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TATTOO REMOVAL Online Laser Safety Course & Practical Theory (Cosmetic/Medical-Industry Endorsed)

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Australians are looking for people like you to give them a 'blank canvas'. Thirty-four percent of Australians who have a tattoo regret it, and one in seven of this group are considering removal (1). This a cohort of 1.2 million people wanting their skin clear of their current tattoo. That doesn't include those who'd just like to lighten what they have to put a new one over the top. 

Tattoo removal is a specialist skill. Are you a doctor, nurse, beauty therapist or dermal therapists who currently perform laser tattoo removal or are you seeking to broaden your skill set? 

Are you working or planning to work in your own tattoo removal business or maybe for someone else? Not only does this course address the fundamentals of laser safety but also everything you need to know when removing tattoos with a laser.

This course includes a Laser Safety Certificate.

Course content

Operational characteristics of lasers

  • Generation of the laser beam and propagation of light
  • Characteristics of lasers and the laser beam
  • Properties of different types of lasers
  • Optical pathways
  • Delivery systems and applicators/including IPL
  • Laser controls, e.g. power/pulse/time settings, emergency control and delivery systems.

Laser hazards

  • Laser-tissue interactions
  • Particular hazards of delivery systems
  • Ocular and skin hazards
  • Patient-specific hazards
  • Reflected beam hazards
  • Laser plume hazards
  • Hazards related to anaesthesia and management of the shared airway
  • Fire, explosion, electrical and environmental hazards.

Principles and procedures for safe laser use

  • Standards, regulations and guidelines
  • Laser classification and hazard analysis
  • Audit of laser facilities
  • Laser controls in health care facilities
  • Examples of safe practice and programs
  • Equipment inspection (quality assurance) protocols
  • Investigation and management of laser accidents/incidents
  • Eye protection and protective eyewear
  • Potential for fire and explosion and protection against flammability hazards
  • Management of airborne contaminants (laser plume)
  • Electrical safety
  • Laser controlled areas—designation, warning signs, entry controls, control of access to the laser
  • Hazards of particular procedures
  • Role and responsibilities of an LSO.

Care of clients undergoing tattoo removal

  • Tattoo types and context of application
  • Ink colour
  • Laser types and mechanisms of action
  • Assessing the approximate number of treatments
  • Realistic expectations
  • Complications
  • Laser tattoo removal (ink, wavelength, clinical endpoints)
  • Client education, preparation and post-treatment care
  •  Anaesthesia
  •  Principles of professional and clinical practice. 

Expected learning outcomes

Laser Certification
  • Explain the scientific underpinning of how and why lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) operate
  • Identify the tissue interactions when using lasers and IPL
  • Identify and interpret the legal considerations for the use of laser and IPL technologies in Australian states/territories
  • Have an understanding of the safety precautions required when using lasers and IPL in clinical practice
  • Identify potential risks and identify resources to develop safety plans for the use of lasers and IPL in a clinical setting
  • Classify, explain and select appropriate lasers and IPL for a variety of clinical presentations
  • Implement informed consent
  • Understand the importance of skin assessment and skin cancer
  • Identify contraindications to treatment with laser
  • Understand how to prevent burn
  • Identify key process for burn first aid
  • Identify how open disclosure reduces risk after adverse event
  • Name the common side effects expected with laser tattoo removal
  • Differentiate between Fitzpatrick Skin Types and the importance of this assessment in treatment decisions
  • Differentiate between tattoo types and the context of their application
  • Identify ink colour and choose the appropriate wavelength to treat it
  • Identify different laser types and their mechanisms of action
  • Use the Desai-Kirby scale to assess the approximate number of treatments
  • Communicate realistic expectations to the client
  • Understand how to prevent and manage complications
  • Identify expected clinical endpoints
  • Plan and deliver client education, preparation and post-treatment care
  • Choose the correct anaesthesia.


There are no prerequisites for this course but knowledge of skin anatomy and physiology is an advantage.


This is a laser safety course with the bonus of comprehensive information on tattoo removal treatments. It can be used as the laser safety education evidence for license application to Queensland Radiation Health (ED258), Government of Western Australia Radiological Council and the Tasmanian Government Radiation Protection Unit.

CPD Points 14

This laser safety course meets up to fourteen hours of continuing professional development (CPD) when applied according to relevant AHPRA guidelines. Continuing professional development is the means by which members of the profession maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives.


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Who is it for?

Doctors, nurses, beauty/dermal therapist or anyone who currently performs laser tattoo removal or are planning to in the future.


Mode of delivery


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Investment of time

Both modules may take up to 14 hours to complete. Assessment is two online, open book exams. The first takes two hours and the second one hour.

What happens once I enrol?

An email confirming your enrolment will be sent immediately and then you will be sent your online course login details in a second, separate email. If this second email doesn't show up, please check your spam. It will have a link to your course and simple instructions on how to set your password. Once you log in to your course(s) they will show up on the first page as a hyperlink. If you do not receive an email with your log in details within two working days (it is usually much faster than this though) please check that the email hasn't been blocked by your firewall. Any questions? Call us on 1300 001 808 or Contact Us.

What your peers are saying about our laser safety courses

Excellent core information and delivery online. Easy to navigate while on course.

D.S. Queensland

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Our online laser courses provide the convenience of equipping yourself with new skills and theoretical knowledge in the comfort of your own home or workplace. Many of our students take advantage of opportunities to practice their skills on technology that readily exists in their workplaces.

Some students, who don’t have access to technology for developing the practical application of their skills, like to spend time with us face-to-face. They can receive hands-on experience with cutting-edge technologies and close supervision from qualified and experienced staff, and make valuable connections in the industry. Take a look here at what we have for you on our Practical Experience Hub. [LINK]

Put it on lay-buy

We don’t want anything to stand in the way of your career development, so we offer highly flexible payment options.

With our ‘lay buy’ option, you select the down payment percentage and how many months you need to purchase the course. We fully-automate the highly-secured process, with only a one-time, 0.9% admin fee and no interest added!

You can get started on your training within minutes!

Money back guarantee

We have user friendly processes that ensure completion of your course or your fees refunded (click here for details).

Do you have more than five (5) staff to train?
If so, we have discount packages for you.

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