Interested in starting your career as a Laser Technician in Colorado and not sure where to begin? Take a minute and read our summary of what education is required, any certifications you will need, job opportunities and salary expectations.
Based on the US Labor Bureau, the state of Colorado estimates job market growth for skincare specialist of nearly 55% through 2024. This is the largest expected growth in the United States and 4 times the national average of 13% which makes Colorado the best place to start a Laser Technician career.
The requirements for any person providing laser treatment are set by the Colorado Medical Board. These rules can be found by visiting their PDF here.
The state of Colorado defines cosmetic or aesthetic procedures involving lasers, radio-frequency device, intense pulsed light, or other technique that results in the revision, destruction, incision or other structural alteration of human tissue and/or for hair removal as Medical-Aesthetic Services. These services can be delegated from the medical doctor to persons specially trained in the use of lasers for non-ablative procedures.
Colorado law stipulates that “delegated Medical Aesthetic Services must be of the type that a reasonable and prudent physician would find within the scope of sound medical judgment to delegate. Consequently, delegated Medical-Aesthetic Services should be routine, technical services, the performance of which do not require the special skills of a licensed physician.”
The training requirements to become a laser technician are not specifically set by the board of medical directors, with the only mention in the additional requirements under section 4 which states:
3. The delegating physician is responsible for assuring the qualifications and competence of the delegatee to perform the delegated Medical-Aesthetic Services as follows:
a. Prior to authorizing a delegatee to perform any Medical-Aesthetic Services, thedelegating physician must personally assess the qualifications and competence of the delegatee to perform the Medical-Aesthetic Services. This assessment must include a review the delegatee’s education and training as relevant to performance of the delegated medical service(s). Additionally, this assessment must include, but must not be limited to, initial over-the-shoulder monitoring of the delegatee’s performance of each delegated Medical-Aesthetic Service.
b. On at least an annual basis, the delegating physician must personally reassess the qualifications and competence of the delegatee to perform the Medical-Aesthetic Services. This reassessment must include, but must not be limited to, over-the-shoulder monitoring of the delegatee’s performance of each delegated Medical-Aesthetic Service.
c. The delegating physician must document the initial assessment and follow-up reassessments of the delegatee’s performance of the delegated Medical-Aesthetic Services. Upon request, the delegating physician must provide such documentation to the Board.
While specific training is not addressed in the law, it does say that the licensed medical physician will be responsible for ensuring the delegate has the proper training in order to safely perform the procedure. As such, we suggest anyone considering starting their laser technician career in Colorado complete a training program in order to learn all of skills necessary to be successful in the role.
Colorado Laser Technician Certification(s)
Colorado does not require any certification or testing beyond the education requirements detailed above. Physician’s offices providing laser treatments must ensure that the delegate has the proper training to complete the procedures. The doctor will be required to provide documentation to the board that a delegate is properly trained in the subject of laser procedures and may require you complete testing and over-the-shoulder assessments.
The job market in Colorado for skincare specialist has been growing year over year, with the largest expected growth over the next 7 years. You can see a detailed list of job postings on our Laser Technician Jobs page. Just filter to Colorado to find openings in your area.
Skincare Specialists in the state of Colorado can expect an average income of $52,240 per year, or $25.11/hour. This salary expectation is 72% greater than the national average of $30,270 which is driven by the higher cost of living in Colorado and demand for laser technicians. Experience may also increase your salary over time.