An aesthetic practitioner is a trained professional who completes non-surgical cosmetic treatments to help achieve aesthetic improvements for their clients. For aesthetic practitioners, there are opportunities to develop a niche set of skills across a range of procedures or to become a specialist in a specific area. 

Whether you're a current medical professional who wants to move into aesthetics or a therapist who wants to move on to more advanced treatments, it is often difficult to kick-start your career as an aesthetic practitioner. The good news is that we're here to help. 

To train as an aesthetic practitioner, you need to: 

  1. Assess your current qualifications
  2. Sign up for relevant aesthetics training courses
  3. Get cosmetics insurance
  4. Apply as a practitioner and build your client base

1. Assess Current Qualifications 

To begin, you should assess your current qualifications. Most aesthetic practitioners will be current medical professionals, and will therefore have a degree in nursing, dentistry or medicine. However, a degree is not essential. 

For some aesthetics procedures, beauty therapists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and other professionals allied to medicine (like paramedics and physiotherapists) are eligible to learn and complete. For example, a beginners dermal filler course might be suitable for you even if you're not a nurse. 

That being said, Health Education England does advise that delegates must first complete a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification from an accredited training provider before completing most aesthetic procedures. Likewise, if your area of interest is in a niche that requires a medical degree, you might want to consider this first. A degree will offer more opportunities to work with medical professionals, and a larger client base.

How to train as an aesthetic practitioner
The majority of aesthetic practitioners will be current medical professionals, and will therefore have a degree in nursing, dentistry or medicine. However, a degree is not essential. 

2. Sign Up for Aesthetics Training Courses

Next, sign up for aesthetics training courses that are suited to your interests and skill level — trainers should make it clear who is eligible to join at sign up.

For example, at You Can Clinic, we accept healthcare professionals, nurses, dentists, doctors, pharmacists, dental hygienists and paramedics on most of our courses

You should also ensure that your chosen course teaches the skills required to perform the functions of the job, and offers you a legitimate qualification at the end. 

Available Aesthetics Courses at You Can Clinic 

Botulinum Toxin Courses (Botox)

Begin or continue your Botox journey with our on site, beginner and advanced courses. You will learn how to administer Botox under expert guidance for a number of indications, incl. glabellar, forehead, crow’s feet, migraines, bunny lines, gummy smile.

Dermal Fillers Courses

Like the botulinum toxin courses, we offer a wide range of dermal filler courses from beginner to experienced. Start with an introduction to dermal filler, and then move on to lips, rhinoplasty, tear trough and skin booster treatments. 

Dermaplaning Courses

This procedure involves delicate exfoliation of the skin through scraping with a fine blade to remove unwanted facial hair and leave skin with a nice, healthy glow. 

Eyebrow / Eyelash Treatment Courses

This online course enables the user to understand the pharmacology and evidence relating to bimatoprost and its use as an aesthetic treatment.

How to become an aesthetic practitioner

Trainers should make it clear who is eligible to join their training courses at sign up.

3. Get Cosmetics Insurance 

Health and beauty professionals will need to have the appropriate UK qualifications for their treatments and products to be insured. Once you're qualified, you can therefore get insured. 

Hamilton Fraser offer insurance tailored to the specific practises you offer, from essential (e.g. botox and dermal fillers) to comprehensive and specialist (e.g. mole removal, vavelta and giosis). Most insurance policies will cover medical malpractice claims, public and products liability for work away, and personal accident cover.

4. Apply as a Practitioner & Build Client Base 

Create a CV that showcases your knowledge and newfound skills, and apply for relevant positions. Once you've got your foot in the door, build good relationships with your clients to build up your client base. 

Want to be a private aesthetic practitioner? Find a reliable aesthetics pharmacy to supply your aesthetic products. Our pharmacy is able to dispense your prescription swiftly, and we accept online orders.

And it doesn't need to end there! You can continue to improve and build your skills with aesthetic courses. 

How to train to be an aesthetic practitioner

Health and beauty professionals will need to have the appropriate UK qualifications for their treatments and products to be insured.

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.

Need to buy some products? We have a range of Chemical Peels, Dermal Filler and NeoStrata Prosystem Bionic Oxygen Recovery available to order. 

Do you see yourself in the industry? Check out our articles on Botulinum ToxinWeight Management, Eyebrow and Eyelash and Dermaplaning Training Courses.

Published on 23/05/2022

Updated on 27/02/2024

May 23, 2022 — Kate Jones