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Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine FAQs

The new Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine qualification is one of the biggest changes to affect the aesthetics industry for many years.

It is designed to provide a framework for qualification for BOTOX® and dermal fillers practitioners in the UK.

SkinViva Training have been working closely with the bodies developing the new qualification. On this page, we’re sharing the latest information, answering Frequently Asked Questions about Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine.

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This qualification is an OfQual regulated vocational Level 7 qualification aimed at medical professionals who want to work towards a specialist competency-based award in injectable medicine. The qualification specifically focusses on teaching theoretical knowledge and building practical skills in carrying out botulinum toxin and dermal filler treatments. Students will complete work against a range of learning outcomes with assessment methods including OSCEs, coursework assignments, and clinical supervision & mentoring.

There are four key components to this aesthetic medicine qualification, which are:

  • Foundation Skills Training Day – learn the basics of injecting using botulinum toxin and dermal fillers through face-to-face learning & injecting real-life models
  • Intermediate & Advanced Skills Training Days – upon completing a minimum number of patient cases, you can elect to undertake training in more advanced courses such as non-surgical rhinoplasty or lip enhancement
  • Clinical Practice – work with a clinical supervisor (in your own time) to observe & carry out a minimum number of supervised treatments which you’ll submit a portfolio of evidence for
  • Assessment – complete a series of coursework assignments in your own time and complete 8 OSCEs under exam conditions, which are marked by an examiner

SkinViva Training recognise that everyone is difficult and as such we offer 3 different pathways to complete your Level 7 Injectables in Aesthetic Medicine certificate.

Level 7 ‘Complete’ – for medical professionals who are new to the aesthetics market and want to become a fully-rounded, skilled practitioner in all major procedures. This option is the most comprehensive and includes attending all of SkinViva Training’s modular courses dedicated to building hands-on practical experience and confidence.

Level 7 ‘Bespoke’ – for aesthetic practitioners who have undertaken some level of training already or for those practitioners starting off who have already made a decision not to undertake training in certain treatment areas. This option allows you to ‘pick and mix’ what course modules to include on your Level 7.

Level 7 ‘Light’ – designed for aesthetic practitioners who are experienced with at least 100 patient cases and who wish to obtain Level 7 as a quality mark to market to their patients. This option (if granted to you) provides exemption from the clinical supervision phase of the qualification saving you time and money.

The scope of the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine is the whole of the face. This means that your coursework assignments and your OSCEs could cover any area of the face. In this sense then, a well-prepared student will have covered and had practical experience and studied theoretical knowledge relating to all areas of the face.

This is where the options to specialise and undertake elective modules come in.

All students are required to undertake a Foundation Day (unless they’ve already completed one with SkinViva Training or another Level 7 training provider within the last 12 months) as part of their qualification.

However, some students may wish to attend additional training modules in intermediate and advanced skills to broaden their experience. This has the added benefit of you being able to earn more revenue faster whilst keeping patient safety at the top of the agenda. All one-day course modules are carried out in small groups (typically a maximum of 4 students on each) and dedicated to hands-on practical experience.

There are a range of one-day modular training courses available to each delegate including:

  • Lip Enhancement
  • Cheek Enhancement
  • Advanced Botox
  • Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
  • Advanced Peri-Orbital Rejuvenation (including Tear Trough rejuvenation)
  • Jowl, jawline and chin enhancement

The Foundation Day for the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine qualification is your first opportunity to put the knowledge you have learnt from the training materials into practice by working under intense supervision with your trainer on real-life models.

At the start of the day there is a recap of key principles which you have learned and an opportunity for Q&A. After that the day is dedicated to building hands-on experience with carrying out the core treatments using botulinum toxin and dermal fillers and building familiarity with the equipment and products (e.g. how to hold a syringe, dilution ratios, and dealing with emergency situations).

The Foundation Day should be seen as giving you the foundation building blocks for your onward journey in all that your going to learn in the world of non-surgical facial aesthetics.

For those wishing to become a more rounded and skilled practitioner, each student can elect to add-in additional one-day course modules which allow us to teach you intermediate and advanced skills in a variety of popular injectable procedures and all with hands-on experience in small groups

The goal of your clinical practice is to build up your knowledge and proficiency at carrying out treatments (such as Botox, Azzalure, Bocouture, and Juvederm) under tight supervision so that you can be signed-off by an expert as safe, competent and ready to start undertaking your own treatments in your own clinical setting. The clinical practice phase of this post-graduate qualification in aesthetic medicine is made up of observing and administering a total of 40 treatments on real-life patients which you will arrange.

Specifically, you as the trainee, need to:

  • Observe 10 botulinum toxin treatments;
  • Observe 10 dermal filler treatments;
  • Administer 10 botulinum toxin treatments;
  • Administer 10 dermal filler treatments

A patient who has dermal filler and botulinum toxin can count as two patients but you can’t count 3 areas of Botox as 3 patients.

Once you’ve completed your Foundation Day, you’re ready to make arrangements to commence your clinical practice. You can do this in one of three ways.

  1. Firstly, you may have a friend or colleague who is happy to be your clinical supervisor.
  2. Alternatively, please contact us and we will attempt to connect you with a clinical supervisor in your local area. SkinViva Training need to verify the eligibility of the supervisor before you can start work with him/her but from there you’re free to arrange dates, times and locations to complete your clinical practice.
  3. As a further choice, you can also elect to do your clinical supervision at SkinViva Training at additional cost. Please contact us on 0161 850 2491 to discuss available packages.

The clinical practice part of the qualification is a great phase for building your business because it allows to crack on with promoting your services, treating your patients, and earning a living whilst still under the watchful eyes of an expert.

There are two awarding panels for the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine qualification per year. This means that the speed at which you can achieve this qualification is partly down to aligning to either one of these two points in time but also down to how quickly you wish to study. Whilst it’s theoretically possible for you to study hard to undertake your Foundation Day (and any additional intermediate and advanced skills days), complete your clinical supervision, and complete your assessments within 3-4 months, you would need to line up your work according to the next awarding panel as this is the final stage of the process where you pass or fail is confirmed.

Alternatively, you might like to work towards the qualification at a more steady pace. As an example then, you could do the Foundation Day in the spring, do your clinical practice at a steady pace over the summer, and then complete all of your assessments in the autumn. This would allow you to line up with the awarding panel which takes place in the autumn/winter period.

In other words it really is up to you to set the pace. Typically people will complete this qualification over no more than a year in order to efficiently to retain the knowledge and build up clinical proficiency. At a maximum duration, we guarantee to give you up to two years to complete your qualification with us. We also allow you to defer your studies once (providing you still complete the qualification within the 2 year period).

Currently, there is no current agenda by the UK government to put in place statutory regulation for the non-surgical aesthetics sector and as such there is no mandatory requirement to register as an aesthetic clinician or to undertake any qualifications. However, it is widely believed that this position is likely to change over the next 2-3 years.

SkinViva Training however believe passionately in being the best you can be. Indeed, one of our four values for our own team is ‘unrivalled skill’. We encourage you to see the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine qualification as part of your journey from the modular 1-day courses we offer to obtaining a fully OfQual-recognised qualification which you can share with your patients as a top-notch quality mark of competence and safety.

It’s also worth mentioning that any practitioners who wish to join the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) are likely to need to have completed a Level 7 qualification in injectables (botulinum toxin and dermal fillers) to be able to join the register.

SkinViva Training offer a range of individual course modules separate to the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine qualification which can be learned and attended in isolation and also which, should you choose, can be upgraded to the full qualification. It’s entirely your choice, however, our role is to help set out for you the reasons why you might like to consider doing the full qualification in Injectables in Aesthetic Medicine.

  • OfQual- and Qualifications Wales-accredited qualification (the qualifications regulators for both England and Wales) – reflecting the quality and consistency of this award but also the fact that OfQual recognise there is sufficient demand in the market to justify the need for this qualification. In this sense, you’ll be obtaining something which is recognised UK-wide.
  • JCCP-approved qualification – the managed, voluntary register of the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) have recognised the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine as one of the acceptable qualifications to gain entry onto its national register of approved practitioners.
  • Medical professionals – this is a Level 7 vocational qualification and so targeted at medical professionals and aiming to reinforce a safety message about who patients should choose for Botox and dermal filler treatments.
  • A quality mark to advertise to your patients – this qualification is a great way to show to your patients that you’re serious about your aesthetics career and that you put safety first by demonstrating you’ve invested in your education and training to the highest level.
  • More time-efficient than a masters – several universities are now offering master-level qualifications for aesthetic medicine however these are typically completed over 1-3 years and require a substantial investment with escalating tuition fees.
  • Could reduce your annual insurance costs in the future – insurers are likely to reflect having this qualification in the price of your annual premium
  • Possible consideration for employers – although we cannot say for certain, it’s certainly a possibility that this will be one of the quality marks which employers/clinics will look for on the CVs of the aesthetic clinicians which they’re looking to hire.

This qualification has been developed in line with Health Education England recommendations and so all applicants must be current, professionally registered with their professional body. The specified roles which can do this qualification at this point in time are:

In line with HEE recommendations, all applicants must be current, professionally registered;

  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists (without independent prescribing rights)
  • Independent Pharmacist Prescribers
  • Nurses and midwives (without independent prescribing rights)
  • Independent Nurse and Midwife Prescribers
  • Paramedics
  • Dental hygienists / dental therapists

SkinViva Training are working with the Industry Qualifications (the awarding body) to review the entry criteria for this qualification so that other roles can be considered in an appropriate and meaningful way.

For the clinical practice phase of the Level 7 qualification, you’ll choose your own Clinical Supervisor who you’ll work with to:

  • Observe 10 botulinum toxin treatments
  • Observe 10 dermal filler treatments
  • Complete 10 botulinum toxin treatments under direct 1:1 supervision
  • Complete 10 dermal filler treatments under direct 1:1 supervision

We can help you partner with a Clinical Supervisor in your local area (subject to availability). Alternatively, you can choose someone from within your own network but they must be approved by SkinViva Training prior to you starting work with him/her. Another option is to complete your supervision at SkinViva Training working with one of our trainers, which will be charged at additional cost but has the benefit of you working with us in a familiar environment.

For your observations, you’ll be observing your clinical supervisor injecting patients. For your supervised treatments, you’ll be carrying out the treatments under direct supervision of your clinical supervisor.

There is also the opportunity to provide your own models which is a great way to help you pay for your clinical supervision but also to provide continuity of care for your patients.

For the clinical practice phase of the Level 7 Injectables in Aesthetic Medicine qualification, you are required to work with a Clinical Supervisor so that you can observe 20 treatments and carry out 20 treatments under direct supervision. You can choose to work with an approved Clinical Supervisor of SkinViva Training or you can source your own supervisor (but they must be approved through our formal processes before you start working with them). Alternatively, you can work with one of the training team at SkinViva Training which has the advantage for you of completing your learning in a familiar environment.

If you’re sourcing your own Clinical Supervisor to work with, you will agree a price for each session directly with the supervisor. Typically you will work at his/her premises or they will come to you. The costs of clinical supervision are additional to the cost of the qualification because each student is different in the amount of supervision that he/she will require. In addition, Clinical Supervisors all charge different rates according to their own unique circumstances and experience. As a guideline, SkinViva Training recommends its Clinical Supervisors charge around £500 per day but please be aware this amount may vary.

If you’re working with the team at SkinViva Training to complete your clinical supervision then please contact the office on 0161 850 2491 to find out about the packages which are available to complete your clinical supervision.

You must complete all 20 observations and 20 supervised treatments prior to submitting your portfolio.

The Foundation Day for the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine qualification is your first opportunity to put the knowledge you have learnt from the training materials into practice by working under intense supervision with your trainer on real-life models.

At the start of the day there is a recap of key principles which you have learned and an opportunity for Q&A. After that the day is dedicated to building hands-on experience with carrying out the core treatments using botulinum toxin and dermal fillers and building familiarity with the equipment and products (e.g. how to hold a syringe, dilution ratios, and dealing with emergency situations).

The Foundation Day should be seen as giving you the foundation building blocks for your onward journey in all that your going to learn in the world of non-surgical facial aesthetics.

The goal of your clinical practice is to build up your knowledge and proficiency at carrying out treatments (such as Botox, Azzalure, Bocouture, and Juvederm) under tight supervision so that you can be signed-off by an expert as safe, competent and ready to start undertaking your own treatments in your own clinical setting. The clinical practice phase of this post-graduate qualification in aesthetic medicine is made up of observing and administering a total of 40 treatments on real-life patients which you will arrange.

Specifically, you as the trainee, need to:

  • Observe 10 botulinum toxin treatments;
  • Observe 10 dermal filler treatments;
  • Administer 10 botulinum toxin treatments;
  • Administer 10 dermal filler treatments

A patient who has dermal filler and botulinum toxin can count as two patients but you can’t count 3 areas of Botox as 3 patients.

Once you’ve completed your Foundation Day, you’re ready to make arrangements to commence your clinical practice. You can do this in one of two ways. Firstly, you may have a friend or colleague who is happy to be your clinical supervision. Alternatively, just contact us and we will connect you with a clinical supervisor in your local area. Once you’ve hooked up with someone you can work with, SkinViva Training verify  the eligibility of the supervisor and from there you’re free to arrange dates, times and locations to complete your clinical practice.

The clinical practice part of the qualification is a great phase for building your business because it allows to crack on with promoting your services, treating your patients, and earning a living whilst still under the watchful eyes of an expert.

The Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine has several elements which are assessed in order for you to obtain your Level 7 qualification.

  • Short answer questions (SAQs) – these are a series of short essay style questions aligned to the various units which make up the course. You’ll complete these as you build up experience and knowledge, refining them as you go.
  • Clinical practice portfolio – as you treat patients under the watchful eye of your clinical supervisor he/she will give you feedback on how to improve. The end result will be that you will record before and after images which will document your success in this element of the course.
  • Objective structured clinical examisations (OSCEs) – there are 8 OSCEs which you are required to complete at SkinViva Training working 1:1 with an assessor. These will test a range of knowledge from theory, to protocols, to clinical proficiency, to role-playing patient consultations. As you progress around each of the OSCE stations your assessor will mark how you perform. In addition, each OSCE is recorded and the footage is held on file to support the marks you have been given.

All of the above combine together to form your overall evidence portfolio which our trainers and assessors will use to assess your competence and, hopefully, pass you on the course to allow you to obtain your certificate for the Level 7 Injectables in Aesthetic Medicine qualification.

Firstly it’s important to know that there are two awarding panels for the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine qualification per year. This means that the speed at which you can achieve this qualification is partly down to aligning to either one of these two points in time but also down to how quickly you wish to study. Whilst it’s theoretically possible for you to study hard to undertake your foundation day, complete your clinical practice, and complete your assessments within 3-4 months, you would need to line up your work according to the next awarding panel as this is the final stage of the process where you pass or fail is confirmed.

Alternatively you might like to work towards the qualification at a more relaxed pace. As an example then, you could do the Foundation Day in the spring, do your clinical practice at a steady pace over the summer, and then complete all of your assessments in the autumn. This would allow you to line up with the awarding panel which takes place in the autumn/winter period.

In other words it really is up to you to set the pace. Typically people will complete this qualification over no more than a year in order to efficiently to retain the knowledge and build up clinical proficiency. At a maximum duration, we guarantee to give you up to two years to complete your qualification with us. We also allow you to defer your studies once (providing you still complete the qualification within the 2 year period).

No, absolutely not. The British government have moved away from statutory regulation of the non-surgical aesthetics sector and as such there is no mandatory requirement to register as an aesthetic clinician or to undertake any qualifications.

SkinViva Training (as part of SkinViva Ltd) however believe passionately in being the best you can be. Indeed, one of our four values for our own team is ‘unrivalled skill’. We encourage you to see the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine qualification as part of your journey from the individual modular courses we offer to obtaining a fully OfQual recognised qualification which you can share with your patients as a top-notch quality mark of competence and safety.

SkinViva Training offer a range of individual course modules separate to the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine qualification which can be learned and attended in isolation and also which, should you choose, can be upgraded to the full qualification. It’s entirely your choice however our role is to help set out for you the reasons why you might like to consider doing the full qualification in Injectables in Aesthetic Medicine.

  • OfQual approved qualification (the qualifications regulator) – reflecting the quality and consistency of this award but also the fact that OfQual recognise there is sufficient demand in the market to justify the need for this qualification. In this sense, you’ll be obtaining something which is recognised UK-wide.
  • Equivalent to post-graduate qualification – this is a Level 7 qualification and so targeted at medical professionals and so reinforcing a safety message about who patients should choose for Botox and dermal filler treatments.
  • A quality mark to advertise to your patients – this qualification is a great way to show to your patients that you’re serious about your aesthetics career and that you put safety first by demonstrating you’ve invested in your education and training.
  • More time-efficient than a masters – several universities are now offering master-level qualifications for aesthetic medicine however these are typically completed over 1-3 years and require a substantial investment with escalating tuition fees.
  • Possible entry criteria for the Joint council for cosmetic Practitioners in 2017 (who will own a register of Aesthetic practitioners) – this the new body (backed by the Department of Health) who will own a register of aesthetic clinicians and set the educational framework for this sector.
  • Could reduce your annual insurance costs in the future – insurers are likely to reflect having this qualification in the price of your annual premium
  • Possible consideration for employers – although we cannot say for certain, it’s certainly a possibility that this will be one of the quality marks which employers/clinics will look for on the CVs of the aesthetic clinicians which they’re looking to hire.

This qualification has been developed in line with Health Education England recommendations and so all applicants must be current, professionally registered with their professional body. The specified roles which can do this qualification at this point in time are:

In line with HEE recommendations, all applicants must be current, professionally registered;

  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Independent Pharmacist Prescribers
  • Independent Nurse and Midwife Prescribers
  • Nurse practitioners (without independent prescribing rights)
  • Midwives (without independent prescribing rights)
  • Pharmacists (without independent prescribing rights)

SkinViva Training will be lobbying the awarding organisation to expand this list once the pilot of the qualification (ie its first academic year) has been completed.

For the clinical practice phase of the Level 7 qualification, you’ll choose your own Clinical Supervisor who you’ll work with to:

  • Observe 10 botulinum toxin treatments
  • Observe 10 dermal filler treatments
  • Complete 10 botulinum toxin treatments under direct 1:1 supervision
  • Complete 10 dermal filler treatments under direct 1:1 supervision

We can help you partner with a Clinical Supervisor in your local area (subject to availability). Alternatively, you can choose someone from within your own network but they must be approved by SkinViva Training prior to you starting work with the,

For your observations, typically you’ll travel to your Clinical Supervisor’s premises and observe him/her inject their own patients. For your supervised treatments, you’ll need to provide the models. This has a dual benefit of providing continuity of care, helping your patient retention but also allowing you to charge your models which helps you pay for your clinical supervision.

For the clinical practice phase of the Level 7 Injectables in Aesthetic Medicine qualification, you are required to work with a Clinical Supervisor so that you can observe 20 treatments and carry out 20 treatments under direct supervision. You can choose to work with an approved Clinical Supervisor of SkinViva Training or you can source your own supervisor (but they must be approved through our formal processes before you start working with them). You must complete all 20 observations and 20 supervised treatments prior to submitting your portfolio.

When you choose a Clinical Supervisor to work with, you will agree a price for each session directly with the supervisor. Typically you will work at his/her premises or they will come to you. The costs of clinical supervision are additional to the cost of the qualification because each student is different in the amount of supervision that he/she will require. In addition, Clinical Supervisors all charge different rates according to their own unique circumstances and experience. As a guideline, SkinViva Training recommends its Clinical Supervisors charge £500 per day but please be aware this amount may vary.

Yes it’s perfectly fine to charge your patients even when you’re learning and building your portfolio/experience during the clinical practice phase of the qualification.

We’d always recommend being honest with your patients by telling them you’ve done your initial training and are now building up more specialist experience working with a clinical supervisor. As such, you might like to offer your patients a price which reflects the nature of your present learning and experience.

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