What skills do you need to become a Beauty Therapist?

Right now, there are nearly 45,000 Beauty Therapists in Australia and almost 1,000 advertised positions. And that’s not even counting the freelance Beauty Therapists, at-home salons, and retail beauty buffs who make up a big part of the fast-growing industry.

But beyond a fixation for feeling fantastic, what are the personality traits of the best Beauty Therapists? And what credentials do you need to excel in the competitive and creative beauty market?

There are 3 things you’ll need: a qualification, technical proficiency, and a customer-focused growth mindset.

1.    Diploma of Beauty Therapy (or other qualification)

Search “how to become a beauty therapist” online and you’ll see there are many pathways to getting a foot in the door. Certificate II, III and IV courses, or a Diploma of Beauty Therapy, can all get you there. But some routes are more direct (and advantageous) than others.

Why a Diploma of Beauty Therapy is better

TrainSmart Australia’s Diploma of Beauty Therapy teaches a wide range of beauty treatments, as well as the knowledge to run a successful beauty business and the skills to build on your experience over time.

  • Skin science
  • Beauty enhancements and makeovers
  • Specialist treatment (like microdermabrasion)
  • Business skills
  • Retail and prescribing skincare

Put simply, our Diploma of Beauty Therapy goes beyond the basics by providing hands-on experience blended with classroom learning from highly experienced Trainers.

2.    Technical skills

As a qualified Beauty Therapist there are so many places you might work, each requiring a different mix of technical skills:

  • Skin clinics
  • Beauty salons
  • Brow bars
  • Retail beauty stores
  • Spa resorts (even internationally)
  • Home-based beauty business

You might be a Therapist, Manager, Retailer, Representative, Supervisor, Salon Owner or something else entirely. But whatever path you pursue starts with a solid foundation of technical ability, which you will establish by embarking on a Diploma of Beauty Therapy.

3.    Personal strengths

Beauty Therapists work closely with clients and colleagues, but it’s not all about a bubbly personality. You are also a trusted confidant helping clients to achieve their beauty goals and support for the people around you.

The best Beauty Therapists are:

  • Professional
  • Approachable
  • Quick thinking
  • Problem solvers
  • Organised
  • Resilient
  • Passionate
  • Ambitious

And above all, the best Beauty Therapists are those who never stop learning. If you have your sights set on a successful beauty career, then be prepared for an exciting journey filled with endless opportunities to achieve (in ways large and small).

It all starts with a Diploma of Beauty Therapy from Australia’s leading educator, TrainSmart Australia. Explore the course in more detail or apply online to graduate as early as 2021.

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