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0.5 years full time or longer for part time
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Applications due 31 December 2018


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

In this course you will 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.

You will learn through 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.

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[Supp. Desc. Info] SHB30115 - Certificate III in Beauty Services


Gain knowledge in all the areas of the Beauty Services industry at Victoria Polytechnic.



A Certificate III in Beauty Services will qualify you to work as a beautician. Studying at Victoria 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. You will be prepared 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.

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 Victoria 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.

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  • 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.
  • 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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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.

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.

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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.

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How to apply for this course

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