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SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty Therapy

Course Description

This qualification reflects the role of individuals employed as beauty therapists to provide a broad range of beauty therapy treatments and services including facial treatments, body massage and treatments, hair removal, lash and brow treatments, nail and make-up services. This includes consultation with clients to provide beauty advice, recommend beauty treatments and services, and sell retail skincare and cosmetic products.

These individuals work relatively autonomously and are accountable for personal outputs. Their work involves the self-directed application of knowledge and skills with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services and techniques.

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


77 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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