AACDS is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) established in 2004 to deliver nationally accredited qualifications in cosmetic nursing and dermal therapies. AACDS developed the first vocational qualifications in dermal therapies in 2004 and the first formal postgraduate qualification in cosmetic nursing in 2007.

AACDS continues to be at the forefront of innovation in field of aesthetics education and is currently developing the first AQF qualification in cosmetic medicine for the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia.

Our awards include:

Professional Recognition and Memberships

In addition to graduating from AACDS with a nationally accredited qualification, your qualification will be recognised by key employer groups and societies in cosmetic medicine and dermal therapies.

This includes;

Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine (Cosmetic Nurse Category)
Aesthetic Practitioners Advisory Network (General Gold Category)
Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine (Cosmetic Nurse Category)
Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (Cosmetic Nurse Affiliate Category)
Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians (Associate Membership)

The 2:1 Student to Trainer Practical Training Advantage

AACDS believes the only safe and effective way to learn cosmetic injectables, dermatoscopy and dermal therapies is within a real cosmetic clinic where students treat real patients under medical supervision.


2:1 Student Trainer Ratio

Established student clinics
Train on real patients
Exclusivity to equipment
Hands-on practical training in addition to optional clinical placement

Other Providers May

Have 5. or more students per trainer (even up to 10)

Hire facilities
Train on fellow students
Share equipment and wait your turn

Have internship or clinical placement only (no hands-on prac provided)


Linda Sim, MBA

Linda is the CEO of Niche Education Group (trading as AACDS). Linda has extensive business experience in the beauty industry ranging from owning a cosmetic franchise in New Zealand to lecturing in dermal science to running all the Aspire Training Clinics. Linda holds a Diploma of Beauty Therapy, Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science, Higher Education Certificate in Cosmetic Chemistry, Diploma of Business and a Masters of Business Administration

Ekta Tandon, RN

Ekta is the course coordinator for the Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science and the Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies. Ekta’s role involves curriculum development, lecturing and training as well as managing the Aesthetics CPD Program. Ekta holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science and a Masters of Nursing.

Dr Jason Oates

Dr Jason Oates, MBBS, FRACS

Dr Oates is the unit coordinator for ‘Evaluate cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures’. He is a practicing facial plastic surgeon with a specific focus on facelift and ablative laser procedures. Dr Oates’ bring his 20 years-experience in cosmetic medicine to lecture curriculum at AACDS.

Dr Keturah Hoffman

Dr Keturah Hoffman MBBS

Dr Keturah Hoffman is the unit coordinator for the Cosmetic Injectables unit and Dermatology unit. Her role involves curriculum development, lecturing, training and assessing. Dr Hoffman has been a Cosmetic Physician and Phlebologist for nearly 30 years, as well as continuing in limited General Practice.  She was the Inaugural President of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia, and is on the Board of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia and the course coordinator for that College's Registrar Training Program.  Dr Hoffman is a Foundation Fellow of the Australasian College of Phlebology and a Life Fellow of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia.  She has been involved in teaching and training in cosmetic and vascular medicine for over 20 years and is a firm believer that greater knowledge and skill leads to greater safety.

Jessica Voon, Registered Pharmacist - B.MEDSC, M.PHARM

Jessica is the unit coordinator and senior lecturer for the units ‘Evaluate the use and formulation of cosmeceuticals’ and ‘Apply the anti-ageing protocols to cosmetic medicine’. Jessica is a practicing compounding pharmacist with a special interest in cosmetic formulations. Jessica also holds the Australasian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine’s Certificate in Anti-Ageing.

Simon Ross

Simon Ross - CPA

Simon is the unit coordinator and senior lecturer for the unit ‘Manage and promote the cosmetic practice’. Simon is a Certified Practicing Accountant holding a current position as Chief Financial Officer at Niche Education Group and the Aspire Training Clinics. He has over 10 years’ experience in the field of aesthetics and education.

Marian Morley

Marian Morley, RN

Marian is the unit coordinator and senior lecturer for the unit ‘Integrate health and dermatology for cosmetic practice’. Marian has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nursing, Diplomas in Operating Room Nursing and Occupational Health and Safety. She also holds certificates in nutrition, exercise physiology, homeopathy, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, massage/lymphatic drainage, reflexology and anti-aging/functional medicine.

Curriculum Advisory Board

In addition to our brilliant team, AACDS rely on our Curriculum Advisory Board for advice regarding course content and graduate employment skills. As a vocational provider, our accredited courses are shaped by needs of the cosmetic industry and the skills outcome requested by employers.

The AACDS Administration and Student Support Team

Jessica Hirjee - Student Enquiries and Enrolment

Jessica will assist you with all enquiries and help you through the enrolment process.

Katie O'Callaghan - Student Support

Katie’s primary role at AACDS is to provide student support services that are not of an academic nature. She’s available Monday to Friday from the hours of 8.30am to 5pm.

Pooja bajracharia

Pooja Bajracharia - Student Support

Pooja will assist in various student enquiries. She’s available Monday to Friday from the hours of 8.30am to 5pm.

Charlotte Morgan

Charlotte Morgan - Student Support

Charlotte assists in all your enrolment processes. She’s available Monday to Friday from the hours of 8.30am to 5pm.