Beauty Therapy (Diploma)

Develop extensive advanced practical skills with our beauty therapy program designed and delivered by our highly experienced and qualified beauty therapy teachers.

This program provides training that offers rich individual development intended to accelerate your career and make you 'stand out' as a professional beauty or spa therapist.

This distinctive qualification involves training in a broad range of beauty therapy treatments which includes advanced specialised skin treatments, specialised make-up services and a range of spa and body treatments including:

- spa therapies
- stone therapy massage
- aromatherapy massage
- Indian head massage
- reflexology relaxation techniques

Students practice with clients in our commercial salons and graduate with the confidence and skills to interact and engage with proficiency. Graduates will be 'job ready' to practice and demonstrate the professional skills required for a beauty and spa environment.

  • Course Details
    Course/s

    Diploma of Beauty Therapy
    CRICOS: 089063E National ID: SHB50115

  • Course Duration
    Duration

    Diploma: 12 months

  • Course Intake
    Intake

    Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July) 2018

    Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July) 2019

  • Course Campus
    Campus

    CIT Reid

  • Course Fees
    Fees*

    Tuition Fees:

    2018*: Semester 1 - $6,450 Semester 2 - $6,450

    2019*: Semester 1 - $6,650 Semester 2 - $6,650

    Extra Fees:

    Diploma:
    Makeup kit/materials used for salon practice: $1,750
    Uniform: $65
    Textbooks: $125
    Stationery: $30

  • *Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2018 and 2019 fees subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements

    ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent OR Adult Entry | Students must also meet one of the following English requirements IELTS 5.5 (no band score less than 5.0) | TOEFL iBT - 46 | PTE Academic - 42 (minimum of 36 in each band) | Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 162.

  • Course Subjects - Diploma

    Diploma of Beauty Therapy
    CRICOS: 089063E | National ID: SHB50115
    Complete all 25 subjects
    Subjects listed below from earlier courses automatically count towards this course

    National ID
    Subject Name
    • SHBBBOS002
      Provide body massages
      CIT Code: BEAU239
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide full body relaxation massages. It requires the ability to establish priorities with clients, synthesise knowledge of anatomy and physiology and lifestyle factors to design body massage routines, and provide advice on body products and protection from environmental damage. Body massage can be a single treatment or form part of a series of treatments. This unit applies to beauty therapists who work in beauty salons, massage clinics and spas. In this environment they work as part of a team but make independent treatment decisions.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBBBOS003
      Provide body treatments
      CIT Code: BEAU240
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide body treatments incorporating body massage techniques, electrical currents, body scrubs and wraps. It requires the ability to establish priorities with clients, synthesise knowledge of anatomy, physiology and skin, and operate specialised equipment with allied cosmetic products to design and provide body treatments addressing relaxation requirements. Body treatments can be a single treatment or form part of a series of treatments. This unit applies to beauty therapists who work in beauty salons and spas. In this environment they work as part of a team but make independent treatment decisions.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBBFAS001
      Provide lash and brow services
      CIT Code: BEAU131
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide lash and brow services that include shaping and colouring. It requires the ability to consult with clients, and select suitable products and equipment required to perform lash and brow services. Lash and brow services can be an individual treatment or form part of a series of treatments. This unit applies to beauticians and beauty therapists who work in beauty salons and spas. In this environment they make routine decisions within a defined range guided by manufacturer information and organisational policies and procedures.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBBFAS002
      Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations
      CIT Code: BEAU236
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide facial treatments to meet client needs. It requires the ability to establish priorities with clients, synthesise knowledge of anatomy and physiology, skin science, cosmetic chemistry and nutrition, and to design and provide facial routines and advice on products and protection of facial skin. Facials can be a single treatment or form part of a series of treatments. The unit applies to beauty therapists who work in beauty salons and spas. In this environment they are part of a team but make independent treatment decisions.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBBFAS003
      Provide specialised facial treatments
      CIT Code: BEAU237
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide specialised facial treatments incorporating the use of ultrasonic, direct current, high frequency and micro current devices. It requires the ability to establish priorities with clients and synthesise knowledge of skin, performance of electrical machines and allied cosmetic products, and to design and provide treatments to address specific skin types and conditions. Not all equipment is used in each specialised facial treatment. Specialised facials can be a single treatment or form part of a series of treatments. This unit applies to beauty therapists who work in beauty therapy salons. In this environment they work in a team but make independent treatment decisions.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBBHRS001
      Provide waxing services
      CIT Code: BEAU132
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide waxing services to remove unwanted facial and body hair. It requires the ability to consult with clients to select suitable wax products to provide waxing services. The waxing service can be a single service or form part of a series of services. This unit applies to beauticians and beauty therapists who work in beauty or hair removal salons. In this environment they work as part of a team and make independent decisions within a defined range.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBBMUP002
      Design and apply make-up
      CIT Code: BEAU137
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply facial make-up products for day, evening or special occasions. It requires the ability to consult with clients, analyse face and skin, and to demonstrate and apply make-up products to suit client needs or make-up brief. This unit applies to beauty therapists, retail assistants, and make-up freelancers who work in beauty salons, retail cosmetic outlets, and settings that provide make-up services. In this environment they make routine service decisions within a defined range and have knowledge and skills of a variety of make-up products and application techniques.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBBNLS001
      Provide manicure and pedicare services
      CIT Code: BEAU235
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide services and advice to clients requiring hand, foot and nail care. It requires the ability to recognise relevant contraindications and conditions, to understand the structure and function of hands, feet and nails and the effects of treatments and products, and to select and provide services and advice to meet the objectives of the client. The services and advice can be on an individual basis or form part of a series of services. This unit applies to workers in beauty and nail salons, and spas. In this environment they make routine service decisions within a defined range but are responsible for the selection and provision of services to clients.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBBRES001
      Research and apply beauty industry information
      CIT Code: BEAU156
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to access information and update knowledge of the beauty industry and relevant industry legislation. It requires the ability to research beauty industry trends, and its relationship to other industries, and how beauty therapists can use this information to enhance own work performance. This unit applies to beauticians, nail technicians, make-up artists and retail cosmetic assistants who work in beauty and nail salons and in beauty retail outlets. In this environment they make routine decisions within a defined range but are expected to be up-to-date with industry trends.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBXCCS001
      Conduct salon financial transactions
      CIT Code: BEAU127
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to conduct financial transactions for the sale of products and services within a personal services environment. It requires the ability to operate point-of-sale equipment, handle cash, complete sales and reconcile takings. This unit applies to workers in personal service environments including beauty and hairdressing salons, nail salons and spas. In this environment they work within known routines and guidelines and use a limited range of equipment.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBXCCS002
      Provide salon services to clients
      CIT Code: BEAU128
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide a complete customer service experience. It requires the ability to communicate with clients face-to-face or by telephone, schedule appointments, attend and respond to client complaints, and assist clients with special needs. This unit applies to workers in personal service environments including beauty and hairdressing salons, nail salons and spas. In these environments, they make routine service decisions within a defined range.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBXIND001
      Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
      CIT Code: BEAU247
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to work in a personal services environment by integrating knowledge of workplace rights and responsibilities and organisational policies and procedures, and by using effective team and individual work practices to plan and organise daily work activities. This unit applies to workers in personal service environments including beauty and hairdressing salons, nail salons and spas. In these environments they make routine service decisions within a defined range in the context of organisational goals, customer service values and standards.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBXWHS001
      Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
      CIT Code: BEAU248
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to follow safe practices to minimise risks to self, client and colleagues in a salon environment. It requires the ability to follow hygiene and skin penetration guidelines, clean the work area, use electricity safely, identify and report faults, use personal protection and work safely. This unit applies to workers in environments providing beauty treatments and hairdressing services. In these environments they work with limited supervision, and have responsibility for providing safe treatments for their clients.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBBBOS004
      Provide aromatherapy massages
      CIT Code: BEAU144
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide aromatherapy massages using blended aromatic plant oils. It requires the ability to establish priorities with clients, and synthesise knowledge of anatomy and physiology, skin science and lifestyle factors to select aromatic oils and massage techniques to meet client needs. Aromatherapy massage can be a single treatment, or form part of a series of treatments. This unit applies to beauty and spa therapists who work in beauty salons, massage clinics and spas. In this environment they work as part of a team but make independent treatment decisions. They have knowledge across a range of aromatherapy massage techniques and blended oils.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBBBOS005
      Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments
      CIT Code: BEAU177
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide relaxation treatments using reflexology techniques. It requires the ability to consult with clients, select products and techniques, and provide manual reflexology relaxation according to client needs and agreed treatment plan. Reflexology can be an individual treatment, or form part of a series of treatments. This unit applies to beauty and spa therapists who work in beauty salons, massage clinics and spas. In this environment they work in a team but make independent treatment decisions. They have knowledge across a range of reflexology relaxation techniques.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBBCCS002
      Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments
      CIT Code: BEAU238
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to select and blend aromatic plant oils for use in face and body treatments to meet specific client needs. It requires the ability to establish priorities with the client, synthesise knowledge of aromatic plant oil chemistry and the therapeutic profiles of aromatic oils, and to select and blend aromatic plant oils. The unit applies to beauty and spa therapists who work in beauty salons, massage clinics and spas. In this environment they work as part of a team but make independent treatment decisions.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBBSPA003
      Provide stone therapy massages
      CIT Code: BEAU207
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide full body massages with hot and cold stones. It requires the ability to establish priorities with clients, and synthesise knowledge of anatomy and physiology, skin science and lifestyle factors to select pre-heated stones, design massage and provide the treatment. Stone massage therapy can be an individual treatment or form part of a series of treatments. This unit applies to beauty and spa therapists who work in day, destination and resort spas and beauty salons. In this environment they work in a team but are responsible for individual client recommendations and treatment.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBBSPA004
      Provide Indian head massages for relaxation
      CIT Code: BEAU208
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide Indian head massage as part of a spa program. It requires the ability to consult with clients, plan massage routine and massage arms, neck, shoulders, scalp and face. Indian head massage can be an individual treatment or form part of a series of treatments. This unit applies to beauty and spa therapists who work in day, destination and resort spas and beauty salons. In this environment they operate with some level of autonomy or under limited supervision.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBBSPA001
      Work in a spa therapies framework
      CIT Code: BEAU204
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to promote spa treatments and create and maintain a spa services environment. It requires the ability to prepare spa work areas, recommend suitable spa therapies to clients, monitor the spa environment, complete shutdown of treatment rooms and equipment, and promote environmentally sound spa practices. This unit applies to beauty and spa therapists who work in day, destination and resort spas. In this environment they work in a team but are responsible for individual client recommendations and for maintenance of the spa area.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBBSPA002
      Provide spa therapies
      CIT Code: BEAU206
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide wet and dry spa therapies to meet client needs. It requires the ability to consult with clients, and select, provide and review hydrotherapy, wraps, herbal packs, sauna and other signature spa treatments. Spa therapies can be an individual treatment or form part of a sequenced series of treatments. This unit applies to beauty and spa therapists who work in day, destination and resort spas. In this environment they work in a team but make independent treatment decisions and have knowledge across a range of spa products and treatments.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBSMB403
      Market the small business
      CIT Code: MGNT352
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to monitor and improve business performance via a clear strategy complementing the business plan. It applies to individuals who operate a small business independently or within a larger organisation. Individuals in this role analyse and interpret market data and are proficient communicators.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBBMUP003
      Design and apply make-up for photography
      CIT Code: BEAU138
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to design and apply make-up for photographic shoots in natural and artificial light. It requires the ability to select products and tools to apply photographic make-up in response to a brief from a client or stylist engaged in a photo shoot. This unit applies to beauty therapists and make-up artists who work in beauty salons, make-up studios and photography shoot settings requiring make-up services. In this environment they work as part of the creative team, make informed creative decisions and have knowledge and skills across a range of specialised make-up products and application techniques.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SHBBMUP004
      Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up
      CIT Code: BEAU139
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply specialised make-up products to disguise skin imperfections on the face and body. It requires the ability to consult with clients, select products and equipment, and apply camouflage make-up to disguise the appearance of blemishes, birthmarks and scars. This unit applies to beauty therapists and make-up artists who work in beauty salons and make-up studios and as freelancers. In this environment they work as part of a team but make independent treatment decisions and have knowledge across a range of specialised make-up products and application techniques.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBSMB404
      Undertake small business planning
      CIT Code: MGNT356
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research and develop an integrated business plan for achieving business goals and objectives. It applies to individuals who operate a small business that operates independently, or as part of a larger organisation. Individuals in this role interpret business information and numerical data competently and are skilled communicators.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBSMB405
      Monitor and manage small business operations
      CIT Code: MGNT348
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement a business plan and modify operations as required. It applies to individuals who operate a small business which stands alone, or is part of a department within a larger organisation. Individuals in this role are skilful communicators and interpret numerical data with ease.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • Job Opportunities

    Beauty and spa therapist, salon/spa owner or manager and other opportunities in health resorts and retreats including massage clinics.

  • Teaching Methods and Assessment

    This program is delivered using a variety of teaching methods including face-to-face lecture style or smaller tutorial groups, learning in simulated beauty salons and on-line learning through e-Learn.

    Predominantly students will be assessed through a formal observation checklist according to the required skills and knowledge of the subject within a salon environment on a client. The times and dates can often be negotiated between yourself and the teacher, however assessments are identified and scheduled within a time range at the beginning of each subject. Assessment outcomes are based on competency. You will generally have a small amount of theory based assessment which will normally be in an online quiz format or on the Client Consultation Sheet.

  • Pathways to Further Study

    Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Beauty Therapy and gain entry into Torrens University (Melbourne) will receive 80 credit points (1 year) towards the Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics).

    Students are advised to speak directly with universities in relation to course choices and pathways.

    Diploma of Beauty Therapy (1 year)
    = 1 year of study
    Optional degree pathway available