Unit of competency details

SHBBNLS012 - Apply advanced nail art (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes SHBBNLS006 - Apply advanced nail artNon-equivalent. Unit Code, Prerequisite Units, Performance Criteria, Foundation Skills, Performance Evidence and Assessment Conditions have been updated. 15/Dec/2021

Release Status:
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

Supersedes and is not equivalent to SHBBNLS006 Apply advanced nail art.


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply a range of advanced nail art designs.

It requires the ability to consult with clients, select suitable products and techniques and apply two- or three-dimensional nail designs combining acrylic or gel, and nail art products. Advanced nail art can be an individual service, or form part of a series of services.

This unit applies to nail technicians, beauticians and beauty therapist who work in beauty and nail salons. In this environment they may work as part of a team or autonomously, but they make independent creative decisions.

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 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. Conduct patch test as required and record outcomes.

1.6. Design nail art, confirm with client and record.

2. Prepare for advanced nail art service.

2.1. Prepare treatment area and equipment.

2.2. Prepare and present self, according to organisational policy.

2.3. Select products, equipment and personal protective equipment.

2.4. Maintain posture minimise fatigue and risk of injury during treatment.

2.5. Comply with health and hygiene regulations and requirements.

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

3. Apply advanced nail art.

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

3.2. Apply two- or three-dimensional 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 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.



Reading skills to:

  • interpret and follow manufacturer instructions and safety data sheet for safe use of cleaning and nail 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.

Learning skills to:

  • identify nail art design trends.

Technology skills to:

  • use and maintain nail art tools and equipment
  • 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 SHBBNLS006 Apply advanced nail art.


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Assessment requirements

Modification History

Supersedes and is not equivalent to SHBBNLS006 Apply advanced nail art.

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:

  • provide five safe and appropriate quality nail services for clients that cumulatively demonstrate each of the following advanced nail art techniques:
  • stencilling
  • free form art design
  • two or more colours
  • gel or acrylic colour design or art
  • mixed media with a minimum of four different colours
  • design and record nail art plans for each client of the above five clients, 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.

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 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 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
  • principles of design in relation to selection and application of advanced nail art
  • basic principles of colour selections and combinations
  • adverse effects of nail art products
  • advanced nail art product and equipment range
  • maintenance, care and cleaning requirements for nail art tools and equipment, and service area
  • 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 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 with different advance 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 services
  • manufacturer instructions and safety data sheets.

Assessment must ensure use of:

  • acrylic nail equipment:
  • acrylic clippers
  • brushes for application of artificial nails and primer
  • buffers
  • dappen dishes
  • sculpting forms
  • tip cutters
  • 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 chairs
  • gel nail equipment:
  • brushes for application of gel
  • curing lights
  • sculpting forms
  • 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 with table lamp and mats
  • nail art equipment:
  • curved scissors
  • cuticle pushers
  • dotter
  • electric file or hand file
  • nail files
  • marbiliser
  • nail art brushes
  • nail clippers
  • tweezers
  • nail art products from comprehensive professional range:
  • adhesive
  • decals
  • foils
  • glitters
  • polishes
  • diamantes
  • studs
  • charms
  • rhinestones
  • stripping tape
  • operator chairs
  • personal protective equipment that includes:
  • disposable gloves
  • dust masks
  • safety glasses
  • dust and vapour extraction unit
  • treatment towels, cotton or disposable.

Assessment activities that allow the individual to:

  • complete advanced 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 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