Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics



Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics




Blended delivery, Part-Time

Brisbane campus


  • There are no formal entry requirements for this course
  • Minimum age requirement of 15


Start any time in our flexible blended delivery option.



approx. 7 hours structured self-paced online studies per week.

75 practical on-campus hours

12 Months


  • This is a nationally recognised qualification SHB20116 Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics
  • Ask about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer options to reduce your study time and costs
  • This course is taught in our flexible blended delivery option and you will have access to learning materials online

This is what it’s all about

The Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics is the entry level qualification to the makeup industry. You will learn a range of skills under the guidance of our industry experts to start a career within the dynamic cosmetic retail environment.  

The course has been designed for those wanting to develop skills and knowledge to sell, demonstrate and apply cosmetics products to an industry standard. It consists of 15 core subject areas providing you with the skills and knowledge to operate within a cosmetic retail environment.

The course allows you to study at your own pace with self-directed online learning, using our learning platform under the guidance of an expert trainer. To ensure practical skills are developed, you will complete a minimum of 75 practical hours at our professional training salon.

This is what you get

  • Access to our online learning portal for all your digital learning resources
  • All in class learning materials and all consumables during practical hours, no hidden costs
  • On successful completion you will receive a statement of attainment and your nationally recognised qualification certificate

The Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics is a gateway course into working in a vibrant and 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;

  • Retail Store Cosmetic Consultant
  • Pharmacy Cosmetic Consultant
  • Retail Cosmetic Assistant
  • Cosmetic Advisor
  • Makeup Artist
  • Freelance Artist
  • Salon Assistant

Start any time with our blended online delivery option. Theory elements of each unit will be completed online under the guidance of our expert trainers. Plan for up to 7 hours of self-paced online studies per week. The AACM Retail Training Salon will open on set days each week for practical skills development and practical assessments. You will be provided with a training calendar of dates to choose when you attend. You must complete a minimum of 75 training salon hours to meet the practical component of this course. The retail training salon will also be open for block training sessions for those required to travel or have employment opportunities and commitments.

Through our AACM Alumni Community we provide ongoing opportunities for work experience, employment, networking and lifelong learning. We continue to mentor and support graduates, opening up our industry network, contacts and opportunities. AACM Alumni receive special offers on AACM courses and continue to receive discounts and benefits from our industry partners.

The Alumni Community is providing our graduates a platform to discuss techniques, share their experience, enhance their network, connect with members, publish news and to share job opportunities where available. AACM is regularly contacted for work experience and paid opportunities and we advertise these exclusively to our Alumni Community.

This is what you will learn

The course has been designed for those wanting to develop skills and knowledge to sell, demonstrate and apply cosmetics products to an industry standard. It consists of 15 core subject areas providing you with the skills and knowledge to operate within a cosmetic retail environment.

  • Makeup application
  • Salon services
  • Makeup
  • Health and hygiene
  • Social media
  • Organisational requirements
  • Retail services and sales
  • Advise on beauty products and services

To achieve the Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics, a total of 15 units must be completed. 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. Please note that we may alter the unit selection from time to time to meet industry expectations and stay with the pulse of time.

BSBWHS201 Contribute to the health and safety of others
SHBXWHS001 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
SHBBMUP002 Design and apply make-up
SHBBRES001 Research and apply beauty industry information
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
SHBXCCS004 Recommend products and services
SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team
SIRRINV001 Receive and handle retail stock
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SIRRMER001 Produce visual merchandise displays
SHBBCCS001 Advise on beauty products and services
SIRXIND003 Organise personal work requirements
SIRXSLS001 Sell to the retail customer
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ICTWEB201 Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement

Your Payment Options

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Key facts:
– Study Loans is funding education only, they understand your needs
– Very competitive offer
– Convenient weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments
– Up to 48 months loan terms
– Loans from $2,001 to $15,000

– Australian citizen or permanent resident
– Employed in a full-time, part-time or casual job
– 18 years of age or older
– Demonstrate a capacity to service the loan

The Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics is priced at $50 on a weekly basis including access to our learning portal, learning materials, access to our training salon and all consumables needed during your practical hours at our training salon. To secure your enrolment and get access to our learning portal, a initial deposit of $200 is required on enrolment.

We refer to this as our subscription model, where you pay as you go while studying. The course fees can be paid by direct debit or credit card.

Download our available options: AACM Payment Plan Options

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 3 Guarantee program available for eligible applicants.

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

  • Are assessed as a disadvantaged learner that faces barriers to training participation and requires additional support prior to enrolment in a certificate III vocational qualification
  • 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.

If you are eligible, you will pay the following student co-contribution fee towards your course fees:

Per subject Number of subjects Total student co-contribution Deposit Remaining student co-contribution
$117.33 15 $1 760 $200 $ 1 560


After paying the $200 deposit, the remaining student co-contribution of $1 560 can be paid in 52 weekly installments of $30 each.

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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Key Dates

Commencement Date
Start any time
Online learning
Start any time by diving into your online learning materials straight away. Learn at your own pace using our online learning management system on your mobile, tablet or desktop computer.
On-campus training days
75 hour over the course duration, flexible timetable


Course Recognition

As a Registered Training Organisation under ASQA (RTO 31527), our certificate and diploma level courses are nationally recognized qualifications, which are issued to students after successful completion of a course. The programs are structured in line with National Training Packages, for more information about us and our courses please visit training.gov.au. For more information about our regulatory body, please visit ASQA.

Some short courses offered from time to time may not be recognized courses. Please visit the relevant course pages on our webpage to find our more or contact us to clarify.

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