Qualification details

SIB20210 - Certificate II in Nail Technology (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by SHB30315 - Certificate III in Nail TechnologyRevised qualification now aligned to AQF level 3. Number of units required to complete this qualification is 15. The number of core units is 11 and elective units is 4. 24/Sep/2015
Supersedes and is equivalent to WRB20104 - Certificate II in Nail Technology 08/Dec/2010

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 12/Dec/2011
(View details for release 1) 09/Dec/2010

Units of competency

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SIRXCLM001A - Organise and maintain work areasOrganise and maintain work areasSupersededN/A
SIRXOHS001A - Apply safe working practicesApply safe working practicesSupersededN/A
SIRXCCS002A - Interact with customersInteract with customersSupersededN/A
SIRXMER005A - Create a displayCreate a displaySupersededN/A
SIRXIND001A - Work effectively in a retail environmentWork effectively in a retail environmentSupersededN/A
SIBBNLS202A - Provide manicure and pedicare servicesProvide manicure and pedicare servicesSupersededN/A
SIBBNLS206A - Use electric file equipment for nailsUse electric file equipment for nailsSupersededN/A
BSBSUS201A - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practicesParticipate in environmentally sustainable work practicesSupersededN/A
SIBXCCS202A - Provide service to clientsProvide service to clientsSupersededN/A
SIRXCOM001A - Communicate in the workplaceCommunicate in the workplaceSupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 451111 Beauty Therapist 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6395-11 Beauty Therapist 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1103 Personal Services 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Beauty 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Nail Technician 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 451111 Beauty Therapist 09/Dec/2010 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6395-11 Beauty Therapist 09/Dec/2010 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1103 Personal Services 09/Dec/2010 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 09/Dec/2010 
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Modification History

Not applicable.


This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are competent in interacting with customers, providing manicure and pedicare services, applying acrylic or gel nail enhancement, and applying nail art.

Work would be undertaken in the nail technology stream of the beauty industry.

This qualification is designed to reflect the role of persons who perform a prescribed range of functions, involving known routines and procedures and with some accountability for the quality of outcomes.

Pathways Information

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of endorsement.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements to this qualification.

Employability Skills Summary

SIB20210 Certificate II in Nail Technology 

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by the beauty industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability skill 

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :


Communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal, are used by nail technicians to establish and meet the needs of clients. This is done through questioning and observation and by providing clear information on products used and services performed. Nail technicians are expected to read and interpret product information to make safe and appropriate recommendations to clients. Communication skills are also used to follow instructions and respond to change, such as current workplace environmental sustainability procedures.

Problem solving 

Nail technicians are required to solve problems by applying their knowledge of contraindications to anticipate and mitigate problems by advising clients of alternative options and/or referring them to alternative practitioners. Problem-solving skills are also applied in the performance of routine retail activities, such as selling products and processing financial transactions.

Initiative and enterprise 

Opportunities to use initiative and enterprise skills occur with the identification and provision of the most appropriate nail service for each individual client. Nail technicians are also required to exercise initiative and enterprise to recognise and adapt to changes in a client's condition or requirement, while maintaining safety and hygiene requirements.


Nail technicians are generally employed in salons where they are expected to work individually and as part of a team. This requires knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of all team members and accepted or expected workplace practices. It includes the ability to recognise and act on situations requiring the assistance or attention of supervisors or senior staff members and participate in sustainable workplace practices.

Planning and organising 

Nail technicians are required to plan and organise information, time and resources in order to deliver an efficient and effective service. Information is required from clients to assess and respond to their needs while maintaining health, hygiene and environmental protection requirements; along with achieving designated time frames for the performance of the service. The use of resources must be planned and organised to minimise waste and prevent product and environmental contamination.


Nail technicians are expected to be self-directed in performing their role within the boundaries of workplace expectations and legislative requirements. The knowledge and application of health, hygiene and safety requirements are critical to the performance of this role.


Nail technicians work in a dynamic industry that experiences frequent change due to the emergence of new trends and products. In this environment nail technicians are expected to take responsibility for maintaining the currency of their knowledge by identifying and assessing learning opportunities and sources of information, including professional associations and the influences and inter-relationships with complementary industries.


Technology is used through the use of fixed telephones, retail equipment and in some cases electronic client booking systems. While nail technicians must be familiar with the safe use and maintenance of technology, they must also be able to use manual alternatives as required, in the event of the failure of electronic funds transfer equipment for example.

Due to the high proportion of electives required by this qualification, the industry/enterprise requirements described above for each employability skill are representative of the industry in general and may not reflect specific job roles. Learning and assessment strategies for this qualification should be based on the requirements of the units of competency for this qualification.

Packaging Rules

To achieve a Certificate II in Nail Technology, 15 units must be completed:

  • all 10 core units
  • 5 elective units:
  • a minimum of 3 elective units must be selected from the elective units listed below
  • the remaining units may be selected from this or another endorsed Training Package or accredited course; these must be units which are first packaged at AQF level 1, 2 or 3.

In all cases selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the characteristics of this qualification (as per the AQF descriptors).

Core units 


Work in a nail services framework


Provide manicure and pedicare services


Apply ultraviolet gel nail enhancement


Apply acrylic nail enhancement


Conduct financial transactions


Provide service to clients


Organise and maintain work areas


Communicate in the workplace


Work effectively in a retail environment


Apply safe working practices

Elective units 

Client Services 


Interact with customers



Perform stock control procedures



Merchandise products


Create a display

Nail Services 


Apply nail art


Use electric file equipment for nails


Apply advanced nail art



Research and apply beauty industry information



Sell products and services



Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices