SHB40115 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy  is a nationally recognised qualification, equipping you with the necessary skills and knowledge to embark upon a rewarding career as a Beauty Therapist.

Thanks to generous government funding, you may be eligible to access substantial subsidies in February 2019 to study CMA’s SHB40115 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy, under the Skilled Capital initiative.

Skilled Capital is an ACT Government training initiative, funded by the ACT and Australian Governments. This qualification is normally priced at $7,230 (February 2019).

Under Skilled Capital the subsidy available is $5790.  All you need to pay is a student contribution fee of  $1440.00 plus a resource cost of $888. This fee can be paid in installments throughout the duration of your training. Numbers are strictly limited and places are offered on a first-in-first-served basis.

Demand for services such as waxing, facials, manicures, pedicures, massage, makeup application, nail art, spray tanning and brow and lash tinting are at an all time high. To achieve this qualification you must complete a total of 19 units of competency.


2 evenings per week for a period of 12 months or 3 days per week for a period of 9 months, plus additional ‘in salon’ hours.


$7,230. Payment options are available. This program is available at both our Canberra and Melbourne campuses.

Skills First funding is available to eligible Victorian employees of endota spa. Victorian endota spa employees train in our Melbourne campus and is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.


Both the Certificate IV and the Diploma in Beauty Therapy have two intakes per course per year.  All students, except for those studying in the evening, have a two week break between terms and a Christmas break. Courses are scheduled by term and are scheduled as closely to the ACT school holidays as possible.  CMA also has provision for continuous enrolment. For more information contact the Academy today.


You will perfect your skills by gaining valuable experience treating ‘actual’ clients in the CMA student salon. The clinic is open to the public and provides traditional salon services on a ‘not for profit’ basis. This allows you to gain real work experience whilst being guided and supervised by a CMA Educator. There’s no better way to develop your confidence and reinforce your newfound skills.


The academy trains with specialised, up to date equipment and quality skin care products. Our facility includes comprehensive treatment areas, makeup studio, massage stations and a fully equipped IT room. Students have access to CMA’s online learning management system, providing access to assessment tasks, additional learning resources, demonstration videos, practical notes and procedures, online quizzes, forum discussion and ongoing trainer support. A selection of relevant books is available to all participants for research and reference. Recreation areas and kitchen facilities are also available on site.


Course fees at CMA include your products, linen, training resources and disposables for use in class time. Resource costs vary from year to year. For July 2019 these costs are: Robe and Headband $43.55, Personal endota COLOUR™ makeup kit $176.80, full components of a therapist uniform $220, manicure and pedicure kit $100.19 and custom endota Wellness College textbooks $240.

Hoodies are optional, and available for $59. CMA holds an annual graduation dinner, which costs no more than $110 per graduating student. You are encouraged to invite as many guests as you like.


CMA’s online system provides students with access to all their course materials in a single place. This includes textbooks, presentations, images, videos, course notes and inspo sites as well as providing access to assignments and our easy upload system for assessment submission. This compliments your class-room learning and ensures you have all the information you need at your finger tips. Students need to have a tablet or laptop to access CMA’s learning management systems, a mobile phone is not an acceptable device.

“We have found students from the Canberra Beauty Academy to be well trained, confident and reliable. Sibu Beauty prides itself on the service standards we provide to clients, therefore we approach Canberra Beauty Academy for students and participate in their work experience program. All of our dealings with Canberra Beauty Academy have been professional and rewarding.” Elissa Michel – Sibu Beauty 


An appointment for a personal interview will be arranged with the Academy’s Student Liaison Officer. During this interview we will discuss the course content in detail and answer any questions you may have. Your suitability for this program will also be assessed. Enquire today to find out more.


Previous work experience or training courses may enable us to deem you competent in certain areas, which will allow exemption from some modules. This process is referred to as ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL). As a Registered Training Organisation, delivering nationally recognised training, CMA can assist you with this process. Please contact the office to request an application form. Application for RPL must occur prior to course commencement.


Graduates of SHB40115 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy have a broad range of career options available to them.  This includes working in beauty salons, day spas, health retreats, hotels and resorts and international cruise ships. Careers in sales, marketing and training roles are also career options and many graduates go on to manage and own their own salons. This program directly articulates into SHB50115 Diploma in Beauty Therapy which is the highest qualification attainable in Beauty Therapy in Australia.


SHBBBOS002 Provide body massages

SHBBBOS006 Provide superficial lymph massage treatments

SHBBBOS003 Provide body treatments

SHBBNLS004 Apply nail art

SHBBBOS001 Apply cosmetic tanning products

SHBBFAS001 Provide lash and brow services

SHBBMUP002 Design and apply make-up

SHBBMUP003 Design and apply make-up for photography

SHBBMUP004 Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up

SHBBFAS002 Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations

SHBBFAS003 Provide specialised facial treatments

SHBBHRS001 Provide waxing services

SHBBHRS002 Provide female intimate waxing services

SHBBNLS001 Provide manicure and pedicare services

SHBBRES001 Research and apply beauty industry information

SHBXCCS002 Provide salon services to clients

SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions

SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment

SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices


Nail Science
Skin Science
First Aid
Nail Art
Cosmetic Tanning


More information about this qualification can be found on the website



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