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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply fibre/silk nail technology 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
377503  Apply fibre/silk nail technology 
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
114797  Prepare for and apply fibre / silk nail technology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard is able to prepare their workstation for a fibre/silk service and prepare the client for the required treatment.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Prepare the nail plate according to organisational requirements and manufacturers recommendation.
  • Apply, shape and blend artificial tips.
  • Apply nail repair and overlay.
  • Apply fibre/silk nails according to clients requirements.
  • File and remove fibre/silk nails.
  • Provide aftercare advice. 

  • 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 manicure and pedicure service. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Nail enhancement application will include:
  • Filing.
  • Shaping.
  • Buffing.
  • Repairs.
  • Natural nail overlays.
  • Natural nail extensions.
  • Natural nail (mends). 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare the nail plate according to organisational requirements and manufacturers recommendation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The workstation is prepared for fibre/silk enhancement service according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A complete set of nails to be used is selected and prepared without mixing of products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Cuticles are prepared/pushed back gently as required without damage to nail bed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Nail products are applied in a sequence according to the supplier's instructions and recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Different preparation products used for the preparation of the natural nail are identified and explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply, shape and blend artificial tips. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Nail tips are selected to ensure that they are fit to the size and shape of the client' natural nails. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tips are applied with correct adhesive to fit from "side to side". 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tips are cut and shaped according to client's preference. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tips are blended to a natural colour without any lines, milky shadows or over buffed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply nail repair and overlay. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Resin and mesh are used according to manufacturer's recommendation to reinforce weak points. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The overly is applied to follow the natural shape of the nail according the manufacturers recommendation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The application techniques are managed to leave a free margin around the cuticle and sidewall area of the nail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The finished surface of the nail is balanced with a smooth even shine surface with no ridges at the cuticle line and an even clear defined small line. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply fibre/silk nails according to client's requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Product use and application is followed according to the manufacturer's instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Application techniques are adapted to meet the client's nail shape and condition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The need to ensure that nail shape and length complement the client's nails and hands is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Nail product is used and applied according to manufacturer's instructions for maximum service efficiency. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Application techniques are used and managed to leave a free margin around the cuticles and sidewall area of the nail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The finished surface of the nail is balanced with a smooth, even finish and defined small line with no ridges at cuticles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Client's record card is completed for advise to client on homecare treatments, retail products and time schedule for follow up appointment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Service is conducted according to organisation's hygiene standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Fill and removal of fibre/silk nails. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The condition of the natural nail and enhancement structure is accurately identified and the information on the client record card is updated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods to remove fibre/silk nail are applied to avoid damage to the natural nail and traces of product on the nail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Techniques to maintain and restore the enhancement structures to their original conditions are used in accordance with manufacturer's instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Provide aftercare advice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Client feedback is obtained in order to record the outcomes of the treatment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Future treatment plan is recommended according to client needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Aftercare advice and homecare product recommendations are provided according to client needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Treatment plan is revised as required. 


    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 comprehensive understanding of the chemical reactions that take place during the formation of nail enhancement structures.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the importance of the free margin around the cuticle area and sidewall area.
  • A broad understanding of the importance of achieving maximum strength, appearance and longevity by use of correct nail balance and shaping.
  • A broad understanding of the importance of choosing the correct tip size and the methods used when applying techniques.
  • An in depth understanding of the differences in application and process for different nail enhancements.
  • Types of fibre/silk nail enhancement services and types of fibre/silk nails available.
  • Adhesive techniques are applied as per manufacturer's instructions.
  • Nail assessment principles, methods and techniques.
  • Methods and techniques for applying fibre/silk nails.
  • Methods and techniques for shaping and blending artificial tips and extensions.
  • Methods and techniques for the safe removal of nail enhancements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in order to assess the maintenance of a clean and safe working environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with the client in order to be able to record all information correctly to agree on a treatment plan. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically in order to use, remove, store and dispose of products as well as basic product applications. 

    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 114797, "Prepare for and apply fibre/silk nail technology", Level 4, 10 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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