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Top 3 skills you will achieve:

  • Understanding of skin care products
  • Applying make-up
  • Merchandising Products

Certificate II in Retail Make-Up and Skin Care

This course will help you gain the necessary skills needed to work in a retail cosmetics environment. You'll build on your interest in beauty and cosmetics and develop a strong understanding of how to deliver professional techniques to clients.

Course Overview

Course Code:S777 (National ID: SIB20110) 
Careers:Make-up Artist, Beauty Therapist 
Duration:Duration may be flexible. 
How:Apprenticeship/Traineeship, Work based 
Where:PERTH CAMPUS - Building 2
30 Aberdeen Street

International study available:No 
Online study available:No 
Uni pathway available:No 

About the course

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Throughout this course you will learn about workplace communication, client interaction, selling make-up and retail skin care products and performing routine salon or store functions. If you have an interest in make-up and beauty therapy and want to share your knowledge with others then this is the course for you.

The course is run by beauty therapy lecturers who have vast industry experience. Training takes place in Central's new, state of the art facilities, which includes an open to the public beauty salon equipped with industry standard equipment and products. You'll also have the opportunity to study this course as a traineeship where you will benefit from on the job training and hands on learning.

View our brochure to see the career pathways for our beauty therapy courses.

Where this course can lead you

Job prospects in this industry are generally positive with a large number of salons, retail cosmetics stores and cosmetic departments spread throughout metropolitan areas.

Your Certificate II in Retail Make-Up and Skin Care prepares you for a roles such as:

  • Make-up Artist

  • Beauty Therapist

Your Certificate II in Retail Make-Up and Skin Care also opens the door for further qualifications at Central such as the Certificate III in Beauty Services and Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy.

Skills you will gain from this course

Central's beauty therapy qualifications provide you with skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of skin care products and provide recommendations to customers

  • Work in a retail cosmetics environment

  • Apply make-up

  • Sell products

  • Apply make-up for photography, special occasions and remedial camouflage

Your Certificate II in Retail Make-Up and Skin Care gives you the skills to begin an exciting career in retail cosmetics or for further study at Central.

After this course, you may go onto study the Certificate III in Beauty Services or Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy to further increase your skills in this industry.

Connected with industry

Central has its own beauty clinic managed and operated by our own students under the guidance of qualified staff. It is open to students, staff and the public and provides excellent work experience opportunities for beauty therapy students.

Central's focus on industry relevancy means practical course content geared towards getting you a career. It also means you have an opportunity to network with real professionals who could increase your chances of employment during or after study.

Course Structure

Plan:S777 - CU1109 - PSC 
Description:Complete 15 units: 10 core and 5 elective units 

Available Groups


Description: Central Institute of Technology offer the units listed below. Please note: previously completed units may count towards this qualification. Please discuss with the teaching area to determine eligibility.

NumberNational IDTitle
D4765SIBBFAS201ADemonstrate retail skin care products
D4797SIBXCCS201AConduct financial transactions
D4799SIBXFAS201ADesign and apply make-up
S6118SIRXCLM001AOrganise and maintain work areas
S6120SIRXCOM001ACommunicate in the workplace
S6140SIRXIND001AWork effectively in a retail environment
S6147SIRXMER001AMerchandise products
S6168SIRXOHS001AApply safe working practices
S6186SIRXRPK002ARecommend hair, beauty and cosmetic products and services
S6191SIRXSLS001ASell products and services


Description: learners to complete 5 elective units. For Traineeships - Elective units are to be negotiated between Central Institute of Technology, employer and employee.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

An apprenticeship or traineeship is a structured employment based training program that allows you to have a job and be paid while you learn. In most instances practical experience at work is combined with complementary off-the-job training provided by Central Institute of Technology. 

Apprenticeships lead to trade certification and nationally recognised qualifications.

Traineeships focus on entry level training in non-trade areas and lead to nationally-recognised qualifications. Some school based traineeships are available to year 11 and 12 students who combine part time work with secondary studies via an approved training schedule. Apprenticeships and Traineeships are not available as an option for  International students.

Please Note: The process for actually getting into an apprenticeship/traineeship (which involves finding an employer) is very different to the application process for normal study.  

For more information about apprenticeships or traineeships please contact Central Institute of Technology'sTraineeship, Apprenticeship and Workplace Training (TAWT)  on 6211 2035, visit the Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office (the Apprenticeship Office)

Getting into this course


Entrance Requirements

In order to gain entry into this course you must demonstrate basic maths and communication skills.

This conversion table explains the grades you need to have obtained at a high school level to meet this entry level requirement.


The Application Process

This course is delivered as a traineeship or work based training, and applying for the course is different with each option.

Find out more information about the process to apply, enrol and pay.



Find out about applying for a course as a trainee


Work based:

To find out more about work based training, please contact:

Helen Rodino (Beauty Therapy Traineeships / Employment-Based Co-ordinator and Lecturer)
Mobile: 0434 322 380


Recognition of Prior Learning

Do you have existing skills? Whether obtained through paid or voluntary work, training or other experiences, you may be able to fast track your study by applying for recognition of prior learning, often referred to as RPL.

Find out more here

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