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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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There are a number of ways to become a beauty therapist in Australia, and TAFE NSW has a range of great courses that can help you earn the specific qualification that you need. We have a range of beauty therapy courses including hairdressing course, aromatherapy courses, makeup artist courses, nail technician courses, and more. Contact TAFE NSW today to discover the perfect course to help you become a beauty therapist.

From short courses through to diplomas, TAFE NSW has a range of beauty therapist courses to suit people at all stages of their beauty therapy career. So, depending on which course you enrol in, it could take as little as a few weeks.

TAFE NSW has nationally recognised qualifications to help you become a massage therapist in Australia, as well as over 25,000 employer connections to help kickstart your career.

By studying the Certificate II in Nail Technology at TAFE NSW, you will learn the skills and knowledge to work as a nail technician at a beauty salon, or to you could even start your own business.

TAFE NSW has a range of courses to help you become a makeup artist, including short courses in specialist makeup to help you with the basics, through to more advanced beauty therapy courses to help you refine your salon skills, as well as courses to develop specialist makeup artist skills for stage and screen. And when you combine your TAFE NSW qualification with our network of over 25,000 industry contacts, you will be well on your way to becoming a professional makeup artist.

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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.