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VTCT (ITEC) Level 4 Certificate in Skin Needling


Learning Outcome


The VTCT (ITEC) Level 4 Certificate in Skin Needling is an advanced therapy qualification aimed at level 3 qualified practitioners aged 18 and over, who wish to add this therapy to their repertoire of treatment offerings.

The main aim of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment in the advanced non-medical aesthetic industry providing skin needling techniques.


This qualification is informed by employers and national occupational standards for beauty therapy and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a fully commercial skin needling practitioner.


Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:


• Principles and practice of non-medical aesthetic therapies

• Advanced consultation for non-medical aesthetic therapies

• Advanced skincare for non-medical aesthetic therapies

• Provide cosmetic skin needling treatments


Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety pertaining to level 4 non-medical aesthetic therapies.

They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with and analyse clients whilst providing skin needling treatments.

In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills and widen their knowledge of the principles and practices of level 4 nonmedical aesthetic therapies, all of which are valued highly by employers.


This qualification is one of a new suite of level 4 advanced non-medical aesthetic therapies developed as a progression route for level 3 practitioners wishing to add to their repertoire in specific treatment modalities.


Entry requirements


Learners are required to hold a traditional level 3 beauty therapy qualification or equivalent, that includes facial electrical and body electrical units, and Level 3 anatomy and physiology.


At a minimum, learners will hold a Level 2 facial unit and Level 3 anatomy and physiology.


Learners who wish to undertake this qualification must also achieve the VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Clinical Aesthetics or equivalent.

Learners must be 18 years and over.

Opportunities for Progression

Additionally, learners may choose to further develop their knowledge and skills by completing supplementary specialist qualifications at level 4 in one or more of the following areas:


 • Skin peeling • Radiofrequency • Ultrasound.


Assessment Requirements


Qualification structure to be awarded the VTCT (ITEC) Level 4 Certificate in Skin Needling learners must achieve:


  • all mandatory units

  • all assignments/projects

  • all clinical case studies

  • a pass or (higher) grade in the external theory examination*

  • a pass or (higher) grade in the external practical examination*


Please note all clinical case studies and assignments must be completed and marked as passes before the learner can be entered for the examination.

Total Qualification Time (TQT) 170 Guided Learning (GL) hours 123 Assessment To be awarded this qualification, learners must successfully achieve the following assessments:

  • Externally set and externally marked graded practical examination (50% of qualification grade)

  • Externally set and externally marked theory examination (50% of qualification grade)

  • Externally set and internally marked assignment/project (no contribution to overall grade)

  • Externally set and internally marked clinical case studies (no contribution to overall grade)


Overall qualification grading the overall qualification is graded: Fail/Pass/Merit/Distinction


Course Duration


Available on request


Available on request

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