This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to promote spa treatments and create and maintain a spa services environment.  It requires the ability to prepare spa work areas, recommend suitable spa therapies to clients, monitor the spa environment, complete shutdown of treatment rooms and equipment, and promote environmentally sound spa practices.

This unit applies to beauty and spa therapists who work in day, destination and resort spas. In this environment they work in a team but are responsible for individual client recommendations and for maintenance of the spa area.

Unit details

Study level:
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: - integrate spa technical skills and work in a spa services environment for a minimum of six, three hour work periods that individually or in combination, demonstrate: preparing, cleaning and shut down of: steam equipment; hydro tub; Vichy shower, or wet table, or spa capsule; hot towel cabinets; wet areas; testing water and chemical levels; maintaining lighting, temperature, spa environment and spa etiquette to ensure spa ambience; monitoring environmental impacts of a spa environment and identifying opportunities for reducing environmental impacts; - select, sequence, and promote to four different clients: wet treatments; steam room; hydro tub; Vichy shower, or wet table, or spa capsule; dry treatments; body exfoliation; body wraps; massage, and; - present self according to organisational policy. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - state or territory and local health and hygiene regulations and requirements relevant to providing spa treatments; - organisational policies and procedures relevant to providing spa therapies; - legal and insurance liabilities and responsibilities regarding spas and spa therapies; - definition of spa; - spa history and development; - detailed knowledge of the features and benefits of wet and dry room therapies; - properties of water; - characteristics of water; - chemical properties of water; - Spa behaviour of water under different conditions; - benefits of water in spa treatments; - chemicals appropriate to spa environment to maintain water hygiene; - water hygiene; - efficient and sustainable procedures for water supply; - definition of signature treatments; - management of adverse reactions to spa treatments, and; - factors that contribute to spa ambience.

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