Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Sources for Dermatology

Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Sources for Dermatology

Course Overview

This course is designed for new users of lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) units in dermatology (with or without incorporated radiofrequency) for hair removal, and various skin treatments such as treatment of telangiectasia, and skin rejuvenation. Its content and design are designed to align with Australian Standard 4173 (Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care). There is an emphasis is on mechanisms of action, selection of appropriate techniques, and safety issues for the operator and the client. The course includes an overview of the structure and characteristics of skin, and the processes of hair growth and skin pigmentation. It assumes no prior knowledge or experience with the structure and pathology of human skin. The course is accredited by Radiation Health Queensland.

Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) sources for dermatology (skin rejuvenation) and hair removal (suitable for persons who wish to obtain a RSO certificate for cosmetic procedures involving laser apparatus or a use licence for laser cosmetic procedures or for maintenance, repair or commissioning of laser apparatus). Users of dermatology/hair removal lasers or intense pulsed lights (IPL), i.e. beauticians, registered nurses, medical practitioners, cosmetic physicians, ENTs, plastic surgeons, dermatologists or trade reps for these types of medical equipment. This course is NOT for dentistry.

Upon successful completion of the written examination, a certificate of completion will be forwarded which will assist the candidate with their application for obtaining the appropriate use licence from Radiation Health Queensland. 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic structure of the skin
  2. Understand the processes of hair growth and pigmentation and hair
  3. Appreciate the limitations of various methods of hair removal
  4. Comprehend the importance of skin type in the selection of clinical techniques
  5. Understand how the effects of intense light sources vary according to the wavelength, power density, energy density, and other factors
  6. Understand the range of interactions of light with various components of the skin
  7. Appreciate the optical hazards posed by lasers and IPL units
  8. Appreciate the range of non-optical hazards posed by lasers and how these can be minimised
  9. Select appropriate protective eyewear for clinical use
  10. Appreciate the need for practical safety measures in their own workplace when using IPL or lasers

Presenter/s Biography

Emeritus Professor Laurence J Walsh AO


Laurence Walsh was Professor of Dental Science at UQ from 2000-2020. He now contributes to UQ as an emeritus professor to research in advanced technologies and materials. Laurie is the current president of the Australian Association for Laser Dentistry. He is also the lead adviser to ADA Inc on dental bleaching. He has undertaken clinical and laboratory trials for a wide range of lasers and bleaching systems, and he has published extensively on these topics in the national and international literature. Laurence has over 30 years clinical experience with conventional and laser-based systems for treating more difficult cases including tetracycline staining using lasers. He has presented over 200 hands-on courses on lasers and on tooth bleaching systems and technologies across the Asia-Pacific region and in North America.

Course Pricing

Users of dermatology/hair removal lasers or intense pulsed lights (IPL)* $440

*This course is NOT for dentistry.

CPD Hours

6 Scientific hours


Q: How long do I have to complete this course?

A: We recommend completing the course within 6 months as our content is continuously being updated, however the course can be completed at your own pace and it is available to access 24/7.

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CPD Hours

6 Scientific Hours

Who Should Enrol

users of dermatology/hair removal lasers or IPL. This course is NOT designed for Dentists.

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