About our courses FAQ

HOW DOES AN AACDS COURSE DIFFER FROM COURSES OFFERED AT OTHER UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES?

The courses at AACDS stand out from other similar courses for the following reasons:

  • Nationally/government accredited qualification
  • Award winning curriculum and training model
  • The curriculum is born from cosmetic medicine, NOT beauty therapy
  • Practical training is delivered in a quality-learning environment of only two students per trainer, NOT group training or simply observation/clinical placement
  • Industry recognised by your potential employers

Flexible, online delivery with practical competencies available in NSW, QLD, WA and VIC.

AACDS courses offer many benefits (some are listed below), however we recommend that you closely assess all course options provided by other providers to compare which courses suit your needs and give the best return on investment.

  1. The 52707WA Graduate Diploma in Dermal Therapies is the highest qualification available in Dermal Therapies recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework. It is above a Bachelor Degree level. For further information, please see this link http://www.aqf.edu.au/aqf/in-detail/aqf-levels/
  1. There are currently no other nationally accredited courses in Cosmetic Nursing. The 52709WA Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Nursing is the only nationally accredited course within the Australian Qualifications Framework.
  1. AACDS practical training is unique, as only two students at a time are trained. This means students have exclusivity to treatment models and equipment and learn in a highly supervised, clinical environment. AACDS does NOT believe in group training in which demonstration and observation is used as the main teaching tools.
  1. The 10510NAT Advanced Diploma in Cosmetic Dermal Science consists of a combination of Enrolled Nursing and Dermal Therapy units giving graduates credit into the Diploma of Enrolled Nursing. AACDS has an articulation agreement in place with The Institute of Health and Nursing Australia to allow students a streamlined articulation into Enrolled Nursing.
  1. Unit 2.6 Analyse the Principles of Anti-Ageing Medicine, will give you full credit for Module 1 of the Australasian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine’s certification course in Anti Ageing Medicine for Allied Health Professionals.

ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE WHAT TREATMENTS CAN I PERFORM?

On completion of our course, you will have the theory and practical skills to perform IPL or laser hair reduction, fractionated non-ablative laser, IPL or laser photo rejuvenation, microdermabrasion, chemical peels such as AHA, TCA and Jessners, and skin needling. If you are a Registered or Enrolled Nurse and have completed the cosmetic injectables units, you will be able to perform cosmetic injections. NB: Graduate Certificate in IPL and Laser or Laser Safety Officers Certificate will only be able to perform IPL/laser hair reduction. WA students are restricted to IPL hair reduction and photo rejuvenation due to state laser licencing laws.

HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT TO BE PAID ONCE I AM QUALIFIED?

Qualified Dermal Therapists tend to earn between $25 and $35 per hour depending on their level of experience and location. Many cosmetic practices also provide commission. Commission rates and earnings will differ depending on role, quantity of clientele and employer.

Qualified Cosmetic Nurses earn between $32 and $45 per hour depending on their level of experience. Many cosmetic practices also provide commission. Commission rates and earnings will differ depending on role, quantity of clientele and employer. RNs providing cosmetic injectables may be paid a percentage per client.

ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE WHAT TREATMENTS CAN I PERFORM?

On completion of our course, you will have the theory and practical skills to perform IPL or laser hair reduction, fractionated non-ablative laser, IPL or laser photo rejuvenation, microdermabrasion, chemical peels such as AHA, TCA and Jessners, and skin needling. If you are a Registered or Enrolled Nurse and have completed the cosmetic injectables units, you will be able to perform cosmetic injections. NB: Graduate Certificate in IPL and Laser or Laser Safety Officers Certificate will only be able to perform IPL/laser hair reduction. WA students are restricted to IPL hair reduction and photo rejuvenation due to state laser licencing laws.

HOW EASY IS IT TO GAIN WORK AFTER GRADUATING?

Job prospects in cosmetic clinics are currently very good as cosmetic medicine and dermal therapies are growth industries in Australia. AACDS graduates and alumni have exclusive access to the AACDS Recruitment Site On completion of the clinical placement component students who have relevant clinical experience in industry are exempt from CPP.

Limited roles are available on Seek as employers are looking for something quite specific, however you can search using keywords such as ‘Dermal Therapist’, ‘Skin Therapist’, Laser Therapist’, ‘Cosmetic Nurse’ etc depending on your qualification.

WILL MY QUALIFICATIONS BE RECOGNISED?

One of the most important questions you need to ask before undertaking further education is, “Will my qualification be recognised by my potential employers?”

All AACDS courses have been developed specifically to provide you with the skills and knowledge to work in a cosmetic medical practice or advanced skin clinic. AACDS has therefore paid special attention to having our courses recognised by members of key societies in cosmetic medicine.

I AM BEAUTY THERAPIST/NURSE, CAN I APPLY FOR CREDITS?

The beauty therapy diploma is the minimum requirement to apply and progress onto completing the 52707WA Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies. The minimum entry criteria for the 52709WA Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Nursing is to be a qualified nurse registered to practice with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

I'M CURRENTLY PERFORMING DERMAL THERAPIES, CAN I APPLY FOR SKILLS RECOGNITION?

As a nationally accredited course, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available to all students who feel they are eligible. The process involves completing a self-assessment and providing evidence to support each competency standard or learning outcome within the course curriculum. You will be required to complete an assessment to demonstrate your skills and knowledge. RPL is usually 50% of the total unit fee. RPL applications are then submitted to the course coordinator to ensure competency and validity.

CAN I PERFORM PHOTO DYNAMIC THERAPY (PDT) AS A BEAUTY THERAPIST OR NURSE?

The photosensitising compound, 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) has been scheduled by the TGA as a Schedule 4 medication. Therefore, only doctors are able to purchase and prescribe 5-ALA. Because of this, a nurse or dermal therapist will NOT be able to perform PDT unless they are under the supervision of a doctor. For further information, please visit the CPSA website or click on this link: http://www.cosmeticphysicians.org.au/news_details.asp?pageid=7&newsid=30.

DO YOU PROVIDE US WITH EMPLOYMENT ON COMPLETION?

We do NOT provide you with employment on completion of your award, however we do have a recruitment site for our students who have successfully completed their qualification. Only AACDS graduates and alumni have exclusive access to the AACDS Recruitment Site.

I'M LOOKING AT PURCHASING AN IPL/LASER MACHINE. WHAT COMPANY/BRAND DO YOU RECOMMEND?

AACDS does NOT have any financial ties/interests in aesthetic equipment companies, and therefore we cannot recommend any brand or manufacturer. Part of all AACDS qualifications is a research unit in which you are required to research IPL/Laser machines and manufactures. This is a very useful unit to help you make a sound commercial decision.

HOW DOES 1.1B IPL/LSO CERT COURSE DIFFER FORM DOING ALL OF UNIT 1.1?

Unit 1.1B ONLY covers light-based therapies theory only, whereas Unit 1,1 covers both light-based therapies and epidermal resurfacing techniques. If you wish to offer procedures such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels and skin needling, we would recommend you consider enrolling into a course-containing Unit 1.1.

CAN I PERFORM LASER TREATMENTS AFTER COMPLETING UNIT 1.1B IPL/LASER SAFETY OFFICER?

Unit 1.1B IPL/Laser Safety Officer is recognised as an official Laser Safety Officer’s Certificate by the only two laser authorities, that is: QLD Radiation Health and WA Radiological Council.

In WA, only Medical Doctors can use a class 3B and 4 lasers. In QLD, you require a Laser Safety Officer’s Certificate to register and use a laser, however, you will need addition training for more complex laser treatments such as tattoo removal. Currently, there is NO regulation in NSW, NT, Vic and SA.

HOW MANY EXAMS WILL I HAVE?

Each unit has a different number of assessments and exams. Assessments are in the form of clinical studies, tutorial workbooks, case studies, assignments and exams. The Unit Guide and Assessment Plan advises you of the assessment criteria for each unit and your assessor will guide you through your course.

DO I COMPLETE MY EXAMS ON CAMPUS?

Unless you are an on campus student, ALL exams are completed online via the student portal. ALL exams are closed book and strictly timed. Your exam will be automatically submitted to your assessor who will mark and return your score to you as soon as possible.

DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE THE 76 HOURS OF CLINICAL PLACEMENT?

The clinical placement program has been designed to provide students with a work experience placement in the cosmetic medical industry to consolidate your learning. This unit is ONLY for students with no or limited clinical experience. For further information about clinical placement, please click here (this link will take you to the Information sheet).

CAN I DEFER MY COURSE?

Students can defer their studies if extenuating circumstances prevent them from continuing. Application for deferral needs to be supported with documented evidence of these circumstances. Examples of extenuating circumstances include: significant illness or death of an immediate family member.