RPL Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing

About Recognition of Prior Learning

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. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process that recognises prior experience and knowledge to gain formal recognition. Through RPL, you can achieve recognition for the skills and knowledge you already possess, potentially reducing the time required to obtain your Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing.

Experienced cosmetic tattoo technicians wishing to gain recognition for their existing knowledge and skills in the area of cosmetic tattooing can apply for a pre-screening assessment to determine their eligibility.

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.

Never stop Learning

Your educational journey is never over

"The more you know, the more you know you don't know."

Experienced cosmetic tattooists wishing to undertake the Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing should expect to be able to work towards accreditation using their existing knowledge, while also learning a great deal throughout their Diploma journey. A majority of topics included as a part of the course have never been covered in such depth before.

At THink Aesthetics, we are proud to offer this opportunity to experienced technicians, and we are confident that the Diploma will provide technicians with an educational opportunity to advance their careers in the field of cosmetic tattooing.

Course Information


Students who successfully complete the couse requirements will be awarded a Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing (RPL)*.

As a part of the Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing (RPL) 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 3D Nipple 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 RPL (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 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.

RPL applicants should already hold an Infection Control qualification. If you hold the superseded SHBBINF001, you will need to RPL to one of the current Infection Control qualifications (either HLTINF005 or SHBBINF002).

All students wishing to achieve a Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing through the RPL process will still be required to complete the core units. The core units are brand new units of competency that cover core cosmetic tattoo topics in great depth.

You are able to specialise in up to three Cosmetic Tattoo areas (e.g. Brows, Lips, Eyes), and can do so through the RPL pathway. We will require evidence of six treatments for each.

Core Units (required)

Infection Control Units (pick one)

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 Business / Social Media Units (pick at least one)

  • BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans
  • BSBESB404 Market new business ventures
  • BSBESB406 Establish operational strategies and procedures for new business ventures
  • BSBESB407 Manage finances for new business ventures
  • SIRXMKT002 Use social media to engage customers

RPL options can be completed for some, or all of your treatment specialisations (e.g. Brows, Lips Eyeliner) or opt to upskill with new technique/s (e.g. learn Scalp Micropigmentation, while gaining recognition for other treatment experience).


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
  • Evidence of six cosmetic tattoo treatments for every treatment elective (each unit has individual requirements for treatment styles, etc)

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


You should expect the course to take around 12 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.

Students undertaking an RPL pathway may expect to shorten the length of time that it will take to complete the Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing.


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 achieve.

The cost of the Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing (RPL) ranges from $6100 to $8000.

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

Pre-Screening Assessment Fee:

The RPL process requires a $200 pre-screening assessment fee be paid before determining if a student is eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning. This is a one time fee that will be credited towards the cost of your Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing if you wish to proceed with enrolment.

Ready to start your journey? Complete your Pre-Screening Self Assessment now!

Payment Options:
Units can be paid for individually as you progress through the course, allowing you to stagger the costs but still get started.

We can offer discounts for upfront payment, please enquire within.

For more information please check out our finance options.

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

How to apply

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.

Please note that to determine a student's eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) they will need to complete a Pre-Screening Assessment at a cost of $200. This is a one time fee that will be credited towards the cost of your Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing if you wish to proceed with enrolment.

Start your RPL Journey now and complete the Pre-Screening Self Assessment.


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.

Start your RPL Journey

Determine your RPL eligibility with the Pre-Screening Self Assessment!

The Pre-Screening Self Assessment is the first step towards a Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing through the Recognition of Prior Learning Pathway (RPL).

The self assessment costs $200 to get started. This $200 fee can be credited towards your RPL Treatment Units if you are a candidate for RPL and proceed with your enrolment.

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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.