SHB40115 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who work as beauty therapists to provide a range of beauty therapy treatments and services, including lash and brow treatments, nail services, make-up, massage and waxing. They communicate with clients to recommend treatments and services and sell retail skin care and cosmetic products.

Total Duration 52 weeks.

This includes delivery over 49 weeks (including four weeks break). Delivery will complete in the 49th week, however, students will have three weeks to complete and submit leftover assessments. Study load of students have been worked out approximately 20 hours per week and distributed as under:
Face to face in class (05:30 hours (including half hour breaks) a day and two day a week for 45 weeks)

(Note term break is not taken into account) 450 Hours Assessment 138 Hours Home Study, research etc. 476 Hours Total 1064 Hours
Home study, research and assessment timings may vary depending upon individual student Language, Literacy and Numeracy levels of the students.

Training Pathway

A possible training pathway for a student completing this qualification could be the following:

Diploma SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy


These qualifications represent a logical pathway regardless of whether ITS offers the qualifications.


Employment Pathway

Employment outcomes may include the following role/s:


  • Beauty Therapist
  • Beautician
  • Make-up Artist
  • Cosmetic Expert
  • Salon Manager

Core Units


Unit Code Unit Name
SHBBBOS001 Apply cosmetic tanning products
SHBBBOS002 Provide body massages
SHBBBOS003 Provide body treatments
SHBBFAS001 Provide lash and brow services

Provide facial treatments and skin care


SHBBHRS001 Provide waxing services
SHBBMUP002 Design and apply make-up
SHBBNLS001 Provide manicure and pedicare services
SHBBRES001 Research and apply beauty industry information
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients

Comply with organisational requirements within a

personal services environment

SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices


Elective Units

We have decided to choose the following electives as these elective are more appropriate for the desired job outcome:


Unit Code Unit Name
SHBBBOS004 Provide aromatherapy massages
SHBBFAS003 Provide specialised facial treatments
SHBBHRS002 Provide female intimate waxing services
SHBBINF001 Maintain infection control standards
SHBBMUP004 Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up
SHBBSPA004 Provide Indian head massages for relaxation

Although there are no specific formal entry requirements to enter the SHB40115 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapist qualification, however learners entering this course must meet the following entry requirementsThere are no Qualification entry requirements to this course.

Age Requirements

We recommends that all learners should be over 18 years of age at the commencement of course. We will consider the suitability or the course to meet the learner’s needs and younger learners will be encouraged to consider a lower level qualification prior to enrolling in the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapist qualification.

Pre-Training Review

Learners will have been assessed for their prior knowledge and skills through the Pre- Training Review and enrolment. Where appropriate RPL or credit transfer will be recommended to learners.

Prior to enrolling a potential learner, an enrolment officer will conduct a Pre-Training Review, which aims to identify the learner’s training needs and the suitability of this course to meet their needs, through questions on previous education or training, relevance of the course to the learner’s desired job outcome, relevant experience. The review also aims to identify any support the learner may need to successfully undertake the course and possible RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) or Credit Transfer opportunities which may reduce the amount of training required.

Through the Pre-Training Review, the learner will demonstrate that they have necessary skills and personal attributes to successfully undertake the course and that the course selected is the suitable and the most suitable to meet their needs.


Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (LLN)

Prospective learners are also required to complete Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Assessment to help identify any support the learner may require to successfully undertake the course.

Learners undertaking this course must possess sound Numeracy skills as it requires them to do calculations, including the ability to estimate weights for safe manual handling; mix different ratios of chemiclas, lotions, creams and make up prodects, interpret charts; engage with individualised plans;, measure effectiveness responses and to complete work within appropriate timeframes. An assessor will assess LLN, record the outcome and identify support services (if needed).

All learners must have an appropriate level of English language proficiency to enable them to successfully complete this qualification. The English language skills of a learner will be assessed before allowing that learner to undertake the course. If learners are unable to show an appropriate level of English language proficiency, they may be referred to an English program for their skills to be brought up to the appropriate level required to undertake the course.


Physical requirements

Learners are expected to have physical abilities and standing capacity required to perform tasks as those undertaken by a hairdresser and make-up artist worker in the practical place while undergoing training. Workers in these roles work physically close to other people and will spend a large amount of time on their feet. As part of this course learners are expected to handle chemical products and different lotions and creams of beauty products which will be exposed to their skins and eyes; prospective learners must consider any personal barriers before enrolling in this course.

In line with its access and equity policy, we will identify any such barriers presented by learners during Pre-Training Review before enrolment and provide required support and reasonable adjustment where possible.

Computer literacy requirements:

Students are expected to possess computer literacy owing to the current pandemic situation and shall have access to digital technologies to undertake online learning. Student who don’t have access to such technologies can still be enrolled by their course may be delayed due to frequent restricitons by health authorities to avoid COVID spread

This program is to be delivered in a classroom-based environment and in simulated work environment called the Salon (a fully functional & operational salon) to provide access to appropriate environments for the practical components of the course.

All theory based delivery will occur within designated classrooms through structured training sessions from a qualified Trainer / Assessor employed by the RTO. At these training sessions a qualified Trainer/ Assessor will provide the required skills and knowledge as per the unit content and will ensure the learning is imparted. The Trainer/Assessor will have designated session plans to reference to ensure the learning content is provided consistently to all students.

As part of this course students will also be required to undertake practical activities related to the course content. These practical activities will be undertaken in an appropriately simulated environment free of WHS hazards.

As this is a competency-based program, the student gains feedback through the training and assessment is undertaken once the unit has been delivered. The assessment process may include written questions, verbal questions, case studies, assignments, projects and practical demonstrations.

Statement of Fees – Download pdf

Eligibility for government funded training in Victoria is based on your citizenship, residency status, age and previously completed qualifications.

Generally, you are eligible for a government-subsidised training if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian Permanent Citizen (holder of a permanent visa)
  • a New Zealand citizen

and are any of the following:

  • under 20 years of age
  • seeking to enrol in a Foundation Skills List course (and do not hold a Diploma or above qualification or are receiving core skills training in other sectors)
  • seeking to enrol in VCE or VCAL
  • seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship
  • 20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification.

Students are eligible to commence a maximum of two subsidised courses at the same qualification level in your lifetime. This restriction applies whether or not you complete the courses. For example, this means if you have already commenced two courses at the Certificate III level, you may only commence courses at the Certificate IV level (or above).

This restriction does not apply to courses on the Foundation Skills List or to students recommencing training in the same qualification (at the same or a different provider).

Under exceptional circumstances students may apply for an exemption to the rule allowing only two commencements at the same level, enabling them to enrol in a further qualification at the same level. No exemptions are available for any other eligibility criteria.

In addition, eligible students can begin up to two subsidised courses in a year as long as you are not doing any more than two courses at a time.

Please note:

If you are eligible for Government Funding and enrol in a course subsidised by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments under Skills First Funding, this will affect your future training options and eligibility for further government subsidised training under the Skills First Funding.

Bayswater: 32-34 Station Street Bayswater Vic 3153

Dandenong: 18 Princess Highway Dandenong Vic 3175

Foresthill: 16 Mahoneys Rd, Forest Hill VIC 3131

How to enrol

Contact the RTO to organise an enrolment interview.

 Would you like more information?

Contact our friendly team at ITS Hairdressing Academy on:
Telephone: 9738 0836

Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply to access government subsided training.