College of General Dentistry launches facial aesthetics qualification

The College of General Dentistry (CGDent), the UK’s only professional body dedicated to primary dental care, has formally launched its Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics.

Serving those who are considering entering this growing area of practice but have little or no prior experience, the course is designed to be flexible to suit the needs of those working in general dental practice, while equipping them with the theoretical understanding and practical skills they need to offer cosmetic injectables to their patients.

The college is represented on the Education and Training Committee of the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), the body which sets standards for cosmetic practice and maintains registers of appropriately trained cosmetic practitioners, and CGDent’s comprehensive programme has been carefully designed to align with the JCCP’s competency framework, with a syllabus covering:

  • Facial anatomy, morphology, physiology and the principles behind the use of botulinum toxin and dermal fillers
  • Assessment and treatment planning for non-surgical aesthetic interventions
  • Administration of botulinum toxin and dermal fillers and the management of complications

Participants can enrol at any time and may take between 6 months and 2 years to complete the programme, which combines online learning with face-to-face teaching and practice available in four locations. The modules include observation and performance of at least 40 cases, all of which are provided and 20 of which are mentored on a 1:1 basis, with participants given a choice of dates and clinical sites.

The programme is delivered by RASA Academy and led by Dr Jalpesh Patel, a dental practitioner, advanced facial aesthetic practitioner and member of the JCCP’s Practitioner Register Committee. Dr Patel holds a Master’s in Aesthetic Dentistry from King’s College London, in which he graduated with distinction, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine from the University of Manchester.

Dr Patel recently delivered a series of online seminars for the College of General Dentistry, entitled Introduction to Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics, Facial Aesthetics: Clinical Cases and Applied Anatomy, and Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics: Complications. All three are available to watch on ProDental CPD via the above links.

He has also posted a blog about his journey into facial aesthetics, and how his own experience of the available training options inspired him to develop the new programme with CGDent.

The launch of the new Level 7 qualification builds on the heritage of the Faculty of General Dental Practice, which ran a Masterclass in Facial Aesthetics programme from 2009-16.

Dental professionals interested in applying should visit

Members of the College of General Dentistry, and subscribers to ProDental CPD, have free access to the recordings of the webinars listed above – and all other live and recorded ProDental and CGDent-ProDental events – and can also claim free CPD certificates. A £20 fee will apply per webinar for non-members/non-subscribers who wish to access the recordings

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Launching our first qualification with the IAS Academy

The College of General Dentistry (CGDent) – the first independent college for primary care dentistry and authoritative body for standards in practice –  this week announced that IAS Academy is to provide training for its Diploma in Primary Care Orthodontics (DipPCOrth) launching on February 3rd, 2020. This is an important step forward for the new College.

The academy will offer delegates a combination of hands-on and theoretical study delivered on-campus and online over 14 months in preparation for the diploma examination.

The advanced training syllabus covers assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and provision using the complete range of orthodontic appliances. 

Students will also gain an understanding of the science of orthodontics, as well as the evidence and research underpinning care.

Chair of the College of General Dentistry, Prof Nairn Wilson CBE, has explained: “With its impressive breadth, scope and depth the IAS Academy’s advanced course is perfectly aligned to training in preparation for the DipPCOrth. 

“We are excited to be launching our new qualification. The involvement of IAS gives us confidence that those who take the examinations will be well prepared and set for professional success afterwards.”

The IAS Academy’s Advanced Training programme is now open for admissions. The course covers five modules over 14 months lasting 3-4 days each. Training takes place every 2-3 months, and the course also includes one-to-one mentoring of 20 cases for each student.

For more information, please email [email protected] or call Hannah Collman at IAS Academy on 01932 336 470.

About IAS Academy

IAS Academy is a global community of world-class teachers and colleagues who share a common goal:  To empower dentists to confidently treat their patients with the best and most ethical treatment options available. 

The academy promotes tooth-preservation dentistry through teaching, mentoring and supporting delegates for life in a journey of orthodontics and restorative dentistry.

IAS Academy holds regular training events across Europe and provides online mentoring through a dedicated forum.

For more information, visit