SHB20116 Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics is an entry-level qualification for those who wish to embark upon a career in either the makeup or beauty industries.

This program is delivered on campus at CMA over a period of 6 months. You attend practical workshops where your skills are developed. You also receive comprehensive study plans which step you through your course. Some aspects of this course can be completed at home, using CMA’s online learning management system. During the workshops you receive access to a professional makeup kit, instructional videos, notes and handouts. During your course, you will participate in 10 hours of work experience.



In August 2017, 30 positions are available for people who live or work in the ACT who wish to complete their SHB20116 Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics. Apply today to find out if you’re eligible for a subsidy. Alternatively, contact CMA’s Student Liaison Manager for more information.

This program is subsidised for ACT and NSW residents.

NSW: Under Smart & Skilled, NSW residents only pay approximately $870; criteria applies. Concessions also apply. NSW residents, plaese click here for more information or to calculate your exact course fee.

ACT: Your student contribution fee is $720. Payments plans available. Fee waivers apply to those who can demonstrate genuine hardship. Please contact CMA’s Student Liaison Manager for more information.



To apply, simply contact CMA’s Student Liaison Manager. Eligibility criteria applies as follows for those who live or work in the ACT:

As a minimum, a student must, at the time of enrolment be

  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand passport holder resident for man than six months, OR
  • a visa holder with work rights and not excluded from participation in government funded training, AND
  • living or working in the ACT, AND
  • not enrolled in or attending secondary school or college except where the student:
    1. i)  is undertaking a course of study leading to completion of year 12 in an alternative program, or
    2. ii)  has an Exemption Certificate and the selected Skilled Capital qualification is an approved ASBA pathway, AND
  • not have completed a certificate III or higher (excluding foundation skills qualifications) OR have suffered changed circumstances which impacts their ability to undertake training and/or work, such as ill health.

Subsidised positions are only valid to students who commence their training prior to 31st December 2017.


All materials are provided.


SHB20116 Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics does not require any pre-requisite studies.


A personal interview may be arranged with the Academy’s Student Liaison Manager. During this interview we will discuss the course content in detail and answer any questions you may have. As placements are limited, your suitability may also be assessed. You may enrol by completing an enrolment form.


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.


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.


Upon successful completion of this program you may receive credit towards the SHB20116 Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics, SHB40115 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy and SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy.


BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others

SHBBCCS001 Advise on beauty products and services

SHBXCCS004 Recommend products and services

SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment

SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team

SIRRMER001 Produce visual merchandise displays

SIRXIND003 Organise personal work requirements

SIRXSLS001 Sell to the retail customer

SHBBMUP004 Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up

BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions

SHBBMUP002 Design and apply make-up

SHBBMUP003 Design and apply make-up for photography

ICTWEB201 Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement

SHBBRES001 Research and apply beauty industry information



Makeup Fundamentals
Tools of the Trade
Product Purpose
Customer Service
Workplace Health and Safety


More information about this qualification can be found on the website

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