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7 Steps to Implementing Cosmetic Lasers into Your Practice in Queensland

Where do you start? Well, there are a few ducks to get in a row and some of them can swim concurrently. We demystify the process in 7 simple steps.

1. Possession Licence

You will need a Possession Licence if you want to own and control a Class 4 laser. This licence is needed before a radiation practice can be carried out, including acquiring or using a radiation source for a cosmetic service. This licence means that you can legally have Class 4 laser on your premises. Get this one before you buy your laser.

Cosmetic businesses commonly possess laser equipment for services, which include:

  • hair reduction
  • skin rejuvenation
  • capillary reduction
  • tattoo removal.

One of the key documents you need for this application is a Radiation Safety and Protection Plan (RSPP). The RSPP specifies the actions to protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of the laser radiation that will be used your clinic. These are quite detailed, time consuming and usually run to about twenty pages. We can help you with this plan.

2. Approval to Acquire 

To purchase or otherwise obtain laser equipment for your cosmetic business you will need an Approval to Acquire after you obtain a licence to possess the laser. After this you will have the go ahead to bring a laser into your clinic. This process helps to ensure that the necessary safety and risk measures are in place and that the radiation sources meet generally acceptable safety requirements. This portion of the process is very straight forward. 

3. Certificate of compliance for the premises

Each radiation practice must be issued with a certificate of compliance for the premises. By law, you are required to have your apparatus and rooms certified for compliance with Queensland’s radiation safety standards by a person accredited for the purpose under the Radiation Safety Act 1999. To obtain a list of accredited people that can help you get your room/premises certified send an email HERE.

4. Laser Installation

This is generally done by the engineer associated with the company you buy your laser from. They will unpack and assemble your laser. They will check that the laser works correctly. Things like the power, wavelength and timing are correct and that the built in emergency mechanisms (think "Standby" mode) are all up to scratch.


5. Trainee Licence


    6. Log Book Hours and Competency Assessment  

    Identify and have an arrangement with a person who holds an unrestricted Queensland license for the procedures you would like to be deemed competent for and ask them to be your supervisor/mentor. Can't find one? Consider spending time with our trainer in Lismore, Northern NSW to gain practical experience, log hours and gain confidence.

    Under the supervision of a full Qld licence holder you will need to perform the following under direct supervision (depending on what treatments you'd like to do):

    • 25 hours for hair removal
    • 50 hours for skin rejuvenation
    • 50 hours for superficial vascular lesion treatment
    • 75 hours for superficial pigmented lesion treatment
    • 100 hours for tattoo removal

    Maintain a log book of all the procedures you perform that is signed by your supervisor mentor

    7. Full User Licence

    When you have completed your log book your supervisor/mentor then signs you off with a Trainee Cosmetic Laser Operator – Statement of Competency which you submit to: Then you are ready to apply for a full licence. Once you are successful in this, you are ready to perform treatments autonomously according to the conditions on your licence.

    As always, if you have any questions, reach out to us HERE.

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