What they do
Beauty therapists undertake a range of therapeutic facial and body care treatments and aim to improve their clients’ appearance and well-being. Their skills are required by both women and men. They apply and sell make-up, skincare and other cosmetic products, treat skin conditions and provide beauty treatments such as electrolysis, massage, facials, manicures and pedicures, waxing and spa therapy. They may also undertake some administrative work and should keep records of clients' treatments.
Specialisations include: Electrologist (hair remover), Manicurist, Nail technician
Beauty therapists may work in department stores offering cosmetic and beauty-related therapies, beauty salons where they may specialise in one or a range of therapies, from home or as a mobile beauty therapist providing services in clients’ homes. Some beauty therapists may work part-time.
Tools and technologies
Beauty therapists work with a range of products including waxes, gels, lotions, balms and creams. They may apply these to their clients on treatment tables, chairs or couches. They may also use electrolysis and ultrasonic equipment, vaporisers, magnifying glasses and exfoliating machines. For manicure and pedicure treatments they may use acrylic nails, scissors, files, buffing and polishing equipment. This is usually stored at individual nail stations. They may also use massage chairs or tables.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a beauty therapist you usually need to complete a formal qualification in a beauty related area.
The Certificate II in Retail Make-Up and Skin Care, Certificate II in Nail Technology, Certificate III in Beauty Services and Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy are widely available at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.
You can become a beauty therapist by completing a traineeship in beauty services or beauty therapy. The beauty services traineeship usually takes 18 months to complete. The beauty therapy traineeship usually takes 36 months to complete.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.
You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.