Former BCAM president and aesthetic practitioner Dr Paul Charlson and clinical lecturer Mr Vikram Swaminathan have created an Of qual-approved teaching qualification for aesthetics, available through the British Society of Aesthetic Examiners and Assessors (BSAEA).
The Level 3 Award in Education and Training (L3AET) can be achieved by completing online coursework and assessments, and practitioners can register online.
Dr Charlson said, “There are a lot of good technical people out there who are also teaching aesthetics but they don’t have any baseline teaching skills – there’s no formal understanding of getting feedback, asking questions or running groups and that kind of thing is key to people learning. There’s a need to ensure that people have the necessary soft teaching skills and not just aesthetic ability and understanding. It’s also beneficial to have a formal qualification and not just an experiential one – with a lot of people now coming into the aesthetics field, they need to learn from people who know how to teach. This way, we can better help to safeguard patients in the UK, as well as gain their confidence.”
In order to register as a member of the BSAEA and take the course, you must have finished basic facial aesthetic training, be practising in the field of aesthetic or cosmetic medicine, have a current role as a clinical trainer or examiner/assessor for an aesthetic non-surgical organisation, or aspirations to become an aesthetic trainer or examiner, and hold valid profession healthcare registration and insurance.