SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty Therapy

VU course code: SHB50121 | CRICOS: 113243H | Level of study: TAFE
1 year full time
Face to Face with eLearning
City Campus
Well presented woman, standing by a space-age looking space treatment with the cityscape in the background


Gain high-level skills and become a trusted beauty expert with a Diploma of Beauty Therapy SHB50121 at Victoria University TAFE.

This beauty-therapy course will advance your beauty-treatment skills and prepare you for management positions in salons and spas.

Develop your knowledge of the theory and science behind beauty treatments and techniques, and gain extensive hands-on experience. You will complete a practical placement in a salon of your choice, as well as learning in our beauty salon and the classroom.

This course provides training in basic and advanced beauty therapy techniques and services including:

  • facial treatments
  • lash and brow treatments
  • manicures and pedicures
  • make-up
  • waxing
  • body massage and treatments
  • spa treatments
  • advice on and selling of retail skin care and cosmetic products.

You will also learn valuable and transferable business and management skills for running a beauty salon.

NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To be awarded the SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty Therapy, a total of 29 units must be completed consisting of:
* 20 core units, and;
* 9 elective units, of which:
- 1 unit from Group A: Infection control
- all units from any one of Group B, C, or D:
> Group B: Electrolysis/Diathermy
> Group C: Relaxation Massage
> Group D: Spa Treatments
- remaining units from the list below, elsewhere in the SHB Training Package, or any other current training package or accredited course.

Victoria University (VU) offers the following specialisations:
All units from Group D electives must be selected for the award of the Diploma of Beauty Therapy (Spa Treatments).


Fees & Scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.


Indicative fees



The beauty, massage and make-up industry is growing. The Diploma of Beauty Therapy SHB50121 is the highest level of qualification in the beauty industry. Job prospects are good, with employment for beauty therapists expected to grow.

As a qualified beauty therapist, you could find employment in spas and salons here or overseas. This qualification prepares you to manage your own beauty salon and employ staff. You could also work from home as a freelance beauty consultant.

Potential career options include:

  • salon beauty therapist
  • salon manager or owner
  • department store or pharmacy cosmetic consultant
  • spa therapist
  • health spa or resort manager
  • spa therapist on a cruise ship
  • beauty consultant for international cosmetic companies
  • freelance therapist or beauty consultant
  • cosmetic or beauty equipment sales representative
  • beauty editor or journalist
  • beauty educator.


VU Stories

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Team Leader, Beauty
"Teaching is inspiring students by building knowledge and skill, so it is very rewarding. VU students and teachers are applied and well-supported. I have been fortunate to be able to teach beauty therapy for work."
Andrea's story