Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy SHB40121


This nationally recognised SHB40121 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy is designed to transform you into a fully qualified beauty therapist. You will learn how to perform facial and body treatments, waxing, and nail services, as well as the art of make-up application. Specialise in a range of unique treatments, and excel in this booming industry.

Course Breakdown


SHB40121 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

Course duration: Self-paced - maximum of 18 months

Recommended hours per week: 21h

Delivery method: Online with Work Placement

Qualification level: Certificate IV

Awarded by: Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)


Industry Overview

The number of available beauty therapist roles is expected to grow strongly in the next 5 years by 12.2%.


Is this course for you?

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.

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

What you will 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 Material

Your learning materials are access through our online platform OpenSpaceX. These learning materials include 

  • Learning content 
  • Media 
  • Additional resources 
  • Learning activities 
  • Self-checks 

Your trainer

Ellena Frisina
Ellena has over 15 years' experience in the beauty and cosmetic industry, which started after achieving a Diploma of Beauty Therapy, working in salons, cosmetic clinics, running her own beauty business (specialising in brow-shaping, nails and tanning), supervising work placement students, as well as lecturing experience.

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.

Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

Research and apply beauty industry information
  • 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 product
Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
  • 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
Maintain infection control standards
  • 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
Provide manicure and pedicare services
  • Establish client priorities
  • Prepare for nail service
  • Provide nail service
  • Review service
  • Clean treatment area
Use electric file equipment for nail services
  • Establish client priorities
  • Prepare for nail service
  • Provide nail service
  • Review service
  • Clean treatment area
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Assessment Details

  • Multiple choice Quiz
  • Projects
  • Role plays
  • Video
  • Work Placement
  • Written assignments

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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.

Our Credit Transfer & Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, 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.


Work Placement

This course contains a minimum of 350 hours of work 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.

Cost of work placement

All costs of work placement, including any placement fees charged by the host organisation (whether to the student or Open Colleges), cost of statutory checks and vaccinations, travel, accommodation, and uniforms are the responsibility of the student. These fees will vary and are dependent on your location within Australia.

  • Costs for statutory checks will range between $0 - $100 dependent on the type of check you select and your state.
  • Costs for vaccinations will very between practitioners, please refer to your GP for approximate costs.
  • Placement fees will vary, please discuss this with your intended host organisation for approximate costs.

Host organisation

The workplace will need to provide nail and 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 and nail salons.

You may be required to complete work placement in multiple salons if your chosen salon does not provide all of the required services. Only work placement block 1 can be completed in a nail salon.

You will be required to complete a minimum of 350 hours of work placement, which will be split into three blocks

Work placement block 1 – 170 hours and may be commenced after successful completion of Modules 1 – 5 and your work placement preparation activities.

Work placement block 2 – 106 hours and may be commenced after successful completion of Modules 7 – 13 and your work placement preparation activities.

Work placement block 3 – 74 hours and may be commenced after successful completion of Modules 15– 20 and your work placement preparation activities.

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, act in a professional manner at all times, and refrain from using inappropriate language.


Please note that your host organisation may require you to provide an up to date immunisation history prior to the commencement of your work placement. Open Colleges has no control over this requirement so if you are unable to provide this, you will need to discuss it with your intended Host Organisation.

It should also be noted that some immunisations, such as Hepatitis B and COVID-19, need multiple injections to be administered over a specific time period before you are deemed immune. It is important that you consult with your GP as soon as possible to avoid delays in starting your work placement.

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.


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


Study and pay, your way

Payment Options

Pay Upfront
Save 25%
$6,585.00 Save $2,195.00
was $8,780.00
Week to week
Pay as you go
Save 7%
Pay in 80 instalments over the length of your course.
$99.12 Weekly
Total course cost: $8,130.00
was $8,780.00
Full course breakdown

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. Learning is fully flexible so you can fit your everyday commitments around your studies.

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 online learning platform. It’s where you’ll go to access your learning materials, contact your expert trainers and assessors and upload your assessments.

What is OpenSpace?

It’s important to us that we deliver a superior, online learning platform that meets our students’ needs. That’s why we have upgraded to our brand new, custom-designed learning platform, OpenSpace.

OpenSpace provides you with a user-friendly interface, that is mobile responsive. This means that you can complete your coursework using your laptop, iPad, or mobile device. All coursework is automatically saved, providing you with the flexibility you need to complete your studies anywhere, anytime.

How to get support?

Learning Support

The learning support team will be with you every step of the way, from enrolment to graduation. They’re here to help you get the most out of your online course. They can assist by providing non-academic support - like helping you craft an achievable study plan so that you can graduate in a realistic timeframe. If you’re finding it tough to stay motivated throughout your course, they’ll be there to help keep you on track.

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 by email or phone