If you live in a remote area, have family or other commitments, or simply have a busy life, you can study to become a Beauty Therapist by Distance Education.

CMA offers the Diploma in Beauty Therapy in a flexible learning format. Distance Education allows to attain a full qualification through a combination of web based, online study, practice at home and intensive practical workshops held at the Academy throughout the year. Participating in practical salon experience is recommended however not essential.


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, nail art, spray tanning, eyelash extensions, advanced facials, Brazilian waxing, reflexology and Indian head massage. These units will ensure your skills are further enhanced and highly sought after.


CMA’s distance learning program begins with theoretical units, which need to be completed prior to each individual practical intensive. Practical intensives are held monthly at the Academy and cover all practical facets of beauty therapy. Each student is provided with product and tool kits to allow them to continue to practice their skills and techniques at home. Theory is provided via a combination of textbooks, work booklets and CMA’s online learning management system, which provides access to additional resources, assessments tasks, and video demonstration of practical sessions. Ongoing support via telephone and Internet is also available throughout the duration of learning to ensure each student receives all the attention and motivation necessary to complete their qualification.


You need to have Internet and computer access, be over 16 years of age, be able to attend monthly practical, intensive workshops on campus.


Practical Student Participation Kits for:

  • Manicure & Pedicure
  • Facial Treatments
  • Waxing & Tinting
  • Makeup
  • Aromatic Massage
  • Eyelash Extensions


Use of CMA’s online learning management system provides access to:

  • Assessment tasks,
  • Additional resources,
  • Demonstration videos,
  • Practical notes and procedures,
  • Online quizzes,
  • Forum discussion and
  • Ongoing trainer support.


12-18 months, flexible learning format. You are required to attend monthly, 3 day, intensive practical workshops at the CMA campus.


$13,810– NSW students may be eligible to receive a subsidy, reducing your tuition fee to approximately $4120.

To be eligible for the Smart and Skilled subsidised fee you must be an Australian or NZ citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder. You must also be over 15, no longer at school, and live or work in NSW. See our Smart and Skilled page for full details.

The subsidised fees of $4120 is indicative only. What you will actually pay depends on your individual circumstances. You will be able to estimate your fee before completing your application or enrolment. Eligible students are able to access VET Student Loans.

Click here to check your eligibility and estimate your fee. This training is subsidised by the NSW Government under Smart and Skilled.


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 $51,957 for the 2018-19 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.


SHB50115 Diploma in Beauty Therapy does not require any pre-requisite studies, however, participants must have successfully completed Year 10 and be at least 16 years of age. CMA principles may enrol participants under the age of 16 years, who have not completed Year 10, at their discretion, on a case-by-case basis. This decision will be based upon the potential students ability to satisfactorily complete the required training.


All students studying a nationally recognised qualification must have a Unique Student Identifier before enrolling. If you do not already have a USI, go to www.usi.gov.au to create one.


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, including the Practical Student Participation Kits.

Course fees at CMA include your products, linen, training resources and disposables for use in class time. Resource costs vary from year to year. In 2018-19, 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.


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 in Health Science is also a further learning option.

“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
Cosmetic 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 training.gov.au website http://training.gov.au/Training/Details/SHB50115

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