This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to select and apply cosmetic tanning products. It requires the ability to consult with clients about tanning products and colour choice, select products and equipment to prepare the skin and apply tanning products using a spray tanning gun. The application of cosmetic tanning products can be an individual service, or form part of a series of services. It applies to beauticians and beauty therapists who work in beauty salons and spas. In this environment they make routine service decisions within known procedures but work under limited supervision and guidance from others.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - communicate, follow and adjust service plan to provide safe and appropriate spray tanning services for at least five clients of differing height, weight, age and cosmetic tanning preference; - maintain client records for the above clients detailing: aftercare advice; adverse reactions; contraindications; follow up advice; service outcomes; procedure followed; products used, and; spray gun setting; - provide spray tanning services for each client; - clean, maintain, and reassemble spray tanning equipment; - recognise skin reactions to patch test; - present self, according to organisational policy, and; - comply with health and hygiene regulations and requirements.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - state or territory and local health and hygiene regulations and requirements relevant to applying cosmetic tanning products; - organisational policies and procedures relevant to applying cosmetic tanning products; - legal and insurance liabilities and responsibilities regarding tanning services; - scope of practice in regard to: when to refer clients to other practitioners, and; role of complementary therapist and medical practitioner; - ingredients of tanning products, exfoliators and moisturisers and their effects on skin; - advantages and disadvantages of types of tanning products available; - product selection for different skin colours and type; - use and effect of tanning enhancers; - how and when to use tanning correctors; - cleaning, maintenance and reassembling of cosmetic tanning equipment and accessories; - typical problems that occur with equipment and how to fix according to manufacturer instructions; - risks associated with the use of pressurised cosmetic tanning equipment; - importance of using equipment with a pressure gauge; - age at which a person is classed as a minor and why minors can only be treated with informed parent or guardian consent; - contraindications that prevent or restrict service or may require referral to a medical professional and their relationship to cosmetic tanning treatment; - adverse reaction appearance and management in relation to cosmetic tanning services; - pigmentation disorders that affect cosmetic tanning application; - importance of pre and post-service advice; - aftercare advice, products and services in maintaining tanning service; - sustainable operating procedures for the conservation of product, water and power, and; - environmentally sound disposal methods for cosmetic tanning service waste.

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