Find Courses

Study Areas

Skill Areas



Diploma of Beauty Therapy (SHB50115)

Course summary

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.

These individuals work relatively autonomously, and are accountable for personal outputs. Their work involves the self-directed application of knowledge and skills with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services and techniques.

Work is typically conducted in beauty salons and spas.

VET Student Loan Information

VET Student Loans may be available for eligible students in approved Diploma level qualifications. The loan can be used towards Tuition Fees only and does not cover additional expenses such as textbooks, uniforms, equipment, travel, tools, and accommodation or general living expenses. 

For more information or to check your eligibility for a VET Student Loan, please visit our VET Student Loans webpage or contact us.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Fees www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Hospitality and Beauty
Skill Area
  • - Beauty
AQF Level Level 5: Diploma

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course, however, completion of another Beauty qualification would be advantageous.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

After completion of this course individuals can be employed as Beauty Therapists including treatments such as facial treatments, body massage, 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.

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

Summary
To successfully complete this course, students must complete 25 units, consisting of:
13 core units and 12 elective units.
Core Units
SHBBBOS002 Provide body massages
SHBBBOS003 Provide body treatments
SHBBFAS001 Provide lash and brow services
SHBBFAS002 Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations
SHBBFAS003 Provide specialised facial treatments
SHBBHRS001 Provide waxing services
SHBBMUP002 Design and apply make-up
SHBBNLS001 Provide manicure and pedicare services
SHBBRES001 Research and apply beauty industry information
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
Elective Units
SHBBBOS001 Apply cosmetic tanning products
SHBBBOS004 Provide aromatherapy massages
SHBBBOS005 Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments
SHBBCCS001 Advise on beauty products and services
SHBBCCS002 Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments
SHBBHRS002 Provide female intimate waxing services
SHBBINF001 Maintain infection control standards
SHBBMUP003 Design and apply make-up for photography
SHBBMUP004 Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up
SHBBSKS005 Provide micro-dermabrasion treatments
SHBBSPA003 Provide stone therapy massages
SHBBSPA004 Provide Indian head massages for relaxation
2018 Study Sequence
Enrol into one group of units at a time, as per the following order:
Group One:
SHBBHRS001
SHBBHRS002
SHBXCCS002
SHBXWHS001
SHBBINF001

Group Two:
SHBBFAS002
SHBBSKS005
SHBXIND001

Group Three:
SHBBNLS001
SHBBOS005
SHBBCCS001
SHBBMUP002
SHBBMUP003
SHBBMUP004

Group Four:
SHBBFAS003
SHBBFAS001
SHBBBOS001
SHBXCCS001
SHBBRES001

Group Five:
SHBBBOS002
SHBBSPA003
SHBBCCS002
SHBBBOS004
SHBBBOS003
SHBBSPA004

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Third Party Verification
Project
RPL

Course Intakes

2018 Mixed Mode

Timing
There are two course intakes for 2018, available in February and June.

Duration and dates
18 months


Summary

This availability is offered via online study with 16 x five day compulsory intensive internal workshops held on campus. Workshops will be scheduled monthly throughout the year to participate in practical components of this course. 

Theory content includes recordings, PowerPoint presentations, and activities for each treatment and will be available online with teaching support available through discussion forums, email, telephone and weekly Zoom tutorials. Online students require self-motivation and must have at least 15 hours per week available for research, reading and viewing recordings.

Intensive internal workshops will be held at the following locations:

CQUniversity Mackay City
CQUniversity Rockhampton City
CQUniversity Gladstone City


For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

Related Courses

Course code Course name Short Course
SHB30115 Certificate III in Beauty Services No
SHB30315 Certificate III in Nail Technology No
SHB40115 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy No
SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy No

Uniform Requirements

Whilst on-campus, students are required to adhere to the following uniform requirements:   
  • Black or white tunic 
  • Black full-length or ¾ work pants (no leggings, jeggings or jeans)
  • Covered in flat shoes
  • Black apron
  • Minimal makeup, minimal jewelry, no midriffs and maintain short manicured nails.
Tunics and aprons can be purchased from local beauty suppliers. 

Model Requirements and Client Treatments

It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that a model is obtained and booked into the appointment book for all Practical Assessments. Students must be prepared to provide treatments to clients.

Uniform Requirements

Whilst on-campus, students are required to adhere to the following uniform requirements:   

  • Black tunic - Available from Totally Workwear, Uniforms Solutions or Twisted Creations.        
  • Pants - ¾ Pants or black knee length skirt with stockings, no tights or jeggings.
  • Covered in Flat Shoes.
  • Minimum makeup, minimum jewelry, no midriffs.

Textbook Requirements

The following textbooks are required for this course:

  • Professional Beauty Therapy, 2015, Second Edition, Lorraine Nordmann and Andrea Day - eBook on Moodle.

Students can a purchase hard-copy from CQUni Bookshop approx. $120.