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Certificate III in Make-Up


Certificate III in Make-Up SHB30221

Course Overview

Imagine being responsible for make-up on the latest and greatest blockbuster movie. The Certificate III in Make-Up will prepare students for a career as a Specialist Makeup Artist, where they will be able to design and apply make-up across a range of exciting industries including beauty, fashion, media, and entertainment.

Students will learn a range of makeup techniques, from basic makeup application to creative techniques and airbrushing.

GOTAFE has fully operational Beauty Salons available to members of the public to come and enjoy discounted treatments whilst students practice, gain experience and complete practical observation assessments.

This course is offered on campus or as part of the VETDSS (VET Delivered to Secondary Schools) program. Students interested in undertaking this course through VETDSS need to enrol through their school.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2023 enrolments.

Career Pathways

This course will prepare students to work as a Makeup Artist. Qualified Makeup Artists can work as part of a team, or on a freelance basis. Students might work in a studio, at a retail cosmetic counter, in fashion media or photography studios, or as a freelancer working with clients for weddings and special events.

Armed with these essential beauty skills, students will have the opportunity to take their skills to any location and work across different creative industries like fashion, film, and television.

Work as a Makeup Artist is typically conducted during the week and on weekends. Late nights and weekend work will be included in salon hours.
The type of work can be very strenuous and physical, especially eyelash extensions.

Treatments students will be able to perform after they gain their qualification are:

  • Spray Tanning
  • Eyelash Extensions
  • Lash and Brow Tinting
  • Creative Make Up
  • Photography Make Up
  • Airbrush Make Up
  • Camouflage Make Up.

Further Study

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

  • SHB30121 Certificate III in Beauty Services
  • SHB40121 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy
  • SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty Therapy

Course Dates & Times

Currently there are no upcoming sessions available for this course. To register your interest in this course, click the "Register Your Interest" button at the top of this page.

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. 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 2023 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 three 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:
    a) an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    b) an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    c) 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, induction 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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Training package entry requirements

There are no training package 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.
  • VETDSS: Please ask your School's VET coordinator or Careers advisor to apply for this course.

It is recommended that applicants have:

  • A professional manner, considerate and mature taking into consideration the personal nature of some treatments
  • Intermediate computer skills
  • Strong communication skills are essential
  • The ability to work autonomously
  • Physical skills appropriate to the job role

Technology requirements:

  • Access to a computer with a reliable internet connection
  • Webcam
  • Headset
This course requires a total of 15 units: 8 core and 7 elective.
Core Units
Design and apply make-up
Design and apply make-up for photography
Design and apply creative make-up
Research and apply beauty industry information
Provide salon services to clients
Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
Maintain ethical and professional standards when using social media and online platforms
Elective Units
Maintain infection prevention for skin penetration treatments
Apply cosmetic tanning products
Provide lash and brow services
Apply eyelash extensions
Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up
Apply airbrushed make-up
Conduct salon financial transactions

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written knowledge assessments
  • Knowledge quizzes
  • Practical treatment portfolio assessments
  • Practical demonstration/observation

There are no exams, we have some knowledge tests to ensure students have a good understanding of important information but this will not count towards their successful completion of the course.

Assessment due dates and re-submit:

  • 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 4-6 week past the final day of delivery.
  • Assessment tasks must be handed in on time to reduce the stress to both student and trainer.
  • If a students 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. Students are encouraged to attend all timetabled days, face-to-face sessions and participate in all classroom activities.

All learning resources and uniforms are covered in the courses materials cost. Students will receive kits as part of their material fees in their course fees. All materials and equipment we have onsite in our salons. If a student has allergies or particularly sensitive skin, they may need to bring in their own products.

On-campus students

  • Students are provided with a study plan which outlines their course structure and they are also given an induction into the LMS-goLearn, where their learning materials and resources are provided.
  • Students attend classes at the GOTAFE campus 3 days per week for 6 hours per class, 2 days in the classroom, and 1 day in the salon, during which time they will complete practical training and assessment.
  • Outside of the classroom students will work through their learning materials and written assessments, for around 5 hours per week.
  • In addition, students are expected to complete some research and self-directed learning. Students in this cohort will complete their skills assessments during scheduled class hours and complete their knowledge assessments outside of their scheduled classes.
  • Weekly online or telephone support with trainers is available to all students over the duration of their training

VETDSS students

  • Students are released from school for 1 day a week, for 2 years to attend GOTAFE.
  • Students are provided with a study plan which outlines their course structure and they are also given an induction into the LMS-goLearn, where their learning materials and resources are provided.
  • Students are expected to complete 2-hrs per week working through their learning materials outside of the classroom.
  • In addition students are expected to complete some research and self-directed learning. Students in this cohort will complete their skills assessments during scheduled class hours and complete their knowledge assessments outside of their scheduled classes.
  • Weekly online or telephone support with trainers is available to all students over the duration of their training.

Placement: External placement is always a great idea and experience but not a mandatory requirement

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.
  • Wear closed-in shoes at all times
  • We also suggest Minimal jewellery
  • Hair will need to be 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 committments:

  • Assist with sourcing models for practical classes
  • Participate in salon days

To note:

  • We have an intensive orientation/information session for students prior to commencing first day of delivery. This will include session with our ICT department, library services and student support services so students are fully aware of everything we have 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/s to explain the treatments and gain their informed consent. We are a TAFE that hold child safe standards at high regard and proper practice will be followed in relation to consent and treatments. This is applicable to anyone under the age of 18 performing or receiving certain 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 the most employable that they can be. All units must be completed to gain the full qualification.
  • Students will not be required to touch feet.

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Contingent Study Arrangements

Where a situation arises that prevents campus attendance (such as COVID restrictions, natural disasters, etc.) and it is deemed an appropriate response in protecting the health and safety of staff, students, and visitors, this course will adapt to alternative training arrangements, possibly using online methods of teaching and/or communication while students engage from home with their Trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time.

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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

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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