Diploma of Beauty Therapy

Course Code SHB50115
Locations Warrnambool
Study Mode Full-time, On Campus
Length 12 months
Commencement February 2020, July 2020
Timetable 4 days a week
Course Overview

This comprehensive beauty course will give you the skills and confidence to work in a variety of
beauty areas including day spas, resorts and retreats. Students will learn a wide variety of beauty
services including specialised facial treatments, body treatments, body massage, hot stone
therapy, aromatherapy massage, waxing, lash and brow treatments, nail services, make-up and
eyelash extensions.

In consultation with our Industry Partners, students will undertake work placement as part of
their course, gaining invaluable experience in a professional environment. Students will also get
essential hands on practice in a real salon environment in our dynamic and vibrant Pure Academy
Salon. Students in this course will experience an excursion to a leading Day Spa along with free
access to up-to-date workshops with our industry partners.

To complete your training and be truly ready to step into your dream job you have the opportunity
to join our exclusive Emerging Graduate Program which encompasses resume writing, interview
preparation, personal presentation, business skills and work experience.

What will I Learn?

You will learn specialised facial treatments, spa treatments, body treatments, body massage, stone therapy massage, aromatherapy massage, waxing, lash and tinting and shaping, nail and make-up services, tanning and eyelash extensions all whilst providing services to clients in the Pure Academy Salon.

This comprehensive beauty course will give you the skills and confidence to work in a variety of beauty areas including day spas, resorts and retreats.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

On completion of this course you will have the opportunity to undertake a variety of employment opportunities - working in a salon, resorts, day spas, cruise ships, make-up artistry, massage, salon management or own your own business.

This comprehensive course has a strong industry focus and in partnership with Quality Suites Deep Blue, students will undertake industry work placement as part of their course.


You will complete practical tasks and assessments on clients whilst working on clients in the Pure Academy Salon. In partnership with Sebel Deep Blue, you will undertake work experience throughout their course to gain valuable industry experience.

You will also attend sessions with your teacher at local spas (ie. Endota, Deep Blue) and have an excursion to a large high-end spa (i.e Werribee Mansion) during your training.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

Find the next info session near you

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You will need to have completed year 12, demonstrate an ACSF level of 3 or provide evidence of completion of a Certificate IV or higher qualification. You must also be 17 years of age or older. 

You are also required to obtain a police check and a Working With Children check prior to starting the course. The impact of any disclosures will be considered on a case by case basis.

Course requirements

To be eligible to be awarded this qualification you must successfully complete 13 core and 12 elective units

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
SHBBBOS002 Provide body massages 120 $20.00
SHBBBOS003 Provide body treatments 120 $35.00
SHBBFAS001 Provide lash and brow services 15 $65.00
SHBBFAS002 Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations 120 $35.00
SHBBFAS003 Provide specialised facial treatments 115 $40.00
SHBBHRS001 Provide waxing services 85 $40.00
SHBBMUP002 Design and apply make-up 45 $320.00
SHBBNLS001 Provide manicure and pedicare services 50 $65.00
SHBBRES001 Research and apply beauty industry information 20 $10.00
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions 25 $10.00
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients 40 $10.00
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment 45 $10.00
SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices 40 $15.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20 $0.00
SHBBCCS001 Advise on beauty products and services 30 $10.00
SHBBMUP003 Design and apply make-up for photography 30 $20.00
SHBBNLS004 Apply nail art 15 $45.00
SHBBBOS001 Apply cosmetic tanning products 16 $35.00
SHBBBOS004 Provide aromatherapy massages 40 $15.00
SHBBCCS002 Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments 35 $255.00
SHBBMUP001 Apply eyelash extensions 30 $160.00
SHBBSPA001 Work in a spa therapies framework 10 $15.00
SHBBSPA002 Provide spa therapies 80 $15.00
SHBBSPA003 Provide stone therapy massages 25 $15.00
SHBBSPA004 Provide Indian head massages for relaxation 23 $20.00

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suits your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
Create your USI
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $5,285.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $9,970.00
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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $1,489.60
Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees

You may be required to pay the cost of some goods or materials necessary for your course, eg: tools of the trade, uniform and books. The maximum consumables/materials fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay.

Final costs will be determined at enrolment and you will be informed of the fees associated with course consumables and resources via your Statement of Fees. 


Your course may require you to purchase additional materials or books. You can choose where to purchase these items from. You can download the booklist for this course here: HERE

Which fee applies to me?

Government-subsidised rate - Skills First
You could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
Check your eligibility

Skills First Exemptions
As a Victorian Government TAFE, South West TAFE is able to provide exemptions for prospective students. Contact our Customer Service Team to find out if you are eligible for an exemption.

Concession rate
If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. You may be eligible for the concession rate. 
Find out more about concession rates

Full fee rate
If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate. 


How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank you email.
  2. Get ready - your thank-you email will contain links to a pre-training review, to a unique student identifier and to government-subsidised training eligibility.
  3. Chat with your teacher - your teacher or course specialist will contact you about your Pre-Training Review outcomes and additional course information.
  4. Enrol - after chatting with your teacher, you will receive an email with your enrolment form and a link to verify your identity.
  5. Sign - once you've completed your enrolment, you will receive a declaration form to review and sign.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.