VTCT Level 4

Chemical Peels

Gain your Chemical Peels Level 4 certification with our world-recognised VTCT awarding body. Chemical Peel treatments are a highly complex skill as it poses a considerable risk to the client's skin. Although the treatment is widely offered at many clinics, we pride ourselves for our advanced knowledge behind the peeling agents used and our ability to provide the highest-standard training that will allow you to treat your clients with a variety of conditions including collagen loss, lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and acne.

Course Overview:

The Level 4 Chemical Peels course covers all the core knowledge you need for carrying out chemical peels with any of the different acids.

With the vast variety of different peeling agents all having different pH and percentage strengths, different modes of action, methods of application and intended depth of penetration, chemical peeling is a complex skill with considerable risk to the client’s skin. However if performed correctly, it is a very safe and efficacious remedial skin treatment for a wide variety of conditions including collagen loss and laxity, lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, acne and acne scarring.


Most peeling courses are manufacturer or distributor led and involve little, if any, training in the underpinning science behind the treatments, the peeling agents being used, the action of the peel within the skin or the variants of client adaptation.

We provide you with a comprehensive autonomous training program, which will enable you to choose and work effectively with the correct peeling systems for you and your clients. Topics covered within our training program include:

Unit 1: Know safety considerations when providing skin peel treatments

  • Safety of product and equipment sourcing

  • Insurance guidelines

  • Hygiene considerations

  • Infection control

  • Products to be used during treatment

  • Suppliers instructions for safe use

  • Treatment of minors

  • Timing of treatments

  • Contra-indications

  • Referring contra-indicated clients

  • When to consult with other aesthetic therapists

Unit 2: Understand how to provide skin peel treatments

  • Advanced Consultation techniques to identify treatment objectives:

  • Treatment advice to provide to the client

  • Treatment planning

  • Skin Sensitivity test

  • Contra actions

  • Treatment advice to provide to the client

  • Pre-treatment skin care routine

  • Prepare the therapist

  • Prepare the client

  • Area set up

  • Cleansing the skin prior to treatment

  • Protecting sensitive areas

  • Classification of peels

  • Actions of acids and alkaline and their concentrations on the skin

  • PKA scale

  • Type of skin peeling agents & their uses

  • Selection of product

  • Selection of skin peeling agents

  • Treatment technique

  • Reasons for re-application

  • Influential factors on application timings

  • Restoring the Ph level of the skin

  • Chemicals that do and do not require neutralisation

  • Adaptations to treatment

  • Areas to avoid

  • Use and limitations of skin peeling products and equipment

  • Possible effects and benefits

  • Effects and risks associated with the treatment

  • Contra action

  • Pre and post treatments

  • Tyrosine inhibitors

  • SPF and UVA sun protector

  • Prevent infection & promote healing

  • Treatment progression and additional/complementary treatments recommendations

Unit 3: Know the relevant anatomy, physiology & pathologies relevant to skin

Unit 4: Be able to consult, plan and prepare for cosmetic skin peeling treatment

  • Consultation techniques to determine clients treatment plan

  • Analyse client expectations

  • Identify the client’s medical history, indications for and aims of treatment

  • Recognise contraindications

  • Establish the condition of the skin

  • Benefits & limitations of treatments and products considered to delay ageing process

  • Ensure client comfort

  • Explain Treatment procedure

  • Select a preparatory skin care programme

  • Finalise and agree the treatment plan

  • Obtain signed, informed consent

  • Take pre-treatment photographs

  • Explain cooling off period

Unit 5: Be able to provide cosmetic skin peeling treatments

  • Maintain own responsibilities for health and safety through the treatment

  • Prepare and protect the client and self

  • Maintain client’s modesty and privacy at all times

  • Position the client

  • Ensure the use of clean equipment and materials

  • Promote environmental and sustainable working practices

  • Safe use of equipment, materials and products

  • Calculate the duration and intensity of the application

  • Apply post-treatment products

  • Provide post care advice and homecare


The Level 4 Skin Peeling Course is over 12 weeks. Each unit will require a lot of self study from home. Whilst attending the training centre you will carry out the required case studies for each unit.

The Chemical Peel practical is carried out onsite for 3 days. Treated a minimum of 3 areas and a minimum of 3 Skin conditions

Please note, we aim to give the highest standard of training... if you feel you need more time or more practical training you can join more practical classes free of charge.

After completing your course, you will need to come back to demonstrate your abilities in front of an ITEC examiner and complete an exam.

Entry Requirements:

For any of our Level 4 courses you need to have minimum Level 3 Facial Electrics or equivalent and our Advanced Skin course. Our Beginner courses are suitable for complete beginners and do not require any prior learning to be able to train with us, if you do not have previous qualifications you can complete one of our beginners courses. We welcome students of all abilities, whether you are looking to learn a new skill from scratch or currently working as a therapist and looking to refresh your knowledge of particular treatments.

Students will require a good command of spoken and written English to complete the VTCT qualification.

Course Structure:

Aside from your practical training, much of the Level 4 Chemical Peels qualification is completed as home-study, making this an ideal route for those who wish to study flexibly around other commitments. The practical training days required for the course will run from 10am – 4pm, although we ask students to arrive at 9.45am to ensure a prompt start. You will learn the theory of the treatment firstly, and spend the majority of the training days acquiring and demonstrating your practical skills, with a short break for lunch.

Assessment is continuous and consists of practical assessments, oral questions, tests and written assignments. You will provide evidence to determine whether you have reached a level of competence. Written assessment papers will provide further evidence of your knowledge and understanding of the subject. The collation of the assessments will be contained in a portfolio which will contain all document feedback sheets, written assessment/projects/assignments.

Once you have completed all training and coursework, you will arrange to attend a multiple choice written assessment day and practical assessment days to achieve your VTCT qualification.


VTCT is a Government approved Awarding Body offering National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and other vocationally related qualifications (VRQs). VTCT has been in existence for over forty years and has been at the forefront of developing the vocational system of qualifications in the United Kingdom.

After completing the course, you will receive qualifications, recognised across the world that are fully Insurable

We also provide follow up support, so if you do have any questions or are unsure of anything, we are there to help. We provide a student area on our website. This will give you access to consultation forms, consent forms, suppliers details, marketing material and anything else you need to provide treatments.

When you have successfully completed the Level 4 course, you will receive a diploma certificate issued by us. This not only demonstrates your commitment to the training, but also allows you to obtain Public Liability insurance so you can start offering treatments to paying clients from home or mobile.

Once you have completed your assessment days you will also receive your VTCT qualification certificate (this can take up to 12 weeks to be released from the awarding body VTCT).

Career Progression:

All of our diploma courses enable you to work from both home and mobile offering the specialised treatment(s) that you have completed. You can start earning by offering treatments to paying clients as soon as you have obtained your insurance. Facial treatments are hugely in demand to improve the condition of the skin and minimise the effects of aging. This course will enable you to begin earning well within this lucrative treatment area

The Level 4 Chemical Peel course is perfect for those looking to move into a career within advanced aesthetic treatments, gaining this qualification could see you working in any of the following fields:

  • Aesthetic Clinic

  • Beauty Salon

  • Medi Spa

  • Running your own Aesthetic business

We also offer a course on Setting up a Skin Clinic to help you create your own business.


Course Fee: £1300 + VAT (includes registration fee & Exam fee, excludes beauty kit and tunic)

The Skin Peel kit to cover treating 10 clients £500 + VAT