Training and CPD

Choosing a training course in aesthetics

Your training requirements will depend on your existing skills and expertise and the treatments you would like to offer. When identifying your training priorities, you should also consider what the demand is like for aesthetic treatments in your area amongst your target customer segment and how your competitors are already meeting that demand. Carrying out research into your customers’ needs and your local market will help you spot trends in demand for aesthetic treatments.

The aesthetics industry is well catered for when it comes to training, with a wide range of courses to choose from. The tips below will help you to find the best course for you:

  • Ensure that your chosen course delivers both theoretical and practical training and provides you with a nationally recognised qualification at the end of it
  • Always make sure that the training is CPD certified and fully insured. You should also check that the course is fully compliant with the most up to date guidelines outlined by Health Education England (HEE) and the General Medical Council (GMC)Be aware that, while there are one-day courses available which sometimes promise a shortcut into the aesthetics industry, a one-day course will not equip you with the level of skill needed to successfully enter the aesthetics industry. The BACN cautions against these courses, pointing out that it is not possible to become proficient in one day. However, these courses might be useful to ‘top-up’ your skills
  • Always make sure that the training is with live models rather than mannequins. This allows you to develop your consultation technique as well as your injectable skills for a more rounded training experience
  • Enquire about the trainer to delegate ratio and choose courses which offer small group tuition over large groups of delegates where you are unlikely to benefit from sufficient injecting experience and personal feedback
  • Choose training run by trainers who are qualified medical practitioners with a minimum of one years’ experience within the field of cosmetic surgery where possible. It is vital that the trainer has an advanced understanding and is up to speed with the latest techniques
  • Consider investing in training that also offers support in setting.

It is also important to be aware that both the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) and the HEE are encouraging practitioners and training providers to join the voluntary registers by asking them to demonstrate that they can meet the standards set originally by the HEE framework.

Since the HEE signposted what level of training practitioners will be expected to meet in the future, it is quite likely that these higher expectations will become the minimum standards for accrediting bodies, as well as for cosmetic insurers, employers and the general public. The level seven accreditation is not currently essential but is the most highly regarded certification.

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Continuing professional development

Once you have completed your training this should not be the end of your learning. In the aesthetic industry in particular, treatments and techniques are always changing and so it is important you keep up to date with developments in the sector. In addition, if you are a medical practitioner registered with the GMC, GDC or NMC then you need to demonstrate that you have obtained CPD points as part of this process.

How you can gain CPD points:

  1. By attending exhibitions/conferences/ seminars – there are a number of these per year and attending them and the live demonstrations and talks will earn you points
  2. By reading industry specific articles in magazines or newsletters from relevant organisations
  3. By attending further courses such as a refresher course, online courses and  advanced technique courses.

The aesthetics industry has come under scrutiny recently due to a lack of regulation and concerns over patient safety. Aesthetics is a very fastgrowing speciality and regular training ensures that practitioners are up to date with the safest products, techniques and practices.

Whether you are an experienced practitioner looking to develop your skills or you are just starting out, training is an ongoing process involving thorough research and assessment of the courses available.

Hamilton Fraser Cosmetic Insurance believes in  quality training for aesthetic practitioners. That is  why we have established our Recognised Training Course Scheme. To find a Hamilton Fraser recognised training course near you, use our training course finder training.hamiltonfraser.co.uk

Once you have completed your training this should not be the end of your learning. In the aesthetic industry in particular, treatments and techniques are always changing and so it is important you keep up to date with developments in the sector.

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