Beauty Therapist

How to become a Beauty Therapist

If you’re interested in becoming a Beauty Therapist, there are certain skills, techniques and attributes you’ll need to qualify for certain roles.

A Beauty Therapist provides a wide range of face and body treatments to help people look and feel good, with client interaction making up a big part of the day. A career in beauty offers flexibility in terms of location and working hours, meaning you can work from anywhere, whether that's a salon, day spa, movie set, or even your own home. Read more about the job description of a Beauty Therapist.

What technical & professional skills do I need to become a Beauty Therapist?

To work as Beauty Therapist, either in a salon or self-employed, you will be required to have a formal qualification in beauty services such as a Diploma of Beauty & Spa Practice.  

By gaining a qualification of this level, you’ll demonstrate that you’ve mastered a range of beauty services including body and skin treatments, waxing, nail services, make-up skills, body massage, facials, and microdermabrasion.

Paulina Saliba, General Manager of Results Laser Clinic, says that it’s important that staff have gained a formal qualification to perform the treatments and services required of the industry.

“It is reassuring that Beauty Therapists are qualified to perform services safely,” Paulina explains. “Knowing that they have been trained correctly and have the knowledge means they can work with minimal supervision.”

A course such as a Diploma of Beauty & Spa Practice will also teach you small business planning so you'll understand what it takes to operate your own beauty therapy business.

Will I need work experience to become a Beauty Therapist?

It’s important that beauty therapy students gain hands-on experience during their training - not only will this give you a better understanding of what the job entails day-to-day, you’ll also find out whether it’s a career that will work for you.

SEEK Learning Consultant Ben Wilson recommends seeking out a beauty therapy course that offers you the opportunity to work in a real clinic environment.

“A college that has a beauty therapy clinic on campus will set you up with the best experience out there,” Ben says. “If the clinic is open to the public, you’ll be exposed to many clients of different ages and skin types.”

If you have chosen to study an online course, it’s likely that your course will still require you to participate in work placement and attend a campus or clinic to learn and perfect hands-on skills.

What if I already have beauty therapy experience?

If you already have a certificate or experience in a certain area such as make up, nail care or waxing, you may want to consider rounding out your training and knowledge with a qualification in beauty therapy.

Lauren Hanning, a student at the Australian National College of Beauty (RTO 0269), says that the more experience you have, the better chance you have at securing professional employment.

“Having a broadened education, such as understanding ingredients in products, muscles, bones and advanced treatments using electricity will help you get a job as a Beauty Therapist, not just in a salon but at a day spa or medi-spa too,” she says.  

Should I become a Beauty Therapist?

To be a successful Beauty Therapist, you will need to have:

  • a desire to help others
  • a strong work ethic
  • a friendly personality
  • pride in your personal appearance
  • an eye for detail

As a Beauty Therapist you will need to be able to make your clients feel comfortable and relaxed, as well as be a good listener and be business-minded so you can sell products and treatments. A ‘people person’ perfectly describes someone who will thrive in the beauty industry.

“As a Beauty Therapist you will be dealing with people of many different backgrounds and ages and need that flexibility to adjust to different personality types,” explains Ben, SEEK Learning Consultant.

“You also need to be hard working, as it’s a hands-on role and you will be required to stand for long periods of time.”