ISCS issues a certification for all the members at the end of training. Everywhere throughout the world doctors have to sit for exams at the end of their residency training which assures that their traning was upto the mark. The purpose of such exams is to standardise training programs and set norms to ultimately elevate patient safety.
There is a extra need of such certifications in Cosmetic Surgery reason being that there is no university training programs for cosmetic or aesthetic surgery. Training and education is acquired through a long process of visiting congresses, seminars, live-surgery hands-on workshops, and ultimately performing operations with a mentor.
An independent orgainisation at the end should certify that this lengthy educational process meets up to the international standards. This is not only in interest of patient safety but also in doctors' interest.
ISCS Certification helps doctors by providing them with the certificate of their excellency in their special field, in this case Cosmetic Surgery. By this certification doctor is tested and approved to practise. After completing all the requirements the doctor can be called "ISCS Certified".
This course is not compulsory but highly recommended. It is not only an excellent review of cosmetic surgery knowledge, it also prepares the candidates in a specific manner.
(The above boards collectively referred to hereinafter as the "approved boards")