Certificate in Beginners Cosmetic Science

The Certificate in Beginners Cosmetic Science course has been designed as our entry level course for those just starting out, wanting to improve their cosmetic formulation skills and/or those wanting to see if a career in cosmetic formulation is for them. It is also ideal for Brand Managers to better understand the basics of cosmetic formulation development and enhance their discussions with formulators and manufacturing houses. This certificate course also covers the essential compliance requirements of cosmetic labels, cosmetic claims and promotions.

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Take a look at our YouTube video on the Certificate in Beginners Cosmetic Science for more information and to have a look into how comprehensive our training is, what you get and what kind of support you can expect when studying with us.

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

  • develop safe, stable and effective cosmetic formulas for a range of basic personal care products including lotions, creams, balms, body washes, exfoliants, shampoos, and conditioners
  • adjust current cosmetic formulations to suit varying marketing, performance and shelf life needs
  • ensure cosmetic labels, ingredient lists and promotional materials comply with relevant country requirements

This course is ideal for:

  • People wanting to make cosmetics for themselves, friends and family
  • Small business owners wanting to understand what a Cosmetic Chemist does
  • Companies with cosmetic market stall or boutique cosmetic businesses wanting to sell their own products
  • Regulatory, Development and/or Marketing staff wanting to know the basics of how cosmetic formulas are put together and cosmetic label and claim compliance

On successful completion, learners can continue on with our workshops, specialty modules or may choose to study one of our Diplomas or other short courses.

In order to study this course you will need to purchase or have access to the following equipment (note, students with access to advanced laboratory facilities need not purchase this equipment specifically; this list is provided for those students who do not have access to specialised equipment and are studying in a home-based situation):

  • 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)


  • Approximately 15 hours

Training and assessments:

  • The Cosmetic Formulations: A Beginners Guide text book is 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

See an example of study material and assessment here…

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.
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.
Practical work Your course comes with a kit of raw materials to prepare various samples based on the formulas we provide or those you create!
Apply compliance requirements in the promotion of personal care products (cosmetics) Covers the application of the range of compliance requirements and obligations that must be fulfilled by an organisation promoting cosmetic personal care products. Learn how to:

  • ensure compliance is an integral part of normal business operations
  • develop and edit marketing campaigns to suit organisation and legislative requirements
  • ensure an effective, compliant message is being communicated.