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Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

National Course Code: SHB40115


The nationally recognised Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy refines and evolves the practical skills needed to work as a beauty therapist. Graduate with valuable industry experience to care for your clients from booking and treatment through to delivering quality aftercare and follow-up consultations.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Apply spray tan
  • Provide body massages and treatments
  • Perform lash and brow treatments
  • Complete facial treatments and skin care recommendations
  • Implement waxing services
  • Design and apply make-up
  • Provide manicure and pedicure services
  • Research and apply beauty industry information
  • Apply safe hygiene, health, and work practices


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Empathy
  • Effective communication skills
  • High levels of ethical discretion
  • An aptitude for physical therapeutic work


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate IV level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own business

Career opportunities:

  • Beauty therapist
  • Beautician
  • Beauty business owner


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Beauty Therapy
  • Advanced Diploma of Intense Pulsed Light and Laser for Hair Reduction


This course is currently available at 18 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • People skills to help clients feel comfortable and at ease
  • Strong communication skills
  • The ability to manage time effectively
  • High levels of discretion and professional integrity

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

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

The Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics is your entry level qualification. This will give you a taste of the beauty industry. This a great pre-apprenticeship course and can be completed as part of a traineeship or as a TVET course. Work in department stores, pharmacies and cosmetic counters as a retail cosmetic consultant.

The Certificate III in Beauty Services, covers the skills and knowledge you need in order to work as a beautician in beauty salon, department store, pharmacy and cosmetic counters. If you are new to the industry (3 months or less) you can undertake this course as part of a traineeship. Once you have successfully completed the Certificate III you will receive credit transfer towards the Diploma of Beauty Therapy which will reduce your study time by half.

This course, the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy, focuses on specialised beauty therapy including facials, waxing, massage, spray tanning and more. Be on trend with the eyelash extension unit, which is available at specific campus locations. At this level you will learn to provide advanced beauty therapy treatments and be expected to work with no supervision. You can undertake the Certificate IV as part of an apprenticeship or as a non-apprenticeship course. Once you have successfully completed the Certificate IV you will receive credit transfer towards the Diploma of Beauty Therapy which will reduce your study time.

The Diploma in Beauty Therapy is the desired level of experience that employers are looking for in beauty therapy job candidates. At diploma level you will focus on specialised beauty therapy services including facials, waxing, massage and more. Please note, the spray tanning unit is not available at the Diploma level.

Depending on your campus location, you may have the opportunity to participate in excursions that take you into the beauty scene.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • A range of massage techniques
  • Facial techniques including exfoliation and facial massage
  • Nail treatments including manicure and pedicure
  • Skin analysis individualised to the skin type and concerns of your client
  • Spray tanning
  • Make-up colour matching

Depending on your preferred campus location, you may be able to study the on-trend eyelash extension unit.

In the simulated environment of a TAFE NSW beauty salon or your workplace, you will gain experience in real-world situations. Our salons are open to the public and you will practice your skills on paying clients.

One of the important, real-world projects you will work on is building relationships and your client base. In the beauty business word of mouth is your best marketing tool. In this course, you will learn how to create rapport and build trust with your clients; from the moment of booking to the experience itself, plus self-care and aftercare solutions and follow-up consultations. Learn to provide a holistic approach to beauty that will have your clients returning to the salon time after time.

TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments - computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and employability.

In the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy, you will complete most of your course work in the simulated working environment of a TAFE NSW beauty salon. If you study with us as part of your apprenticeship you will learn both on-the-job with your employer and in our beauty salons.

Demand for beauty services is projected to grow due to increasing household incomes, population growth and positive consumer confidence.

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 spray tanning, make-up, providing salon services, including manicures, pedicures, waxing, lash and brow, and, body massage and facial treatment as well as your interpersonal skills like client consultation, customer service and using discretion and judgment.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • On campus, Combination
  • Part Time, Variable

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  • Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $2,750.00
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Duration: 2 Days

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