Certificate in Advanced Cosmetic Science

The Certificate in Advanced Cosmetic Science teaches the essentials of advanced cosmetic science and formulation skills to make cosmetics at a Professional level without needing to undergo full Cosmetic Science training to become a Cosmetic Chemist. This program teaches you how to make cosmetics whilst ensuring the development of safe, stable and efficacious formulations along with essential quality checks. Learners will learn how to make basic and advanced skin, hair, body, sunscreen and cosmeceutical personal care and cosmetic formulas.

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Start Date: Can be started at any time

Mode of delivery: On-Line/Distance - a practical kit is sent to you to complete all required practical activites

Entry Requirements: Year 10 or equivalent

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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 personal care and cosmetic formulations
  • research various cosmetic ingredients to determine suitability to various cosmetic formulation developments
  • develop safe, stable and effective cosmetic formulas to cover a wide range of personal care products
  • conduct microbial evaluations of raw materials, finished products, equipment, the facility and implement GMP to be able to make cosmetics
  • prepare, implement and evaluate stability protocols to ensure a good expiry date of cosmetics

This course will benefit the following careers:

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

This course is ideal for:

  • If you have/want to start your own cosmetic brand
  • Research and Development Scientists
  • Compounding personnel
  • Raw material suppliers
  • Product development personnel involved in formulating cosmetics
  • Technical staff involved in cosmetic formulation development and/or cosmetic manufacturing

Required equipment:

On successful completion, learners can continue on to study our Diploma of Personal Care Formulation to become a Cosmetic Chemist 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 up to at least 1.2kg in 0.01g increments
  • 3 x 1.1L stainless steel mixing bowls
  • 1 x 8 wire whisk (250 – 300mm)
  • 2 hot plates (or normal stove top)


  • This course consists of 6 full units + 4 half units from the Diploma of Personal Care Formulation
  • Full time study = 36-38 hours per week to complete in 8 weeks
  • Part time study = 15-20 hours per week to complete in 15 weeks
  • Flexible study = 5-10 hours per week to complete in 45 weeks
  • Study load consists of:
    • guided training and practical work = 260 hours
    • extension research and practical activities = up to 60 hours

Training and assessments:

  • On-line lectures to support learning and activities within the texts
  • Electronic text for 6 full units and 4 half units
  • Box of raw materials and packaging to work through various practical activities and prepare practical samples
  • 2 Written assessment comprising theoretical questions and workplace simulated scenarios

Course units:


Investigate and evaluate cosmetic ingredients (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


Plan microbiological control of cosmetic ingredients and manufacturing environment (full unit)

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.


Select preservatives for personal care formulas (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 rheology modifiers 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 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 cosmetic creams and lotions
  • make cosmetic creams using suitable manufacturing (compounding) methods
  • select appropriate materials to make cosmetic formulas
Surfactants Covers the chemistry of cosmetic surfactants and how it applies to formulating safe, effective, stable foaming body wash and shampoo formulations. Learn how to:
  • formulate with cosmetic surfactants to attain specific performance attributes
  • select suitable cosmetic surfactants to formulate a variety of surfactant based personal care products
Sunscreen workshop Covers the formulating issues and solutions associated with sunscreens. Learn
how to:
  • apply formulation principles of various sun-screening agents
  • check for efficacy and stability in your formulation
  • search for sunscreen compliant ingredients in Australia, US, Japan and EU
Cosmeceutical workshop Covers innovations by incorporating cosmeceutical actives in a variety of
formulations without affecting safety and stability. Learn how to:
  • determine the suitability of marketing claims and information required to support claims
  • specific formulation challenges and how to overcome them
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


Plan and interpret stability testing (full unit)

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.