Accredited Courses

Accredited Cosmetic Tattooing Training Courses

Course Code: SHBBSKS003

Our accredited cosmetic tattooing course equips each student with the skills and knowledge necessary to begin a career as a cosmetic tattoo practitioner, including the ability to design and perform cosmetic tattooing and a comprehensive knowledge of industry safety standards.

Our experienced trainers will take you through all the fundamental aspects of performing cosmetic tattooing, guiding you step-by-step and equipping you with practical skills and knowledge you will use in your own practice.


Course Provider

RTO Melbourne Pty. Ltd.

Course Duration

Approx 4 weeks
*This duration may be adjusted where RPL or Credit Transfer is granted to eligible individuals.


Maintain Infection Control Standards

Career Outcomes

  • Cosmetic Tattoo Artist
  • Body Tattoo Artist
  • Cosmetic Tattooing Technician

Course Details


Cosmetic Tattooing Course

This course includes the following nationally recognized units of competency:

  • SHBBSKS003 Design and provide cosmetic tattooing
  • SHBBINF001 Maintain infection control standards


This course is designed to prepare students with the skills, knowledge and competency to design and perform cosmetic tattooing as well as manage infection control within a cosmetic tattooing context, primarily in specialized or beauty therapy settings

Delivery Site

This course will be delivered at the Melbourne College of Cosmetic Tattooing who partner with RTO Melbourne to provide the venue and facilities for RTO Melbourne courses. All training & assessment is delivered by RTO Melbourne.

Address: 52-70 Sparks Avenue, Fairfield. VIC 3078

*MCCT has partnered with RTO Melbourne to offer you accredited courses

Units of Competency

This course requires the completion of the following 2 units of competency.

Unit Code Unit Title
SHBBSKS003 Design and provide cosmetic tattooing
SHBBINF001 Maintain infection control standards

Entry Requirements

RTO Melbourne requires that students are able to provide evidence that they:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Are able to demonstrate a level of language, learning and numeracy skills suitable to this course (LLN test to be administered by RTO Melbourne)

Course Arrangement

Training Arrangements

The course is a 4 week program consisting of:

  • 1 day face to face Infection Control Practical training & assessment.,
  • 3 weeks (approximately 100 hours) of self-paced study with one-on-one phone support with the Trainer/Assessor. This takes place prior to and following the face-to-face training component.
  • 1 week (Monday to Friday, 8 hours per day) of face to face cosmetic tattooing training sessions.

Orientation and Induction

This session takes place on the first morning of your week of face to face training where the staff will familiarize students with the building, housekeeping requirements and administration needs they may have throughout their course.

Additionally they will provide training & assessment materials and ensure students understand the reading, coursework and assessment tasks they are required to complete during their self-paced study period.

Self paced study

The self-paced component is to span over a 3 week period (a total of up to 100hours). Self-paced independent study includes reading their learner guides, discussing their work with their trainer/assessor and/or other students and completing assessment tasks that are not done in class such as written questions and projects/reports.

During the self-paced period students will have phone, email available to them by the Trainer/Assessor should they have any questions about their learning or assessment. Students will also have access to the online student chat forum where they can discuss their questions with peers.

Phone Support

During the self-paced study period students can schedule a call each week from a Trainer/Assessor to check their course progress and provide answers for any questions they have about progressing through the course requirements. If students have already initiated support during this period the call may not be required, but students will have one-to-one contact with their Trainer/Assessor at a minimum of once per week during this three week period.

Face-to-Face Training

The face-to-face training component includes both theorectical and hands on instruction, insight and discussion covering the content of both of the units of competency as well as providing service to ‘clients’ who are usually paying members of the public.

RTO Melbourne provides training only to very small group sizes of up to 5 at a time and ensures the staff to students ratio is always 1:1 during practical instruction to ensure that all students are 100% supported by staff at all times.

All students complete as many tattoo procedures they are capable of during their training and assessment including Eyeliner, Eye brow and Lip procedures.

Additional Support

All students will complete a language literacy and numeracy assessment upon enrolment to determine their learning support needs. All students will be provided with a range of learning support options and resources to help you achieve competency. Where additional support needs have been identified an Individual Support Plan will be developed which may include:

  • One to one support from our trainers/assessors including providing you with their phone and email contact details
  • Reasonable adjustments to assessments (e.g. to account for disability)
  • Classes to assist with study skills.
  • Study groups where you can work with your fellow students.
  • Referral to relevant external services.

Provision of additional support services will be provided where necessary to enable students to participate in the same way as any other person regardless of whether support services have been required.

Assessment Arrangements

Assessment will be conducted individually. You will be provided with a Student Assessment Booklet for each unit of competency which includes:

  • A full description of all assessment tasks for the unit of competency
  • Assessment instructions for each unit of competency
  • Assessment resources for each unit of competency
  • Details about when assessment will occur
  • Details about assessment submission

There are a variety of assessment methods used for this qualification including:

  • Written questions
  • Observation
  • Portfolio
  • Reports

You will be advised by your trainer and assessor about the assessment requirements for each unit at the commencement of delivery for that unit.

Course Credit

RTO Melbourne can grant you credit towards your course for units of competency that you have already completed with another RTO or authorised issuing organisation. We can also grant you Credit for subjects or units you have completed where equivalence can be established between the unit in your course, and the subject or unit you have completed.

There is no charge to apply for Credit.

To apply, fill in the Credit Application Form and submit it as part of your enrolment.
*Please refer to your Student Handbook for more information on Course Credit.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where skills and knowledge that you have gained through work and life experience and other unrecognised training can be formally recognised.

RTO Melbourne has a process that has been structured to minimise the time and cost to applicants and provides a supportive approach to students wishing to take up this option. You should ideally apply for RPL at the time of enrolment but you may also apply up to 2 weeks into your course.

If you think RPL is a suitable option for you, the first step is to contact your trainer/assessor or our office and have a conversation about whether or not RPL might be suitable for you. Suitability is often determined on how much experience you have in a certain area, your work history and previous training. If RPL is determined as a possibility for you, you will be provided with a kit that will guide you in working through each unit to determine relevant skills and experience and identify whether you would be able to provide the required evidence.

A trainer/assessor will be available to assist you throughout this process.
*Please refer to your Student Handbook for more information on RPL.

Selection Process

You will be required to complete a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment prior to finalising your enrolment to ensure that the course is suitable for you and that RTO Melbourne is able to meet your individual needs. The assessment includes a written test an interview to complete the verbal component of the test.

If you do not achieve the required level in your LLN assessment RTO Melbourne will (where possible) provide student support measures.  Where this is not possible your enrolment application will not be accepted in this instance and you will be referred to an appropriate external services or courses. You may reapply in the future once you have undertaken further language, literacy and numeracy skills training.

RTO Policies

SC4 Complaints and Appeals PP V1.0 ID 131714

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How to apply

If you would like to enrol please download an enrolment form & LLN Assessment here:

 SC6.2 Enrolment Form V1.1 ID 131686 

SHB50115 LLN Assessment V1.1

Once you have completed both the enrolment form & LLN Assessment please return via email or post.


Post: 52-70 Sparks Avenue, Fairfield VIC 3078

Once we receive your completed forms & assessment we will contact you to complete your enrolment. 

If you would like to discuss this course in more detail, please call us for a confidential discussion on 03 9482 1933

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