9 months full time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning, Workplace
City King St
Start dates:
4 October 2021
7 February 2022
26 April 2022

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Further develop your beauty skills to become a beauty therapist with a Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy SHB40115 at Victoria University Polytechnic.

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

  • waxing
  • manicure and pedicare
  • lash and brow treatments
  • spray tanning
  • make-up.

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, 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.

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:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Beauty day spa & salon at City King Campus.

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. Find out about employment growth for beauty therapists at 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:

  • facials
  • body treatments (exfoliation and massage)
  • lash and brow treatments
  • manicure and pedicure
  • waxing services
  • make-up application.

Course structure

The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.

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.

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).




Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) approved by VU Polytechnic

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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

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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 and to identify 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.

Available start dates:

  • 4 October 2021
  • 7 February 2022
  • 26 April 2022
  • 11 July 2022
  • 3 October 2022

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