Beauty Therapy (Diploma)

Designed and delivered by our highly experienced and qualified beauty therapy teachers, develop an extensive range of advanced skills and techniques in the beauty industry with our practical Diploma of Beauty Therapy course. Our practical course provides hands-on training that offers rich individual development intended to accelerate your beauty career and make you 'stand out' as a professional beauty or spa therapist. This qualification will prepare you to become a professional in the industry and features a specialisation in spa therapies, enabling you to work in 5-star resorts, wellness day spas or beauty salons.

This higher-level qualification will train you in a broad range of beauty therapy services which includes advanced specialised skin treatments, make-up, and a range of body treatments. With access to a world-recognised skin care range, you'll practice with clients in our commercial salons and graduate with the confidence and skills to interact and engage with proficiency. You will be able to work safely within salon policy frameworks and health practices and provide services to a range of clients by recommending treatments and products to address specific concerns.

  • Skills and services include:
  • Wellness methodology
  • Relaxation massage
  • Stone therapy massage
  • Aromatherapy massage
  • Indian head massage
  • Reflexology relaxation techniques
  • Provide specialised facials, micro-dermabrasion treatments
  • Provide lash, brow, and waxing services
  • Design and apply different make-up look
  • Provide manicure and pedicure services

You will be required to work closely with, and on, your fellow students and clients as part of the CIT Beauty salon, to practice, experience and refine new skills.

CIT’s partnership with Dermatologica and the Kryolan Global School means you will learn using state-of-the-art resources on CIT’s campus. Graduates will be 'job ready' to practice and demonstrate the professional skills required for a beauty and spa environment.

Industry Placement

This program is 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

    Diploma of Beauty Therapy | SHB50121
    CRICOS: 112087A

    After achieving the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy | SHB40121 with CIT, you can progress to the Diploma of Beauty Therapy | SHB50121.
    The Diploma of Beauty Therapy qualification is delivered over one semester, full time after the completion of the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy | SHB40121 with CIT. Total package duration:  1.5 years.

  • Course Duration

    1 year

  • Course Intake

    2024 Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July)

  • Course Campus

    CIT Reid
    From Semester 2 2025, the location of courses delivered at CIT Reid will transition to the new CIT Woden campus. CIT will provide support for students who will be making the move to Woden. Learn more

  • Course Fees

    Tuition Fees:

    2024 $7,410 per semester (Total qualification tuition fee $14,820)

    Extra Fees:

    Material Fees: $1,879

    Uniform/equipment: $215

    Textbooks: $200 approximately

  • *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 tuition and material fee increases may occur annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. Fees are subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements

    Academic requirements:

    • ACT 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:

    • IELTS 6.0 (no band score less than 5.0)
    • PTE Academic - 50 (minimum of 36 in each band)
    • Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 169

    Non student visa applicants who hold a temporary visa for the full duration of the offered program will be required to meet Australian Core Skills Framework literacy levels of at least 4 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your course of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this course.

  • Course Subjects - Diploma

    Diploma of Beauty Therapy | SHB50121 – 29 subjects

    Core: complete all 20

    • SHBBBOS008 Provide body massages
    • SHBBCCS005 Advise on beauty products and services
    • SHBBFAS004 Provide lash and brow services
    • SHBBFAS005 Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations
    • SHBBHRS010 Provide waxing services
    • SHBBRES003 Research and apply beauty industry information
    • SHBBSSC001 Incorporate knowledge of skin structure and functions into beauty therapy
    • SHBBSSC002 Incorporate knowledge of body structures and functions into beauty therapy
    • SHBXCCS005 Maintain health and wellbeing in a personal services setting
    • SHBXCCS006 Promote healthy nutritional options in a beauty therapy context
    • SHBXCCS007 Conduct salon financial transactions
    • SHBXCCS008 Provide salon services to clients
    • SHBXIND003 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
    • SHBXWHS003 Apply safe hygiene, health, and work practices
    • SIRXOSM002 Maintain ethical and professional standards when using social media and online platforms
    • SIRXSLS001 Sell to the retail customer
    • SHBBFAS006 Provide specialised facial treatments
    • SHBBNLS007 Provide manicure and pedicare services
    • SHBBNLS011 Use electric file equipment for nail services
    • SHBBMUP009 Design and apply make up

    Electives: complete 9

    • HLTINF005 Maintain infection prevention for skin penetration treatments
    • SHBBBOS009 Provide aromatherapy massages
    • SHBBCCS006 Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments
    • SHBBBOS007 Apply cosmetic tanning products
    • SHBBSKS009 Provide micro-dermabrasion treatments
    • SHBBSPA007 Provide stone therapy massages
    • SHBBBOS010 Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments
    • SHBBHRS011 Provide female intimate waxing services
    • SHBBSPA008 Provide indian head massages for relaxation
  • Likely Job Outcome

    Qualified Beauty and Wellness Therapist, salon beauty therapist, salon/Spa owner or manager, department store or pharmacy cosmetic consultant, health spa or resort manager, spa therapist on a cruise ship, beauty consultant for international cosmetic companies, freelance therapist or beauty consultant, cosmetic or beauty equipment sales representative, beauty editor or journalist, beauty educator.

  • 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 online 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

    Because CIT offers nationally recognised qualifications accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), students can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to most universities within Australia and receive credit towards a degree, even where formal credit transfer arrangements are not in place; however, this is not a guarantee.

    Formal credit arrangements are currently under negotiation.