Dermal Filler Certification

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What does this certification cover?

Join Dr. Michael Aicken on his two-day training course in dermal filler. This certification includes online study, reading resources, and online testing, as well as in-person practical assessment to assist your learning and help you achieve your goal.

Day 1 — This consists of online study modules, including videos, reading material, and online tests.

Day 2 Your morning will be spent doing practical assessments and in the afternoon you will be treating real patients in a small group (max. 8 trainees).

Online Course Content

What will the online course content cover?

We not only cover the use of filler in the lips, but also nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and cheek augmentation (zygomatic arch). “Advanced” dermal filler treatments include fine lines, dynamic lines (lines present more on movement), frown lines and lipstick lines.

Now includes Aesthetics Starter pack (Free trial of Flourish software and 2ml of Dermal Revolution Filler).

To find out further information and the course structure read below.


Course fee

(contact us for discounts on multiple bookings)

By making this course payment, I confirm that I have read and understand the cancellation policy and eligibility criteria.

What will the practical assessment cover? 

At the beginning of day 2, each trainee will complete a formal assessment. This covers each of the case studies presented in the online courses. In the afternoon, feedback given during the group teaching session will be informal. This will involve every member of the group taking part in performing each treatment in rotation under the close supervision of our trainer.

Trainees will have a chance to complete all “basic” treatments for the two models. In addition to most of the advanced treatments for one model. The models vary from course to course, so on some occasions, it is not possible to treat every advanced area; however, if this occurs, a thorough explanation of the treatment will be provided. It is important to note that trainees will learn skills that will be applicable to many different areas of the face. Our previous trainees ALL report feeling confident to begin injecting independently following the course; it is, however, strongly advised that trainees begin doing so within one month of completion to consolidate their skills.

Our course is insurance approved — please arrange this in advance. Then on completing the certification, you will be able to offer injectable dermal filler to expand your business offering to your clients.

Meet the expert

All of our courses are delivered by Dr Michael David Aicken, one of the UK’s leading aesthetic trainers. He has over 14 years of experience in medical aesthetics and has published teaching material in various aesthetic journals. After completing an MPhil at Queens University Belfast — where he gained expertise in the development of medical education assessment methods — he has spent the last nine years teaching practitioners from all over the world. Dr Aicken regularly provides support and guidance to practitioners dealing with complications within their own clinics. In addition, he teaches his diploma and masterclasses courses and runs his own private clinic. This is your opportunity to learn from one of the most respected members of the medical aesthetic community.

Recently there has been a lot of media coverage, interest and speculation regarding the regulation of all those who practice non-surgical aesthetics. At Visage Academy, we train all individuals that meet the criteria for Aesthetic Insurance and ensure that they are trained and assessed in line with Health Education England guidelines. Since 2014, we have also included comprehensive training in complications management; something I’m pleased to say that some other training academies have since included in their courses. Although our trainees come from a variety of professions and therefore have varying training requirements, we treat all of our students with the same level of respect and provide them with ongoing support. Our aim is to train all of our students to be safe practitioners who can recognise complications and manage them responsibly and effectively.

Myself and Visage Academy wholeheartedly support moves to regulate the non-surgical aesthetics industry, but believe this should incorporate an inclusive register that seeks to support all safe practitioners, regardless of their entry route into the specialty. Excluding one or more groups from such regulation can only undermine patient safety and cannot be justified with the logical fallacy that certain groups are ‘not well enough trained already to be trained now’.

There are bad practitioners in aesthetics on both sides of the fence and we need to have a robust system to deal with these practitioners medic or non-medic, swiftly and in a manner that enhances public confidence in our profession.

I will continue to work with colleagues and welcome engagement from any other interested parties who share my viewpoint to make aesthetics a safer, more regulated environment and to eliminate bad practices regardless of occupational background.

Dr Michael Aicken

2 Day Visage Aesthetics Course Format

Day 1 – Online and Self Directed Learning

Foundation online modules with online tests

Compulsory for everyone in order to achieve certification. Modules will include:

  • Facial anatomy and physiology
  • A history of facial filler and currently available products
  • Filler techniques (bolus, linear injection, cross-hatching)
  • Lip filler
  • How to pass your assessment – Filler
Advanced Online Modules with Online Tests

Compulsory for non-medics, voluntary for medics or non-medics who have previously qualified prior to the new guidelines. Modules will include:

  • Dermal filler related complications part 1 (Skin ischaemia and blindness)
  • Dermal filler related complications part 2 (infection)
  • Dermal filler related complications part 3 (dissolving lumps)
  • Cheek Augmentation using Dermal Filler
  • Advanced lips filler (correcting asymmetry, fixing mistakes)

Day 2 – Face-to-face

Assessment of Foundation-level & Advanced-level practical & communication skills using mannequins (3 Foundation-level filler cases & 3 Advanced-level filler cases) in the morning. Followed by an afternoon small group teaching session with real patients in a simulated clinic. In the afternoon, trainees will receive additional assessment and feedback on their practical skills. This will be in a more group-orientated and informal manner than the morning session.

The assessments (both formal and informal) will form part of the trainee’s self-managed log-book. Following the new guidelines, trainees are expected to observe 10 filler treatments and be observed performing 10 filler treatments. Our face-to-face assessments using mannequins will allow trainees the opportunity to record their first cases in their log-book. The afternoon session should allow further opportunities for logging cases. This is done either using our e-portfolio (found at or simply with pen and paper.

Any questions contact: [email protected]

Full refund minus £50 administration fee if 21 days notice given. Group bookings provide discounts for each member of the group. If one person cancels their refund will therefore be reduced to offset the discount already given to other group members. Note also that we cannot refund any credit card fees paid by you during the payment. Please also note that if, for any reason, you decide that you would like to move your booking to a later date after making your course payment, this will be considered as a cancellation and re-booking, so the cancellation fee plus any other associated fees may apply.

It’s really the insurance companies who make the rules as to what the eligibility criteria is as it’s them who will offer insurance to practitioners following training. For ‘non-medics’ we highly recommend speaking with Cathedral or Insync about insurance requirements before making an enquiry with us. Contact them as follows:

Tel: 01892 601198 / 01892 601199 Email: [email protected]

Please let us know if there is a problem obtaining a quote from the insurers or an issue with their customer service at [email protected]

As a rule of thumb, they do typically accept the following groups:

  • Beauty Therapists with an NVQ 3 in Beauty Therapy // CIBTAC // CIDESCO, Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Pharmacists, Paramedics, Physiotherapists, Dental Nurses (there is an additional course to be completed before our course – read about it here. It’s currently £270)
  • Certain other individuals – if you aren’t sure, best to check with one (or both) of the insurers above. Good luck, and hopefully we’ll meet you soon!
Disclaimer – please check with your insurance company before booking onto our course. Although we have good relations with all of the major insurance companies, the decision whether or not to provide indemnity cover for you post-training is outside of our control. The rationale for providing or not providing cover does change from time-to-time without warning.