Certified Aesthetic Provider™ Program
Available exclusively from the IAPAM
Build Trust With Your Patients
Become a Certified Aesthetic Provider™ (CAP)
Growing your practice just got easier...
In a field as competitive as aesthetic medicine, your knowledge and proficiency are pivotal to your success.
But it can be hard to gain the confidence of your patients and stay on top of new trends in this fast growing field.
That’s why the IAPAM created the Certified Aesthetic Provider™ (CAP) program. By getting certified, you will:
The Certified Aesthetic Provider™ (CAP) program, available exclusively from the IAPAM, is the only annual certification in aesthetic medicine designed to help you easily grow & maintain the skills you need to succeed.
Show your patients you're providing them with the best treatment every step of the way.
How to Get Certified
Train at your own pace with unlimited access
We are always updating our online courses and certificates with the most current training topics and information!
Your renewal fee will be automatically processed each year on the anniversary of your sign up date.
When it’s time to recertify, you can complete your requirements all at once or at your own pace throughout the year.
Once complete, you will gain access to your recertification assessment and receive your updated certification via email.
What Is Required?
Providers must complete the following courses and assessments each year to earn and maintain their Certified Aesthetic Provider™ status:
- Introduction to Cosmetic Injectables
- Advanced Cosmetic Injectables
- Aesthetic Medicine (microdermabrasion, chemical peels and lasers)
- Introduction to PRP for Aesthetics
- Completed Aesthetic Provider Practice Log (12 patients)
Courses are available as self-study online training and are updated regularly through the IAPAM Learning Lab.
Providers will have unlimited 24/7 access to all training modules included with the Certified Aesthetic Provider™ program so long as certification is maintained.
By certifying annually, providers also qualify for up to 24 CMEs each year.
Individual certificates for each course will be emailed to you upon completion of your assessment. You can access your Certified Aesthetic Provider™ assessment and certificate upon submission of your Aesthetic Provider Practice Log.
Who Is Eligible?
The Certified Aesthetic Provider™ program is open to:
How Much Does It Cost?
Reg. $34,375. Save $31,381!
Certification includes up to 5 of:
- 4 Certificates in cosmetic injectables (introduction & advanced), aesthetic medicine (laser, microdermabrasion and chemical peels) and PRP for Aesthetics (Up to 5 providers. Value +$26,900)
- Aesthetic Provider Certification (up to 5 providers. Value +$7,475)
- Up to 24 CMEs (Up to 5 providers)
- 12-months unlimited online training access (Up to 5 providers)
Value: $34,375. Save up to $31,381!
Renews at $2,994 each year.
A one-time registration fee of $750 is due at sign-up for all new practices.
Reg. $7,170. Save $5,673!
- 4 Certificates in cosmetic injectables (introduction & advanced), aesthetic medicine (laser, microdermabrasion and chemical peels) and PRP for Aesthetics (value: $5,380)
- Aesthetic Provider Certification (value: $1,495)
- Up to 24 CMEs
- 12-months unlimited online training access
Value: $7,170. Save $5,673!
*Renews at $1,497 each year.
A one-time registration fee of $500 is due at sign-up for all new applicants.
Please note, payments are non-refundable. Payments are set to automatically renew each year unless cancelled by the provider. The provider may cancel their certification at any time and will maintain access to their training and certification materials for the remainder of their certification year.
Courses & Learning Objectives
Introduction to Cosmetic Injectables
Getting Started with Cosmetic Injectables
- Review of Facial Anatomy & Musculature: Describe the anatomy & physiology of the skin
- What are Neuromodulators? Describe the pharmacology & mechanism of action for Botulinum Toxin Type A toxins
- Botox Injections Guide: Differentiate between the currently FDA approved Botulinum Toxin Type A toxin’s: OnabotulinumtoxinA (Botox®), AbobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport®) and IncobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin®), and PrabotulinumtoxinA-xvfs (JEUVEAU®)
- Facial Contouring: Understand how botulinum toxins and dermal fillers are used to contour the face
- Facial Injection Best Practices: Discuss potential side effects with patients, and clearly explain post-treatment instructions. Identify contraindications and potential complications with cosmetic injections
Botulinum Toxin Training Resources
- Upper and Lower Face Injections: Understand injection tips and techniques with regards to injecting both the upper and lower face
- Using Botulinum Toxin Injections to Treat Migraines: Understand how to use botulinum toxins to treat migraines, including diagnosis, injection techniques and potential adverse effects
- Using Botulinum Toxin Injections for TMJ: Understand how Temporomandibular Myofacial pain can be treated with Botulinum Toxins, including diagnosis, injection techniques and potential adverse effects
- Using Botulinum Toxin Injections for Hyperhidrosis Treatment: Understand how to use botulinum toxins to treat excess sweating (hyperhidrosis), including diagnosis, injection techniques and potential adverse effects
- Instructions for Preparation, Dosage and Administration: Be able to assess patients who request cosmetic injectables procedures. Understand the correct preparation, reconstitution, dilution, dosage and administration techniques for each of the FDA approved botulinum toxins
Dermal Filler Training Resources
- Facial Anatomy and Danger Zones when Injecting Fillers: Understand the facial anatomy and common danger zones when injecting dermal fillers into the face
- Nasolabial Fold and Lip Injections with Fillers: Understand how to perform two of the most common dermal filler injections, nasolabial fold and lips
- Etiology, Prevention, and Treatment of Dermal Filler Complications: Understand the most common filler injections and how to treat them
Advanced Cosmetic Injectables
This program is perfect for licensed healthcare providers* looking to expand their skills to included advanced cosmetic injectable procedures.
Advanced Botulinum Toxin Procedures
- Botulinum Toxin in the Lower Face: Understand the facial and cervical anatomy of the lower face.
- Micro-dosing of Botulinum Toxins: Identify when and how to perform intradermal micro-dosing of botulinum toxins.
- Mid Forehead Brow Lift: Understand how botulinum toxin can be used to manipulate or change the position and/or shape of the brow.
- Botulinum Toxins in Lower Eyelid: Understand how to utilize botulinum toxins to treat under-eye bags, sagging skin, and droopy eyelids.
- Botulinum Toxins Around the Lips: Understand how the dynamic vertical rhytids originating at the vermilion border of the lip can be treated, and how to perform a “lip flip.”
- Treating a Gummy Smile: Be able to minimize excessive gingival display with botulinum toxins
- Treating the Jawline and Pre-Jowl Area: Understand how botulinum toxin injection can be used to target the depressor anguli oris and platysma muscles
- Treating Platysma Bands: Understand how a botulinum toxin can smoothen the platysma.
- Treating Masseteric Hypertrophy: Understand how to improve the appearance of a prominent mandibular angle due to masseteric hypertrophy.
- Treating Bruxism: How to perform a botulinum toxin injection into the masseter and temporalis muscles an effective treatment for bruxism and jaw pain.
- Treating Botox Complications: Discuss potential side effects with patients, and understand the most common and relatively rare adverse events.
- Botulinum Toxin Injections Around The Eyes – Some Common Unwanted Effects And What To Do: Understand common unwanted effects of injecting botulinum toxins around the eyes, and what to do about them.
- Treating Eyelid Ptosis and Brow Ptosis: Understand how you can reduce the risk of eyelid and brow ptosis
Advanced Dermal Filler Training Resources
- Anatomy Review for Advanced Filler Procedures: Have an in-depth understanding of the muscles, nerves, and blood vessels in the forehead, temples, nose, cheeks, and perioral areas.
- Tear Trough Area: Understand how to utilize dermal fillers to reduce the sunken appearance of the eye.
- Non-Surgical “Nose Job” (Nose Augmentation): Understand how dermal filler injections can temporarily adjust the shape of the nose.
- Jaw & Chin Recontouring: Understand how dermal fillers can add definition, symmetry, contour, and balance to the jawline and chin area.
- Earlobe Correction: Understand how dermal fillers can be used to treat sagging earlobes and reduce elongated earring holes.
- Using Cannulas for Filler Injections: Describe the best situations when you to use a flexible blunt cannula to place hyaluronic acid dermal fillers.
- Consensus Recommendations for the Use of Radiesse in the Face and Body: Understand the current consensus recommendation for the safe and effective use of hyperdiluted CaHA for face and body biostimulation.
- Treating Dermal Filler Complications: Understand how to manage and treat dermal filler complications.
- Neutralizing Hyaluronic Acid Fillers: Understand how to neutralize hyaluronic acid filler complications with hyaluronidase and Nitroglycerin Paste.
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) for Aesthetics
This program is a perfect complement to add to your existing aesthetics services or to enhance your offerings when you open your aesthetics practice or medspa. By taking this certification, you’ll learn:
Introduction to Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
- What is PRP?
- Facial Anatomy
- Structure of the Skin
- Physiology of Aging
- The Principles of PRP
- Using Centrifuges for PRP
- Practical Guidelines for PRP Treatment
- Steps of PRP Procedure
PRP for Lip Injections
- What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) for Lip Injections?
- PRP for Lip Injections Protocols
- Perform PRP for Lip Injections
- Benefits of PRP for Lip Injections
- Choose PRP for Lip Injections compared to other methods
- Results and Frequency of Injections
- Interactions with other Fillers
PRP for Hair Restoration
- Introduction to PRP for Hair Restoration
- Types of Hair Loss and Treatment
- Equipment, Preparation, Procedure and Duration
- Side effects and Contraindications of PRP for Hair Restoration
- Assessment of the PRP Procedure for Hair Restoration
- Post Treatment Care for PRP for Hair Restoration
- Patient Profile
- Cost for the PRP for Hair Restoration Treatment
- Microneedling and PRP for Hair Restoration
Incorporating PRP with and Other Aesthetic Procedures
- PRP and Fillers
- PRP and Microneedling
- PRP vs Topical Skin Therapy
- PRP and Fractional Laser
PRP Patient Care and Your Practice
- Client Selection for PRP
- PRP Contraindications
- PRP Aftercare
- Advanced Consultation Skills
- Psychology in Aesthetic Practice
- Professionalism, Law and Ethics in PRP Practice
Learn more profitable non-invasive aesthetic procedures by completing the Aesthetic Medicine training course which includes:
- What are chemical peels?
- Types of chemical peels
- Chemical peel complications
Microdermabrasion and Skin Resurfacing
- Medical microdermabrasion and its uses
- Microdermabrasion complications
- Dermabrasion and dermaplaning
- Ablative & non-ablative lasers
- Laser tattoo removal
- Laser hair removal
Body Contouring & Fat Removal
- Fat elimination equipment
- Review of common fat elimination equipment & providers (Coolsculpting, BTL, SculpSure, etc)
- Example device set up, treatment & patient positioning
- Patient selection
Certification renews annually for $1,497. A one-time registration fee of $500 is applied at signup for all new applicants.
On-Demand Training Reviews
Who is eligible for training?
The Certified Aesthetic Provider™ program is open to licensed medical professionals with the following designations: MD/DO, DMD/DDS, NP, PA.
All other healthcare providers must be sponsored by their supervisor to access the certification. It is recommended you check with your local governing body to ensure you are working within your scope of practice prior to registering for training.
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have unlimited access for 365 days with each certification renewal. Come back and review the information as much as you like – even after you’ve completed your training!
How long do the courses take?
Training times vary depending on the person, but on average, each course can take you anywhere from 7-10 hours to complete.
Do I get a certificate?
Yes, upon the successful completion of each course you will be emailed your certificate.
After completing all 4 courses included in the certification and submitting your Cosmetic Injector Practice Log, you will become a Certified Aesthetic Provider™!
How are the courses designed?
Courses are designed as self-study training modules that you can do at your own pace. They include a combination of text lectures, detailed videos and comprehensive downloadable content.
Can I earn CMEs?
Yes, the following courses are eligible for up to 8 CMEs each: Introduction to Cosmetic Injectables, Advanced Cosmetic Injectables, Introduction to PRP for Aesthetics.
By completing your certification each year, you can earn up to 24 CMEs!
Do I need to complete a practicum to earn my certification?
While a formal practicum is not required to become a Certified Aesthetic Provider™, you are required to submit evidence that you have completed a minimum of 12 patient treatments with cosmetic injectables each year to keep up your certification.
You must submit your Cosmetic Injector Practice Log noting the patient’s first name and last initial, date of treatment, type of cosmetic injectable used and brief description of the treatment.
What is the cancellation policy?
Any registration, training or renewal fees are non-refundable once paid. You may cancel your renewal at any time.
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*The Certified Aesthetic Provider™ Program is offered only by the IAPAM. Upon completion of all 4 courses and submission of your Cosmetic Injector Practice Log including the first name and last initial, date and treatment for 12 patients, you will be emailed your Certified Aesthetic Provider™ certificate. This certification is renewable annually thereafter to show you are up to date with the latest in cosmetic injection procedures and non-invasive aesthetic treatments.
*The AAFP has reviewed Cosmetic Injectables for Healthcare Providers and deemed it acceptable for up to 8.00 Enduring Materials, Self-Study AAFP Prescribed credit. Term of Approval is from 08/30/2021 to 08/31/2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The AAFP has reviewed Advanced Cosmetic Injectables for Healthcare Providers and deemed it acceptable for up to 8.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 02/26/2022 to 02/26/2023. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The AAFP has reviewed Platelet-Rich Plasma for Healthcare Providers and deemed it acceptable for up to 8.00 AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 04/28/2022 to 04/27/2023. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.
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