Diploma Of Beauty Therapy

Course Code: SHB50115
Study Area:

Start dates: July 2022

Days: Monday - Friday

Times: 9am - 4pm (2 days), 9am - 3pm (3 days)

If you enjoy making others feel relaxed and rejuvenated, or you are eager to work in spas both here and abroad, then our Diploma of Beauty Therapy course will start your journey to fulfilling your ambition. As the highest and most sought after qualification in the industry, our practical, nationally recognised course will provide you with the knowledge, experience and advanced skills to start your career as a qualified beauty therapist. Bendigo TAFE has a highly regarded reputation as a beauty training provider of choice within an industry that continues to grow each year.

Study at our new state of the art facility to gain beauty skills to take you into a rewarding career in the beauty or spa industry.

Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus, hands on practical skills and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time - blended - 1 year


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Beauty therapist
  • Salon manager or owner
  • Spa therapist
  • Health spa or resort manager
  • Spa therapist on a cruise ship
  • Freelance therapist
  • Cosmetic or beauty equipment sales representative
  • Beauty editor or journalist
  • Beauty advisor

  • There are no set prerequisites for this course. However it is recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. OR You may apply if you have satisfactorily completed VCE or an approved equivalent course and the satisfactory completion of the work requirements (eligibility to transfer); or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. (Mature age is anyone over the age of 18 who has been out of full-time education for more than 12 months.)

Course overview

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, spa therapies, aromatherapy, hot stone massage, hair removal, lash and brow treatments, electrolysis, micro-dermabrasion, in-depth skin knowledge, nail and make-up services. This includes consultation with clients to provide beauty advice, recommend beauty treatments and services, and sell retail skin-care 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. No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

How to apply
  • Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Students will be selected after a direct interview

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessment may include written, oral or practical

Learning options

Key study areas
  • Advanced facial treatments
  • Micro-dermabrasion
  • Massage (including aromatherapy, hot stone therapy and Indian head massage)
  • Body treatments
  • Make-up application and techniques
  • Electrolysis
  • Lash and brow treatments
  • Waxing
  • Manicure and pedicure treatments
  • Advice on and selling of retail skin care and cosmetic products

Further study opportunities
  • Graduates of this course are eligible for guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Dermal Sciences at Victoria University with 96 credits (equivalent to approximately 12 months study).


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
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Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$10,642.52
Concession - average total course fee*$0.00
Full fee - average total course fee*$20,518.89
B.   Materials average fee**$1,702.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$3,547.50
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

This page was last updated on 12/04/2022 2:32 PM