Beauty Therapy (Diploma)

Become a confident and qualified beauty therapist and stand out to employers with CIT’s Beauty Therapy Diploma. 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. In this hands-on course, students practice with clients in our commercial salons.

You will learn about spa and body treatments including spa therapies; stone therapy massage, aromatherapy massage, Indian head massage, reflexology and relaxation techniques. 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.

Industry Placement

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.

This Australian national qualification ensures graduates complete in the course 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
  • Dermalogica partnership
  • Kryolan Globa
  • Course Details

    Diploma of Beauty Therapy | SHB50115
    CRICOS: 089063E

  • 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:

    2021-2022: $6,850

    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 - Diploma

    Diploma of Beauty Therapy | SHB50115 – 25 subjects

    Core: complete all 13 subjects

    • SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
    • SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients
    • SHBBFAS001 Provide lash & brow services
    • SHBBHRS001 Provide waxing services
    • SHBBMUP002 Design and apply make-up
    • SHBBBOS002 Provide body massages
    • SHBBBOS003 Provide body treatments
    • SHBBFAS002 Provide facial treatments & skin care recommendations
    • SHBBFAS003 Provide specialised facial treatments
    • SHBBNLS001 Provide manicure and pedicure services
    • SHBBRES001 Research and apply beauty industry information
    • SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
    • SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health & work practices

    Electives: complete 12 of 15 subjects

    • SHBBMUP003 Design and apply make-up for photography
    • SHBBMUP004 Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up
    • SHBBBOS004 Provide aromatherapy massages
    • SHBBBOS005 Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments
    • SHBBSPA001 Work in a spa therapies framework
    • SHBBSPA002 Provide spa therapies
    • SHBBSPA003 Provide stone therapy massages
    • SHBBSPA004 Provide Indian head massages for relaxation
    • SHBBCCS002 Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments
    • BSBSMB403 Market the small business
    • BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
    • BSBSMB405 Monitor and manage small business operations
    • SHBBMUP001 Apply eyelash extensions
    • SHBBHRS002 Provide female intimate waxing services
    • SHBBOS001 Apply cosmetic tanning products
  • Likely Job Outcome

    Work as a beauty and spa therapist, salon/spa owner or manager in 5-star resorts, health retreats, wellness day spas and 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

    CIT’s credit transfer arrangements can reduce the time and fees required to complete a bachelor degree at university. If you successfully complete your CIT qualification and gain entry into the university below, you will receive the following:

    Torrens University (TU) in Melbourne

    • Diploma of Beauty Therapy (SHB50115)  =  80 credit points (1 year) towards TU's 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.

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