SHB50521 Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing

The all new qualification for our growing industry.

The Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing is an exiting new opportunity for experienced and aspiring cosmetic tattoo artists in Australia. Our industry has gained a large amount of interest in recent years and it called for standards, education & recognition.

Having our very own recognised qualification, the Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing (SHB50321), creates a pathway for those looking to immerse themselves into the amazing and rewarding space that is Cosmetic Tattooing.

The first core unit of the Diploma is now available for enrolment.

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Recognised Training

THink Aesthetics was the 1st Registered Training Organisation dedicated to cosmetic tattoo in Australia. We are a training school passionate about standards and quality education.

Commonly asked questions, answered!

What is the Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing?

The Diploma of Cosmetic Tattoo (SHB50321) is a recognised qualification for the Cosmetic Tattoo industry. The course is structured to equip students with the necessary tools to perform safe and well-informed Cosmetic Tattoo treatments.

What about the previous unit of competency (SHBBSKS003)?

Previously, the only recognised qualification for Cosmetic Tattooing was SHBBSKS003 Design and Provide Cosmetic Tattoo Treatments. This was a unit of competency, offered as an elective as a part of the Diploma of Beauty Therapy (SHB5011).

In comparison, the new Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing consists of 9 units of competency.

How much work is involved?

You will be required to complete 9 units of competency. As a guide, typically you can expect 30-40 hours of work involved to complete a unit of competency.

There are various factors that will influence the time taken to complete the course (e.g. life situation, other commitments, past experience, etc.)

I'm already a Cosmetic Tattooist, what does this mean for me?

If you are already a Cosmetic Tattooist, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an optional pathway that may be available for you. The process of RPL typically involves providing evidence of your current knowledge and practical skills through answering questions and submitting relevant evidence of your experience.

For example, Cosmetic Tattooists that are currently operating should hold an Infection Control qualification which will either directly count towards the Infection Control unit requirement or a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) pathway.

My question wasn't answered, can I speak to someone?

Yes! If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

You can also register for updates and we will email you with relevant announcements and updates for the Diploma.

A breakdown of the units...

The course structure, explained!

Students will be required to complete 9 units of competency in order to obtain a Diploma of Cosmetic Tattoo. These 9 units will consist of 4 core units and 5 elective units.

The core units are pre-set, and cover the foundational knowledge requirements as determined by the skills authority for a Cosmetic Tattooist.

The 5 elective units, must include 1 unit from Infection Control, at least 1 unit (and up to 3 units) from the Cosmetic Tattoo electives and the remaining units (at least 1) are to be selected from the General / Business electives.

Core Units (these will be required)

• SHBBCOS001 Provide cosmetic tattooing consultations
• SHBBCOS002 Apply knowledge of colour theory and pigmentology to cosmetic tattooing
• SHBBCOS003 Incorporate elements and principles of design to cosmetic tattooing
• SHBBSSC004 Identify the function and structure of skin and hair for cosmetic tattooing

Infection Control Units (pick one)

• SHBBINF002 Maintain Infection Control Standards, or
• HLTINF005 Maintain infection prevention for skin penetration treatments

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

• SHBBCOS004 Provide cosmetic tattoo for eyebrows
• SHBBCOS005 Provide cosmetic tattoo for lips
• SHBBCOS006 Provide cosmetic tattoo for eyes
• SHBBCOS007 Provide cosmetic tattoo for scalp micropigmentation
• SHBBCOS008 Provide 3D nipple areola complex tattooing

Elective General / Business Units (pick at least one)

• BSBSUS501 Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability
• BSBSMB304 Determine resource requirements for the micro business
• BSBSMB403 Market the small business
• BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
• BSBSMB420 Evaluate and develop small business operations
• BSBSMB421 Manage small business finances
• SIRXMKT002 Use social media to engage customers

Learn more about the Diploma

We sat down and spoke with Tina from APAN during their Professional Development Conference about SHB50321, the new Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing.

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