Professional Certificate in Clinical Laser Procedures (Laser Tattoo Removal)

This Professional Certificate is developed for aesthetic professionals to obtain a licence from the Radiological Council of WA to perform tattoo removal using Q-Switched, class 3B and 4 laser modalities. The course provides a holistic approach to laser practice within a cosmetic medical setting, encompassing units in:
- Laser and light physics
- Laser Safety
- Infection control
- Hands-on laser training in a 2:1 Student to Trainer ratio
- Required supervision hours for WA laser licensing

*Please note: AACDS reserves the right to change information relating to this course based on any potential changes to the WA licensing criteria as stipulated by the Radiological Council of WA.

For more information on the changes to the laser laws in Western Australia, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.


You must be currently registered with AHPRA as a Division 1 Registered Nurse AND have a minimum of five (5) years nursing experience


Total fee for the Professional Certificate in Cosmetic Laser Procedures (Laser Tattoo Removal)
= Tattoo removal with supervised hours $8,360 inc. GST
= Tattoo removal without supervised hours $3,960 inc. GST

- Upfront Payment
- Study Loans (find out more here)
- Payment Plan

Course Structure

Unit Title Study Mode Duration
Analyse the principles of light-based therapies in a cosmetic medical context* Online theory 30 hours
Laser safety certificate* (included in the above unit) Online theory 30 hours
Analyse the principles of wound healing to laser tattoo removal* Online theory 10 hours
Perform laser tattoo removal procedures Hands-on training in the AACDS Student Clinic 2 days
Supervised hours (students already working under a licensed laser operator may not have to complete this unit) Hands-on training in the AACDS Student Clinic 34 hours over a max. 18 weeks

*Endorsed CPD Points

CPD points endorsed by the ACN are available for these units.

Students Currently Working Under a Licensee

For students currently working under the supervision of a Medical Doctor or Registered Div. 1 Nurse holding a WA Laser Licence in Laser Tattoo Removal, you may be exempt from completing the supervised hours with AACDS. In this circumstance, the licensee at your workplace will provide your supervised hours.

Credit Transfer for AACDS Graduates

For graduates holding a qualification from AACDS, you will be exempt from the units completed within your AACDS course. However, we do recommend you complete a refresher on the unit ‘Analyse the principles of light-based therapies in a cosmetic medical context’. You will be provided free access to this online unit to refresh prior to your practical training.


Students who successfully complete all four units may achieve advanced standing/credit into the following nationally accredited courses:

52707WA Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies

52709WA Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Nursing

10510NAT Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science

To Apply:

1. Click the link below to download a copy of our application form
2. Complete the form
3. Email your completed application form to




Online theory plus hands-on training


Blended learning (online theory plus hands-on training)


Must be registered with AHPRA as a Division 1 Registered Nurse AND have a minimum of five (5) years nursing experience


Monthly intakes - Commencing in 2019