Laser and IPL Hair Removal

Laser and IPL Hair Removal

Course Code LCIPLHR
Qualification Statement of Attainment
Payment Options Upfront & Payment Plans
Delivery Online
Duration 100 Hours

Study the comprehensive theory behind IPL and Laser Hair Removal treatments,understand the regulations and guidelines that you should know before doing any treatments on clients.

Study the comprehensive theory behind IPL and Laser Hair Removal treatments, understand the regulations and guidelines that you should know before doing any treatments on clients.

Suitable for those completely new to IPL and Laser and wanting to start learning IPL or Laser Hair Removal. This programme is theory only and does not certify an operator, nor is it full operator training. Ideal for Nurses, Beauty Therapists, and Laser Technicians seeking to move into the treatments of all skin types, and transgender hair removal with either IPL or Laser devices.

We simplify the technical side of Laser and IPL and focus on the practicalities of getting the most from your training investment, so you get the best from us. This online course walks you through understanding basic Laser science and physics principles, so you’ll better understand how Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light Sources (IPL) work and vary.
With a heavy focus on best practice for clinical operators, our goal is to reduce unwanted laser or IPL related effects including unwanted side effects – most of which are completely preventable with correct and thorough education and practical training.

• Able to understand what it takes to work to industry standards
• Understand the regulations in place in NZ, and mentions Australian regulations
• Able to understand and apply different Laser wavelengths and the characteristic traits of light / modes of action for various laser and IPL hair removal devices
• Aware of what can go wrong with clients seeking successful hair removal and how to alter settings and your treatment techniques to get best results
• Learn how to set up a laser business (from laser safety point of view)
• Understand risks that operator pose to clients (e.g.: accidental removal of skin cancers, scars, burns, pigmentation changes, no result in hair removal)
• Understand the skin for the purposes of conducting laser / IPL hair removal, and how to assess a client for treatment
• Gain skills ready to learn laser or IPL hair removal

Course Outline

This course is made up of two modules.

Laser Safety Certification

Part One
• Overview and Introduction to IPL & Laser
• Working in the NZ laser & IPL industry
• Educational pathways and qualifications explained
• Professional standards
• Scope of practice
• Introduction to lasers and history of laser
• Differences between IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and Lasers
• Common configurations of devices
• Laser configurations and designs
• Types of common lasers used in the industry
• Laser modes of action (how they work)
• Light tissue interactions
• The electromagnetic spectrum
• Client rights in healthcare services
• Media story about burns
• What is safe practice

Part Two
• What can go wrong (laser hazards overview e.g., operator, client, system error)
• Laser & IPL classifications as per AS-NZS
• Safe set up and setting up a controlled area
• Hazards & Controlled Area
• Beam, non-beam and ocular hazards
• The role of the LSO
• Risks to operators using IPL or Laser
• Setting up and maintaining a safe clinic
• What are procedures, protocols and policies (Overview and definitions)
• Record keeping requirements
• Administrative controls
• Engineering controls
• Laser physics (energy density – short version for LSC)
• Safety glasses markings
• Testing of safety glasses – informational video
• Understanding laser safety terms and safety features on most machines
• The eye (for laser & IPL safety purposes)
• Maintenance & servicing your laser
• Understanding calibration
• Considerations for why settings might need to be altered (2 parts)

Part Three
• Health & Hygienic practice
• Covid guidelines
• Melanoma Awareness & the ABCDEs of Melanoma
• Australian & NZ safety standards for laser
• Working whilst pregnant
• NZLT 4.8a Regulations for IPL & Laser (short version)
• Auckland council regulations
• Understanding quality control marks
• Conducting an audit in the laser workplace

IPL & Laser theory for Hair Removal
1. Regulations
2. Consultation
3. Contraindications
4. Informed consent
5. Health regulations
6. Clients Fitzpatrick skin typing
7. Post care instructions
8. Record keeping
9. Client rights and complaints
10. Hair anatomy and hair types
11. Hair removal treatment schedules
12. Medical conditions and hair growth
13. The electromagnetic spectrum
14. IPL versus laser
15. Home IPL machines
16. Where light travels to
17. Test patching for hair removal
18. Client scenarios for hair removal
19. Recognising normal and expected side effects
20. Hair removal for darker skin types
21. Selecting and comparing hair removal devices
22. Risk factors for skin types by treatment type
23. Managing normal and expected side effects
24. What we see happen on the skin
25. Laser science principles for hair removal
26. Treatment settings we use and how to alter those and why
27. Treating transgender clients for hair removal
28. Videos of various hair removal devices to see variations in industry offerings
Basic workbook provided for module two and this has an online closed book assessment. There are also practice quizzes along the way to support you in tracking your learning progress.

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