SHB40115Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

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  • Awarded by

    Open Colleges (RTO 90796)

  • Qualification

    Certificate IV

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Max 18 months

  • Start Date

    Anytime – start today!

  • Course Fee

    Price may vary Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Beautician | Beauty Therapist | Beauty Salon Owner | Cosmetics Demonstrator | View all

This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

Last modified: 29 Nov 2018

In a Nutshell

This Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy program (SHB40115) offered through Open Colleges will give you the education and training to launch your career in the world of beauty therapy. This online beauty therapy course will give you beauty skills in a range of services, including skincare treatments, pedicures, manicures, massage and waxing. Or,  you could specialise in a range of unique treatments including spray tanning, eyelash extensions, lymphatic massage, female intimate waxing and microdermabrasion.

To successfully complete the required subjects in this certificate IV course, you will need to have a Senior First Aid certificate from an accredited provider. 

You will be provided with a set of high-quality industry kits to allow you to practice and perfect your skills. The kits are worth more than $1,400 and include;

  • Manicure and Pedicure kit
  • Eyelash extensions kit 
  • Waxing and tinting kit
  • Makeup kit
  • Facial kit

Gain practical skills

Studying this beauty therapy course online, you will be required to complete a minimum of 110 hours of practical work placement to complement your education with industry training. You can choose to be assessed in your own workplace or in one of the Open Colleges Work Placement Service Centres or Assessment Centres across the country.

Throughout the course, you will keep a visual diary of your work which you can use with prospective employers and clients.

  • What You'll Need to Get In


    To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must meet one of the following entry requirements:

    • Be at least 18 years old; AND
    • Have access to a computer and the internet; AND
    • Hold a minimum qualification of a Certificate II level or higher; OR
    • Demonstrate 2 years of relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

    English requirements:

    • Successful completion of Year 12 English or equivalent; OR
    • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; OR
    • Demonstrate 3 years of relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.
  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this beauty therapy, the subjects you may include:

    • SHBBBOS001 – Apply cosmetic tanning products
    • SHBBNLS001 – Provide manicure and pedicare services
    • SHBBINF001 – Maintain Infection Control Standards
    • SHBXWHS001 – Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
    • SHBXIND001 – Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
    • SHBBRES001 – Research and apply beauty industry information
    • SHBBMUP001 – Apply eyelash extensions
    • SHBXCCS002 – Provide salon services to clients
    • SHBXCCS001 – Conduct salon financial transactions
    • SHBBHRS001 – Provide waxing services
    • SHBBFAS001 – Provide lash and brow services
    • SHBBBOS002 – Provide body massage
    • SHBBBOS003 – Provide body treatments
    • SHBBBOS006 – Provide superficial lymph massage treatments
    • SHBBMUP002 – Design and apply make-up
    • SHBBMUP004 – Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up
    • SHBBFAS002 – Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations
    • SHBBHRS002 – Provide female intimate waxing services
    • SHBBBOS004 – Provide aromatherapy massage
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  • Why Open Colleges?

    RTO 90796
    Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.

    As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.


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Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy (SHB50115) from Open Colleges. You will gain the skills and training to be eligible for a range of positions in the beauty therapy industry.


Wondering where a career in beauty therapy could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

Let's Talk Price

Open Colleges offers two flexible payment models to help make studying more affordable:

Payment Option 1: Pay in weekly instalments

  • $80.31 per week (64 weekly repayments)
  • $100 deposit

Payment Option 2: Pay in full when you enrol and save up to 20% on your course fees

  • $4,192 upfront payment
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