SHB50321 Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing

High Brow Beauty and Brow Academy is proudly partnered with the Academy of Cosmetic Tattoo Australia (RTO 45265), to deliver the latest nationally accredited training – SHB50321 Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing (via distance and face to face, blended mode).

The introduction of the Diploma is an exciting move forward for our industry, and students who choose to complete this nationally accredited and recognised training, will set themselves up with advanced and comprehensive knowledge and skills in cosmetic tattooing.

Whether you are a beginner, developing cosmetic tattoo artist or an experienced cosmetic tattoo artist, this course will set a new level of learning for you – we offer both the Full Course and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) options.

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SHB50321 Diploma of Cosmetic Tattooing

$14,600 (Full Diploma)

$5,110 (Recognition of Prior Learning - RPL)

(20% deposit required, unless fully financed)

Techniques Learnt

Cosmetic Tattoo techniques for:

  • Powdery Ombre Brows (Latest and most popular technique! Microblading is outdated and damaging!)

  • Nano Hairstrokes (including Combination Brows)

  • Full Lip Blush & Candy Lips

  • Eyeliner

  • Corrections

  • Touch-ups


Nil – this course is for beginners

Course Length, Delivery Mode and Location

12 months, self-paced

Academy is located at 108a Henson Road, Salisbury, Brisbane.

The full course is a combination of online (theory) and face to face (practical) learning. Students can work at their own pace:

  • 1.5 hours on site at High Brow Academy for Practical Observation for HLTINF005 (or student to take videos at a simulated workplace)
  • 6 hours per week (over a 40 week period) at home independent learning, research, study, assignment and project work – 240 hours
  • 16 hours at home (or onsite at High Brow Academy), online practical guided learning activities (eg. latex and mapping practice) – trainer directed
  • 3 days onsite at High Brow Academy for training days for Cosmetic Tattoo units – 27 hours
  • 9 days (minimum) for Cosmetic Tattoo units, for supervised procedure work (live models) at High Brow Academy – equates to 80.5 hours
  • recommended but optional – work placement/experience (this can be done in isolated days/blocks – at any Cosmetic Tattoo workplace)
  • optional Zoom meeting with instructor/trainer for troubleshooting and assistance (or as required)

The RPL option can be completed in distance mode or combination mode (enquire with us about this option) – this option is suitable for current Cosmetic Tattoo Artists.

Study Mode

Distance (Online) and Face to Face

Units Included

SHBBCOS001 Provide Cosmetic Tattooing Consultations (C0re)

SHBBCOS002 Apply Knowledge of Colour Theory and Pigmentology to Cosmetic Tattooing (Core)

SHBBCOS003 Incorporate Elements and Principles of Design in Cosmetic Tattooing (Core)

SBHHSSC004 Identify the Function and Structure of Skin and Hair for Cosmetic Tattooing (Core)

HLTINF005 Maintain Infection Prevention for Skin Penetration Treatments (Infection Control Elective, mandatory for QLD)

SHBBCOS004 Provide Cosmetic Tattooing for Eyebrows (Eyebrows Elective)

SHBBCOS005 Provide Cosmetic Tattooing for Lips (Lips Elective)

SHBBCOS006 Provide Cosmetic Tattooing for Eyeliner (Eyeliner  Elective)

Plus a one (1) Business Elective or a fourth Cosmetic Tattoo Elective:

  • BSBESB401 Research and Develop Business Plans; or
  • BSBESB404 Market New Ventures; or
  • BSBESB406 Establish Operational Strategies and Procedures for New Business Ventures; or
  • Cosmetic Tattoo unit (we work in partnership to deliver SHBBCOS008 – Provide 3D nipple areola complex tattooing)


Start Cosmetic Tattooing after you complete a Skill Set – specialise in one Cosmetic Tattoo area (complete 4 Core units, the Infection Control unit and one Elective Cosmetic Tattooing unit) – you will be issued with a Statement of Attainment at this point. You can then complete the Diploma at a later date, once you have completed the three remaining Elective units.


  • Qualification or Statement of Attainment (for partial completion) issued by the Academy of Cosmetic Tattoo Australia (ACTA, RTO 45265)

  • Access to ACTA’s online theory portal as well as High Brow Beauty and Brow Academy’s online portal for ongoing support and advice

  • Confidence working with a minimum of 24 real models (dermal theory, pigment colour selection, machine techniques and methods to suit skin types, consultation method)

  • Business unit elective or a fourth Cosmetic Tattoo Elective

  • Cosmetic Tattoo Full Start-Up Kit (to include enough for 5-10 procedures), including Tattoo machine

  • the ability complete a Skill Set in order to start your Cosmetic Tattoo career earlier than when you are due to finish your full Diploma


18 models (student to supply or our Academy can assist) – models will pay $99 to the Academy for their chosen cosmetic tattoo and touch-up sessions (as required)

6 models for consultation and mapping practical assessment fot CORE units

Potential Earnings

If you undertake four cosmetic tattoos per week, you can earn (prior to tax) between $1000-$2000 per week depending upon what you charge.

Theory and Skills Covered

  • Legislative and insurance requirements

  • Council and licensing requirements

  • Skin infection control and hygiene process and procedure

  • Health and Safety practice

  • Equipment requirements

  • Cosmetic Tattoo theory

  • Dermal theory

  • Colour theory (skin assessment, pigment selection and corrections)

  • Face, brow, lip and eye shapes

  • Brow, Lip and Eyeliner mapping

  • Fundamentals of Cosmetic Tattooing – hand positioning, stretching, depth

  • Powdery Ombre Brow and Nano Hairstroke techniques

  • Full Lip Blush and Candy Lip techniques (including lip line and blend)

  • Eyeliner technique

  • Client consultation process

  • Interpreting client needs

  • Maintaining client records

  • Photography (and lighting) tips and skills

  • Social Media and marketing tips and tricks

  • Business set-up advice

  • Sample Client Confidentiality and Consent Forms

  • Client advice (pre-care and after-care)

  • Ongoing support

  • Plus much more!

Payment Options

A non-refundable deposit of $1500 is required to confirm the course booking, with a further $1420 payable 4 weeks later (to make up the 20% deposit). The balance can be paid outright at course commencement, as arranged with the Academy. Alternatively, finance can be arranged.

6, 12 or 18 month options for finance – choose the best option for your circumstances!


Zeefi Finance (example - $11,680 financed, deposit of $2920 paid) = under $150 per fortnight over 18 months


Enrol any time – email to apply.