Unit of competency details

SHBBNLS002 - Apply gel nail enhancements (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by SHBBNLS008 - Apply gel and dip powder nail enhancementsNon-equivalent. Unit Code, Unit Title, Application, Prerequisite Units, Elements, Performance Criteria, Foundation Skills, Performance Evidence and Assessment Conditions have been updated. 15/Dec/2021
Supersedes and is equivalent to SIBBNLS203A - Apply ultraviolet gel nail enhancementUnit updated to the Standards for Training Packages. Title changes to better reflect the outcome of the unit. Updated content of Application Statement, Elements and Performance Criteria. 24/Sep/2015

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 apply, maintain and remove gel nails to meet client needs.

It requires the ability to consult with clients, select suitable products and techniques, and apply gel nail enhancements that include overlays, colour gel, refills, tips, and French. The gel nail enhancement service can be an individual service or form part of a series of services.

This unit applies to beauty therapists and nail technicians who work in beauty and nail salons, and spas. In this environment they may work in a team or autonomously. They have knowledge and skills across a range of nail products and application techniques.

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

Pre-requisite Unit


Competency Field

Nail 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 Develop, or access and review client treatment plan.

1.2 Discuss treatment requirements with client.

1.3 Identify contraindications to gel nail services and refer client to appropriate professional as required.

1.4 Identify conditions and client characteristics relevant to gel nail services and discuss with client treatment and product effects.

1.5 Conduct patch test as required and record outcomes.

1.6 Design treatment plan, confirm with client and record.

2. Prepare for gel nail service.

2.1 Check treatment area, equipment and self.

2.2 Select products, equipment and personal protective equipment.

2.3 Use energy, water and other resources efficiently during preparation and subsequent treatment process.

3. Remove gel enhancements.

3.1 Confirm gel removal needs with client.

3.2 Position self to minimise fatigue and risk of injury.

3.3 Buff or soak grown out, damaged, and chipped gel enhancements.

3.4 Complete gel enhancement removal according to client treatment plan.

4. Apply, refill or repair gel nails.

4.1 Cleanse and prepare nails according to manufacturer recommendations and treatment plan.

4.2 Apply gel nail products according to manufacturer instructions.

4.3 Adjust application technique and products as required.

4.4 Complete gel enhancements for finger nails or toe nails according to treatment plan

5. Review service.

5.1 Seek client feedback, revise, and record treatment plan.

5.2 Advise client of maintenance requirements.

5.3 Recommend aftercare, products, and future services.

5.4 Update treatment plan and rebook client as required.

6. Clean service area.

6.1 Remove used towels and clean surfaces and equipment according to organisational policies and procedures.

6.2 Restock equipment and products in preparation for next treatment.

6.3 Dispose of general 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.



Oral communication skills to:

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

Reading skills to:

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

Numeracy skills to:

  • calculate product quantities, time and price.

Technology skills to:

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

Unit Mapping Information

SIBBNLS203A Apply ultraviolet gel nails enhancement


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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 treatment plans and provide six safe and appropriate quality nail enhancements for clients that demonstrate the following gel nail enhancement techniques:
  • colour gel
  • colour gel
  • French backfills
  • French gel on tips
  • French, natural and clear tips
  • gel removals
  • overlays
  • refills
  • provide maintenance gel nail services for three of these clients that include:
  • blend regrowth lines
  • correct side walls of extensions
  • rebalance stress curves
  • refine gel enhancements surfaces
  • repair damaged, chipped or broken gel
  • remove gel enhancements with minimal damage to natural nails
  • provide gel nail enhancements with:
  • structural integrity
  • smooth surface
  • suitability for client’s nail shape
  • design, record and maintain treatment plans and records for each client specifying details of:
  • adverse reactions
  • after-care advice
  • areas requiring special treatment
  • client feedback
  • colours used
  • contraindications
  • nails analysis
  • required services
  • treatment sequence
  • type of gel enhancement
  • treatment duration
  • 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 providing gel nail enhancements
  • organisational policies and procedures relevant to providing gel nail enhancements:
  • client record management
  • equipment use and maintenance
  • incident reporting
  • linen use and laundry procedures
  • personal hygiene and presentation
  • presentation of treatment area
  • safe use of chemicals
  • waste and hazardous substances
  • work health and safety
  • scope of practice as it applies to gel nail enhancements:
  • when to refer clients to other practitioners
  • importance of not stating a diagnosis of a contraindication
  • appearance and gross anatomy of skin and nails
  • growth, shape, and functions of nails
  • contraindications which prevent treatment or require referral to health practitioners and relationship to gel nail services:
  • allergic reactions
  • bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral infections
  • bruising or swelling around nail
  • contraindications to products used in combination or with other services
  • damaged natural nails from ineffective removal of enhancements
  • abnormal skin around nail
  • appearance of skin and nail disorders and relationship to gel nail enhancements
  • adverse effects of gel products and how to modify treatment or provide remedial action:
  • allergy to products
  • exothermic reactions
  • injury to natural nail due to poor removal technique
  • natural nail separation
  • peeling of product
  • pseudomonas (bacterial infection)
  • gel products properties, chemical components, and their effects on natural nails:
  • coloured gel
  • dehydrators
  • gel cleanser
  • gel removers
  • multilayer gel
  • nail adhesive
  • primer
  • UV and non-UV gel products
  • different styles of tips
  • impact of chemicals in gel nail products and techniques to minimise over-exposure and/or injury
  • data safety sheet requirements, location and use in salon
  • sustainable operating procedures for the conservation of product, water and power
  • aftercare advice, products and future services to maintain gel nail enhancements.

Assessment Conditions

Skills must be demonstrated in a nail services 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 gel nail enhancement needs, 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 providing gel nail enhancements
  • manufacturer instructions and safety data sheets.

Assessment must ensure use of:

  • cleaning and disinfection products and equipment
  • client chair
  • equipment:
  • brushes for gel application
  • curing lights
  • cuticle pushers
  • files
  • sculpting forms
  • tip cutters
  • gel products from comprehensive professional range:
  • coloured gel
  • dehydrator
  • gel cleanser
  • multilayer UV gels or base-build top
  • nail adhesive
  • primer
  • UV and non-UV gel products
  • various styles of tips
  • hand and nail sanitiser
  • manicure table, lamp and mats
  • operator chair
  • treatment towels, cotton or disposable.

Assessment activities that allow individuals to:

  • complete gel nail enhancements 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:

  • hold a qualification as a nail technician or beauty therapist
  • have worked as a nail technician or beauty therapist 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