Welcome to the Institute of Personal Care Science
We are the leading online and distance education provider in cosmetic science, formulation, regulatory affairs and brand management.
Our internationally recognised Diplomas, Certificates, Advanced Certificate and short courses provide quality and comprehensive distance training to students all over the world. Since we started delivering training in 2007, we have trained thousands of students from over 103 different countries. See where our students have been located.
As a student and graduate, you not only get cosmetic science training to gain professional skills, you also get:
- life long access to cosmetic science, brand management and cosmetic regulatory learning materials, including cosmetic industry updates and the latest news on cosmetic regulations and innovations,
- life long access to our extensive cosmetic ingredient databases, as well as
- life long access to our exclusive student and graduates group, where you can:
- post your questions and get help from experienced cosmetic chemists and graduates
- post your questions and get help from our Cosmetic Chemists and Marketing Manager
- attend our LIVE webinars with Belinda each month and ask her your questions direct
When you study with us, you get:
- cosmetic practical materials (in our cosmetic formulation courses) sent to you
- electronic text and on-line lecture access – so you can study at a time and place that suits you
- tutorial videos including extra and specific guidance, multiple practical demonstrations and workplace simulated scenarios
- 1-on-1 training support via skype/phone throughout your training from a dedicated and experienced trainer if you need additional assistance or have questions
- detailed study program so you know what to study and when, and to help you plan and track your study progress
- check-ups approximately every 2 weeks (but you can contact us at any time if you need extra support)
Not sure which course is right for you?
- If you want to learn how to formulate cosmetic products for your own brand or to enter the cosmetic industry, the cosmetic formulation courses will provide the skills and knowledge required to succeed.
- If you want to better manage your own brand or become a brand manager for a cosmetic brand, our brand management courses will provide the guidance to ensure your cosmetic formulations and launch concepts are unique, innovative and successful.
- If you want to become an expert in cosmetic regulation, our regulatory courses will teach multi-country Cosmetic Compliance
- If you’re just starting out or happy formulating at a beginner or hobby level, we have loads of short courses and workshops that can help build your confidence and give you answers
Learn to formulate just about any type of cosmetic and personal care product as well as how to keep up with formulation trends and use the latest material launches. Stay ahead of your competition with innovative cosmetic formulation skills, not just standard cosmetic formulation guides.
Why study with the institute of personal care science?
Industry & Government recognised training
We provide the most professional training to ensure your products stand out in the cosmetic industry. The Australian education system is world renowned for its extremely high level of quality and consistent training. We are a Registered Training Organisation (RTO: 40333) providing courses to acquire in-depth professional cosmetic formulation skills. Experience a very high quality of distance education that is recognised by employers. Our Diploma of Personal Care Formulation (10788NAT) is Internationally Recognised by Tertiary Institutions including Colleges and Universities around the world and gets you career-ready as a qualified Cosmetic Chemist/Cosmetic Formulator.
- See where our Graduates work.
- See the types of jobs you can apply for.
- See our Government Recognition and Credentials.
- See our Industry Recognition.
Join the online Students & Graduates network
Join the Institute of Personal Care Science Facebook community group to network with current students and alumni from over 100 different countries. This highly skilled group allows you to support your peers and get help with your questions from our responsive community and trainers. Get involved in the Institute of Personal Care Science to discuss new projects, lessons learned, practices, insight, and practical suggestions. Get life long access to our exclusive Facebook students & graduates group as well as live Q&A webinars with Belinda Carli, Director of the Institute of Personal Care Science.
Experienced Cosmetic Chemists, Brand Management and Regulatory Affairs trainers are readily available to assist every students unique learning journey throughout the course. Connect with dedicated trainers for 1-on-1 tutorial support provided via email, phone or skype. We pride ourselves on listening and responding diligently to our students to help them succeed in their studies and career.
Guided and Flexible studies
Plan and track your study progress using the detailed timeline and study guide. See an example of how our study is laid out step-by-step. Our student support team will keep you motivated. Cosmetic chemistry raw material packs are sent to you to prepare practical samples. The courses contain hours of online lectures, professional textbooks, written support materials, database access, work-ready templates, and practical demonstration videos.
Enrol at any time and study part-time or full time. Our flexible study programs can be completed around your current work/life commitments. The study program can be extended or deferred if your work or life commitment changes. Speed up or slow down when you study with us, at any time.
Meet the team
Cosmetic Chemist, Director
Diploma of Cosmetic Science
Creator of All Courses
Bachelor of Natural Therapies
Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
Belinda is the Founder and Director of the Institute, and has worked with hundreds of brands on thousands of products for over 20 years. She started her career as a Naturopath, specialising in herbal medicine, before moving into a Regulatory role within an International company overseeing a variety of personal care and ingestible therapeutic goods. She grew within this role over the years to also cover Project Management of multiple SKUs and work closely with the R&D Department, before moving into her own business as a consultant for personal care and supplement regulatory affairs and formulation. After being a private consultant for a few years, she was asked to train some of her Company Clients and decided to work with the Department of Education in Australia to develop full Government Registered and Recognised courses. She then worked with peers in the industry to develop the Diploma of Personal Care Formulation and Diploma of Cosmetic Brand Management, and finally, in 2007, the Institute of Personal Care Science and the Industry Recognised courses were launched.
Since then, Belinda has grown the Institute to what it is today and has presented hundreds of videos on Youtube on various formulation, regulatory and brand management topics. She has been the Official Technical Advisor to the in-cosmetics Group internationally for 5 years and a judge on International Beauty Awards Panels for many years. She has written 5 books on Beginners and Advanced Cosmetic Formulation, Organic and Colour Cosmetic Formulation and Brand Management. She has also been a regular presenter at major International events and her work can be found in many national and International publications, UL Prospector and Special Chem formulators site. She has also created the Create Cosmetic Formulas program, an online site that enables people with no prior experience to pick and choose ingredients they want in a formula, and then shows them how to put the product together.
She is a member of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (ASCC) and International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC). She was the winner of the Annual Industry Award from CHC Australia for her contribution to Research and Training and was a finalist in the Australian Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 3 categories.
Cosmetic Chemist, Trainer
Diploma of Personal Care Formulation
Certificate in Advanced Colour Cosmetic Formulation
Certificate in Advanced Organic Formulation
Certificate in Cosmetic Regulatory Essentials
Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
Certificate III in Beauty Services
Tasmin started her career working with a Training Provider in Student Support, before moving into the beauty care industry specialising in lashes, brows and tanning. This sparked her interest in cosmetic formulation, leading her to study with the Institute and pursue a career in cosmetic formulation and development. After studying with the Institute, she was lucky enough to be offered a position with us to further her career goals. She has been with the Institute since 2018, working in our lab as a Chemist Assistant to Belinda and then as an Associate Chemist. She now works on a variety of skin and hair care formulation developments as well as make up and organic formulations.
She oversees the training and assessment of hundreds of students across multiple formulation and regulatory courses, providing online and 1-on-1 support based on student needs. She works with students on a daily basis to help them get the most out of their studies and also provides technical support to the subscribers of our Create Cosmetic Formulas program.
Tasmin is a member of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (ASCC) and International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC). She brings her wealth of knowledge and experience of trends and product performance from working in the beauty industry to the formulas she creates as well as the students she supports.
Cosmetic Chemist, Trainer
Diploma of Personal Care Formulation – Student of the Year 2019
Marica started her career in a Project Management role before moving into a laboratory, quality management and R&D role with a major Australian manufacturer. She studied with the Institute of Personal Care Science, achieving the top marks and being awarded the Student of the Year in 2019. Originally from Italy, she adds her European flair, creativity and experiences to the IPCS team.
She works regularly in new product development, creating formulas from concept to production including scale up tests and laboratory trials. She is heavily involved in researching new materials to keep up with trends, and improving compounding procedures and methods to improve stability and manufacture. She also writes quality control specifications and ensures batch quality from small to large batch production runs to eliminate hassles and streamline the production of quality end product.
Marica is one of the trainers here for our Diploma of Personal Care Formulation providing assessment and support to hundreds of students both online and 1-on-1. Her vision with students is to impart her knowledge and experience to help bring out their best throughout their time with us at the Institute.
She is a member of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (ASCC) and International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC). She brings her manufacturing and quality control experience from working in the cosmetic manufacture to her developments, scale up and student support.
Cosmetic Chemist, Trainer
Diploma of Personal Care Formulation
Certificate in Advanced Organic Formulation
B. Sc. Applied Chemistry
M. Sc Environmental & Biochemical Toxicology
Ghazal started her career as a Research Associate with Lancaster University, where she conducted high level research and assisted with preparing course notes and gave lectures. She then worked with a major Cosmetic Manufacturer in Canada as a Research & Development Chemist and Analyst, evaluating incoming raw materials, outgoing finished products as well as worked closely with the production team throughout all scale-up steps. Liaising with clients, she gained considerable insight into the Product Development process including aspects of commerciality and production capability.
Her more recent work has focussed heavily on the development of high performance cosmeceutical and sunscreen products, both with new and improvements to existing product ranges. She is regularly involved with validating processes as well as process improvements and works extensively with stability testing and quality control protocols. Her problem solving approach and experience is an asset to students as she supports them throughout their studies.
She is a member of the Ontario chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC). She brings her analytical, chemistry, manufacturing and quality control experience from working in the cosmetic manufacture to her developments, scale up and student support.
Marketing & Brand Management Trainer
Bachelor of Communication
Bachelor of Management Environment
Diploma of Cosmetic Brand Management (Personal Care Development & Promotion)
Victoria is our marketing aficionado, having worked with the Institute since 2014. She started with us in an administration role while studying and grew to become the Marketing and Brand Management trainer of today. While at University, she won the award for the Highest Achieving Student in Marketing & Communications for her cosmetic promotions campaign and a University Medal for her overall marks. She moved to Australia from France so brings a multi-national perspective to cosmetic brands, their developments and promotions.
Victoria has worked with dozens of brands over the years in building their marketing and media campaigns. She is passionate about Brand promotion, and the innovation that enables such creativity and performance in the personal care Industry. She oversees our Cosmetic Brand Management training programs, at both Beginners and Diploma levels. She is particularly well versed in social media and strategies to help brands grow across all marketing avenues with a range of budgets and capabilities. She is here to help students throughout their studies and passes on her professionalism, knowledge and experience to help them grow their cosmetic brands too.
Victoria is a member of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (ASCC) and brings amazing insight to Cosmetic Brands, their Brand Management, and marketing strategies as part of our training programs.
Digital Media Designer
Diploma of Business
Certificate III in Printing & Graphic Arts
Hanna has been with the Institute since 2012, helping us grow from our early days in Student Support and Administration to her amazing Digital Media designing of today. Originally from South Korea, Hanna brings an in depth understanding of the Asian skincare market to our team and keeps up with trends and happenings in the East.
Her studies in digital media design help ensure our lecture videos and training materials are kept modern, up to date and easily accessible for students all over the world. She is also instrumental in making sure all of our marketing and design brings you the best information clearly, so you can access the details you need readily to succeed with your course decisions and study materials.
Hanna also oversees all of our Youtube content, helping make sure you are connected with high quality videos and information to help you grow and succeed in your formulation and brand management decisions.
Rose is here to help you succeed! As our passionate Student Support Officer, Rose helps students keep on track with their studies, notifies them of due dates or updates, employment opportunities available and student access.
Rose is originally from New Zealand and even won the Miss Wanganui pageant in 1982!
With over 6 years of experience in student support from the enquiry through to registration stage, she also ensures student results are recorded accurately and our Professional Advanced Certificates and Diplomas reach you, no matter where you are in the world.
Rose loves to see students succeed and gets a little tingle of joy every time she gets to print out a Qualification and send it off. You’ll speak with Rose regularly about your study progress once you start with us at IPCS.
Abbi’s career has focussed on customer service and administration support, and she’s been fortunate enough to use this career choice to travel from Australia, around Canada for 2 years and then back again. She joined the IPCS team in 2021 to help us grow and support our sales and social media.
Abbi’s main role is to help match you with the right course. When choosing a study program, you want to make sure you are investing your time in the right study to achieve the learning outcomes you are hoping for. Abbi is here to listen to your goals and match you with the workshop, short course, Advanced Certificate or Full Diploma that will enable you to grow your skills and knowledge in the personal care industry in exactly the direction you want to go.
She also helps keep our followers up to date with the latest trends and personal care information through our social media posts. When you email or call us, you’ll speak with her first, so let her know what your study goals are, and she’ll help match you with the ideal course to get you there!
Richard started his career in manufacturing and grew in his role to eventually oversee 6 staff, on various size projects from one off production runs to multiple large scale manufacturing projects.
Richard moved into a logistics and operations role in 2016. He helps ensure students get the right materials, in the right packs, delivered all over the world despite the many regulatory and customs issues, in a timely and efficient manner. He oversees the quality of the student packs we send out and makes sure everything arrives in order. He also manages accounts to keep students up to date with their instalments and ensures safe, secure payments so you can access your studies with peace of mind.
He makes sure everything runs smoothly for every student, so you can get the most out of your study experience with IPCS.