Certificate 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

    Maximum 18 months

  • Start Date

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  • Course Fee

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Beautician | Nail Technician | Beauty Therapist | Senior Beauty Therapist | 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.

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  • In a Nutshell

    If you have a passion for beauty and skin care, and would like to explore a career as a beautician, then this SHB40121 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy qualification from Open Colleges could be just what you're looking for!

    This contemporary course is designed with the needs of the modern beauty industry in mind and will teach you all the basics and essentials, from waxing and spray tanning to eyelash extensions. You will learn crucial skills such as how to research and apply beauty industry information, how to provide lash and brow services, how to provide waxing services, how to incorporate knowledge of body structures and functions into beauty therapy, how to provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations and how to promote healthy nutritional options in a beauty therapy context.

    In addition, this course contains a minimum of 350 hours of practical work placement which will give you the real-world experience you need to tackle any beautician role in any salon nationally.

    PLEASE NOTE - Open Colleges is a privately-run RTO, not government-run like a TAFE, so they cannot offer government funding. Please check eligibility requirements before beginning an enrolment with Open Colleges.

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    There are no formal educational requirements for this course.

    Minimum age:

    • You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.

    English proficiency:

    • Entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level; or
    • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensure the ability to read and comprehend technical terms and communicate effectively through email. These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully complete Year 12 or ACSF Level 3 or Certificate Lev III or higher.


    • You will need access to a reliable computer and an internet connections, as well as basic computer skills

    Physical requirements:

    • Some treatments require the learner to be able to physically massage the client during a treatment;
    • Able to sit for long periods of time to complete the treatments;
    • Maintain posture to minimise fatigue and risk of injury during treatment.
  • Subject Breakdown

    While completing the SHB40121 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy qualification from Open Colleges, you may study the following subjects:

    • SHBBRES003 - Research and apply beauty industry information
    • SHBXWHS003 - Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
    • SHBBINF002 - Maintain infection control standards
    • SHBBNLS007 - Provide manicure and pedicare services
    • SHBBNLS011 - Use electric file equipment for nail services
    • SHBBNLS008 - Apply gel and dip powder nail enhancements
    • SHBXIND003 - Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
    • SHBXCCS007 - Conduct salon financial transactions
    • SHBXCCS008 - Provide salon services to clients
    • SHBBSSC001 - Incorporate knowledge of skin structure and functions into beauty therapy
    • SHBBFAS004 - Provide lash and brow services
    • SHBBHRS010 - Provide waxing services
    • SHBXCCS006 - Promote healthy nutritional options in a beauty therapy context
    • SHBBSSC002 - Incorporate knowledge of body structures and functions into beauty therapy
    • SHBBMUP009 - Design and apply make-up
    • SHBBMUP011 - Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up
    • SIRXSLS001 - Sell to the retail customer
    • SHBBFAS005 - Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations
    • SHBBMUP008 - Apply eyelash extensions
    • SHBBBOS007 - Apply cosmetic tanning products
    • SHBBBOS008 - Provide body massages
    • ICTWEB306 - Develop web presence using social media
    • SIRXOSM002 - Maintain ethical and professional standards when using social media and online platforms
    • Practical Work Placement
  • Why Open Colleges?

    RTO 90796
    Open Colleges has been helping Australians realise their potential for over 125 years, and they're now one of Australia's leaders in online education. In the last decade alone, they've helped over 450,000 students gain the skills to launch, change or take the next step in their careers.

    When you study with OC, you’ll graduate with a nationally recognised qualification that’ll help you find work across Australia. Their nationally recognised courses are designed by vocational experts, and you’ll learn job-ready skills from industry specialists.

    Online learning is all about flexibility, so they’ve designed their learning platform to be as flexible as possible. It’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can access it anytime you want. It’s designed to work around your lifestyle, not the other way around, so you can easily fit your study in with your other commitments.

    The common misconception is that studying online means that you’re studying alone, but at Open Colleges, they take great pride in the superior support provided to their students. They make it easy for you to get support when you need it with their student support team available Monday to Friday via email, phone and Live Chat and on the weekends, via Live Chat (when available). They’re here, in tandem with trainers and assessors, to make sure you’re supported the whole way through your course, from the time you enrol right through to your graduation.


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  • Where will this course take you?

    On completion of this course, you will receive a nationally recognised SHB40121 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy qualification from Open Colleges.

    Through studying the theoretical part of the course and completing the practical work placement, you will have both the knowledge and the experience to tackle any beautician role available nationally.

  • Career Outcomes

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

  • Let's talk price

    Open Colleges offers a number of flexible payment models to suit your lifestyle and preferences:

    Pay in Full

    • Pay up-front and receive a 10% discount

    Pay 50% & Payment Plan Combo

    • Pay 50% up-front and remainder through a payment plan

    Payment Plan

    • Pay in weekly or fortnightly installments.
    • All Open Colleges payment plans are interest free.

    BPAY available

    Enquire now for more details and course costs.

    PLEASE NOTE - Open Colleges is a privately-run RTO, not government-run like a TAFE, so they cannot offer government funding. 

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