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 course contains a good balance of natural and synthetic formulation types. It 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.






  • Start Date: Can be started at any time.
  • Mode of delivery: On-Line/Distance - a practical kit needs to be purchased separately to complete all required practical activities.
  • Entry Requirements: Minimum 15 years of age or older
  • Duration: 300 study hours.
    • Normal duration: 15 weeks (flexible study plan up to 45 weeks).





25+ hours online lectures

(full course: 300 study hours)

Learn through over 30 cosmetic science videos where our qualified and experienced Cosmetic Chemists walk you through the 300 study hours of course content in detail.

Full cosmetic science textbook


Download our comprehensive and detailed textbook. With more than 700 pages, this professional manual will be your guide during and your reference after your studies.


Guided learning materials

Effectively study online with a comprehensive guided study checklist to plan and track your study progress. See an example of how our study is laid out step-by-step

1-on-1 training support

Don't wait to get your questions answered on a forum. Get support directly from your trainer - a qualified Cosmetic Chemist - when you need help. Meet our trainer here 

Detailed study feedback

Understand and learn with detailed feedback for every assessment from your trainer, an experienced Cosmetic Chemist. Learn more about your future trainer

Real-life work scenarios 

No quizzes or games - get ready to work in the cosmetic industry with several real-life work scenarios throughout your studies. See an example of assessments here.


Raw materials database

Get lifetime access to our database containing information on thousands of cosmetic raw materials and suppliers contacts. 

Professional  community

Join a professional community online with hundreds of qualified Cosmetic Chemists from over 75 countries in the world. Build your network and get ongoing support from your trainers and peers even after graduation.


Study options




Study Only:

Online Lectures + Text
Get the learning with no assessment commitment.

* No due dates

*Unlimited access to online lectures - over 30 full training lectures, you can watch anytime, over and over again.

* Full electronic text - over 700 pages of Professional training text

* Lifelong access to our database containing 1000's raw materials information + contacts

* Guidance on over 50 different practical activities 

* Learn to formulate over 60 different types of products with full guidance and example formulas

*A practical pack is recommended, please purchase here





Study Only Upfront

 Pay with EURO €975

 Pay with USD $1070 

 Pay with AUD $1450  

Study Only - Instalments

 Pay with EURO €270

 Pay with USD $295

 Pay with AUD $400


Full Program:

Full Certificate Program
Get the learning, trainer support, assessments and Certificate

* Up to 45 weeks to complete full qualification

* Unlimited access to online lectures  - over 30 full training lectures, you can watch anytime, over and over again.

* Full electronic text - over 700 pages of Professional training text

* Lifelong access to our database containing 1000's raw materials information + contacts

* Guidance on over 50 different practical activities 

* Learn to formulate over 60 different types of products with full guidance and example formulas 

* Access Students & Graduates Facebook group

* 1-on1 trainer support 

* 4 written assessments

* Hard copy Certificate

*A practical kit is required to complete practical activities, purchase here.

Full course Upfront

 Pay with EURO €1945

 Pay with USD $2140

 Pay with AUD $2900  

full course - Instalments

 Pay with EURO €270

 Pay with USD $295 

 Pay with AUD $400  


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 For instalment payment options, please refer to the price list or contact us: [email protected]


Course structure and learning outcomes



NAT11268001: Investigate and evaluate cosmetic ingredients

Compliance: Compliance requirements of cosmetic ingredients

NAT11268005: Plan microbiological control of cosmetic ingredients and manufacturing environment

NAT11268006: Select preservatives for personal care formulas

NAT11268007: Select rheology modifiers for personal care formulas

NAT11268008: Select lipids for personal care formulas

Emulsions: Emulsifier for personal care formulas

Surfactants: Surfactants for personal care formulas

Sunscreen workshop

Cosmeceutical workshop

Formulation development: Personal care formulation development

NAT11268013: Plan and interpret stability testing





  • 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 required to work through various practical activities and prepare practical samples - purchase separately here.
  • 4 Written assessments comprising theoretical questions and workplace simulated scenarios


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

On successful completion, learners can continue on to study our Diploma of Personal Care Formulation to become a Cosmetic Chemist with credit in 6 subjects. 


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:

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 stovetop)



  • 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 = 250 hours
    • extension research and practical activities = up to 50 hours