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Certificate III in Beauty Services


Certificate III in Beauty Services SHB30115

Course Overview

Kickstart a career in the beauty industry with the Certificate III in Beauty Services. Students will learn a range of beauty services, including nail, waxing, lash and brow tinting, and basic makeup services. The course will also teach individuals valuable customer service and retail skills, which will make graduates an asset to any salon team.

The ideal candidate will have a professional manner and the ability to be mature and considerate due to the sensitive nature of some of the treatments performed as part of the course and in the wider beauty industry.

This course can be delivered on-campus or as a traineeship. Both GOTAFE campuses have fully operation beauty salons where members of the public can come and enjoy discounted treatments, giving students the opportunity to practice their skills, gain experience and complete practical observation assessments.

This course is available as part of the JobTrainer initiative for eligible students.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course will give students the specialist skills and knowledge to work as part of a busy salon team across any location.

As a beautician work is typically conducted during the week, with late nights and weekends often included in salon hours. The type of work can be very strenuous especially waxing and eyelash extensions.

Treatments you will be able to perform after you gain your qualification are:

  • Waxing
  • Female intimate waxing
  • Spray tanning
  • Eyelash extensions
  • Lash and brow tinting
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Make-up

A level of professionalism is expected from students at this level.

Further Study

After graduating, students might like to undertake further study in:

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Traineeship/SBAT - Open from 31st Jan / 2022

On Campus - Starts on 11th July - Mon,Tues,Thurs - 9.30am to 4pm / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Traineeship/SBAT - Open from 31st Jan / 2022

On Campus - Starts on 11th July - Mon,Tues,Thurs - 9.30am to 4pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) – contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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This course is in transition. The course code, title, units, and content may change in the future. Further information will be provided upon enrolment, or during the course of your training.

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Trainees only: Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your traineeship contract prior to applying for this course.
Core Units
Apply cosmetic tanning products
Advise on beauty products and services
Provide lash and brow services
Provide waxing services
Design and apply make-up
Provide manicure and pedicare services
Research and apply beauty industry information
Conduct salon financial transactions
Provide salon services to clients
Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
Elective Units
Provide female intimate waxing services
Apply eyelash extensions
Design and apply make-up for photography
Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written knowledge questions
  • Treatment portfolios
  • Practical demonstration
  • Practical observations

There are no exams in this course, however students will complete knowledge tests to ensure a good understanding of core concepts. These tests will not count towards the successful completion of the course.

Assessment due dates:

  • All written knowledge theory work will be due two weeks after the final day of delivery.
  • Practical portfolios/research tasks will have a due date of four-six weeks past the final day of delivery.
  • Assessment tasks must be handed in on time to reduce stress to both student and trainer.
  • If a student's first attempt at an assessment is deemed non satisfactory, they will be given feedback and a second attempt to rectify their responses.

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It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Placement: External placement is always a great idea for experience, but is not a mandatory requirement of this course.

On-campus: This course is delivered full-time 3 days per week over a 6-month period. Students will also be required to attend an additional 10 days for assessment and salon requirements. Trainers will issue students with a timetable before the course commences, detailing all the days students will be required to attend.

Some theory units will be delivered online whilst all practical task will be done on-campus.

Students are required to completed home study up to 10 hours per week, which includes:

  • Pre-reading for class
  • Research assessments
  • Portfolio assessments

Participation in salon simulation is compulsory for all on-campus students, as this is when assessments are conducted.

To note:

  • We have an intensive orientation/information session for students prior to commencing first day of delivery. This will include a session with our ICT department, library services and student support services so students are fully aware of everything GOTAFE has to offer and have all questions answered prior to starting. This will also be where timetables and expectations are discussed.
  • Students under the age of 18: Due to some of the treatments we perform that requires the client to be in a state of undress we will need to meet with parents or caregiver to explain the treatments and gain their informed consent. We are a TAFE that hold child safe standards in high regard and proper practice will be followed in relation to consent and treatments.
  • Electives: All electives have been chosen in consultation with industry to ensure our training package meets industry needs and enables our students to be highly employable. All units must be completed to gain the full qualification.
  • Students will be required to complete pedicures in the salon which will be performed on feet.

Trainees: This course is run over a two-year period if the student is employed full-time as a trainee. Trainers will visit the trainee in the workplace a minimum of 9 times per year for a period of 5-6 hours.

School-Based Trainee: 4 x Classes per year 9am to 4pm

In class attendance:

  • Students must bring all equipment and theory books each day unless notified by the trainer.
  • A GOTAFE beauty tunic will be required to be worn everyday while on campus; it will be supplied to students.
  • Underneath the tunic students can wear black pants, or 3/4 pants. No denim, active wear or tights are to be worn underneath uniform.
  • Students must wear closed-in shoes at all times, and minimal jewellery.
  • Hair needs to be tied up in a bun.
  • If uniforms or correct clothing are not worn in relation to OH&S and professionalism a student will not be able to attend class.
  • Attendance is compulsory.

Other commitments:

  • Students are expected to assist with sourcing models for practical classes.
  • Students must participate in salon days.

When undertaking the course as a traineeship, there can be a mix of classroom and workplace training conducted, the logistics of which will be discussed on a case-by-case basis. A delivery plan will be developed with the student, trainer and salon owner to ensure the training best suits the relevant workplace/business.

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Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
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