CIBTAC Level 4 Certificate in Aesthetic Practise in Advanced Skin Studies & Principles of Aesthetic Practise

This is a foundation course for anyone working or wanting to work in the aesthetic skin care sector. It establishes a superior level of knowledge and understanding to underpin further aesthetic study and practice for skin health professionals from all disciplines. It covers a vast range of topics relating to the skin and treating the skin, including anatomy, assessment, skin conditions and best practice.


Course overview 

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.

The full certificate is composed of:

SDT01: Core Knowledge of Aesthetic Practice

SDT02: Advanced Skin Science

SDT03: Provide Investigative Consultation and Advanced Skin Assessment The Optional unit is the following:

SDT04: Principles and Practice of the Medispa Sector


Entry requirements

You will need to have completed a Level 3 OFQUAL qualification in either Beauty Therapy or Facial Skin Care, or a medical qualification, or have completed a comparative regulated qualification providing transferable knowledge and skills


Career progression

This is the perfect pathway to move onto level 5 in skin peels and skin needling.



Core Knowledge for Aesthetic Practice

This unit will reinforce and enhance the leaner’s understanding of their individual responsibilities and those of the

multidiscipline team within the clinical environment in relation to health and safety, legislative issues and UK government guidelines. This will ensure that necessary processes and procedures involved in dealing with health and safety, hygienic practice, risk assessment, preparation of the clinical environment and professional ethics and codes of behaviour are put into place and followed.

Advanced Skin Science

This is a preparation for work unit with the aim of providing underpinning knowledge in advanced anatomy and physiology of the skin to support the delivery of cosmetic procedures within the aesthetic skin care sector. Equally it serves to advance the knowledge of anyone working within the skin care and beauty therapy industry beyond that of general Level 3 standard and the learning provided by industry manufacturer training.

Provide Investigative Consultation and Advanced Skin Assessment

This unit is designed to ensure that the learners knowledge and skill in relation to client/ patient consultation and analysis of skin condition and type, is appropriate for practitioners carrying out clinical aesthetic treatments.

This unit will develop in depth knowledge of and understanding of skin diagnosis using visual diagnostics. Learners will also explore intrinsic and extrinsic elements which influence the condition and appearance of the skin.

Learners will gain an understanding of how to carry out a thorough skin assessment using zonal analysis methods and evaluate the causes and characteristics of skin types and conditions.

Learners will carry out investigative consultations and advanced skin assessments and reflect and contextualise the information to be able to devise safe, effective and ethical skin treatment programmes.

Principles and Practice of the Medispa Sector

This is a preparation for work designed to ensure all practitioners have relevant and current awareness of the medispa sector outside of their own practice.

This unit will examine: the treatment modalities and treatment practices being carried out in the medispa environment and the range of cosmecuetical products that accompany treatment and are available to the client. It will also examine the CPD opportunities that exist in the sector and it will ask learners to analyse the benefits and the limitations of treatments and products available to the client and consider the potential future developments.

Course delivery:

3 Course Folders

Multiple Choice Questions

2 Assessment Workbooks

Modular Assignment

Case Studies

One day practical workshop

Portfolio Compilation

Final Exam


There will be a multiple choice CIBTAC final exam that will take place at our centres. 


  • Audio Visual E-Learning Programme

  • Digital Folder

  • Online Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) Tests

  • Modular Assignment

  • Final Theory Examination undertaken by our Awarding Body (CIBTAC)

The mandatory units within the qualification are assessed externally by Multiple Choice Theory paper. You will need to gain a minimum of 60% in each unit to pass.

Course duration:

Guided learning hours 313



CIBTAC Level 4 Certificate in Aesthetic Practise in Advanced Skin Studies & Principles of Aesthetic Practise