Laser and IPL Aesthetic Industry Entry Course

Laser and IPL Aesthetic Industry Entry Course

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85 Hours

Are you considering getting into Laser and/or IPL? You’ve come to the right place, so welcome to the entry point training pathway for a career in laser!

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.

• Understand what it takes to work to industry standards
• Learn the industry regulations
• Distinguish differences between IPL and Laser devices and the characteristic traits of light
• Awareness of what can go wrong
• Learn how to set up a laser business (from laser safety point of view)
• Understand risks that operators may pose to clients (e.g.: accidental removal of skin cancers)
• Understand the skin for the purposes of cosmetic treatments / laser & IPL
• Gain medical grade education about melanoma and common skin lesions
• Gain skills to become the laser safety officer in any given laser practice (medical or beauty)
• Know how to carry out health and safety duties and responsibilities in a laser setting

Course Outline

This course is made up of three 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)

• 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 work place

Skin Lesions, Skin Cancers, and Melanoma Awareness
1. Introduction to lesions terminology & melanoma info. Darker skin types risk of melanoma.
2. Skin anatomy & physiology, cancer resources, how regulations apply to skin therapists, what really causes sunburn
3. Diagnostic methods and information on dermoscopy
4. Types of lesions and melanoma staging
5. Skin cancers
6. Melanoma awareness, stats and examples
7. Skin lesion glossary
8. Commonly seen pigmented skin conditions
9. Treatment options, IPL & Laser info relating to risk of treatment of lesions
10. Best practice guidelines
11. Final assessment and workbook to be handed in for marking

Laser Health & Safety Officer
1. Your role as the Laser Safety Officer (LSO)
2. Laser safety officer management tasks
3. Carrying out your LSO management tasks
4. Laser classifications
5. Laser workplace hazards & risks
6. (Medical & Surgical) Equipment related checks OR (Beauty – appmed) Equipment related checks
7. Regulations
8. Health & Safety
9. Hazard controls
10. Laser science refresher
11. Implementing your knowledge
12. Review your workbook/assessment

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