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Top 3 skills you will achieve:

  • Apply skin care products and share advice
  • Apply face and body treatments
  • Apply make-up

Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

Develop your therapist skills to a high level to provide a wholistic approach to a diverse range of clients.

This course offers you the choice to learn on campus in our state of the art facilities or in your work based environment.

Course Overview

Course Code:S780 (National ID: SIB40110) 
Careers:Beauty Therapist, Makeup Artist 

Duration may be flexible.

How:Full time, Apprenticeship/Traineeship, Work based 
Where:PERTH CAMPUS - Building 2
30 Aberdeen Street

Intake:Semester 1, Semester 2 
International study available:No 
Online study available:No 
Uni pathway available:No 

About the course

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This course will train you in the application of advanced facial and body treatments and providing advice on skin care and developing treatment plans. You will further develop your skills as a Beauty Therapist and meet and exceed your clients needs and expectations.

Subjects include applying make-up, covering skin conditions, providing body treatments, making the work place safe and aromatherapy massage.

Central's beauty therapy courses will teach you how to accentuate the natural features of your client and make them feel good about themselves, both inside and out. By studying at Central you'll be exposing yourself to experienced beauty therapy lecturers and new, state of the art facilities which includes a real beauty salon.

If you study as a full time, college based student, you will be automatically enrolled in additional programs or electives that are essential to industry. In your first semester you will study nail enhancements and intimate area waxing for women (at an additional cost)and in your second semester, microdermabrasion and spray tanning (at an aditional cost).

Please note, students studying full time study a set group of electives that is predetermined after consultation with industry.

View our brochure to see the career pathways for our beauty therapy courses.

Where this course can lead you

Job prospects in this industry are generally positive with a high number of salons and day spas spread throughout metropolitan areas. Central will give you the beauty therapy skills to get ahead of the rest and become an beauty therapy employee or start your own business.

Your Certificate IV in Beauty Services prepares you for roles such as:

  • Beauty Therapist

  • Retail Cosmetic Manager

Your Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy opens the door for further qualifications at Central such as the Diploma of Beauty Therapy. Further career opportunities could include managing a salon.

Skills you will gain from this course

Central's beauty therapy qualifications provide you with skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply advanced facial and body treatments

  • Prescribe skin care treatments and develop treatment plans

  • Apply safe working practices

  • Waxing and tinting services

  • Make-up application and principles

  • Manicure and pedicure treatments

Your Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy gives you the skills to ensure you'll have an exciting and diverse career in beauty therapy or for further study at Central. The Diploma of Beauty Therapy will increase your skills with a focus on natural therapies and business skills

Connected with industry

Central has its own beauty clinic managed and operated by our own students under the guidance of qualified staff. It is open to students, staff and the public and provides excellent work experience opportunities for beauty therapy students.

Central's focus on industry relevancy means practical course content geared towards getting you a career. It also means you have an opportunity to network with real professionals who could increase your chances of employment during or after study.

We ensure beauty therapy professionals are our lecturers. So you’ll be gaining the best experience possible from the people who have done exactly what you want to do.

Course Structure

Plan:S780 - CU1107 - PSC 
Description:Complete 25 units: 17 core and 8 elective units 

Available Groups


Description: Learners to complete 8 elective units. For institutional delivery - the college has selected the electives based on industry needs in order to give students the best job opportunities. For Traineeships - elective units are to be negotiated between Central Institute of Technology, employer and employee.

NumberNational IDTitle
D4752SIBBBOS402AProvide body treatments
D4753SIBBBOS403APerform aromatherapy massage
D4762SIBBCCS406AUse electricity in beauty therapy treatments
D4763SIBBCCS407AInterpret the chemical composition and physical actions of cosmetic products
D4764SIBBCCS408APromote healthy nutritional options in a beauty therapy context
D4767SIBBFAS303ADesign and apply remedial camouflage make-up
D4769SIBBFAS405AProvide advanced facial treatments
D4800SIBXFAS202ADesign and apply make-up for photography
S6191SIRXSLS001ASell products and services


Description: Complete 17 core units

NumberNational IDTitle
D4751SIBBBOS401APerform body massage
D4757SIBBCCS301AApply the principles of skin biology to beauty treatments
D4758SIBBCCS302AAdvise on beauty services
D4759SIBBCCS403ARecognise body structures and systems in a beauty therapy context
D4760SIBBCCS404AWork in a skin therapies framework
D4761SIBBCCS405ADevelop treatment plans
D4766SIBBFAS302AProvide lash and brow treatments
D4768SIBBFAS404AProvide facial treatments
D4770SIBBHRS301APerform waxing treatments
D4777SIBBNLS201AWork in a nail services framework
D4778SIBBNLS202AProvide manicure and pedicare services
D4797SIBXCCS201AConduct financial transactions
D4798SIBXCCS202AProvide service to clients
D4799SIBXFAS201ADesign and apply make-up
S6120SIRXCOM001ACommunicate in the workplace
S6140SIRXIND001AWork effectively in a retail environment
S6168SIRXOHS001AApply safe working practices

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

An apprenticeship or traineeship is a structured employment based training program that allows you to have a job and be paid while you learn. In most instances practical experience at work is combined with complementary off-the-job training provided by Central Institute of Technology. 

Apprenticeships lead to trade certification and nationally recognised qualifications.

Traineeships focus on entry level training in non-trade areas and lead to nationally-recognised qualifications. Some school based traineeships are available to year 11 and 12 students who combine part time work with secondary studies via an approved training schedule. Apprenticeships and Traineeships are not available as an option for  International students.

Please Note: The process for actually getting into an apprenticeship/traineeship (which involves finding an employer) is very different to the application process for normal study.  

For more information about apprenticeships or traineeships please contact Central Institute of Technology'sTraineeship, Apprenticeship and Workplace Training (TAWT)  on 6211 2111, visit the Apprenticeships & Traineeships section of the Training WA site or

Getting into this course


Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements table In order to gain entry into this course you must demonstrate basic maths and developed communication skills.

For school leavers:

This conversion table explains the grades you need to have obtained at a high school level to meet this entry level requirement. A text version of this table is available here

For non-school leavers:

If you are not coming straight from school you still need to provide us with evidence that demonstrates you can meet the above entry requirement. The Training WA website has a skills calculator that can help you identify what previous experiences you can use as evidence. 

Entry into Apprenticeships & Traineeships

The process for gaining a traineeship or an apprenticeship is quite different to entry into a full time or part time course studied on campus. The first, and most important, requirement is for you to find an employer who will take you on. With this employer you will then set up a training contract which specifies your work, your training and the length of time you will be contracted for. Training will be a combination of "on the job" training and in class study. One of the best places to start looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship is the ApprentiCentre. They can be also be called on 13 19 54.

The Application Process

The process for applying for a course at Central depends on whether you are a local or international student and the way that you will be studying: full time, part time, as an apprentice or trainee.

Our future students area of the website includes a handy guide to help you through the process depending on what type of student you are, and how you are planning on studying.

Find out more information about the process to apply, enrol and pay.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Do you have existing skills? Whether obtained through paid or voluntary work, training or other experiences, you may be able to fast track your study by applying for recognition of prior learning, often referred to as RPL.

Find out more here

Fee information

The domestic fee structure for 2014 has been amended. We will publish the fees as soon as possible. In the meantime, please visit this page for information regarding the changes.

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