AACDS needs your support

From the 1st of January 2017, the VET FEE-HELP Government loan scheme will be replaced with the new VET Student Loans program.

The new scheme will be only available to courses on an eligible course list, and loans will be capped at either $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000.

This week, the Government issued a draft list of courses, which will be eligible for the new loan scheme. AACDS is currently working on our submission to have added to the list:

  • (10510NAT) Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science
  • (52707WA) Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies
  • (52709WA) Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Nursing

If you wish to study in the field of dermal therapies and/or cosmetic nursing beyond 2017, then we kindly request your help.

The Government is taking feedback from the public about the draft eligible course list.

We strongly encourage you to show your support, by:

  1. Sending an email to VETStudentLoans@education.gov.au
  2. Subject headline: ‘Feedback on the eligible course list’
  3. In the email, state the course you wish to study and request that the course(s) be added to the list of eligible courses for the new VET Student Loans scheme.


Many thanks,

AACDS Management Team

Recruit The Perfect Employee

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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 enquiry@ihna.edu.au. You can download the course flyer, here.

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