This unit (SHBBNLS001) describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide services and advice to clients requiring hand, foot and nail care. It requires the ability to recognise relevant contraindications and conditions, to understand the structure and function of hands, feet and nails and the effects of treatments and products, and to select and provide services and advice to meet the objectives of the client. The services and advice can be on an individual basis or form part of a series of services. This unit applies to workers in beauty and nail salons, and spas. In this environment they make routine service decisions within a defined range but are responsible for the selection and provision of services to clients.

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: - communicate, follow and adjust treatment plans to provide six safe and appropriate manicure and pedicare treatments to clients suitable for the established client treatment objective; - design, record and maintain treatment plans and records for each client; - provide manicure and pedicare treatments for each client that demonstrate appropriate selection and application of: buffing; callous removal; coloured nail varnish application; cuticle care; exfoliation; French polish application; mask; massage hands and feet using different massage movements; - recognise contraindications listed in Knowledge Evidence and list relevant practitioners for client referral; - recognise skin and nail conditions and recommend treating products and home care routines; - 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 council health and hygiene regulations and requirements relevant to providing manicure and pedicare services; - organisational policies and procedures relevant to the provision of manicure and pedicure services; - scope of practice as it applies to manicure and pedicare services; - appearance and gross anatomy of skin surrounding natural nail; - anatomy and physiology of nails; - anatomy and physiology of lower arms and hands; - anatomy and physiology of lower legs and feet; - skin and nail conditions which modify treatment and their relationship to nail services; - contraindications which prevent treatment or require referral to health practitioners and relationship to manicure and pedicare services; - specialised nail products properties, chemical components, and their effects on nails and skin; - adverse reactions to nail products; - pH range of human skin, nails and manicure and pedicare treatment products; - sustainable operating procedures for the conservation of product, water and power, and; - aftercare advice, products and future services to maintain hand, foot and nail care.

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