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SHB50121 - Diploma of Beauty Therapy

Put your training and experience to use with ITEC’s RPL services and earn a nationally recognised qualification with a SHB50121 – Diploma of Beauty Therapy via our RTO partners.

Qualification Overview

Qualification Name:

Diploma of 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 diploma reflects the skills and experience of an individual working as a beauty therapist, providing a variety of beauty services and therapies, including but not limited to facials, hair removal, brow and lash treatments, makeup and nails, and body massage. You are adept at consulting with clients to provide beauty advice and recommendations for beauty services and treatments, and selling retail cosmetics and skin care products. You are accountable for your own individual output, and the work involves a self-directed application or skills and knowledge. You must be able to use your own judgment in terms of identifying and applying the appropriate services, equipment and techniques in the workplace, which is generally a spa or salon.

To qualify for this certificate, you must provide evidence demonstrating that your skills and knowledge align with the courser’s learning outcomes. This evidence can take various forms. Demonstrating your current proficiency at a comparable level can be done through a CV (your student support representative can assist with this), an employment letter, or an employment contract.

Additionally, documents from prior work or educational experiences, such as references from licensed tradespeople you’ve collaborated with, apprenticeship records, academic transcripts, or assessments from relevant past qualifications, all contribute to the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. You can also submit proof of overseas qualifications or visual evidence of your work, especially for practical roles.

Required documents
Payslips/work contract/ABN if self-employed
Photos/videos (for practical roles)
Risk Assessment and Management Documents
Incident Report Forms
Plans and Specifications
Job Cards

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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.

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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 employed as beauty therapists to provide a broad range of beauty therapy treatments and services including facial treatments, body massage and treatments, hair removal, lash and brow treatments, nail and make-up services. This includes consultation with clients to provide beauty advice, recommend beauty treatments and services, and sell retail skincare and cosmetic products.

These individuals work relatively autonomously and are accountable for personal outputs. Their work involves the self-directed application of knowledge and skills with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services and techniques.

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

29 units must be completed:

  • 20 core units
  • 9 elective units, consisting of:
  • 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.


Packaging Rules for each specialisation:

  • All units from Group B electives must be selected for award of the Diploma of Beauty Therapy (Electrolysis/Diathermy)
  • All units from Group C electives must be selected for award of the Diploma of Beauty Therapy (Relaxation Massage)
  • All units from Group D electives must be selected for award of the Diploma of Beauty Therapy (Spa Treatments).

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


Provide body massages


Advise on beauty products and services


Provide lash and brow services


Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations


Provide specialised facial treatments


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


Maintain health and wellbeing in a personal services setting


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: Electrolysis/Diathermy


Provide hair reduction treatments using electrical currents


Provide diathermy treatments

Group C: Relaxation Massage


Provide aromatherapy massages


Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments


Provide stone therapy massages

Group D: Spa Treatments


Provide aromatherapy massages


Work in a spa therapies framework


Provide spa therapies


Provide stone therapy massages

Group E: General elective units


Determine resource requirements for new business ventures


Research and develop business plans


Market new business ventures


Establish operational strategies and procedures for new business ventures


Manage finances for new business ventures


Provide superficial lymph massage treatments


Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments


Interpret the chemical composition and physical effects of cosmetic products


Provide female intimate waxing services


Provide male intimate waxing services


Design and apply make-up for photography


Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up


Apply volume eyelash extensions


Provide upper body piercings


Provide micro-dermabrasion treatments


Provide Indian head massages for relaxation


Use social media and online tools

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