Diploma of Beauty Therapy

CRICOS Code: 112281K
National Code: SHB50121


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 or equivalent.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Certificate III in Beauty Services or equivalent.


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $8865
AUD $530*
Semester 2
AUD $8865
Fee Totals
AUD $17730
AUD $530*
Total Course Cost
AUD $18260

* International students will need to purchase a Beauty Kit containing essential equipment necessary for learning practical skills (approximate cost A$460). Students will be required to purchase and wear a black tunic (approx cost of A$70) to wear on campus and during practical classes and supply their own black pants or skirt and closed shoes.

Note: TAFE SA course and other fees/costs are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition and other fees/costs 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

    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.

    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
    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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