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SHB40121 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

Course Description

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who work as beauty therapists to provide a range of beauty therapy treatments and services, including lash and brow treatments, nail services, make-up, massage and waxing. They communicate with clients to recommend treatments and services, and sell retail skin care and cosmetic products.

These individuals undertake work independently, with limited guidance from others, to perform routine and non-routine activities and solve non-routine problems. They apply and adapt technical skills and knowledge and use judgment in the provision of beauty treatments and services. These individuals are responsible for their own outputs and provide limited guidance to others.

Work is typically conducted in beauty salons and spas.

The skills in this qualification must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


Domestic Students

  • Academic Requirement: Completion of Year 10 or equivalent

International Students

  • Academic Requirement: Completion of Year 10 or equivalent

  • English Requirement: International students are required to have a minimum English level of IELTS 5.5 (if the level of English is insufficient, a suitable course can be organised)

  • Age Requirement: At least 18 years of age


49 college weeks (including holidays)


3 days per week

*Units marked with an *asterisk include one or more prerequisite units of competency. Please refer to each individual unit of competency at for details of prerequisites.

*SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty Therapy has a total duration of 6 Terms/54 college weeks. Students must complete SHB40121 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy units in 4 terms before progressing to SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty Therapy.

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