Certificate in Advanced Cosmetic Science

The Certificate in Advanced Cosmetic Science teaches the essentials of advanced cosmetic formulation skills to ensure the development of safe, stable and efficacious formulations along with essential quality checks. Learners will learn how to create basic and advanced skin, hair, body, sunscreen and cosmeceutical personal care products.

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On completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • evaluate and select the right type of ingredients for a variety of cosmetic and personal care formulations
  • research various materials to determine suitability to various formulation developments
  • develop safe, stable and effective formulas to cover a wide range of personal care products
  • conduct microbial evaluations of raw materials, finished products, equipment and the facility and implement GMP
  • prepare, implement and evaluate stability protocols to ensure suitable shelf life

This course will benefit the following careers:

  • Research and Development Scientists
  • Formulating Chemists
  • Product/Compounding Managers and assistants

This course is ideal for:

  • Research and Development Scientists
  • Compounding personnel
  • Raw material suppliers
  • Product development personnel in the practical development of products
  • Technical staff involved in practical development and/or manufacturing

On successful completion, leaners can continue on to study our Diploma of Personal Care Formulation with a credit in 6 subjects. In order to study this course you will need to purchase or have access to standard laboratory equipment; or the following equipment if studying from home:

  • Scales that measure in 0.1g increments
  • 3 x 1.1L stainless steel mixing bowls
  • 1 x 8 wire whisk (250 – 300mm)
  • 2 hot plates (or normal stove top)

Duration:

  • This course consists of 6 full units + 4 half units from the Diploma of Personal Care Formulation
  • 10 weeks part time

Training and assessments:

  • The Cosmetic Formulations: Advanced Guide text book and additional Quality Program text book are provided as part of the enrolment package
  • On-line lectures to support learning and activities within the texts
  • Box of raw materials and packaging to work through various practical activities and prepare practical samples
  • Written assessment comprising theoretical questions and workplace simulated scenarios

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  Course units:

Evaluate the functions of ingredients in personal care products(full unit)  Covers the origin and functions of the common ingredients used in personal care products for an understanding of what gets used in products and why. Learn how to:

  • accurately identify what constitutes ‘organic’, ‘natural’ and ‘synthetic’ ingredients and processing
  • investigate and evaluate the origins and functions of the many and varied ingredients used in personal care products
  • apply this knowledge when promoting products in the market place.
Cosmetic ingredient compliance  Teaches how to identify compliance requirements for appropriate ingredient selection; incorporating searches involved to determine compliance requirements. Learn how to:

  • search compliance requirements of AU, EU, US and JP
  • select ingredients in accordance with compliance requirements
Select appropriate preservatives in personal care formulations(full unit)  Covers the identification and selection of appropriate preservatives in the development of personal care formulations. It also covers aspects such as self-preserving formulas, use of antioxidants and other agents to prolong shelf life, and challenge testing. Learn how to:

  • identify and evaluate the suitability of various preservatives in their application to a personal care formulation
  • select appropriate preservatives for a variety of personal care products and applications
Select appropriate gums and thickeners for personal care formulas(full unit)  Covers the evaluation and selection of appropriate gums and thickeners for use in a variety of personal care formulations. Learn how to:

  • determine suitable aspects of flow
  • investigate, evaluate and select gums and thickeners to suit the specific needs of various product formulations
Select appropriate lipids for personal care formulas(full unit)  Covers the evaluation and selection of appropriate lipids for use in a variety of personal care formulations. Learn how to:

  • recognise the consistency altering, emollient and skin feel properties of various lipids
  • investigate, evaluate and select lipids to suit the specific needs of various product formulations
Emulsions Covers the application of emulsion science to formulate a variety of safe, effective and stable personal care products. Learn how to:

  • improve the stability of emulsions
  • process using suitable manufacturing (compounding) methods
  • select appropriate materials to create your emulsion system
Surfactants  Covers the chemistry of surface science and how it applies to formulating safe, effective, stable personal care products. Learn how to:

  • formulate with surfactants to attain specific performance attributes
  • select suitable surfactants to formulate a variety of surfactant based personal care products
Formulation development  Covers the development of products from a product development brief to meet specific organisational preferences for a variety of personal care products. Learn how to:

  • follow steps involved in formulating products using the development process to yield a suitable finished product sample
  • develop a formula and method for your products
Apply microbiology techniques for product safety Covers the identification of microbiological concerns specific to personal care products; and the application of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) principles to ensure product safety. Learn how to:

  • test raw materials, products, equipment and the facility for microbial presence
  • identify methods to reduce microbiological burden with in the facility and finished products using GMP.
Develop stable product formulations Covers the methods used to test the stability of products for determination of appropriate shelf life. Learn how to:

  • examine formulas to determine factors contributing to instability and methods to correct these factors
  • develop appropriate stability protocols to ensure performance characteristics of products are maintained over their shelf life
  • formulate to accommodate the stability needs of various products
  • test the stability of a variety of personal care products.