per year for several years
  • Retail cosmetic assistants promote and sell beauty and cosmetic products and services in beauty and hairdressing salons and in retail outlets such as pharmacies, supermarkets and department stores
  • Retail cosmetic assistants require sales and marketing skills to promote products, and strong communication skills to offer customer-focused service, with major department stores seeking advantages in the competitive retail cosmetics market by offering hands-on cosmetics experiences for consumers with personalised services such as opportunities to sample new products prior to purchase
  • Retail cosmetics assistants will be in demand to service growing and ageing populations seeking healthy-ageing products including skin healthcare products, with growing demand for natural or certified organic ingredients
  • Employment of sales assistants (general) in New South Wales in 2019/20 is forecast to be around 163,260 jobs
  • In 2016, 30.8% of national employment of sales assistants (general) was in New South Wales

This qualification has been designed with industry to complement forecast growth in the personal care industry.

This course prepares you for success in putting your technical skills to work like designing and applying creative make-up, providing salon services, airbrush techniques, create looks for photography and other artistry as well as your interpersonal skills like client consultation, customer service and using discretion and judgment.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed

This course is superseded

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