Unit of competency details

SHBBNLS009 - Apply acrylic nail enhancements (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes SHBBNLS003 - Apply acrylic nail enhancementsNon-equivalent. Unit Code, Application, Prerequisite Units, Performance Criteria, Foundation Skills, Performance Evidence, Knowledge Evidence and Assessment Conditions have been updated. 15/Dec/2021

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1 1 (this release) 16/Dec/2021


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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Supersedes and is not equivalent to SHBBNLS003 Apply acrylic nail enhancements.


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply, maintain and remove acrylic nails.

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

This unit applies to beauticians, 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 of nail products and application techniques.

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 


Use electric file equipment for nail services

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 treatment requirements with client.

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

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

1.5. Conduct patch test as required and record outcomes.

1.6. Confirm treatment, develop or update treatment plan, obtain client consent and record details.

2. Prepare for acrylic nail service.

2.1. Prepare treatment area and equipment.

2.2. Present self according to organisational policy.

2.3. Select products and equipment and personal protection equipment.

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

3. Remove acrylic enhancements.

3.1. Position self to minimise fatigue and risk of injury.

3.2. Buff or soak grown out, damaged, and chipped acrylic enhancements.

3.3. Remove acrylic enhancements as per treatment plan and manufacturer instructions.

3.4. Comply with health and hygiene regulations and requirements.

4. Apply, refill or repair acrylic nails.

4.1. Shape and prepare nail plate for acrylic application.

4.2. Apply acrylic nail products according to manufacturer instructions and treatment plan.

4.3. Modify application technique and products as required.

4.4. Complete acrylic nail enhancements according to treatment plan and client’s needs.

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.



Reading skills to:

  • interpret and follow 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 product quantities, time and price.

Technology skills to:

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

Unit Mapping Information

Supersedes and is not equivalent to SHBBNLS003 Apply acrylic nail enhancements.


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

Supersedes and is not equivalent to SHBBNLS003 Apply acrylic nail enhancements.

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 nail enhancements for clients which include two of each of the following acrylic enhancements services:
  • French, natural and colour finishes
  • overlays
  • sculptured nails using sculpting forms
  • for each of the above, provide acrylic nail enhancements with:
  • structural integrity
  • smooth surface
  • suitability for client’s nail shape
  • minimal damage to natural nails
  • provide maintenance acrylic nail services that demonstrate each of the following at least once:
  • French backfills
  • blending regrowth lines
  • correcting side walls of extensions
  • rebalancing stress curves
  • refining enhancements surfaces
  • repairing damaged, chipped or broken acrylic
  • complete at least three removals of acrylic products with minimal damage to natural nails
  • develop and update 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 acrylic enhancement
  • treatment duration.

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 acrylic nail enhancement services
  • organisational policies and procedures relevant to providing acrylic nail enhancement services:
  • client record management
  • dust extraction
  • equipment use and maintenance
  • incident reporting
  • linen use and laundry procedures
  • methods of venting air
  • personal hygiene and presentation
  • presentation of treatment area
  • safe use of chemicals
  • use of personal protective equipment for client and operator:
  • dust masks
  • gloves
  • goggles
  • waste disposal
  • work health and safety
  • scope of practice as it applies to acrylic nail enhancements:
  • when to refer clients to other practitioners
  • importance of not stating a diagnosis of a contraindication
  • growth, shape, and functions of nails
  • contraindications which prevent treatment or require referral to health practitioners and relationship to acrylic nail 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 from ineffective application or removal of enhancements
  • abnormal skin around nail
  • appearance of skin and nail disorders and relationship to acrylic nail services
  • adverse effects of acrylic products and how to modify treatment or provide remedial action:
  • allergy to product
  • damage to natural nail due to poor application or removal technique
  • product discolouration
  • natural nail separation
  • product peeling
  • product reaction to temperature
  • pseudomonas (bacterial infection)
  • acrylic products properties, chemical components, and their effects on natural nails:
  • primers
  • acrylic nail removers
  • dehydrators
  • nail adhesives
  • monomers
  • polymers
  • various styles of tips
  • impact of chemicals in acrylic nail products and techniques to minimise over-exposure and injury
  • safe and environmentally effective methods of venting nail chemical fumes
  • safety data sheet requirements, location and use in salon
  • sustainable operating procedures for the conservation of product, water and power
  • aftercare advice, products and future services for the maintenance of acrylic nail enhancement.

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 with different acrylic 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 the application of acrylic nail enhancements
  • manufacturer instructions and safety data sheets.

Assessment must ensure use of:

  • acrylic products from comprehensive professional range that include:
  • primers
  • acrylic nail remover
  • dehydrator
  • acrylic adhesive
  • monomers
  • polymers
  • various styles of tips
  • cleaning and disinfection products and equipment
  • client chair
  • equipment:
  • acrylic clippers
  • brushes for application of artificial nails and primer
  • buffers
  • cuticle pushers
  • dappen dishes
  • desk towels
  • hand rests
  • files
  • sculpting forms
  • manicure table with table lamp and mats
  • tip cutters
  • dust and vapour extraction unit
  • hand and nail sanitiser
  • operator chair
  • personal protective equipment:
  • disposable gloves
  • dust masks
  • safety glasses
  • treatment towels, cotton or disposable.

Assessment activities that allow the individual to:

  • complete acrylic 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 Organisations' 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