Information for Nurses interested in entering Cosmetic Medicine in New Zealand

A career in cosmetic medicine

Cosmetic medicine for nurses can be extremely satisfying and rewarding.  As a new venture you will be learning many new skills which will take time and practice to become proficient. You will also utilise to the full many of the nursing skills you have already developed. However there are a number of things to consider before embarking on this different career path:

New to nursing?

As the leading Association for Cosmetic Nurses in New Zealand, CANN would advocate that you gain at least 3 years of post-graduate general adult nursing experience before embarking upon a career in the more specialised area of cosmetic medicine.  This is recommended to further develop your skills in general nursing after qualifying so you will bring firm foundations of nursing practice into the aesthetic arena.

You may wish to look into general surgical nursing as an excellent pathway to develop your general nursing skills and gear towards aesthetic nursing qualifications in the future.


Currently there are very few training facilities in New Zealand for cosmetic nurses.  If you are joining a clinic with cosmetic nurses and/or doctors you will receive training within that facility.  You can also find courses available in Australia.  There are some training facilities that will meet with CANN standards for education starting in May 2019.  We can offer you more information as these come to light.

Training usually consists of a 1-2 day course for each treatment offered. Prices vary but on average you can expect to pay $1500 per day. We recommend thoroughly researching all available courses. These courses usually (and should) only offer certificates of attendance, rather than proficiency, since it is not possible to become proficient within a day. Some nurses find that these courses are a good introduction, from which they can develop with further support. Others find 1-2 days insufficient for their needs.  There are a lot of courses that offer break downs of more training with specific topics available.

CANN will soon be posting a framework of acceptable education standards and pathways which are currently being developed.

Nurses moving to new practice areas must keep their knowledge and skills up to date, taking part in appropriate and regular learning and professional development activities that aim to maintain and develop competence and improve performance to ensure public safety.  CANN education pathways incorporate peer group meetings and regular attendance at international conferences.

CANN supports our local conference.


Many of the treatments we perform require the use of prescription-only medicines (e.g. Botox®) or their use in managing complications. Cosmetic nurses in New Zealand must be working under the oversight of a medical doctor, preferably a Plastic Surgeon, Dermatologist, or NZSCM doctor.

Upcoming Events

4:00 pm Clinical Aesthetics Symposium 2022
Clinical Aesthetics Symposium 2022
Aug 13 @ 4:00 pm – Aug 14 @ 6:00 pm
Welcome to New Zealand’s first Clinical Aesthetics Symposium. We are pleased to inform you that we are putting the first Clinical Aesthetics Symposium this August 13-14. We will be bringing you a refreshingly new approach to Aesthetics. Whether you are experienced in the aesthetic arena or are looking into transition into clinical aesthetics, there will...