SHB50115: Diploma of Beauty Therapy

Full Time Course Dates:

Part Time Course Dates:

Courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. Insufficient numbers will result in cancellation (10 days prior) and students will be notified by phone and email.

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

The Diploma of Beauty Therapy course offers students intensive training in the beauty & spa industry to give students the skills to work in their chosen area of these exciting and rapidly expanding industries.

"The Beauty Therapy sector is predicted to grow by 29% over the next 5 years and is currently the second largest employer of personal services VET graduates.”
—Skills IQ


Our training includes Microdermabrasion, Indian Head Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Eyelash Extensions and Spray Tanning as part of the course at no additional cost!

ITECThe Australian Institute of Creative Design is ITEC approved, this means that our Diploma of Beauty Therapy course has also been developed to the international qualification standards of ITEC and from this Students will gain a dual qualification (National and International). For more information on ITEC visit

During the course students will have the opportunity to work with customers in a simulated beauty and spa environment, performing treatments under supervision and guidance from the trainers. This course opens the door for a wide range of employment opportunities for our graduates within the beauty industry.

Our courses are taught by trainers who have vast experience within the beauty and spa industry. This gives our students the ability to gain valuable insights from trainers with real industry experience and benefit from their experiences, knowledge and industry contacts.

Beauty Career Opportunities

On successful completion of the course students will have the opportunity to work in positions in the beauty industry including:

  • Beauty Therapist
  • Spa Manager/Owner
  • Massage Therapist including aromatherpay massage
  • Product Trainer
  • Consultant/Representative for Cosmetic Companies
  • Make-up Artist
  • Working on cruise ships

Topic Areas Covered

Our Diploma of Beauty Therapy incorporates practical experience in our student clinic. Students also get the opportunity to meet industry experts through our product knowledge training education days and excursions.

  • Facial treatments
  • Body Massage
  • Make-Up
  • Waxing
  • Manicure & Pedicure Treatments
  • Retail Sales
  • Reflexology
  • Eyelash Extensions
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage Therapy
  • Students will be required to source outside models throughout the duration of the course - models may be needed for consecutive weeks on occasion

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Qualification & Units of Competency

Course Code: SHB50115

Students who successfully complete the course will receive the nationally recognised Diploma of Beauty Therapy (SHB50115) qualification. This course is accredited under the Australian Qualifications Training Framework.

To check our accreditation details click here.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Do you have 2 or more years industry relevant experience? Have your experience recognised and increase your employment prospects by applying for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Through RPL you could reduce the duration of your studies. RPL assessed on a case by case basis, so it is only available upon application.

*Students will be charged an administration fee of $200 per unit of competency.


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Why You Should Study With Us:

The Australian Institute of creative Design offers intimate classes to cater on a personalised level for your learning experience.

Our trainers have industry current qualifications and experience, to prepare you for success in your future. We offer a range of additional short courses and workshops to support and develop your specialised skills and interests.

We offer Prepare for Success and Dress for Success workshops as well as arrange for guest speakers who are leaders in their industry. In addition to preparing our students with hands on experience within our courses; there are often events and opportunities for internships, work experience or volunteering within the creative industries which are given to us to pass on to our students.


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Course Duration:

Full Time: The course runs over 10 months, 3 Days per week on campus from 9.00am - 4.30pm. Students are also required to complete additional hours of self directed study each week to enable you to achieve the Diploma. If sitting ITEC qualifications you will be required to attend extra classes in study period 4 to prepare for the international exam. ITEC theory and practical examinations take place after the Diploma of Beauty Therapy has been completed.

Part Time: This course can be completed over 24-30 months, 1 or 2 days per week on campus. The overall course duration will vary depending on the individual module dates selected. Minimum completion time for 2 days per week study is 2 years.

Term Dates

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Student Entry Requirements:

Formal Education or Work/Life Experience:

To enrol into the Diploma of Beauty Therapy the applicant must have a passion for helping others, have a pleasant and caring manner, have good interpersonal skills, have a high level of personal presentation and moderate computer skills.

  • Are you a caring person who loves delighting the senses?
  • Do you love working with people and helping them achieve their goals?
  • Do you have good hand-eye coordination?


There are no prerequisites for entry into this qualification.

Course Fees

VET Student Loans

From the 1st of January 2017 a new government student loan scheme became available to students enrolling into eligible courses at approved providers.

VET Student Loans are available for students who meet the eligibility requirements to assist with payment of the course fees. Students who take out a VET Student Loan will have a HELP debt which is due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

For more information about VET Student Loans click here.

View the Government Fact Sheet for VET Student Loans

If you are eligible for a VET Student Loan:

Click here to view the Schedule of VET Tuition Fees for more information on course costs, census dates and units of study.

Did you know that alternatives to VET Student Loans may be even cheaper than the 20% fee currently charged by the Government? Student or personal loans from some of the larger financial institutions may save you money.

Check out some other course financing options here.

If you are not eligible for a VET Student Loan:

Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $17,500.00

Additional Costs/Required Equipment:

  • Student ID Card: $25
  • Black pants and enclosed black shoes
  • Printing & photocoping by student.
  • Basic stationary
  • A laptop or tablet device for viewing/accessing course notes and taking notes. Internet access at home is also required.
  • Kit - $1028.50 (includes: beauty kit, make up kit, eyelash kit, towel kit, tunic and pants. List available upon enrolment).
  • PLUS a professional photoshoot with images for your portfolio

Diploma of Beauty Therapy is now funded by the Queensland Government

Complete the SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy with us! Now offering funding to eligible students.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a Queensland resident
  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency; and
  • Prospective students must not have or be enrolled in a certificate IV or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundations skills training.

This means that for eligible students, your out of pockets costs will be reduced and if you are eligible for the VET Student Loan your loan debt will be lower.

As this is a funded course we are also offering concessions to students who aren’t eligible for a funded position under the QUEENSLAND Higher Level Skills program but who are on a concessional health card.

This is a basic breakdown of course costs, for full payment details please feel free to contact us.

Full Fee VSL Cap Student Contribution
$17,500.00 $10,342.00 $7,158.00

Full Fee VET
Student Loan Amount
QLD Government Contribution
For Concession
Student Contribution
for Concession
$17,500.00 $10,342.00 $5,551.00 $1,607.00
Full Fee VET
Student Loan Amount
QLD Government Contribution
For Non-Concession
Student Contribution
for Non-Concession
$17,500.00 $10,342.00 $4,270.00 $2,888.00

Full Fee QLD Government Contribution
For Concession
Student Contribution
For Concession

$17,500.00 $5,551.00 $11,949.00
Full Fee QLD Government Contribution
For Non-Concession
Student Contribution
For Non-Concession
$17,500.00 $4,270.00 $13,230.00

Financial Assistance

Eligible students may be able to apply to Centrelink for either Youth Allowance (for full-time students aged 16 to 24) or Austudy (for full-time students aged 25 years or over). For more information visit the Centrelink website.


Domestic Students Only

Application and Enrolment Process:

  1. Phone the Gold Coast (07) 55 938 335 OR Brisbane (07) 38 541 395 campus to arrange your interview OR fill out the online Application Form and arrange a phone interview if you cannot come into either campus.
  2. Attend your interview or complete the phone interview.
  3. You will receive your enrolment paperwork and the student handbook at the interview and information on the required evidence you will have to supply to support your application.
  4. After reading the student handbook and enrolment forms, if you wish to enrol you must submit the enrolment form along with any requested evidence (original or certified copies of originals).
  5. Our administration staff will check the completed enrolment form and evidence you supplied to demonstrate your suitability for the course. We may have to ask you further information or discuss your options if you don't meet the suitability requirements for the course. If you do meet the suitability requirements for the course, we will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment, along with payment plan forms.

Next Course Start Dates

Full Time Course Dates:

Part Time Course Dates:

Courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. Insufficient numbers will result in cancellation (10 days prior) and students will be notified by phone and email.

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

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