CIBTAC Level 4 Award in 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.


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


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

Core of Knowledge is a mandatory unit for every Certificate and Diploma in the Level 4 programme. Once you have completed it, you will be in a great position to move on to other areas of study such as Chemical Peels, Microneedling and Blemish Removal.



Working in the Aesthetics Industry

  • 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

Legislation and Clinical Governance

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

Microbiology and infection control in reference to those affecting the skin

  • 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

Cosmetic Science within Aesthetic Sector

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.

Client Communication & Assessment

 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.

Anatomy and Physiology.

Course delivery:

This is a distance learning qualification. The course is delivered via an e-learning portal and supporting manual. The e-learning consists of video tutorials, allowing you to work at a pace that suits your personal situation.


There will be a multiple choice CIBTAC final exam that will take place at your nearest Skin Philosophy Training centre


  • 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:

Course Delivery online will take over 32 hours

Guided learning hours is 102 hours



CIBTAC Level 4 Award in Core Knowledge of Aesthetic Practice


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