Why Gain CPD

The CPD program refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work beyond your initial training. It is a formal record of what you experience, learn and then apply.

To confirm someone’s credentials all professional bodies require their practitioners to present their qualifications, as well as evidence of on-going professional development in order to maintain the currency of their knowledge. These activities are measured through a points system known as CPD.

The CPD program refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work beyond your initial training.  It is a formal record of what you experience, learn and then apply.


All proposals for professional reform include professional development as a significant element in promoting change. Questions have been raised about the effectiveness of professional development and its role in professional reform. Consequently, evaluation of professional development programs is increasing and expanding.

With the rapid speed of new advances in the aesthetics industry, foundational qualifications and past knowledge can no longer vouch for one’s ability to remain current as an active professional.

In order to maintain the currency of one’s skills and knowledge, a commitment to life-long learning is required.

Here are some guidelines of what an effective professional development program should offer:

In your profession, nothing remains static and if you do, you and your work will soon become outdated, this is neither good for your reputation, your business or the business you are working for. To cope and effectively manage changes in both individual and organisational processes it is important to continually invest in your on-going professional development and progressively implement incremental changes. Areas to help you improve your professional status and your reputation include:

  • Specialised skilled-based knowledge: Investing in improving your techniques will ensure you remain current in your skills and improve your confidence.  Look for post-graduate short courses that can help sharpen and perfect your current skills.
  • Expanding your scope of practice: In every profession new technologies and techniques are constantly being introduced.  These changes can expand your current scope of practice even though they may be classified under the same profession.  As an example, 15 years ago microdermabration, peels and collagen induction therapy were not considered as standard practice within a facial treatment and most of these procedures were not included in any formal qualification.  Today however, every clinic or salon is required to provide these services as they are in high demand.  Gaining post-graduate training in any new modality that was not included in your initial qualification would be highly beneficial.
  • Gaining an advanced qualification: As more advances are introduced within a profession, so are the options to add a formal qualification to an existing one.  A beauty therapist may choose to undertake a degree qualification in dermal therapies of clinical aesthetics to expand their knowledge, recognition and scope of practice to even higher levels.  A nurse may choose to complete a graduate certification in cosmetic dermal sciences to move into the cosmetic medicine field of practice, any qualification that will elevate your status will expand your ability to achieve better treatment solutions and address more confidently, chronic skin conditions that your current knowledge cannot resolve.
  • Business development: Growing a business requires implementing appropriate business strategies, improving your understanding of accounting technology and social media, or even advancing your qualifications in business management.  In our industry there are several RTOs that offer Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas and even Graduate Certificates in business management tailor-made for our industry.
  • Global Perspective: As industries expand so do their scope of practice.  This sometimes means that they overlap with other professional disciplines.  Skin treatments and skin management in the past involved knowledge on anatomy, physiology of the skin, skin disorders and skin types and conditions. Today, practitioners are required to gain skills in gut health, stress management, pathophysiology, the impact of hormonal activity on skin conditions, Fitzpatrick skin types and much more.  Many of these disciplines come from dermatology, the study of nutrition and regenerative medicine.

Attending a conference program that allows you to gain knowledge on how healthcare, cosmetic medicine, dermatology and aesthetics can interface can be highly valuable. Studying a unit form an allied health education program is also very useful and this is now considered mainstream. Whether your intention is to expand your practice or only to gain an educational understanding to improve your collaboration with healthcare professionals expanding your knowledge is valuable as it will allow you to service your client’s or patient’s needs through extended services and strengthen your relationship with them.

Why APAN Introduced CPD Points

As a national standards body/association, APAN provides membership opportunity for a diverse range of practitioners and business owners who operate in the aesthetics, dermal therapies and cosmetic tattoo profession.  Members are provided with support in a variety of areas including business advice, industrial relations and wage concerns, regulatory compliance, discounted services, access to best practice documents as well as discounts for APAN sponsored conferences and professional development courses.

However, when it comes to assessing your qualifications and confirming and recognising your credentials that come under a separate banner known as ARAP (for dermal therapists and aestheticians) and CTARP (for cosmetic tattooists).

This is the formal APAN Accreditation Program and it is protected by a national trademark, which means that only those who have successfully met the merit criteria are permitted to use the acronym ARAP (APAN REGISTERED AESTHETIC PRACTITIONER), or CTARP (COSMETIC TATTOO APAN REGISTERED PRACTITIONER). Applicants are required to submit their credentials for assessment and if their qualifications meet with the required merit criteria they will be awarded the appropriate status, which they can promote in their advertising. APAN will also promote them on the NATIONAL REGISTRY for consumers to access their details on their website. To access further information on ARAP Registration visit https://apanetwork.com/arap/ and for CTARP registration https://apanetwork.com/ctarp/

ARAP and CTARP practitioners are now required to provide evidence of their on-going CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD). The new CPD program was launched in July 2018.  To maintain the registration practitioners are required to complete 15 CPD points within a 12-month period.  Cosmetic nurses are required to complete 20 CPD points.

What does ARAP or CTARP registration mean for you?

There is a great deal of unrest among qualified practitioners who have worked hard to gain qualifications for the modalities they are performing, meanwhile, there are others who are practising as dermal therapists, laser and IPL practitioners, or cosmetic tattooists with no qualifications. This is because there is no regulatory instrument to prohibit them from doing so.

ARAP and CTRP registration is an industry initiative where experts objectively assess and accredit practitioner qualifications allowing them to gain recognition from an independent industry peak body acknowledging that they are qualified to perform their professional responsibilities.  This recognition sets them apart with an additional level of credibility that they can advertise and promote.

Accredited Courses

15 Hours

Dr Setterfield’s Microneedling Course

This Online Microneedling Course, combined with Dr. Setterfield’s “The Concise Guide to Dermal Needling, Third Medical Edition – Revised & Expanded” (sold separately), offers up-to-date, non-product aligned education on the science and practice of dermal needling. It covers both rollers and pens, but it is really about far more than needling. It is about getting the best result using a multitude of modalities combined with microneedling, while avoiding complications.

APAN Aesthetics Conference Attendance


Advanced Safe Use of Topical Anaesthetics

This training will be delivered by Compound Pharmacist Chris Testa, who is the owner and manager of Tugun Compounding Pharmacy.
3 Months

Introduction to the Safe Use of Topical Anaesthetics

This training will be delivered by Compound Pharmacist Chris Testa, who is the owner and manager of Tugun Compounding Pharmacy.

We have reached several educational providers to submit their course structure for consideration under the APAN CPD POINTS PROGRAM.  These will be added progressively on this list over time.

If you are wanting to gain CPD points

Apply for CPD

If you want your courses approved for CPD points

Course Approval