APAN Registered Aesthetics Practitioner (ARAP)

The Aesthetics industry gains a New Formal Classification — APAN REGISTERED AESTHETICS PRACTITIONERTM (ARAP)

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As a result of the extensive interaction with the industry over the past two years APAN identified a strong and growing unrest with the issue of professional identity within the industry. The new emerging skin and age management specialist needed a formal identity that separated them from the broader definition of Beauty Therapist. This led to the launch of the new classification – APAN Registered Aesthetics PractitionerR (ARAP), which is also protected for its use through a registered trademark.

There are many activities and concerns that are changing and shaping the industry. These include:

  • New proposed regulations for IPL and Laser
  • Updates in Health Regulations
  • Updates in the Skin Penetration licensing Act
  • Insurance companies concerns about risk management
  • New advanced technologies and procedures
  • Australian Taxation Officer bases their benchmark on income and expenses under Hair and Beauty for all within our industry. This means that your expenses are estimated in the same category as nail technicians, hair dressing and basic beauty services.

The on-going challenges that we face with new advances entering the industry are contributing to uncertainty as Government and Regulatory bodies attempt to identify where to position restrictions when it comes to safe practices and who can perform them as they are limited by how qualifications reflect these practices. If there are no qualifications they establish their own rules. This is not just for the practice of IPL and Laser, it is also for dermal needling. What needle depth should non-medical practitioners be allowed to perform, etc? Other procedures that are raising concerns include the introduction of the Vampire Facial (PRP). Who should be allowed to deliver this procedure? Currently there are alarming concerns that non-accredited practitioners are performing them and this is a real problem. These and on-going new technologies that require pain management and therefore the use of anaesthetics are posing questions and pointing to the need for the industry itself to take the responsibility to better define itself. If we don’t there will be consequences.

For example insurance companies are raising their premiums as they identify the risks with procedures that have no formal qualifications up against them. We know this because they are reaching out to us to help them identify correct qualifications and training.

WHO IS AT FAULT?

Let me say from the outset that no-one is to blame for this. This is simply a symptom of technology advancing faster than formal education and this is not just effecting our industry – it is a global phenomenon with other industries as well.

However, without correct industry initiatives to define and establish standards, regulators will most likely step in and become highly restrictive as to who can practise these procedures, with many being restricted to “doctors only” as we are seeing in many other countries.

GOVERNMENT-DRIVEN

Examining the best possible way to protect the industry from a governance point of view, it became very clear to APAN that the industry needed a clearer certified identity. However, the key driving force for this decision came from the Government itself, as various Government Departments stressed to us the importance for the industry itself to look at a self-regulatory model through its own representative body. They therefore encouraged us to provide them with a more comprehensive, standards-based industry identity for their consideration other than Beauty Therapist that more accurately defines their areas of speciality.

At this present time Dermal Therapist, Aesthetics or Skin Therapist are not formal classifications as far as the Government is concerned so we cannot request procedures to be allowed by these practitioners. We had to provide a solution.

Through various stakeholder consultations and industry support APAN is pleased to announce that as of February 2016 the industry has a new Classification for which we have secured a trademark – APAN REGISTERED AESTHETICS PRACTITIONERR (ARAP)

INDUSTRY SELF-REGULATION

As we have already stated, APAN as an industry standards body has the option to self-regulate through clearly defined standards. What we cannot do is enforce those standards. However, we can define, establish and invite industry to embrace them, as well as the Government to recognise them. By industry choosing to support and embrace these standards we then have a strong vehicle to negotiate on their behalf with the Government bodies.

HOW DO YOU BECOME AN APAN REGISTERED AESTHETICS PRACTITIONERR?

In order to become a APAN Registered Aesthetics PractitionerR (ARAP) you will need to provide evidence of your qualifications for the practices that you are performing. If you are performing Laser or IPL treatment you will need to provide evidence that you have a recognised qualification to perform those treatments. If there are no government-approved qualifications available for the modalities that you may be currently performing you will need to provide evidence of un-accredited Statements of Completion that you have received appropriate training in performing those tasks.

You will also need to sign a Code of Ethics to which you will be required to uphold. This must be signed and a copy returned to APAN as evidence.

As part of this Registration you will be required to commit to on-going education to ensure your currency. On renewal of your registration you will be required to provide evidence of this for which you will be issued CEPs – (Continued Education Points).

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

If you are an educator, dermal therapist, nurse, or skin therapist who specialises in skin and age management procedures you are invited to apply for registration through ARAP. You can download an Application Form from the APAN website.

WHAT IF YOU ARE A TRAINING PROVIDER?

Training providers who would like their courses to be promoted through the APAN Registered Aesthetics PractitionerR CEP program can submit requests for the courses to be viewed by the APAN Quality Assurance Board for Consideration. Please download an Application Form from the APAN website, complete and return to APAN.

WHAT IS APAN’S AIMS AND PURPOSE FOR INTRODUCING THIS CLASSIFICATION?

APAN’s aim is to provide all practitioners who specialise in skin and age management with a clear industry identity that will allow them formal representation as being a specialised group of practitioners independent of basic beauty and basic beauty therapy services. This classification will be credible as APAN will require to view credentials and qualifications in order to Register a practitioner under this classification.

Ultimately this classification will make way for an industry Code of Practice to be formally drafted and implemented and this will eventually lead to the Aesthetics industry having its own Registration Board similar to other professions such as nurses.

FIVE CATEGORIES OF REGISTRATION

There are three categories of applicants that can apply to become a REGISTERED AESTHETICS PRACTITIONER R

1. APAN REGISTERED AESTHETICS PRACTITIONER R CLINICIAN – For this category you will need to provide evidence of the following:

  • An appropriate Degree qualification
  • APAN Membership
  • Any other qualification that pertain to work you are currently doing

2. APAN REGISTERED AESTHETICS PRACTITIONER R – For this category you will need to provide evidence of the following:

  • Evidence of any training you have complete that pertain to the procedures you are currently doing. These could non-government approved that reflect skills and knowledge you have attained for procedures you are currently doing.
  • APAN Membership
  • Any other qualification that pertain to work you are currently doing

3. APAN REGISTERED AESTHETICS PRACTITIONER R ASSOCIATE – For this category you will need to provide evidence of the following:

  • Evidence of any training you are undertaking or have complete that pertain to the procedures you are currently doing. These could non-government approved that reflect skills and knowledge you have attained for procedures you are currently doing. This category is for the Practitioner who is not yet sufficiently qualified or trained for the procedures they are undertaking but they are committed to actively pursue them. Once these qualifications have been obtained and submitted, then the Practitioner will be able to register as a APAN REGISTERED AESTHETICS PRACTITIONER R
  • APAN Membership
  • Any other qualification that pertain to work you are currently doing

4. APAN REGISTERED AESTHETICS PRACTITIONER R MASTER EDUCATOR – For this category you will need to provide evidence of the following:

  • An appropriate Degree qualification in Education
  • APAN Membership
  • Any other qualification that pertain to work you are currently doing

5. APAN REGISTERED AESTHETICS PRACTITIONER REDUCATOR – For this category you will need to provide evidence of the following:

  • An appropriate Government approved qualification in Education and Training
  • APAN Membership
  • Any other qualification that pertain to work you are currently doing

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AN INVITATION TO JOIN AND BE RECOGNISED

If you believe you fall into this category and would like us to formally recognise you please join us. If you require further information phone APAN on 07 5593 0360. Click on the RHS button to complete the on-line ARAP Application Process. Your application will then be reviewed by APAN for eligibility. Once you are approved you will be issued with your registration.

APAN is making the way for a stronger industry identity, but it’s up to the industry to take up the challenge and allow us to formally represent it. The future of the Aesthetics Industry is ultimately in your hands through the choices you make. Please help us to help you.