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SHB40115 - Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy


At a glance

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.

Study Mode Online; Other delivery
Units/Credits 19 units
Availability Online; Other delivery
DurationSee Availabilities
Intake Dates See Availabilities
Full course cost $9,050.00 (2019)

Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure please call us on 13 27 86.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

  1. Students will receive a Result of Assessment within 21 days of completion of each unit/module or within 21 days of the ‘close of study’ date.
  2. Students who successfully complete all required units/modules will receive their qualification and an Academic Statement itemising all units/modules successfully completed.
  3. Following receipt of written advice from the student (or teacher) that the student does not intend to complete the full course, the student will be issued with a Statement of Attainment listing all units/modules successfully completed.

After completion of this course individuals will be employable as Beauty Therapists including treatments and services, such as 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

Entry Requirements

This course is for traineeship training only.Students must be employed as a trainee in a relevant industry.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

Structure and assessment


Standard Course Structure

Core units

  • Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices(SHBXWHS001)
  • Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment(SHBXIND001)
  • Provide salon services to clients(SHBXCCS002)
  • Conduct salon financial transactions(SHBXCCS001)
  • Research and apply beauty industry information(SHBBRES001)
  • Provide manicure and pedicare services(SHBBNLS001)
  • Design and apply make-up(SHBBMUP002)
  • Provide waxing services(SHBBHRS001)
  • Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations(SHBBFAS002)
  • Provide lash and brow services(SHBBFAS001)
  • Provide body treatments(SHBBBOS003)
  • Provide body massages(SHBBBOS002)
  • Apply cosmetic tanning products(SHBBBOS001)

Elective units

  • Apply eyelash extensions(SHBBMUP001)
  • Apply gel nail enhancements(SHBBNLS002)
  • Apply acrylic nail enhancements(SHBBNLS003)
  • Apply nail art(SHBBNLS004)
  • Use electric file equipment for nail services(SHBBNLS005)
  • Apply advanced nail art (SHBBNLS006)
  • Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up(SHBBMUP004)
  • Design and apply make-up for photography(SHBBMUP003)
  • Provide female intimate waxing services(SHBBHRS002)
  • Provide specialised facial treatments(SHBBFAS003)
  • Provide aromatherapy massages(SHBBBOS004)
  • Market the small business(BSBSMB403)

Study Sequence

To view more information about these units, as well as the suggested study plan, please visit the handbook.


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Fees and scholarships


Full course cost: $9050.00 (2019)

Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure please call us on 13 27 86.

The Queensland Government determines the schedule set by CQUniversity. Additional fees may be charged for printed materials, protective clothing and tools etc. A full copy of all regulations associated with VET fees can be accessed from the Queensland Government Legislation website.

All fees must be paid to finalise enrolment or a payment arrangement entered into. You will be liable for all payments, even if you discontinue enrolment, subject to the Refund Policy. Debt recovery action will be taken to recover outstanding fees. Please select from the following:

  • VET Student Loans
    VET Student Loans will commence from 1 January 2017 and is an interest free Australian Government income contingency loan that assists eligible full fee paying students to pay their Tuition Fees.
  • VET Government funded programs
    The cost of these programs is based on a student contribution fee. A concession may be available in some situations. Additional resource/material costs will vary from program to program.
  • VET fee-for-service programs (full fee paying)
    These are competitively priced full-fee paying programs which do not attract concessions.

Price lists


Please refer to the scholarship pages for more information.

How to Apply


You’ve made an excellent choice. Now that you have decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we’re here to assist you every step of the way.

Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you don’t have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit to create one.

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For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

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Key dates

16 JAN
Online Chat Session
07 FEB
Online Chat Session