Offering Info

Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics

  • National Course Code: SHB20116
  • TAFE NSW code: SHB20116-01V01-21LVP-486

Location – Liverpool

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

12 Jul 2021

Study Commitment

24 Hours per week


18 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics gives you a strong foundation that combines your love for make-up with customer experience. Learn in TAFE NSW beauty salons and graduate ready to work as a retail sales consultant in pharmacies, specialty make-up and department stores.


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

  • Design and apply make-up for a range of day or evening events
  • Demonstrate the use and range of retail cosmetic products
  • Recommend beauty products and services
  • Understand the fundamentals of retail operations
  • Sell skincare products and cosmetics
  • Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
  • Produce engaging visual merchandising displays


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A passion for the beauty industry
  • Good communication skills
  • A collaborative teamwork spirit
  • Creative thinking and problem solving


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised Certificate II qualification
  • A strong foundation to continue your studies

Career opportunities:

  • Retail cosmetics assistant


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate III in Nail Technology
  • Certificate III in Beauty Services
  • Certificate III in Make-Up
  • Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy
  • Diploma of Beauty Therapy
  • Advanced Diploma of Intense Pulsed Light and Laser for Hair Reduction (must have completed Diploma of Beauty Therapy, have a degree in nursing or be an enrolled nurse)

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.


TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the retail cosmetics industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A passion for the beauty industry
  • Communication skills
  • A collaborative teamwork spirit
  • Creative thinking

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


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to provide services on paying clients, and may also need to provide models for some of your practical classes and assessments

WH&S requirements for classes:

  • you must wear closed-in protective footwear and clothing that is clean and professional for the industry

Discover the skills you need for the job you want at the TAFE NSW Information Sessions, 21-25 June 2021.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a full-time, blended delivery course. You will need to attend approximately 12 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 18 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 12 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 1 hour of additional study each week outside of class hours, including self-directed learning reading, research and private study, assessment preparation.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • have little or no experience working in a cosmetic/makeup environment and who would like to learn how to provide makeup services and sell retail cosmetics. You will develop skills in working as part of a team or on a freelance basis to be able to gain employment in beauty and hairdressing salons, retail outlets and department stores.

There are no formal Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00am to 3:30pm and Thursdays from 9.00am to 12:00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • Equipment / tools of trade and personal protective equipment (PPE) at an approximate cost of $580- $650.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details. (only if available as a trainee)

Core Units
Number Title
SHBBCCS001 Advise on beauty products and services
SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
SHBBMUP002 Design and apply make-up
SIRXIND003 Organise personal work requirements
SIRRMER001 Produce visual merchandise displays
SHBXCCS004 Recommend products and services
SIRXSLS001 Sell to the retail customer
Elective Units
Number Title
SHBBMUP003 Design and apply make-up for photography
SHBBMUP004 Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
SIRRINV001 Receive and handle retail stock
SHBBRES001 Research and apply beauty industry information

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Course Location

College Street, Liverpool
Phone 131 601

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