Graduate Certificate in Intense Pulsed Light & Cosmetic Laser Therapy

This qualification reflects the role of an IPL and/or Laser operator who applies comprehensive, specialised knowledge and skills to design and safely apply non-ionising radiation treatments using intense pulsed light and laser technologies on the face and body to reduce unwanted hair, perform; skin rejuvenation, treatment of superficial pigmented skin lesions, superficial vascular lesions and for tattoo removal.

In this role, the operator makes complex, high level, self-directed judgments by consulting with clients and analysing their skin and hair characteristics. This is followed by designing and evaluating a range of intense pulsed light and Cosmetic Laser treatment programs while selecting and using appropriate technology. The procedure is performed within the context of client safety and safe operator practices, in compliance with regulatory requirements. Ongoing technological developments in this area of practice require the use of broad knowledge and the identification, analysis and evaluation of information from a variety of sources to build personal capability.

Practice may be undertaken in a variety of IPL and Cosmetic Laser platforms available in the beauty industry or in other related sectors where these services are offered. The use of intense pulsed light and laser is subject to legislation, regulation and licensing in some Australian States and Territories.

Develop workplace policies and procedures for intense pulsed light and cosmetic laser procedures, including hair removal

Intense Pulsed Light and Cosmetic Laser Policies & Procedures - Foundational Skills Required


Foundation skills essential to the performance of this unit, but not explicit in the performance criteria are listed here, along with a brief context statement.
Skills Description
Reading skills to:
  • interpret both familiar and unfamiliar, and potentially complex documents such as;
    • workplace work health and safety policies and procedures
    • materials describing industry and regulatory requirements of intense pulsed light and laser hair reduction.
Writing skills to:
  • Formulate policies and procedures and complete related documentation.

Oral Communication skills to:

  • To relay and communicate policies and procedures to clients and co-workers.
Numeracy skills to:
  • To understand numerical values expressed during treatment protocols as part of policy and procedure development. 
Problem-solving skills to:
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to overcome troubleshooting 
Initiative and enterprise skills to:
  • To develop robust policies and procedures which ensure sound business practice and viability
Teamwork skills to:
  • Collaborate with colleagues, to assimilate information to develop or improve policies and procedure.
  • To motivate colleagues to work together as a team to implement the policies and procedures. 
Planning and organising skills to:
  • Design and implementation of policies and procedures which ensure optimal treatment timelines and efficiency at work. 
Technology skills to:
  • Understand equipment parameters, manufacturers instructions and various applications of use within the course of safe practice. 






























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1.1 Identify and review legislative, regulatory compliance and licensing requirements

IPL & Laser Legislation in Australia

Currently only Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania have regulations regarding the ownership and use of lasers. Tasmania also regulates IPL use under the Tasmanian Radiation Protection Act. In Australia, although the use of laser is regulated in some states, the use and ownership of IPL devices is still unregulated. There are changes underway and  ARPANSA (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency) set up the Radiation Health Committee [RHC] Working Group which ran a survey in 2012 to look into laser and IPL use and how best to possibly regulate the use of such devices, especially in the cosmetic area.  After collating the information they have now released a Regulatory Impact Statement, Intense Pulsed Light sources [IPLs] and Lasers for Cosmetic or Beauty Therapy – Consultation Draft May 2015. 


The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is the Australian Government's primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. ARPANSA regulates Commonwealth entities using radiation with the objective of protecting people and the environment from the harmful effect of radiation. ARPANSA undertakes research, provides services, and promotes national uniformity and the implementation of international best practice across all jurisdictions. ARPANSA has a dedicated division, RHC (Radiation Health Committee), which plays an active role concerning licensing in states that regulate the ownership and use/operation of lasers. 


The ideal insurance package must be suitable to cover treatment risks associated with advanced cosmetic therapies, such as IPL & Laser Therapy, Dermabrasion, Red Vein Removal, Acid Peels and similar. Previously unavailable and uncovered these risks are now covered by specialised insurance brokers. 

A good insurance broker will provide you with options, so that you can take up any or all of the benefits in the event of Fire/Perils, Business Interruption, Burglary, Money, Glass, Machinery Breakdown, Electronic Equipment, Employee Theft or General Property cover. They should also offer indemnity liability extension to ensure that the operator and organisation are fully covered.  

Opting for Professional Indemnity Cover that provides a claims made wording, means that the incidence can occur at any time, but must be reported to the insurance company within an insured period.  It is good practice to shop for comparative insurance quotes, but always compare the pros and cons to ensure that adequate coverage and benefits are obtained at the best price.  

IPL & Laser Associations Australia


The Association of Professional Aestheticians of Australia is recognised for its commitment to education and raising the standards within its membership so that the public can be assured they are in the hands of competent professionals.

In the early 50s a group of dedicated beauty therapists, many of them with European qualifications, would get together and discuss issues of the profession’s public image and ethics, and so the plight to establish a professional body was birthed. 

This dedicated group pioneered the way for the first Australian Association to be established with a Constitution and A Code of Ethical Practice in October 1957. The association was named "THE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL AESTHETICIANS OF AUSTRALIA"

AMCLP (IPL & Laser Division of APAA) See their website for Registration Process & Costs

AMLA Australian Medical Laser Association

The Australian Medical Laser Association's primary responsibility is to promote and facilitate the advancement of laser medicine, photobiomodulation, and allied sciences in Australia.

AMLA serves as a discussion forum, a lobby group, and an educational resource for its members.

The Association is not affiliated, either directly or by proxy, with any commercial interest or operation. It exists of and for itself and its members, and not for the financial or commercial benefit of its founders.

Various levels of membership cater for the needs of anyone interested in the rapidly growing field of laser medicine and phototherapy, including students, researchers and practitioners. Commercial involvement is satisfied through corporate membership.

1.2 Review existing workplace policies and procedures and determine required changes.

1.3 Identify and review industry standards and guidelines to be reflected in policies and procedures.

1.4 Determine work health & Safety and risk management requirements, including control measures to be reflected in Policies and Procedures

1.5 Determine client consent and consultation requirements to be reflected in policies and procedures content

1.6. Determine qualification, training and induction requirements for practitioners performing intense pulsed light and laser treatments.

1.7. Identify relevant personnel to be consulted during policy and procedure development

2. Develop draft policies and procedures

2.1 Develop draft policies according to identified needs and relevant legislation and compliance requirements

2.2 Develop draft procedures to support policy implementation according to identified needs and relevant legislation

2.3 Develop an implementation and communication plan to support the implementation of policies and procedures.

2.4 Develop supporting workplace forms, checklists and reporting documentation

2.5 Communicate draft policies and procedures to relevant personnel and seek feedback

3. Finalise policies and procedures

3.1 Make amendments to draft policies and procedures based on feedback received

3.2 Ensure compliance with legislative and compliance requirements

3.3 Edit and confirm final documentation

3.4 Communicate finalised policies and procedures

3.5 Store policy and procedure documentation