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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Prepare and perform nail art services 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
377541  Prepare and perform nail art services 
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 3  NQF Level 03 
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 does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard is able to prepare their workstation for a manicure and prepare their clients hand for the treatment.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Preparing the workstation for a nail art according to organisational requirements.
  • Applying nail art.
  • Performing gem application and striping tape.
  • Performing foiling.
  • Performing marbling.
  • Performing flat art. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Communication skills at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Performing a manicure and pedicure service. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The context of application of this unit standard covers:
  • Working knowledge of colour wheel.
  • Gems should include two to three different sizes.
  • Foiling should include two to three different colours.
  • All art should be done to form a uniform pattern over all ten fingers.
  • Flat art should include: animal prints, flower patterns, realistic and abstract designs using striping, flat, fan-brushes and dotting tools.
  • Hygienic procedures are to be followed: personal cleanliness, sanitation of tools and work area.
  • Appropriate tools for a nail art could include nail scissors, gems, tweezers, orange stick, emery boards, hoof sticks, nail polish, top and base coat, gems, striping tape, foiling, round brush, liner brush, flat brush, fan brush, stripper brush, dotting tools and a marbeliser. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare the workstation for nail art according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The workstation, equipment, materials and tools are prepared for nail art service to meet the required levels of hygiene according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The client is received and prepared to ensure protection, comfort and relaxation according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Client's needs and expectations are evaluated to enable accurate advice and recommendations for a treatment plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The client's nails and skin condition are assessed by physical and visual examination in order to capture information on the client record card. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Areas of the hands/nails requiring special treatment identified and noted in order to make recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Contra-indications are identified where applicable, explained to client for referral purpose to a professional health practitioner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Prescribed mini manicure treatment is performed according to manufacturers and organisational recommendations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply nail art. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Nail art products selected according to treatment plan and confirmed with client. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Type of nail art to be applied is selected suitable for the size of nail according to treatment plan to meet client's needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Nail art products and equipment selected and applied sequentially according to health and hygiene regulations, manufacturer's instructions and client's requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Filing techniques are used to ensure the nail free edge is left smooth and shaped to the required length. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Cleaning nail of debris is carried out to leave the cuticle neat, tidy and free from any product to maximise nail art results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Nail art techniques are used sequentially to achieve the required design. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Suitable base coat and nail art base are applied according to the design plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Nail art is applied as required and secured according to manufacturer's recommendations and treatment plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Nail art service is completed according to client, health and hygiene requirements and salon procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Waste disposed of according to Health and Hygiene regulations and salon procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    The importance and reasons of completing treatment within designated salon time frames is explained according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
    Portion control is applied according to organisational requirements to minimise wastage. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform gem application and striping tape. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The chosen colour varnish is applied smoothly according to manufacturer's instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Nail varnish is thoroughly dried and secured in order to apply the striping tape. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The gem stone is applied with nail art sealer and pressure on the nail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedure is completed with an application of nail art sealer in accordance to organizational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The gem is removed and reused according to manufacturers' recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Aftercare advise is provided in accordance with agreed treatment plan, programme and recommendations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform foiling. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The chosen colour varnish is applied smoothly and allowed to dry thoroughly according to manufacturers' instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A thin coat of foil adhesive is applied according to manufacturers' recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Techniques on the application of foil colours are used to cover entire nail according to and manufacturers' recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedure is completed with an application of nail art sealer in accordance to organizational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Aftercare advice is provided in accordance with agreed treatment plan, programme and recommendations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Perform marbling. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Prescribed mini manicure treatment is performed according to manufacturers and organisational recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The need to plan and record colour and pattern is explained for referrals and future use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Marbling technique is performed using three to four colours of varnish applied in accordance to organisational recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedure is completed with an application of nail art sealer in accordance to organizational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Aftercare advise is provided in accordance with agreed treatment plan, programme and recommendations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Perform flat art. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Perform prescribed mini manicure treatment according to manufacturers and organisational recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The need to plan and record colour and pattern is explained for referrals and future use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Flat art is applied using striping brushes, fan brushes and dotting tools with water based acrylic paints and nail polish in accordance to organisational recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedure is completed with an application of nail art sealer in accordance to organizational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Aftercare advice is provided in accordance with agreed treatment plan, programme and recommendations. 


    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 
  • An in depth understanding of manicure products and tools, their purpose, indications, precautions and effects.
  • A broad understanding of the working environment, hygienic and efficient preparation of surroundings, tools, materials, consumables and waste disposal.
  • 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. 

  • 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 nail enhancement 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 nail enhancement 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 nail enhancement 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 nail enhancement 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 114822, "Prepare and perform nail art services", Level 3, 4 credits.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    Yes. 

    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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