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Make beauty therapy your career with the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy SHB40121 from Victoria University Polytechnic.

Our industry professionals are here to teach you the skills for your career in the beauty industry. You will learn a range of beauty therapy treatments and services, including:

  • facial treatments
  • advanced facial treatments
  • lash and brow treatments
  • manicure and pedicure
  • make-up
  • waxing
  • body massage
  • body treatments
  • advice on and selling retail skin care and cosmetic products
  • lash and brow treatments
  • spray tanning
  • eyelash extension
  • 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.

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 hair, beauty & massage 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.

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.


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 Labour Market Insights.

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

To be awarded SHB40121 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy, a student must complete a total of Twenty-three (23) units of competency, consisting of:

  • Eighteen (18) core units, and;
  • Five (5) elective units, of which:
  • one (1) unit from Group A: Infection control
  • at least Two (2) units from Group B: Elective units
  • up to Two (2) units from the SHB 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).

Core units

Elective units

Group A: Infection Control:

Group B: General Elective Units:

Imported: Elective Units:

Group B Elective Unit - Continuing students only in lieu of SHBBMUP011

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 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 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

All applicants must be 16 years and over to enrol in this course.
All applicants are required to complete the following to determine suitability for admission:
* complete a Pre-training Review (PTR); and* must undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment.

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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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.

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