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This qualification reflects the role of individuals employed as skin or beauty therapists who design and provide specialised skin treatments for clients with various skin treatment needs.

They are skilled individuals who synthesise specialised knowledge and experience to consult, design and manage sequential treatment programs. They possess highly developed communication skills and specialised technical skills. Practitioners operate within a defined scope of practice and use initiative and judgement to refuse or refer treatments as required.

This qualification provides a pathway to work in skin or beauty therapy clinics.

Possible job titles include:

  • beauty therapist
  • skin therapist.

The skills in this qualification must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

The use of laser and Intense Pulsed Light is subject to legislation, regulation and licensing in some Australian States and Territories.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

15 units must be completed

Core units:
SHBBSKS009* Provide micro-dermabrasion treatments
SHBBSKT001 Provide skin therapy consultations
SHBBSKT002 Provide advice on specialised skin care formulations and ingredients
SHBBSKT003 Identify and control safety risks for light-based skin treatments
SHBBSKT008* Design light emitting diode treatment programs
SHBBSKT009* Provide light emitting diode skin treatments
SHBBSKT010* Provide skin needling treatments
SHBBSKT011* Provide superficial peel treatments
SHBBSSC003 Research and apply information on skin science in a skin therapy context
SHBXCCS006 Promote healthy nutritional options in a beauty therapy context 

Elective units:
SHBBSKT004* Design intense pulsed light skin treatment programs
SHBBSKT005* Provide intense pulsed light skin treatments
SHBBSKT006* Design laser skin treatment programs
SHBBSKT007* Provide laser skin treatments
SHBBINF002 Maintain infection control standards

Bonus Inclusions:
ED170: Laser and Intense Pulsed Light Safety Certificate

You will learn

  • Analysing skin conditions
  • Designing and reviewing LED, IPL and laser treatment programs for pigmented and vascular lesions, skin rejuvenation and acne
  • Consultation techniques
  • Performing and assessing test patch
  • Delivering safe and effective treatments
  • Pre and post treatment advice
  • Documentation requirements
  • Compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Includes all consent forms

Entry requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who have achieved all of the following units of competency:

  • SHBBFAS005 Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations OR SHBBFAS002 Provide facial treatments and skin care recommendations
  • SHBBFAS006 Provide specialised facial treatments OR SHBBFAS003 Provide specialised facial treatments
  • SHBBINF002 Maintain infection control standards OR HLTINF005 Maintain infection prevention for skin penetration treatments
  • SHBBSSC001 Incorporate knowledge of skin structure and functions into beauty therapy
  • SHBBSSC002 Incorporate knowledge of body structures and functions into beauty therapy


  • who are able to demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge to each of the above units of competency.

Career outcomes:

This course can lead to work in Medispas that provide skin therapy and beauty services.


On successful completion of the SHB60221 – Advanced Diploma of Skin Therapy, you will receive:

  • An SHB60221 – Advanced Diploma of Skin Therapy, which is a nationally recognised qualification.
  • A Record of Results

Course Includes

  • SHB60221 – Advanced Diploma of Skin Therapy
  • Electronic training material
  • All assessments
  • Clinic practical hours
  • Work placement support

Campus location: 8-9/1 Douglas street Coolangatta QLD 4225

Study: Full time over 6 to 9 months
Practice may be undertaken in a salon or clinic in the beauty industry or in other settings where cosmetic skin services are offered. The use of intense pulsed light and laser is subject to legislation, regulation and licensing in some Australian states and territories.

Delivery: Face to face learning, self-paced distance delivery, training in BTTA clinic, practical hours can be completed in the student’s work place or distance workplace if the required equipment is available.

Payment Methods
Payments can be made via credit card (Visa and MasterCard) EFT, or direct deposit. Flexible payment plans and study loans may also be available

Domestic Students

Cost: $14,990 Tuition fee +
$360 Administration fee +
$150 Uniform Fee

Prerequisites: As per entry requirements above

BTTA provides nationally accredited training in various professional courses, with both full and part time courses available, along with interest-free payment plans.

This qualification is Nationally Recognised Training

SHB60221 – Advanced Diploma of Skin Therapy