Beauty Therapy (Certificate IV)

In this unique course, you will get hands-on practice in our commercial beauty salons!

CIT’s comprehensive Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy will teach you a broad range of beauty therapy treatments and techniques including; skin and facial care, body massage, make-up, cosmetic tanning services, eyelash extensions and nail treatments.

You will be required to work closely with, and on, your fellow students and clients to practice, experience and refine new skills. Through our partnerships with Dermalogica and Kryolan you’ll have access to a world-recognised skin care range, industry experts and the latest beauty industry techniques. Start your career in beauty therapy with this job-ready qualification.

This Australian national qualification ensures graduates complete in the program with the skills, knowledge and etiquette comparable to international grading bodies and training curriculums including:

  • CIDESCO - Comité International d'Esthétique et de Cosmétologie
  • ITEC - International Therapy Examination Council
  • CIBTAC - Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology
  • City & Guilds

Industry Placement

Delivered in industry-current and open-to-the-public salons, students develop skills and confidence to work on other students and clients under professional supervision.

  • Course Details

    Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy | SHB40115
    CRICOS: 090578A

  • Course Duration

    1 year

  • Course Intake

    2021 Semester 2 (July)

    2022 Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July)

  • Course Campus

    CIT Reid

  • Course Fees

    Tuition Fees:

    2020-2021: $6,850 per semester

    Extra Fees:

    Material fees: $1,250
    Uniform: $65
    Textbooks: $125

  • *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 may happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2021 and 2022 fees subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements

    Academic requirements:

    • Year 12 Certificate or equivalent

    Students over the age of 20 may be eligible for adult entry. Please refer to Entry Requirements for more information.

    English requirements

    Students must meet one of the following English requirements:

  • Course Subjects - Certificate IV

    Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy | SHB40115 — 19 subjects

    Core: complete all 13 subjects

    • SHBBBOS001 Apply cosmetic tanning products
    • SHBBBOS002 Provide body massages
    • SHBBBOS003 Provide body treatments
    • SHBBFAS001 Provide lash and brow services
    • SHBBFAS002 Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations
    • SHBBHRS001 Provide waxing services
    • SHBBMUP002 Design and apply make-up
    • SHBBNLS001 Provide manicure and pedicure services
    • SHBBRES001 Research and apply beauty industry information
    • SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
    • SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients
    • SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
    • SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices

    Electives: complete all 6 subjects

    • SHBBMUP003 Design and apply make-up for photography
    • SHBBMUP004 Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up
    • SHBBBOS004 Provide aromatherapy massages
    • SHBBFAS003 Provide specialised facial treatments
    • SHBBCCS002 Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments
    • SHBBMUP001 Apply eyelash extensions
  • Likely Job Outcome

    Skilled beauty therapist in the beauty, massage and make-up services stream of the beauty industry.

  • 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

    CIT’s credit transfer arrangements can reduce the time and fees required to complete a bachelor degree at university.

    Students who successfully complete the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy (SHB40115) can go on to study for a further 6 months to complete CIT's Diploma of Beauty Therapy (SHB50115), and students who successfully complete this diploma and gain entry into Torrens University (Melbourne) will receive 80 credit points (1 year) towards the Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics).

    We advise you speak directly with your chosen university in relation to credit transfer, entry requirements and their application process.

    Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy 1 year
    = 1 year of study
    Diploma of Beauty Therapy 6 months
    = 1.5 years of study
    Optional degree pathway available