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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform air brushing nail services 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
377485  Perform air brushing nail 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 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
114826  Prepare and perform air brushing services  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard is able to prepare their workstation for a nail air brushing service. Learners are also able to perform airbrushing service in one and two colours free hand or with a stencil.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Prepare the workstation for a nail air brushing service according to organisational requirements.
  • Perform single colour application.
  • Perform French application.
  • Perform stencilling technique and two colour fading technique. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Working knowledge of colours how they relate, blend, clash, and complement each other.
  • Broad knowledge of the different air brushing equipment.
  • In depth knowledge of the equipment to be used.
  • In depth knowledge of the cleaning and maintenance of the equipment is needed.
  • In depth knowledge of the stencilling and the maintenance procedure thereof.
  • All art should be done to form a uniform pattern over all ten fingers.
  • Flat art should include: animal, floral prints patterns, realistic and abstract designs us.
  • Hygienic procedures are to be followed: personal cleanliness, sanitation of tools and work area.
  • Appropriate tools for air brushing could include airbrush equipment and paints and cleaners.
  • Applications are performed with minimum product exposure to the skin. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare the workstation for an air brushing service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The workstation is prepared to; meet the required levels of occupational, health, hygiene and safety according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Nail art equipment is identified and described in terms of their specifications and use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Products for airbrush nail art are described in terms of their uses and application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The client is consulted and prepared according to organisational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Prepared refers to covering the client with protective clothing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The client's nails and skin are assessed to determine any disorders and contra-indications to make recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Prescribed mini manicure treatment is performed in accordance to manufacturers and organisational recommendations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Perform a single colour application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Basic colour theory is explained in terms of definitions, concepts and design applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Nail art are explained in terms of various designs. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Designs include but are not limited to: traditional French manicure, animal prints, abstract designs and seasonal designs.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Techniques for nail airbrushing are explained in terms of their application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Airbrush tools and products are described in terms of their use. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Airbrush tools include but are not limited to: airbrushes, airbrush accessories, airbrush compressors, airbrush paint and airbrush stencils.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Airbrush colours are explained in terms of their benefits and application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A base coat and chosen colour are applied to the nails according to manufacturer's recommendation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    A nail art sealer coats is used to complete the service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The client's skin is cleaned using an airbrush cleaner without harming the sealed nail airbrush colours according to manufacturer's instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The air brushing equipment is maintained according manufacturers recommendations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform a French application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A base coat is applied to the nails according to manufacturer's recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The first and second colour is applied using free hand according to manufacturer's instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The finishing with a nail art sealer coats is done according to manufacturer's recommendation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform stencilling technique and two colour fading technique. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The base coat is applied to the nails according to manufacturer's recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The first colour and the contrasting colour are applied smoothly according to manufacturer's instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The procedure is finished with an application of nail art sealer according to manufacturers' recommendation. 


    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 air brushing 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 114826, "Prepare and perform air brushing services", Level 4, 2 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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