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Top 3 skills you will achieve:

  • Use natural therapies in beauty treatment
  • Management and leadership
  • Provide specialised treatments

Diploma of Beauty Therapy

Get the knowledge and skills to provide a full range of advanced beauty, spa and natural therapy treatments. This course can also put you on the path to managing or owning your own salon.

Course Overview

Course Code:S781 (National ID: SIB50110) 
Careers:Spa/Beauty Therapist, Spa/Salon Manager 
Duration:1 year (full time) 
How:Full time 
Where:PERTH CAMPUS - Building 2
30 Aberdeen Street

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

About the course

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This course will see you learn how to apply a full range of face and body treatments. You will gain skills in aromatherapy, the use of essential oils and applying make-up for photography and to conceal skin conditions. You'll also gain skills in management and small business management which could see you running your own salon.

This course is run by beauty therapy lecturers who have vast industry experience. Training takes place in Central's new, state of the art facilities, which include a real beauty salon equipped with industry standard equipment. You can choose to study this course as a traineeship and earn money while you gain on the job skills.

If you study the course as a fulltime 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, and in your second semester, microdermabrasion and spray tanning.

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 high with a large number of salons and day spas spread throughout metropolitan areas. Central will give you the beauty therapy skills to work in the industry or start your own business.

The Diploma of Beauty Therapy gives you the skills to work in a role in the high end of the industry.

Your Diploma of Beauty Services prepares you for roles such as:

  • Salon Manager/ Owner

  • Beauty Therapist

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 the full range of advanced facial and body treatments

  • Use aromatherapy techniques and the use of essential oils

  • Apply make-up for photography or remedial camouflage

  • Undertake advanced beauty treatments
  • Manage a business

  • Use natural therapies such as reflexology in beauty therapy spa treatments

Connected with industry

Central has it's 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. Together, with our industry partners we are able to put you in touch with prospective employers.

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:S781 - CU1109 - PSC 
Description:Complete 33 units: 22 core and 11 elective units 

Available Groups


Description: Central Institute of Technology offer the units listed below. Please note: previously completed units may count towards this qualification. Please discuss with the teaching area to determine eligibility.

NumberNational IDTitle
D4751SIBBBOS401APerform body massage
D4752SIBBBOS402AProvide body treatments
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
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
D4766SIBBFAS302AProvide lash and brow treatments
D4768SIBBFAS404AProvide facial treatments
D4769SIBBFAS405AProvide advanced 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


Description: Learners to complete 6 additional elective units . 5 Elective listed below and 1 from Group 04.

NumberNational IDTitle
D1021BSBSUS201AParticipate in environmentally sustainable work practices
D4753SIBBBOS403APerform aromatherapy massage
D4754SIBBBOS504AApply aromatic plant oil chemistry to beauty treatments
D4755SIBBBOS505ABlend and apply a range of aromatic plant oils for beauty treatments
D4756SIBBBOS506AUse reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments


Description: Learners to complete all units listed below.

NumberNational IDTitle
D4792SIBBSPA501AWork in a spa therapies framework
D4793SIBBSPA502APlan spa programs
D4794SIBBSPA503AProvide spa therapies
D4795SIBBSPA504AProvide stone therapy massage
D4796SIBBSPA505AProvide Indian head massage for relaxation


Description: Learners to complete 1 of the following units.

NumberNational IDTitle
D4767SIBBFAS303ADesign and apply remedial camouflage make-up
D4771SIBBHRS502APerform female intimate waxing treatments
D4800SIBXFAS202ADesign and apply make-up for photography

Getting into this course


Entrance Requirements

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

This conversion table explains the grades you need to have obtained at a high school level to meet this entry level requirement.

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.

Visit our apply, enrol and pay guide



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

Domestic full time students

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.

Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.

Tuition fees:

Tuition fees are determined by multiplying the course fee rate by the nominal hours, which is the number of hours in which an average student could be expected to complete each unit. They are not the hours of training or instruction.

Full course approximate tuition fee based on the 2 semesters it takes to complete full time: $6127.24

Resource fees:

The resource fees cover the materials and services required to complete a unit.

Approximate resource fee for the full course: $1417.00

Paying your fees:
Both tuition and resource fees for the upcoming semester should be paid in full at the time of enrolment.
Find out how and where to pay for your course

Financial assistance:

Most Diploma and above students are eligible for VET FEE-HELP.  This is a Government loan program that helps you with your fees so you can pay them off slowly by instalments.

Find out more about VET FEE-HELP


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