The QCCP: Qualifications

QCCP Medical Aesthetic Certificate Competency Journey

Self Assessment Questionnaire

Candidates must register on the QCCP examination platform and complete the pre-qualification self assessments to determine whether or not they are able to meet the required competency standards. Those who have not identified any learning needs will be eligible to sit the exams. Learners who have identified learning needs will be able to access RSPH accredited training centres to upskill where required.

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RSPH Candidate Registration

In order to take the online exams, all learners are required to obtain a RSPH Candidate number. You can complete the registration here, or via your RSPH approved training centre. Once your application has been verified, the RSPH will issue your unique candidate number which remains valid for use on all future exams. 

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Exam Registration & Payment

Once you have been issued with your RSPH Candidate number you will be able to complete the online exam registration process. 

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The Exam

Learners must complete each exam within 2 hours. All exams follow the same format and consist of 4 sections:

Sections 1 -3 of each exam paper are case studies specifically linked to the competency standards. Learners will be required to read the case studies and input redacted words from a pool of words provided which includes “red herrings”

Section 4 is a Multiple Choice Questionnaire (MCQ) covering the full range of competencies in the standard. There are 15 MCQ questions for the learner to complete.

The content for each exam is randomly selected and rotated by the platform.

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Outcome

Learners must achieve a minimum of 75% pass rate across each section and an overall score of 75% or higher in order to pass.

Leaners who achieve a score between 75% – 89% across all sections will be awarded a pass.

Learners who achieve a score of 90% and above across all 4 sections will be awarded a distinction

When the learner submits their completed exam, the platform  will automatically mark the paper. If the learner has not achieved an overall pass rate of 75% they will be notified and will be able to re-sit the exam up to a maximum of two times.

Successful submissions will be sent to the regulator and awarding body, the RSPH for review. Upon verification, The RSPH will award the Medical Aesthetic Certificate. The award is valid for 3 years.

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Are You Ready to Get Started?

Frequently Asked Questions

Who regulates the exams?

Each qualification is regulated and awarded by Britain’s longest established and most esteemed body for public health, the Royal Society For Public Health (RSPH).

Their role is to govern and oversee all stakeholder output with regards to the development of new and existing qualification curriculums and examinations for the QCCP.

Who are these exams for?

The qualification is only accessible to regulated healthcare professionals with a license to prescribe in aesthetics. The exam is only available to:

  • GMC registered doctors
  • GDC Registered Dentists
  • NMC Registered Independent Nurse Prescribers
  • GPhC Registered Prescribing Pharmacists

The competency assessment requires practitioners to have an advanced skill-set which allows them to function independently. 

While a competent practitioner will independently undertake assessment and treatment planning, the prescribed standards require that advanced practitioners are able to assess, manage and safely prescribe medicines in the event that a complication arises.

What qualifications are available?

There are 2 qualifications available;

  • Medical Aesthetics Certificate: Understanding the Safe Use of Botulinum Toxin in Cosmetic Procedures
  • Medical Aesthetics Certificate: Understanding the Safe Use of Dermal Fillers in Cosmetic Procedures

Both exams are theoretical assessments but The QCCP and The RSPH recognize the need for practical examinations for each treatment modality and these will follow, as will more subjects for qualification.

Why has the QCCP been established?

All regulated healthcare professionals have a duty to practice only within their competency. In medical aesthetics, to date, practitioners are launched into autonomous private practice without reference to a competency framework and without any recognised competency assessment and validation.

The QCCP offers both new and experienced practitioners a direct and accessible route to obtain RSPH regulated qualifications without having to invest a significant amount of time and money. The competency standards are publicly available and provide, for the first time, a tangible benchmark and route map for practitioners who are on their journey towards competency.

For too long, delegates have had to rely on the quality of the marketing to choose their training providers. There is no objective and reliable way of truly appraising the quality of the training each provider delivers, so none are truly accountable for the learning outcomes and on-going success of those who invested with them.

For the first time, learners will now have access to a list of RSPH approved training centres who teach the recognised curriculum as opposed to being solely reliant on marketing and word of mouth.

The qualifications cost just £240 each and the exams take 2 hours to complete. This ground-breaking model removes the time and monetary barriers that have discouraged practitioners from participating in the university and level 7 awards.

How long do the exams take?

Learners must complete all 4 papers within 2 hours. At the end of the allocated time, the platform will mark whether all papers have been completed or not. Students must complete each part before the next part can be accessed. It is possible to pause between each part, but the total time spent will be timed and limited to the total time allowed.

How long do the certificates remain valid?

The award remains valid for three years to ensure competency and knowledge remains current and up to date. This model is in line with revalidation and encourages a review of knowledge every three years, appropriate in such a dynamic specialism.

What format do the examinations take?

The format is that of essays with redactions, and multiple choice. In parts 1-3 The student must choose the correct words from a key. Both the essays and the redactions are randomised in each examination paper. In part 4 there are randomised multiple choice questions.

How much do the exams cost?

The exams cost just £200 plus VAT each.

How are the papers marked?

The papers are marked automatically via the exam platform. Learners must achieve a score of 75% in each section in order to pass. Successful submissions will be forwarded to the RSPH to verify and certificates will be issued within 14 days.

Learners will have a maximum of 3 attempts before being locked out. In the event that a leaners fails the exam 3 times they will have to wait 12 months before they are eligible to re-sit.

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