AT STRATEGIC TIMES the SHB Beauty Services Training Package is reviewed for the purpose of updates that may make training and qualifications more relevant to industry needs and minimise consumer risk.

These initiatives are usually co-ordinated by SkillsIQ, a not-for-profit, independent organisation working to ensure that skills development and training products meet current and future needs in the people facing several industries across Australia, including our industry.

A Case for Change was submitted to and approved by the Australian Industry Skills Council (AISC) for SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Personal Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), to undertake an update of the nationally recoginised Beauty Training Package Products included in the SHB Hairdressing and Beauty Services Training Package.

A recent draft with proposed changes and amendments was released this month for public comment.  We particularly wish to draw your attention to the addition of two new qualifications that have also been proposed:



The Unit of Competency relevant to cosmetic tattooing, SHBBSKS003 Design and Provide Cosmetic Tattooing has been deleted and a new qualification has been developed to cover cosmetic tattooing for the face (eyeliner, lips and eyebrows), as well as scalp micropigmentation and breast areola.  The qualification has been designed so that it is flexible enough for learners to choose one or more areas of interest. What that means is that now Cosmetic Tattooist can gain a Diploma qualification rather than a Unit of Competency which was previously the case.

If you are a cosmetic tattooist or perform microblading, this qualification will impact you. If you do not have a nationally-recognised qualification this is your change to gain recognition of prior learning and be assessed towards gaining a full qualification.  Please review the various units within this document as well as the prerequisite units and give us your feedback as to whether you believe that they are fair and reasonable. 

At the upcoming PMU CONFERENCE APAN on Monday 23rd September, we will be conducting a meeting on Sunday night at 7.30pm, prior to the conference, to gain feedback from stakeholders and RTOs on the various units and the overall structure of the qualification.  If you would like to attend this meeting please contact us no later than Friday 12 noon on with your phone number so that we can contact you.  There is no charge for attending this meeting.


The Advanced Diploma of Skin Therapy has been developed to include the following advanced treatment areas:

  • Light Emitted Diode (LED)
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
  • Laser skin treatments
  • Skin needling
  • Chemical Peels
  • Consultation and post-treatment care

The qualification structure has been designed to allow the selection of either IPL or Laser or both IPL and Laser through the streamed elective options.

The Case for Change proposed the development of Units of Competency around sonophoresis and sound vibration.  The Skin Rejuvenation TAC confirmed that sound vibration treatments and sonophoresis (ultrasound) for any purpose other than product infusion is inappropriate in Vocational Education and Training.  Sonophoresis for product infusion is covered in the existing Unit, SHBBFAS006 Provide specialised facial treatment, in the SHB50119 Diploma of Beauty Therapy and therefore has not been included in the SHB60219 Advanced Diploma of Skin Therapy.

If you wish to comment on these changes please note that the National Consultation for Draft 1 is open from Wednesday, 4th September to Wednesday, 16th October 2019.  During this period input will be sought on the following Training Package Products relating to the SHB Hairdressing and Beauty Services Training Package:  

  • 7 qualifications
  • 71 Units of Competency and associated Assessment requirements.

SkillsIQ will be undertaking a number of key activities to engage community stakeholders and VET professionals.  Further details are posted on the SkillsIQ website:

Feedback can also be provided on-line via the SkillsIQ Feedback Forum.

As APAN will be putting forward a submission based on industry consultation, so please give us your feedback no later than the 10th October.  You can also independently submit your feedback through the SkillsIQ website, however, we would appreciate if you could also forward to us your recommendations so that we can include them in our industry submission.