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SHB40121 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

National ID: SHB40121 State ID: BHK1
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When you complete the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy you will be looking at a career as a beauty therapist in a beauty salon, cruise ship or even your own home salon. 

Be guided by our professional and passionate team of lecturers who are experienced industry specialists. You’ll learn how to provide a range of beauty treatments, including facials and specialised facials for glowing skin, as well as body massage and aromatherapy massage for ultimate relaxation. Develop your manicure and pedicure skills, gain skills in popular services such as waxing, lash and brow tinting and lifting, spray tans, eyelash extensions and professional make-up application.

Grow an understanding of retail operations for the beauty industry and establish a customer service skillset, learning how to create a positive client experience and leave a lasting impression. Your skills will allow you to perform treatments independently and you’ll be trained in coordinating or managing the services within a beauty salon or a department within a larger store.

At SM TAFE your fees are inclusive of all training products and equipment for the entirety of your course. You will receive a take home makeup brush set to start you on your makeup journey. Additional purchases include a beauty tunic, textbook and linen for class use. 

Study in specialist facilities 

Gain hands-on experience in our student Hair, Beauty & Massage Student Clinics(opens in a new tab) which offer the chance to operate in a ‘real life’ beauty clinic, hairdressing salon or remedial massage clinic whilst developing your practical skills under the guidance of qualified practitioners and lecturers. 

Follow the clinics on Facebook(opens in a new tab) for exciting news and updates.  

Our Mandurah campus(opens in a new tab) has undergone major re-development with new purpose-built training facilities including simulated hair and beauty training facilities, with a hair salon and dedicated training spaces for beauty and massage therapy.


  • facials and specialised facials
  • body massage and aromatherapy massage
  • waxing
  • lash and brows
  • makeup application
  • spray tanning
  • eye lash extensions
  • retail and sales operations
  • manicure and pedicure
  • infection control and safe hygiene

In order to make an informed choice about the suitability of this course, you must take into account the essential skills and knowledge required to undertake this study.

  • be a people's person - friendly and easy to approach with a love for the beauty industry
  • enjoy practical work and be comfortable with physical contact
  • no allergies and be in good health
  • be well-presented
  • have good communication skills and can relate to people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds
  • be motivated with a high level of responsibility 
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
C Grades in Year 11 WACE General English, and OLNA; or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 11 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate II or Certificate III

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 3 - 4 days per week when studied full time across two semesters. 

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you may be required to complete additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements(opens in a new tab)  for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and Wi-Fi at home, we recommend using our library computers(opens in a new tab)  during library hours.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (a pen and notepad and equipment from orientation booklet lists). Student will require to supply own equipment/tools below.

  • 1 pair of tweezers
  • 1 pair of cuticle clippers
  • 1 white gown – Velcro/ under arm style
  • 1 white head band
  • 2 large white bath towels
  • 2 white hand towels
  • 1 white flat single sheet (not fitted)
  • Laptop or electronic device for completing assessments and access to Blackboard at home and in class
  • Word program required or can be accessed for free as a student of TAFE
  • USB (optional but handy)
  • 1 display folder for written handouts
  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Textbook - Professional Beauty Therapy, Nordmann/Day – Australia and New Zealand 4th Edition 

Uniforms and workwear requirements

  • Black beauty tunic - JB’s Wear – JB’s Ladies Scrubs Top-SKU: JB-4SRT1-Bk purchased from Hot Klobba/Hip Pocket Workwear and Safety, Mandurah and Port Kennedy
  • Black pants, or plain black leggings, or long black loose skirt. No active wear leggings are to be worn. While waiting for your tunic, a black shirt or t-shirt with no slogans, pictures or words should be worn. 
  • Closed in shoes of any colour
  • Winter (over tunic) - Black open cardigan, or long-sleeved black shirt under tunic if required (no jumpers or hoodies are to be worn during class or assessment times)

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek expressions of interest from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that neither employment nor work experience placement is guaranteed by us.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

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Semester 1, 2023

Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2023
Where Murdoch
How On Campus
Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2023
Where Mandurah
How On Campus

Semester 2, 2023

Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 2, 2023
Where Murdoch
How On Campus
Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 2, 2023
Where Mandurah
How On Campus

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