SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty Therapy

SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty Therapy

Ready for a career in beauty therapy as a skin specialist or spa therapist?

The Diploma level qualification is one the highest attainable qualification within the National Beauty Training Package. The Diploma 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.

Beauty graduates can work in specialised salons like brow bars, in spa settings, own their own business or even travel the world on a cruise ship as a beauty therapist. Those that want to do further study can also do the Advanced Diploma in Skin Therapy or continue on to a university degree in dermal science.

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.


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.


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.

Training Subsidies available

Another benefit of working while you study is that you can become an apprentice and receive financial support from the Government. More information about ACT Qualifications Register • AVETARS

In 12 months time, you could be working in the job of your dreams, achieving goals you never thought possible. We know that beauty therapy is more than just manicures and waxing. We create skilled skin therapists who can easily transition into the spa or clinical environment. We have a career path for you in the beauty industry.

The Diploma of Beauty Therapy is a fantastic place to start to get your skills and knowledge up to date. From there, there are multiple study options available within the beauty industry at ACTI. Want to own your own spa or lead a team of therapists? Want to advance to a laser or intense pulsed light hair removal specialist? ACTI can take you there.

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:



This course is delivered face-to-face or via distance. All practical training is done at ACTI in Canberra. Our facilities are state-of-the-art and specially designed to meet the needs of this course. Our specialised equipment, quality skin care and fully functional treatment rooms all contribute to ACTI’s second to none learning experience.

Full Time: 2.5 days per week

Part-Time: one full day and one evening

Distance Education: theoretical learning to be completed at home with practical training at ACTI. Please note distance studies are not available to overseas students. 


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 25 hours or 2.5 days per week for 12 months, or part-time for 12 hours per week for 18 months. While learning hands-on in the classroom, you’ll also complete 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.

Distance students are offered the flexibility of studying at their own pace but will be expected to attend practical classes on campus.  Practical will occur approximately 5-6 weeks.  The regularity of the practical classes will depend on the units being undertaken as some require more practical work than others.   

 Timetables will be sent to enrolled students as part of the orientation pack. 


Domestic Students: $18,000

International Students: $25,000

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

*International student fees may be reduced for students that enrol 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 $1,500 (excl. GST). The beauty kit includes basic make-up, make-up brush kit, linen, scrubs, textbook and manicure and pedicure equipment. 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 SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty 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.


ACTI courses are in high-demand and spaces are limited. Our students must demonstrate that they hold a suitable level of language, learning and numeracy skills to complete this course.


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 SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty Therapy has 29 units of competency which are made up of 20 core units and 9 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.

SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty Therapy Units


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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