Now that the FDA has approved market clearance, medical lasers have gained prominence in the medical community, becoming every bit as important to the hospital setting as a stress testing treadmill and a blood pressure pump. Through this gained acceptance, a laser certification process has emerged, just as you would expect any other medical field. Let's breakdown the requirements for the laser certification process and what medical providers need to do to clinically use medical lasers.

Certified Medical Laser Hair Remover Provider
As stipulated by the International Aesthetic and Laser Association, certification requirements for a medical provider to remove hair are designed to exceed all state mandated requirements, ensuring the highest competency standards. A doctor must submit a minimal number of clinical cases to meet requirements for full certification. Applicants may complete the testing process as soon as the training instruction has been completed, however. The exam includes 100 multiple choice questions that cover 8 areas of laser issues in the medical field, including hazards involved with the job, different regulations and standards, and laser interactions with tissue. You have 3 hours to complete the testing.

You must also complete 6 hours or more of formal laser hair removal courses as well as safety courses. 20 hair removal cases, 10 of which must have been done when a senior provider was present, are also required for every type of laser you seek to be certified for. You'll need special certification if you plan to use the Zerona laser.

Certified Aesthetic Laser Operator
Though laser operators are often physicians, they can also be nurses, physician extenders and physical assistants and others who have received appropriate medical training. This type of laser specialists treats clients for benign cosmetic skin conditions and other noninvasive skin rejuvenation.

To be completed in 3.5 hours, the exam involves 125 multiple choice questions related to 8 major content areas. Applicants must hold a 4 year degree, medical degree or related credentials, as well as be dermatology nurse certified. You're also required to have experience in dermatology or plastic surgery services, as well as 24 documented hours of medical laser use and safety courses.

Certified Laser Assistant
To apply for laser assistant certification, you must be 18, have a 2 year or 4 year degree or medically related credentials and complete at least hours of laser safety and science training.