Certificate III in Make-Up

National Code: SHB30215
TAFE SA Code: TP00888


You will learn skills and knowledge to work as a make-up artist either in beauty clinics, retail or as a freelance make-up artist. The course covers day, evening, bridal, glamour, catwalk airbrushing and creative make-up techniques as well as spray tanning and lash and brow treatments. These skills will be delivered in our beauty clinics which simulate the workplace.

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Up to 6 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course

Total Fees for the 6 month course
Full Fee

This course also has an incidentals cost of $789.00 for a Make-up Kit, Airbrush Kit and uniform ($489) and to cover materials used during training in the commercial salons ($300).

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • This course is delivered over 40 days in the year.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
    • This course has more than one intake each Semester and you will commence at the next available intake.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This qualification reflects the role of individuals employed as make-up artists to design and apply make-up for a range of purposes and occasions across the beauty, fashion, media and entertainment industries. This qualification is a pathway to Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Make-Up (SHB30215)
    Gain skills in how to design and apply make-up, provide services to clients such as lash and brow treatments, nail services and selling products and services. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 9 core units and 6 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2020 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply airbrushed make-up 30
    Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices 40
    Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment 45
    Design and apply creative make-up 45
    Design and apply make-up 45
    Design and apply make-up for photography 30
    Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up 30
    Provide salon services to clients 40
    Research and apply beauty industry information 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Advise on beauty products and services 30
    Communicate as part of a salon team 30
    Conduct salon financial transactions 25
    Market the small business 50
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20
    Sell to the retail customer 20
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