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Level 7 Diploma in Injectables

ITEC

Gain your postgraduate level certification in injectables with our Level 7 Diploma programme. In-depth training in aesthetic medicine’s most popular injectable treatment.

About this course

The ITEC/VTCT Level 7 Diploma is a postgraduate-level regulated qualification in injectables for aesthetic medicine. The course provides a holistic foundation in aesthetic medicine and cosmetic dermatology to equip the practitioner with the skills required to match patient expectations. A.T.A.I. introduced Level 7 training into the Irish market, understanding the need for long-format robust training. We extend that training by providing a regulated course option and our standard CPD accredited course.

What you will learn

  • How to provide consultation for better patient outcomes
  • How to safely inject patients using a needle and cannula
  • How to identify healthy and unhealthy psychological drivers for patients seeking treatment
  • In-depth facial anatomy
  • In-depth skin ageing and the face
  • Ethics, governance and law in aesthetic medicine

A.T.A.I. is known for their graduates representing the finest in the Irish aesthetic sector. Our take on the regulated level 7 programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to practice ethically, competently and confidently. Training with A.T.A.I. is a solid investment in becoming tomorrow’s industry leader today.

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Stage 1: Grounding theory in botulinum toxin and dermal filler

Provided through our online learning platform, the grounding theory is an overview of critical learning to start building a foundation understanding for delivering procedures with confidence and competence. Our level 7 format differs from most level 7 providers as we disagree with the one-day training approach to the initial foundation course.

Stage 2: Practical training

These are often referred to as mentoring sessions. The requirement of the level 7 programme is:

  • 10 observed botulinum toxin procedures
  • 10 performed botulinum toxin procedures
  • 10 observed dermal filler procedures
  • 10 performed dermal filler procedures

The course requirement makes up your treatment evidence portfolio. It is an integral component of the assessment of the qualification. The treatment portfolio includes before and after photos, the client profile, informed consent, and aftercare information.

Our practical training component is also where we differ again from the level 7 requirement; in our experience, the (see 10 and do 10) methodology is insufficient for most delegates starting in aesthetic medicine. In our experience, new practitioners require a minimum of four days of practical training in botulinum toxin; this equates to approximately (see 10 and do 30). however, every delegate is unique, so our practical training is customised for each learner. No learner progresses until confidence and competence are achieved. Dermal filler is even more complicated; dermal filler requires more practical training than botulinum toxin. If we break down the indications taught, the do 10 methodology means the learner has performed no more than 2.5 procedures for each indication. Again, we extend the practical training, and for dermal filler, a minimum of 5 days of practical training is required for the average delegate.

At A.T.A.I., while we meet the requirements of the qualification; to us, that focus should be on the practitioners outcome. This shift of focus from only meeting guidelines to meeting an outcome of confidence and competence produces a far better aesthetic medicine practitioner equipped with the skills to practice ethically, safely and confidently.

At the end of stage two, you gain an A.T.A.I. certificate in aesthetic medicine; you can now attain indemnity insurance and begin working in the sector.

Stage 3: Returning to theory learning

You now return to the online learning platform for in-depth theory delivery to enable you to work towards your final qualification. Six modules of theory covering:

  • Principles of aesthetic procedures
  • Principles and practice of aesthetic patient assessment
  • Anatomy and physiology for aesthetic procedures
  • Principles and practice of botulinum toxin use in aesthetic procedures
  • Principles and practice of dermal filler use in aesthetic procedures
  • Literature review skills for clinical study in aesthetic practice

To be awarded the VTCT (ITEC) Level 7 Diploma in Clinical Aesthetic Injectable Treatments, learners must complete all units by achieving a Pass grade in:

  • formative clinical case studies (DOPS)
  • assignment – literature review report
  • assignment – short answer response
  • summative external theory examination
  • summative final practical examination (DOPS)

The minimum TQT required to achieve this qualification is 600 hours.

Stage 4: Assessment 

There are 5 main components to the assessment criteria that we break down into two stages.

  1. Short Answer Questions (SAQs): This component is in the format of coursework
  2. Literature Review: this is an opportunity to review the evidence base on non-surgical aesthetics, and delegates can select papers of interest to appraise.
  3. External Theoretical Examination (MCQs): This focuses on anatomy, physiology and safe practice in non-surgical aesthetics, and it is set and marled externally by the awarding organisation.

Stage 5: Refresher day and final assessment criteria

  1. Filmed Assessment & Treatment: The final case that you undertake as part of your mentorship for both Botox® and dermal filler will be filmed and sent away to the awarding organisation for assessment
  2. Submission of treatment portfolio with 40 cases: Twenty cases for each Botulinum Toxin A and Dermal Fillers. All cases must be undertaken with an approved clinician (i.e., with one of our accredited educators on our practical training days). Evidence must include before and after photos, dated consent forms, evidence of aftercare and guidance regarding follow-up.

We have again tweaked how the course is run. Up to 24 months is allowed to complete this qualification and the minimum total qualification time is 600 hours. This is before a learner may have had to request an extension. It could have been several months between gaining your A.T.A.I. certificate in aesthetic medicine and finishing your course. You may have been out in the real world putting your skills into practice for some time. We aim for you to pass the assessment, and when you return for the final filming for assessment and treatment, we provide a refresher. This is to correct any inconsistencies in performing procedures you may have developed and to give the best foot forward for your final assessment.

The course is open to medical professionals only, doctors, dentists and nurses that can provide relevant evidence of membership to a medical council/nursing/midwifery board.

  • A valid IMC/NMBI/IDC/GMC/GDC/NMC number with an active license to practice in Ireland or the UK*

International students need to provide evidence of medical regulatory body membership. We will contact the host country to confirm all paperwork provided. 

  • English as a first language, or English Language Testing System (IELTS) 7.0 in all components. – All international learners that do not have English as a first language must satisfy the IELTS requirement, 

What indications are taught in the foundation course?

Botulinum toxin

  • Forehead
  • Brow (Frown lines)
  • Eye area (Crow’s feet)

Dermal Filler

  • Lip augmentation
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines
  • Cheek augmentation

More courses than any provider in Ireland

One of the issues we identified in the Irish aesthetics sector was the lack of quality training and the lack of brands. While PROFHILO is a quality product, it is also 15 years old; technology in tissue stimulators moves on, and as such, there are a plethora of options for the practitioner. We try to address this by directly building relationships with brands and attending events in France and the UK to return with the latest techniques and advancements in product technology.

We have courses from advanced masterclasses for facial rejuvenation through to PDO threads. We aim to equip the practitioner with the knowledge and skills to address the patient’s concerns without being limited to a few brands and skills. We promote the term “be more than an injector” – an aesthetic practitioner should have far more skills in their toolkit than rudimentary botulinum toxin and dermal filler. With A.T.A.I., you have an educational pathway designed to grow your career as your confidence develops.

We have created a package that provides a solid foundation to build upon. However, if you wish to add further courses to your education pathway, that is no problem. Talk to our learner liaison after enrolment, and we can create a customised course for you.

What is the difference between the CPD accredited and ITEC/VTCT courses?

There is no difference between the course’s practical training or the theory. The main differences are in the assessment and examination.

There are five main components to the assessment for this qualification:

  1. Short Answer Questions (SAQs): This component is in the format of coursework
  2. Literature Review: this is an opportunity to review the evidence base on non-surgical aesthetics, and delegates can select papers of interest to appraise.
  3. External Theoretical Examination (MCQs): This focuses on anatomy, physiology and safe practice in non-surgical aesthetics, and it is set and marled externally by the awarding organisation.
  4. Filmed Assessment & Treatment: The final case that you undertake as part of your mentorship for both Botox® and dermal filler will be filmed and sent away to the awarding organisation for assessment
  5. Submission of treatment portfolio with 40 cases: Twenty cases for each Botulinum Toxin A and Dermal Fillers. All cases must be undertaken with an approved clinician (i.e., with one of our accredited tutors on our practical training days). Evidence must include before and after photos, dated consent forms, evidence of aftercare and guidance regarding follow-up.

The other main difference is this is a regulated qualification. 

Learners who achieve the VTCT (ITEC) Level 7 Diploma in Clinical Aesthetic Injectable Treatments may use the following post-nominal: PGDipAes (VTCT).

Since 2017 A.T.A.I. have provided training to a level 7 standard, we were the first college in the country to provide long-format training for aesthetic medicine. We have built a reputation for delivering graduates considered the best in the sector. While the CPD accredited course is recognised worldwide as a qualification in aesthetic medicine, gaining a formal qualification is considered more desirable in some jurisdictions like the UK. 

Level 7 Diploma

Recognition of prior learning
€3600.00

  • E-learning Modules
  • SAQ Coursework
  • Case Study
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Assignments
  • Practical Logbook
  • DOPS
  • Advanced Course
  • Mid-face Masterclass
  • Jawline & Chin Masterclass
  • Lip Filler Masterclass

Level 7 Diploma

Foundation course
€9995.00

  • E-learning Modules
  • SAQ Coursework
  • Case Study
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Assignments
  • Practical Logbook
  • DOPS
  • Advanced Course
  • Mid-face Masterclass
  • Jawline & Chin Masterclass
  • Lip Filler Masterclass

Level 7 Diploma

Master foundation course
€12995.00

  • E-learning Modules
  • SAQ Coursework
  • Case Study
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Assignments
  • Practical Logbook
  • DOPS
  • Advanced Course
  • Mid-face Masterclass
  • Jawline & Chin Masterclass
  • Lip Filler Masterclass

Entry Requirements

For entry onto the VTCT (ITEC) Level 7 Diploma in Clinical Aesthetic Injectable Treatments, learners must:

  • Prove they are registered with a professional health care statutory regulatory body and have no conditions attached to their practice.
  • Evidence achievement of required academic entry-level (minimum Level 6/degree level) on a relevant national framework.
  • An English language level of International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) 7.0 in all components or equivalent will be required if English is not the learner’s first language.

Learners are not required to be independent prescribers as they will be supervised at all times by a qualified prescribing practitioner, who will have ultimate clinical oversight.

Why do the Level 7 qualification?

Some practitioners wish to hold a regulated qualification in aesthetic medicine rather than a CPD qualification.

Who can enrol onto the level 7 diploma?

Registered doctors, dentists and nurses can enrol on the course. However, even with the level 7 qualification that does not supersede the Irish law as such nurses are still unable to administer botulinum tox in the Republic of Ireland.

How long do I have to complete the diploma?

We grant 24 months to finish the qualification. However, if you require more time we are happy to arrange an extension.

Do I need to attend in person to complete the qualification?

International learners: Our theory programme is delivered online; this means that international students can complete the theory component and travel to Ireland only for practical training and examination requirements.

Local learners: As above, the theory can be completed online while attending college for the practical component.

RPL learners: If you successfully qualify for recognition of prior learning, it is possible to complete the qualification without attending the training academy.

Are models provided for the practical training?

Yes, another unique part about A.T.A.I. is how our school operates. We are a working aesthetic medicine clinic geared towards education. Patients attend the clinic for a reduced cost with the understanding they are attending an educational institution. This methodology of training in a working clinic environment adds another layer to the delegate’s education. However, you are encouraged to bring in a model as well and that person gains their procedure for free.

What is a Level 7 mentoring session?

What institutions and the level 7 call mentoring sessions we call practical training. Delegates go through their practical training with instructional doctors and nurses. Typically our training is 1:2 one watches while the other performs the procedure and then swaps. Each delegate is instructed by one of our medical educators.

What are Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS)?

The clinical case studies are the formative practical assessments element of the qualification, utilising Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS). They are externally set by ITEC/VTCT and internally marked by our academic team. The clinical case studies must be achieved before learners can complete the final practical assessment.

What is the assessment criteria?

Assessment is both work-based and observation based.

Formative clinical case studies (DOPS) – Externally set, internally marked and externally quality assured. The case studies contribute to the formative assessment outcome of the qualification.

Assignment – Literature review report – Externally set, internally marked and externally quality assured. Learners are required to prepare a literature review report (between 1,500- 2,000 words) literature review report on a clinically related topic relevant to aesthetic practice.

Assignment – Short answer response – Externally set, internally marked and externally quality assured. The short answer response assignment assesses knowledge and understanding from the breadth of content within the units.

Summative external theory examination – Externally set and externally marked examination. The examination assesses knowledge and understanding from the breadth of the content within the units. The external theory examination contributes to the summative assessment outcome of the qualification. The external theory examination will occur at the learning period’s end.

Summative final practical assessment (DOPS) – Externally set, internally marked and externally quality assured overarching assessment that assesses the learner’s technical skills and abilities. The final summative practical assessment contributes to the assessment outcome of the qualification. The summative practical assessment will take place on the final case study supervised treatment at the end of the learning period. Learners will be required to undertake a summative practical assessment for the following treatments:

  • administration of dermal fillers
  • administration of botulinum toxins

What is the Level 7 Diploma?

The Level 7 Diploma is a UK initiative to provide an aesthetic medicine training programme regulated by an external awarding body, in this case, VTCT/ITEC. The JCCP, the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners, approved the diploma. The HEE, Health Education England, view the qualification as a positive move for the formalisation of qualifications for aesthetic medicine,

How long will the diploma take to complete?

Practical training days are based on full training days, supplemented by online learning materials and training videos. Mentoring sessions vary day by day. Training days are provided with varying dates and you select what suits you best, The rest of the course comprises theoretical reading, training videos and coursework – this can all be completed at your own pace. As such the full qualification from start to finish is flexible but can be completed from around 9 to 24 months.

Do you accept international learners?

Yes, proof of regulatory registration in the home country will be required. In addition, an English language level of International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) 7.0 in all components or equivalent will be required if English is not the learner’s first language. VISAs are required from some countries to study in Ireland, it is the responsibility of the delegate to attain all VISAs to attend practical training in Ireland.

Can I qualify for recognition of prior learning (RPL)?

All delegates that completed our foundation course in botoliumn toxin and dermal filler are eligible to apply for RPL. RPL will differ for each practitioner. It could be the vase you are a very experienced practitioner and can provide sufficient evidence of your previous cases and relevant CPD and training evidence. In that case, you may be able to simply complete a few written assignments to prove your theoretical understanding.

What is the practical training component of the course?

A.T.A.I. brought a level 7 standard of training into Ireland in 2017. We identified a lack of robust training in the aesthetic medicine sector that continues to this day. Level 7 is based on a methodology of see 10 do 10; we also know this is still not at a level suiting the variety of delegates that attend foundation training.

Our training has always far exceeded the requirements of the UK level 7 programme, and now that we are delivering the regulated qualification, we continue to exceed the standards required to deliver this qualification. Producing outstanding aesthetic medicine practitioners does not come from the qualification granted. It is produced by the training standard of the delivering institution. The fame of institutions is nothing new; we all understand that in the academic field, specific universities are known for their education and thus provide graduates we more opportunities just for attending.

A.T.A.I. is known for producing practitioners with confidence and competence to practice. We achieve this brand recognition with a practical programme that focuses on the outcome of the delegate. On average, we do not see 10 and do ten; we have a see 10 and do 30. Our practical training is specific to each delegate; if a learner requires another day of training, that is what the learner receives. The medical sector is represented by people of varying experiences and competencies; it is not possible to produce a one size fits all approach. Indeed, education, in general, has suffered from the rigidity of trying to fit everyone into a single educational box.

So to answer your question, the course includes a practical training component that far exceeds any other training institution in the aesthetic medicine sector.

How many procedures do you have to record?

Taking into consideration what we just said in the previous question, the Level 7 diploma requires you to record 10 observed toxin treatments, 10 performed toxin treatments, 10 observed dermal filler treatments and 10 performed dermal filler treatments. All these treatments must be signed off by a Level 7 Trainer.

Do you offer one to one training?

Yes, all our courses have an option of 1:1: training; this can be discussed after enrolling. However, we also find that 1:2 training often provides more benefit to the learner as observing is also an essential part of the learning process. By default, the extra person allows for more observation of procedures without impacting the individual learner’s education experience.

What is the literature review report?

Learners must prepare a literature review report (1,500 words minimum) on a clinically related topic relevant to aesthetic practice, on the topic of aesthetic injectable therapies.

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