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Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) is the process that is traditionally used by higher education institutions to acknowledge the skills and abilities that you have built up via previous learning and workplace experience. The RPEL assessment process aims to assess learner knowledge and skills, potentially allowing learners to claim credit and exemption from undertaking further study, learning and or assessment.

Practitioners who meet MAP-IQ's entry requirements can apply to have prior learning and experience assessed to claim exemption from undertaking the full Level 7 learning programme and progress directly to assessment. Additionally, practitioners who have already completed comparable learning, training and or mentorship that covers a minimum of 80 % of the learning outcomes can claim exemption for the internal part of the assessment process and proceed straight to the written exam and OSCE.

RPEL cannot be claimed for the external assessment process. The external assessment process covers the learning outcomes for units 3-5. All RPEL learners must complete the external assessment (ie a online written exam) and OSCE assessment.  

The VTCT Level 7 Diploma in Clinical Aesthetic Injectable Treatments is OFQUAL regulated, and a JCCP approved assessment route to qualification. Should proposed licensing and legislative changes come to fruition, successful practitioners will be able to use the post-nominals PgDipAES, and secure their future practice by  becoming a qualified clinical aesthetic practitioner.

Learners seeking to undertake the RPEL fasttrack assessment process for the VTCT level 7 Diploma in Clinical Aesthetic Injectable treatments must meet the following entry requirements. These have been informed by and aligned to CPSA and JCCP standards.


MAP-IQ RPEL Entry Requirement    


Hold provisional registration on Part A of the JCCP Practitioner register.   

OR must meet the following criteria: 


A regulated medical or healthcare practitioner with no conditions attached to practice and able to study at level 6 or above. 


Provide photographic evidence of identification.  


Certificated training in botulinum toxin and soft tissue fillers,


Provide a confirmation and verification reference that you have performed a minimum of 30 botulinum toxin and 30 dermal filler treatments for cosmetic purpose evenly over the past two past years. 


Full indemnity insurance to cover botulinum toxin and soft tissue fillers. 


English language level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent if English is not your first language. 


N.B. Practitioners are not required to be independent prescribers, but they must be supervised for their practice-based skills assessment (OSCE) by a  prescribing supervisor who is appropriately qualified and experienced in aesthetic practice.  


Level 7 refers to postgraduate education and study. i.e. Level 7 education typically follows a level 6 graduate degree or level 6 vocational qualification.

Examples of Level 7 qualifications include:

  • Postgraduate Certificate -Year 1
  • Postgraduate Diploma - Year 2
  • Full Masters (MSc) -Year 3
  • Level 7 Vocational and technical awards, diplomas and certificates

Perfect for.....anyone looking for a formal and regulated qualification to validate competence beyond degree level.

The MAP-IQ level 7 qualification in clinical aesthetics is regulated by OFQUAL, accredited by VTCT and approved by the Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners to ensure that the qualification meets best practice education and training standards.

The RPEL process is a flexible process to meet the needs of busy professionals. Completion will depend on you and how quickly you want to submit your work for assessment and or take the exam and OSCE.  MAP-IQ allows up to 12 months for completion from the initial registration with VTCT.

MAP-IQ has policies and procedures in place to support learners who may require additional support and reasonable adjustments to progress through the assessment process. Please book a call with our Centre Lead, who will happy to support and advise you.

VTCT qualifications are recognised in over 100 countries all over the world for quality and excellence. All VTCT qualifications are mapped to UK regulatory frameworks but are recognised by many international  governments, employers and professional associations.


The MAP-IQ RPEL route to qualification consists of a four-stage assessment process:

  1. Short Answer Responses - undertaken in your own time  (Exemption can be claimed)
  2. Short Literature Review- undertaken in your own time. (Exemption can be claimed).
  3. A written examination - scheduled to suit you.
  4. A practice-based OSCE assessment- scheduled to suit you.

Learner will complete assessments based on previous education, training and experience. 

Assessment 1: Short Answer Response assignment:- Learners are required to provide written responses to four subject matter  questions . The assignment can be completed in your own time and at your own pace. The completed assignments is uploaded via the online learning platform and graded as a pass or fail. (Exemption can be claimed)

Assessment 2: Literature Review Assignment. Learners are required to write a short review of the literature on a subject area of their choice. This can be done in your own time and at your own pace. The completed assignment is upload via the online learning platform and graded as a pass or fail. (Exemption can be claimed). 

Assessment 3: Learner will take an online written exam. The exam will consist of a range multiple choice questions. The written examination is externally written and graded by VTCT. Learners can take the exam at a time convenient to them. 

Assessment 4: The OSCE is undertaken in your own clinical environment by a MAP-IQ assessor using recording and or online technology. The OSCE can be arranged at a time convenient to you and will be graded as a pass or fail. 


All RPEL learner will have to undertake the written exam and OSCE Exemption for assessment stage 3 and stage 4 is not available. 

Under our special consideration policy, you will find information on how to access help on matters that require a change to our examination format. Please be assured that we will do our utmost to address issues with the best of our abilities.

Learners who fail an assessment will be able to resit up to a maximum of 3 times per assessment (service fees apply)

Learners who fail will be provided with formative feedback to support and guide future assessment submissions.

If a learner fails 3 times then they will be removed from the course and recommendations will be offered for a course learning and of further study.

MAP-IQ has a clear and robust Appeals Procedure. Learners wishing to appeal results should contact the Centre Lead and request a copy of the Appeals Procedures which needs to be followed. A copy of the internal and external Appeals Process is available to learner on the learning platform.

Learners who fail to achieve the required pass are permitted to re-sit after having sufficient teaching and additional study time. Assessment retakes are limited to 3 for each stage of the assessment process. MAP-IQ reserves the right to limit assessment retakes, should patient safety be impacted. The learner will be informed by the Centre Lead who may recommend a path of further learning and or mentorship. Additional charges for resit assessment processes will apply to cover the costs for further assessment and internal verification processes.


You will be supported  through each stage of the assessment process by our student support team and education team. The learning platform will provide everything you need to guide you through each stage of the assessment process, including an induction session, study skills session. Each assessment stage has a library of useful resources and reading materials for learners to access.

MAP-IQ also provides an online forum to network with the MAP-IQ education team and other learners, in addition to regular live networking and question and answer sessions.

To undertake the RPEL assessment process you will need access to a laptop, computer, and or iPad, with an adequate internet access. You will also need a second device that connect to the internet ie a phone or iPad for your OSCE assessment. 

Study materials recommended and are listed in the learner resource sections on the learning platform. However MAP-IQ will provide you with a good range of resources and relevant reading materials to support and guide you through the process. Purchasing books is advisable but not essential and is entirely your choice.

The practical OSCE must be carried out in a clinical environment and recorded, therefore a recording device is required. Video recording standards are available on the learning platform.

MAP-IQ provides learner support should you struggle with any aspect of the courses. Learners can book a 1-1 support call  through the learning platform. 

Learners will also have access to a community forum where you can network with other learners and ask questions. The forum is moderated by MAP-IQ tutors and assessors. You will also be invited to the MAP-IQ webinars and Q&A sessions.


The cost of the L7 Diploma in Clinical Aesthetic Injectables is   £2,495.00. 

The cost of the L2 Infection Prevention Award is  £120.00 



Payments are made  online through bank or card transfer on application.

If you are struggling to pay for the qualification in one payment contact MAP-IQ who will be able to advise on payment options.

Once a student has paid for and started a course MAP-IQ operates a strict NO REFUND POLICY.

This applies if a student terminates their study for any personal reason or if they fail to achieve the satisfactory grades set out by VTCT to achieve a qualification.