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Ever-more sophisticated courses offered by dermal therapy and beauty colleges are helping graduates find jobs that never previously existed in the rapidly expanding cosmedical and advanced aesthetics arena.

In turn, this is helping salons, spas and clinics find team members who are not only a perfect fit for the roles required in terms of training and qualifications, but are work-ready.

As an owner and/or manager, you would well know how time-consuming it is to bring a new recruit up to speed on the job. It requires you either to take time out from your own duties or co-opt the time of another staff member, all of which comes at a cost to the business. And you may eventually find that the recruit isn’t up to the job after all.

“In view of the pending education requisites and to satisfy medico legal requirements, it makes perfect sense to hire clinical staff who are already trained and hold formal qualifications in the aesthetics profession,” says Linda Sim, CEO of the Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science (AACDS).

AACDS has been delivering a range of nationally recognised qualifications in dermal science and cosmetic nursing since 2004.

It’s Australia’s largest and longest-established vocational college dedicated purely to advanced aesthetics education and offers the only formal nationally-recognised qualification in cosmetic nursing.

These qualifications contain a sound balance of theory and practical units covering epidermal resurfacing and light-based techniques, cosmetic dermatology and anti-ageing medicine.

“Therefore, AACDS is pleased to announce the launch of its new, updated recruitment site, which provides a free recruitment service to all cosmetic clinics in Australia,” says Linda.

“The site is very-user friendly, allowing employers to easily post a job advert.”

Jobs posted on the AACDS recruitment site are only accessible to AACDS graduates, so employers are assured only applicants who hold either an Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science, Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies or Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Nursing can apply.

A unique aspect of all AACDS courses is their practical training in dermal therapies delivered with only two students per trainer/assessor within state-of-the-art student clinic facilities. This student/trainer ratio allows students to have exclusivity to aesthetic equipment as opposed to sharing and/or just observing.

Dr Charl du Plessis from Perth’s Pier Street Cosmetics, reports: “We’ve been impressed with the quality of AACDS Graduates. Their underpinning knowledge and skills means that the amount of in-office training is significantly reduced.”

AACDS courses are delivered online with practical training units delivered in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Perth. On-campus theory classes are also available in Perth and the Gold Coast.

For more information on our recruitment service, or to post a vacancy, please visit the AACDS Recruitment page.

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Enhance Your Career in Dermal Therapies



Enhance Your Career by becoming an Enrolled Nurse. Save time and money by using your Advanced Diploma to gain credit into Diploma of Nursing.

AACDS and the Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (IHNA) have an articulation agreement which allows graduates of the 10510NAT Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science, the opportunity to study HLT51612 Diploma of Nursing with a credit transfer in the following units:

  • HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status
  • HLTIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and coworkers
  • HLTIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • HLTEN401B Work in the nursing profession
  • HLTEN509B Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
  • HLTEN502B Apply effective communication skills in nursing practice

Next Course Date: 11th April 2016
On-Campus: Perth, Sydney and Melbourne
Online: Available online with 2-week practical on campus required every semester (Those from other states can enrol as well, provided they attend the campus 2 weeks every semester for the lab practice)
Fees: Funding available in WA and VIC. For all fee and payment details, please contact 1800 22 52 83 or email You can download the course flyer, here.

For information on studying the 10510NAT Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science at AACDS, click here.

New Heights for Dermal Therapy Qualifications in Australia

The Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science (AACDS) is delighted to announce the national accreditation of the Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies – the highest qualification available in Australia in the field of Dermal Therapies.

The Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies superseded the Vocational Graduate Certificate in Dermal Therapies in December 2014. The new course is classified as a level 8 in the Australian Qualification Framework, which is higher than an Advanced Diploma or Bachelor Degree.

In addition to being a higher academic level, the Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies covers essential competencies such as fractionated, non-ablative laser, principles of anti-ageing medicine and dermatology in a cosmetic medical context. AACDS and the Australasian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine (A5M), have also partnered to deliver the core unit “Analyse the Principles of Anti-Ageing Medicine, which provides graduates with credit into the A5M Certification in Anti-Ageing Medicine for Allied Health Professionals.

The new content of the course was established by the AACDS Curriculum Advisory Board, which consists of cosmetic/plastic surgeons, cosmetic chemists, cosmetic physicians, dermal therapists and cosmetic nurses. Curriculum Advisory Board member, Dr Jayson Oates FRACS, states, “Qualifications in dermal therapies must be in line with the needs of a modern cosmetic medical clinic. Prospective students must consider their return on investment and industry recognition when selecting a course in dermal therapies”.

AACDS is proud of its industry involvement and connections established over ten years as a Registered Training Organisation. The qualifications delivered through AACDS still remain the only courses widely recognised by the key societies in Cosmetic Medicine and their recruitment division provides graduates with access to many industry positions.

The Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies is delivered online with practical placements available in Perth, Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Melbourne. On-campus, small-group classes are also available in Perth, Gold Coast and Brisbane. Students can select from full-time, part-time or single unit mode, studying over a period of ten months to two years. AACDS CEO Linda Sim reports that, “most students studying this course are currently working in industry, therefore our aim is to provide students with a flexible course so it does negatively impact on work or family”.

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