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ITEC Level 4 Award in Radio Frequency

October 1, 2023 - December 4, 2023



The VTCT (ITEC) Level 4 Award in Radio Frequency is an advanced therapy qualification aimed at level 3 qualified practitioners, who wish to add this therapy to their repertoire of treatment offerings.  This qualification is informed by employers and national occupational standards for beauty therapy and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a fully commercial radio frequency practitioner.

Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety pertaining to level 4 non-medical aesthetic therapies. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with and analyse clients whilst providing radio frequency treatments. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills and widen their knowledge of the principles and practices of level 4 non- medical aesthetic therapies, all of which are valued highly by employers.

The course consist of a Theory exam and Practical exam.  The theoretical aspects will be examined by an ITEC Exam paper and the practical aspects with an exam carried out by an ITEC Examiner.

The qualification also consists of 6 Case Studies on carried out in the Academy under Clinical Assessment.  All case studies are completed at the Academy under the supervision of experienced Aesthetic lecturers.  All clients will receive an in depth consultation, advanced skin analysis and a bespoke treatment protocol to address their skin concerns.


VTCT & ITEC Level 4 Award in Radio Frequency (Face and Body)


Entry Requirements

Level 3 qualified practitioners


Course Content

Radio frequency penetrates the deeper skin layers to where the collagen fibres are embedded. It delivers a high frequency electrical current via poles/electrodes to the body. Body cells are not able to interpret a high frequency electrical current as electricity; rather it is treated as an energy source.

The layers of the skin act like resistors to the high frequency current, heating up to varying degrees. The heating of this area causes an immediate contraction of the collagen fibres (thermal trauma) creating an initial plumping of the skin, whilst simultaneously an increase of fibroblast action causes a stimulation to the production of new collagen fibres (collagen synthesis) also known as heat shock protein, creating a smoother, healthier and younger looking skin.

Thermal trauma occurs to 5-30% of the collagen fibres. This contraction results in the production of new collagen. The diameter of the collagen fibres in the treated area is increased and the spaces between the fibres are visibly reduced. This will plump up the dermal tissue giving a skin-tightening effect and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles

Advanced Skincare for non medical aesthetic therapies

  • Understand the physiology of skin ageing
  • Understand advanced skin assessment
  • Prepare for advanced skin assessment
  • Provide advanced skin assessment

Provide Radio Frequency 

  • Know safety considerations when providing radio frequency treatments
  • Understand how to provide radio frequency treatments on the face and body
  • Know the relevant anatomy & physiology and anthologies for radio frequency treatments
  • Be able to consult, plan and prepare for radio frequency treatment
  • Be able to provide radio frequency treatments for skin tightening of the face and body and the treatment of cellulite



    You will be assessed through both internal assessment and external examination.

    • MCQ Theory Paper
    • Practical Examination
    • 6 x Clinical Case Studies

    Course Fees


    Deposit €395

    Balance can be paid in instalments

    Funding Opportunities

    This qualification is listed by QQI on the National Framework, and is eligible for TESG funding.  Please contact your local Social Welfare for details.


    Course Duration

    Online Training Dates (10am – 4pm)

    1st & 8th October, 3rd December

    Onsite Training Dates (10am – 5pm):

    5th, 6th, 7th, 27th  November

    ITEC Practical & Theory Exam

    4th December


October 1, 2023
December 4, 2023
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Advanced Aesthetics Academy
Unit 5 Waterford Business Park, Cork Road
Waterford, Ireland
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