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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform nail services using an electric nail drill 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
377484  Perform nail services using an electric nail drill 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Beauty and Skin Care 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Personal Care 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
114831  Prepare and perform nail services using an electric drill  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard is able to prepare their workstation and their client's hand for the use of an electric drill file for nail enhancement service.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Prepare workstation and client to perform a natural prepping treatment.
  • Perform maintenance filing, removal of cracks, lifted products and cuticle work after product application with an electric nail drill.
  • Perform a French back fill service with an electrical nail drill. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Communication skills at NQF Level 3.

    It is also assumed that learners are competent in performing a manicure and pedicure service at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Equipment usage may include but not limited to:
  • Shaping.
  • Buffing nails.
  • French refills/refills.
  • Artificial nail removal.
  • Shortening.
  • Drill may be used for cleaning underside of nails.
  • Nail art.

    Safety procedures for operator may include:
  • Long hair being tied back at all times during service.

    Types of artificial nail products may include but not limited to:
  • Tips.
  • Overlays.
  • French refill.
  • Refill.
  • Sculptured nails.
  • Sculpting forms.
  • Tips and overlays.
  • French tips.
  • UV and non light gels.
  • Fibreglass/silk wrap.
  • Special occasion/temporary tips.

    Types of artificial nail products may include:
  • Acrylic resin.
  • One component system.
  • Multi component system.
  • Coloured gels.
  • Acrylic overlaying gels.
  • Non-acidic primer.
  • UV acrylic.
  • UV gels.

    Equipment used may include but is not limited to:
  • Electric drill and various drill bits.
  • Table with air venting facility.
  • Ultra violet lamps. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare workstation and client to perform a natural prepping treatment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The workstation, is prepared according to organisational requirements to meet the required levels of occupational health and safety. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Preparation refers to setting up tools, products, equipment and materials.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Client's needs and expectations are evaluated to draw a treatment plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The client's nail and skin condition is assessed to determine any abnormalities requiring special treatment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Contra-indications are identified and explained to client for referral purposes to a professional health practitioner where required. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Contraindications include but are not limit to skin or nail disorders or diseases, allergic reactions, bruising or swelling, areas exhibiting loss of tactile sensation, cuts or abrasions, recent operations and areas of recent fractures or sprains.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Prepping of natural nail for artificial service is performed with electric nail drill. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Electrical nail drill and equipment are selected according to treatment plan. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Perform maintenance filing, removal of cracks, lifted products and cuticle work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment is cleaned, disinfected and maintained to meet occupational health, hygiene and safety in accordance with organisational and manufacturer's requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Prepared refers to cleaning and disinfecting electrical equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Types of products to perform artificial nail services are described in terms of their application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The electric nail drill and bits are identified and described in terms of their uses. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Uses include but are not limited to bring the artificial nail back in to balance and removing cracks in the products.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safe working practices are explained in accordance with organisational procedures and personal safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reasons for using protective and safety equipment during treatment are explained in terms of personal safety practices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Protective and safety equipment include but are not limited to goggles or glasses.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The electric nail drill and drill bits are selected and used according to manufacturers and organisational recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Product is applied according to client's requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Underside of nail is drilled to remove excess glue or nail product. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Feedback from client during treatment is elicited to determine any discomfort for remedial action. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform a French back fill service with an electric nail drill. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Artificial nail is balanced using the electric nail drill and bits in accordance with manufacturer and organisational instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The product from zone is removed using an electric nail drill and drill bits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Used materials are disposed according to the Occupational Health and Safety regulations and organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Nail service is evaluated to ensure that it matches the agreed treatment plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Evaluation include but is not limited to checking finished results interms of nail shape, smoothness and neatness of nails with no excess product on cuticle or surrounding skin, and no cuts or abrasions to skin or cuticles.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A basic understanding of assessment techniques.
  • A broad understanding of the working environment, hygienic and efficient preparation of surroundings, tools, materials, consumables and waste disposal.
  • A basic understanding of working practices, techniques, safe and hygienic practices, according to company instruction.
  • A basic understanding of the identification of contra-indications in the form of skin and nail diseases and disorders.
  • A basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the nail and nail bed.
  • Broad knowledge of the different electric drilling equipment.
  • An in depth knowledge of the equipment and bits.
  • An in depth knowledge of how to clean, disinfect and maintain the equipment.
  • In depth knowledge of the dangers, possible causes of doing harm or damage to a client.
  • Hygienic procedures are to be followed: personal cleanliness, sanitation of tools and work area.
  • Appropriate tools for an electric drill service include an electric file, and appropriate bits. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in order to plan and perform successful manicure services on a range of clients and to identify and solve problems such as dealing with contra-indications, selection of unsuitable nail shapes and/or treatment choices by the client. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation and community by booking, preparing and completing any of the manicure services within a commercial work environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by booking, preparing and completing any of the manicure services in a professional, organised and cost effective manner. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information in order to perform the most suitable manicure services. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively giving appropriate home care advice to clients, completing client record cards and recommending related services and products. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology to complete the manicure services and using products and tools in a safe and professional manner. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 114831, "Prepare and perform nail services using an electric drill", Level 4, 4 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  80646   Further Education and Training Certificate: Beauty and Nail Technology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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