A. An aesthetician or a cosmetologist who wishes to perform cosmetic laser procedures and procedures using IPL devices must:

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 32-516

  • Aesthetician: means a person who is licensed to practice skin care pursuant to this chapter. See Arizona Laws 32-501
  • Board: means the board of cosmetology. See Arizona Laws 32-501
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Cosmetic purposes: means for the purpose of beautifying, preserving or conferring comeliness, excluding therapeutic massage and manipulations. See Arizona Laws 32-501
  • Cosmetologist: means a person who is licensed to practice cosmetology pursuant to this chapter. See Arizona Laws 32-501
  • Person: includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or society, as well as a natural person. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Process: means a citation, writ or summons issued in the course of judicial proceedings. See Arizona Laws 1-215

1. Apply for and receive a certificate from the department.

2. Comply with the requirements of this section and department rules.

3. Successfully complete forty hours of didactic training as required by department rules at a department-certified training program. The program shall provide a provisional certificate to the applicant verifying the successful completion of the didactic training.

4. For hair removal, complete hands-on training that is supervised by a health professional who is acting within the health professional’s scope of practice or by a laser technician who has a minimum of one hundred hours of hands-on experience per procedure. The health professional or laser technician must be present in the room during twenty-four hours of hands-on use of lasers or IPL devices. The supervising health professional or laser technician shall verify that the aesthetician or cosmetologist has completed the training and supervision as prescribed by this section.

5. For other cosmetic laser and IPL device procedures, complete a minimum of an additional twenty-four hours of hands-on training of at least ten cosmetic procedures for each type of specific procedure that is supervised by a health professional who is acting within the health professional’s scope of practice or by a laser technician who has a minimum of one hundred hours of hands-on experience per procedure. The health professional or laser technician must be present in the room during twenty-four hours of hands-on use of lasers or IPL devices. The supervising health professional or laser technician shall verify that the aesthetician or cosmetologist has completed the training and supervision as prescribed by this section.

6. Submit to the department the provisional certificate from the training program and certification by the health professional or laser technician who directly supervised the applicant in the room during the hands-on training.

B. The department shall issue a laser technician certificate authorizing the aesthetician or cosmetologist to use lasers and IPL devices if the applicant has completed the training for hair removal or lasers and IPL devices for other cosmetic procedures, as applicable, and shall maintain a current register of those laser technicians in good standing and whether certification is for hair removal only or other cosmetic procedures as well. The department may establish a fee for the registration of aestheticians or cosmetologists as laser technicians and the issuance of certificates pursuant to this subsection.  The department shall deposit monies collected pursuant to this subsection in the laser safety fund established by section 32-3234.

C. An aesthetician or a cosmetologist who has been certified as a laser technician by the department may use a laser or IPL device:

1. For hair removal under the indirect supervision of a health professional whose scope of practice permits the supervision.

2. For cosmetic purposes other than hair removal if the aesthetician or cosmetologist is directly supervised by a health professional whose scope of practice permits the supervision and the aesthetician or cosmetologist has been certified in those procedures.

D. The board shall investigate any complaint from the public or from another board or agency regarding a licensed aesthetician or cosmetologist who performs cosmetic laser procedures or procedures using IPL devices pursuant to this section. The board shall report to the department any complaint it receives about the training or performance of an aesthetician or a cosmetologist who is certified as a laser technician.

E. An aesthetician or a cosmetologist who used laser and IPL devices before November 24, 2009 may continue to do so if the aesthetician or cosmetologist received a certificate pursuant to this section before October 1, 2010.

F. For the purposes of this section:

1. "Department" means the department of health services.

2. "Directly supervised" means a health professional who is licensed in this state and whose scope of practice allows the supervision supervises the use of a laser or IPL device for cosmetic purposes while the health professional is present at the facility where and when the device is being used.

3. "Health professional" means a person who is licensed pursuant to either:

(a) Chapter 11, article 2 of this title and who specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

(b) Chapter 13, 14, 15, 17 or 25 of this title.

4. "Indirect supervision" means supervision by a health professional who is licensed in this state, whose scope of practice allows the supervision and who is readily accessible by telecommunication.

5. "IPL device" means an intense pulse light class II surgical device certified in accordance with the standards of the department for cosmetic procedures.

6. "Laser" means any device that can produce or amplify electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths in the range of one hundred eighty nanometers to one millimeter primarily by the process of controlled stimulated emission and certified in accordance with the standards for the department for cosmetic procedures.

7. "Laser technician" means a person who is or has been certified by the department pursuant to its rules and chapter 32, article 2 of this title.