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CRICOS Course Code: 111481K

National Qualification Code: SHB50121

Course Duration: 12 months: 4 terms; 9 weeks per term

*This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.*


The Diploma of Beauty Therapy is designed to reflect the role of individuals employed as beauty therapists to provide a broad range of beauty therapy treatments and services including facial treatments, body massage and treatments, hair removal, lash and brow treatments, nail and make-up services. This includes consultation with clients to provide beauty advice, recommend beauty treatments and services, and sell retail skin-care and cosmetic products. These individuals work relatively autonomously, and are accountable for personal outputs. Their work involves the self-directed application of knowledge and skills with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services and techniques.


Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Beauty therapist
  • Beauty advisor
  • Make-up artist
  • Company representative (skincare/cosmetics, equipment, etc.)
  • Beauty blogger/writer
  • Salon Manager


There are no entry requirements for this qualification


The course is offered as a blended course with face-to-face, online learning and simulated work environment practice.

Classroom Learning includes lectures supported with visual topic content, PowerPoints, practice, group and oral work. Your materials are provided either in print or digital copy that can be accessed as part of the course.

​Online Learning requires you to complete additional online study each week. This learning is tailored to the follow the units you are completing in class. This includes reading topics, research and additional materials.

​Simulated Work Environment

Over the duration of the course, students will complete a range of beauty services to demonstrate skills and knowledge of the course.


Intake 1: 05/02/2024

Intake 2: 29/04/2024

Intake 3: 22/07/2024

Intake 4: 14/10/2024


Students are required to complete a range of tasks as part of the assessment requirements for each unit. To perform at your best, you will need to work on the assessments outside of class time. Assessments methods may include:

Practical demonstrations where you will be observed by one of our assessors in the simulated beauty salon environment

Knowledge based test which contain written short answer questions

Projects for you to investigate and complete in your own time.


AMBI recognises certificates and statement of attainment issued by other registered training organisation and the skills and knowledge that students may have gained through any previous studies and at workplace and life experiences. RPL and credit transfer can be applied for at the time of enrolment or during orientation. A fee is payable for assessing your RPL status.


Upon successful completion of all the required units of this course, you will receive a nationally recognised qualification in SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty Therapy. Students who do not complete all required units may be eligible for a Statement of Attainment in partial completion of a SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty Therapy.


Massage Therapy graduates can move on to further study at AMBI to the Diploma of Beauty Therapy.

For the latest updates, more information, course locations, and upcoming intake dates, contact us via email at [email protected] or call us at (02) 8076 2248.

Course Structure

Our course has been designed to meet the requirements for the SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty Therapy. 

It contains 29 units of competency (20 core and 9 elective):

Unit Code             Unit Name

Core Units

SHBXCCS007Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBXCCS008Provide salon services to clients
SHBXWHS003Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
SHBXIND003Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SIRXSLS001Sell to the retail customer
SHBBNLS011Use electric file equipment for nail services
SHBBNLS007Provide manicure and pedicare services
SHBBRES003Research and apply beauty industry information
SHBBSSC001Incorporate knowledge of skin structure and functions into beauty therapy
SHBBSSC002Incorporate knowledge of body structures and functions into beauty therapy
SHBBFAS004Provide lash and brow services
SIRXOSM002Maintain ethical and professional standards when using social media and online platforms
SHBBBOS008Provide body massages
SHBBMUP009Design and apply make-up
SHBBHRS010Provide waxing services
SHBXCCS006Promote healthy nutritional options in a beauty therapy context
SHBBFAS005Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations
SHBBFAS006Provide specialised facial treatments
SHBBCCS005Advise on beauty products and services
SHBXCCS005Maintain health and wellbeing in a personal services setting


Elective Units

SHBBBOS007Apply cosmetic tanning products
SHBBINF002Maintain infection control standards
SHBBBOS009Provide aromatherapy massages
SHBBBOS010Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments
SHBBSPA007Provide stone therapy massages
SHBBMUP008Apply eyelash extensions
SHBBNLS008Apply gel and dip powder nail enhancements
SHBBNLS010Apply nail art
SHBBNLS009Apply acrylic nail enhancements
BSBESB401Research and develop business plans
BSBESB404Market new business ventures
BSBESB407Manage finances for new business ventures