Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

Course Code
Course Type
Accredited Course
Course Level
Skills Building
Hairdressing & Beauty
Course Location
Course Duration
Full Time: 1 year (Non-Traineeship)
Part Time: 3 years (Traineeship)
Course Cost
For an individual quotation of fees payable, please visit your nearest campus of GippsTAFE. Click Here for further information regarding Fees and Charges.
Study Modes
On Campus; Part Time (Day); Traineeship; Full time (day)
Starting Date
Full Time:
  • February 2014

Ongoing enrolment options

Part Time:
  • February 2014

Ongoing enrolment options

9.00am - 4.00pm
Industry Programs
Phone: (03) 5120 4542
Fax: 1300 094 661
Email: industryprograms@gippstafe.edu.au
Post: PO Box 3279, GMC 3841

Course Overview

This course will enable you to attain the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values required for employment as a Beauty Therapist.

The course is designed to offer offers training in a wide range of beauty therapy treatments and services including make-up, lash and brow treatments, waxing, manicure and pedicure, facial massage, advanced facials, body massage, body treatments, gel and acrylic nails, as well as providing advice on and selling retail skincare and cosmetic products.

This course also aims to develop the small business management skills commonly required by supervisors in a salon setting.  It is designed to reflect the role of those who work relatively autonomously. It involves the performance of a broad range of skilled applications, including requirements to evaluate and analyse current practices, develop new criteria and procedures for performing current practices, and some provision of leadership and guidance to others in the application and planning of skills

Qualifications And Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Many GippsTAFE courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Employment Prospects

  • Beauty Therapist
  • Make up Artist
  • Nail Technician

Entry Requirements

  • You must be working as a trainee in a salon (Traineeship)
  • Attendance at an interview and the below additional requirements (Non-Traineeship)
  • Successful completion of Year 11 (or equivalent) or mature age.
  • Mature age applicants are welcome

How To Apply

Direct to Institute


Assessment is competency based.  A range of assessment methods will be used, including written assignments, practical tasks, practical placement (Non-Traineeship), assignments and written/practical assessments.

Course requires a compulsory work placement component.

Opportunities For Further Study

  • Diploma of Beauty Therapy
  • Diploma of Salon Management
  • Vocational Graduate Certificate in Intense Pulsed Light and Laser Hair Reduction

Can prospective students enrol in individual units?


Course Structure

Unit Code Unit Name
Core Units
Perform body massage
Apply the principles of skin biology to beauty treatments
Advise on beauty services
Recognise body structures and systems in a beauty therapy context
Work in a skin therapies framework
Develop treatment plans
Provide lash and brow treatments
Provide facial treatments
Perform waxing treatments
Work in a nail services framework
Provide manicure and pedicure services
Conduct financial transactions
Provide service to clients
Design and apply make-up
Communicate in the workplace
Work effectively in a retail environment
Apply safe working practices
Elective Units
* A selection of 8 elective units are to be undertaken. Please contact us for further information.