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SHB40121 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

Beauty Therapy

Next intake February 2025
LocationsGeelong City Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 Months
Traineeship Part-time: 36 Months

Course description

If you like working with people, have excellent communication skills and love beauty (and a bit of science), becoming a beauty therapist could be your calling.

The course can help you gain employment in the beauty industry. Through hands-on training, develop fundamental skills within our salon,  The Studio, learning a range of beauty treatments, including Massage, facials, spray tanning, waxing, make-up, lash application and nail services.

Work placement/industry experience

Work experience is not required in this course but is recommended, with an option to undertake 80 hours of placement organised by the student. *If undertaken, please note that you may be required to travel outside your usual training location to attend work experience. This may include other regional areas or suburbs of Melbourne.

Possible career outcomes

  • Beauty therapist
  • Make-up artist
  • Specialist waxing therapist
  • Nail Technician

Applications & attendance

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

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2024 Ongoing
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 15 Dec 2024 
Class DayTrainee-Timetable supplied once admitted
Traineeship: Part-time: 36 Months    
2025 February
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2024
Close: 1 Feb 2025 
Class DayStart: 3 Feb 2025
Mon, Tues & Fri 9am to 4pm
Full-time: 12 Months    
2025 Ongoing
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2024
Close: 15 Dec 2025 
Class DayTrainee-Timetable supplied once admitted
Traineeship: Part-time: 36 Months    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants must be 16 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3.
  • Any student under the age of 17 must provide an Exemption from School form prior to undertaking the course.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Apprenticeship and traineeship requirements

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Apply cosmetic tanning products SHBBBOS007 20
Apply safe hygiene health and work practices SHBXWHS003 40
Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment SHBXIND003 45
Conduct salon financial transactions SHBXCCS007 25
Design and apply make-up SHBBMUP009 45
Incorporate knowledge of body structures and functions into beauty therapy SHBBSSC002 60
Incorporate knowledge of skin structure and functions into beauty therapy SHBBSSC001 60
Maintain ethical and professional standards when using social media and online platforms SIRXOSM002 50
Promote healthy nutritional options in a beauty therapy context SHBXCCS006 40
Provide body massages SHBBBOS008 100
Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations SHBBFAS005 100
Provide lash and brow services SHBBFAS004 30
Provide manicure and pedicare services SHBBNLS007 60
Provide salon services to clients SHBXCCS008 30
Provide waxing services SHBBHRS010 100
Research and apply beauty industry information SHBBRES003 20
Sell to the retail customer SIRXSLS001 20
Use electric file equipment for nail services SHBBNLS011 30
Elective Units Code Hours
Apply eyelash extensions SHBBMUP008 40
Apply gel and dip powder nail enhancements SHBBNLS008 80
Apply nail art SHBBNLS010 15
Apply volume eyelash extensions SHBBMUP015 85
Maintain infection control standards SHBBINF002 75


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on work     
  • Written assignments
  • Team Projects
  • Industry placement
  • Salon assessments at The Studio 

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.95 per hour 1170 AUD $1,112.00 AUD $7,898.00
Standard Tuition AUD $4.75 per hour 1170 AUD $5,558.00 AUD $7,898.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $11.02 per hour 1170 AUD $12,893.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $2,220.00 Once
Resources AUD $805.00
Education Levy AUD $175.50
Additional Costs AUD $1,310.00 Once


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

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Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 28/06/2024 2:00:51 PM