Course Description

An ideal entry into the world of beauty, the SHB40115 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy  is a comprehensive course that will give you a firm grounding in the principals of beauty therapy, so you can speak and act with authority on both treatments and products. 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.

During your studies you will learn how to perform:

  • Body massage
  • Body treatments
  • Facial treatments
  • Lash and brow treatments
  • Waxing treatments
  • Manicure and pedicure services
  • Makeup design and application

Under the guidance of experts you will also learn how to: apply the principals of skin biology to treatments, apply safe working practices and work effectively in a retail environment. 

Ideal for students who want to become real beauty experts and highly employable job candidates, the Certificate also gives you the opportunity to specialise in a range of more unique treatments including:

  • Eyelash extension procedures
  • Superficial lymph massage
  • Aromatherapy massage
  • Female intimate waxing services
  • Maintaining infection control standards

As an Open Colleges beauty student you will also gain access to a number of high quality and in-demand professional industry kits that allow you to practice and perfect your skills. The kits include:

  • Manicure and Pedicure kit (valued at $162)
  • Eyelash extension kit (valued at $229)
  • Waxing and tinting kit (valued at $199)
  • Makeup kit (valued at $307)
  • Facial kit (valued at $523)


Study Beauty Therapy Online

This course is delivered through a combination of online learning and a work placement. Theory, knowledge and initial skills are developed via our online campus OpenSpace, which is where you can access your course material and complete your assessments.

Practical skills in beauty therapy are gained through a work placement which you will do in in a beauty salon or other appropriate workplace. We can advise you on how to find a suitable work placement.

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Beauty Therapist