Diploma of Beauty Therapy

National Code: SHB50121
TAFE SA Code: TP01356


Follow your passion for beauty therapy with this nationally accredited Diploma. Become a qualified beauty therapist with the practical skills and technical knowledge to provide a range of popular services including facials, advance facials, microdermabrasion, body massage, aromatherapy, stone massage, spa treatments including waxing and hair removal, lash and brow treatments, manicures and pedicures, and make-up services.

Learn about client communication and consultation techniques so you can provide appropriate beauty advice, recommend the best beauty treatments, and advise clients about skin care and cosmetic products in a retail environment. Choose from our extensive range of electives to tailor your Diploma to your own interests and ambitions.

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18 months 

Full Time

Beauty Therapist

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Entry Recommendations
If you have completed the Certificate III in Beauty Services a number of units will be credited towards your Diploma of Beauty Therapy.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Clusters 1, 2 and 3 can be studied over 1, 2 or 3 days a week. The remaining 4 clusters must be studied 2 days a week and Clusters 4 and 5 must be completed before Clusters 6 and 7 can be commenced. Attendance is from 9.00am to 5.00pm on campus. All units must be completed in each stage in the semester of study.

Industry Conditions and Skills
We recommend that you are interested in working with people, have good communication skills and a reasonable level of fitness to stand for long periods.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
Beauty kit $460.00 and uniform $70.00 (approximate costs).

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 18 month course
$3,130 - $3,468
$9,389 - $10,404
$2,478 - $2,746
$7,433 - $8,237
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee
$8,672 - $9,609
$26,015 - $28,828

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.

  • Upfront Payment

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

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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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 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 skin-care and cosmetic products.

    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

    Diploma of Beauty Therapy (SHB50121)
    Discover your passion for beauty therapy with the Diploma. Through this course you’ll learn a range of salon treatments including micro-dermabrasion, facial treatments, stone therapy and body massage. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 20 core units and 9 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 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
    Advise on beauty products and services 30
    Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices 40
    Comply With Organisational Requirements Within a Personal Services Environment 45
    Conduct salon financial transactions 25
    Design and apply make-up 45
    Incorporate knowledge of body structures and functions into beauty therapy 60
    Incorporate knowledge of skin structure and functions into beauty therapy 60
    Maintain ethical and professional standards when using social media and online platforms 50
    Maintain health and wellbeing in a personal services setting 40
    Promote healthy nutritional options in a beauty therapy context 40
    Provide body massages 100
    Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations 100
    Provide lash and brow services 30
    Provide manicure and pedicare services 60
    Provide salon services to clients 30
    Provide specialised facial treatments 100
    Provide waxing services 100
    Research and apply beauty industry information 20
    Sell to the retail customer 20
    Use electric file equipment for nail services 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply cosmetic tanning products 20
    Design and apply make-up for photography 30
    Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up 35
    Maintain infection control standards 75
    Provide aromatherapy massages 80
    Provide female intimate waxing services 24
    Provide Indian head massages for relaxation 25
    Provide micro-dermabrasion treatments 40
    Provide spa therapies 80
    Provide stone therapy massages 45
    Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments 30
    Work in a spa therapies framework 20
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