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Healthy, Fitness, Beauty Upskill Bible


In the age of job-hopping and crowdfunding, the idea of a job for life is about as realistic as expecting a toddler to sit through a six-hour opera. Whether you’re 22 or 52, you have the power to pursue your dream job. We’ve found the best degree-free health, fitness and wellbeing courses to help you change tack. Go ahead, feel entitled!



You’ll get to work with clients one-on-one or in small to large groups, helping them to reach their full potential and achieve their health and fitness goals. Personal training is a great path for those who love health and fitness and want a rewarding career.


WHERE: Sage Institute of Fitness has multiple campuses across Victoria and central CBD campuses in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane close to public transport. With Sage you’ll have the opportunity to study many areas of fitness and health, including (but not limited to) sports science, good nutrition, how to set goals and tailored programs for your clients and how to run a successful business.

ENTRY CRITERIA: A love and passion for training  – anyone 16 and over can apply.

STUDY OPTIONS: The Sage Institute of Fitness diploma is a 48-week course that gives you a qualification to make you a new breed of trainer in a new era of fitness. Their course replicates the reality of personal training, where you will be interacting with others face-to-face as you will do when you’re qualified. All Sage courses give you the best possible training, which can’t be done online. Timetables are flexible so that people can continue with normal life while gaining this new qualification – you can choose to study two days per week during the daytime, or two evenings per working week and one day on the weekend.

INVESTMENT: VET FEE-HELP is available to eligible students where you can study now and pay later.

WHAT YOU’LL GET: The Sage Institute of Fitness diploma, which has been written by Sage in consultation with the fitness industry, ensures your training will make you a highly sought after personal trainer.




Flyers for 50-hour yoga teacher courses have democratised teaching yoga, but they’ve also made it tougher to stand out from the crowd. A short course can be false economy. Vice president of Yoga Australia and chair of the teacher training committee Leanne Davis advises first to check that the teacher training course you’re eyeing is accredited with a governing body such as Yoga Australia. “Not only will this ensure your qualification is recognised
internationally, but you can feel confident that you are experiencing the highest level of education with an experienced and trusted faculty,” Davis says. Before enrolling, do your research and ask your favourite yoga teacher about where they received training to get a better idea of where to begin.

WHERE: There are a number of yoga schools that run teacher training programs. You can find a registered and recognised course at yogaaustralia.org.au

ENTRY CRITERIA: For YA accredited teacher training, a minimum of one year of personal practice and a strong commitment to further your professional development of yoga.

STUDY OPTIONS: Some trainings are one day per week or one or two weekends per month while others include intensive units of one week to a month at a time. As well as these contact hours, students must be under the mentorship and instruction  of a teacher trainer for a  minimum of one year before they receive the yoga teacher level one qualification.

INVESTMENT: from $3,000 to $10,000

WHAT YOU’LL GET: The qualification is a teacher training certificate issued by the training provider to meet the minimum requirements to become a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Australia. Yoga Australia recommends that it takes a minimum of 350 hours and one year of yoga teacher training to qualify as a yoga teacher. This qualification lets other industry providers such as the fitness industry, yoga studio owners or community groups know that you appropriately qualified as a yoga teaching professional. Yoga teaching in gyms is no longer an adjunct to fitness instructing, but the yoga teacher must show that they are registered, so it is important that teachers who teach in gyms are registered with peak professional bodies like Yoga Australia. Yoga Australia works closely with Fitness Australia and government regulatory offices to ensure a high sstandard among registered teachers. You can also study a Diploma of Yoga Teaching, which involves 1,200 hours of on-campus training over two years in addition to attending separate yoga classes and assignments and is nationally recognised and Austudy approved.



Learn about the science behind weight loss, including healthy non-diet approaches to reaching weight goals while also focusing on the psychology behind eating. A specialised course is perfect for anyone already working in health, sports, fitness or weight loss consultancy.

WHERE: Cadence Health (cadencehealth.com.au), which offers online courses.

ENTRY CRITERIA: No prior study required.

STUDY OPTIONS: Open-book assessment tasks or study for 42 hours online for fast completion.

INVESTMENT: $420 for distance mode and $370 for the online method.

WHAT YOU’LL GET: Certificate of attainment with accreditation logos.


If you swear by the healing power of food and favour a Hippocratic approach, naturopathy could be your bag. The Advanced Diploma course focuses on two key disciplines, nutrition and herbal medicine.

WHERE: Health Schools Australia (healthaustralia.com).

ENTRY CRITERIA: Senior First Aid Certificate.

STUDY OPTIONS: 4 years available online and face-to-face in Cairns.

INVESTMENT: $5,535 per year.

WHAT YOU’LL GET: Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy.


If you’re already working in the fitness industry and looking to provide clients with dietary and nutritional advice, this course could lend a commercial edge. Qualifying as a nutrition coach will enhance the service that you are currently providing.

WHERE: FIA Fit Nation (fiafitnation.com.au)

ENTRY CRITERIA: No prior study is required.

STUDY OPTIONS: 50 hours, made up of case study questions, to be completed within 3 months.

INVESTMENT: $525WHAT YOU’LL GET: Certificate in  Exercise Nutrition.




After completing a Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice, you will be able to assess and treat clients with sores and injuries. Specialising in remedial massage sees you focus on diagnostic treatment of specific areas of the body.

WHERE: Nature Care College (naturecare.com.au), which is based in St. Leonards Sydney.

ENTRY CRITERIA: Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice

STUDY OPTIONS: Completed on-campus you can study part time for three terms or full time for one term.

INVESTMENT: Starting at approximately $1,905 per term for part time and $2,925 for full time.

WHAT YOU’LL GET: Diploma of Remedial Massage, which entitles you to membership with industry associations and health providers


Learn how to safely perform therapeutic relaxation massage, plus get an insight into human biology and clinical aromatherapy.

WHERE: Australian College of Massage (studymassage.com.au) campuses are located Australia wide. Their courses will allow you to work at a health care clinic, work in palliative care or even start you own health resort or day spa.

ENTRY CRITERIA: No prior study is required.

STUDY OPTIONS: Self-paced over three months to two years.


WHAT YOU’LL GET: Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice and the occupational title ‘Massage Therapist’ or ‘Massage Therapy Practitioner’


With Chinese medicine catching on in mainstream science, acupuncture is a swiftly growing industry in Australia. As a practitioner, you will restore the flow of energy by influencing acupuncture points with needles, lasers or finger pressure.

WHERE: Endeavour College of Natural Health (endeavour.edu.au).

ENTRY CRITERIA: Year 12 or equivalent.

STUDY OPTIONS: This course will take four years full time and eight years part time and is available in Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

INVESTMENT: It doesn’t come cheap, priced at approximately $75k (plus the cost of elective subjects – think $1,192 each).

WHAT YOU’LL GET: Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture), which is recognised by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.


Break into the healing world of reiki with a practising certificate. This will equip you with the practical skills so you can assess clients and tailor treatments. Reiki’s spiritual significance is best learnt from a reiki master.

WHERE: The Australian Institute of Health and Business Management (aihbm.com.au) based in Queensland offers the first registered course on reiki.

ENTRY CRITERIA: You’ll need to have completed in-person training by a reiki master whose training lineage is traced back to founder Mikao Usui.

STUDY OPTIONS: A combination of face-to-face introduction session and distance study.


WHAT YOU’LL GET: Certificate IV in Reiki Treatment Practice.


A diploma provides knowledge of how language shapes thought and cognitive processes involved in existential challenges to equip students with skills to assist people seeking life direction, motivation and clarity about their purpose and passion.

WHERE: Life Coaching Institute’s (lcia.com.au) course allows for online self-paced learning. In Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth you will have access to Student Fulfilment Centres and if in Hobart, Darwin, Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast, you will have access to assessment supervisors. Online study is supplemented by teleclasses and live practical development sessions conducted in small groups.

ENTRY CRITERIA: Year 12 or Certificate III-level qualification.

STUDY OPTIONS: Self-paced and flexible. The written component and assessment is in the form of workbooks and there’s online study supplemented by teleclasses and live practical group sessions.


WHAT YOU’LL GET: Diploma of Life Coaching, plus qualifications in specialty streams.


Homeopathy orbits the principle of treating like with like, administering small amounts of substances that in larger doses would cause the very symptoms a practitioner seeks to cure.

WHERE: Australian Institute of Applied Sciences via National Training & Development (ntdtraining.com.au)

ENTRY CRITERIA: No prior study is required.

STUDY OPTIONS: A 72-week course available on campus in Brisbane and Melbourne or 144 weeks via distance education.

INVESTMENT: Approximately $23,590 (VET fee help is available).

WHAT YOU’LL GET: Advanced Diploma of Homeopathy.


Intrigued by plants and their healing benefits? The Certificate in Aromatherapy Foundations might be for you. This course will take you from the basics of essential oils and smell, right through to more complex ideas around feng shui and Ayurvedic medicine.

WHERE: Open Colleges (opencolleges.edu.au).

ENTRY CRITERIA: No prior study is required.

STUDY OPTIONS: This course is available online Australia wide and is assessed via multiple choice questions and written assessments.

INVESTMENT: $1,432 if you pay in full, up front.

WHAT YOU’LL GET: Certificate in Aromatherapy Foundations.


First aid is generally a prerequisite to most fitness courses, so tick this one off before undertaking further studies.

WHERE: St John Ambulance (stjohn.org.au) offers a number of training options and levels throughout Australia.

ENTRY CRITERIA: No prior study is required.

STUDY OPTIONS: Classes and assessments are completed on campus on weekends.

INVESTMENT: Prices start at around $199

WHAT YOU’LL GET: First Aid Certificate, which is valid for three years.




They won’t let just anyone smear hot wax on people’s privates! There’s a lot of prep work that goes into becoming a professional waxing technician, including hands-on training and theoretical study.

WHERE: Available at most beauty schools throughout Australia. We recommend Helene Abicair College of Advanced Beauty Therapy (heleneabicair.com.au) for Melbourne-based students.

ENTRY CRITERIA: No prior study is required.

STUDY OPTIONS: Short course must be completed on campus.

INVESTMENT: Expect to pay around $850, which should also cover all materials used in class.

WHAT YOU’LL GET: An accredited certificate in waxing, which can also be obtained as a part of the Diploma in Beauty Therapy. A certificate in waxing is a prerequisite to getting your Brazilian waxing certificate.


Just because you can handle a spray bottle doesn’t make you a professional tanner. This course will equip you with the necessary practical skills and business training, including learning how to analyse different skin types and understanding the key chemical, dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and how it works.

WHERE: TAFE or beauty school. Try Celcius Academy (celcius.com.au) in South Australia.

ENTRY CRITERIA: No prior study is required.

STUDY OPTIONS: A three-hour training session must be completed on campus.

INVESTMENT: Courses start at around $100 and you will need to purchase your equipment as well.

WHAT YOU’LL GET:  An accredited certificate in spray tanning.


You don’t have to be a punk rocker to be a piercer. Ensure you pierce in a safe environment by learning about infection control and ongoing safety and care precautions.

WHERE: We recommend Eze Training (ezetraining.com.au) for Melbourne-based residents, but there are various locations around Australia that provide similar training.

ENTRY CRITERIA: First Aid Certificate.

STUDY OPTIONS: Five-day course must be completed on campus.

INVESTMENT:  Approximately $2,600

WHAT YOU’LL GET: Accredited certificate in Specialist Body Piercing.


With the beauty industry’s obsession with lash preening and brow grooming, this is a burgeoning area! This course will take you from client consultation through to selecting products, tinting and perming eyelashes and eyebrow shaping and dimensions.

WHERE: Casey College of Beauty Therapy (caseycollegeofbeautytherapy.com) in Victoria.

ENTRY CRITERIA: No prior study is required.

STUDY OPTIONS: Classes in Melbourne are available at the Cranbourne, Morwell and Pakenham campuses.

INVESTMENT: $400, which includes a Belmacil Kit.

WHAT YOU’LL GET: Accredited certificate in providing lash and brow treatments.


A comprehensive make-up course will teach you everything from colour theory and eyebrow shaping to creating a flawless base, contouring and eye make-up design. You will gain practical experience by working directly with a model.

WHERE: Most TAFEs or beauty schools Australia wide offer a level of make-up training. We love the Napoleon Perdis’ Fashion, Glamour and Bridal Makeup Artistry course (napoleonmakeupacademy.com.au), available in Double Bay, Melbourne, Parramatta Westfield and Brisbane.

ENTRY CRITERIA: No prior study is required.

STUDY OPTIONS: Can be taken over a nine-week period or as a five-day express course.

INVESTMENT: You’re looking at $1,390, with a $545 deposit.

WHAT YOU’LL GET: Great make-up skills and a Napoleon Perdis course certificate, which could lead you to the Diploma of Specialist Make-Up Services.


Want the theoretical and practical know-how to work as a beauty therapist? The right course will equip you with the skills to work in a commercial salon, or even start your own.

WHERE: Industry leader Elle Bache offers a Diploma of Beauty Therapy (ellabachecollege.edu.au). To graduate, you also need to complete 150 hours of work experience. They also offer an online version, known as the Stellar distance learning program, which can be completed remotely.

ENTRY CRITERIA: You must be over 16 and have completed Year 10 or equivalent (except if you are over 21).

STUDY OPTIONS:  This course runs for 12 months over three terms, each 13 weeks in duration. The 150 hours of work experience fits within the course.

INVESTMENT: $16,800, which includes your uniform and equipment. The course is VET fee help enabled.

WHAT YOU’LL GET: Diploma of Beauty Therapy.



Is your dream job as ah-mazing amid the daily grind? We asked those who already earn a crust in your coveted field.


WHO SAYS: Lyndi Polivnick, accredited practising dietitian (APD), thenudenutritionist.com.au

TYPICAL DAY: Seeing clients, educating children, writing articles, reviewing menus and researching nutrition. Dietitians help people lose weight and manage medical conditions such as IBS, coeliac and diabetes.

THE COURSE: Five-year degree in dietetics approved by the Dietitians Association of Australia. After graduation, alumnis can apply to become an accredited practising dietitian and accredited nutritionist.

THE WAGE: Graduates can expect to earn around $38,000 while senior clinical dietitians have the capacity to earn $90,000.


WHO SAYS: Claire Obeid, wellness coach, claireobeid.com

TYPICAL DAY: After pre-dawn meditation and writing in my gratitude journal, and yoga or a Barre class, I might answer emails, connect with my tribe on social media and work on projects such as e-books, e-courses or other programs I am creating. I usually coach in the afternoon.

THE COURSE: After my yoga teacher training and a major lifestyle overhaul in mind, body and soul, I realised that this natural, innate ability to coach from a place of wisdom and care was actually part of my greater purpose and calling. I studied through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition before it became as popular as it is now and am a certified holistic health coach. I’ve had over 400 hours in yoga studies and additional qualifications in meditation teaching, EFT and holistic healing. I think that constant study, a dedicated course in coaching and ongoing mentoring is invaluable.

THE WAGE: Initially, new wellness coaches can take a hit from their previous salaries – especially if they’re switching from the corporate world. But best case scenario, you can earn as much as $150,000.



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