Are our courses accredited?

We offer short industry relevant courses run by industry professionals. All graduated students receive a certificate of completion. If you are in a country like Australia where there are no licensing requirements, our certificate is all you need to get started in the industry. You are also able to obtain insurance.

The Hair and Beauty industry in Australia was deregulated in 1986, therefore it is no longer a legal requirement to complete a course run by a registered training organisation (RTO) to work in the industry or run your own salon.

Our courses offer specific and explicit training in each study area that leaves our students more accomplished and our students are often offered positions over other students from other schools.

So, to be very clear – successfully completing our certificate courses will enable you to gain employment in retail, freelancing, beauty salons and spa’s. You will also be able to use your certificate to gain insurance for your business as well as membership into professional makeup brands ‘professional discount programs’.

You don’t need to be certified to be educated, we teach you to become experienced which in turn makes you qualified.

Who will be my trainers?

At the TBA we believe that to be the best, you have to learn from the best. All of our trainers are fully qualified to teach and are experienced and active in their own specialist field within the Film, Fashion, TV, Theatre, Hair and Beauty industries. We believe that the teaching experience and master skills that our trainers have gives our students a far superior advantage in the industry once they’ve finished learning with us.

How old do I have to be to study?
All applicants must have completed Year 10 (or equivalent) and be 16 years or older in order to apply to study at the TBA.
Where are you located?

Some information about our academy:- it is located in an industrial business park area at 36 Aylesbury Drive, Altona, 3018, Victoria (Building 8). Ample car parking (as well as disability parking) is available in a well lit and safe area. The academy building also accommodates students with disabilities. As we like to have a duty of care whilst our students and visitors are on our premises, there is always a staff member on-site that can perform basic first aid duties if ever needed.

Do I need to bring a model?


  • Models are required from week 2 for Beginner Makeup Students
  • Models are required each week for Advanced Makeup Students
  • Models are required each week for Hair Students
  • Models are required from week 1-8 & 10 for Nail Students (no model required week 9)
  • Models are required every week for Advanced Nails
  • Models are required from week 2 for Classic and Volume Eyelash Extensions
  • Models are required from weeks 5 to 12 for Barbering

In unusual circumstances when you can’t get a model you will have options to work on either a mannequin head (Hair), your own hands (Nails), your own face (Makeup). We do not encourage this though, you must ensure that you are able to get a reliable model every week where required so that we can properly assess your work.

How do I enrol?
It’s easy to enrol in any of our courses. All you need to do is visit and complete an online enrolment form. A non-refundable deposit is also required to secure your position.
Is my deposit refundable?
All course deposits are non-refundable. This includes course fees paid in full (in one lump sum). The deposit amount is non-refundable if you withdraw from the course before the first class. If you withdraw after the first class, all payments made are non-refundable as we are not able to place another student in your place after the course has started.
Are there payment plans available?

Yes! With TBA, you can choose among the following payment options: Full payment up front using PayPal or Direct Deposit or Accelerated payments via Humm. Payment plan available for Hair, Makeup, Nail, Eyelash Extensions and Tanning courses via Humm.  *All deposits and course payments are non-refundable or transferable*

What’s included in the fees?

MAKEUP Each student will receive a copy of “TBA artist” manual by Maggie Tamarua, which is referred to throughout the course. The fees also cover all products and materials used during the course, as well as specialist equipment and tools. Brushes are not included and you are required to bring your own set or purchase a set from the TBA for week one. Unlike other courses, we provide all necessary make-up and appliances used by professional make-up artists – that’s you – for the duration of the course. The TBA stocks many high end, luxury and professional brands for you to use during your training. HAIR The TBA provides all products, brushes and pins for you to learn with during your course, however you are required to provide all professional electrical equipment listed on the hair course page. NAILS For nail students, a kit to the value of $500.00 is included in your course for you to use throughout each lesson so you are familiar with these items and have everything you need once you graduate. EYELASH EXTENSIONS, a full business kit to the value of $600 is included in your course for you to use during training and then to use when you finish the course as it will provide you with a return on your training investment. All Makeup and Hair courses include a professional PHOTO SHOOT during the final week to help our students build a strong portfolio. You will receive a professionally edited high resolution image as part of your assessment. These images are an integral part of building your body of work that will enable you to book clients. We encourage Nail students to collaborate with Makeup and Hair students for photo shoots. You will receive ongoing support via a private forum, master classes and bonus photoshoots.

Which brands do you use and recommend?
We use a variety of brands that are used in the beauty industry. Our teachers demo brands in classes that they know, trust and use in their professional kits such as:

  • Kryolan
  • Inglot
  • MAC
  • Nars
  • Temptu
  • Model Rock
  • Makeup Forever
  • Becca
  • Hourglass
  • Tarte
  • Too Faced
  • The Balm
  • Sugar Pill
  • Face of Australia

Hair Care: 

  • MUK
How many students are in each class?

Our class sizes are kept small, intimate and friendly. This allows you to receive individual tuition and ensures we maintain the high standard of makeup training for which TBA is renowned. You’ll be in classes with max 8 students. 

What happens if I miss a class? Do I still get my certificate?
If you are sick or absent for a class, you can make it up within the next intake by watching demo and replicating look offsite and sending a picture through to your trainer or if we have a spot available you can attend class. Your certificate will not be issued till all missed classes are made up. You can book a one on one lesson at an extra cost. If you miss more than 3 classes, you will have to pay $100 for each class you need to re-sit and you may be required to produce a medical certificate.
Do I receive a certificate after completing the course?
A certificate will be issued to students who successfully complete a course.
Do you have open days? Can I come and see the Academy?
We encourage all applicants to visit TBA to see the studio and to attend an informal interview. We believe this is important as it gives you the opportunity to ask questions, and find out more about the courses we offer. We can also ensure that you’ve chosen the course that is best for you. Please contact us via the website to make an appointment.
Can I get VET Fee Help or government funding?

Since we are a private training organisation, we do not directly offer any VET-fee help. We do however offer payment plan options via Humm.

Will I be able to receive discounts toward makeup products as a student or graduate?

Yes, TBA students and graduates are eligible to receive 10% discounts from a variety of cosmetic brands that are stocked at the Academy. Eyelash Extension students receive 20% discount from products purchased at the TBA.

What Brush Set do you have available for students to purchase?
Good quality brushes make all the difference in makeup application. Everyone from the most skilled makeup artist to the woman who wears only the basics can benefit from using the right tools. Attached is the current school brush Set. RRP $447 Student Price $290. These brushes have been handpicked for their durability and ability to perform for beginners and will serve you well as you grow as an artist.

Make up brushes - Tamarua Beauty Academy Melbourne

What standard of English is needed?
All students must be able to speak and understand English.
Will you help me get work after the course?
We pride ourselves on our commitment to the future careers of our students and offer support via our private forum and in class to prepare you for the next step. We will be talking to you throughout the course, but your priority will be learning as much as you can from our experienced trainers. We also love hearing about all of the experience you’re getting and helping you towards the next stage of your career regardless of the stage you’re at in your career. When you are starting out in the industry you should be prepared to start by doing unpaid work or Trade for Prints (TFP), if necessary, as this is how most makeup artists continue their development, network and build contacts. Most professional makeup artists will advise future makeup artists to do whatever work (paid or unpaid) is offered, assisting seasoned artists and actively seeking trades because you never know where a contact may be made and they just might be your next booking