Make Up

This dynamic course offers a vast range of exciting (and fun) practical skills that enable you to start your career in the growing industry of make-up artistry. You will learn fundamental professional skills for events ranging from weddings, formals, make-up counter demonstrations or photographic shoots including; airbrushed make-up, eyelash extensions and cosmetic tanning services. You will also cover useful skills in eyelash and eyebrow shaping and tinting, learn how to manage and develop your social media skills to promote your business.

CIT’s partnership with Dermatologica and the Kryolan Global School means you will learn using state-of-the-art resources on CIT’s campus.

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.

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

    Certificate III Make-Up | SHB30221
    CRICOS: 111243B

  • Course Duration

    6 months

  • Course Intake


    Semester 1 (February)

    Semester 2 (July)

  • Course Campus

    CIT Reid
    From Semester 2 2025, the location of this course will transition from CIT Reid 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 $7,410)

    Extra Fees:

    Material Fees: $1,175, 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

    • Year 10 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 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 - Certificate III

    Certificate III Make-Up | SHB30221 — 15 subjects

    Core: Complete all 8 subjects

    • SHBBMUP009  Design and apply make up
    • SHBBMUP010  Design and apply make up for photography
    • SHBBMUP013  Design and apply creative make up
    • SIRXOSM002  Maintain ethical and professional standards when using social media and online platforms
    • SHBXIND003  Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
    • SHBXWHS003  Apply safe hygiene, health, and work practices
    • SHBXCCS008  Provide salon services to clients
    • SHBBRES003  Research and apply beauty industry information

    Electives: Complete 7 subjects

    • SHBBMUP011  Design and apply remedial camouflage make up
    • SHBBMUP012  Apply airbrushed make up
    • SIRXSLS001  Sell to the retail customer
    • SHBBBOS007  Apply cosmetic tanning products
    • SHBXCCS007  Conduct salon financial transactions
    • SHBBFAS004  Provide lash and brow services
    • HLTINF005  Maintain infection prevention for skin penetration treatments
    • SHBHDES001  Dry hair to shape
    • SHBXCCS009  Greet and prepare clients for salon services
  • Likely Job Outcome

    Make-up artist/consultant across the beauty, fashion, media and entertainment industries including film, television, photographic, theatrical and retail cosmetic counters.

  • 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.