The Certified Aesthetic Consultant™ (CAC) program is a comprehensive, educational curriculum and testing process created by THE Aesthetic Practice Association™ (TAPA) to document staff competence in areas critical to aesthetic practice growth. In a survey of more than 2,000 TAPA members, 400 respondents identified the need for increased staff training as a critical challenge.
They also noted (by a five to one margin) that they would be more inclined to hire an individual with a CAC certification over a candidate without such credentials. Furthermore, the majority of responding physicians indicated a willingness to increase compensation for employees who have completed the CAC program.
What is Required?
If you choose to complete the program online, you will be sent a user ID and password to access the learning management system (LMS). The LMS will track your progress toward obtaining your certification as well as store the results of each assessment you complete following each course. These assessments serve as preparation for the final certification exam.
The Certified Aesthetic Consultant (CAC) online curriculum is divided into several content areas, with each module ranging in length from 10 to 20 minutes, ideally completed in one or two sessions. The online registration system will keep track of the courses you have completed. Courses include areas on marketing, business plan development, patient type skills and revenue growth.
Who Is Eligible?
All aesthetic personnel are eligible, including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, aestheticians, medical assistants and technicians, as well as front and back office staff.
What is the Fee Structure?
To receive certification, there is an additional $150 exam fee.