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CPD in Beauty

Written by Ruth Nicholson - NZ Laser Training on December 1st, 2017.      0 comments

The concept of bringing a medical education quality assessment tool to the New Zealand beauty industry was first presented by Ruth Nicholson (from NZ Laser Training) to the NZ Association of Registered Beauty Professionals (formerly known as NZ Association of Registered Beauty Therapists) in 2015. The verdict at the time was that it was still vaguely understood and would be challenging to implement without substantial debate and monitoring – but overall it was thought to be beneficial for the industry.

Fast forward to 2017 and Ruth was continuing to persuade the NZ Association of Registered Beauty Professionals to discuss the concept at the 2017 AGM in Wellington. The consistent lobbying has paid off with the President of the Beauty Association’s presenting the idea in her opening letter in the November issue of industry publication, BeautyNZ.

CPD points (or continuing professional development) is a formal means of measuring the amount of professional development and competencies obtained by those in a particular industry. Why should the beauty industry implement this? With technology and technological developments changing the nature of our industry, along with constant alterations to tools and techniques, ongoing education and development is incredibly important. The introduction of CPD points will raise the professionalism and credibility of industry practitioners and allows consumers to verify that the individual has completed some sort of training and is dedicated to further development in their field. Points would be allocated based on industry relevance and content as well as duration which will match a criteria issued by the NZ Association of Registered Beauty Professionals – making it a more simplified process. A workable and realistic number of minimum CPD points (potentially 5) had been suggested to ensure that the industry gets on board. This will also mean all education providers in the industry will be given the opportunity to allocate CPD points to some of their courses, ensuring that the education and knowledge provided is of a high industry standard.

Why is this needed? With the myriad of horror stories in the media about the unregulated state beauty industry in New Zealand and the consequences for unsuspecting consumers, the industry needs to band together to raise its reputation and level of professionalism. There needs to be a dedication to constant professional development as well as ensuring that those delivering the training aren’t operating outside of their own scope of practice and expertise – they will need to provide evidence that they themselves are qualified.

As an industry experiencing technological changes and major advances in skin care and treatment concepts, we must stay ahead of impending issues. Consumers must be made aware of ways they can make informed decisions about who and where they choose to get their beauty and aesthetic services from. Ruth says “I’ve always been fairly vocal about what we could do in industry but felt unsupported by the industry and excluded from bigger picture discussions, which is a real shame. This had led to me becoming tired and frustrated”.

Ruth would love to hear your thoughts on some of the questions below:
What can you do to carry to the torch to the next post?
What do you think about the idea of CPD points?
What can you do to shape the direction of the NZ beauty industry, so we can all benefit from a better and safer industry in the years to come?
Email her at – she’d love to work with some like-minded professionals.




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