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Laser practices - Cosmetic purposes - Radiation Health

This page provides advice on how to apply for licences to possess and use laser apparatus (ie. Class 4 laser equipment) for cosmetic purposes.

For information on the possession and use of lasers for dental purposes, please refer to the following link: dental practices.

Use licence application kit

Any person who uses laser apparatus must hold an appropriate use licence. To apply for a licence, the following steps should be followed:

Step 1

Read the following information sheet which outlines the process by which persons may apply for a licence to use laser apparatus for cosmetic purposes in Queensland.

Step 2

Download and complete one of the following application forms.

Note: Form 3 is intended to be used by the majority of persons seeking a trainee licence to use laser apparatus for cosmetic purposes. 

Form 3F is intended to be used by certain persons who have satisfactorily completed both theoretical and practical training in the cosmetic use of laser apparatus at certain educational institutions, and are therefore seeking a non-trainee cosmetic use licence.

Form 3 and form 3F are intended for electronic completion to facilitate fast-tracking of the application. If these forms cannot be completed using the selections available within the forms, or a trainee is seeking to remove the trainee restrictions from their current licence, form 2 must be used.

Step 3

Submit the completed application form, with the supporting information as outlined in the application form to Radiation Health. The prescribed fee must accompany the application.

Tools to assist Trainee Use Licensees

Once a trainee use licence is granted, the following log book is provided to trainees in demonstrating that they have gained the necessary experience to use a laser for a particular cosmetic procedure. This log book is required to be completed after each laser procedure and countersigned by the supervising, licensed, trainer.

The following tool is provided for use by an appropriately licensed person to certify that a trainee is considered competent to use a laser for a particular laser procedure independently with acceptable client outcomes, and has sufficient skill to supervise and train others in the optimal use of laser apparatus.  

Both the log book and statement of competency will need to be submitted with a licence application form to enable removal of the ‘trainee’ status from the trainee’s use licence.

Possession licence application kit

Any person who possesses laser apparatus must hold an appropriate possession licence, issued under the Radiation Safety Act 1999. To apply for a licence, the following steps should be followed:

Step 1

Download and complete application form:.

Step 2

Develop a radiation safety and protection plan which details the radiation protection measures that will be conducted by your practice. Information to assist in the development of such a plan is available, as follows:

The preparation of radiation safety and protection plans may be assisted by procuring the services of a consultant. The following is a list of consultants who have advised the department that they are able to provide consultative services to assist applicants and possession licensees in the preparation of radiation safety and protection plans:

Step 3

Submit the completed application form, with a signed and dated radiation safety and protection plan, to Radiation Health. The prescribed fee must accompany the application.

Step 4

Once a possession licence has been granted, submit a completed application for approval to acquire a radiation apparatus form (PDF 137 kB) to Radiation Health. The prescribed fee must accompany the application.

Information sheets

The following links provide some background information on the legislated requirements applicable to possession and use licence applicants:

Possession Licensees

Use Licensees

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Last updated: 13 April 2017