Further develop your beauty skills to become a beauty therapist with a Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy at Victoria University Polytechnic.
In this course you will learn from our team of professionals how to provide a range of beauty services including:
- manicure and pedicare
- lash and brow treatments
- spray tanning
You will also learn to deliver beauty therapy treatments including:
- basic and advanced facial treatments
- body massage
- body treatments.
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, plus completing a practical placement in a salon of your choice. You’ll graduate with the technical and customer service skills needed to work as a competent beauty therapist.
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 beauty day spa & 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 hair and make-up students won two awards at the 2017 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.
VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
Careers in beauty therapy
Studying at Victoria University Polytechnic will help you get a foot in the door of the growing beauty, massage and make-up industry. Looking forward to 2020, employment for beauty therapists is expected to grow very strongly (JobOutlook).
Work is typically conducted in spas and salons. You could also work as a beauty consultant for international cosmetic companies, or as a freelance beauty consultant working from home.
You’ll be qualified to provide the following services:
- body treatments (exfoliation and massage)
- lash and brow treatments
- manicure and pedicure
- waxing services
- make-up application.
To be awarded SHB40115 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy, a student must complete a total of nineteen (19) units of competency, consisting of:
- thirteen (13) core units, and;
- six (6) elective units, of which:
- three (3) units must be selected from the electives listed in the SHB40115 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy qualification;
three (3) units may be selected from the electives listed in the SHB40115 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy qualification, elsewhere in SHB Hairdressing and Beauty Services Training Package or any other current training package or accredited course.
This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are competent in a prescribed range of beauty therapy treatments and services, including facial massage, lash and brow treatments, nail technology services, make-up, waxing, body massage, and aromatherapy as well as providing advice on and selling retail skin care and cosmetic products. Work would be undertaken as skilled beauty therapists in the beauty therapy services stream of the beauty industry.
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 for this course: VET
Fee type definitions
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 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 pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
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.
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.
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
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.
Find out more about applying for our courses.
Apply direct to VUApply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information. Apply direct to VU
Already a VU student?
If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (which may go to your spam/junk folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered