CIBTAC Level 4 Core Knowledge of Aesthetic Practice


The CIBTAC Level 4 Award in Core Knowledge for Aesthetic Practice is aimed at preparing Learners wanting to enter the sector and for existing practitioners who may wish to take this qualification to ensure they have higher level learning in line with NOS and current government recommendations.

This is a preparation for work unit designed to ensure that all practitioners carrying out non-medical aesthetic treatments in the medispa, clinic and salon environments have the underpinning knowledge required to carry out ethical, professional, safe and effective treatments to enhance protection of the public.

It aims to cover legislative and UK government guidelines relevant to clinical non-surgical aesthetic practice, together with the principles of health and safety, hygienic practice and infection control, risk assessment, preparation of the clinical environment, professional ethics and codes of behaviour, consultation and the concepts of informed consent and request for treatment, clinical photography and evidence based practice, clinical governance and accountability, working in a multidiscipline team and the provision of psychosocial and emotional support.

Essential knowledge of anatomy and physiology and microbiology will be reviewed with an introduction to pathology, biochemistry, pharmacology and biophysics

Course Content

  • what is aesthetics?
  • describe the medispa as a working environment and business entity
  • multi-disciplinary teams and the roles of specialist medical and non-medical professionals
  • the importance of the Keogh Report, HEE Qualification Standards, JCCP and CPSA
  • differentiation between surgical and non-surgical treatments, medical and non-medical treatments
  • the ‘dispensing model’ for aesthetic practice
  • Clinical oversight for advanced / paramedical procedures

Understand current legislation, insurance requirements, government recommendations and procedures relating to non-surical aesthetic practice

  • bacteria and bacterial infections: types and impetigo, folliculitis, conjunctivitis, styes
  • virus and viral infections: types and herpes simplex, common warts and verrucae
  • fungi and fungal infections: types and tinea / ringworm infections
  • parasite and parasitic infections and head lice and scabies
  • chemical and physical methods of sterilisation: autoclave, boiling, dry heat, light rays and gamma radiation, chlorhexidine, ethylene oxide and formaldehyde


  • chemical and physical methods of disinfection of the environment and of the skin: Ultra Violet light, 70% Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) wipes, bleach, domestic
  • hand washing
  • use of PPE: surgical gloves, medical face masks, goggles, plastic sheathing and barrier sheets
  • costs, practicality, size of equipment, organisational and personal preferences and purpose

Pathology, biochemistry, pharmacology and biophysics as relevant to aesthetic practices.

Explanation of terms, key relevance’s within a multi- discipline team

Relevance’s specific to the study of skin health, skin disorders and diseases and skin treatment, using procedural techniques and topical cosmeceutical and pharmaceutical formulations.

 The information to be given to the client prior to aesthetic procedures

 Basic principles of emotional support for patients / clients seeking cosmetic procedures

Generic contraindications to clinical aesthetic treatments

The protocols for referring a client to a doctor or other medical clinician for treatment approval or guidance

 Importance of anaphylaxis awareness, the principles of life support and the client / patient use of an EpiPen.

 The procedures for taking clinical photographs

All courses are run as small groups (4/5 people) which allows plenty of opportunity to ask questions or seek further support if required. This also ensures that over the few days, you will have lots of models to practice on.

All of our tutors specialise in Aesthetics and have worked in the industry for years. Our college curriculum is based around moving into advanced skin treatments not just learning beauty facials.

All centres have the very latest equipment and products required to adhere to industry standards. We also have an on-going Support Team and a Facebook group available to answer any query you may have regarding your training with us.

We do provide study materials to assist you in completion of your written coursework & in preparation for your assessments.

All products and tools are provided for the training days at the centre when you attend. No kit is required to complete the training days, nor included in the course fee. Tea & coffee are provided on the training days.

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