Choosing the right training course for you
What training course is best for you?
September can only mean one thing – it’s ‘back to school’ time. Children turn up on their first day of the new school year with their brand new uniforms, must-have school bag and a pencil case full of pristine stationery. But it’s not just children who can go back to school at this time of year, there’s never a time when we should stop learning, and this need for continuous learning is especially important for aesthetic practitioners.
Medicine is a rapidly evolving subject matter. Textbooks from just a few years ago are now out of date as the industry has swiftly advanced. Aesthetics is no different; for example where once many were taught to rejuvenate the face by simply following lines with a needle, advances in anatomy now offer improved techniques which completely defy that approach.
To make sure you don’t get left behind and you’re the first to hear of the latest and most innovative techniques, products and research you need to invest in continued education.
Training courses are plentiful in aesthetics, with options on offer ranging from anatomy workshops to advice on running a business. So, where should you start when looking for a training course?
I’m just looking for a general refresh
If you’re feeling fairly up-to-date but want to find out more about upcoming products, refine your skills and increase your knowledge, then conferences are a great place to start. Many aesthetics events are held up and down the country throughout the year offering practitioners and clinic owners the chance to attend workshops, network with peers and speak to manufacturers and distributors. If cost is a concern, then it needn’t be, as many of these events are free of charge.
Many manufacturers even wait until certain conferences to launch new products, so it’s always worth registering for a free ticket, just to find out what’s happening at the event.
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I want to offer a new treatment
Maybe you already offer injectable treatments but fancy branching out a little. There are many new devices on the market aimed at tightening the skin and banishing fat and there could be a demand for these treatments at your clinic – but which training course should you attend?
The first thing to figure out is what your patient demand is. If you receive a lot of requests for something to help reduce excess fat, then you would be wise to carry out some research as to what treatments you’d like to offer which help reduce excess fat. There are many great journals and websites offering unbiased guidance, so it is definitely worth checking those out. Once you’ve established the treatment you wish to offer, contact the manufacturer of the product who will be able to let you know the best course for you.
I want a Level 7 qualification
Following the recommendations released by Health Education England in 2015 on the qualification requirements for delivery of cosmetic procedures, you may be seeking a Level 7 qualification. When looking at these courses you need to make sure they are accredited by an awarding body such as Ofqual, to ensure they meet Level 7 standards.
If you’re a busy, experienced clinician who doesn’t have time for a full time course, then some providers offer a fast-track Level 7 qualification, allowing advanced practitioners to fit studying in around busy clinic schedules.
Time to get searching for your next training course
Whilst the back to school buzz is in the air, now is the perfect time to book yourself onto a training course, before you get complacent. With a refresher, a certificate of achievement or a new qualification under your belt, you’ll soon be feeling inspired to provide the best possible treatments for your patients.