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1 Year


The Diploma of Beauty Therapy gives you the advanced skills and knowledge you need to become a qualified beauty therapist, beautician or salon manager. You will strengthen your existing abilities and learn aesthetic aromatherapy, use of essential oils, epilation and make-up for photography.

When you study beauty therapy with TAFE NSW, you will learn from experienced professionals and train in purpose-built beauty salons that are open to the public.

You will graduate with experience, confidence and a portfolio of work, as well as transferrable knowledge that sets you apart and opens up a world of opportunity.

**This qualification is superseded.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**


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Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Provide body treatments and specialised facials
  • Provide body massages
  • Deliver lash, brow and waxing treatments
  • Recommend treatments and products to address specific concerns
  • Apply hygiene, health and safety practices


Gain a range of skills to help people achieve their beauty goals:

  • A range of massage techniques including aromatherapy and stone therapy
  • Facial techniques including exfoliation, massage and other specialised treatments
  • Nail treatments including manicure and pedicure
  • Skin analysis individualised to the skin type and concerns of your client
  • Design and application of different make-up looks


Stand out in a global job market by developing a range of key soft skills that equip you with the confidence to work in a variety of salon settings with colleagues and clients:

  • Strong interpersonal skills to help clients feel comfortable and at ease
  • Strong communication and time-management skills
  • High levels of discretion and professional integrity


The concept of beauty has been evolving over the last few years. Rather than a physical ‘look’ with specific criteria, beauty is broadening to include more people, in all shapes, sizes and ages. It is also becoming entwined with our sense of wellbeing, wellness and health.

This consumer link between beauty and wellness has led to strong growth in the industry, with annual growth of 6.4% between 2015 and 2017, almost twice the rate of global economic growth (3.6%) over the same period.

For more and more people, wellness is moving from an occasional indulgence to an essential activity and dominant lifestyle value. This profound shift is driving powerful growth.

In 2017, the global wellness industry (including beauty and spa services) reached AUD $5.8 trillion in revenue, with significant growth both in the number of salons and spas in operation and people employed in the industry. The hotel/resort spa category contributed the largest number of spas and revenue during the 2015-2017 period, surpassing day/salon spas as the industry’s revenue leader.


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:
English Language Requirements:
TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

The Diploma of Beauty Therapy is a practical course in a simulated beauty salon environment. To make the most of your learning you will be expected to practise your skills on your peers and members of the public. You will also need to be comfortable allowing your peers to practise their skills on you.

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • Are willing to follow strict hygiene and work, health and safety principle
  • Have a collaborative teamwork spirit
  • Are an effective communicator so you can consult with your clients and your team
  • Have professional integrity
  • Are details focused
  • Are comfortable working with people from all walks of life
  • Are comfortable with massage including head, feet, hands and body
  • Are comfortable working with a diverse range of clients

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Kingscliff Feb A$17,050
Liverpool Feb , Jul A$17,050
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$17,050
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Liverpool Feb A$17,050
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$17,050


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, purpose built training beauty salons, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Studiosity - online access to a tutor


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules
  • 25 units must be completed:
  • 13 core units
  • 12 elective units, consisting of: all units from Group A, B, or C:
  • Group A – Electrolysis/Diathermy
  • Group B – Relaxation Massage
  • Group C – Spa Treatments
  • Remaining units from Group D - General Electives, elsewhere in SHB Training Package, or any other current training package or accredited course.
  • Core Units
  • SHBBBOS002 Provide body massages
  • SHBBBOS00 Provide body treatments
  • SHBBFAS001 Provide lash and brow services
  • SHBBFAS002 Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations
  • SHBBFAS003 Provide specialised facial treatments
  • SHBBHRS001 Provide waxing services
  • SHBBMUP002 Design and apply make-up
  • SHBBNLS001 Provide manicure and pedicare services
  • SHBBRES001 Research and apply beauty industry information
  • SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
  • SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients
  • SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
  • SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
  • SHBBHRS004 Provide hair reduction treatments using electrical currents
  • SHBBINF001 Maintain infection control standards
  • SHBBSKS002 Provide diathermy treatments
  • SHBBBOS004 Provide aromatherapy massages
  • SHBBBOS005 Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments
  • SHBBCCS002 Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments
  • SHBBSPA003 Provide stone therapy massages
  • SHBBSPA004 Provide Indian head massages for relaxation
  • SHBBBOS004 Provide aromatherapy massages
  • SHBBCCS002 Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments
  • SHBBSPA001 Work in a spa therapies framework
  • SHBBSPA002 Provide spa therapies
  • SHBBSPA003 Provide stone therapy massages
  • SHBBSPA004 Provide Indian head massages for relaxation
  • BSBSMB304 Determine resource requirements for the micro business
  • BSBSMB403 Market the small business
  • BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
  • BSBSMB405 Monitor and manage small business operations
  • BSBSMB406 Manage small business finances
  • SHBBBOS004 Provide aromatherapy massages
  • SHBBBOS005 Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments
  • SHBBBOS006 Provide superficial lymph massage treatments
  • SHBBCCS002 Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments
  • SHBBHRS002 Provide female intimate waxing services
  • SHBBHRS003 Provide male intimate waxing services
  • SHBBINF001 Maintain infection control standards
  • SHBBMUP003 Design and apply make-up for photography
  • SHBBMUP004 Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up
  • SHBBSKS002 Provide diathermy treatments
  • SHBBSKS003 Design and provide cosmetic tattooing
  • SHBBSKS004 Provide upper body piercing
  • SHBBSKS005 Provide micro-dermabrasion treatments
  • SHBBSPA001 Work in a spa therapies framework
  • SHBBSPA002 Provide spa therapies
  • SHBBSPA003 Provide stone therapy massages
  • SHBBSPA004 Provide Indian head massages for relaxation


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Whatever your career ambitions, we will help you get there with a range of courses to develop your skills, build your knowledge and prepare you for work.

TAFE NSW is here to create exceptional learner experiences and provide quality, personalised services to make sure you achieve your goals.

Explore your study options across a range of disciplines and talk to your TAFE NSW Education Agent or contact us.


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.