How to become a Beauty Therapist

Beauty therapists apply face and body treatments, and provide advice about skin care and cosmetics.

Personal requirements of a Beauty Therapist

  • Neat personal appearance at all times
  • No allergies to beauty products
  • Pleasant and tactful when dealing with customers
  • Interest in people
  • Good hand–eye coordination
  • Sensitive when dealing with clients for body and facial treatments

Education & Training for a Beauty Therapist

To become a beauty therapist you usually have to complete a VET qualification in beauty therapy. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a beauty therapist through an apprenticeship or traineeship in Beauty Therapy. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

Duties & Tasks of a Beauty Therapist

Beauty therapists may perform the following tasks:

  • carry out skin analysis and give advice about skin and body care
  • perform facial or body massage and aromatherapy treatment
  • analyse body type and advise on exercise programs and nutrition
  • use a variety of treatments and electrical equipment to treat skin and body conditions
  • remove facial and body hair by electrolysis or waxing
  • provide advice and support to clients following cosmetic surgery
  • recognise problems and refer clients to medical practitioners such as dermatologists, plastic surgeons, endocrinologists, podiatrists, chiropractors and physiotherapists
  • apply make-up
  • perform manicures, pedicures, nail extensions and eyelash and brow tinting
  • perform reception duties (such as receiving bookings and arranging appointments)
  • maintain client records
  • provide advice about and sell cosmetic products and related beauty equipment.

Employment Opportunities for a Beauty Therapist

Beauty therapists work mainly in private salons and hairdressing establishments, and many are self-employed. Some beauty therapists are employed by cosmetic companies to work in large department stores that have sections specialising in skin care and cosmetics.



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Additional Information
Before selecting a course, check with a number of potential employers to make sure that the course meets their requirements. Employers are less likely to consider people who have completed a short course or who have qualifications that are not recognised by the industry. Beauty therapists with nationally accredited qualifications may work throughout Australia. Working as a sales assistant in a pharmacy or retail store can provide relevant experience and familiarity with products for those wishing to train as beauticians or beauty therapists.
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