Diploma of Beauty Therapy - SHB50115

Diploma of Beauty Therapy

Specialist Beauty Therapist

The Specialist Beauty Therapist is competent in a broad range of beauty therapy treatments and services including spa and holistic therapies, providing advice on beauty treatments and services and coordinating teams.

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Become a Professional Beauty Therapist

The nationally accredited Diploma of Beauty Therapy is the most comprehensive course offered at CNB, providing students with a thorough understanding of the latest industry practices. The 11 month course includes advanced facial techniques, Indian Head Massage, Application of Reflexology in Beauty Therapy, Aromatherapy Massage, Nutrition, Cosmetic Chemistry and Spa Therapies. Our students are invited to attend a manufacturing field trip to Jasmin Organic to learn more about organic farming principles and skin care manufacturing.

Successful graduates have many attractive career options in an expanding industry. Possibilities include owning, operating or managing a beauty salon, day spa, or health retreat; working as a makeup artist; using your skills as a passport to travel the world on-board a cruise ship, work in luxury resorts, tropical islands or working for skin care companies in a training and/or promotions role or as an account manager.

The Diploma of Beauty Therapy at CNB is your passport to a successful career in an exciting and expanding industry. With expert guidance and support in a specialised learning environment you can relax and enjoy studying beauty therapy.

Graduates may apply for membership with the following professional associations:

  • Association of Professional Aestheticians of Australia (APAA)
  • Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network (APAN)
  • Australian Spa Association Ltd. (ASPA)

Trimester 1

Code Subject Title Competency Code Units of Competency
NLS310 Nail Services SHBBNLS001 Provide manicure and pedicare services
RRT521 Reflexology Relaxation Techniques SHBBBOS005 Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments
FAS410 Facial Treatments SHBBFAS002
Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations
BOM411 Body Massage SHBBBOS002 Provide body massages
CPH412 Confirm Physical Health Status HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
AAP531 Analyse Health Information HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information

Trimester 2

Code Subject Title Competency Code Units of Competency
WXS320 Waxing Services SHBBHRS001 Provide waxing services
LBS311 Lash and Brow Services SHBBFAS001 Provide lash and brow services
SPF420 Specialised Facial Treatments SHBBFAS003 Provide specialised facial treatments
CLS020 Clinical Studies 1 SHBBINF001
Maintain infection control standards
Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
STM520 Stone Therapy Massage SHBBSPA003 Provide stone therapy massage
IND522 Indian Head Massage SHBBSPA004 Provide Indian Head Massage for relaxation

Trimester 3

Code Subject Title Competency Code Units of Competency
MUP330 Make-up Design SHBBMUP002 Design and apply make-up
RES311 Research Beauty Industry SHBBRES001 Research and apply beauty industry information
ARO431 Aromatherapy Massage SHBBBOS004
Provide aromatherapy massages
Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments
LYM530 Lymph Massage SHBBBOS006 Provide superficial lymph massage treatments
CLS030 Clinical Studies 2 SHBXCCS001
Conduct salon financial transactions
Provide salon service to clients
SPT533 Spa Therapies SHBBSPA001
Work in a spa therapies framework
Provide spa therapies
BOT430 Body Treatments SHBBBOS003 Provide body treatments
CLS031 Clinical Studies 3 CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships


Communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal, are used to establish and meet the needs of clients, advise on future services, and interpret and record client information. This is done through questioning and observation and by providing clear information on products used and services or treatments proposed or performed. There is also a need for negotiation and persuasion where more complex treatments are being provided. Clients may also need reassurance or have questions which need to be answered throughout the performance of a treatment. Product information is also read and interpreted to make safe and appropriate recommendations to clients, and treatment plans are developed and/or amended as required. Communication skills are also used to respond to change, such as current workplace waste minimisation and environmental sustainability procedures.

Problem solving

Problem-solving skills are used when developing and/or amending treatment plans and throughout the provision of services and treatments by applying knowledge of contraindications, anatomy and physiology, and skin biology, for example, to anticipate and mitigate problems by advising clients of alternative options and/or referring them to alternative practitioners when performing facial or body treatments. Problem solving is supported in the beauty environment by referral to legislation and/or industry guidelines, such as health and hygiene.

Initiative and enterprise

Beauty therapists provide complex treatments and are required to make decisions regarding the use of products and equipment and the length of treatments. These decisions are guided by workplace and client expectations and requirements, and safety, health and hygiene legislation and/or guidelines. Opportunities to use initiative and enterprise occur with the identification and provision of the most appropriate products and/or services to meet identified and future needs of clients, within the boundaries of any contraindications which may be present. A beauty therapist also needs to recognise changes in the client's condition during a service or treatment and take corrective action.


Teamwork requires knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of all team members and accepted or expected workplace practices. It includes the ability to communicate with other team members to schedule and service clients and to assist as required by providing advice; sharing knowledge to support service provision and sustainable work practices.
Planning and organising  Information, time and resources must be planned and organised to deliver safe, efficient and effective services. Client needs must be determined to ensure that all relevant products and equipment are available and time is managed effectively to meet scheduling requirements. The use of resources must be planned and organised to minimise waste and prevent product and environmental contamination.


Self-direction is required to achieve desired client outcomes within the time and resource expectations of the workplace. This is supported by establishing a clear understanding of both client and workplace requirements and by actively seeking and responding to feedback from clients and colleagues. The knowledge and application of health, hygiene and environmental requirements are critical to the performance of this role.
Learning  The beauty industry is dynamic, with changes to products and services as new trends emerge. Beauty therapists are required to take responsibility for maintaining and sharing their knowledge of new products, services, treatments and environmental best practice with a view to maximising business profitability.


Technology is used through the use of electrical equipment for facial and body treatments and spa treatments. Beauty therapists must be familiar with the safe operating procedures for the use of this technology. Retail technology is also used and beauty therapists must also be able to deal with situations where technology fails or becomes unavailable, for example electronic funds transfer technology.

Next Intake

Commences 15 May 2017

Study Options

Full or Part Time

Course Duration

36 Weeks Minimum



Download the 2017 Tuition Fee Schedule

Instalment plan available:

Full Time
$14,900 – $300 + $374.36 x 39 wks

Part Time
$14,900 – $300 + $ 187.18 x 78 wks

Campus Location


Students Receive

Salon uniform
Facial starter kit
Nail kit

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