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WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED TO ADMINISTER BOTULINUM TOXIN?
We often get asked the question, ‘What qualifications do I need to administer Botulinum Toxin in the USA?’. A whole host of professionals have asked this question, so we thought that we would try to provide a comprehensive answer and summary.
Non-surgical procedures are gaining more momentum and the area is becoming a sub-specialty in its own right. Professionals from a variety of backgrounds are therefore looking to make the jump into the world of facial aesthetics and injectable treatments.
In November 2015, the Health Education England (HEE) published a document entitled ‘Qualification Requirements for Delivery of Cosmetic Procedures’. This document is one of the first comprehensive guidelines which detail the requirements for legal and competent delivery of aesthetic procedures. Therefore, it’s worth being familiar with it.
In summary, we have different levels of learning which reflect the complexity of different procedures, as well as the knowledge and skills requirements to ensure patient safety and high standards of care. There are two levels that you need to be aware of if you want to know what qualifications you need to practice Botulinum Toxin (sometimes known as Botox®).
A minimum of a Level 6 qualification is required to perform basic upper face Botulinum Toxin procedures only.
A Level 7 qualification is required for ‘comprehensive use’. This means that a practitioner should be able to ‘deal with complex issues, make sound judgments, and act autonomously in implanting tasks at a professional level’.
Our certified training and education program will provide you with the qualifications you need to practice Botulinum Toxin. This will allow you to gain formal proof of your competency to deliver cosmetic procedures safely.
The guidelines state that the program must cover:
- Basic principles of aesthetic procedures.
- Basic principles of the consultation process.
- Modality specific training.
Practical skills training is an integral part of any certified training program. You should be able to observe and practice the relevant skills under the supervision of an experienced aesthetic practitioner.
A portfolio of evidence within which trainees can record their progress. This should include monitoring the acquisition of practical skills and theoretical knowledge and understanding, as well as values-based behaviors.
A summative examination of practical skills in a simulated learning environment or setting relevant to the trainee’s area of practice. This should simulate the total patient experience. A ‘final sign off’ of proficiency to meet the requisite standard of proficiency should also be given.
A satisfactory demonstration of proficiency in required skills. This must consider the trainee’s value-based behaviors, empathy and compassion, respect for patients, and reflection on learning.