The answer to this question is yes, anyone can train to do botox should they wish to pursue it as a full or part-time career. 

In the UK, there is currently no legislation that stops individuals with non-medical backgrounds from carrying out cosmetic procedures provided that they receive the relevant training and qualifications to do so.

This makes aesthetics a potential career choice for many people. If you’re interested in training to do botox, the qualifications you will need are:

  1. Level 6 qualification 
  2. Level 7 qualification

1. Level 6 Qualification 

If you want to train to do botox, a Level 6 qualification is required as the minimum in order to perform basic upper face botox procedures.

In short, then, the Level 6 qualification will allow you to perform botox procedures, but will not allow you to prescribe botox. As a result, you’ll need a practitioner with prescribing power present in order to prescribe Botulinum Toxin for you.

There is a minimum requirement of how many times a skill will need to be observed and practised by the individual being trained. 

For your Level 6 qualification:

  • You will need to observe 10 treatments to the upper face, for 10 different clients.
  • Under supervision, you will need to practise 10 treatments to the upper face, for 10 different clients.
Woman receiving botox

The Level 6 qualification is the minimum qualification required to administer botox.

2. Level 7 Qualification

Once you have your Level 6, you can consider a Level 7 qualification, which is required for comprehensive use of botox.

As a result of this qualification, practitioners should be able to make sound judgements, deal with various issues of varying complexity, and be able to act autonomously with regard to administering Botulinum Toxin.

For your Level 7 qualification:

  • You will need to observe 10 treatments for 10 different clients.
  • Under supervision, you will need to practise 10 treatments for 10 different clients, for each type of treatment.
  • A prescribing licence (This is an additional qualification that is required in order for you to achieve the Level 7 qualification). 

This is a qualification that allows the aesthetic practitioner to perform botox without being supervised. 

A woman's forehead being injected with botox

To achieve a Level 7 qualification, a prescribing licence is required. 

This comes down to the fact that Botulinum Toxin is prescription only. As a result, the qualified prescriber must undertake a client consultation prior to the treatment, and issue a prescription for botox following this.

In addition to this, it is the practitioner’s responsibility to ensure that any other practitioner to whom they delegate administering procedures has the necessary qualifications to do so.

There are a number of training courses available. In order to achieve this qualification, you will need to take an aesthetics training course or alternatively complete a ‘V300 Advanced Certificate in Independent Prescribing’.

It’s worth noting the value of this qualification, as you stand to make more money and have more career opportunities in aesthetics if you have the ability to prescribe.

At YouCan Clinic, there are specific Botulinum Toxin training courses to suit the individual’s experience, from beginner to advanced practitioner. 

For more information on the qualifications required to practise Botulinum Toxin, be sure to check out the ‘Qualification Requirements for Delivery of Cosmetic Procedures’ published by Health Education England.

A man receives botox in his face

To get your prescribing licence, you will need to take a training course or a  ‘V300 Advanced Certificate in Independent Prescribing’.

Can Beauty Therapists Do Botox & Filler Courses?

Yes, currently beauty therapists have the option to train to become aesthetic practitioners, and there are various training courses out there to help you achieve this.

It’s worth bearing in mind that the majority of established clinics which offer Botulinum Toxin as well as other fillers tend to employ individuals with a background in healthcare, such as doctors, dentists, pharmacists, and dental nurses.

Bearing this in mind, it might be a more realistic option to get your qualifications to become a self-employed aesthetic practitioner if you have a background in beauty therapy. This will allow you to make a decent salary whether you decide to set up your own aesthetics business or if you intend to become a mobile aesthetics practitioner.

That being said, as this article has demonstrated, it’s not impossible for you to make the switch if you’re already a beauty therapist and want a career change.

We hope that this article has shown you that anyone can train to do botox with the relevant training and qualifications.

You Can Clinic is one of the UK's leading providers of aesthetic training courses and pharmaceutical supplies. Over 1000 individuals have progressed through our affordable programmes, which provide comprehensive coverage of all relevant aesthetic procedures. Available from beginner to advanced courses.

Written by Jemima, for You Can Clinic.
January 12, 2023 — Jemima Thomas