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MATA brings a unique approach to training and education, offering 'blended learning' with high-quality resources supported by practical 'hands-on' training in our dedicated clinical facilities. Find out how a MATA qualification can develop your clinical practice.

Unique qualifications and courses from MATA

MATA qualifications and courses offer the highest quality educational experience, in a format that makes learning stimulating and rewarding. With our qualifications, you will extend your clinical knowledge, and develop your clinical skills with hands-on training. Written to meet the qualifications framework developed by Health Education England (HEE), now owned and adopted by the new Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), and the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA) recommendations. MATA learners can be assured that our qualifications are academically rigorous and are externally accredited and audited by UK awarding bodies. Assessments, videos, and forums keep the learning experience engaging and informative. Qualifications include laser and light therapies, botulinum toxins (BoNT), dermal fillers and applied clinical anatomy, plus our unique qualification for those wanting to enter the aesthetic sector, the CIBTAC Principles of Cosmetic Practice (Level 3).

MATA also offer a range of educational training courses that complement our suite of qualifications - offering CPD/CME to keep your knowledge and skills right up-to-date. Blended approach

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Education that makes a difference

All of our qualifications and training courses include different ways of testing your knowledge and understanding - which is academically proven to deepen your learning. You will find quizzes and tests that include multiple choice questions, matching answers, TRUE/FALSE and short answer questions - all of which test your understanding, help you retain information and apply your knowledge.  

For example; which laser wavelength penetrates the deepest? which botulinum toxins contain complexing proteins? which dermal filler has the most cross-linking?

Each qualification is built around modules to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the subject, interspersed with short review quizzes and end of module assignments.

Available courses

An interactive course designed to develop and extend your clinical knowledge and skills in the safe delivery of botulinum toxin and dermal fillers and volumisers for skin and facial rejuvenation. Learn about the science and pharmacology of botulinum toxin and soft tissue filler products, skin anatomy and physiology, treatment indications and contraindications, pre- and post treatment procedures and safe working practice.

Each module is supported with interactive learning materials, video clips, links to resources and quizzes and assessments.

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the condition of hyperhidrosis, the diagnosis and evaluation of the severity of the condition. It will discuss non-surgical and surgical treatment options before reviewing the use of botulinum toxin for treating primary hyperhidrosis.

Treatment of hyperhidrosis can be a therapeutic challenge and there is no consensus or specific techniques to improve the condition. We will provide an overview of the evidence base for currently available treatment options that might improve the quality of life for the hyperhidrosis patient.

It is important that you have completed the learning materials in the Principles and Practice of Botulinum Toxin section, as it is assumed that learners understand the pharmacology and toxicology, method of action, product preparation and injection techniques for botulinum toxin.

A new Level 3 Ofqual regulated qualification offered by CIBTAC and only available via the MATA learning platform. It is designed for those without a beauty or healthcare background wanting to enter the aesthetic sector. It is recognised by insurance companies and once you have successfully completed it, you will be ready to move onto higher level courses and qualifications.

This exciting new qualification gives you the best possible foundation in anatomy and physiology, skin analysis and client assessment, health and safety in the clinical environment, beauty therapy science and an introduction to laser and light and energy based interventions.

All of the expertly written learning materials are available through this MATA learning platform to prepare you for the written examinations and practical sessions. You need to complete the knowledge modules and two written assignments before attending for two days of teaching and assessment where you will consult and assess clients, complete your portfolio work and take written examinations – all supported and overseen by MATA and CIBTAC tutors.

The qualification has compulsory knowledge modules delivered via the MATA learning platform and everything is supported with glossaries, additional resources and you can message the course tutors if you need help or join group discussions and forums to share your questions and experiences.

        • There are two written assignments and a risk assessment as parts of the assessments but we help prepare you for completing these via the drop-in chat sessions on the learning platform.

The ‘Core of Knowledge’ is the minimum training for authorised users, laser protection supervisors (LPS) and assisting staff using lasers (Class 3R, 3B and 4) and Intense Light Source (ILS)/IPL equipment. The MHRA document suggests all laser/light users should attend an initial ‘Core of Knowledge’ course, with refresher training at least every five years.

The Core of Knowledge course should be delivered by persons who have a high level of knowledge and understanding of different optical radiation devices systems, optical radiation safety and the hazards associated with the equipment, e.g. a certified Laser Protection Adviser LPA). The content and depth covered in Core of Knowledge courses may be tailored to healthcare professionals who work in a medical setting, and/or general healthcare area, and/or cosmetic environment, in which case, the course certificate should clearly indicate which specialty has been covered.

The Core of Knowledge syllabus indicates the content that should be covered but the content depth will depend on the differing needs of the healthcare professionals.

Close up laserAvailable as the CIBTAC Level 4, or EduQual Level 5 qualification, these specialised Level 4/5 qualifications provide all the knowledge and skills you need to safely and effectively use laser and intense light systems for hair reduction and skin rejuvenation by learning about the technologies, skin anatomy and skin typing, light-tissue interactions, treatment indications and contraindications, pre- and post treatment procedures and safe working practice.

Our tutors will guide and support you, using a range of teaching styles, demonstrations and activities to help you achieve these challenging, but rewarding programmes.

The qualifications contain units covering:

  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the Salon
  • Client care and communication in beauty related industries
  • Laser and light treatments for hair removal
  • Laser and light treatments for skin rejuvenation

Not only will you learn about the theory and practice of laser and light devices, you will also enhance your existing skills in patient assessment and consultation, skin analysis, health and safety, preventing and dealing with complications from treatment.

All of the expertly written learning materials are here to support the face-to-face teaching and practical sessions, and help you with revision and examination preparation. Each qualification module is supported with interactive learning materials, video clips, links to resources and quizzes and assessments.


Laser tattoo removal is a Level 5 qualification, delivered by MATA and awarded by EduQual in line with the current JCCP recommendations. It will develop and extend your clinical knowledge and skills as you learn about; laser technologies, tattoo types, pigments and inks, skin typing, light-tissue interactions, treatment indications and contraindications, pre- and post treatment procedures and safe working practice.

Each module is supported with interactive learning materials, video clips, links to resources and quizzes and assessments.

The materials in this course will develop your clinical knowledge, understanding and application of applied anatomy for the safe delivery of injectable therapies and management of adverse events and complications. The reason this qualification is significant to safe practice is described by the following quotation:

"A thorough knowledge of muscular anatomy and the position of important anatomical landmarks are necessary to assure efficient injection and minimize complications." Sykes et al., (2015).

The course covers anatomy, facial aging, management of complications with quizzes, videos and links to resources to make learning engaging and rewarding.