Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics



The Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics is the entry level qualification to the makeup and beauty industry. You will learn a range of skills to begin a career within the dynamic beauty retail environment.

Learn skills such as makeup, eyelash extensions, brow waxing and lash and brow tinting. You will also learn valuable subjects like social media engagement and visual merchandising.

This course has been designed for those wanting to develop the skills and knowledge to sell, demonstrate and apply cosmetic products to an industry standard.


Study Option Duration Start Date
Flexible delivery monthly intake: call us on 07 3891 5696 6 months January 24, 2019 ENROL

The Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics includes core subjects that have been chosen to set students up for the practical skills required to work in the cosmetic counter environment. The subjects have been chosen to reflect industry standards and graduates are more employable with these valuable skills. The skills learnt during this course also ensure graduates have the opportunity to freelance in the beauty industry.


Core subjects
Makeup application Lash extensions Retail selling
Social media marketing skills Present merchandising and retail stock Lash and brow tinting
Advise and recommend beauty products and services Team communication Brow shaping
Organisational requirements for cosmetic counters Industry insights Face shape analysis
Brow waxing    



Start any time with our flexible delivery options. The flexible mode of delivery maximises practical skill development in an operational beauty salon. Students will attend the campus for practical workshops, which will include demonstrations by industry experts, hands on practical experience and undertaking the assessable practical observations. Students participate in online learning activities for the knowledge learning with the support of a trainer and assessor.


The course duration is 30 actual teaching & workshop weeks. Including term breaks and other holiday breaks such as the Christmas period, the total course duration may vary and be up to 8 months. Students may progress through the course quicker and shorten their study duration accordingly.


Offered at our Brisbane and Melbourne campus. Please contact us on Brisbane 07 3891 5696 or Melbourne 03 8373 9411 for further information.

All learning materials and resources will be provided, this includes a uniform and a professional makeup brush kit.

This qualification consists of 15 units of competency. These units have been selected in consultation with industry and in accordance with the Training Package rules of this qualification. For more information about the course recognition please visit training.gov.au


BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
SHBBCCS001 Advise on beauty products and services
SHBBMUP002 Design and apply make-up
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBXCCS004 Recommend products and services
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team
SIRRMER001 Produce visual merchandise displays
SIRXIND003 Organise personal work requirements
SIRXSLS001 Sell to the retail customer
SHBBRES001 Research and apply beauty industry information
SHBBMUP001 Apply eyelash extensions
SHBBFAS001 Provide lash and brow services
SIRRINV001 Receive and handle retail stock
ICTWEB201 Use Social Media tools for collaboration and engagement

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. Minimum age requirement of 15 years of age.

The Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics is a gateway course into working in a vibrant exciting industry and will give you all the starting techniques and knowledge to proceed into the world of makeup artistry. 

Successful completion of this course leads to exciting career possibilities in the makeup and cosmetic industry. Graduates from the Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics course are able to gain employment as;

- Cosmetic advisor
- Makeup artist
- Eyelash extension technician
- Brow specialist
- Retail store or pharmacy cosmetic consultant
- Salon assistant

The Australian Academy of Australian Makeup continues to support students after their studies are complete. Through the AACM Alumni Network we provide ongoing opportunities for work experience, employment and networking. Our trainers also continue to mentor past students.

If you are a trainee, we can work with you and your employer to develop a training plan, delivering and assessing  your skills and issue you with a statement of attainment and qualification. Eligable trainees have the opportunity to receive funding through the Queensland Government User Choice program.


For more information about the program, please visit the Queensland Government's information page: User Choice Program


As a trainee, you may be eligible to receive $2,685 ($3,580 for priority groups) funding towards your tuition fees, whilst only paying your co-contribution fee of $656 directly to us. Please call us to discuss your unique situation and how we can assist you in your traineeship to get qualified and take advantage of the User Choice Program and related funding opportunities.

The Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics is for students aiming to enter the beauty services industry and is funded by the Queensland Governments under the Certificate III Guarantee program available for eligible applicants.


You may receive a subsidy towards your certificate qualification if you:


- Are 15 years or older and no longer in school

- Living in Queensland full time

- Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits

- And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate 3 or higher level qualification.


Student eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee program will received funding of $2,432 as non-consessional student and you will pay a student co-contribution fee of only $2,068.

Students eligible for concessional funding will receive $3,040 and will pay a student co-contribution fee of only $1,460. You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability.


The student co-contribution fee can be paid directly to AACM using one of our weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment plan options. Our campus staff can talk you through the available options. Please refer to our course fee, withdrawal and refund policy in our policy section. 


For more information visit:

Queensland Government Certificate 3 Guarantee

Certificate 3 Guarantee student fact sheet

Certificate 3 Guarantee disadvantaged learners fact sheet

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Download the information packs:

Student Information Pack

Info flyer for Students

Info flyer for Parents


Standard Payment Plan Options

The interest free, surcharge free payment option for you. After deducting your 10% = $450 enrolment deposit from the total course fees, the following standard payment options are available to you.

Weekly: 26 Instalments $156 each

Fortnightly: 13 Instalments $312 each

Monthly: 6 Instalments $675 each


Personalised Payment Plan Options

If our Standard Payment Plan options are not suitable for you or you may not be eligible for Study Loans, we may be able to set you up with a personalised payment plan option. After deducting your enrolment deposit from the course fees, you may be able to tailor your repayments flexibly to fit your personal circumstances and affordability. Your may set your own weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayment amount, paying on an extended payment duration. Have in mind, that we won’t be releasing your portfolio, statement of attainment or qualification until your course is paid off.

Weekly, fortnightly and monthly minimum limits apply, please discuss this with us directly. To be able to offer you this flexibility, a additional 10% surcharge of the course fees you want to defer through the Personalised Payment Plan applies. A fair deal, following our vision to make education affordable and worthwhile. Please familiarise yourself with the PPP Terms & Conditions.


School Based Students - Concession Fees

If you are still at school, please call us to enquire about our concession fees.


“This course was the perfect course for me to start my career in makeup. With small class sizes and amazing teachers who provide endless support, it was such a fun place to learn. I couldn't recommend doing this course at AACM any more highly. ”

Sarah B, Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics

Ready to start an exciting career in the makeup industry?