Course Description

Diploma in Aesthetic Therapy

Aesthetic Training Academy Ireland (ATAI)

The Diploma in Aesthetic Therapy represents the most in-depth version of our group of access aesthetic courses. It includes all that is delivered in the Award in Aesthetic Therapy and the Certificate in Aesthetic Therapy and further equips the delegate with advanced Level 5 Laser modalities including Tattoo Removal. It delves into complex medium peels, includes a fully accredited first aid course and even provides advanced laser facial techniques as the suspended carbon laser facial. We provide a more in-depth education into skin needling techniques moving beyond skin rejuvenation and into skin restoration of acne scarring, post-operative scarring and general scar treatment. We move into complex treatment scenarios requiring treatment pathways using multiple evidence-based modalities to address broad skin structural concerns. You will learn about treatment options for pigmented and vascular lesions, be able to operate within your remit for advanced vascular treatment with the ND: Yag laser.

While the course is challenging it is not out of the reach of school leavers wanting to enter the aesthetics sector. Our inclusive online learning approach to theory with a reinforced practical methodology coupled with access to expert tutors provide a memorable and valuable learning environment. You will come out of the course employment ready with a host of sought-after skills and qualifications, that will serve you well in Ireland and just as well if you decide to work internationally.

During the course, you will undertake clinical training in a variety of settings. You will learn to identify, evaluate and manage the physical, psychological and social needs of clients undergoing dermal assessment and treatment for conditions such as:

  • wound healing
  • scarring
  • pre/post-operative skin care
  • fluid retention
  • inflammatory conditions
  • skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and rosacea
  • uneven skin tone and pigmentation
  • ageing or sun damaged skin
  • removal of excess hair, skin tags and superficial veins.

Understand the skin as an organ and how nutrition, environmental factors, stress and lifestyle impact skin health. Learn research methodology and evidence-based practice. Understand how to create complex treatment plans, advanced consultation skills and how to identify at-risk groups through aesthetic psychology.


  • cardiovascular system
  • lymphatic system
  • nervous system
  • muscular system
  • skeletal system
  • endocrine system
  • physiology
  • pharmacology
  • pathology
  • microbiology
  • biochemistry
  • biophysics
  • hygiene
  • skin anatomy
  • skin function
  • skin physiology
  • skin conditions
  • skin management
  • laser tissue interaction
  • infection control
  • wound healing
  • evidence-based practice
  • research methodologies
  • professionalism
  • law
  • ethics
  • aesthetic psychology
  • occupational health & safety
  • laser core of knowledge
  • record keeping
  • clinical photography
  • conflict resolution
  • clinical governance
  • principles of quality assurance


  • advanced consultation
  • facial skin care
  • facial cleansing
  • topical skin therapy
  • skin analysis
  • skin conditions
  • skin treatment


  • skin peels
  • skin needling
  • laser hair removal
  • laser/IPL skin rejuvenation
  • laser/IPL pigmentation
  • laser/IPL superficial redness
  • laser carbon suspension facial
  • laser tattoo removal
  • radio frequency

First Aid

Included in the course is a fully accredited first aid course valid for two years. The module covers all aspects of general first-aid and first aid in the workplace.

Module content includes:

  • cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) & automated external defibrillator (AED) use including:
  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • foreign body airway obstruction
  • medical emergencies (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, asthma)
  • trauma (bleeding control, musculoskeletal injuries, sprains and strains)
  • poisons and allergic reactions
  • burns & scalds


  • Level 4 Diploma in Aesthetic Therapies
  • Level 4 Certificate in Aesthetic Practice Core of Knowledge
  • Level 4 Certificate in Skin Peels
  • Level 4 Certificate in Skin Needling
  • Level 4 Certificate in Radio Frequency
  • Level 4 Diploma in Laser & Light
  • Level 5 Certificate in Advanced Blemish Removal
  • Level 5 Certificate in Tattoo Removal or Fade


  • Practical exams
  • Treatment Evidence Logbook
  • Theory – 6 Assignments
  • Theory – MCQ’s (Multiple Choice Questions)

Course Duration

18 Months part-time 3 days per week. Plus at home learning through our online learning platform specifically designed for healthcare courses.

College Name Aesthetic Training Academy Ireland (ATAI)
Course Category Beauty, Skin Treatments
Course Type Blended - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course Location Swords, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Co. Dublin
Course Fee 16000
Course Duration 18 months
Awarding Body ITEC
Title of Awarding Varied
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