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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.

The course contains an intensive focus on anatomy and physiology as well as body systems and contraindications. You will learn how to assess and diagnose skin concerns and conditions and treat them accordingly.

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 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.

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, Facials, Specialised Facials, Body Massage, Body Treatments, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology (feet), Manicures and Pedicures, Make - Up, Aromatherapy.

Further Study

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

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. 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 pre-requisites for this qualification

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

  • Undertake a pre-training review by interview to ensure the course suits students needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.

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

Inherent requirements

  • Most Salons operate during the week and also involve weekend work and late nights.
  • This is a physically demanding industry that requires long hours on your feet.
  • Ability to conduct yourself professionally and meet a diverse range of clients' needs.
  • This industry requires strenuous and physical work including massage, body treatments and waxing.
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

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

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 your first attempt at an assessment is deemed unsatisfactory you will be given feedback and a second attempt to rectify your responses.

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.

External placement is always a great idea and experience but not a mandatory requirement for this course as GOTAFE has fully operation Beauty Salons and Spa available to members of the public to come and enjoy a discounted treatments whilst our students practice, gain experience and complete practical observation assessments.

Commonly asked questions:

Can I do this online?
Some theory units will be delivered online whilst all practical task will be done on campus. Research and assessment work will need to be completed at home to ensure you are complying with due date expectations.

What experience needed to do this course?
Whilst this course requires no pre requisites it is our recommendation that you will need to have some life experience. Have a professional manner, the ability to be mature and considerate due to the nature of some of the treatments we perform.

What do I bring to class?

  • You will need to bring stationary and a book to write in, having a laptop and internet access will be a must for online units and work that will need to be completed at home.
  • You will need to wear a TAFE Beauty Tunic, which you will be supplied with, this will need to be worn everyday that you are on campus.
  • Underneath the tunic you can wear black pants, black knee length skirt or 3/4 pants.
  • You must wear closed in shoes and we also suggest minimal jewellery and hair to be up in a bun.
  • If uniforms or correct clothing are not worn in relation to OH&S and professionalism you will not be able to attend class.

Do I have to touch feet?
Yes you will, body massage, body treatments, pedicures and reflexology are all treatments that will require you to touch feet

Will I need to bring people in for clients?
If we are having trouble getting clients for specific treatments you need for assessment observations or you need further practice before performing treatments on clients you may be asked to supply your own models.

Is it okay that I am under 18?

Due to some of the treatments we perform that require the client to be in a state of undress, we will need to meet with your parents or caregiver to explain the treatments and gain their informed consent. We are a TAFE that holds child safe standards in 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.

I don’t want to do an elective that’s in the course package
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.

Do I have to come every day?

Yes, you have a compulsory attendance percentage that needs to be met for you to be deemed competent.

When will I start?

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 you 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.

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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

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