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Cosmetic laser Use Licence

The cosmetic industry uses laser equipment for a range of services, including:

  • hair reduction
  • skin rejuvenation
  • capillary reduction
  • tattoo removal.

The use of radiation sources to carry out a radiation practice is regulated under the Radiation Safety Act 1999 to minimise the risks associated with radiation. This includes Class 4 laser equipment used for cosmetic services.

Know which form you need?

This page contains the following cosmetic laser Use Licence application forms:

And templates for supporting documentation for trainee licences:

If you are unsure which form/s you need to complete, including the required supporting documentation, please read on.

Who needs this licence?

You will need this licence if you seek to use laser equipment for a cosmetic service.

People using laser equipment in the cosmetic industry include:

  • laser technicians
  • dermal technicians
  • beauty therapists
  • nurses
  • medical practitioners.

Trainee application exemptions

Students completing theoretical and practical training at an educational institution (a school, university, training institution or professional college) do not need to apply for a trainee licence. Graduates will need to apply for a full licence to use laser equipment for cosmetic services.

If you are completing your practical training outside of an education institution you will need to apply for a trainee licence.

Responsibilities of a Use Licensee

As part of your responsibilities as a Use Licensee you will need to:

  • only use a radiation source for the practice described in your Use Licence
  • only use a radiation source if the Possession Licensee has specified that you may
  • comply with the Possession Licensee’s approved Radiation Safety and Protection Plan for the radiation practice and your individual responsibilities detailed in it.

You are required to comply with Radiation Safety Act 1999.

Apply for a cosmetic laser Use Licence

You can apply for a full licence or a trainee licence to use laser equipment for a cosmetic service:

Your application needs to include:

  • 2 proof of identity documents
  • a certified copy of your qualifications, safety training certificate
  • evidence of infection control training (medical practitioners will not need to provide this evidence)
  • evidence of your experience using the radiation source
  • evidence of your enrolment and training (for students).

Required training and competency

You will need to demonstrate that you have undergone both theoretical and practical training using the radiation source safely and effectively for the type of radiation procedure.

Evidence of these competencies will depend on your individual education and experience but is commonly achieved via:

  • educational institutions with suitable training programs—offering theoretical and practical hands-on competencies as a part of the course
  • practical hands-on experience under a licensed supervisor—who provides a statement certifying that you have completed sufficient practical training and are competent to perform the radiation procedure.

Students undergoing training

Students completing practical training at an approved educational institution need to be under the supervision of an unrestricted licence holder. The supervisor needs to hold a current licence for the type of source you are being trained to use.

Licence duration

A Use Licence can be for 1, 2 or 3 years.

Renewal applications can be made 60 days before your licence expires. You will be sent a reminder and a renewal application form before your licence expires.


You will need to pay a licence fee. If you do not hold a current licence you will also need to pay an application fee.

See schedule of fees to determine the fee you will need to pay. Your form will only be considered a complete application once payment has been made.

Licence to use laser equipment—trained and qualified cosmetic laser technicians

Application for a full Use Licence for cosmetic laser services (PDF 1493 kB)

Use this form if you seek a full licence to use laser equipment for a cosmetic service. You need to have completed the necessary theoretical and practical training in Queensland.

Application for a licence to use a radiation source (PDF 1708 kB)

Use this form if you:

  • seek a licence for laser tattoo removal
  • seek to make additions to your current licence
  • have trained outside of Queensland.

Trainee licence to use laser equipment

Application for a Use Licence—cosmetic laser service trainees (PDF 1365 kB)

Use this form if you are a trainee and seek to use laser equipment for a cosmetic service.

As a trainee you will need to be supervised by an unrestricted licence holder. The supervisor will need to hold a Use Licence for the specific service you are being trained in, for example, hair reduction.

How to get a full licence:

  1. Maintain a training record (PDF 34 kB) of your cosmetic laser service training (signed by you and countersigned by your supervisor).
  2. Receive a Statement of competency (PDF 31 kB) from your supervisor for each cosmetic service.
  3. Apply for new licence using the Application for a licence to use a radiation source (PDF 1708 kB).

Training record

Trainee applications need to include training records with the following information:

  • type of laser cosmetic service
  • time taken to perform the cosmetic service
  • when it was done (date and duration)
  • skin type of the client
  • supervisor name.

Your supervisor will determine when you are considered competent to perform the laser cosmetic service. As a general guide it may take the following hours to achieve competency:

  • hair removal—24 hours
  • skin rejuvenation—50 hours
  • capillary reduction—50 hours
  • tattoo removal—100 hours.
Last updated: 16 June 2022