0.5 years full time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Start dates:
5 February 2024
15 July 2024
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Gain the skills to start your career in the beauty services industry with a Certificate III in Beauty Services SHB30121 at Victoria University Polytechnic.

In this course, you will develop the skills and knowledge to start your beauty career. Our team of professionals will teach you how to provide treatments and ensure a safe work environment.

You will learn a range of beauty services which may include:

  • make-up including makeup for photography
  • eyelash extensions
  • waxing
  • manicure and pedicure
  • lash and brow treatments
  • nail art
  • spray tanning
  • demonstrating and selling retail skin care and cosmetic products
  • safe hygiene and work practices
  • environmental sustainability.

The combination of classroom and practical exercises means you will graduate with skills needed to work as a competent and work ready beauty therapist.

For students undertaking this course as part of a VCAL program, across both Intermediate and Senior VCAL, the course will be delivered over two years on a part time basis.

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 Aura at VU, our City Campus student-run hairdressing and beauty salon. This salon provides the ideal training environment, where you can practise 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 hair, beauty and make-up students won seven awards at the 2019 Hair & Beauty Industry Association (HBIA) Awards These awards provide an opportunity for industry leaders to recognise young achievers in the industry.

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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A Certificate III in Beauty Services SHB30121 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 SHB30121 Certificate III in Beauty Services, a student must successfully complete a total of Eighteen (18) units, consisting of: 

  • Fourteen (14) Core units, and;
  • Four (4) Elective units, consisting of: 
  • One (1) unit from Group A: Infection control;
  •  At least two (2) units from Group B: General electives,
  • Up to One (1) unit from the SHB Training Package, or any other current Training Package or accredited course.

2024 VDSS Delivery:
VU offers the VET Delivered to Secondary Schools (VDSS) Program Structure as a partial completion of Certificate III in Beauty Services over two years.
Students are scheduled to undertake six (6) units of competency for each year totalling twelve (12), during the course of this two (2) year program.
Students who successfully complete the VU program will be eligible for credit in VCE or Senior Secondary Programs: recognition of up to four units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Unit 3 and 4 sequence. A Statement of Attainment is issued for units where competency has been achieved.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).

Standard Program



Group A Infection Control:

Group B General Elective Units:

Imported Elective Unit - Continuing students only in lieu of SHBXCCS009

2024 VETDSS program - Partial Completion



Group B General Elective Units:

2023 VETDSS and VCE VM Programs



Group A Infection Control:

Group B General Elective Units:

Imported Units

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers:

Previous completion of units at the VU Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate 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 are 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.

Vocational Education Delivered to Secondary Schools (VETDSS)
VCE VET programs for Vocational Major (VM) and Vocational Pathway Certificate (VPC) students are vocational training programs approved by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). VCE VET programs for VM and VPC students, lead to nationally recognised qualifications or partial completion of qualifications, thereby offering students the opportunity to gain both the VCE and a nationally portable vocational education and training (VET) certificate or the VCE and a Statement of Attainment listing the units they have attained.

VCE VET programs for VM and VPC students:
are fully recognised within the Units 1 to 4 structure of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE VM) and therefore may contribute towards satisfactory completion of the VCE VM.
may contribute to the satisfactory completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE VPC)
- function within the National Training Framework.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

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

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place 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.

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.
VETDSS: The literacy and numeracy levels of applicants will be assessed through consultation with the relevant Secondary school. (if applicable)

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.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

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.

Available start dates:

  • 5 February 2024
  • 15 July 2024

Before you apply

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