Unit of competency details

SHBBNLS004 - Apply nail art (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to SIBBNLS205A - Apply nail artUnit updated to the Standards for Training Packages. 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 apply a range of nail art designs.

It requires the ability to consult with clients, select suitable products and techniques, and apply hand painted designs, decals, or jewellery for finger or toe nails. The nail art service can be an individual service or form part of a series of services.

This unit applies to nail technicians and beauticians in beauty and nail salons. In this environment they make routine service decisions within a defined range and have knowledge and skills of a variety of nail art 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 Access and review client treatment plan if available.

1.2 Discuss nail art requirements with client.

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

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

1.5 Design nail art, confirm with client and record.

2. Prepare service area.

2.1 Prepare treatment area, equipment and self.

2.2 Select products and equipment and personal protective equipment.

2.3 Maintain posture to minimise fatigue and risk of injury.

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

3. Apply hand painted designs, decals, or jewelleries.

3.1. Clean and prepare client hands and nails for service.

3.2 Apply nail art according to treatment plan.

3.3 Modify application technique and products as required.

3.4 Complete nail art application for finger nails or toe nails according to treatment plan.

4. Review service.

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

4.2 Advise client of maintenance requirements.

4.3 Recommend home care, complementary products, and future services.

4.4 Update treatment plan and rebook client as required.

5. Clean service area.

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

5.2 Restock equipment and products in preparation for next treatment.

5.3 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 material safety data sheets for safe use of cleaning and nail 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

SIBBNLS205A Apply nail art


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

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 plans and provide six safe and appropriate quality nail services for clients that demonstrate the following nail art techniques:
  • decals
  • hand painted designs
  • nail coverings
  • jewellery:
  • diamantes
  • studs
  • charms
  • marble nail art
  • provide nail art maintenance service for three of these clients that includes:
  • nail art top coat or sealant
  • retouching
  • repair
  • design and record nail art plans for each client specifying details of:
  • adverse reactions
  • after-care advice
  • areas requiring special treatment
  • client feedback
  • colours and jewellery used
  • contraindications
  • design
  • nails analysis
  • range and variety of nail art
  • tools and equipment
  • 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 nail art services
  • organisational policies and procedures relevant to nail art services:
  • 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 disposal
  • work health and safety
  • scope of practice as it applies to nail art services:
  • 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 nail art services:
  • allergic reactions
  • bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral infections
  • bruising or swelling around nail
  • contraindications of products used in combination or with other services
  • damaged natural nails
  • abnormal skin around nail
  • appearance of skin and nail disorders and relationship to nail art services
  • effect of changes created by complementary nail shapes and nail art designs
  • effects and benefits of organisation range of nail art products
  • ingredients and effects of products used for nail art
  • care and cleaning requirements for nail art equipment, implements and service area
  • adverse effects of nail art products
  • 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 nail art.

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 nail art 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 nail art services
  • manufacturer instructions and safety data sheets.

Assessment must ensure use of:

  • cleaning and disinfection products and equipment
  • client chairs
  • manicure table with lamp and mats
  • nail art equipment:
  • curved scissors
  • cuticle pushers
  • dotter
  • electric file or hand file
  • nail files
  • hand sanitizers
  • marbiliser
  • nail art brushes
  • nail clippers
  • tip cutters
  • tweezers
  • nail art products from comprehensive professional range:
  • adhesive
  • decals
  • foils
  • glitters
  • polishes
  • diamantes
  • studs
  • charms
  • rhinestones
  • stripping tape
  • operator chairs
  • treatment towels, cotton or disposable.

Assessment activities that allow the individual to:

  • complete nail art treatments 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 this 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