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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Prepare and perform a basic facial 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115172  Prepare and perform a basic facial 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Hairdressing Cosmetology and Beauty 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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  11 
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 and client for a facial; they are able to recording relevant information and perform an assessment of the client's skin. Learners are able to use a facial steamer, perform an exfoliation /deep cleansing using the appropriate products and tools. They are able to apply and removing a mask and apply moisturiser on the face and décolleté according set standards

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Preparing the facial workstation according to organisational and hygienic requirements
  • Recording all relevant information on the Client Record Card for immediate use and to update for future consultations
  • Assessing the skin in order to perform a facial by utilising appropriate equipment and skin care products
  • Operating, managing and effectively using an appropriate facial steamer according to manufacturers instructions and organisational and hygienic requirements
  • Performing exfoliation / deep cleansing of the face and décolleté using products and brush equipment
  • Selecting, managing, applying and removing a mask on the face and décolleté according to organisational and hygiene requirements
  • Selecting, managing and applying a moisturiser on the face and décolleté according to organisational and hygiene requirements 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners assessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence against the National Certificate in Beauty: Manicure and Pedicure or Aesthetic Consultancy or Make-up Consultancy at NQF Level 3 or equivalent 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • A basic hygiene procedure includes the personal cleanliness, sanitation of tools, equipment, plinth / chair, area and trolley
  • Appropriate equipment for skin assessment includes magnifying lamp
  • Appropriate skin care products for skin assessment includes eye make up remover, cleanser and / or toner
  • Skin type / condition range includes normal, dry, dehydrated, combination, oily
  • Causative factors for skin type / condition includes products and environment
  • Recognised safety precautions pertaining to electrical and chemical procedures must be applied
  • Receiving the client will include supply with appropriate protective clothing and positioning them comfortably
  • Contra-indications will include allergies, sunburn, cuts and abrasions, swelling, inflamed or infected areas, pregnant women, injuries and unknown abnormalities
  • Precautions include bruises and recent operations
  • Lifestyle includes occupation, exercise, stress levels and leisure activities
  • Skin assessment includes skin type and or / conditions, sebaceous secretions, moisture content, skin elasticity, muscle tone, cutaneous circulation, sensitivity, pore size, lines and wrinkles, imperfections and sun sensitivity
  • Clay masks include calamine, kaolin, magnesium, fullers earth, sulphur, oatmeal, rose water, orange flower water, distilled water, witch hazel and almond oil
  • Commercial masks include setting and non-setting 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare the facial workstation according to organisational and hygienic requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Lighting, temperature and ventilation are set in an appropriate manner 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The chair / plinth is protected according to organisational requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The trolley with relevant tools, materials, product, make-up cosmetics and record keeping documentation is prepared and made ready 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An appropriate waste receptacle is positioned according to requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Equipment to be used during the facial procedures is organised and placed ready for use 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safety and hygienic practices are followed and adhered to throughout the process 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Record all relevant information on the Client Record Card for immediate use. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Record all relevant information on the Client Record Card for immediate use and to update for future consultations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Client particulars are recorded according to the organisational requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The contra-indications are checked in accordance with the organisational requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The client's lifestyle habits are recorded accurately 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The client acknowledges and confirms the information recorded is correct 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Assess the skin in order to perform a facial by utilising appropriate equipment. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Assess the skin in order to perform a facial by utilising appropriate equipment and skincare products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The client is received and consulted with in accordance with safety and hygienic and organisational requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The skin is prepared for assessment by thoroughly removing make-up ensuring effectiveness at hairline, lips and lashes 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The skin is assessed, and the skin type / conditions and the skin type / condition are determined using appropriate magnification and lighting 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A facial treatment plan is developed to suit the client's needs and incorporates skincare preparations 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Skin abnormalities / conditions which preclude treatment are appropriately referred in a professional manner 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Suitable homecare advice and support is recommended that are suitable with te clients needs 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Operate, manage and effectively use an appropriate facial steamer according to instructions. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Operate, manage and effectively use an appropriate facial steamer according to manufacturers' instructions and organisational and hygienic requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The skin is prepared for a steam treatment according to organisational requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The correct method of application is performed safely and hygienically, highlighting the benefits to the client 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Benefits of the steaming process are explained verbally relevant to the clients needs 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The skin is dried in order to conclude the treatment according to organisational requirements 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Perform exfoliation / deep cleansing of the face and décolleté using products and brush equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The client's skin is prepared and heated for the deep cleanse / exfoliation 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The appropriate biological, enzymatic, abrasive peeling product and / or brush equipment according to skin is selected, applied, manipulated and removed according to organisational requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Economic and cost effective consumption of products / consumables is practiced 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The exfoliation / deep cleansing is performed hygienically and safely 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Sales opportunities for further treatment, products and suitable homecare advice and support are identified according to organisational requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safe and hygienic work practices and a professional manner and attitude are demonstrated throughout the service 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Select, manage, apply and remove a mask on the face and décolleté according to hygiene requirements. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Select, manage, apply and remove a mask on the face and décolleté according too organisational and hygiene requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The mask is selected and applied evenly and neatly to ensure adequate cover of the face and neck area 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Benefits of the mask are explained verbally relevant to the client needs 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The mask is thoroughly removed after the desired time has lapsed according to manufacturers instructions 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Consumption of products is used in an economic and cost effective manner 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Sales opportunities for further treatment, products and suitable homecare advice and support are identified and recommended according to clients needs 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safe and hygienic work practices and a professional manner and attitude are demonstrated throughout the service 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Select, manage and apply a moisturiser on the face and décolleté according to hygiene requirements. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Select, manage and apply a moisturiser on the face and décolleté according too organisational and hygiene requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The appropriate moisturiser is selected and applied to the face, neck and décolleté area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Benefits of the moisturizer is explained verbally relevant to the clients needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Consumption of the moisturiser is used in an economic and effective manner 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sales opportunities for further treatments, products and suitable homecare advice and support are identified and recommended that are suitable with the clients needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Safe and hygienic work practices and a professional manner and attitude are demonstrated throughout the service. 


    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 broad understanding of the structure and functions of the systems of the face and neck with specific referent to; structure and functions of the skin, muscular system of the face and neck, bones of the cranium and facial areas and the endocrine system
  • An all rounded understanding of the skin and its appendages as well as skin types
  • A comprehensive understanding of the various layers, structures and supporting structures found within the skin
  • A comprehensive understanding of the function and composition of each structure found in the skin
  • An basic understanding of the direct influence the various systems have on the structure and effective functioning of the skin
  • A basic understanding of the mechanisms that control the functioning of the skin
  • A basic understanding of the terms; metabolism, pigmentation, absorption / adsorption, homeostasis, keratinization, elasticity, elastosis and texture
  • A basic understanding of the pH scale and the correct pH of the skin and the factors that influence it
  • A general understanding of acidic, neutral and alkaline items with their respective pH values
  • A broad understanding of the physiology and structural changes of the skin throughout the human life cycle
  • An all round understanding of the influence that harsh elements and the environment have on the skin and its supporting structures and advise accordingly
  • A comprehensive understanding of the purpose of a consultation, the procedure and techniques involved
  • A basic understanding of the client record card, the purpose and the information to be recorded
  • A basic understanding of the different types of skincare products including the composition and properties thereof, disadvantages or advantages and respective actions 

  • 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 facial services on a range of clients 

    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 facial 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 facial 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 facial services 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively in order to give appropriate homecare advice to clients, completing client record cards and recommending related services and products. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically by completing any of the facial services and using products, tools and equipment 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48797   Further Education and Training Certificate: Beauty Technology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2011-02-16  Was SERVICES until Last Date for Achievement 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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