Qualification details

SIB40110 - Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy (Release 2)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 12/Dec/2011
(View details for release 1) Replaced09/Dec/2010

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to SHB40115 - Certificate IV in Beauty TherapyNumber of units required to complete this qualification has reduced from 25 units to 19. The number of core units has reduced from 17 to 13 and elective units from 8 to 6. This change better reflects the skill requirements of the job profile. 24/Sep/2015
Supersedes and is equivalent to WRB40105 - Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy 08/Dec/2010

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
BSBSUS201A - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practicesParticipate in environmentally sustainable work practices N/A
HLTFA301B - Apply first aidApply first aid N/A
SIBBBOS401A - Perform body massagePerform body massage N/A
SIBBBOS402A - Provide body treatmentsProvide body treatments N/A
SIBBBOS403A - Perform aromatherapy massagePerform aromatherapy massage N/A
SIBBCCS301A - Apply the principles of skin biology to beauty treatmentsApply the principles of skin biology to beauty treatments N/A
SIBBCCS302A - Advise on beauty servicesAdvise on beauty services N/A
SIBBCCS403A - Recognise body structures and systems in a beauty therapy contextRecognise body structures and systems in a beauty therapy context N/A
SIBBCCS404A - Work in a skin therapies frameworkWork in a skin therapies framework N/A
SIBBCCS405A - Develop treatment plansDevelop treatment plans N/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 451111 Beauty Therapist 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6395-11 Beauty Therapist 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1103 Personal Services 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 451111 Beauty Therapist 09/Dec/2010 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6395-11 Beauty Therapist 09/Dec/2010 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1103 Personal Services 09/Dec/2010 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 09/Dec/2010 
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Modification History

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This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are competent in a prescribed range of beauty therapy treatments and services, including facial massage, lash and brow treatments, nail technology services, make-up, waxing, body massage, and aromatherapy; as well as providing advice on and selling retail skin care and cosmetic products.

Work would be undertaken as skilled beauty therapists in the beauty therapy services stream of the beauty industry.

This qualification is designed to reflect the role of those who work relatively autonomously. It involves the performance of a broad range of skilled applications, including requirements to evaluate and analyse current practices, develop new criteria and procedures for performing current practices, and some provision of leadership and guidance to others in the application and planning of skills.

Pathways Information

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of endorsement.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements to this qualification.

Employability Skills Summary

SIB40110 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy 

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by the beauty industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability skill 

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :


Communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal, are used to establish and meet the needs of clients, to advise on future services and to record client information. This is done through questioning and observation and by providing clear information on products used and services proposed or performed. Clients may also need reassurance or have questions which need to be answered throughout the performance of a service. Product information is also read and interpreted to make safe and appropriate recommendations to clients, and treatment plans are developed and/or amended as required. Communication skills are also used to follow instructions and respond to change, such as current workplace waste minimisation and environmental sustainability procedures.

Problem solving 

Problem-solving skills are used when developing and/or amending treatment plans and throughout the provision of services and treatments by applying knowledge of contraindications, anatomy and physiology, and skin biology, for example, to anticipate and mitigate problems by advising clients of alternative options and/or referring them to alternative practitioners when performing facial treatments. Problem solving is supported in the beauty environment by referral to legislation and/or industry guidelines, such as health and hygiene.

Initiative and enterprise 

Opportunities to use initiative and enterprise occur with the identification and provision of the most appropriate products and/or services to meet identified and future needs of clients, within the boundaries of any contraindications which may be present. A beauty therapist also needs to recognise changes in the client's condition during a service or treatment and take corrective action.


Teamwork requires knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of all team members and accepted or expected workplace practices. It includes the ability to communicate with other team members to schedule and service clients, to assist other team members as required; and to support team participation in environmentally sustainable workplace practices.

Planning and organising 

Information, time and resources must be planned and organised to deliver efficient and effective services. The needs of clients must be determined to ensure that all relevant products and equipment are available and time is managed effectively to meet scheduling requirements. The use of resources must be planned and organised to minimise waste and prevent product and environmental contamination.


Self-direction is required to achieve desired client outcomes within the time and resource expectations of the workplace. This is supported by establishing a clear understanding of both client and workplace requirements and by actively seeking and responding to feedback. The knowledge and application of health, hygiene and safety requirements are critical to the performance of this role.


The beauty industry is dynamic, with changes to products and services as new trends emerge. Beauty therapists are required to take responsibility for maintaining and sharing their knowledge of new products, services and environmental best practice with a view to maximising business profitability.


Technology is used through the use of electrical equipment for facial and body treatments and beauty therapists must be familiar with the safe operating procedures for the use of this technology. Retail technology is also used and beauty therapists must also be able to deal with situations where technology fails or becomes unavailable, for example electronic funds transfer technology.

Due to the high proportion of electives required by this qualification, the industry/enterprise requirements described above for each employability skill are representative of the industry in general and may not reflect specific job roles. Learning and assessment strategies for this qualification should be based on the requirements of the units of competency for this qualification.

Packaging Rules

To achieve a Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy, 25 units must be completed:

  • all 17 core units
  • 8 elective units:
  • a minimum of 4 elective units must be selected from the elective units listed below
  • the remaining units may be selected from this or another endorsed Training Package or accredited course; these must be units which are first packaged at AQF level of 3 or 4.

In all cases selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the characteristics of this qualification (as per the AQF descriptors).

Core units 


Perform body massage


Apply the principles of skin biology to beauty treatments


Advise on beauty services


Recognise body structures and systems in a beauty therapy context


Work in a skin therapies framework


Develop treatment plans


Provide lash and brow treatments


Provide facial treatments


Perform waxing treatments


Work in a nail services framework


Provide manicure and pedicare services


Conduct financial transactions


Provide service to clients


Design and apply make-up


Communicate in the workplace


Work effectively in a retail environment


Apply safe working practices

Elective units 

Body Services 


Provide body treatments


Perform aromatherapy massage

Cleaning and Maintenance 


Organise and maintain work areas

Client Services 


Use electricity in beauty therapy treatments


Interpret the chemical composition and physical actions of cosmetic products


Promote healthy nutritional options in a beauty therapy context

Computer Operations and ICT Management 


Operate retail technology

Facial Services 


Demonstrate retail skin care products


Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up


Provide advanced facial treatments


Design and apply make-up for photography

First Aid 


Apply first aid



Perform stock control procedures



Coordinate work teams



Merchandise products


Monitor in-store visual merchandising display


Create a display

Nails Services 


Apply ultraviolet gel nail enhancement


Apply acrylic nail enhancement


Apply nail art


Use electric file equipment for nails


Apply advanced nail art



Research and apply beauty industry information



Sell products and services


Build relationships with customers

Skin Services 


Apply cosmetic tanning products



Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

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