Are you a doctor, dentist or nurse considering a career in aesthetic medicine? Are you unsure of your options when it comes to training? In the ever-changing landscape of the thriving Aesthetics Industry and the advent of the Level 7 Qualification in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine we understand that it’s not always easy to work out which training provider or route will best fit your requirements.

Therefore we have created this comprehensive guide on the Level 7 Qualifications which we hope will go some way to helping you decide how to approach your training needs. The guide covers the following:

  • What is a Level 7 Qualification in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine?
  • What does the Level 7 Certificate consist of?
  • Is this Level 7 qualification a mandatory requirement to start practicing in aesthetics?
  • If it’s not mandatory can I just do a Foundation Course in Botox and Dermal Fillers and still practice?
  • How do I achieve a Level 7 Qualification?
  • Do Cosmetic Courses offer the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine?
  • How does our Level 7 Certificate differ to those already on offer?
  • If you attend or have attended courses which aren’t Level 7 accredited will you have to start your training from scratch?
  • What’s next…?

If you have any other questions regarding the Level 7 Qualification please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What is a Level 7 Qualification in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine?

Firstly, what do we mean by ‘Level 7’? The ‘level’ of any qualification dictates the standard of knowledge, complexity and level of risk involved in performing a treatment.

Level 6 – Undergraduate degree in a medical discipline

Level 7 – Postgraduate degree                                                   

Following the PIP breast implant scandal in 2012 and the rapid growth of the non-surgical aesthetic industry, the Department of Health appointed Health Education England (HEE) to review and advise on the regulatory framework in the cosmetic industry. They worked closely with professional statutory regulators, Royal
Colleges and other stakeholders to conduct a review of the qualifications required for an individual to perform non-surgical cosmetic interventions. This included treatments of the 5 main modalities of aesthetic medicine including Botulinum Toxin Type A, Dermal Fillers, Chemical Peels, Microneedling amongst others. During this process they have also made recommendations on accreditation, qualifications and course delivery. These recommendations have been outlined in 2 reports that you can download here.

Up until this point, non-surgical cosmetic treatments have been highly unregulated. The introduction of a ‘Level 7 Qualification’ is a necessary movement towards a more standardised level of training for medical professionals considering a career in aesthetic medicine.

Health Education England has suggested that an appropriate level of training for Botox and Dermal Filler treatments is at a Level 7. Therefore if you have completed your undergraduate degree in a medical discipline and are currently registered with either the GMC, GDC or NMC you are able to attend a Level 7 postgraduate course in Botox and Dermal Filler treatments.

It is important to note that most established aesthetic training providers, including ourselves already follow these guidelines. Health Education England is simply supporting the standards that leading independent training providers have already set.

What does the Level 7 Certificate consist of?

The Level 7 Certificate involves a combination of online learning modules, observation sessions, practical hands-on teaching, mentoring sessions and assessments to provide you with 277 hours of learning. During the qualification you will cover the following 8 units:

  • Principles of History, Ethics and Law in Aesthetic Medicine
  • Principles of Treatment in Aesthetic Medicine
  • Principles of Cosmetic Psychology in Aesthetic Medicine
  • Principles of Dermatology in Aesthetic Medicine
  • Principles of Botulinum Toxin Use in Aesthetic Medicine
  • Practice of Botulinum Toxin Use in Aesthetic Medicine
  • Principles of Dermal Filler Use in Aesthetic Medicine
  • Practice of Dermal Filler User in Aesthetic Medicine

These units have been recommended to provide you with the relevant knowledge and skills to practice the following procedures independently:

  • The use of Botulinum Toxin to treat glabellar, frontalis and crow’s feet
  • The use of Botulinum Toxin to treat bunny lines
  • The use of Dermal Fillers to treat nasolabial folds, marionette lines, oral commissures, vermillion border, lip body and basic cheek augmentation

Is this Level 7 qualification a mandatory requirement to start practicing in aesthetics?

No. The Department of Health strongly support the recommendations that have been provided by HEE but are not in a position to make this a mandatory requirement nor are they looking to do this in the imminent future.

However, independent organisations such as the Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) are working towards achieving an industry standard whereby obtaining a Level 7 qualification is seen as the ‘norm’ for any medical professional considering an aesthetic career. To get to this point all key stakeholders, insurance providers as well as the general public will need to see holding a Level 7 qualification as a minimum requirement for providing these non-surgical treatments. How successful these independent organisations will be at reaching these industry standards remains unknown.

We go into this in more detail in our recent blog; Do I need to have a Level 7 Qualification in Injectables by 2018?

If it’s not mandatory can I just do a Foundation Course in Botox and Dermal Fillers and still practice?

Yes. If you are looking to start offering Botox and Dermal Fillers an introductory foundation course in Botox and Dermal Fillers remain an appropriate course to undertake to get you started. In fact the Foundation Course in Botox and Dermal Fillers makes up part of the Level 7 Qualification that we offer here at Cosmetic Courses.

Each of our training courses provides you with the fundamental knowledge, practical skills and business acumen to become a successful aesthetic practitioner.

Over the past 15 years we have trained 5000 delegates in a range of non-surgical aesthetic treatments, many of whom have gone on to build highly profitable practices. This is a testament to the quality of the training we provide.

Therefore, if you are considering a career in aesthetic medicine you have 2 options:

  • Complete individual courses which can later be combined to achieve credits towards your qualification in the future, should you feel the need to obtain one
  • Book the entire Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine and receive a discount for booking all courses together

We discuss later in this guide the options for aesthetic practitioners already working in the industry.

How do I achieve a Level 7 Qualification?

If you have decided the Level 7 Qualification is the appropriate choice for you then there are two routes to achieve the qualification, both of which have been recommended by HEE:

  1. Through a University offering a 3 year Postgraduate Degree in Aesthetic Medicine (approximately £9000)
  2. Through an Ofqual regulated qualification, developed by the regulated Awarding Body IQ , Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine via an independent training provider

Do Cosmetic Courses offer the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine?

Yes. We have spent a long time working with key stakeholders in the industry to create and deliver a high quality training programme in order to ensure our delegates continue to receive the highest quality of teaching.

We have carefully considered our Level 7 Qualification, creating our own unique Ofqual regulated qualification, developed by the regulated Awarding Body IQ programme of learning that meets HEE requirements and has a strong focus on your hands-on practical learning.

Total amount of learning: 277 hours

Total amount of guided learning/practical experience: 59 hours (7 days of practical learning)

Our level 7 Qualification in Aesthetic Medicine will comprise of the following:

  • 6 x online modules
  • 1 x Foundation Botox and Dermal Filler Course               
  • 2 x 121 bespoke sessions
  • 2 x clinical observation days
  • Assessment

We have also used our 15 years of experience of setting up and developing a successful aesthetic skin clinic to add additional topics to the learning framework unique to Cosmetic Courses, which will enhance your learning experience and give you a greater chance of building a successful aesthetic practice.

How does our Level 7 Certificate differ to those already on offer?

Our Level 7 qualification stands out for a number of important reasons:

Practical learning on live models provided by us

Over the past 15 years our aim has always been to produce safe and competent aesthetic practitioners.

The most effective way of reaching this aim is through practical hands-on training on live models. Therefore our qualification framework has been adapted to ensure you receive a maximum amount of guided learning hours. You will see over 40 individual patient cases during your qualification, each one selected by our dedicated patient liaison team in order to provide you with cases covering a variety of gender, ages and skin types. This will provide you with an excellent understanding of the consultation, designing a treatment plan, managing your patients’ expectations, appropriate clinical technique and aftercare support.

15 years of top training experience

We have 15 years of experience in medical aesthetic teaching but what does that mean for you? It means we know exactly how to design and deliver a first class training programme and we understand what it takes to make you a successful aesthetic practitioner.

Tailored approach to your training

We were the first providers in the UK of bespoke aesthetic training in non-surgical techniques and we will bring this experience to our Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine. We have a team of dedicated training co-ordinators who will work with you to design a tailored practical training plan specific to your requirements in line with the HEE guidelines.

Our expert trainers with 113 years of experience

All training programmes are managed by our Clinical Director Consultant Plastic Surgeon Mr Adrian Richards. In 2014 Mr Richards was named as one of the world’s Top 100 Most Influential Cosmetic Doctors by international cosmetic surgery website RealSelf. He was also named ‘The Botox Expert’ in the Evening Standard‘s ‘Harley Street Heroes’ and is the author of best-selling textbook ‘Keynotes on Plastic Surgery’. This continued involvement in both the surgical and non-surgical cosmetic industry allows Mr Richards to produce up-to-date course programmes of the highest quality.

Mr Richards works with a handpicked team of expert aesthetic trainers including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, ENT Surgeons, Aesthetic Doctors, Dentists and Nurses who have all excelled in their respective fields and have a combined experience of 113 years in the industry. Each of them are experts in their own discipline enabling us to bring you the highest quality of teaching that cannot be met by any other training provider in this field.

Award-winning provider

We have won multiple awards from My Face and Body to Best Independent Training Provider at The Aesthetics Awards – whilst also being highly commended for our work.

Partners with industry leaders

We understand that as medical professionals and those coming from the NHS you have a considerable amount of mandatory online training that you have to complete for your appraisals and re-validation. We don’t want you to have to sit through hours of mundane theory which in effect may not aid your success as an aesthetic practitioner.

Therefore we have created our own bespoke learning management system in partnership with the experts at Blank Canvas to deliver a truly unique learning experience. Gone are the days of endless papers, articles and words on the page, we have developed our system to meet a range of learning types with a combination of written, audio, visual and games to test your knowledge in a fun and inspiring way.

All of our courses are also recognised by the leading aesthetic insurance and pharmaceutical companies whilst also working with HEE.

Ongoing support and continuous feedback

Throughout your Level 7 Qualification you will receive continuous feedback on your learning as well as a direct contact to a member of our clinical and administrative team. This will provide you with business development, marketing and clinical support as you start building up your practice.

All inclusive and hassle-free

The cost of our qualification is all-inclusive which means there are no hidden costs along the way. From your online learning, practical hands-on, business support, clinical support, mentoring and assessment, everything is both organised and paid for in one go.

Dedicated clinical environment for training

All of our training courses are provided in either working hospitals or aesthetic clinics. This means you will train in fully functioning clinical rooms rather than artificial training environments.

Click here for our guide on what to look for in a Level 7 training provider.

If you attend or have attended courses which aren’t Level 7 accredited will you have to start your training from scratch?

No. Health Education England recognise that there are a significant number of highly experienced, qualified aesthetic practitioners already performing these treatments and understand that it would be unreasonable to suggest that you go back to basics and re-train.

If you are a delegate already practicing in the industry you will have the opportunity to be recognised for your prior learning. This means if you would like to be awarded with a Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine you can present a portfolio of patient cases and undertake any relevant online learning modules and assessments highlighting your level of knowledge and skills.

What’s next…?

Whichever route you go down whether it is individual training courses, the Level 7 Certificate, or a postgraduate degree via a University it is important to ask the following questions to your provider:

  • Who are your trainers – what is their background and experience in medical aesthetic teaching?
  • How much practical hands-on experience do you receive during your training and how much of this is on live patients?
  • Do they provide support for you during your aesthetic career – do they offer business support, clinical support or advanced level training?
  • Where are the courses held – is it a clinical environment?
  • How many practitioners have they trained to date? And where are they now?

By comparing the answers to these questions you will be able to make an informed decision on the right training provider for you.

If you would like to register your interest for our Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine, you can do so today by calling us on 01844 390110 or emailing us at [email protected].

 

At Cosmetic Courses the safety and care of our models has always been at the forefront of what we do. Through our training we pass on this duty of care and hope to develop well educated aesthetic practitioners. As we continue to progress our training we also feel it beneficial to inform our models of what is happening the other side of the syringe.

Up until this point cosmetic treatments have been independently regulated with no formal structures in place. The introduction of a ‘Level 7 Qualification’ is a movement towards a more standardised level of training for medical professionals considering a career in aesthetic medicine. At Cosmetic Courses we pride ourselves on our high standards of training from our expert trainers and clinical training environments, unfortunately this is not the same with other training providers. This movement is in place to try to ensure the safety of the industry. We believe that a huge aspect of making the aesthetics industry as safe as possible is to educate the individuals like yourselves who are having treatments so that you are aware what is happening, what to look for within a practitioner and the important part you can play in helping to make this a regulated, safe industry.

Here at Cosmetic Courses we launched our Level 7 Certificate last year and during this time we’re pleased to say we’ve had lots of delegates embark on their qualification journey. The qualification has become a large part of what we do and we wanted to take this opportunity to explain what this means for our models!

So what exactly is the Level 7?

In education a ‘level’ of any qualification shows the academic stage of each programme. The Level 7 is deemed as the equivalent to a postgraduate level of education.

2012 was a busy year, we witnessed the PIP breast implant scandal and the increasing demand of non-surgical treatments began to sore. This was the same year that the Department of Health appointed Health Education England (HEE) to review and advise on the regulatory framework in the cosmetic industry. Due to the previous issues with breast implants the Department of Health were concerned that they did not want to see any repeat problems in this increasingly popular industry so they decided to conduct a review of all cosmetic procedures.

The review analysed each treatment, their associated risks and the qualifications required for an individual to perform each non-surgical cosmetic intervention. During this process they also made recommendations on accreditation, qualifications and course delivery to ensure that each aspect was being taught inline with a dedicated framework.

Still with us?

Health Education England has suggested that an appropriate level of training for Botox and Dermal Filler treatments is at a Level 7. Meaning regulation!

This is something which we at Cosmetic Courses are proud to be part of. The aesthetic industry is exciting, fast paced and continues to grow rapidly and as much as we love being front runners in a highly competitive industry we also are passionate about safety and care within it.

What does Level 7 mean for our models?

We are glad you asked. You’ll be happy to hear that Level 7 means… more treatments & more appointments!

The Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine is one of our longest courses, so long that it in fact can take up to a year to complete. Delegates will have to undergo a series of courses and tests in the build up to their final examination.

Along with online training, assignments and examination, delegates will also enrol on to our clinical days where we need our models! The days that will be available for models to book on to will be:

  • Foundation Botox & Dermal Filler Training Days (Upper Face Botox & Filler around the Mouth treatments)
  • Clinical Observation Days: this is where our delegates observe our expert trainers performing the treatments so they can gain first hand knowledge of the procedures
  • Supervised Practice Days: our delegates take the lead on this day, performing 10x Botox & Dermal Filler treatments under the watchful eye of our expert trainers

Which treatment can I have as part of the Level 7 courses?

For Level 7 we train our delegates in combination treatments. This works perfectly for models as it saves time and allows them to get more than one treatment whilst visiting. Models can have the following treatments as part of the Level 7 course days: *

  • Upper face Botox and cheek filler
  • Upper face Botox and lip filler
  • Upper face Botox and filler around the mouth

*Please note that all models attending the Foundation Days can only have upper face Botox and/or filler around the mouth.

If you would like to know more about the Level 7 qualification and book on to one of our upcoming training days as a model please contact us today to register your interest: 01844 390110 / [email protected] 

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.

The Level 7 qualification has well and truly begun within the aesthetic industry. As with all new topics there are often frequent questions which need clarifying. In this blog we look at the following Level 7 FAQ…

“Can I combine training providers for my Level 7 Certificate in Injectables?”

You may not be aware but all aesthetic training providers develop their own courses for their delegates. Based on their experience and expertise their structure and delivery will be different. Each provider will have their own personal training standards which they are striving to achieve.

In order for a Level 7 Qualification to be approved it must follow a set specification whilst complying with Ofqual recognised guidelines. Topics are highlighted which need to be covered along with the level of competence the delegate should demonstrate. However it is up to the training provider as to how they wish to deliver and teach certain aspects of the qualification.

The awarding body do not encourage delegate to move between training providers whilst completing their qualification. Delegates commonly ask for support (particularly with the practical and mentoring sessions)  who are undergoing their qualification with other training providers. In order to maintain consistency and ensure we keep to the guidelines set we do not advocate this. We are also unable to combine our qualification with any other training provider or accept delegates who are already undergoing their Level 7 certificate elsewhere as we cannot be sure of the standard of theoretical teaching and knowledge you have received.

We advise all delegates who are looking into the Level 7 Qualification to thoroughly research all of your options available. You need to make sure that the provider you choose supports you with all aspects of the qualification. This includes making sure your learning needs are met and the qualification contains a foundation course, SAQ’s, clinical days and the final OSCE days.

Level 7 at Cosmetic Courses

At Cosmetic Courses we pride ourselves on our standard of teaching. We have trained over 5000 delegates many of whom have gone on to lead successful careers within aesthetic medicine. Based on our teaching experience within the industry, we have developed our Level 7 qualification to meet all guidelines set by the HEE and JCCP. We are set on providing the highest quality of training available with our team of expert trainers. We leave no stone unturned and provide all 8 units of the qualification.

If you would like to find out more about our Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine speak to member of our team today on 01844 390110 or [email protected] alternatively you can visit our course page here.

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Education can be costly. You can never “try before you buy”, only research and hope you will be getting the most from your money. With the Level 7 Qualification being the talk of the Cosmetic Industry, now is the time to look at possible training providers for you to attain this qualification. But what exactly are you looking for?

In order for a training provider, like ourselves, to be able to provide certain training and qualifications, we must abide by standards set by education & training registers:

  • Trainers/assessors must be correctly trained themselves and practice regulated training
  • The training premises must be able to cater for all needs of the qualification; a professional and clean space with all materials needed
  • The quality of the programme must meet all guidelines set

We understand it may be quite daunting with so many providers now offering this qualification and seemingly meeting the above criteria. Therefore we have put this short guide together on the questions to ask your potential provider to ensure you receive the highest quality of training and support.

8 Questions to ask your qualification provider…

Are they an approved provider of the Level 7 Qualification?

This is the first and most important feature to look for in your Level 7 provider. Find out if they are approved by an independent body to provide this qualification and if they are, who is providing this approval. In line with the Health Education England (HEE) guidelines, for a training provider to offer an approved Level 7 Qualification in Aesthetic Medicine they either need to be university-led or needs to be a Ofqual regulated qualification, developed by the regulated Awarding Body IQ.

Are there any hidden costs or is the total price all-inclusive?

Make sure you understand exactly what is included in the total price you are paying for your Level 7 Qualification. You don’t want to pay for your qualification to later find out there are additional costs along the way. The components to look for:

  • Does the cost cover all 277 hours of learning?
  • Does it cover all observation sessions (10 x Dermal Fillers, 10 x Botulinum Toxin)?
  • Does it cover all hands-on sessions (10 x Dermal Fillers, 10 x Botulinum Toxin)?
  • Does it cover all assessments and OSCEs?
  • Are all training materials included?

How many years of experience in medical aesthetic teaching do they have?

Experience is key when it comes to medical aesthetics. It’s important that you find a provider who has been established in the industry for a substantial amount of time. It is only through experience that a trainer can understand the requirements of different patients as well as the requirements of different learners.

Who are your trainers?

It is important to know who will be training you throughout your qualification and what their background is. As stated above, all trainers and assessors offering the Level 7 Qualification must meet a minimum standard but it’s still important to find out the depth of their experience both in their medical discipline as well as practicing and teaching in medical aesthetics. It may be useful to ask the following questions:

  • What is their medical background and how long have they been practicing?
  • How long have they been practicing in Aesthetic Medicine specifically?
  • How long have they been teaching in medical aesthetics?

Where does the training take place?

We believe being taught in a clinical environment is essential for patient safety. So make sure you ask where the training will take place. Is it a clinic? Hospital? Do they have all necessary clinical equipment required?

Are all live patients provided for your practical training?

The practical elements of the Level 7 Qualification are vital. This is your time to develop your injection technique, understand your patients and see what it’s really like to treat patients in a working skin clinic. Injecting live patients during your training will give you unrivaled skills that cannot be met by injecting mannequins. So it’s important to find out:

  • Will you be injecting live patients or mannequins during your training?
  • How many people will you treat?
  • Are the patients provided for you or do you have to supply them yourself?

Is on-going support provided?

Aesthetic medicine can be quite daunting so it’s important your training provider has a support system in place to offer you guidance both during and after your qualification.

Are there options for continuity of learning with your chosen training provider?

As a medical professional you will of course understand the requirement for continued professional development and this is no different for aesthetic medicine. It is therefore important to find out whether your training provider can offer you this continued development.

Perhaps in other areas of Aesthetic Medicine such as skin rejuvenation treatments? Or online training to refresh your Botox and dermal filler techniques?

Many successful aesthetic practitioners don’t focus solely on Botox and dermal fillers with our experience showing that these treatments should actually only account for 50% of your revenue. There is much more to learn past injectables and it’s important that your training provider can offer you this further training.

Why Choose Cosmetic Courses as your training provider?

Cosmetic Courses has been training medical professionals for 15 years under the guidance of Clinical Director

Clinical Director Adrian Richards

Clinical Director Adrian Richards

Mr Adrian Richards. Mr Richards handpicked his team of trainers from across the country all with a passion for what they do. This shines through in the work demonstrated by our faculty and the customer loyalty from our delegates.

  • Cosmetic Courses was one of the first training providers in the UK to offer Botox & dermal filler courses
  • We are an award-winning training provider
  • We provide all live models for our delegates, gaining practical hands-on experience
  • Our trainers are a handpicked team of experienced Surgeons, Doctors, Dentists & Nurses with combined experience of 113 years in the Aesthetic Industry
  • We are partners with all major aesthetic insurance companies
  • All of our courses are held in fully functioning clinical environments
  • We provide unlimited aftercare. Whether you have a clinical or business related question our team are always on hand to advise and guide you.

We pride ourselves on the standard of our training. We have a dedicated team of trainers all following the same vision: to provide outstanding training to medical professionals like you in the Aesthetic Industry.

Level 7 Qualification in Botox and Dermal Fillers at Cosmetic Courses

Our Level 7 Qualification has been developed using a multi-faceted approach to your learning to suit all academic styles with a personal approach. It involves a combination of online learning, clinical observations, practical hands-on, mentoring and assessments to provide you with 277 hours of comprehensive learning.

Our Level 7 qualification is made up of 8 bespoke modules, exclusive to us. These have been created in line with framework criteria in order to maximise your learning outcomes. Not only do we provide all mandatory training, we also add in industry knowledge and first hand advice from our experienced practitioners to make sure you are leaving confident in what you have learned.

And if you have already started practicing in aesthetics we provide pathways for you to achieve your Level 7 Qualification through recognition of your prior learning.

If you are interested in learning more about the Level 7 Qualification and how it may benefit you please contact our friendly team today to discuss your training options and to clear up any questions you may have about your next steps.

 

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Please note the above is in the development stages and therefore is subject to change.

We’ve had a lot of interest in our Level 7 Qualification in Botox and Dermal Fillers but a common question that we hear from our delegates considering this route is:

“Is it true that I will need to have a Level 7 qualification by 2018 to practice Botox and dermal fillers in the UK?”

With lots of opinions flying around on this matter it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of who to believe. In this ever-changing landscape of the thriving aesthetics industry, we are here to provide a transparent, first-hand overview on the current training recommendations in the UK.

So if you’re considering a career in aesthetic medicine but unsure of whether the Level 7 is right for you, continue reading…

What is the Level 7 Qualification?

The Level 7  Qualification is a necessary movement towards a more standardised level of training for medical professionals considering a career in aesthetic medicine or those who are wanting to gain more formal recognition of their skills.

Is the Qualification mandatory and will I need it to practice in the UK by 2018?

With so many providers now offering this qualification we can see how easy it is to start thinking that the Level 7 qualification is in fact mandatory. But in short, it isn’t. At present there is no legal requirement for you to hold a Level 7 Qualification in order to practice Botox and dermal fillers or any other non-surgical aesthetic treatments for that matter.

Although the Department of Health strongly support the recommendations that have been provided by Health Education England (HEE) the Government have not accepted the case for statutory and mandatory regulation in the non-surgical aesthetic sector.

In response to this, the only option was to have an independent council that is devoted to the development and implementation of the guidelines. Therefore key stakeholders within the industry have formed and created the Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) whose aim is to set the standards of clinical and practice proficiency in order to provide a safer patient outcome.

The JCCP are working towards reaching a point whereby all aesthetic practitioners adopt these standards within their practice.

If I don’t complete the Level 7 Qualification will I still be able to continue my aesthetic practice?

Yes. As the qualification is not mandatory you will still be able to continue your aesthetic practice as normal. However, it is worth considering that most major stakeholders including leading insurance providers, independent training establishments and pharmaceutical companies amongst others, are supporting this movement.

In addition to this, if you would like to be registered with the JCCP as a cosmetic practitioner then you will have to provide evidence that you have completed or are working towards an accredited Level 7 Qualification.

Will I still be able to complete one day training courses?

Yes. Independent training providers and pharmaceutical companies will still be offering one day courses so that you can continue to develop your skills and gain CPD points.

Are all Level 7 Qualifications registered?

If you have decided that the Level 7 Qualification is the right option for you then it is important to be aware that not all training providers are offering registered Level 7 Qualifications. In line with the HEE guidelines, in order for a Level 7 to be a recognised qualification it must be OFQUAL registered. We discuss this further in our latest blog ‘What to look for in a Level 7 training provider?

Level 7 Qualification in Botox and Dermal Fillers at Cosmetic Courses

Our Level 7 Qualification has been developed using a multi-faceted approach to your learning to suit all academic styles with a personal approach. It involves a combination of online learning, clinical observations, practical hands-on, mentoring and assessments to provide you with 277 hours of comprehensive learning.

And if you have already started practicing in aesthetics we provide pathways for you to achieve your Level 7 Qualification through recognition of your prior learning.

Contact our friendly team today to discuss your training options and to clear up any questions you may have about your next steps.

Useful resources:

Please note the above is in the development stages and therefore is subject to change.

On Friday 31st March at 3:40pm you have another chance to see our Medical Director Mr Adrian Richards speak at the Aesthetics Conference & Exhibition (ACE) 2017!

Mr Richards will be speaking in the Business Track Session in the main Exhibition Hall on the topic of:

Aesthetics Conference & Exhibition“Update on Industry Training Recommendations”

“Consultant Plastic Surgeon Mr Adrian Richards will lead this engaging session that will discuss the latest recommendations from the JCCP on regulation and training within the Non-Surgical Aesthetic Industry including the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine. The JCCP was established in early 2016, following the release of Health Education England’s guidance for qualification requirements for the delivery of cosmetic procedures. Mr Richards will explore what the developments mean for both experienced aesthetic practitioners and those who are new to the industry.”

How to register your place at the Aesthetics Conference 2017

This is a great chance to rub shoulders with the industry’s finest practitioners. Navigate your way through an array of stalls, live demonstrations and talks. Online registration is now available on the Aesthetics Conference website.

Secure your place at the Aesthetics Conference and Exhibition 2017.  Gain FREE access to the KOL-led masterclasses, live demonstration expert clinics and business track workshops as well as the exhibition floor.

 Venue

The Business Design Centre 

52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH

Travelling by public transport

The Business Design Centre is within walking distance of Angel tube station which services the Northern Line and is also only a short distance from King’s Cross and Euston mainline rail stations which also offer multiple tube services.

Further information on the JCCP and industry  updates

If you are unable to attend ACE 2017 but you would like further information on the JCCP and the latest industry updates subscribe to our newsletter to ensure you don’t miss out. Our recent guide to the Level 7 Qualification in Injectables also provides in depth details on the industry movement towards a more standardised framework of learning and how it can benefit  both new and existing aesthetic practitioners.

On Saturday 4th February 2017 we celebrated our 15 year anniversary by holding our 1st Annual Conference at The Paddocks Clinic in Buckinghamshire. A day filled with educational opportunities, a glimpse into the world of Cosmetic Courses and of course plenty of nibbles!

The event was held to celebrate Cosmetic Courses’ 15th year of medical aesthetic teaching and to inform and inspire our delegates to further their career in aesthetics. It also gave us the opportunity to showcase and educate the attendees on the upcoming launch of our Level 7 Qualification and our online courses while allowing the chance to learn more about our training partners and how to make the most of this challenging yet exciting and ever-evolving industry.

The conference consisted of talks and presentations from our Medical Director Adrian Richards and our training partners in addition to presentations and live demonstrations from our expert trainers on popular and up-and-coming aesthetic treatments. The programme included:

Talks:

  • Welcome & The Changing Face of Aesthetic Training – Level 7 Qualification – Mr Adrian Richards
  • Legalities in Aesthetic Practice – Mr Adrian Richards & Jim Savin
  • Q&A with our Expert Panel
  • How to Build a Successful Aesthetic Practice – Mr Adrian Richards & Jim Savin
  • Managing Patient Expectations & Potential Complications – Dr Fiona Durban & Mel Recchia
  • Introduction to Pharmacyspace – Shailesh Patel
  • Increasing your Customer Reach
  • The Perfect Consultation – Dr Olha Vorodukhina
  • Online Training Opportunities – Hannah Wilkinson (Blank Canvas)

Live Demonstrations:

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended and also to our fabulous speakers for making the
event so successful. If you attended the event we hope you found it worthwhile and we are already looking forward to our next event in 2018!

Aesthetic Training with Cosmetic Courses

Cosmetic Courses is the UK’s largest aesthetic training provider with over 5000 delegates trained to date and 6 dedicated training centres across the UK. If you have any questions about our new courses including the Level 7 Qualification and online training or would like further information on your training options, please don’t hesitate to contact our team on 01844 390110 or contact us online here.