Unit of competency details

SHBBBOS001 - Apply cosmetic tanning products (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to SIBBSKS302A - Apply cosmetic tanning productsUnit updated to the Standards for Training Packages. Competency Field changed from Skin Services to better reflect intent of the unit. Updated content of Application Statement, Elements and Performance Criteria. 24/Sep/2015

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 25/Sep/2015


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 07/Dec/2015 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Not applicable.


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to select and apply cosmetic tanning products.

It requires the ability to consult with clients about tanning products and colour choice, select products and equipment to prepare the skin and apply tanning products using a spray tanning gun. The application of cosmetic tanning products can be an individual service, or form part of a series of services.

It applies to beauticians and beauty therapists who work in beauty salons and spas. In this environment they make routine service decisions within known procedures but work under limited supervision and guidance from others.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit


Competency Field

Body Services

Unit Sector


Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Establish client priorities.

1.1 Consult client for cosmetic tanning requirements.

1.2 Carry out skin test according to manufacturer instructions to determine sensitivity to product and confirm colour preference as required.

1.3 Identify contraindications to cosmetic tanning and refer client to appropriate professional as required.

1.4 Obtain signed consent from parent or guardian prior to service and ensure their attendance throughout treatment, when providing tanning service to minors.

1.5 Design and record service plan.

2. Prepare to apply cosmetic tanning products.

2.1 Select products and tanning equipment.

2.2 Prepare and wear personal protective equipment.

2.3 Prepare client and provide suitable protective covering.

2.4 Ensure client modesty and privacy throughout service.

2.5 Cleanse and exfoliate client skin, as required.

2.6 Apply moisturisers and barrier creams to prevent over development of tanning products.

3. Use spray gun to apply product.

3.1 Test pressure and operation of spray gun.

3.2 Apply spray tan products evenly and in sequence to achieve desired effect.

3.3 Use techniques that minimise the spread of product spray outside tanning booth area.

3.4 Monitor client reactions and adverse effects.

3.5 Check finished tan application for evenness and remedy if required.

3.6 Minimise waste of products and consumables according to policies and procedures.

4. Review service.

4.1 Evaluate service with client.

4.2 Record outcomes of cosmetic tanning service on client service plan.

4.3 Provide aftercare advice and recommend products and future services.

4.4 Rebook client according to agreed service plan.

5. Clean service area.

5.1 Clean and disinfect equipment, and tanning booth according to manufacturer instructions.

5.2 Replenish tanning booth area in preparation for next service.

5.3 Dispose of general waste to minimise negative environmental impacts and according to organisational policies and procedures.

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance in this unit, but not explicit in the performance criteria are listed here, along with a brief context statement.



Reading skills to:

  • interpret and follow manufacturer instructions and safety data sheets for safe use of cleaning and tanning products and equipment.

Numeracy skills to:

  • calculate treatment times, product quantities and price.

Problem solving skills to:

  • identify issues with spray gun and take remedial action.

Technology skills to:

  • use client software to update client notes, rebook client for future treatment, record stock data, and product purchases.

Unit Mapping Information

SIBBSKS302A Apply cosmetic tanning products


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Assessment requirements

Modification History

Not applicable.

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the job role, and:

  • communicate, follow and adjust service plan to provide safe and appropriate spray tanning services for at least five clients of differing height, weight, age and cosmetic tanning preference
  • maintain client records for the above clients detailing:
  • aftercare advice
  • adverse reactions
  • contraindications
  • follow up advice
  • service outcomes
  • procedure followed
  • products used
  • spray gun setting
  • provide spray tanning services for each client that demonstrate:
  • aftercare advice
  • colour choice suitable for client skin and type
  • effective skin exfoliation and preparation
  • even colour
  • use of client and operator personal protection equipment
  • clean, maintain, and reassemble spray tanning equipment
  • recognise skin reactions to patch test
  • present self, according to organisational policy
  • comply with health and hygiene regulations and requirements.

Knowledge Evidence

Demonstrated knowledge required to complete the tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit:

  • state or territory and local health and hygiene regulations and requirements relevant to applying cosmetic tanning products
  • organisational policies and procedures relevant to applying cosmetic tanning products:
  • client record management
  • equipment and product use and maintenance
  • incident reporting
  • personal hygiene and presentation
  • waste disposal
  • work health and safety
  • legal and insurance liabilities and responsibilities regarding tanning services
  • scope of practice in regard to:
  • when to refer clients to other practitioners
  • role of complementary therapist and medical practitioner
  • ingredients of tanning products, exfoliators and moisturisers and their effects on skin
  • advantages and disadvantages of types of tanning products available
  • product selection for different skin colours and type
  • use and effect of tanning enhancers
  • how and when to use tanning correctors
  • cleaning, maintenance and reassembling of cosmetic tanning equipment and accessories
  • typical problems that occur with equipment and how to fix according to manufacturer instructions
  • risks associated with the use of pressurised cosmetic tanning equipment
  • importance of using equipment with a pressure gauge
  • age at which a person is classed as a minor and why minors can only be treated with informed parent or guardian consent
  • contraindications that prevent or restrict service or may require referral to a medical professional and their relationship to cosmetic tanning treatment:
  • asthma
  • bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral infections
  • eczema
  • pigmentation disorders
  • psoriasis
  • sunburn
  • adverse reaction appearance and management in relation to cosmetic tanning services:
  • burning sensations
  • coughing
  • fainting
  • itching
  • swelling
  • skin irritation
  • watery eyes
  • pigmentation disorders that affect cosmetic tanning application:
  • hypopigmentation
  • hyperpigmentation
  • importance of pre and post-service advice
  • aftercare advice, products and services in maintaining tanning service
  • sustainable operating procedures for the conservation of product, water and power
  • environmentally sound disposal methods for cosmetic tanning service waste.

Assessment Conditions

Skills must be demonstrated in a beauty industry environment; this can be:

  • a beauty industry workplace or
  • a simulated beauty workplace set up for the purpose of skills assessment, that provides services to paying members of the public.

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • paying clients, both new and regular, with different spray tanning requirements, who have the expectation that the services provided reflect those of a commercial business
  • hand washing facilities:
  • basin
  • hot and cold running water
  • liquid soap
  • single use towels or hand dryer
  • relevant workplace documentation:
  • blank client records
  • equipment instructions
  • organisational policies and procedures relevant to applying cosmetic tanning products
  • product instructions and safety data sheets.

Assessment must ensure use of:

  • cleaning and disinfection products and equipment
  • compressors
  • cosmetic tanning products from a comprehensive professional range
  • exfoliation products
  • individual spray booth areas with filtered overspray ventilation
  • personal protective equipment:
  • aprons
  • disposable gloves
  • face masks
  • safety glasses
  • protective caps and covers for clients
  • professional spray tanning gun and machine
  • towels.

Assessment activities that allow the learner to:

  • complete cosmetic tanning within commercially realistic speed, timing and productivity
  • demonstrate competency in an environment reflective of real work situations
  • manage tasks and contingencies in the context of the job role.

Assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisation’s requirements for assessors and:

  • have worked in the beauty industry for at least three years where they have applied the skills and knowledge of this unit of competency.


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=255d312b-db07-48f2-b6d6-1b0b06c42898