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SHB40121 - Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

Put your training and experience to use with ITEC’s RPL services and earn a nationally recognised qualification with a SHB40121 – Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy via our RTO partners.

Qualification Overview

Qualification Name:

Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

Qualification Code and Units of Competency:



Within four weeks of receiving sufficient and complying evidence of competency in all applied for units of competency.

This Beauty Therapy certification reflects the role of an individual working as a beauty therapist, providing a range of beauty services and treatments, including make-up, nails, waxing, brow and lash treatments, and massage. You will show skills in communicating with clients about their preferences, recommending services and treatments, and retailing cosmetics and skin care products. You will be able to demonstrate well-developed technical skills, and an ability to adapt it to your clients’ needs, using your judgment in providing customised beauty services and treatments. You must be self-motivated and able to provide limited guidance to your personnel working in beauty spas and salons.

You will need to provide a range of evidence to assist your assessor to make a decision about your competence. The types of evidence you may be asked to provide can include

  • Résumé
  • ID
  • Payslips/work contract/ABN if self employed
  • Letter of Employment
  • Current employment contracts
  • Videos or photos of your work.
  • Evidence of overseas qualifications.
  • Transcripts or assessments from related previous qualifications.
  • Apprenticeship papers.
  • Quotes/invoices and stock orders
  • Receipts 
  • Make Up plan (design and record) 
  • Style Guide 
  • Marketing/Advertising documents 
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • Calendar/Booking Sheet 

Once you are qualified, possible roles include

  • Beauty Therapist
  • You can be certified anywhere in Australia with a nationally recognised qualification
  • Have your certification within four weeks of evidence being received
  • Gain accreditation from a reputable Registered Training Organisation
  • Customer Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Get your FREE RPL Quote today!
  • Colour Cosmetica Academy (RTO: 40055)
  • All States Training (RTO: 32577)


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Four Easy Steps To Get Qualified

Free Skills Assessment

Speak to ITEC Australia about your goals, and allow us to guide you towards the qualification that will help you reach them.

Portfolio of Experience

Your dedicated consultant will guide you through the process of putting together a portfolio of evidence. This can contain overseas qualifications, transcripts, certificates, photos and videos, samples or work examples, letters of reference, your current resume, etc.

Evidence Review

Once one of our partner registered training organisations (RTOs) has assessed your portfolio, the assessor assigned to your case may be in touch if any additional evidence is required. If you have any weak areas, the RTO may assign a trainer to upskill you at no cost to you.

You’re Qualified

ITEC Australia is partnered with Registered Training Organisations whose qualifications are nationally recognised in Australia, and are the same as the qualification you would receive from full time study. Qualifications can also be useful for licensing or immigration purposes.

Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who work as beauty therapists to provide a range of beauty therapy treatments and services, including lash and brow treatments, nail services, make-up, massage and waxing. They communicate with clients to recommend treatments and services, and sell retail skin care and cosmetic products.

These individuals undertake work independently, with limited guidance from others, to perform routine and non-routine activities and solve non-routine problems. They apply and adapt technical skills and knowledge and use judgment in the provision of beauty treatments and services. These individuals are responsible for their own outputs and provide limited guidance to others.

Work is typically conducted in beauty salons and spas.

The skills in this qualification must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Packaging Rules

23 units must be completed:

  • 18 core units
  • 5 elective units, consisting of:
  • 1 unit from Group A: Infection control
  • at least 2 units from Group B: Elective units
  • up to 2 units from the list below, elsewhere in the SHB Training Package, or any other current Training Package or accredited course.

The selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the complexity of skills appropriate to the AQF level of this qualification.

Note: Units marked with an *asterisk include one or more prerequisite units of competency. Please refer to each individual unit for details of prerequisites.

Core units


Apply cosmetic tanning products


Provide body massages


Provide lash and brow services


Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations


Provide waxing services


Design and apply make-up


Provide manicure and pedicare services


Use electric file equipment for nail services


Research and apply beauty industry information


Incorporate knowledge of skin structure and functions into beauty therapy


Incorporate knowledge of body structures and functions into beauty therapy


Promote healthy nutritional options in a beauty therapy context


Conduct salon financial transactions


Provide salon services to clients


Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment


Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices


Maintain ethical and professional standards when using social media and online platforms


Sell to the retail customer


Elective units

Group A: Infection control


Maintain infection prevention for skin penetration treatments


Maintain infection control standards


Group B: General elective units


Provide aromatherapy massages


Provide specialised facial treatments


Apply eyelash extensions


Design and apply make-up for photography


Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up


Apply gel and dip powder nail enhancements


Apply acrylic nail enhancements


Apply nail art


Apply advanced nail art


Use social media and online tools

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