SHB40121 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

Transform Yourself into a Beauty Expert: Become a Qualified Beauty Therapist

The SHB40121 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy is designed for aspiring beauty industry professionals, offering comprehensive training in various beauty treatments and techniques.

Illustration of a woman receiving a facial treatment with a brush, her face partially covered in a white mask, and a magnifying glass inspecting the treatment, set against a backdrop of floral and plant motifs.
Start Date
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Study for a minimum of 21 hours per week to complete modules in 18 months.
100% online with 350 hours of work placement in an ABN-registered salon of your choosing.

Course Overview

Course Modules

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Career Outcomes

  • Beauty Therapist

Course Fees Include

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Work Placement

This course contains a minimum of 350 hours of work placement, which will be split into three blocks. You complete your work placement in a home salon, as long as it is a registered business (ABN) and provides the requirements in the way of treatments. Many students end up at more than 1 salon for placement, as not every salon will provide the types of treatment that you need to practice in order to complete your course. To find out what the suitable workplaces are for this course, please enquire now.


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

  1. SHBBSSC001 Incorporate Knowledge Of Skin Structure And Functions Into Beauty Therapy
  2. SHBBFAS004 Provide Lash And Brow Services
  3. SHBBHRS010 Provide Waxing Services
  4. SHBXCCS006 Promote Healthy Nutritional Options In A Beauty Therapy Context
  5. SHBBSSC002 Incorporate Knowledge Of Body Structures And Functions Into Beauty Therapy
  6. SHBBMUP009 Design And Apply Make-Up
  7. SHBBMUP011 Design And Apply Remedial Camouflage Make-Up
  8. SIRXSLS001 Sell To The Retail Customer


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

  1. SHBBFAS005 Provide Facial Treatments And Skin Care Recommendations
  2. SHBBMUP008 Apply Eyelash Extensions
  3. SHBBBOS007 Apply Cosmetic Tanning Products
  4. SHBBBOS008 Provide Body Massages
  5. ICTWEB306 Develop Web Presence Using Social Media
  6. SIRXOSM002 Maintain Ethical And Professional Standards When Using Social Media And Online Platforms


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

Course Entry Requirements

This course does not require specific formal education qualifications. However, you must be a minimum of 18 years old to enrol. Please note that this course is not open to student visa holders. For personalised assistance and more information, please enquire now.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The course provider values the diverse skills and expertise you may have gained from various sources. These experiences can be acknowledged through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. For a more comprehensive understanding of the RPL procedure or to discuss your RPL options, please enquire now.

About The Course

Unleash Your Beauty Expertise with a Nationally Recognised Qualification in Beauty Therapy

Are you passionate about beauty and wellness? Do you dream of turning your interest in beauty therapy into a thriving career or starting your own salon or spa business? The SHB40121 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy offers an exciting opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge in the dynamic world of beauty therapy. This course is designed for those who aspire to become professionals in the beauty industry, providing a comprehensive foundation in various beauty treatments and techniques. Additionally, expanding your expertise with makeup courses can further enhance your career prospects and skill set.

This nationally recognised course contains units and beauty work placement blocks to give you hands-on learning experience with facial treatments, body massage, hair removal, lash and brow treatments, and makeup application. It also delves into the science of skin biology, giving you a deeper understanding of skin care and treatment customization. Additionally, you'll gain practical skills in salon management and client consultation, preparing you for real-world scenarios in a beauty therapy environment. Completing this course will set you on a path to various beauty industry careers, fully equipped to meet professional demands.

Upon completion of this course, you will become job-ready for a multitude of fulfilling careers in the beauty industry. You can get qualified for roles as a beauty therapist, salon manager, or makeup artist—even a spa or salon business owner. The skills you will acquire from this course are in demand, offering a rewarding future in the beauty industry. So take a step today and enquire for SHB40121 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy to bring your dream beauty career to life! Additionally, consider complementing your skills with a Nail Technician Course to broaden your expertise and career opportunities.


"It was a great journey with Open Colleges, all the facilitators and admin team was quite helpful. They also helped me to find my placements too." - Sukhpreet