Diploma of Beauty Therapy

CRICOS Code: 089065C
National Code: SHB50115


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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40 weeks
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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.
  • Successful completion of the Certificate III in Beauty Services.

Course Notes

  • 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.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $8250
AUD $420*
Semester 2
AUD $8250
Fee Totals
AUD $16500
AUD $420*
Total Course Cost
AUD $16920

* 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 (approximate cost A$200-A$350). Depending on elective units chosen, additional kits may be required to be purchased. Students will be required to purchase and wear a black tunic (approx cost of A$70) to wear on campus and during practical classes.

Note: TAFE SA course fees are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. As such, the course fees for 2023 have increased and are published on this site. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. 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

    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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 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

    Not all elective 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
    Apply eyelash extensions 30
    Design and apply make-up for photography 30
    Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up 30
    Maintain infection control standards 75
    Market the small business 50
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20
    Pierce ear lobes 15
    Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments 35
    Provide aromatherapy massages 40
    Provide female intimate waxing services 20
    Provide Indian head massages for relaxation 23
    Provide micro-dermabrasion treatments 20
    Provide spa therapies 80
    Provide stone therapy massages 25
    Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments 30
    Work in a spa therapies framework 10

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