Level 7 is the qualification everyone is talking about and has fast become the words on many lips throughout aesthetic training. With continued changes being made to the specification, it is easy to become confused by the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables. At Cosmetic Courses, our Ofqual regulated qualification uses guidelines set by the JCCP & HEE. We made a course that we know our delegates will not only benefit greatly from but also enjoy. In this blog we look at the top 7 things delegates should keep in mind when deciding whether to take the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine…
1. First things first, is this the right decision for you?
It’s important that you make this decision from looking at all of your options. The Level 7 Certificate requires time, dedication and financial preparation. As an equivalent to a post-graduate qualification, with 278 hours of comprehensive learning, it is important to understand what you are signing up for!
2. Is it mandatory?
No, the Level 7 qualification is not mandatory. Beware of scaremongering. There are rumours circulating the aesthetic industry stating those without this qualification will be unable to practice in 2018. This certificate has been put in place as a positive movement towards regulating the aesthetic industry and for now it is not compulsory. The JCCP are planning to launch a register in January which on completion of Level 7 or equivalent training will allow you to apply for the register. This will then be accessible to the public. Although there is movement for such qualifications to become mandatory, it is unlikely to happen in the immediate future – but there is definitely no harm in future proofing!
3. Research your training providers
It’s vital you research each training provider you are considering. The course needs to include all aspects of the Level 7 certificate. You also need to be aware that there are only a small number of Ofqual accredited training providers running this course. Make sure that your chosen provider is also offering ongoing support throughout your Level 7 certificate. Some training providers may ask you to source your own observation days or even find your own patients to treat. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, this is a big step in your career so it’s important it’s the right one!
4. Are all Level 7 Qualifications the same?
Every training provider offering the Level 7 qualification has to follow a strict curriculum. Although there are variations in delivery, the content is very similar. The learning techniques and structure can differ, but each has to tick the same boxes to be able to provide such a course.
5. Beware of Hidden Costs!
With so many steps in the Level 7 qualification, it is easy to get caught out by hidden fees for compulsory parts of the course. It is important to look for the cost of the full qualification, including all practical days and theory units. This will help you financially prepare for your course and also prevent you from finding any unpleasant surprises!
6. Can I do a Level 7 if I am already an experienced practitioner?
Yes, there is an alternative shorter route for experienced practitioners who want to complete the Level 7 certificate. This is the RPL route (Recognition of Prior Learning). Through RPL experienced practitioners can demonstrate their proficiency in the form of a portfolio of evidence. This can substitute the practical modules allowing you to focus on the theoretical side of the Level 7 as well as the SAQ’s and OSCE examination day.
7. What’s in it for me?
Acquiring a Level 7 qualification demonstrates a high level of knowledge and experience. It is a nationally recognised qualification and provides extensive knowledge in all areas of aesthetic medicine. Practitioners may find that they have an increase in enquiries from the register and your new qualification could help to boost the marketing of your business. Although the qualification is not mandatory it may be wise to future proof your training. There is never a limit to your training – there is always room to gain more experience and knowledge. This will only increase your confidence and result in a more successful business.
At Cosmetic Courses we understand that embarking upon the Level 7 Qualification is a big decision to make. To help with this we have created a flexible booking schedule with no specific enrolment dates. Our aim is to deliver the qualification to suit you.
Still not sure?
Please call our dedicated Level 7 Coordinators on 01844 390110 or simply email us at [email protected], and we would be happy to answer any queries.
You can also visit our course page for the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine here to find out more.
We look forward to speaking with you soon.