Diploma of Beauty Therapy

CRICOS Code: 089065C
National Code: SHB50115


Do you love everything beauty? Are you good with your hands and enjoy interacting with people? This course will help you become a fully-qualified Beauty Therapist working in beauty salons and spas.

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78 weeks
60 weeks
Beauty Therapist Beauty Therapist
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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

  • Academic IELTS score of 5.5 Overall with minimum of 5.0 in all bands.
  • Satisfactory completion of Year 12 or overseas equivalent or Successful completion of the Certificate III in Beauty Services or the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy.

Course Notes

  • Students have further 3 options to package (entry criteria apply)
    1. Certificate III in Beauty Services (2 semesters), Diploma of Beauty Therapy (2 semesters), 2 years (minimum Year 10 or overseas equivalent)
    2. Certificate III in Beauty Services (2 semesters), Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy (1 semester), Diploma of Beauty Therapy (1 semester), 2 years (student may also wish to take all three qualifications, minimum Year 10 or overseas equivalent).
    3. Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy (2 semesters), Diploma of Beauty Therapy (1 semester), 1.5 years (minimum Year 11 or overseas equivalent).
    Students will receive a COE and parchment for all qualifications within their chosen option.
  • The Diploma of Beauty therapy provides students with the choice of two elective groups, Specialising in Massage and Spa Therapies. Specialising in Massage therapies provides a range subjects to provide various massages such as Reflexology, Stone massage and Indian head massage. Spa therapies provides a range of subjects such as work in a spa salon and provide spa treatments such as body wraps, Indian head massage and stone massage.


These course fees are for international students only.

Average cost per semester (6 months)
AUD $7433
Total course cost ( 78 weeks)
AUD $22300
Incidental Fees
AUD $0
Total Fees
AUD $22300

* If not already available, international students will need to purchase or have access to a Beauty Kit containing essential equipment necessary for learning practical skills (approx cost $200-$$350). Students will also be required to purchase/wear a black tunic (approx cost of $70).

Note: TAFE SA does not commit to any fees shown. Charges vary between courses and subjects and are based on a rate per hour. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

  • 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 (SHB50115)
    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 13 core units and 12 elective units.

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

    * 2017 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on

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


    Name Nominal Hours
    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
    Provide body massages 120
    Provide body treatments 120
    Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations 120
    Provide lash and brow services 15
    Provide manicure and pedicare services 50
    Provide salon services to clients 40
    Provide specialised facial treatments 115
    Provide waxing services 85
    Research and apply beauty industry information 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Advise on beauty products and services 30
    Design and apply make-up for photography 30
    Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up 30
    Determine resource requirements for the micro business 30
    Maintain infection control standards 75
    Manage small business finances 60
    Market the small business 50
    Monitor and manage small business operations 45
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20
    Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments 35
    Provide aromatherapy massages 40
    Provide diathermy treatments 50
    Provide female intimate waxing services 20
    Provide hair reduction treatments using electrical currents 145
    Provide Indian head massages for relaxation 23
    Provide micro-dermabrasion treatments 20
    Provide spa therapies 80
    Provide stone therapy massages 25
    Provide superficial lymph massage treatments 40
    Undertake small business planning 50
    Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments 30
    Work in a spa therapies framework 10
  • Pathways to University

    If your goal is to achieve a bachelor degree in your chosen field of study, TAFE SA offers two different types of pathway to university - a University Packaged Program or Credit Transfer.

    A University Packaged Program allows you to select the course and the university you wish to study at, before commencing your studies at TAFE SA.

    Credit Transfer gives you the opportunity to select your university course on completion of your TAFE SA studies.

    With additional Bachelor programs becoming available, international students can choose to stay at TAFE SA for qualifications such as the Bachelor of Hospitality Management.

  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences
    Bachelor of Dermal Sciences
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