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In beauty, you'll be dedicated to helping people feel their best by helping them look their best. Industry-experienced educators will help you develop the skills and knowledge required to provide beauty treatments such as electrolysis, facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing.

Massage can play an important part in beauty treatments. Your massage study will touch on everything from aromatherapy to reflexology to scalp massage. At TAFE NSW beauty and massage facilities, you may work with clients in real, public-facing facilities so you're gaining the skills and confidence you need for the workplace.

Take your specialist people skills, add your passion for the beauty industry and products, and build a career in retail and management.

Films, special effects, weddings - specialist makeup challenges and inspires.

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“I would highly recommend the Beauty Therapy industry for anyone who enjoys making people feel great.”

Kennedy Jackson – Diploma of Beauty Therapy

Kennedy Jackson spent nine years travelling the world, working throughout Asia and Australia, before eventually finding her way to a Beauty Therapy course at TAFE NSW

Kennedy particularly enjoyed the TAFE NSW approach of including community and industry in programs, classes and facilities, finding herself leading a clothing drive, performing manicures and makeup support for the ‘Dress for Success’ charity, and volunteering at a hospital.

“I’ve had a great learning experience at TAFE NSW,” says Kennedy.

The TAFE NSW real-world training, including ‘working’ in the TAFE NSW beauty and spa training salon, has helped Kennedy develop a loyal client base.

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Join us at TAFE NSW and you will train in purpose-built beauty salons equipped with professional products. Practise your craft on paying clients and study under teachers who have extensive industry experience.

TAFE NSW gives you the opportunity to build your professional network while working towards a nationally accredited qualification to become a beauty therapist, make-up artist, or nail technician.

We provide a range of short and longer courses to help you start a career or progress it to the next level. Take a short course and fill a skills gap or enrol in a certificate course and build a comprehensive set of skills and knowledge.

Whether you dream of becoming a make-up artist, beauty therapist, nail technician or massage therapist – we have a course for you.

When you study the Certificate III in Nail Technology with TAFE NSW, you will learn how to provide manicure and pedicures, gel and acrylic nails, and learn how to use electric file equipment. You will also learn advanced techniques, including nail art design, stencilling and free form art.

Our beauty courses equip you with a broad range of skills with industry-focused outcomes. Our graduates go onto roles such as:

  • Beauty therapist
  • Senior beauty therapist
  • Make-up artist
  • Massage therapist
  • Nail technician
  • Salon assistant
  • Salon manager
  • Retail cosmetics assistant

While you don’t need a specific qualification to work as a make-up artist, starting your formal training with the Certificate III in Make-up will give you a cutting-edge advantage in the job market.

Learn how to work with different skin types and colours, and apply make-up using a range of tool and techniques. You will also learn supporting business skills like customer service, sales and work, health and safety practices making you a desirable employee.

The beauty care industry is one of the fastest growing consumer markets in Australia and the number of Beauty Therapists is expected to grow very strongly with around 25,000 job openings by 2023.

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What job opportunities could a hairdressing, beauty or massage course lead to?

A beauty therapy course can lead to a number of job opportunities; from aromatherapy, reflexology, and scalp massage, to makeup for weddings and special events, as well makeup for film and special effects.

Qualifications in aged care and nursing can lead to a job as:

  • a beautician or beauty therapist
  • a nail technician or cosmetologist
  • a massage therapist
  • a salon manager
  • a special effects makeup artist

Whether you're just starting out in your beauty therapy career, want to gain more qualifications, want to add to your previous experience, or simply want to broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you.

TAFE NSW courses in this area include:

  • Community Services
  • Leisure and Health
  • Nail and Beauty Services
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Retail and Salon Management
  • Health Services Assistance
  • Specialist Makeup

In the beauty profession, you’ll be dedicated to helping people feel their best by helping them look their best.