Unit of competency details

SHBBMUP015 - Apply volume eyelash extensions (Release 1)


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ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 16/Dec/2021


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 02/Feb/2022 
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Unit of competency

Modification History

No equivalent unit.


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply volume eyelash extensions for added length and thickness of natural lashes to meet client needs.

It requires the ability to consult with clients, select suitable products and equipment to apply, infill, and remove damaged eyelash extensions. Applying eyelash extensions can be an individual service or form part of a series of services.

This unit applies to beauty therapists, retail assistants, and make-up freelancers who work in beauty salons, retail cosmetic outlets, and settings that provide make-up services. In this environment they make routine service decisions within a defined range.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

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

Pre-requisite Unit

Unit Code 

Unit Title 


Apply eyelash extensions

Competency Field

Make-Up 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 service requirements.

1.1. Consult with client to determine eyelash extension requirements and preferences.

1.2. Explain service and outcomes, and show client eyelash extension products.

1.3. Explain treatment sequence and factors that may restrict treatment.

1.4. Determine appropriateness of client’s natural lashes to support desired volume of lashes.

1.5. Confirm client requirements and suitable product, design and record treatment plan and obtain client consent.

1.6 Conduct patch test to identify skin reactions, and advise client of suitability for service.

2. Prepare to apply 3D eyelash extensions.

2.1. Select products and equipment according to treatment plan.

2.2. Select correct length, curl, weight and number of lashes to achieve desired look in accordance with treatment plan.

2.3. Clean natural lashes removing make-up, oil, outgrown lashes and adhesives from previous extensions.

2.4. Comply with health and hygiene regulations and requirements.

3. Apply 3D eyelash extensions.

3.1. Apply medical tape, or lint free eye patches to lower lid and bottom lashes.

3.2. Lay out lashes of suitable size and weight to support required number of lashes per natural lash according to treatment plan.

3.3. Use tweezers to pick up, create and glue fans with correct number of lashes according to treatment plan.

3.4. Use tweezers to isolate natural lashes, and glue eyelash extension fans avoiding contact with the surrounding skin.

3.5. Monitor and adjust application of extensions to ensure correct positioning, even distribution and thickness according to client needs.

3.6. Complete application of eyelash extensions according to treatment plan.

3.7. Remove lint free patches, or medical tape, gently to avoid discomfort to client.

4. Remove damaged, sparse, or grown out eyelash extensions.

4.1. Confirm eyelash extensions removal needs with client.

4.2. Apply eye patches to protect lower lid and bottom lashes.

4.3. Apply product remover to eyelash extensions according to manufacturer instructions.

4.4. Remove eyelash extensions to avoid damage to natural lashes and client discomfort.

4.5. Apply aftercare product as required.

5. Provide post service advice.

5.1. Seek client feedback, and update treatment plan.

5.2. Recommend home care, complementary products, and future treatments.

5.3. Update treatment plan and records, and rebook client as required for regular infills and maintenance.

6. Clean treatment work area.

6.1. Clean service area and surfaces, non-disposable eyelash equipment and tools.

6.2. Restock equipment and products in preparation for next treatment.

6.3. Safely dispose of general and contaminated waste to minimise negative environmental impacts 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 manufacturer instructions and safety data sheets for safe use of cleaning and treatment products and equipment.

Oral communication skills to:

  • use effective questioning and active listening techniques to consult with client, confirm requirements and monitor service outcomes.

Numeracy skills to:

  • calculate service price, product quantities and time.

Unit Mapping Information

No equivalent unit.


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


Assessment requirements

Modification History

No equivalent unit.

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:

  • apply volume eyelash extensions for each of the following client treatment requirements:
  • six volume lash extensions creating fans with a minimum of two lashes per natural lash (2D – 3D)
  • six dramatic and full lash extensions (4D - 10D)
  • six in-fill services
  • six removal services
  • design and provide treatment routines that demonstrate correct:
  • patch testing
  • selection and application of eyelash extensions type:
  • adhesive
  • colour
  • curl
  • length
  • width
  • eyelash extension application to suit client eye shape and facial features
  • develop and update treatment plans and records for each eyelash extension treatment specifying for each client:
  • products
  • techniques
  • contraindications
  • outcomes
  • patch test reactions
  • previous treatments
  • aftercare.

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 eyelash extension services
  • organisational policies and procedures relevant to eyelash extension services:
  • 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 eyelash extension services
  • scope of practice:
  • when to refer clients to other practitioners
  • importance of not stating a diagnosis of contraindications
  • types and characteristics of lash extensions:
  • classic
  • hybrid
  • volume
  • options for volume lash extensions:
  • natural (2D and 3D)
  • dramatic and full (4D - 10D)
  • characteristics and principles of 3D extensions:
  • effects of varying number of lashes
  • selection of lashes of appropriate weight able to be supported by natural lashes
  • advantages and disadvantages of creating fans and using pre-glued fans
  • the impact of eye shapes on volume eyelash extensions:
  • almond
  • Asian
  • close-set
  • deep-set
  • hooded
  • prominent
  • round
  • small
  • effects and benefits of volume eyelash extensions:
  • fullness
  • length
  • thickness 0.03, 0.05, 0.07
  • natural eyelash growth rate and stages of hair growth cycle:
  • anagen
  • catagen
  • telogen
  • advantages and disadvantages of different eyelashes for volume extensions:
  • mink
  • natural
  • silk
  • synthetic
  • differences between different types of eyelash extensions:
  • B curl
  • C curl
  • coloured
  • D curl
  • DD curl
  • J curl
  • L curl
  • M curl
  • U curl
  • V curl
  • W curl
  • Y curl
  • aftercare advice, products and future treatments to maintain volume eyelash extensions.

Assessment Conditions

Skills must be demonstrated in a beauty or make-up services environment; this can be:

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

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • paying clients or models as part of paid assignments, with different eyelash extension 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
  • organisational policies and procedures relevant to the application of eyelash extensions
  • equipment instructions
  • manufacturer instructions and safety data sheets.

Assessment must ensure use of:

  • adhesive:
  • clear
  • coloured
  • normal
  • sensitive
  • cleaning and disinfection products and equipment
  • eyelash extension equipment:
  • air blower
  • application tweezers
  • disposable glue wells
  • disposable mascara wands
  • eye lash comb
  • isolating tweezers
  • jade stone
  • lint free eye patches
  • locks detach swabs
  • medical tape
  • oil-free cleanser
  • silicone pad
  • sponge
  • eyelash extensions remover
  • eyelash extensions from a comprehensive professional range
  • individual work station consisting of:
  • treatment table with safe working access at both ends and sides
  • individual electricity supply
  • magnifying lamp
  • operator chair
  • trolley for products, bowls and equipment
  • treatment towels or linen, or disposable linen.

Assessment activities that allow the individual to:

  • complete volume eyelash extension services 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 Organisations’ requirements for assessors.


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