Version Effective: 1st of May, 2023
Version Effective: 1st of May, 2023

SHB40121 - Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

Course Details

Course Summary

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who work as beauty therapists to provide a range of beauty therapy treatments and services, including lash and brow treatments, nail services, make-up, massage and waxing. They communicate with clients to recommend treatments and services, and sell retail skin care and cosmetic products. These individuals undertake work independently, with limited guidance from others, to perform routine and non-routine activities and solve non-routine problems. They apply and adapt technical skills and knowledge and use judgment in the provision of beauty treatments and services. These individuals are responsible for their own outputs and provide limited guidance to others. Work is typically conducted in beauty salons and spas.

Entry Requirements

This course is for traineeship training only.

Students must be employed within a beauty salon or spa with the appropriately qualified supervisor/s.

Trainees must be 18 years of age to enrol in the unit SHBBHRS011 Provide female intimate waxing services.

Trainees must bring their own laptop or internet enabled device when attending class as all required resources for learning and assessment are only accessible online via the trainee's Moodle login. A mobile phone is not suitable for this purpose.

Trainees will have access to the e-textbook, "Professional Beauty Therapy", 4th Edition, via their Moodle login. Trainees may choose to purchase their own hard copy textbook direct from Cengage Publishing.

During the sign-up process salons will be required to verify they can meet the training requirements required within individual units.  Alternative arrangements can be made if any gaps are identified.

Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or high level course.

Course Details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • Domestic
Full Fee $9,384.00 (2023)
Fee for service per unit $408.00 (2023)
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Application Mode
  • Direct To University
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Study Area
  • Hospitality and Beauty
Skill Area
  • Beauty
AQF Level Level 4: Certificate IV

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

On successful completion you will receive a Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy SHB40121.  As a qualified beauty therapist, you could work in beauty salons or spas. 

Course Structures

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete 18 core units
  2. Complete 5 elective units

Study Mode Definitions

  • Online: Online courses provide the flexibility to study without normally requiring a student to visit a campus. Course content is studied through a number of means including the use of online discussion forums, electronic library resources, by contacting lecturers and teachers, and receiving study materials online/electronically. Work integrated learning, including placements, may be included in some courses.
  • On-campus: Students studying in on-campus mode typically are expected to attend and participate in regular, structured on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the University’s academic term. These activities may include lectures, tutorials, workshops and practice, online or other activities and normally will be timetabled at a CQUniversity campus or approved delivery site.
  • Mixed Mode: Students studying in mixed mode will participate in a combination of online learning activities in addition to site-specific learning activities, which may include residential schools, co-op placements and/or work-integrated learning as a compulsory requirement of a unit. The additional site-specific learning activities are what differentiates a mixed-mode unit from an online unit.

*All study modes may include Vocational placement and/or work integrated learning.

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Course Assessment Information

RPL - Students who have previous informal and formal learning need to advise their trainer/assessor prior to enrolment. If the student wishes to apply for an RPL they need to apply to the RPL Centre.
Credit transfer - If credit for relevant formal qualifications is sought, then the process will be actioned after the student has enrolled in at least one unit of competency as directed by the relevant trainer/assessor. The Trainer/Assessor will work with the student on their credit transfer application, and provide advice and support as necessary.
Assessment Types
Practical Task
Third Party Verification
Written/Electronic Assessment
Course Learning Outcomes
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