Course Type:
Accredited Course
Study Mode:
On Campus
20 months (3 days per week)
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Course Overview

Do you dream of working in a day spa or beauty clinic providing relaxing and indulgent beauty treatments for your clients? Well, do we have the course for you!

By completing a Diploma of Beauty Therapy you will gain the skills and experience to be able to work within the industry as a Beauty Therapist.

You’ll learn the skills and knowledge to provide a broad range of beauty therapy treatments and services, including facial and specialised facial treatments, body massage, spa treatments, waxing services, lash and brow treatments, nail and make-up services.

This course will also teach you how to consult with clients to provide beauty advice, recommend beauty treatments and services, and sell retail skincare and cosmetic products.

Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Beauty Therapy, the list of opportunities are endless. From working in local spas and salons, owning your own business or even travelling the world working in destination spas, we can give you the skills you need to set yourself up for exciting career opportunities– whichever way you choose to take it!

You’ll also be eligible to take your career even further by studying a Advanced Diploma of Skin Therapy (not offered at TAFE Gippsland) a Bachelor of Dermal Sciences (not offered at TAFE Gippsland), or a Bachelor of Health Science (not offered at TAFE Gippsland). These courses will enhance your employment opportunities and help create even more career possibilities.

Now is the time to take the plunge into you dream career in the beauty industry, and TAFE Gippsland is the perfect place to take you there.


Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am - 4pm

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Diploma of Beauty Therapy.

Career Opportunities

  • Beauty Therapist
  • Spa Therapist
  • Salon/Spa Owner

Opportunities for Further Study

  • SHB60221 Advanced Diploma of Skin Therapy (Not on offer at TAFE Gippsland)
  • Bachelor of Dermal Sciences (Not on offer at TAFE Gippsland)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Not on offer at TAFE Gippsland)

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements:
17 years of age.
Applicants are required to have an appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy skills, which will be evaluated prior to course intake. Pre Training Review and Interview will be required prior to enrolment.

Recommended entry requirements:
Learners with excellent people and communication skills and a genuine interest in the Beauty & Spa Industry.

Limitations to entry:
The Diploma of Beauty Therapy wouldn't be suited to a learner with low language, literacy and numeracy skills.

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans are available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to pay their tuition fees. Higher level VET qualifications are at those at a Diploma level and above. VET Student loans are capped at a maximum for each approved course of study and the amount of the loan cannot be greater than your remaining FEE-HELP balance. If eligible for a student loan, you can access up to $16,788.00 to help cover the tuition fees for this course. For more information about VET Student Loans and eligibility requirements, please click here.

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Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Students are required to complete at least 38 hours in a Commercial Salon Environment for unit SHBBHRS010 Provide waxing services completing a minimum of 12 Waxing Services and for units SHBBBOS008 Provide body massages and SHBBFAS005 Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations completing all assessments.

Placement is arranged by: Institute

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

SHBBINF002 Maintain infection control standards
SIRXSLS001 Sell to the retail customer
SHBBBOS008 Provide body massages
SHBBBOS009 Provide aromatherapy massages
SHBBNLS011 Use electric file equipment for nail services
SHBBSKS009 Provide micro-dermabrasion treatments
SHBBSPA007 Provide stone therapy massages
SHBBSSC001 Incorporate knowledge of skin structure and functions into beauty therapy
SHBBSSC002 Incorporate knowledge of body structures and functions into beauty therapy
SHBXCCS006 Promote healthy nutritional options in a beauty therapy context
SHBBCCS005 Advise on beauty products and services
SHBBFAS004 Provide lash and brow services
SHBBFAS005 Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations
SHBBFAS006 Provide specialised facial treatments
SHBBHRS010 Provide waxing services
SHBBMUP009 Design and apply make-up
SHBBMUP010 Design and apply make-up for photography
SHBBNLS007 Provide manicure and pedicare services
SHBBRES003 Research and apply beauty industry information
SHBBSPA005 Work in a spa therapies framework
SHBBSPA006 Provide spa therapies
SHBBSPA008 Provide Indian head massages for relaxation
SHBXCCS005 Maintain health and wellbeing in a personal services setting
SHBXCCS007 Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBXCCS008 Provide salon services to clients
SHBXIND003 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXPSM003 Promote a personal services business
SHBXWHS003 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
SIRXOSM002 Maintain ethical and professional standards when using social media and online platforms


Consists of written test, assignments, online quizzes, role play and practical demonstrations in the training salon.