Accredited Courses

Design and Provide Cosmetic Tattooing

Course Code: SHBBINF001 & SHBBSKS003

PURPOSE: 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 specialised or beauty therapy settings.


Course Provider

RTO Melbourne Pty. Ltd.RTO 45243

Delivery Location

52-70 Sparks Avenue, Fairfield VIC 3078

Skillset Duration

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

Unit Name

Maintain Infection control standards

Design and provide cosmetic tattooing


Unit Type

Accredited units that form part of the SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy


The unit SHBBINF001 Maintain Infection control standards; is a pre requisite unit to SHBBSKS003 Design and provide cosmetic tattooing.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements specified in the training package

however 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 (as determined by an RTO Melbourne assessor)

Language and literacy requirements

All prospective students are required to undertake a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment prior to enrolment or prior to the commencement of training, this assessment is 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.


Course Information Guide

Third Party Arrangements

Melbourne College of Cosmetic Tattooing of 52-70 Sparks Avenue, Fairfield, VIC 3078 I 03 9482 1933 provides the facilities and venue for this program on behalf of RTO Melbourne Pty Ltd (RTO Melbourne). All responsibility for program structure, delivery and assessment is conducted and managed by RTO Melbourne Pty Ltd.

Skillset Suitability

Prior to enrolment RTO Melbourne will need to identify the following key areas prior to providing the student with a letter of offer:

  • Is the student academically suit to this skill set/course? 

  • Will student require additional support

  • Is the student undertaking the correct pathway to achieve career outcomes

  • What is the correct amount of training to ensure that the students meets the requirements for each unit being delivered and the amount training required to gain the skills knowledge relevant to the units being delivered.


Medical conditions and the skillset

We at RTO Melbourne recognises that disclosing medical conditions may be confronting, however on the basis that the process that you are taught within this course require RTO Melbourne to be aware of any medical conditions in the event of an emergency. 

RTO Melbourne is an equal opportunity RTO and encourages all members of the public to apply for training; however, some conditions may prevent the student from achieving all the competency criteria. 

If you have any further question please ask to speak with the Compliance Manager.



Skillset Overview

These units reflect the role of skilled operators who applies a range of cosmetic tattooing skills in a variety of work contexts, primarily in specialized or beauty therapy settings.

These units are 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.


Recognition or Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available and all students are offered the opportunity to participate in RPL upon enrolment. Recognition of Prior Learning is generally recommended where individuals have been working in a relevant job role for at least 2 years; however, any student can also self-elect to undertake RPL.

The RPL model used by RTO Melbourne is a guided and supported process that relies on the candidate’s ability to demonstrate their competence by answering verbal questions from an assessor, providing referees and, where possible, having their practical skills assessed in the workplace.

Unlike other RPL models, written evidence is used to back up and support RPL assessment, rather than being based entirely on it. The RPL process will include a number of discussions and observations between the candidate and the assessor, which provides the candidate with an opportunity to demonstrate level of skill and knowledge.


Credit Transfer

If a student provides suitable evidence, that they have successfully completed a unit or module at any RTO, RTO Melbourne Pty Ltd will provide credit for the unit or module. Credit Transfers will only be applied where the competency is evidenced by: 

  • AQF certification documentation issued by any other RTO or AQF authorised issuing organisation, or

  • Authenticated VET transcripts issued by the Registrar.

Delivery Requirements

The course takes place over up to 6 weeks in total including:

  • 2 hour face to face and Orientation, (this can be done via zoom or in person) 

  • 5 weeks 136 hours of Distance study with 1 hour of one-on-one phone support per week with the Trainer/Assessor. This must takes place prior to the face-to-face training component.

  • 1/2 day (4 hours) of face-to-face training and assessment for infection control

  • 1 week (Monday to Friday, 8 hours per day) of face to face one on one training and assessment for cosmetic tattooing

Assessment Requirements

Assessment will be conducted individually and students 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 skill set include:

  • Written questions

  • Observation

  • Portfolio

  • Verbal question recorded via a device and

  • log book performance

Placement or Portfolio requirements

In order to successfully complete the units SHBBINF001 Maintain Infection control and SHBBSKS003 Design and provide cosmetic tattooing you are required to complete a portfolio of your work.

Skillset Outcome

Upon successful completion of SHBBINF001 Maintain Infection control standards and SHBBSKS003 Design and provide cosmetic tattooing the student will be issued with a “Statement of Attainment”; these units form part of the Diploma of Beauty Therapy, of which student can pursue further study in this course.

Fees and Charges


Units of Competency or Skill sets 

Unit particulars

Fee for Service

Application fee

Application fee

Application fee

SHBBINF001 Maintain Infection control standards and 

SHBBSKS003 Design and provide cosmetic tattooing


4 weeks 




Classroom Contact hours 


Distance study hours 


These fees are indicative only and may change from the time of publishing.

Payment Plan

  • $500 non-refundable enrolment fee

  • 4 x payments of $1,500 in advance of each week of training

Nationally Recognised Training does not occur GST.

Students will only be eligible to receive their qualification if fees have been paid in full and all course requirements have been met. 

Unless otherwise specified, tuition fees include all the training and assessment as well as required resources and textbooks for students to achieve the qualification or course in which they are enrolling.

Students will need to ensure they have: 

  • Closed toe shoes

  • Pens and a note pad 

  • A display wallet or book to store all documentation 

  • An art/sketch book for completing self-paced study prior to the face-to-face course 

  • Access to a computer, printer, internet and email software (to complete homework assignments as required) 

Students may like to bring their own (RTO Melbourne also provide to students for use in class)

  • smart phone or digital camera for photographing their work

  • Pens, pencils, glue, scissors and other stationary

* Please refer to your Student Handbook for our Fees and Charges Policy.

Additional fees and charges


Re-Issue of Testamurs / Statements of attainment - 

$60 each copy 

Reassessment Fee (after third attempt)


RPL application Fee 


Charge per unit of competency assessed through RPL


Re-Issue of Student Card 


Late payment of fees - 


per instalment 

Unit re-enrolment fee (Where students exhaust attempts at assessment for a unit they are required to re-enrol in order to undertake additional training & assessment.  )


Manual replacements 


Student Support Services

Individual Support needs will be identified during the enrolment process and/or as a result of the language, learning and numeracy assessment. Where individual needs are identified an Individual Support Plan will be put in place and agreed to by the student and CEO.

  • 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.

  • 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.


Career Outcomes

Possible Careers for students who complete this course include:  

  • Cosmetic Tattoo Artist

  • Body Tattoo Artist

  • Cosmetic Tattooing Technician

Additional Information

All students are provided with a kit at the conclusion of their training that allows them to perform 30 services post successful completion.


RTO Melbourne is an equal opportunity RTO and encourages people with disabilities to apply.* 

* providing entry requirements are met. 

RTO Melbourne does not guarantee employment outcomes


Education Pathways

Possible Careers include: 

  • Cosmetic Tattoo Artist

  • Body Tattoo Artist

  • Cosmetic Tattooing Technician

Students who complete this course may wish to continue their education into such courses such as the SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy or other beauty therapy qualifications such as the SHB40115 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy or the SHB50216 Diploma of Salon Management.  

Students who successfully complete this course may be eligible for credit transfer where these units of competency have been included by an RTO in one of these qualifications.


Enrolment Application

If you would like to apply to enrol please contact our office to obtain an Enrolment Form. 

For all enrolment inquiries please call RTO Melbourne on 03 9482 1933 or email


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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Course Dates

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