Duration:
0.5 years full time or longer for part time.
Delivery mode:
Face to Face, Face to Face with eLearning, Workplace
Location: 
City King St
Start date:
30 September 2019
Study off-campus:
Available for Traineeship or VET Delivered to Secondary Schools.
Contact VU Polytechnic for more information
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.

Overview

Gain the skills to start your career in the beauty services industry with a Certificate III in Beauty Services at Victoria University Polytechnic.

In this course you'll learn from our team of professionals how to provide a range of beauty services including:

  • eyelash extensions
  • waxing
  • manicure and pedicure
  • lash and brow treatments
  • spray tanning
  • make-up.

This course includes training in demonstrating and selling retail skin care and cosmetic products. You’ll also learn about safe hygiene and work practices and environmental sustainability, with a combination of classroom and hands-on practical exercises.

You’ll graduate with the technical and customer service skills needed to work as a competent beautician.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll develop practical skills through hands-on learning so you’re job-ready when you graduate.

You’ll get real-life work experience at our City King student-run hairdressing and beauty salon. This salon provides the ideal training environment, where you can practice your skills while providing a wide range of beauty services to the public.

You’ll also gain valuable experience arranging bookings and greeting clients. You’ll learn from expert trainers and work under their guidance.

Victoria University Polytechnic is a supportive place to study. We have a range of academic support programs that can help you if you're struggling with your studies.

We can help you with your assignments and assessment tasks, maths, writing skills and English language support, as well as showing you effective ways to study and manage your time and preparation. Our study support programs include:

  • workshops and study groups
  • student mentors and peer learning
  • maths and writing resources.

We also have disability support services and counselling services available to all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

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Careers in beauty services

A Certificate III in Beauty Services will qualify you to work as a beautician. Studying at Victoria University Polytechnic will help you get a foot in the door of this growing industry. Work is typically conducted in beauty, waxing, brow and nail salons.

The course will prepare you for employment in the following roles:

  • make-up artist 
  • cosmetic consultant in department store or pharmacy
  • nail technician 
  • waxing technician
  • spray tanning specialist
  • beautician
  • manicure and pedicure specialist
  • freelance beauty consultant 
  • cosmetic or beauty equipment sales representative.

Award-winning students

Victoria University Polytechnic hair and make-up students won two awards at the annual Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Association (HBIA) Apprentice, Student and Educator Awards. These awards provide an opportunity for industry leaders to recognise young achievers in the industry.

Course structure

To be awarded SHB30115 Certificate III in Beauty Services, a student must successfully complete a total of fifteen (15) units, consisting of: 

  • eleven (11) core units, and;

  • four (4) elective units, of which: 

  • two (2) units must be selected from the SHB30115 Certificate III in Beauty Services qualification, and;

  • two (2) units may be selected from SHB30115 Certificate III in Beauty Services qualification, elsewhere in the SHB training package or any other current training package or accredited course.

The selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the complexity of skills appropriate to the AQF level of this qualification as well as be approved by the Polytechnic. 

This qualification reflects the role of individuals employed as beauticians to provide a range of beauty services including nail, waxing, lash and brow and basic make-up services. These individuals possess a range of well-developed technical and customer service skills where discretion and judgement is required and are responsible for their own outputs. This includes client consultation on beauty products and services. Work is typically conducted in beauty, waxing, brow and nail salons.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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  • Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered

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