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Diploma of Beauty Therapy


Diploma of Beauty Therapy SHB50115

Course Overview

Help people to look and feel their best with the SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy.

Coming away as a qualified Senior Beauty Therapist, you’ll learn the latest trends in nail services, waxing, lash and brow treatments, makeup, massage, facial treatments, and skin care.

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 graduating you might wish to undertake further study in 52707WA Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

On Campus - Starts on 06/09/2021 - Mon to Thurs 4 days/week - 9am to 4pm/2021

Wangaratta - Docker Street

On Campus - Starts on 06/09/2021 - Mon to Thurs 4 days/week - 9am to 4pm/2021

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 2021 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
  • Good understanding and use of the English language
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
Undertake small business planning
Apply cosmetic tanning products
Provide aromatherapy massages
Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments
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
Provide spa therapies
Provide stone therapy massages
Provide Indian head massages for relaxation

Assessment methods may include:

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

GOTAFE uniform must be worn at all times, with students presenting as clean and professional. Black pants, knee-length skirt or 3/4 pants must be worn under your uniform. Closed in shoes must be worn. and no activewear, joggers or denim. Long hair is to be put up at all times and minimal minimal jewellery is to be worn.

Students must abide by all WH&S requirements.

Students will sometimes need to aid in sourcing models.

Sarah Chircop

This course is run 4 days per week (9am – 4pm) over a 12-month period.

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

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

Participation at GOTAFE's Beauty Salon and Spa is compulsory for all students, as this is when observation assessments are conducted. Each practical unit will have a different amount of practical observation requirements.

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.

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.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

Learn more about our learning support services


Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

Find how to reach out to our library in Shepparton

Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

Reach out to our Skills and Jobs Centres

Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

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.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

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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