Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing

About the course

The demand for cosmetic tattooing has grown significantly in recent years, and with it, the need for high standards of training and education.

The Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing (SHB50321) provides both experienced and aspiring cosmetic tattoo artists in Australia with a recognised qualification that meets industry standards. This diploma offers a valuable opportunity for technicians to enhance their skills and knowledge in the field of cosmetic tattooing, while also ensuring that they meet the standards required to provide safe and effective treatments to their clients.

Raising the Industry Standard

Elevate your career in cosmetic tattooing

At THink Aesthetics, we are committed to upholding the highest standards in the industry, and our Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing is no exception. The Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and techniques required to succeed in this exciting and rewarding field. We provide comprehensive training and hands-on experience to ensure that our graduates are fully prepared to meet the demands of the industry.

With the Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing, technicians can distinguish themselves in a crowded market and demonstrate their commitment to quality and professionalism. At THink Aesthetics, we are proud to offer this opportunity to aspiring and experienced technicians alike, and we are confident that the Diploma will aid technicians in achieving their goals and advance their careers in the field of cosmetic tattooing.

Course Information


Students who successfully complete the course requirements will be awarded a Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing*.

As a part of the Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing you have a choice of specialisation options. Students must select a mimimum of 1 and maximum of 3 treatment electives to specialise in. The specialisation options are:

  • Cosmetic Tattoo Eyebrows
  • Cosmetic Tattoo Eyeliner
  • Cosmetic Tattoo Lip
  • Cosmetic Tattoo Scalp Micropigmentation
  • Cosmetic Tattoo Breast Areola

If successful, you will be awarded a Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing that reflects your chosen specialisation/s*. E.g. If you choose to do Brows, Lips and Scalp Micropigmentation you will be awarded a Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing (Brows, Lips and Scalp Micropigmentation).

*Our staff will assist you in every way they can to ensure you perform to the best of your ability and successfully complete your chosen training course. THink Aesthetics is however, unable to guarantee you will be issued with a qualification or statement of attainment nor obtain a particular employment outcome.

Course Structure

The Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing requires students to complete 9 units of competency. This is to include the 4 Core Units, an Infection Control Unit, and up to 3 Cosmetic Tattoo Treatment Electives. The remaining units (1-3) are to be made up of Business Electives.

While you have a variety of choice between the elective units, the core units are required for all students wishing to complete the Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing or gain an accredited treatment elective certificate.

The core units are brand new units of competency that cover foundational cosmetic tattoo topics in great depth, ensuring that technicians have an understanding of the skin, hair, pigments, design and consultation techniques.

Core Units (required)

Infection Control Units (pick one)

Elective Cosmetic Tattoo Units (pick at least one and up to three)

Elective Business / Social Media Units (pick at least one)


You should expect the course to take between 9-18 months to complete. There is no mimumum time frame to complete the Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing.

This course is self-paced and can be started at any time. There is no set start date for the Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing at THink Aesthetics.


The Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing course is a blended delivery. Meaning that it combines both online and in-person training.

A majority of learning is completed online via our Student Learner Portal. The online portal can be accessed 24-7, allowing you to study at your own pace, in your own time.

Cosmetic Tattoo treatment elective units are completed by attending in-class training dates for technique development and practical assessment.

Fees / Course Cost

Course cost structure varies depending on the number of specialisations within the Diploma a student is wishing to pursue.

The cost of the Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing ranges from $10,950 to $18,950, depending on your chosen number of treatment specialisations.

Experienced cosmetic tattooist may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), reducing the time and cost of completing the diploma - learn more about RPL.

Please complete our Registration of Interest Form to get a customised quote for the electives you wish to undertake.

Payment Options:

Units can be paid for individually as you progress through the course or through a payment plan directly though THink Aesthetics, allowing you to spread the cost of your studies over the duration of your course.

For more information please check out our finance and payment options.

Unfortunately, this course has not been approved for government funding / VET Fee Help.

How to apply

If you wish to speak to someone, you can register your interest in the Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing by completing our Diploma Registration of Interest Form.

Once you have completed the form, one of our team members will be in contact to discuss your study options including pricing and further details.


Students will need to ensure access to the following:

  • Internet access
  • Computer/tablet/smart phone/or laptop for the online content and submissions
  • Smart phone or camera to take photos
  • Printer to print forms
  • Models for practical assessment items
  • Drawing implements of your choice

Throughout the course we will outline the requirements for individual units and provide resources and guides to complete the required assessment items.


Contact us via our online enquiry form or call our office on +61 (7) 3300 0465.

Our business hours are 9AM to 5PM AEST, Monday to Friday.

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SHB50321 Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

At THink Aesthetics, RTO 45188, we offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for experienced cosmetic tattoo artists looking to obtain a Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing. Through RPL, you can achieve recognition for the skills and knowledge you already possess, potentially shortening the amount of time required to obtain your diploma.

The RPL process involves providing evidence of your prior learning, which will be assessed against the requirements of the Diploma. If successful, you will receive credit for the relevant units, saving you both time and money. Think Aesthetics' experienced assessors will guide you through the RPL process, helping you to identify and provide evidence of your existing competencies.

Fast-track your Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing with RPL at Think Aesthetics.

Learn more about the Diploma!

You can read more on our blog - Blogging about The Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing!

Or, you can watch the video below where CEO Robert McGowan spoke at the APAN Conference 2022 about SHB50321, the new Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing.

This video was recorded mid 2022.


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