Preparing the industry to move forward

For over two years the Beauty Training Package has been under review for the purpose of updating its learning objectives to meeting the growing advances within the beauty and aesthetics industry.

This week we were notified that the newly updated National Beauty Services Training Package is AISC approved and pending State and Territory Skills Ministers’ endorsement.

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Personal Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and the Skin Therapy and Cosmetic Tattooing Technical Advisory Committees (TACs), is undertaking a comprehensive update of the SHB Beauty Training Package Products to increase the level of nationally recognised training in skin therapy, cosmetic tattooing, and spa industries, as well as to reflect the requirements of contemporary job roles.

The key drivers for this review of the Beauty Services training package products were to ensure the qualifications meet the current and future demand of beauty industry roles. The technologies used in beauty treatments have advanced rapidly, and this has meant that technologies and practices are changing even as the training package is being reviewed. Careful attention has been given to skills and knowledge in the areas of:

  • modern treatment modalities
  • machinery
  • advancement in chemical treatments used across all services
  • underpinning knowledge of skin and wound healing
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
  • laser skin treatment
  • specialised customer service for the beauty and spa industry, and
  • after-treatment care.

The following qualifications have been updated:

  • SHB20121 Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics
  • SHB30121 Certificate III in Beauty Services
  • SHB30221 Certificate III in Make-Up
  • SHB30321 Certificate III in Nail Technology
  • SHB40121 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy
  • SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty Therapy.

NEW QUALIFICATIONS

The following new qualifications have been developed to meet current and emerging practices in the industry:

  • SHB50321 Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing: It is a real achievement that Cosmetic Tattooing has now been updated from a unit of competency to a full stand-allown Diploma.  This will enhance the reputation of this modality as this qualification will substantially increase the skills and knowledge of future cosmetic tattoo practitioners, as well as allow existing practitioners to upgrade their qualifications to the new diploma level which will become the new expected training standard.
  • SHB60221 Advanced Diploma of Skin Therapy: This qualification will consist of eight core units in advanced skin therapies and five electives including training in laser and IPL treatments and skin needling.  This qualification will also be available for existing qualified beauty therapists who wish to advance their qualifications to a higher level.

With the release of these updates, educational delivery for the industry will include competencies that incorporate new industry advances and hopefully provide graduates that are industry-ready.