SHB60221 Advanced Diploma of Skin Therapy

SHB60221 Advanced Diploma of Skin Therapy

Are you interested in creating choices for your skills in the beauty industry?
Have you been in the beauty industry and now you are looking to up-skill and move in a new direction?

The Advanced Diploma of Skin Therapy has been created in the beauty industry in response to the changing treatments and services in the industry. The new high level qualification recognises the complexity of the skin and the treatments offered in the beauty industry today. Like the Diploma of beauty this qualification offers a variety of career options for graduating students. The beauty industry has so much to offer, the skills you learn are in high demand in Australia and also across the globe.

Graduates can work in specialised clinics that offer clinical treatments such as chemical peels, laser treatments and other skin related help to their clients. This beauty industry is not just about looking good it is about helping people feel great about themselves and that can be as simple as having good healthy skin.

A skin therapist is about analysing the skin and determining which treatments will help the client improve on the health of their skin but also treat skin conditions like pigmentation, acne or general dryness. This is an exciting time in the beauty industry with new technologies emerging all the time, making this industry interesting to work in and continuous learning.

If you are someone who is interested in skin and helping others with their skin care and health then this is the course for you.

We ensure that you learn exactly what the industry needs including skin analysis, specialised facials, skin care recommendations, cosmetic tanning, body massages, microdermabrasion and more. Be one-step-ahead of the rest and land your dream job faster in the beauty industry.


ACTI has a record of connecting students to employers and offering. We believe that the best way to learn is to work in the industry while you study. Our trainers have noticed how quickly and confidently our students are able to learn the fundamentals because they are already employed in the industry.

ACTI offers Meet and Greet nights with potential employers. It is such fun, it’s like speed dating with your future employers. We know that our employers like it too. It’s a fun night had by all and the result is that students receive employment offers.

When students graduate sometimes it is hard for them to know what to do next, how to find the job, how to apply for jobs. Here at ACTI we try and reduce that stress level by introducing our students to employers before you finish your studies.


Open doors that you never thought possible. As a diploma-qualified beauty therapist, you could work in day spas, beauty salons, hotels, resorts, clinical environments, cruise liners, or health retreats, in sales or marketing, in training, or own your own business – the options are endless.

Further education may include completing the Advanced Diploma of Intense Pulsed light and Laser for Hair Reduction or higher education Health Science degrees.


Working with Amazing products

Our beauty therapy training is designed to fit all beauty salon environments from salons and spas to clinics. Career options are boundless. Our students work with leading cosmedical brands including:

Candela lasers
Alma lasers


This course is delivered face-to-face or via distance. All practical training is done at ACTI in Canberra. The qualification is self-paced with most learning undertaken at home with the majority of the face-to-face training delivered being practical learning. Our specialised equipment, quality skin care and fully functional treatment rooms all contribute to ACTI’s second-to-none learning experience.

Full Time: 2 days per week

Part-Time: one full day

Distance Education & Mixed Mode: theoretical learning to be completed at home with practical training at ACTI.


We know that everyone’s schedules are different. ACTI’s course options allow flexibility to balance work, family and study commitments.

Full time and part time options are available. Study full time for 16 hours or 2 days per week for 6 months, or part time for 8 hours per week for 12 months. While learning hands on in the classroom, you’ll also compete training in our Student Salon where you will gain real-life industry experience providing treatments for paying clients. Enjoy the perks of school holiday breaks that align with the ACT school holidays.


Domestic Students: $10,000

International Students: $15,000

For more information on pricing, visit our Investment and Fees page.

*International student fees may be reduced for students that enroll directly with ACTI


In the beauty industry like many others, there are tools that are used to perform treatments. To ensure health and hygiene students will be required to pay for a beauty kit of $1,000 (excl. GST). The beauty kit includes basic textbook, scrubs, linen and products to be able to undertake the course. Any part of the beauty kit can be replaced at cost by the student.


You’ve made the decision to kickstart your career in the beauty industry and we would love to have you at ACTI.  Click here to apply to enrol in our SHB60551 Advanced Diploma of Skin Therapy course. We have full-time and part-time positions available, commencing every February and July. Distance students can enrol at any time during the year.


We’d love to help! Send an enquiry here and our Enrolments team will happily help you.


Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who have achieved all of the following units of competency:
SHBBFAS005 Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations OR SHBBFAS002 Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations
SHBBFAS006 Provide specialised facial treatments OR SHBBFAS003 Provide specialised facial treatments
SHBBINF002 Maintain infection control standards OR HLTINF005 Maintain infection prevention for skin penetration treatments
SHBBSSC001 Incorporate knowledge of skin structure and functions into beauty therapy
SHBBSSC002 Incorporate knowledge of body structures and functions into beauty therapy
who are able to demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge to each of the above units of competency.


We will put you straight onto the waiting list if this course is at capacity.


You may be eligible to receive ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL) if you have previous work experience or training. This will allow you to be deemed competent in certain areas, which will exempt you from some elements of the course including assessments. All RPL applications must occur prior to course commencement. For more information, please contact our Enrolments team at or 1300 799 415.


The SHB60221 Advanced Diploma of Skin Therapy has 15 units of competency which are made up of 10 core units and 5 elective units. We’ve selected all of the units you need to commence your career as a beauty therapist. There are prerequisite units that must be completed for some of the units of competency. Those units with a pre-requisite are identified by an *asterisk.

SHB60221 Advanced Diploma of Skin Therapy


ACTI’s Student Salon is where you will practice and refine your skills for paying clients. This is especially important for those students that are not working in the industry or working in a specialised sector of the beauty industry and need to build their other skills they are learning. You’ll be providing services on a ‘not-for-profit’ basis and gain valuable experience treating real clients while being guided by your educator.

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