Professional Certificate in Clinical Laser Procedures (Superficial Cosmetic Procedures)

This Professional Certificate is developed for aesthetic professionals to obtain a licence from the Radiological Council of WA to perform superficial cosmetic laser procedures including treatment of benign pigmented lesions, vascular lesions and diffuse erythema and non-ablative skin rejuvenation. The course provides a holistic approach to laser practice within a cosmetic medical setting, encompassing units in:

  • Laser and light physics
  • Laser Safety
  • Cosmetic dermatology
  • 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 hold an industry relevant qualification such as the Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science, Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies, Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Nursing, Cert IV or Diploma of Beauty Therapy, Diploma of Enrolled Nursing OR Bachelor of Nursing.


Total fee for the Professional Certificate in Cosmetic Laser Procedures (Superficial Cosmetic Procedures)
= $11,800


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

  • 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 cosmetic dermatology* Online theory 20 hours
Perform light-based therapies for the purpose of skin rejuvenation Hands-on training in the AACDS Student Clinic 2 days
Perform non-ablative fractionated laser (delivered with the above unit) Hands-on training in the AACDS Student Clinic 2 days
Supervised hours (students already working under a licenced laser operator may not have to complete this unit) Hands-on training in the AACDS Student Clinic 84 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 cosmetic professional holding a WA Laser Licence in Superficial Cosmetic Procedures, you may be exempt from completing the supervised hours with AACDS. In this circumstance, the licencee 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.

Further Learning Pathways

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






Blended learning (online theory plus hands-on training)


Must hold an industry relevant qualification


Monthly intakes - Commencing Jan 2019