Diploma in Aesthetic Therapy

You asked so we delivered. Selecting the correct foundation education has never been more important. Aesthetics is not the traditional beauty sector – If you are considering a career in aesthetics, this is the course that will provide that pathway.

If you are thinking about starting your beauty therapy career, ask yourself, should you select a beauty therapy college that is not equipped for today’s advanced modalities? Or should you select an aesthetics training college with an emphasis on the advanced treatments that clients are looking for and the equipment to deliver such an education?

Welcome to ATAI, your passport into advanced skin aesthetics.


One of the single most common questions we are asked is, do you provide an entry-level course that does not include beauty therapy treatments like nails, tanning, waxing, makeup and massage.

Well, now we can say, yes we do. Launching in 2019 our Diploma in Aesthetic Therapy is specifically designed as an entry point into the industry without the traditional beauty treatments. This is the choice for anyone looking to enter the non-surgical aesthetics sector. Before you sign up for a beauty specialists course or diploma, talk to us. With the fastest growing segment of the industry centred around device and skin health modalities, you may find a course in aesthetics more rewarding than a traditional beauty therapy education.

The course is based on blended learning, with 80% of the theory delivered through eLearning. The course which starts with the fundamentals will instil the skills, knowledge and bedside manner to become a competent aesthetics practitioner. While the theory is delivered through eLearning, each class will revise what you have learnt into practical classes. Delivering the theory component through eLearning allows us to concentrate on practical skills training while lowering the time component to complete the course.

Course Outline

The course is designed to exceed the directives in training for non-surgical cosmetic interventions as laid down by the HEE (UK), meet the standards of the JCCP and CPSA. It will provide the learner with an education far exceeding any beauty specialists diploma and is more relevant than a CIDESCO qualification for candidates looking to enter aesthetics rather than beauty.

Practical Focus

80% of your class time is spent on practical training. Delivering theory through eLearning allows a core focus in producing an outstanding hands-on practical educational experience. Acquire skills to provide a thorough consultation to establish client suitability for treatment and also the knowledge on how to formulate a specific treatment plan tailored to suit individual client’s needs. Learners will also be able to provide the client with relevant post-care to maximise treatment results and look after their skin post-treatment. Understand the systems of the body, how nutrition affects skin health while also gaining a full understanding of the physiology of ageing. Learn about evidence-based practice, professionalism, law and ethics. Learn about at-risk groups and body dysmorphia through psychology for aesthetics practice.

Evidence Based

During the course, you will undertake clinical training in a variety of settings. You will learn 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, 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.


  • 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


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


  • skin peels
  • skin needling
  • microderm abrasion
  • 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

Included in the course is a fully accredited first aid course valid for two years. The module covers all aspects of general first-aid and first aid in the workplace.

Module content includes:

  • cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) & automated external defibrillator (AED) use including:
  • 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


  • 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


  • Practical exams
  • Treatment Evidence Logbook
  • Theory – 6 Assignments
  • Theory – MCQ’s (Multiple Choice Questions)

Course Duration

18 Months part-time 3 days per week. Plus at home learning through our online learning platform specifically designed for healthcare courses.

Course Fees

€16000 – €2000 Deposit with easy to manage monthly payments from then on.

Pre Enrolment

Spaces are limited, class size does not exceed 8 students to maximise the educational experience. Register your interest now to avoid disappointment when the course is open.