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
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.
- Your guide to Level 7 Qualification in Aesthetic Medicine
- Do I need to have a Level 7 Qualification in Injectables by 2018?
- Clinical Observation Day
- Cosmetic Courses online training academy
Please note the above is in the development stages and therefore is subject to change.