1280x720-Map-IQ-Aesthetics-Training-E-Learning-RPL-Qualifications-Clinical-VTCT-JCCP-Ofqual-Injectable-014 ABOUT MAP-IQ Qualfied and regulated
clinicians and educationalists.


At MAP-IQ we are passionate about improving patient safety within the clinical aesthetic sector and believe patients electing to have non-surgical aesthetic treatments have the right to be treated by suitability qualified and regulated practitioners.

Regulated medical and healthcare practitioners are mandated to adhere to a professional code of practice, this includes registrants being able to evidence competence in a new field of clinical practice. Here at MAP-IQ we recognise that competence to practice in clinical aesthetics is not assessed or validated in any under-graduate training or qualifications, nor can it be assessed or acquired through attendance at a  CPD course.

With this in mind, and the recent proposals by the Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) for a mandated licensing scheme for all practitioners and premises, MAP-IQ  has spent the last year collaborating with qualification regulators, awarding organisations, the JCCP and sector experts to develop a regulated but flexible route to qualification enabling experienced aesthetic practitioners to formally evidence competence to practice in clinical aesthetics.

“Only the best in this disparate sector commit themselves to better training and practice, whilst the unscrupulous and unsafe carry on as before¨ (Keogh, 2013).


MAP-IQ is a VTCT accredited training and assessment centre for the Level 7 Diploma in Clinical Aesthetic Injectable Treatments so you can be assured of a quality and standardised assessment process.

MAP-IQ provides learners with access to a curated and engaging, but simply designed assessment platform. The platform includes induction and study skills sessions, together with a range of evidence-based resources and reading materials to support and guide you through the assessment process.

The MAP-IQs cost-effective assessment route to qualification is delivered and assessed completely online. We offer a flexible timeframe for completion with accessibility 24/7 from anywhere in the world.

Our academic and clinical education team, each have more than 15 years of experience in clinical aesthetic practice together with Masters’ degree qualifications in Cosmetic Medicine and level 7 post-graduate qualifications in Medical education. Therefore, our team are in an exceptional position to support and guide you through the assessment process to qualification.


With the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) recommendations to the UK government for regulated and industry-standard qualifications in non-surgical cosmetic practice, now is a good time to consider joining the UK’s growing community of qualified non-surgical cosmetic practitioners and differentiate yourself from those who remain unqualified and unregulated.

Benefits include:

  • An OFQUAL-regulated and JCCP-approved level 7 qualification in clinical aesthetic practice 
  • Authority to use the following post-nominals (PgDipAES).
  • Authority to differentiate yourself from those who remain unqualified and or unregulated.
  • Validation of competence to your professional regulatory body to practice in a new field of medicine.
  • Assurance to your patients of competence to provide modality-specific treatments in autonomous non-surgical cosmetic practice. 
  • A progression route to become an education and training provider for non-surgical cosmetic procedures
  • Eligible for full registration on Part A of the JCCP register of qualified clinical aesthetic practitioners.
  • Eligibility to access the independent prescribing programme as a self-employed aesthetic practitioner.
  • Achievement of a nationally and internationally recognised and regulated post graduate qualification. 

The RPEL fast-track assessment process is not for everyone, practitioners who are relatively new to aesthetic medicine should consider undertaking the full regulated level 7 learning programme.


Caitlin Manning 

Administrator and Student Support
Caitlin has been working with MAP-IQ since its launch in 2020 and heads up the administration of MAP-IQs student support and assessment teams. Caitlin has been working in administration, marketing and IT roles for the past 3 years and has a passion for customer service and education.

Melanie Jones​

Business Admin Team - Centre Lead

Melanie is an Aesthetics Clinic Manager who has over 30 years’ experience working alongside executive teams for large financial institutions. She is a powerful force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. 

Aine Larkin

Clinical Education Team - Academic and Clinical Assessor
RGN, ALNP, INP, MSc (Cos Med) PgCert (Med Ed), PgCert (Facial Anat)

Aine has been working fulltime in aesthetic practice and education since 2005. As an advanced level nurse practitioner (ALNP) and mentor, Aine also carries out regular training for a leading global pharmaceutical company.

Jane Laferla

Clinical Education Team - Academic Assessor and Internal Verifier
RNMH, ALNP, INP, MSc (Cos Med), PGCE (Med Ed) PGA (Facial Anat)

Jane Laferla is an Advanced Level Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner (RCN)  and Independent Prescriber. Jane has been practicing aesthetic medicine for the past 18 years, she is a level 7 examiner and a keen educationalist.

Dr Xavier Stonehewer​

Academic Assessor and Internal Verifier
LLB Hons

Dr Xavier Stonehewer completed a law degree in 2003, then went on to graduate from Nottingham Medical School with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. Dr Stonehewer is an experienced medical educator and aesthetic practitioner.

Sue Pieri-Davies

Academic Tutor and Assessor.
SRP; MSc(intensive and respiratory care); IP; PGDip(Aesthetics)

Sue is a Consultant AHP and advanced level aesthetic practitioner and Independent Prescriber. She is an experienced mentor, level 7 educator and
examiner and the Clinical Director of 2 successful aesthetic clinics in
Lancashire and North Yorkshire.