It will come as no surprise that the aesthetics industry is thriving. Aesthetics clinics are seeing a huge demand for all types of cosmetic procedures, meaning properly regulated training and qualifications in the industry have never been so important. In the UK, we have tight legislation to govern who can train in aesthetics and perform certain procedures, including prescribing products such as Botox and fillers. For anyone considering a career in aesthetics, it’s vital to understand the requirements and eligibility criteria for training.

Licensing of Non-surgical Cosmetic Procedures in the UK

In the UK, aesthetics come under the category of healthcare, meaning the industry is regulated by various legal bodies with the aim of safeguarding patients and ensuring professional standards are kept. Some of the regulations and guidelines governing aesthetics training include:

Healthcare Professions Council (HCPC):

The HCPC regulates several healthcare professions, including nursing and prescribing, which are both highly relevant when practicing aesthetics. Professionals such as nurses and prescribing pharmacists must be registered with the HCPC to practice legally and undertake further training in aesthetics.

General Medical Council (GMC):

The GMC oversees the registration and regulation of medical practitioners in the UK, including doctors who perform aesthetic procedures. Medical professionals must adhere to GMC guidelines on ethical practice and maintain high standards of patient care.

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA):

The MHRA regulates the use of medical equipment and certain cosmetic products in the UK. Aesthetic practitioners must be compliant with MHRA regulations when using equipment such as dermal fillers and botox injections.

Care Quality Commission (CQC):

The CQC regulates healthcare providers and clinics to ensure they meet required levels of safety. Both aesthetic training academies and aesthetic clinics offering cosmetic procedures must register with the CQC and comply with its requirements.

What is the Eligibility Criteria for Aesthetics Training?

Specific eligibility criteria to train in aesthetics will vary depending on the type of training and the procedures involved. Some considerations for anyone wanting to train in aesthetics include:

Registration with Regulatory Bodies: 

Before you can train in aesthetics, you must be registered with a relevant regulatory body such as the HCPC or GMC. You will need to demonstrate that you are represented by a professional regulatory body before you start any type of medical aesthetics training. 

Professional Background: Any qualified healthcare professional, such as doctors, nurses, dentists, and prescribing pharmacists, will typically already be eligible for aesthetics training, given their medical training. Each should have a registered body and be undergoing regular revalidations. 

Previous Experience and Training: Certain training programs may require students to have prior experience in a relevant field such as dermatology, plastic surgery, or cosmetic medicine. For example if you want to apply for an Advance Botox Training course, you will need to have already completed a introduction or foundation to Botox training course.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): A commitment to ongoing learning and professional development is essential to be a successful aesthetics practitioner. Many training academies and professional bodies require evidence of CPD to maintain registration and accreditation.

Training Pathways in Aesthetics

There are different Aesthetics training pathways to suit all types of backgrounds and career progression goals. Pathways in aesthetics training may include:

Foundation Courses: 

Foundation courses provide an introduction to aesthetic procedures and essential knowledge in areas such as facial anatomy, injection techniques, and patient assessment. These courses, such as the Foundation Botox® & Fillers Course, are suitable for healthcare professionals who are just starting out.

Advanced Training: 

Advanced training programs offer specialised education in specific aesthetic procedures such as Tear Trough Rejuvenation, Advanced Botox Training, Jawline, Chin and Non Surgical Rhinoplasty. These are programs designed for practitioners seeking to expand their skill set or to specialise in particular areas of aesthetics.

Postgraduate Diplomas and Master’s Degrees: 

Postgraduate qualifications in aesthetic medicine or cosmetic dermatology are available for healthcare professionals seeking advanced theoretical knowledge and practical training in aesthetics. These programs may include clinical placements and research projects.

Training at Azthetics Academy in Bristol

If you are thinking of training in aesthetics, it’s essential to use a regulated training academy that specialises in medical aesthetics and adheres to legal requirements and professional standards. Azthetics Academy is proud to be one of the very best aesthetics training academies in the South West, and we prioritise quality education, patient safety, and ongoing professional development. Our courses are delivered under the expert guidance of Dr Mahmoud Aziz and Dr Tom MacDonagh, who both have many years of experience in aesthetic medicine. They are co-directors of Azthetics Clinic, and have established aesthetic clinics in Bristol, Weston Super Mare and Taunton. Huge emphasis is always placed on patient safety, and with the techniques taught at the Azthetics Academy, you will be able to treat your patients with complete confidence.