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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Nail Technology 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
65909  Further Education and Training Certificate: Nail Technology 
ORIGINATOR
City Guilds International 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
SERVICES - Services Sector Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 11 - Services  Personal Care 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

The purpose of the qualification is to maintain service excellence within the industry of Beauty and Cosmetology. It is intended to empower learners to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to operate in the Beauty and Cosmetology industry and to respond to the changes of the Beauty and Cosmetology environment and the changing world of work.

Learners who achieve this qualification are able to:
  • Consult and advise clients on treatments.
  • Provide manicure treatments.
  • Provide pedicure treatments.
  • Extend and maintain nails.
  • Provide nail art services.
  • Fulfil salon reception duties.
  • Display stock to promote sales in a salon.
  • Monitor and maintain levels of stock in a salon.

    Rationale:

    This qualification has been designed to develop a broad range of skills appropriate to a person who is undergoing training or works in the beauty industry and is required to work independently. The qualification brings together the theoretical and practical elements of nail technology and will help to professionalise the beauty industry. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners have achieved the equivalent of NQF Level 3 in a formal education environment.

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

    The structure of this qualification makes the Recognition of Prior Learning possible. This qualification may therefore be achieved in part or completely through the Rrecognition of Prior Learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the mechanism to be used and support and guidance should be provided. Care should be taken that the mechanism used provides the learner with an opportunity to demonstrate competence and is not so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the RPL option towards gaining a qualification.

    If the learner is able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this qualification the appropriate credits should be assigned to the learner. Recognition of Prior Learning will be done by means of Integrated Assessment as mentioned above.

    This Recognition of Prior Learning may allow:
  • Accelerated access to further learning at this or higher levels on the NQF.
  • Gaining of credits towards a unit standard.
  • Obtaining of this qualification in part or in whole.

    Access to the Qualification:

    There is open access to the qualification. However, it is preferable that learners should acquired language competencies and mathematical literacy competencies at NQF Level 3. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification is made up of a combination of learning outcomes from Fundamental, Core and Elective components, totalling 120 credits.

    Fundamental Component (56 credits):
  • Communication: First Language 20 credits.
  • Communication: Second Language 20 credits.
  • Mathematical Literacy 16 credits.

    Core Component (50 credits).

    Elective Component (14 credits). 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Communicate effectively in two languages within the workplace.

    2. Use mathematics in real life situations.

    3. Maintain health, safety and security practices.

    4. Follow emergency procedures.

    5. Describe the key characteristics of the nail industry.

    6. Consult and advise clients.

    7. Provide manicure treatments.

    8. Provide pedicure treatments.

    9. Extend and maintain nails.

    10. Provide nail art services.

    11. Carry out reception duties.

    12. Display stock to promote sales.

    13. Monitor and maintain levels of stock.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    This qualification addresses all the Critical Cross-Field Outcomes.

    A learner who obtains this qualification can:

    1. Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.
    2. Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, community.
    3. Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively.
    4. Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
    5. Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation.
    6. Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health/well-being of others. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Use the writing process to compose various reports and texts required within the workplace.
  • Read and interpret various texts with understanding.
  • Maintain and adapt oral communication as required.
  • Use appropriate communication skills within the workplace.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Use mathematical functions correctly to solve routine problems and tasks within the workplace.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Lvel Outcome 3:
  • Conduct self in the workplace to meet with health and safety practices and salon policy.
  • Deal with hazards within their own area of responsibility following salon policy.
  • Maintain a level of personal presentation, hygiene and conduct to meet with legal and salon requirements.
  • Follow salon policy for security.
  • Ensure tools, equipment, materials and work areas meet hygiene requirements.
  • Use required personal protective equipment (PPE) for the service.
  • Position self and client safely throughout the service.
  • Handle, use and store products, materials, tools and equipment safely to meet with manufacturers' instructions.
  • Dispose of all types of salon waste safely and to meet with legal and salon requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Locate named emergency personnel.
  • Follow emergency procedures.
  • Locate fire fighting equipment.
  • Follow accident reporting procedures which meet with salon policy.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
  • Access sources of information on organisations, services and occupational roles within the nail industry.
  • Access sources of information on education and training opportunities within the nail industry.
  • Follow good working practices in the salon.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6
  • Communicate in a manner that creates confidence, trust and maintains good will.
  • Establish client requirements using appropriate communication techniques.
  • Balance the client expectations with salon resources.
  • Review client treatment history.
  • Carry out initial assessment.
  • Identify influencing factors which may limit, prevent or affect the clients choice of service.
  • Provide the client with clear recommendations for referral when required.
  • Recommend and agree a treatment plan.
  • Complete the client's treatment records to meet with salon policy.
  • Use safe working methods.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 7:
  • Ensure self, client and work area are prepared to meet with salon requirements.
  • Consult with clients to confirm their requirements.
  • Identify influencing factors.
  • Provide clear recommendations to the client based on factors.
  • Position self, client and equipment appropriately throughout the treatment to ensure privacy, comfort and well-being.
  • Use working methods that meet with salon and legal requirements.
  • Select and use manicure techniques that take into account identified factors.
  • Identify contra-actions and take appropriate action during treatment.
  • Complete the treatment to the satisfaction of the client.
  • Evaluate the results of the treatment with the client.
  • Provide suitable aftercare advice.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 8:
  • Ensure self, client and work area are prepared to meet with salon requirements.
  • Consult with clients to confirm their requirements.
  • Identify influencing factors.
  • Provide clear recommendations to the client based on factors.
  • Position self, client and equipment appropriately throughout the treatment to ensure privacy, comfort and well-being.
  • Use working methods that meet with salon and legal requirements.
  • Select and use pedicure techniques that take into account identified factors.
  • Identify contra-actions and take appropriate action during treatment.
  • Complete the treatment to the satisfaction of the client.
  • Evaluate the results of the treatment with the client.
  • Provide suitable aftercare advice.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 9:
  • Ensure self, client and work area are prepared to meet with salon requirements.
  • Consult with clients to confirm their requirements.
  • Identify influencing factors.
  • Provide clear recommendations to the client based on factors.
  • Position self and client appropriately throughout the treatment to ensure comfort and well-being.
  • Use working methods that meet with salon and legal requirements.
  • Select and use appropriate products, tools and equipment.
  • Use techniques that take into account identified factors.
  • Identify contra-actions and take appropriate action during treatment.
  • Complete the treatment to the satisfaction of the client.
  • Evaluate the results of the treatment with the client.
  • Provide suitable aftercare advice.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 10:
  • Ensure self, client and work area are prepared to meet with salon requirements.
  • Consult with clients to confirm their requirements.
  • Identify influencing factors.
  • Provide clear recommendations to the client based on factors.
  • Position self and client appropriately throughout the treatment to ensure privacy, comfort and well-being.
  • Use working methods that meet with salon and legal requirements.
  • Select and use appropriate products, tools and equipment.
  • Use techniques that take into account identified factors.
  • Identify contra-actions and take appropriate action during treatment.
  • Complete the treatment to the satisfaction of the client.
  • Evaluate the results of the treatment with the client.
  • Provide suitable aftercare advice.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 11:
  • Deal with a variety of enquiries.
  • Handle requests for services in a prompt and polite manner.
  • Identify the nature of the enquiry.
  • Provide information about services and or products that is clear and accurate.
  • Schedule appointments to meet with salon policy and client requirements.
  • Confirm and record client appointment details.
  • Deal with confidential information to meet salon and legal requirements.
  • Maintain appropriate levels of reception stationery.
  • Maintain a hygienic and tidy reception area.
  • Calculate service costs accurately.
  • Deal with payments for services and or products to meet with salon policy.
  • Follow security procedures when handling payments.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 12:
  • Select the materials, equipment and stock to be used.
  • Determine the location of the display to maximise its impact, considering health and safety.
  • Prepare the display area appropriately.
  • Assemble the display carefully and safely.
  • Label the displayed products clearly, accurately and in a manner consistent with legal requirements.
  • Maintain the display area for the duration of the display period.
  • Dismantle the display, restore the area and return stock to storage.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 13:
  • Regularly monitor levels of stock.
  • Report low levels of stock.
  • Check and report on stock that does not meet quality and expiry date criteria.
  • Maintain recording documentation correctly.
  • Report any discrepancies between stock used and stock remaining.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Assessment practices must be open, transparent, fair, valid, and reliable and ensure that no learner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever.

    This qualification is comprised of the following:
  • Practical competences; What a candidate must be able to do.
  • Knowledge requirements; What a candidate must know.

    There are several ways in which these can be assessed:

    Practical.

    Assessors may be required to use different assessment methods:
  • Competence checklist; Observation of performance.
  • Competence checklist; Appraisal of a product.
  • Practical assignment.

    Knowledge Requirements.

    Learners will be required to take tests to show that they meet the knowledge requirements.

    These assessments can take the following forms:
  • Written tests; Multiple choice.
  • Written tests; Short, structured questions.

    Learning, teaching and assessment are inextricably interwoven. Whenever possible, the assessment of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values shown in the modules will be integrated.

    Assessment of communication, language, literacy and numeracy should be integrated as far as possible with other aspects and should use practical contexts wherever possible.

    Where it is not possible to assess the learner in the workplace or on-the-job, simulations, case studies, role-plays and other similar techniques such as realistic working environment including real work timescales and pressures should be used to provide a context appropriate to the assessment.

    During integrated assessments the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflexive competencies.

    All learners are required to complete an externally set and marked international examination in order to achieve the qualification.

    Assessment should ensure that all outcomes and critical cross-field outcomes are evaluated. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The IVQ Diploma in Nail Technology is comparable to level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    According to the 'Rough Guide to Comparing Qualifications in the UK and Ireland' published by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) and the four UK regulators (Qualifications Curriculum Authority (QCA) - now called the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual), the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales (ACCAC) and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment in Northern Ireland (CCEA)), the IVQ Diploma in Nail Technology is comparable to Level 4 of the The National Framework of Qualifications for Ireland (NFQ) and level 5 of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification allows for both horizontal and vertical articulation.

    Vertical articulation can occur by embarking on the study of related NQF Level 5 qualifications in personal care.

    Horizontal articulation can occur with qualifications on NQF Level 4 in the same field. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this qualification must be registered and appointed by the provider according to existing moderation guidelines of the FETQC/HEQC or relevant ETQA/SETA.
  • Any institution offering learning of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA/SETA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by City & Guilds and relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation should also validate the achievement of competencies and assessment processes as described in Exit Level Outcomes and Integrated Assessment options as described in the qualification. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • Interpersonal skills, subject matter expertise and assessment experience.
  • To be competent in the planning and conducting of assessment of learning outcomes.
  • The subject matter experience must be well developed within the relevant field and subfield practices.

    The assessor must have completed:
  • A similar qualification or from the same family of qualifications, at or above the level of the qualification.
  • Minimum of two years relevant experience.

    The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning.

    Assessors need to be registered with the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2009; 2012; 2015. 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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