Aesthetic Beauty Training

Unless your heart is set on traditional beauty treatments you may find a more rewarding career by studying aesthetic beauty. Level 2 and 3 beauty therapy diplomas do not offer the opportunities they once did. It is time to start your career at level 4, considered the entry point into the industry.

A CIDESCO Diploma for decades has been the industry standard in a beauty therapy education. However, the industry has changed and spending an average of €9000 on the diploma and then still only being a level three therapists with no advanced training could be viewed as somewhat a waste of money. What if you have no interest in traditional beauty treatments? What if you want to become a facialist, laser specialist, skin rejuvenation and skin health professional, a dermal clinician? CIBTAC and CIDESCO Diplomas are fantastic for students wishing to be a traditional beauty or spa therapist.

uk awarding bodies affect Ireland

You may know that the UK is the home of most of the industries awarding bodies, CIBTAC, ITEC, BABTEC, and this means what happens in the UK very much drives the industry worldwide. Plus a great number of Irish beauty therapists leave to work in the UK, or even further afield, you want to set your career on the very best of foundations for your future.

two reports changing the industry

Two highly influential reports on the industry that you should familiarise yourself with are the Keogh Report and the HEE Reports. The Keogh Report started an investigation into the non-surgical cosmetic procedure industry that includes beauty therapy. The HEE Report investigated the industry and formed recommendations for training. From there a new voluntary registry started the JCCP – Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners in partnership with the Cosmetic Standards Practice Authority – CPSA. You will notice that when you view new level 4 courses (mid-2018) from ITEC or CIBTAC they mention adhering to the HEE standard. The new registrar and the new guidelines in training from the HEE are the first steps in more regulation for the beauty therapy and aesthetics sectors.

aesthetic beauty starts at level 4

According to the new guidelines a Level 2 or 3 beauty therapists must train in all aspects of what is called the common themes. So to adhere to the new standards you have to start your education pretty much all over again. In effect, that €9000 or so money you have spent is wasted. There is provision for RPL (recognition of prior learning) but a level 2 or three, even a CIDESCO Diploma does not cover evidence-based practice, aesthetic psychology, infection control, wound healing, anaphylaxis, laser tissue interaction, and the list goes on and on. This means the reality is there is very limited opportunity for RPL.

Why waste your money and time studying what in effect, is already redundant?

your career starts here

We started Aesthetic Training Academy as we identified a need for better training in the industry. We knew where the industry was headed and what is required to produce professional aesthetic therapists to take full advantage of the evolving industry.

We invite you to compare what we offer to say, Bronwyn Conroy, Galligans, Portobello Institute, Coogan Bergin, please, compare us to any beauty therapy college in Ireland, or even the UK for that matter. We know what we offer is currently unique in the market.

Our new flagship course targeted as an entry point to the industry is our Diploma in Aesthetic Therapy Yes, it is longer than the average beauty therapy course, 18 months, 3 days per week plus online learning but what you come out with far exceeds anything on offer in the sector.

Our unique aesthetic therapy diploma satisfies entry requirements into level 4 as we provide a foundational beauty therapy education exceeding the standards of a traditional level 3 diploma.

a more efficient way to learn

Unlike every other college in the industry, we deliver the theory through online learning, this allows us to spend classroom time on practical skills training. We deliver online learning for Doctors, Nurses and Therapists plus we even supply online learning to other colleges, so you could say we know a thing or two about education. We also understand that practical skills training is central to beauty therapy, after all, it is a hands-on industry.

unparalleled knowledge

Throughout the course, you will undertake clinical training in a variety of settings. Learn how to identify, evaluate and manage the physical, psychological and social needs of clients undergoing dermal assessment and treatment for conditions such as:

  • wound healing
  • scarring
  • pre/post-operative skin care
  • fluid retention
  • inflammatory conditions
  • skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and rosacea
  • uneven skin tone and pigmentation
  • ageing or sun damaged skin
  • removal of excess hair, tattoos, skin tags and superficial veins.

Understand the skin as an organ and how nutrition, environmental factors, stress and lifestyle impact skin health. Learn research methodology and evidence-based practice. Understand how to create complex treatment plans, advanced consultation skills and how to identify at-risk groups through aesthetic psychology.

You will learn the foundation skills required to practice ethically, efficiently, and with the confidence to address broad skin complaints with the ability to form complex treatment pathways.

  • advanced consultation
  • facial skin care
  • facial cleansing
  • topical skin therapy
  • skin analysis
  • skin conditions
  • skin treatment

Learn about cosmeceutical products and topical skin therapy, why and how active ingredients interact to address specific skin conditions. Understand the physiology of ageing and how environmental stressors impact skin health. Learn how to use skin analysis devices formulating custom treatment plans to address the individual clients needs.

There is no course available in the beauty therapy sector that provides the depth of knowledge facilitated by our course.

more skills means client satisfaction

We equip you with the skills and knowledge so as to have a holistic approach to addressing your clients needs. Understanding evidence-based practice so you can explain to clients the science behind a therapy. You will possess the skills to provide clinically proven treatments including;

  • skin peels
  • skin needling
  • microdermabrasion
  • facial electrotherapy
  • laser hair removal
  • laser/IPL skin rejuvenation
  • laser/IPL pigmentation
  • laser/IPL superficial redness
  • laser carbon suspension facial
  • laser tattoo removal
  • radio frequency

first aid

First aid is not only an important skill to have it also aids in the addressing of complication that can arise in the workplace. We have included a fully accredited first aid course, valid for 2 years. You will learn how to address all aspects of general first-aid and first aid in the workplace.

  • cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) & automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • foreign body airway obstruction
  • medical emergencies (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, asthma)
  • trauma (bleeding control, musculoskeletal injuries, sprains and strains)
  • poisons and allergic reactions
  • burns & scalds

course structure

We start off with the fundamental education every beauty therapist requires, except we extend the curriculum to provide a full understanding of what is required for the aesthetics sector.

  • cardiovascular system
  • lymphatic system
  • nervous system
  • muscular system
  • skeletal system
  • endocrine system
  • physiology
  • pharmacology
  • pathology
  • microbiology
  • biochemistry
  • biophysics
  • hygiene
  • skin anatomy
  • skin function
  • skin physiology
  • skin conditions
  • skin management
  • laser tissue interaction
  • infection control
  • wound healing
  • evidence-based practice
  • research methodologies
  • professionalism
  • law
  • ethics
  • aesthetic psychology
  • occupational health & safety
  • laser core of knowledge
  • record keeping
  • clinical photography
  • conflict resolution
  • clinical governance
  • principles of quality assurance

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The learner gains all that is included in a typical level 3 beauty specialists diploma but instead of waxing, tanning, nails, makeup, we extend the curriculum to satisfy the requirements of aesthetic therapy. This course instils a comprehensive foundation of knowledge in all areas of dermal science. You will learn the skills to perform safe and effective dermal treatments. While the theory is delivered through online learning, students will need to apply themselves as each practical class is modelled on the theory to provided reinforced blended learning. Revising theory in practical study allows students to progress at the same pace, while we encourage social learning so as students interact more with their fellow classmates.


  • Diploma in Aesthetic Therapy
  • ITEC Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Skincare
  • ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Skin Peels
  • ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Skin Needling
  • ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Radio Frequency
  • ITEC Level 4 Diploma in Laser & Light
  • ITEC Level 5 Certificate in Advanced Blemish Removal
  • ITEC Level 5 Certificate in Tattoo Removal or Fade

course details

  • Course title: Diploma in Aesthetic Therapy
  • Duration: 18 months
  • Fees: €16000
  • Deposit €2000
  • Payment plan: Monthly payment of €777 after deposit

We invite and challenge you to compare our course to that provided by any beauty therapy college, we know our course is unparalleled in the sector.
The only thing missing is YOU.

If you are ready to take the first step to enter the rewarding aesthetics sector, fill out the form below and we will help you discover an exciting career.

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