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Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy


Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy SHB40121

Course Overview

Kickstart a career in the beauty industry with the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy. Students will learn the latest trends in nail services, waxing, lash and brow treatments, makeup, massage, facial treatments, and skincare. In addition to a focus on anatomy and body systems, participants will also learn valuable customer service and retail skills.

The ideal student possesses a high level of professionalism, and an ability to deal with clients of all ages and backgrounds.

This course can be delivered on-campus or as a traineeship, meaning students will have the chance to apply their new skills to the work environment.

Career Pathways

This course will give graduates the skills and knowledge to work in beauty salons, day spas, and skincare clinics. Salon hours often include late nights and weekend work. Some work can be very strenuous and physical especially massage, body treatments, and waxing.

Working in this industry can also require staff to:

  • Undertake work independently, with limited guidance from others.
  • Apply and adapt technical skills and knowledge, and use judgment in the provision of beauty treatments and services.

Further Study

After graduating, students might like to undertake further study in the SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty Therapy.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Traineeship - Open from 13th Feb - 1 day week (Mon) - 9.30am-4.00pm / 2023

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Traineeship - Open from 13th Feb - 1 day week (Mon) - 9.30am-4.00pm / 2023

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 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 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.

Applicants must also have:

  • The ability to work autonomously
  • Strong communication skills
  • Physical skills appropriate to the job role
  • Basic to intermediate computer skills
  • Good understanding and use of the English language

It is recommended interested students attend an information session or book a time with a trainer to ask for additional information.

This course requires a total of 23 units: 18 core and 5 elective.
Core Units
Apply cosmetic tanning products
Provide body massages
Provide lash and brow services
Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations
Provide waxing services
Design and apply make-up
Provide manicure and pedicare services
Use electric file equipment for nail services
Research and apply beauty industry information
Incorporate knowledge of skin structure and functions into beauty therapy
Incorporate knowledge of body structures and functions into beauty therapy
Promote healthy nutritional options in a beauty therapy context
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
Maintain ethical and professional standards when using social media and online platforms
Sell to the retail customer
Elective Units
Maintain infection prevention for skin penetration treatments
Provide specialised facial treatments
Provide female intimate waxing services
Apply eyelash extensions
Design and apply make-up for photography

Assessment methods may include:

  • Treatment portfolio
  • Practical demonstration
  • Written knowledge assessments
  • Practical observation assessments

Students are required to:

  • Wear closed in shoes at all times.
  • Access the internet and have a computer.
  • Aid in sourcing their own models for practical classes.
  • Participate in salon days.

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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-hrs per class and attend a 4-hr virtual class 1 day a week.
  • Students will complete their practical training in the GOTAFE salon and will work through their learning materials and complete pre-reading between classes, 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 the classroom.
  • Weekly online or telephone support with trainers is available to all students over the duration of their training.

Trainee students

  • This course is delivered to Adult Trainees via a blend of workplace delivery and online learning and assessment and weekly on-campus classes.
  • Students are provided with a Training plan which outlines their course structure and they are also given an induction into the LMS-goLearn, where their learning materials and assessments are delivered through.
  • GOTAFE trainers visit students in the workplace 4 times per year over the duration of their course.
  • Students attend classes on campus every Monday for training - 6-hrs per day.
  • Students are required to undertake structured online learning through goLearn where they read learning materials, watch videos on You Tube and complete interactive learning activities related to the unit of study.
  • Weekly online or telephone support with trainers is available to all students over the duration of their training.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

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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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We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

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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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