Certificate IV in Make-up

This qualification is for individuals who provide make-up and hair services for the screen, media and entertainment industries. It reflects the role of individuals who use well-developed skills and a broad knowledge base in a wide variety of contexts. They apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems, and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources. They may provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others.

Job roles

Make-up and hair assistant.


Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 13

4 core units

3 Group A units

6 elective units

4 elective units must be selected from the Group A units and/or Group B units listed below.

The remaining 2 elective units may be selected from the Group A and/or Group B units listed any endorsed Training Package or accredited course at the same qualification level.

Electives must be relevant to the work outcome and local industry requirements.

Core units

Creative thinking

add topic BSBCRT301A Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills

Industry context

add topic CUFIND301B Work effectively in the screen and media industries


add topic CUFMUP401A Design, apply and remove make-up


add topic CUSOHS301A Follow occupational health and safety procedures

Group A units (specialist)


add topic WRHHD405A Select and apply hair extensions

add topic WRHHD408A Make wigs and hairpieces


add topic CUFMUP402A Maintain make-up and hair continuity

add topic CUFMUP403A Style hair for performances or productions

add topic CUFMUP404A Style wigs and hairpieces for performances or productions

Group B units


add topic CUFCMP301A Implement copyright arrangements

Creative process

add topic BSBCRT401A Articulate, present and debate ideas

add topic BSBCRT402A Collaborate in a creative process

add topic BSBCRT403A Explore the history and social impact of creativity


add topic BSBDES401A Generate design solutions

Financial administration

add topic BSBFIA401A Prepare financial reports

add topic BSBFIA402A Report on financial activity

Human resource management

add topic BSBHRM402A Recruit, select and induct staff

Industry context

add topic CUFIND401A Provide services on a freelance basis

add topic CUFIND402A Develop screen and media specialist expertise


add topic BSBINN301A Promote innovation in a team environment


add topic BSBMGT402A Implement operational plan

add topic BSBMGT403A Implement continuous improvement

add topic BSBWOR401A Establish effective workplace relationships

add topic BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness


add topic BSBCMM401A Make a presentation

add topic BSBMKG413A Promote products and services

add topic BSBMKG414A Undertake marketing activities


add topic BSBOHS407A Monitor a safe workplace

Purchasing and contracting

add topic BSBPMG408A Apply contract and procurement procedures

add topic BSBPUR401B Plan purchasing

add topic BSBPUR402B Negotiate contracts

Relationship management

add topic BSBLED401A Develop teams and individuals

add topic BSBREL401A Establish networks


add topic BSBRES401A Analyse and present research information

add topic CUFRES401A Conduct research

Risk management

add topic BSBRSK401A Identify risk and apply risk management processes

Small and micro business

add topic BSBSMB401A Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business

add topic BSBSMB402A Plan small business finances

add topic BSBSMB403A Market the small business

add topic BSBSMB404A Undertake small business planning

add topic BSBSMB405A Monitor and manage small business operations

add topic BSBSMB408B Manage personal, family, cultural and business obligations


add topic BSBSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


add topic BSBWRT401A Write complex documents

Selecting electives for different outcomes

The context for this qualification varies, and this must guide the selection of elective units. Examples of appropriate elective units for particular outcomes at this level follow.

Make-up and hair assistant

Core units plus:

add topic BSBDES401A Generate design solutions

add topic BSBMKG413A Promote products and services

add topic BSBPMG408A Apply contract and procurement procedures

add topic CUFRES401A Conduct research

add topic CUFMUP402A Maintain make-up and hair continuity

add topic CUFMUP403A Style hair for performances or productions

add topic CUFMUP404A Style wigs and hairpieces for performances or productions

add topic WRHHD405A Select and apply hair extensions

add topic WRHHD408A Make wigs and hairpieces.


    Qualification pathways

    Pathways into the qualification

    Candidates may enter the qualification with limited or no vocational experience and without a relevant lower-level qualification.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification considerations

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, where required, a unit of competency will specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements that impact on the unit.

Pre-requisite Units

Code and title

Pre-requisite units required

WRHHD405A Select and apply hair extensions

WRHHC306A - Combine haircut structures on women

WRHHC307A - Combine haircut structures for traditional and classic designs on men

WRHHD303A - Design and apply short to medium-length hair design finishes

Employability Skills


The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by make-up and hair assistants based on the units listed above. Using this employability skills summary as an example, trainers and assessors can work out how employability skills would apply to other job roles relevant to the qualification to include important industry application of employability skills in learning and assessment strategies.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


dealing with performers/talent tactfully and respectfully

relating to people from diverse backgrounds/people with diverse abilities

dealing with conflict situations that arise on set with regard to the provision of make-up/hair services

interpreting scripts, design briefs and other production documentation

completing workplace documentation, e.g. make-up plans and continuity diary

negotiating with others to resolve styling issues for wigs and hairpieces

negotiating with resource suppliers

writing formal and informal letters to target audiences


interacting effectively with people with diverse interests and needs

working collaboratively with others


planning and applying hair designs to compensate for particular facial shapes or characteristics

recognising and responding appropriately in the event of adverse skin reactions to make-up/hair products

managing contingencies in promotional activities

Initiative and enterprise

participating effectively and actively in range of creative thinking activities

being flexible in response to unexpected changes in work schedules

contributing creative ideas to hair designs

making quick and accurate adjustments to performers' make-up and hair during productions

anticipating and addressing problems that arise on set with regard to make-up/hair continuity

Planning and organising

planning make-up and hair procedures and following through in a systematic way

selecting and applying wig cleaning and styling products, tools and techniques

selecting and applying hair extensions

recording make-up and hair continuity details

systematically organising research materials


working to deadlines

prioritising work tasks

following workplace procedures and complying with health and hygiene regulations

follow manufacturers' specifications with regard to make-up and hair products


reflecting on and enhancing own ability to contribute effectively to a collaborative creative process

keeping up to date with industry developments and trends

identifying and accessing opportunities for ongoing professional development

seeking expert advice as required


using a range of tools and styling aids to:

create make-up and hair designs

make, style and maintain wigs and hairpieces

using a digital stills camera to take continuity photographs

using the internet for research purposes

using routine word processing in the context of completing workplace documentation

accessing and using databases to record research findings