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Diploma of Beauty Therapy


Diploma of Beauty Therapy – SHB50115

Course Overview

Take your beauty career to the next level with the Diploma in Beauty Therapy. You'll learn the latest trends in nail services, waxing, lash and brow treatments, makeup, massage, facial treatments, and skin care, as well as specialised Spa units.

You'll also learn valuable customer service and retail skills, which will make you a valuable asset to any salon team.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We’ve had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we’re currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course will give you the skills and knowledge to work in the beauty industry as a Senior Beauty Therapist or Beautician. You'll have the ability to work across waxing, beauty, brow, and nail services.

Armed with these essential salon skills, you'll have the opportunity to take your skills to any location, and work across day spas, specialised skin clinics, and beauty salons.

Further Study

After gaining the SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy, you might wish to undertake further study in 52707WA Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Starts 1st May, 4 Days a Week - 9am to 4pm - Trimester 2 / 2020

Starts 5th Sept, 4 Days a Week - 9am to 4pm - Trimester 3 / 2020

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Starts 3rd Aug, 3 Days a Week - 9am to 4pm - Semester 2 / 2020

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2020 and may change without notice.

Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, 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.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Training package entry requirements
There are no pre-requisites for this qualification

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

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course

Applicants must also have:

  • The ability to work autonomously
  • Strong communication skills essential
  • Physical skills appropriate to the job role
  • Basic to intermediate computer skills
Core Units
Provide body massages
Provide body treatments
Provide lash and brow services
Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations
Provide specialised facial treatments
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
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Provide first aid
Apply cosmetic tanning products
Provide aromatherapy massages
Advise on beauty products and services
Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments
Provide female intimate waxing services
Apply eyelash extensions
Design and apply make-up for photography
Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up
Work in a spa therapies framework
Provide spa therapies
Provide stone therapy massages
Provide Indian head massages for relaxation
Sell to the retail customer

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge test
  • Portfolio
  • Practical demonstration

GOTAFE uniform must be worn at all times, including closed toe shoes.

Students must abide by all WH&S requirements.

Students will sometimes need to aid in sourcing models.

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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 face-to-face sessions. Participation in Salon simulation is compulsory for all on campus students, as this is when assessment is conducted. Students must notify the Trainer if they are going to be absent.

Students can complete the course over 1 year, attending classes 4 days a week or part-time over 18 months attending classes 3 days a week.

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

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

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

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.

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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