SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy is the highest qualification attainable within the National Beauty Training Package.

To achieve SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy, a total of 25 units of competency must be completed. This consists of 13 core units and 12 elective units. CMA has selected specialist units focusing on stone therapy massage, aromatherapy, eyelash extensions, advanced facials, Brazilian waxing, spray tanning, nail art, reflexology and Indian head massage. These units will ensure your skills are further enhanced and highly sought after.


CMA is an approved provider of VET Student Loans. VET Student Loans is a student loan scheme for the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector that is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). VET Student Loans assists eligible students undertaking approved VET diploma level and above courses. It allows eligible students to borrow funds up to their FEE-HELP limit to help pay for all or part of their VET tuition fees. Eligible students who access VET Student Loans will have a loan with the Australian Government who will, on the student’s behalf, pay their VET tuition fees to their approved VET provider.

CMA’s SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy is approved for VET Student Loans.

Students repay their loan to the Australian Government through the tax system once a student earns the minimum threshold level for repayment, which is $54,869 for the 2016-17 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. Click here for more information or call the Academy today.


2 evenings per week for a period of approximately 18 months or 3 days per week for a period of 12 months, plus ‘in salon’ hours.


SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy has two day class intakes each February. Evening class has 2 intakes every 18 months. Commencement dates and terms are structured according to the school year.


A full schedule of tuition fees can be accessed here. This program is a VET Student Loans approved course. Payment options are available. For further information contact the Academy today.


This program is available in a flexible learning format. For more information, visit our Distance Education page.


You will perfect your skills by gaining valuable experience treating actual clients in the CMA Beauty Room. The Beauty Room 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. There’s no better way to develop your confidence and reinforce your new-found skills.

“The flexible study options allowed me to gain my Diploma in Beauty Therapy in a way that I could fit around my other commitments and allowed me the time I needed to develop my skills so that I could join the industry with the confidence to succeed straight away. I have made lifelong friends along the way and still value the vast knowledge of the trainers who I keep in contact with even now” Sandy Winters –  Graduate 2013 & 2014.


The academy trains with specialised, up to date equipment and quality skin care products. Our facility includes comprehensive treatment areas, makeup workshops; 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.

Students must purchase a beauty tunic ($85), t-shirt ($49), basic makeup kit ($300), textbook ($134.95) and a towel set ($49). Hoodies are also available (and are optional) for $59 each. CMA holds an annual graduation dinner, which costs no more than $110 per graduating student. Students are permitted (and encouraged!) to invite as many guests as they choose.


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 classroom learning and ensures you have all the information you need at your finger tips. Students need to have a tablet or laptop.


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


As a diploma-qualified Beauty Therapist, you will have the broadest range of career options in the industry, from working in beauty salons, day spas, health retreats, hotels & resorts to international cruise liners. Careers in sales, marketing and training are also great career options and many graduates go on to manage and own their own salons. Further education may include completing the Bachelor of Health Science (Dermal Therapies) available at Victoria University. This program provides qualified beauty therapists with the opportunity to establish and develop knowledge and skills in advanced dermal therapy treatments, and receive additional training such as paramedical dermal care. The Diploma in Beauty Therapy is an entry requirement to this program.

“I have always been interested in beauty therapy and just never got around to doing it. So, I decided to do my Diploma in Beauty Therapy at CMA in 2014… it was a very rewarding and beneficial experience. I loved the course, the teaching staff and the lovely people I got to work with every day. I have made many wonderful friends during my time at CMA.” Sara Dykgraaf – Diploma of Beauty Therapy Graduate


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.


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


Manicure and Pedicure
Nail Art
Lash and Brow Services
Nail and Skin Science
Intimate Waxing
Makeup Application and Design
Eyelash Extensions
Stone Therapy Massage
Spray Tanning
Anatomy and Physiology
Advanced Facials
Body Treatments
Indian Head Massage
Salon Services
Industry Research
Workplace Health and Safety


More information about this qualification can be found on the website

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