Certification is an affirmation that one has completed a course of study, passed an examination, or otherwise met specified criteria for certification. However, certification is not a permission to act, but rather a statement of completion or qualification. Certification is a private matter, issued by a private organization that provides the clients with more information and confidence about the certified practitioner. It also gives practitioners a way to increase their competency through passing a course of study and exams and advertise or inform colleagues and public of their qualification of performance in the certified subject.
Reasons for certification
Certification is a method to elevate your status and legitimacy amongst peers, other medical personnel and demonstrate competency with potential and existing government regulatory agencies. For physicians, board certification may be necessary to gain or maintain privileges to perform medical aesthetic surgery at a particular firm, to demonstrate a level of competency greater than others in the field, and to demonstrate that practitioners are interested in setting and maintaining high standards of patient care. As well, for medical aestheticians certification may be necessary because clinics or physicians may require certification for employment. In addition, medical aestheticians can demonstrate a level of competency equal to or greater than others in the field through certification.
Certified Medical Aesthetics Technologist Diploma ProgramTM
With the prompt advances in the field of skin care and the medical cosmetic procedures, critical need for both education and special certification is substantially increasing. The Certified Medical Aesthetics Technologist ProgramTM designed by the Canadian Association of Medical Spas & Aesthetic Surgeons presents both basic core theory and advanced practical knowledge in medical aesthetics. This program offers potentials of employment and professional occupation for make-up artists, holistic health practitioners,cosmetologist, nurses, estheticians, and medical profs.
Anatomy and Physiology
Microbiology, Sanitization and Infection Control
Most Common Skin, Nails and Hair Disorders
Client Assessment and Psychology for Medical Aesthetics
Skin Care Products Analysis and Chemistry
Cosmetic Lasers and IPL Technology
Medical Grade Chemical Peels and Controled Exfoliation
Dermal Fillers, HA- and Collagen- based
Cosmetic Botox - Safety and Operation
Lipodissolve Mesotherapy & Body Contouring
Sclerotherapy Vein Removal
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Facial Rejuvenation
Autologous Fat Grafting / Cosmetic Fat Transfer
Microdermabrasion / Radiofrequency / High frequency
Medical Aesthetics Certification Program recognized and recommended by the Canadian Association of Medical Spas and Aesthetic Surgeons should be able to train medical doctors and registered nurses who wish to expand their qualifications in the areas of Aesthetic Medicine and to practice non-surgical / non-invasive procedures in medical aesthetics clinics. Other medical or paramedical educators may attend the program and obtain the certification of completion, however, in most circumstances they must work under the supervision of qualified physicians, board certified surgeons or licensed dermatologists.
Exam Date and Place
2017: Vancouver BC, Canada: January 3, May 1, September 1, December 1.
2017: Toronto ON, Canada: January 3, May 1, September 1, December 1.
Who is qualified to apply for the board certification?
Surgeons, Physicians, Dentists, Naturopathic doctors, Nurses, Medical Aestheticians. Laser technicians can only become board certified in Aesthetic Laser Technology. Please contact us if you have other qualifications to see you can write the board examination and become certified.
Is there a long distance / online / module-completion-based examination?
Yes. This option is provided for convenience and reduction of traveling costs. Yet, it is a comprehensive and full-scale examination.
What is the format of the examination?
After registering in the program, a package of multiple choices, short-answer, long-answer, True / False, case studies, and problem solving questions will be mailed out to you. You will be given certain amount of time to answer the questions and complete the modules.
How many questions are there to complete the exam?
There is up to 985 questions that you need to answer. Looking up and searching for the answers provide you with an excellent learning and refreshing opportunity.
How is the process of the certification?
Once we receive all the required completed exams, modules, and supporting documents, and processing fee, they will be reviewed by our board of directors and faculty members who are university / clinical affiliated practitioners. Then upon their recommendation you will become board certified.
What sort of supporting documents I need to submit?
Application and registration form
A recent CV
Copies of your academic achievements including residency, university diplomas, certificates, workshops attended etc
One passport size photo
Certification fee as outlined in the registration form
Is there a passing mark / percentage?
Yes. You would need at least 75% to pass a particular subject.
Will I receive a certificate?
Yes. We will send you confirmation letter that you have become Board Certified in Medical Aesthetics. A certificate of completion will also be provided. Please see a sample of the certificate here.
How can I apply and register for the exam?
Please download PDF application / registration form here and send it along with your supporting documents and payment.
You may apply online and attach your documents here.
Medical Aesthetics Board Certification & Training Courses
Cosmetic use of Botulinom Toxin (Botox)
This workshop consists of an intense, comprehensive (one-day) course in both Botox cosmetics and Botox therapeutics. Participant will go over facial muscles anatomy, injection techniques, patient examination and facial analysis, and treatment of complications. Botox dilution methods, preparation and storage, will also be covered. Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the training.
A comprehensive and hands-on two-day training course for dermal filler. The training will cover major dermal fillers currently in use such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Teosyal and Evolence. The use of Macrolane, in non-surgical body contouring may be covered in this course. Special emphasis will be placed on precise injection techniques, facial anatomy, nerve block for dermal filler, patient selection and examination, treatment of complications, pain control / nerve block techniques for dermal filler injection, and preparation and storage of dermal fillers. Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the training.
This course comprises a comprehensive, 8-hours hands-on training. Basic hair and skin anatomy will be discussed in detail. Participants will gain knowledge of procedures and protocols for skin preparation prior to chemical peeling. This is essential for reduction the risk of complications such as infection and pigmentation. Participants will also learn how to examine and treat different skin types and color. All main chemical categories commonly use in clinical and aesthetic medical procedures such as Trichloro Acetic Acid (TCA), Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Phenol, and various Alpha Hydroxy Acids will be covered in the course. Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the training.
This course is ideal for those who want to incorporate cosmetic lasers therapy in their practices. This extensive and hands-on laser training includes all necessary medical grounds to safely and effectively perform laser and light therapy. Fractionated lasers, laser hair reduction, laser tattoo removal, Intense Pulse Light (IPL) devices, and photodynamic therapy are covered in this certification course. Laser physics, analysis of skin type, skin and hair anatomy, skin preparation prior to laser treatment, and non-ablative laser techniques is also an essential element of the curriculum. Various types of laser currently employed in medical aesthetics including CO2 and Erbium lasers, will be trained. Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the training.
LipoDissolve Mesotherapy is a non-invasive procedure alternative to liposuction. It works by a series of microinjections of specially selected drug, vitamins and/or amino acids into the areas of the body where the unwanted fat deposit is located.Mesotherapy is effective for breaking up the persistent fat deposits that is hard to be removed by diet and exercise. Injection of lipolysis or fat dissolving substances will also reduce and shrink the size of unpleasant lipomas. Participants will learn two techniques that are most popular: Subcutaneous microinjections and Nappage technique. Dilution, preparation, injection and storage methods of the drugs used in Mesotherapy will also be covered. Participants will receive certification upon completion of training. Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the training.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapyis a high demand procedure that mingles advance technology with the body’s natural capability to heal itself. In this procedure the very own patient blood is separated into its active serum and platelet parts that are then mixed with Calcium Chloride and injected into the wrinkles, folds and areas that need to be corrected. The concentrated platelets in PRP contain large amounts of growth factors and signaling proteins that promote collagen fibrillogenesis and the repair and regeneration of tissue. Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy is highly in demand because of its use in treating sports injuries in professional athletes. However, the benefits from these techniques reach more patients than just athletes. These same growth factors also have beneficial cosmetic applications, such as facial and skin rejuvenation. This workshop is not solely a lecture. Attendees will be required to administer PRP for live patients in order to earn their Certificate of Completion. Cosmetic Platelet-rich Plasma workshoppresented by the BC Academy of Medical Spa & Skin Care will teach you about the Aesthetic procedure commonly used for facial rejuvenation.
PRP to treat Hair Loss
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) combined with Medical Skin Needling is a great natural procedure that uses your body’s own plasma to stimulate the hair follicles encouraging new hair growth. This procedure is effective in the treatment of Alopecia
How does the Procedure work
It involves passing an electronic needle-rolling device over the affected area. The needles penetrate into the second layer of the skin, where the hair follicles are pierced creating thousands of miniature skin wounds. A vial of blood is then drawn from your body and centrifugally spun to separate the platelets. The Platelet Rich Plasma containing concentrated amounts of growth factors is then infused directly into the scalp. The skin remains intact and is not damaged therefore promoting constructive regeneration. As the skin begins its wound healing process these growth factors are present in the follicular bulge area, where stem cells are found. This activates the proliferative phase of the hair cycle, resulting in new thicker, hair growth.
This training and certification course covers procedures that provide the patients with facial fat sculpting, also called microlipoinjection. This method can restore attractive contours to the cheeks, chin, and under-eye area, and add volume to the lips.
Microlipoinjection , also called autologous fat transfer, is a procedure in which an individual's own body fat is used to plump up sunken or emaciated areas of the face or to add volume where desired. The word "autologous" simply refers to the use of one's own tissues or fat. Because the patient's own fat is used, autologous fat transfer training will requires three steps. The first step involves the gentle liposuction of some excess fat (such as that found in the jowls, abdomen, thighs, or buttocks). The second step involves the isolation and cleansing of the fat cells. The third and final step involves the injection of the fat cells into the targeted facial areas known as the fat cell transplantation.
Fat Injections vs. Other Dermal Fillers
The most important difference between autologous fat injection and other types of dermal fillers is that fat transfer doesn't introduce a foreign material into the body. This aspect of fat transfer is particularly beneficial for people who are allergic or sensitive to products such as collagen or Hyaluronic Acid (HA). Another factor that sets facial fat injection apart from other dermal fillers is the length of time that the volume enhancement provided by a fat transfer lasts. Generally, the effects of fat injection can last from several months to two years or more. In some cases, the effects last indefinitely.
Sclerotherapy is a very popular and effective way to eliminate unsightly spider veins and small varicose veins near the surface of the skin. Sclerotherapy is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure and with the right training, nurses and doctors are capable of offering this service to their own clientele. Attendees of sclerotherapy training course will participate and perform hands-on procedures and demonstrations. The course materials you receive include written protocols, medical lists of supplies and solutions needed, along with detailed illustrations describing the techniques you learn. All intake forms, medical questionaires, and treatment forms are supplied to allow for a seamless integration to your present services offered.
By attending the Sclerotherapy & Laser Solutions techniques you will learn to effectively integrate and safely administersclerotherapy into your medical practice, which will benefit patients from both a medical and cosmetic perspective. Learning to perform sclerotherapy provides an effective way to help patients, while adding another significant income to your practice through these cash basis procedures. These procedures can be conducted by yourself or other trained healthcare professionals (i.e. nurse, nurse practitioner) within your office setting and allow for new aesthetic services to offer to your patients.