SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy

Keen for a career in beauty and wellness? This course is for you.

This Diploma program is the highest qualification attainable within the National Beauty Training Package. This means you’ll graduate as a highly trained therapist, with practiced skills and industry experience.

You’ll learn skills in high demand, like hot stone and aromatherapy massage, specialised facials, eyelash extensions, reflexology, spray tanning, intimate waxing and nail art. These skills will give you an edge in the industry, and help you kick-start your beauty career.




“I loved the course, the teaching staff and the lovely people I got to work with every day.”

– Sara Dykgraaf, Diploma of Beauty Therapy graduate.


CMA + endota spa

In 2018, CMA joined forces with endota spa to develop the next generation of beauty graduates. You’ll have the opportunity to apply to join Australia’s largest and most prestigious spa network.

endota spa have over 100 spas across Australia and their network is expanding. They offer career paths in beauty therapy, remedial massage and salon management to over 1000 therapists across the country. In 12 months, this could be you.



Once you’ve completed your Diploma of Beauty Therapy, you can pursue the many career and further study options available within the network. Want to manage a spa? Become a remedial massage therapist? Own your own spa? It’s all possible with CMA + endota spa.

Wondering if you can still work in other spas and salons with endota training? Of course you can! Our program will equip you to work in any spa or salon environment. If beauty is calling your name, we have you covered.



“My life has changed so much since graduating CMA. I’m only 21 and I now own a salon. I’m very proud of what I have achieved in this short amount of time and I couldn’t have done it without CMA!”

– Jessica Robertson, Diploma of Beauty Therapy graduate, and salon owner of Bello Beauty.


What’s in the course?


The SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy has 25 units of competency. This includes 13 core units and 12 elective units. The course covers manicures and pedicures, nail art, lash and brow services, waxing, facials, massage and body treatments, hot stone massage, aromatherapy, makeup application, eyelash extensions, spray tanning, reflexology, Indian head massage, salon services, industry research and workplace health and safety.



Our campuses are located in Canberra and Melbourne.  They are fitted with specialised equipment and quality skin care products. The beauty treatment room features massage beds, ceiling-to-floor privacy curtains, manicure stations and a theory area. There are anatomical models, an equipment and product storeroom and adjustable lighting. There are also recreation areas, a retail store and kitchen facilities.




On our online system, you can access all course materials in the one place. This includes workbooks, presentations, demo videos, course notes and inspo sites. You also upload your assessments here, and complete quizzes. This system gives you 24 hour access to everything you need, including ongoing trainer support. Students need to have a tablet or laptop to access CMA’s learning management systems, a mobile phone is not an acceptable device.



Study part-time for 2 evenings per week for 18 months, or full-time for 3 days per week for 12 months. In addition, you’ll complete 76 ‘in salon’ hours. Our classes start in February and July. 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 school holidays as possible. You can also study beauty therapy by distance. For more information, see Distance Education.




“The flexible study options allowed me to gain my Diploma in Beauty Therapy in a way that I could fit around my other commitments. I could join the industry with the confidence to succeed straight away.”

– Sandy Winters, Diploma of Beauty Therapy graduate.



Practice and perfect your skills in the CMA Beauty Room. It’s open to the public, and provides beauty services on a ‘not for profit’ basis. You’ll gain valuable experience treating real clients, while being guided and supervised. It’ll boost your confidence and improve your skills.



See the full schedule of tuition fees here. This program is a VET Student Loans approved course. A range of payment options are available. Want more info? Enquire today and we’ll be in touch.

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.



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.

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.




VET Student Loans

CMA is an approved provider of VET Student Loans. This means eligible students can defer payment of their tuition fees by accessing a government loan. It forms part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Students repay their loan through the tax system, once they are earning the minimum threshold level for repayment, which is $45,881 for the 2019-20 income year.

A VET Student Loan remains a personal debt obligation until it is repaid to the Commonwealth. VET Student Loans will only be approved for students who meet the eligibility criteria. Only a limited number of high quality providers have been approved. This means you can be rest assured that CMA is a trusted, quality training provider and your learning is in good hands.


Keen to start your beautiful new career and still have questions? Make an enquiry and we’ll be in touch.

CMA’s enrolment procedure for this program is outlined here: Student Admission Procedures for Approved Courses.



Students will need to demonstrate that they hold a suitable level of language, learning and numeracy skills to complete this course.



If you have previous work experience or training, you may be eligible to receive ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL). This will allow you to be deemed competent in certain areas, which will exempt you from some assessments. Application for RPL must occur prior to course commencement. Please contact the Student Liaison Manager for more details.




Future pathways

As a diploma-qualified beauty therapist, you will have incredible industry opportunities open to you. You could work in beauty salons, day spas, health retreats, hotels, resorts or cruise liners. You may choose a career in sales, marketing and training, or own your own salon.

Further education may include completing the Diploma of Remedial Massage or Diploma of Salon Management at CMA. Another pathway is through higher education Health Science degrees.


Units of Competency

SHBBBOS002 Provide body massages

SHBBBOS006 Provide superficial lymph massage treatments

SHBBBOS003 Provide body treatments

SHBBBOS004 Provide aromatherapy massages

SHBBCCS002 Prepare personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments

SHBBBOS005 Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments

SHBBSPA004 Provide Indian head massages for relaxation

SHBBSPA003 Provide stone therapy massages

SHBBFAS001 Provide lash and brow services

SHBBMUP001 Apply eyelash extensions

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

SHBBBOS001 Apply cosmetic tanning products

SHBBNLS004 Apply nail art

SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices


More information about this qualification can be found at


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