VTCT Level 4

Skin Needling

Gain your Skin Needling Level 4 NVQ certification with our world-recognised VTCT awarding body. This course is highly desired by those wishing to broaden their skills to micro-needling, derma rollers and derma pens into their clinic. Skin needling is rapidly growing in popularity due to its highly effective anti-ageing capability that targets fine lines, acne scars and pigmentation concerns.

Course Overview:

This Level 4 Skin Needling Course covers dermapen and microneedling rollers. This course is perfect if you want to introduce micro needling, derma rollers or dermapen into your clinic or add another qualification onto your CV. Skin needling is fast growing in popularity, and for good reason: it is a highly effective anti-ageing treatment that targets fine lines, acne scars and pigmentation.


The Level 4 Skin Needling course also covers both rollers and the stamp method. So you get to see the benefits of both treatments. The course covers:


Unit 1: Know safety considerations when providing skin needling treatments

  • Safety of product and equipment sourcing

  • Insurance guidelines

  • Hygiene considerations

  • Infection control

  • Products to be used during treatment

  • Hazards & Risks, 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: Be able to prepare for Level 4 Certificate Skin Needling,

  • Prepare the therapist

  • Prepare the client:

  • Area set up

  • Cleansing the skin prior to treatment

  • Types and purpose of cosmetic skin needling products

  • Preparation of work area

  • Selection of products and device

  • Treatment technique

  • Adapting the treatment

  • Treatment areas to avoid

  • Use and limitations of cosmetic skin needling products and

  • Possible effects and benefits

  • Effects and risks

  • Contra-actions

  • 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 needling

Unit 4: Be able to consult, plan and prepare for cosmetic skin needling 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 needling treatments

  • Prepare and protect the client and self

  • Maintain client’s modesty and privacy at all times

  • Position the client

  • Maintain own posture and working methods

  • Ensure environmental conditions are suitable for treatment

  • Ensure the use of clean equipment and materials

  • Promote environmental and sustainable working practices

  • Safe use of equipment, materials and products

  • Prepare the skin

  • Select appropriate PPE

  • Selection of equipment

  • Needling size selection

  • Apply the cosmetic skin needling treatment

  • Work systematically

  • Calculate the duration and intensity of the application

  • Monitor the skin reaction and client response

  • Verbally communicate with the client

  • Apply complementary single use formulation

  • Apply cooling skin procedures

  • Apply post-treatment products

  • Take post-treatment photographs

  • Provide post care advice and homecare

  • Dispose of waste materials to meet legal requirements

  • Complete the treatment in a commercially viable time

  • Update client records

  • Comply with protocols to avoid cross infection

  • Provide and manage post-treatment communications and outcomes


The Level 4 Skin Needling 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 Level 4 skin needling, as per Unit 5.

The Medical Micro-Needling (NVQ Level 4) is carried out on-site for 3 days. Minimum case study required; 2 Treatments on the Face, 2 Treatments on the Body. 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 you 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.

Skin Needling Kit: Take home FDA approved skin needling device and start treating clients straight away. Skin Needling kit to cover treating 10 clients £1100 + VAT


Course Structure:

Much of the 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.

We do provide study materials to assist you in completion of your written coursework & in preparation for your assessments. Students will require products/tools at home and to arrange models to complete their coursework/assessments. All products and tools are provided for the training days at the centre when you attend. No kit is required to complete the training days, nor included in the course fee. Tea & coffee are provided on the training days


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.

The Level 4 Skin Needling 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 Needling kit to cover treating 10 clients £1100 + VAT