ITEC Level 4 

Certificate in Skin Needling

The new ITEC Level 4 Course, Certificate in Skin Needling represents the new direction in the industry making Level 4 qualifications the minimum requirement.

  • Awarding Body: ITEC
  • Accreditation: 603/2909/9
  • RQF: Level 4
  • NFQ: Level 6 (Ireland)

The reason micro needling horror stories exist is not that of the treatment but because of poor training. Micro-needling is an advanced invasive treatment. With the correct training, it provides an effective procedure for scarring, skin rejuvenation, stretch marks and more. Yet, the training provided in the typical two-day course often leads to poor client outcomes and the reason a level 4 qualification is fast becoming the bare minimum aesthetic education level.

CIT Therapy, Micro-needling or dermal rolling has quickly become a popular treatment in the fight against premature ageing and the visual reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. It has proved to be such an effective therapy that skin resurfacing has taken a back seat. The procedure is not just effective for the visual reduction of premature ageing but also provides for:

  • Acne scarring
  • Post-traumatic burns and scar alopecia
  • Post-surgical scars
  • Melasma
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Stretch Marks

Course syllabus

  • Module 1: Principles and practice of aesthetic therapies
  • Module 2: Advanced consultation for aesthetic therapies
  • Module 3: Advanced skin care for aesthetic therapies
  • Module 4: Provide skin needling treatments

Course Learning Structure


Introduction to the eLearning system, introduction to micro needling. General introduction to ATAI, your tutor and support details.


After the orientation day you have access to the eLearning modules, to learn in your own time and at your own pace. During eLearning, you will also submit assignments as outlined in the course content, your tutor will advise you throughout this process.


Once you have completed the eLearning modules you call ATAI to arrange your practical days, these are held on Mondays and Tuesdays for a typical duration of 3 weeks. During your practical training, you build a portfolio of treatment evidence performed on models supplied by ATAI.


After completing all stages of the course we arrange exams at ATAI, and you will be informed of exam dates.


After completing the exams, we notify you of results and present you with your qualifications.

Modules Outline

This module will enable learners to develop a working knowledge of the principals and practices of the aesthetics sector. It is designed to develop an understanding of the history, safety, legal and insurance obligations and how professional bodies influence the sector. You will display a working knowledge of the methods and processes that facilitate a safe working practice conforming to jurisdiction legislation where you are working.

Delegates will also start to develop an understanding of how to evaluate and access research materials relevant to their subject area whilst at the same time develop skills and knowledge of how to collate information for evidence-based practice within the aesthetics sector.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the development of aesthetic therapies
  • Recognise the benefits and limitations of clinically proven aesthetic therapies
  • Understand the key regulatory guidelines, legislative influence and responsibilities relating to aesthetic therapies
  • Understand advanced contra-actions, hygiene issues and medical emergencies of specific concern to aesthetic therapies

The unit is designed to develop the knowledge while providing the skills for correct client assessment for advanced aesthetic therapies.

This unit is about understanding the principles of client care when providing professional consultations for advanced aesthetic therapies. Delegates will develop the knowledge and skills required to prepare for and undertake detailed consultations, demonstrating an understanding of the need for client consent. How to work within the limit of own competence, the requirement of always conducting one’s own consultation and the necessity of allowing time for a cooling off period prior to the treatment.

Learners will develop an understanding of the importance of considering the client’s psychological needs when consulting and advanced therapies. Improving communication skills, and how to identify and advise on suitable treatment options and communicate realistic and appropriate treatment objectives.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how effective communication and professional behaviours contribute to client trust
  • Understand methods and processes for gaining information through consultation
  • Know the importance of completing a thorough consultation
  • Know the information required when completing and consultation
  • Know the requirements for recording procedures

This unit is about advanced skin analysis techniques. It will enable learners to enhance their understanding of skin, developing their comprehension of the facial analysis procedure and advance their understanding of the ageing process and its effects on the skin. A more thorough understanding will enable learners to formulate a detailed treatment plan to address the client’s specific and individual needs, ensuring health, safety and unique requirements are met.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the physiology of skin ageing
  • Understand advanced skin assessment
  • Prepare for advanced skin assessment

Provide advanced skin assessment

This unit aims to develop the learner’s knowledge, understanding and practical skills for delivering skin needling. It covers the skills involved in providing a thorough consultation to establish the client’s suitability for treatment and also the knowledge on how to formulate a specific treatment plan tailored to suit individual client needs. Learners will also develop the knowledge required to provide pre and post-treatment advice and post care to ensure the client receives the full benefit of the treatment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know safety considerations when providing skin needling treatments
  • Understand how to provide skin needling treatments
  • Know the relevant anatomy, physiology and pathologies for skin needling
  • Be able to consult, plan and prepare for skin needling treatment
  • Be able to provide skin needling treatments

Microneedling is often talked about in the context of creating a wound response. With the use of a roller or mechanical pen creating a controlled skin injury without damaging the epidermis. In technical terms, it creates a wound healing cascade which in turn releases growth factors such as platelet-derived growth factor (PGF) transforming growth factor alpha and beta (TGF-α and TGF-β), connective tissue activating protein, connective tissue growth factor, and fibroblast growth factor (FGF). For the client, a rejuvenated complexion and increased collagen production with diminished fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen production of type I, III, and VIII, a laying down of new capillaries and elastin is clinically proven after receiving the treatment. Skin suppleness and elasticity is increased and a reduction in pore size.

What is often overlooked is how effective (CIT) is when combined with topical serums. Indeed, the wound response mechanism is only half the treatment benefit. Vitamin C based serum is often used when treating scar tissue or for skin rejuvenation. It plays a key role in the fight against skin ageing, both in photo ageing and chronological. Vitamin E is known for its ability to absorb well into the skin and acts as an excellent moisturiser and a potent anti-inflammatory. Hyaluronic acid efficiently restores elasticity and promotes cellular regeneration. When paired with a micro-needling, the skin is densified and softened. Quality of the serum is of paramount importance so too the molecular weight. We cover serums during the course, their application and what to look for in a quality serum.

While the results from roller type devices gain good results, using a pen is less traumatic to the skin and allows a more uniform plus an increased number of channels.

Benefits of using a Micro Needling Pen include:

  1. More Precise Treatment – Rollers often present a challenge around the eye area, nose and upper lip.
  2. Less Epidermal Damage – Using a pen produces a vertical penetration, rollers can often produce small tears or scratches and a less than an optimal angle of penetration.
  3. Faster Treatment and less discomfort for the client – Pens allow a uniform treatment at an exact depth. Resulting in less downtime for the client, less pain, and more uniform outcomes. 


How much is this course?

The ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Skin Needling is €1850.00 and includes registration and examination fees.

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