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Use licence for laser apparatus for cosmetic purposes

Anyone who operates laser apparatus for cosmetic purposes must hold a use licence issued under the Radiation Safety Act 1999.

Applicants can include:

  • medical practitioners
  • registered nurses
  • enrolled nurses
  • beauty therapists
  • persons qualified in a dermal science

Cosmetic purposes include:

  • hair removal
  • skin rejuvenation (including superficial pigmentation adjustment)
  • superficial capillary reduction
  • tattoo removal

A use licence can be for 1, 2, or 3 years. Applications to renew your licence must be made before your current licence expires.

Knowledgeable medical practitioner

All licensees should encourage their clients to seek the written advice of a medical practitioner about their proposed cosmetic procedure prior to its commencement. This is to ensure that both the licensee and the client are informed by appropriate medical guidance, and assist in reducing adverse health outcomes as a result of the cosmetic procedure. Use licensees are required to follow the advice of the medical practitioner.

To ensure sound advice, it is important that the medical practitioner is:

  • registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • familiar with the biological effects of the radiation from the laser apparatus used during the procedure
  • providing oversight of the client during the course of a skin rejuvenation (including superficial pigmentation adjustment), superficial capillary reduction or tattoo removal procedure

Application

Fast-track application

The fast-track licensing process applies to applicants with known qualifications and training and who are applying for:

  • hair removal
  • skin rejuvenation (including superficial pigmentation adjustment)
  • superficial capillary reduction

A fast-track form should only be completed electronically; handwritten applications will not be fast-tracked.

If your application is successful and you include all the required details, you should receive your licence within 10 business days.

Other applicants will need to complete Form 2.

Form 3  is designed to be a 'fast-track' option that suits applicants with known qualifications and training who are seeking a trainee licence.

Form 3: Application for a trainee licence to use Laser Apparatus - Cosmetic purposes (PDF 1209 kB).

If you have completed both theoretical and practical training in the use of laser apparatus at a recognised educational institution, you may not be required to hold a trainee licence. Form 3F is designed to be a 'fast-track' option that suits applicants with known qualifications and training who are seeking a 'non-trainee' licence.

Form 3F: Application for a non-trainee licence to use laser Apparatus (Cosmetic purposes) (PDF 1335 kB)

Standard application

Complete Form 2 if you can't complete the form using the selections in Form 3 or Form 3F, or if you are seeking additional laser procedures. Clearly identify the procedures you want a licence for.

Complete Form 2: Application for a Licence to Use a Radiation Source (PDF 1551 kB)

Submit your application

Make sure you provide all of the requested details of your qualifications, training and prior experience as requested in the application form. Otherwise your application will be delayed while we follow up the required information.

Submit to radiation health:

  • evidence you have satisfactorily completed an approved radiation safety course
  • certified copies of your qualifications and training
  • a certified copy of your professional registration certificate (if applicable)
  • evidence you have satisfactorily completed a course in infection control if you are not a medical practitioner.

Information for trainees

A trainee licence allows you to perform procedures on clients while you undergo practical training, under the supervision of a person who holds an unrestricted use licence for the specific procedure proposed.

During this period, you must maintain a log book (PDF 34 kB) that lists:

  • the procedures performed
  • time taken to perform each procedure
  • skin type of the client
  • the name of the supervising licensee

Each log book entry must be signed and dated by you and countersigned by your supervising licensee.

Typical hours to achieve competency:

  • 25 hours for hair removal
  • 50 hours for skin rejuvenation (including superficial pigmentation adjustment)
  • 50 hours for superficial capillary reduction
  • 100 hours for tattoo removal

Once the supervising licensee has determined you to be competent in the particular laser procedure, the Statement of Competency (PDF 31 kB) should be completed. This statement certifies that you:

  • are competent to use a laser
  • have sufficient skill to supervise and train others in the use of laser apparatus.

Full licence

Once you have been assessed as competent, you may apply for a new licence to replace your current licence.

Complete Form 2: Application for a Licence to Use a Radiation Source (PDF 1551 kB).

You must clearly identify that you currently hold a licence and that the application is to remove the trainee status from the specific procedure.

Your application must include:

  • a copy of the countersigned log book
  • a letter from the applicant's licensed supervisor verifying that the applicant is now competent in the use of laser apparatus for the type of procedure and can do so safely and without supervision (i.e. Statement of Competency (PDF 31 kB))
  • the prescribed fee.

The 'trainee' status may then be removed from the cosmetic procedure specified in the licence.

Applicants who have trained outside Queensland

Applicants who have received practical training and competency in another jurisdiction under the supervision of a knowledgeable medical practitioner can apply for a full use licence.

Complete Form 2: Application for a licence to Use a Radiation Source (PDF 1551 kB). Clearly state the procedures that you are seeking a licence for.

Applicants must include:

  • verification that they have satisfactorily completed an approved course in radiation safety
  • a copy of their qualifications
  • a copy of their professional registration certificate if the applicant is registered by the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency
  • verification that they have completed a formal course in infection control if the person is not a medical practitioner
  • evidence of their experience in the use of laser apparatus for certain types of cosmetic laser procedures, either:
    • if their former supervisor is a registered medical practitioner, a letter verifying they are satisfied that the applicant is competent to perform such procedures safely and without supervision

      or
    • a copy of an equivalent current licence issued in another Australian jurisdiction.

Licence fees

Fees are updated on 1 October each year and are detailed on the application form. The application fee is not refunded if the application is unsuccessful.

Last updated: 26 July 2019