Whether you have some salon experience or you’re wanting to launch a career in beauty, this custom designed course will train you to deliver a full range of services as a professional beauty therapist.

Why study this course?

  • This hands-on course gets you job-ready so that when you finish your study, you can walk straight into work as a beauty therapist.

  • You will be provided with a set of high quality industry kits to allow you to practice and perfect your skills. The kits are worth $1,291.

  • Throughout the course you will be keeping a visual diary of your work which you can use with prospective employers and clients.

  • The course gives you the opportunity to specialise in a range of unique treatments including spray tanning, eyelash extensions, lymphatic massage and female intimate waxing.

Course number E1192
Qualification name SHB40115 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Recommended hours per week 13.0
Qualification level Certificate IV
Delivery method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Interviews, Journal, Knowledge tests, Label the diagram questions, Portfolio of evidence, Practical assessments, Reports, Scenario-based questions, Short-answer questions, Visual diary, Written reports
Awarded by Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)

About the course

Who this course is for

This course is ideal for students who want to become real beauty experts and highly employable job candidates.

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation as you may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and may be able to complete your studies faster.

Potential career outcomes

  • Beauty Therapist

What you'll learn

During this course you'll learn how to perform facial and body treatments, waxing, and nail services, as well as the art of make-up application, and other specialist treatments such as eyelash extension procedures and aromatherapy massage. You will also learn how to recommend skincare products and cosmetics.

Learning materials

Your learning materials are accessed through OpenSpace. These include:

  • Online Learning Content
  • Online Forums
  • Videos
  • Glossary of terms
  • Templates, including consultation forms, treatment plans, feedback forms, workplace and hazard reports
  • Access to relevant legislation
  • Web links to relevant articles and information sources
  • Material Safety Data Sheets for products
  • Product manuals
  • Suggested beauty apps
  • Workplace policies and procedures manuals
  • Written practical procedures
  • Blog posts
  • Self-checks

You will also be provided with a number of essential kit items to assist in the completion of your course. These kits include a range of tools, equipment and products:

  • Manicure and Pedicure Kit, provided with Module 2
  • Eyelash Extension Kit, provided with Module 4
  • Waxing and Tinting Kit, provided with Module 5
  • Makeup Kit, provided with Module 8
  • Facials Kit, provided with Module 8

Industry relationships

Course Materials

This course includes course materials from:

Course trainers

Andriana Demetrius

Andriana has over 15 years of involvement in the make-up industry, and has studied makeup at Arts Makeup College. She managed to situate herself in multiple factions of the industry to great success starting her early career in television making up the faces of news readers at networks such as CBA-TV, SBS and ABC. She also spent the last decade working as an events makeup artist for well-known cosmetic brands such as Christian Dior and MAC. During this time, Andriana was able to hone her skills with the fashion world leading to work on many events such as Rosemount/Mercedes Australian Fashion Week, ARIA Awards, AFI Awards and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Today her extensive portfolio includes published work in magazines such as Cleo, Cosmopolitan, 2 Threads, Le Black Book, Harpers Bazaar and Yen. 

Inneke Venter

Inneke has a number of different beauty related qualifications including SIB50110 Diploma of Beauty Therapy and ITEC Diplomas in Aetheticienne, Physiatrics, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Stone Therapy, Anatomy and Physiology and Body Massage.

Inneke has more than 20 years of global working experience in salons, spas, nail bars and departments stores, also managing salons and beauty schools. Inneke enjoys empowering students by sharing her skills and knowledge, with the goal to always prepare students to be industry ready.

Jessica Keramea

Jessica is a Diploma Qualified Beauty Therapist with over 16 years of industry experience and a passionate educator having worked in the Vocation Education and Training sector for the past 7 years.

Jessica has worked in various salon and spa settings and developed a love for helping clients reach their skin care goals. She enjoys sharing her industry knowledge and experiences with her students and helping them gain confidence in their abilities.

Jessica believes that "all beauty therapists are creative and nurturing people that have the magic touch to enable their clients’ to relax the mind, renew the body and revive the soul all in just one session.”

Kristie Burgess

Kristie has over 10 years’ experience working in salons and day spas combined. She is a highly trained therapist and is motivated by her love for the business. She moved into Education where she can pass on her knowledge to students.

As a trainer Kristie is approachable and patient which makes her classroom and online environment a fun place to relax and learn treatments. She believes Beauty is an ever-evolving industry that will never go out of fashion, and it is important to teach rising therapists or technicians, new and innovative techniques. Tanning, waxing, facials and body massage are Kristie’s favourite treatments to teach and perform in the salon.

Suzanne Travers

Suzanne has been in the beauty and spa industry for over 20 years and brings a strong knowledge in both Beauty and Spa operation and Beauty Therapy Education. She has extensive experience which includes working with leading skincare brands and living and working in Australia’s luxury resort and spa destinations. 

Suzanne holds both national and international beauty therapy qualifications including ITEC Diploma of Beauty Specialist, ITEC Diploma of Microdermabrasion, CIDESCO Diploma of Beauty, CIDESCO Diploma of Spa and SIB50110 Diploma of Beauty Therapy. 

Suzanne loves to draw on her industry experience and has a strong passion for setting a high standard for successful beauty and spa graduates.   

Academic information


Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements.


Tan-tastic provides you with an introduction to the beauty industry. You also learn the art of perfecting spray tanning applications.

  • Establish client priorities.
  • Prepare to apply cosmetic tanning products.
  • Use spray gun to apply product.
  • Review service.
  • Clean service area.

Hygienic manicure and pedicure treatments

Manicure and pedicure treatments are highly popular salon treatments. Here, you learn how to perform spa manicure and pedicure treatments using both coloured and French polish, as well as learning the importance of health and hygiene in the salon.

  • Establish client priorities.
  • Prepare for nail service.
  • Provide nail service.
  • Review service.
  • Clean treatment area.
  • Comply with infection control regulations and guidelines and related legal obligations.
  • Monitor hygiene of premises.
  • Maintain infection control for skin penetration treatments.
  • Sterilise equipment and maintain steriliser.
  • Maintain awareness of clinic design for control of infection risks.
  • Protect self from infection risks.
  • Apply organisational safety procedures.
  • Use electricity safely.
  • Minimise infection risks in the salon environment.
  • Follow infection control procedures.
  • Follow procedures for emergency situations.
  • Clean salon.

Knowing your industry

The beauty industry is an ever-changing industry. New treatments, products and equipment are constantly being introduced. Therefore, it is always best practice to keep your knowledge up-to-date. Having a thorough understanding of the organisational requirements for working in a salon is imperative for a Beauty Therapist to provide safe and effective treatments.

  • Develop knowledge of employment rights and responsibilities.
  • Work within organisational requirements.
  • Support work team.
  • Maintain personal presentation.
  • Develop effective work habits.
  • Source and use information on beauty industry.
  • Source and apply information on legal and ethical issues for the beauty industry.
  • Update knowledge of beauty industry and products.


Master the art of creating the perfect lashes! You will learn about eyelash extensions and the skills you need to perform them. You will also gain an understanding of providing salon services to clients and how to process financial transactions.

  • Establish service requirements.
  • Remove damaged, sparse, or grown out eyelash extensions.
  • Apply eyelash extensions.
  • Provide post service advice.
  • Clean treatment work area.
  • Receive clients.
  • Provide customer service.
  • Schedule appointments for clients.
  • Respond to client complaints.
  • Respond to clients with special needs.
  • Operate point-of-sale equipment.
  • Complete point-of-sale transactions.
  • Complete refund.
  • Remove takings from register or terminal.
  • Reconcile takings.

Waxing and tinting

Gain the skills and knowledge required to perform safe and effective waxing and lash and brow services in a salon. You’ll also learn about hair growth patterns.

  • Establish client priorities.
  • Prepare for waxing service.
  • Apply wax to waxing area.
  • Review waxing service and provide post service advice.
  • Clean service area.
  • Establish client priorities.
  • Prepare for lash and brow service.
  • Chemically treat eyelashes and eyebrows.
  • Shape eyebrows.
  • Review service and provide post service advice.
  • Clean service area.

Know the body (massage and body treatments)

Learn how to provide the perfect massage and body treatments to clients in the salon whilst gaining an understanding of how the body works.

  • Establish client priorities.
  • Design and recommend massage.
  • Prepare for body massage treatment.
  • Provide body massages.
  • Review massage and provide body care advice.
  • Clean treatment area.
  • Establish client priorities.
  • Design and recommend body treatment.
  • Prepare for body treatment.
  • Provide body wrap treatment.
  • Operate electrical equipment to provide body treatment.
  • Review treatment and body care advice.
  • Clean treatment area.

Detoxifying massage

Lymphatic massage helps with toxin and waste removal. Learn the skills and knowledge to provide superficial lymph massage treatments in a salon to help detoxify the body.

  • Establish client priorities.
  • Prepare for treatment.
  • Provide lymphatic massage.
  • Review treatment and provide post treatment advice.
  • Clean treatment area.

Best face forward

Learn up-to-date techniques for applying make-up to allow clients to always look and feel their best.

  • Establish make-up requirements.
  • Design make-up plan.
  • Apply make-up.
  • Apply false eyelashes.
  • Provide post service advice.
  • Clean service area.
  • Establish remedial camouflage make-up requirement.
  • Design make-up plan.
  • Apply remedial camouflage make-up.
  • Review service.
  • Clean treatment work area.

Promoting skin health

Skin is the largest organ of the body so we need to ensure it stays healthy. Here, you will learn how the skin works and the best ways to maximize skin health and minimize damage. You’ll also learn how to perform facial treatments to suit each clients’ skin.

  • Establish client priorities.
  • Design and recommend facials.
  • Prepare for facial treatment.
  • Cleanse skin.
  • Provide facial massage.
  • Apply specialised products.
  • Review facial.
  • Provide post treatment skin care recommendations.
  • Clean treatment area.

Female intimate waxing

Learn the skills and knowledge needed to provide intimate waxing services on female clients.

  • Establish client priorities.
  • Prepare for female intimate waxing service.
  • Apply wax to female intimate area.
  • Ensure client comfort.
  • Review waxing service and provide post service advice.
  • Clean service area.

Relaxation massage treatments

Learn how to truly relax your client – gain the skills to perform aromatherapy massages with a personalised blend of aromatic oils.

  • Establish client priorities.
  • Design and recommend aromatherapy treatment.
  • Prepare for aromatherapy massage.
  • Provide massage treatment.
  • Review massage treatment and provide post treatment advice.
  • Clean treatment area.

Assessment details

  • Case studies
  • Interviews
  • Journal
  • Knowledge tests
  • Label the diagram questions
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical assessments
  • Reports
  • Scenario-based questions
  • Short-answer questions
  • Visual diary
  • Written reports

Recognition of Prior Learning

We understand that you may already have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Open Colleges has developed an RPL application kit for this course.

The Student Handbook, available in the Key Student Information section of our website, provides more information about our RPL process. Alternatively, you can contact an Enrolment Consultant to discuss your RPL options. 

Course duration

The duration for the course is maximum 18 months. As a self-paced online course, the time it will take you to complete is flexible and dependent on ability and time available.

Qualification awarded

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised SHB40115 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy from Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796).

Work placement

What is a work placement?

A work placement is the part of your course where you learn and are assessed in a place of work related to your course which has been approved by Open Colleges.

At your work placement, you'll get practical, hands on experience under the guidance of your supervisor. Your supervisor will be someone with involvement in industry, who can mentor you during your placement.

What are the benefits?

  • By undertaking a work placement you’ll get a chance to put the knowledge you’ve learned on your course into practice.
  • You’ll also develop practical, on-the-job skills and could make contacts that could help you find a job once you graduate.
  • Work placement is often the most rewarding part of a student’s course. Working face-to-face with clients and colleagues in your chosen field makes a huge difference to your career confidence.

How do I find a work placement?

You’ll need to find a work placement yourself and ensure it’s approved by Open Colleges. When looking for a suitable work placement host organisation, have a think about the following:

  • Are you already working or volunteering in the industry your course is related to? You could potentially do your work placement at your current place of work or have contacts that could recommend a suitable work place. Ask around!
  • If you’re entering a new industry, do some research and start thinking about organisations you could approach. We have plenty of resources available to help with approaching and finding a suitable work placement organisation.

What support will I get?

It’s your responsibility to find a suitable work place to carry out your work placement, however, there is a Work Placement Team available to give you a hand if you find that you are struggling.

Work placement summary

The 110 hours of your work placement will be split into two blocks:

  • Work Placement 1 requires a minimum of 73 hours and may be commenced after successful completion of Modules 1-6
  • Work Placement 2 requires a minimum of 37 hours and may be commenced after successful completion of Modules 7-11

Work placement hours

This course contains a minimum of 110 hours of work placement.

Host organisation

The workplace will need to provide beauty treatments and have access to a full comprehensive range of professional products for each practical treatment performed. Examples of suitable workplaces include beauty salons and beauty/retreat spas.

You may be required to complete work placement in multiple salons if your chosen salon does not provide all of the required services.

Supervisor requirements

Your supervisor is required to have completed the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy (or higher) and have 3 years of relevant industry experience. They are required to provide a copy of their qualifications before the workplace can be approved.


Open Colleges recommends that you consider the work placement options in your local area prior to enrolling in this course.


You will be required to wear closed toed rubber soled shoes and have your hair tied back.Workplaces may specify a uniform they would like the student to wear.You will also be required to be respectful of the salon and employees and act in a professional manner at all times and refrain from using inappropriate language. 

More information can be found in the Workplace Assessment Guide.


Open Colleges provides insurance cover for the mandatory work placement you undertake as part of your course. This insurance coverage includes Public and Products Liability Insurance as well as Student Personal Accident Insurance.



You will need to have completed Year 12, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate III level or higher, OR
  • Two years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.


This course involves reading learning content and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
  • 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents.
  • Accessing and searching the internet.
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites.
  • Uploading documents through websites.
  • Participating in online discussions.
  • Compressing image files.
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Payment options

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

zipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, we can assist by organising zipMoney to pay your course fees directly to us on your behalf, and you pay this loan back to ZipMoney over a period of agreed time with them. zipMoney provides you flexible options of selecting a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free* payment plan (dependant on which course you are enrolling into) to suit your lifestyle, giving you more flexibility than ever before. 

Payment Plan

Pay for your course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

Studying online with Open Colleges

Flexibility - study at your own pace

When you study online with Open Colleges you’re in control.

You can choose to complete your course quickly or keep to a steady pace, and with no deadlines or schedules to stick to, fitting your learning around your everyday commitments is easy.

Everything you need to study is online so you can study wherever you like – but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own.

OpenSpace is our purpose-built online learning platform. It’s where you’ll go to access your learning materials, contact your expert trainers and assessors, upload your assessments and find all the support and motivation you need to keep going from the OC community.


Your online community

What is OpenSpace?

Open Colleges offers you a custom-designed online-learning platform called OpenSpace.

Your learning platform is the heart of your study experience. This is where you'll navigate through your course materials, contact your trainers and assessors, and connect with other online students.



What can you do in OpenSpace?

OpenSpace provides you with a secure, interactive learning environment that allows you to access a wealth of learning resources. In OpenSpace you can:

  • Access all your course materials, including videos and other digital resources
  • Complete the learning activities related to your course
  • Get the latest news about Open Colleges and your course
  • Get to know your fellow students by posting in the course forums, and find a 'Study Buddy'
  • Connect with your Trainers and Assessors
  • Access extensive online libraries for research
  • Upload your assessments, view feedback, and access your grades 

It’s just like a real campus – but it’s available anywhere and anytime.

How to get support

Academic support

Your experienced trainers are available in OpenSpace to answer any questions you may have regarding the learning materials or assessments.

Your training operations manager can also provide you with advice and support regarding the overall course. 

Student support

The student support team is your one-stop service centre for all student administrative issues – including enrolment, change of contact details, OpenSpace support, assessment results and certification.

You can access the student support team in OpenSpace or by email or phone

Online Community Support Officers

Your friendly in-platform support officers help students make the most out of their OpenSpace learning experience through managing the discussion forums, providing orientation and study skill webinars, and one-to-one support calls.

Peer support

As a student of Open Colleges you will join a community of over 65,000 people who are also studying online. Through OpenSpace you can connect and collaborate with others to share study tips and advice. 

Our students find this is a great way to keep motivated and build lasting friendships and networks. 

Work Placement Support

If your course contains work placement, the work placement support team can provide you with support, advice and resources if you encounter difficulties in securing a workplace for your work placement.

You can access the work placement support team via your trainer and assessor or the student support team.

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About Open Colleges

Our history and heritage

Open Colleges has been delivering quality education for over 100 years. During this time, we have honed our unique learning model to become Australia’s leader in online learning.

We’ve achieved this by continuously evolving our approach to meet the needs of our learners by offering flexible, accessible, affordable and supportive courses.

So far, we have helped over 700,000 people gain the skills to launch, change or take the next step in their careers.

All of us at Open Colleges put the student at the centre of everything we do, whether that’s helping you find the right course, designing a new course, making improvements to our online campus or giving the support you need to reach your goals.

Commitment to quality

December 2013 saw Open Colleges Australia (the holding company of Open Colleges Pty Ltd) become part of Apollo Education Group, Inc.

Being part of Apollo gives Open Colleges access to the expertise, experience and educational resources of the University of Phoenix (USA), Institute of Professional Development (USA), BPP University (UK) and other institutions in the Apollo global network.

Our ongoing partnerships and place within the Apollo family ensure we continue to deliver a student experience that’s best in class.


With Open Colleges you can:

  • Study nationally recognised qualifications
  • Choose from over 100 online courses
  • Fit study around your family or work commitments
  • Enrol 365 days of the year
  • Find a payment option that works for you
  • Get academic and student support – online or over the phone
  • Join a community of thousands of like-minded students

Get in touch

Still got a question?

Call an Education Advisor on 1300 161 345 for more details about this course and the enrolment process.

It’s our priority to ensure you enrol in the perfect course so an Education Advisor will be in touch shortly to discuss your specific goals and what you want to achieve through studying online. They’ll clearly explain the course options that would suit you best and why they would work for you and talk you through how online learning with Open Colleges works.