Unit of competency details

SIBBBOS504A - Apply aromatic plant oil chemistry to beauty treatments (Release 2)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 12/Dec/2011
(View details for release 1) Replaced09/Dec/2010

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
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Supersedes and is equivalent to WRBBS511A - Apply aromatic plant oil chemistry to beauty treatmentsE Updated and equivalent to WRBBS511A 08/Dec/2010

Training packages that include this unit

Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 110301 Beauty Therapy 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 110301 Beauty Therapy 09/Dec/2010 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify and apply aromatic plant oil chemistry to the blending of preparations for use in beauty treatments.

In order to select and blend aromatic plant oils for aromatic face and body treatments the therapist is required to develop a thorough knowledge of their characteristics. This unit describes the process of identifying the properties, origins and therapeutic profiles of a limited range of aromatic plant oils and carrier oils that may be selected and blended.

Application of the Unit

This unit applies to beauty therapists in facial, body, hand or foot massage treatments, exercising judgement in planning and selecting appropriate products, services, equipment and techniques.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Pre-Requisites

Nil

Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements and Performance Criteria

Element 

Performance Criteria 

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

1 Identify the properties of a range of aromatic oils.

1.1 Identify general properties  of aromatic plant oils.

1.2 Identify plant information  of a range of aromatic plant oils .

1.3 Prepare profiles  of a range of aromatic plant oils.

1.4 Identify type and structure of different bonds  found in aromatic plant oils.

2 Apply organic chemistry to aromatic oil properties.

2.1 Identify and evaluate carbon backbone  and functional groups  of aromatic plant oils.

2.2 Identify and apply chemical terminology  of aromatic plant oils.

2.3 Identify processes that affect the chemistry  of selected aromatic plant oils.

2.4 Determine solubility  of aromatic plant oils.

2.5 Determine emulsifiers and dispersants  for aromatic plant oils.

3 Evaluate properties of carrier oils.

3.1 Identify differences between aromatic plant oils and carrier oils .

3.2 Identify commonly used carrier oils and their characteristics. 

3.3 Evaluate quality  of carrier oils.

3.4 Identify and evaluate carrier oils that may be used as additives  in an aromatic plant oil blend.

3.5 Identify and evaluate other mediums  that may be used as alternatives to carrier oils.

4 Apply chemical information to beauty treatments.

4.1 Identify uses of aromatic plant oils  in beauty treatments.

4.2 Determine ratios of ingredients  used when blending aromatic plant oils for use in beauty treatments.

4.3 Apply relevant legislation and codes  and workplace policies and procedures  to ensure safe storage and handling  of ingredients.

4.4 Identify and apply storage and labelling requirements  to relevant legislation and workplace policies and procedures.

Required Skills and Knowledge

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

The following skills must be assessed as part of this unit:

  • technical skills to:
  • apply botanical knowledge of selected aromatic plant oils to a range of beauty treatments
  • apply chemical knowledge of selected aromatic plant oils to a range of beauty treatments
  • apply knowledge of carrier oils and additives to design the blended oils for use in a range of beauty treatments
  • literacy skills to read and apply manufacturers' product information, including plant oil origin, chemical analysis and safety data sheets.

Required knowledge 

The following knowledge must be assessed as part of this unit:

  • common name, botanical name, and plant family and characteristics for each aromatic plant oil listed in range statement
  • chemical composition of selected aromatic plant oils
  • processes affecting chemistry of aromatic plant oils
  • commonly used carrier oils and their characteristics
  • effects and benefits of a defined range of aromatic plant oils, carrier oils and additives
  • adverse and beneficial interactions of aromatic plant oils
  • anatomy and physiology of the skin and skin structures as they relate to percutaneous absorption of aromatic plant oils, carrier oils and additives
  • skin sensitivity and allergies to aromatic plant oils
  • uses of aromatic plant oils in beauty treatments.

Evidence Guide

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • applying common names, botanical names and plant family of twelve selected aromatic plant oils
  • applying properties and profiles of minimum of twelve aromatic plant oils
  • applying organic chemistry in selecting and preparing aromatic plant oils for use in range of beauty treatments
  • applying knowledge of properties of carrier oils and additives
  • applying knowledge of appropriate ratios of aromatic plant oils to carrier oils, additives and other mediums for use in a range of beauty treatments
  • applying safe work practices when storing and handling ingredients
  • accurately and legibly recording relevant data.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • that competency is consistently demonstrated over a period of time and observed by the assessor or the technical expert working in partnership with the assessor as described in the Assessment Guidelines
  • that competency is demonstrated in the workplace or a simulated workplace environment in a range of real work situations which may include client interruptions and involvement in other related activities normally expected in the workplace.

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • an environment, which includes as a minimum:
  • aromatic plant oils preparation and storage area
  • range of aromatic plant oils, carrier oils and additives
  • text and online information relating to application of aromatic plant oils in beauty treatments
  • product information and safety data on range of aromatic plant oils, carrier oils and additives
  • a range of clients with different aromatherapy treatment requirements.

For further guidance on the use of an appropriate simulated environment, refer to the Assessment Guidelines in this Training Package.

Methods of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • observation of learner performing a range of tasks in the workplace or a simulated work environment, over sufficient time to demonstrate handling of a range of contingencies, including:
  • evaluating carbon backbone and functional groups of selected aromatic oils
  • identifying proportions of carrier oils and additives for aromatic plant oil blends for use in beauty treatments
  • consistent application of workplace policies and procedures and safe work practices when storing and handling ingredients
  • case studies, written and oral questioning or interview to test knowledge of such things as:
  • common names, botanical names and plant family of twelve selected aromatic plant oils
  • properties and profiles of a minimum of twelve aromatic plant oils
  • application of organic chemistry in selection and preparation of aromatic plant oils for use in a range of beauty treatments
  • properties of carrier oils and additives
  • appropriate ratios of aromatic plant oils to carrier oils, additives and other mediums for use in a range of beauty treatments
  • uses of aromatic plant oils
  • completion of workplace documentation relevant to applying aromatic plant oil chemistry to beauty treatments
  • third-party reports from technical experts
  • completion of self-paced learning materials, including personal reflection and feedback from a trainer, workplace coach or supervisor.

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • SIBBBOS505A Blend and apply a range of aromatic plant oils for beauty treatments
  • SIBBCCS407A Interpret the chemical composition and physical actions of cosmetic products.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

General properties  may include:

  • odour
  • volatility
  • flammability
  • concentration
  • viscosity
  • lipophilicity
  • hydrophilicity.

Plant information  must include:

  • common name
  • synonym
  • botanical name
  • plant family.

Aromatic plant oils  may include:

  • basil
  • bergamot
  • cajeput
  • chamomile
  • cypress
  • eucalyptus
  • geranium
  • grapefruit
  • juniper
  • lavandin
  • lavender
  • lemon
  • mandarin
  • niaouli
  • orange
  • rosemary
  • sandalwood
  • tea tree.

Profiles  must include:

  • existing chemotypes
  • extraction method
  • colour and odour characteristics.

Different bonds  may include:

  • single
  • double
  • triple.

Carbon backbone  must include:

  • elements
  • bonds.

Functional groups  may include:

  • alcohols
  • phenols
  • aldehydes
  • ketones
  • organic acids
  • esters
  • ethers
  • lactones
  • amines/imines
  • sulphides
  • furocoumarins.

Chemical terminology  must include:

  • isoprene unit
  • aliphatic molecule
  • terpene and terpenoid compound
  • monoterpene and sesquiterpene
  • monoterpenol and sesquiterpenol.

Processes that affect the chemistry  may include:

  • oxidation
  • temperature variations
  • exposure to light.

Solubility  may include:

  • water soluble
  • oil soluble.

Emulsifiers and dispersants  may include:

  • lecithin oil
  • alcohols
  • creams.

Carrier oils  may include:

  • almond
  • apricot
  • grape seed
  • peach
  • macadamia
  • sesame seed
  • soya bean
  • safflower
  • sunflower.

Characteristics  may include:

  • chemical components
  • smell
  • taste
  • colour
  • viscosity.

Quality  may include:

  • grading process
  • storage
  • handling
  • shelf life.

Additives  may include:

  • arnica
  • avocado
  • borage
  • calendula
  • carrot (infused)
  • evening primrose
  • jojoba
  • hazelnut
  • hypericum
  • linseed
  • olive oil
  • pumpkin seed
  • rose hip
  • wheatgerm.

Other mediums  may include:

  • alcohol
  • clay
  • creams
  • dispersants
  • gels
  • macerations
  • tinctures
  • hydrosols
  • water.

Uses of aromatic plant oil  may include:

  • relaxation
  • stress reduction
  • skin care
  • alleviation of headaches and migraines.

Ingredients  may include:

  • aromatic plant oils
  • carrier oils
  • additives
  • other mediums.

Beauty treatments  may include:

  • facial treatments
  • body treatments
  • hand and foot treatments
  • spa treatments.

Relevant legislation and codes  may include:

  • Therapeutic Goods Act
  • occupational health and safety
  • industry codes of practice.

Workplace policies and procedures  may include:

  • health and hygiene
  • environmental controls
  • storage of products
  • care and use of equipment.

Storage and handling  may include:

  • temperature control
  • light exposure
  • ventilation.

Storage and labelling requirements  may include:

  • listing ingredients
  • listing contraindications
  • decanting oils.

Unit Sector(s)

Beauty

Competency Field

Body Services

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