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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Prepare for and apply gel nail technology 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114798  Prepare for and apply gel nail technology 
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  10 
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 gel nail enhancements and prepare the client for the required treatment.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Preparing the workstation for a gel nail enhancement service according to organisational requirements
  • Preparing client for gel nail enhancement
  • Preparing the nail plate according to manufacturers recommendation
  • Applying, shaping and blending artificial tips
  • Applying the sculpting form
  • Applying gel nail enhancement according to clients needs
  • Filling and removing gel nail enhancement 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence against unit standards Perform a manicure and Perform a pedicure at NQF level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Types of gel nail enhancement services and types of gel nails available
  • Adhesive techniques are applied as per manufacturer's instructions
  • Nail assessment principles, methods and techniques
  • Methods and techniques for applying gel nails
  • Methods and techniques for shaping and blending artificial tips and extensions
  • Methods and techniques for the safe removal of nail enhancements 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare the workstation for a gel nail enhancement service according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The workstation is prepared for a gel nail enhancement service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The client is received and prepared according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The client's nail and skin is assessed and any abnormalities that preclude treatments are recorded on client record card. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All recommendations of further treatments as well as possible home care products are recorded. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare the nail plate according to manufacturers recommendation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A complete set of nails should be used with no mixing of products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Prepare the cuticles and nail plate according to the manufacturers recommendation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The appropriate products are applied according to the suppliers recommendation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The understanding of different preparation products used for the preparation of the natural nail are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply, shape and blend artificial tips. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tips are selected to fit the "C" curve of the natural nail. 

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Nail tips that are appropriate to the size and shape of the clients natural nails are used. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tips are cut and shaped according to client's preference. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Tips are blended to a natural colour without any lines, milky shadows or over buffed according to company's safety and hygienic requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply the sculpting form. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A complete set of nails should be used and no mixing and matching of products should occur. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The form is applied correctly without any seepage or exposure to skin. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The form is applied to follow the natural shape of the nail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The forms are applied and customised to ensure a straight fit. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Apply gel nail enhancement according to client's needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The manufacturer's instructions for product use and application is followed. 

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The nail shape and length complements the client's nails and hands. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The manufacturer's instruction for product use and application are followed closely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The application techniques are managed so that it leaves 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 an even clear defined small line. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Complete the client's record card and advise 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 6 
    Fill and removal of gel nail enhancements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Problems are identified and correctly rectified using the correction method. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The maintenance techniques to restore the enhancement structures to its original conditions is used. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    When the enhancement is removed, the natural nail should be undamaged and free from traces of product. 


    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 how to adapt application techniques to meet the different nail shapes and conditions
  • A comprehensive understanding of the importance of the free margin around the cuticle area and sidewall area
  • A comprehensive understanding of the chemical reactions that take place during the formation of nail enhancement structures
  • 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
  • A basic understanding of the range and use of products available for homecare 

  • 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 clients in order to prepare them for the treatment, explaining fully methods to be used. 

    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 
    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  48744   Further Education and Training Certificate: Beauty (Nail 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: 
    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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