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Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

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  • Objectives
    The Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy provides the opportunity for graduates of the Certificate III in Beauty to further develop their specialist beauty skills, particularly in the areas of facial treatments. Students must successfully complete all modules listed to achieve the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy. In addition to attendance at the Institute, students must also complete 100 hours of practical placement under supervision in the Beauty Industry. The timetable is available directly from Hair & Beauty.
  • Entry requirements
    Certificate III in Beauty
  • Academic Title
    Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy
  • Course description


    Study Mode


    Eighteen months

    Commencement Date
    On application

    Entrance Requirements
    Students must have achieved the Certificate III in Beauty to be eligible for this course. Students wishing to complete the Certificate III in Beauty may do so through Chisholm Institute.

    Application Procedure
    Direct to Chisholm Institute

    Study Areas
    For the purpose of delivery, Facial and Anatomy & Physiology competencies have been divided into four units, each of 54 hours.
    WRBFS406B Provide Facial Treatments
    WRBCS408A Apply Knowledge of Anatomy & Physiology to Beauty Therapy Treatments
    WRBCS409A Apply Knowledge of Skin Science to Beauty Therapy Treatments
    Students will study chemical and enzyme treatments and gain knowledge of skin chemical and the
    growth, development, ageing and healing of human skin. Students will gain knowledge and skills to prepare and assess clients for a facial treatment. This covers skin analysis, skin care products and advice on further treatments. Students will study the nervous system, the skeletal system, the
    reproductive system and the respiratory system as they apply to Beauty Therapy. Facial, neck and eye massage will be incorporated with the application of specialised treatments.
    For the purpose of delivery, Advanced Facials, Skin Science and Cosmetic Chemistry have been divided into two units, each of 54 hours.

    WRBFS407B Provide Advanced Facial Treatments
    WRBCS411A Apply Knowledge of Nutrition to Beauty Therapy Treatments
    WRBCS410A Apply Knowledge of Electricity to Beauty Therapy Treatments
    Students will study the use and effects of alternating and direct current and low intensity laser in a range of beauty therapy treatments. Such study will also include safe handling procedures with attention to chemical/physical dangers and the requirement for electrical hazard identification and management in the salon. This unit covers the role of major nutrients in cell body function, the digestive system and the inter-relationship of dietary factory and their health consequences. Facial treatments will include the use of electrical equipment with direct and alternating current. Students will gain awareness of skin cancer, skin disorders, immunology and irritation reactions.

    WRBCS412A Apply Knowledge of Cosmetic Chemistry to Beauty Therapy Treatment – 30 hours
    Cosmetic chemistry includes the study of chemical concepts, organic chemistry, treatment of red flushed skin, the treatment of seborrhea, and the composition of and reaction to product formulations and emulsions on the skin. For the purpose of delivery, the following module is included in each of the six facial units.

    WRBCS407A Develop a Treatment Plan for Beauty Therapy Treatments
    Students will gain the knowledge to advise clients on a suitable treatment plan to meet their needs and expectations. In developing the plan, students will analyse client characteristics identifying contraindications/precautions.

    Practical Placement (100 hours)
    Students are required to complete industry placement, performing competencies for facial treatments under the guidance of a therapist in a salon/store environment. All tasks are to be recorded and will form part of the assessment for the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy.

    Theory and practical tests and assignments

    Career Opportunities
    Beauty Therapist

    Further Study
    Diploma of Beauty Therapy

    Skills Recognition including RPL
    There is an opportunity to apply for recognition to be given for:
    • Previous study
    • Knowledge
    • And/or skills resulting from work or life experience relevant to the course
    Contact the department for further details

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