Unit of competency details

SIBBCCS302A - Advise on beauty services (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by SHBBCCS001 - Advise on beauty products and servicesUnit updated to the Standards for Training Packages. Significant changes to content of Elements and Performance Criteria. Incorporates content from:  SIBBFAS201A Demonstrate retail skin care products. 24/Sep/2015
Supersedes and is equivalent to WRBCS306B - Advise on beauty servicesE Updated and equivalent to WRBCS306B 08/Dec/2010

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


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 09/Dec/2010 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to advise clients on a range of beauty services. This unit describes the research and communication skills required to provide advice on beauty treatments and products that meet the needs of clients. This advice may lead to the operator providing beauty services or the referral of the client to another operator.

Application of the Unit

This unit describes the application of advice in nail salons, beauty salons and spa settings, in order to create a buying environment.

The unit applies to beauty therapists exercising judgement in planning and selecting appropriate products, services, equipment and techniques.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

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



Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance Criteria 

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

1 Develop product knowledge.

1.1 Develop and maintain knowledge of products , and convey to other staff members as required.

1.2 Develop knowledge of services and treatments .

1.3 Apply comparisons  between treatments, and products and services.

1.4 Demonstrate knowledge of competitors’ product, service and treatment range and pricing structure.

1.5 Identify workplace product, service and treatment range.

2 Identify and recommend beauty products and services.

2.1 Evaluate products and services and treatments according to type, environmental impact, client  needs, characteristics and price range.

2.2 Demonstrate features and benefits of products, services and treatments to clients to create a buying environment according to legal requirements. 

2.3 Apply detailed specialised knowledge of products, services and treatments to advise clients.

2.4 Explain and clearly demonstrate products, services and treatments where applicable.

2.5 Consistently take opportunities to advise or demonstrate to clients who are unfamiliar with aspects of beauty products and services.

Required Skills and Knowledge

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

The following skills must be assessed as part of this unit:

  • technical skills to:
  • identify client requirements and needs
  • provide product advice and demonstrate products or services where appropriate
  • customer service skills to:
  • sell products and services
  • deal with clients in a culturally appropriate manner
  • communication skills, including:
  • listening and questioning techniques
  • verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • negotiation techniques
  • conflict resolution skills
  • problem-solving techniques
  • planning and organising skills to gather and organise information to develop and maintain product and service knowledge
  • literacy skills to research and analyse product information.

Required knowledge 

The following knowledge must be assessed as part of this unit:

  • workplace policies and procedures in regard to selling products and services
  • effects and client benefits of a defined range of workplace beauty services and products
  • environmental impact of a defined range of workplace beauty services and products
  • manufacturers' listed contraindications for workplace product range
  • factors likely to affect suitability of each workplace treatment to clients' needs
  • causes of skin reactions or allergies in regard to treatments
  • specialist product knowledge, including:
  • specialised products in workplace range
  • warranties (where applicable)
  • corresponding benefits of various products
  • shelf life and use-by date
  • storage requirements
  • basic ingredients or materials contained in products and their environmental impact
  • features and use of products
  • corresponding or complementary products and services
  • stock availability
  • ordering procedures.

Evidence Guide

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • applying workplace policies and procedures and safe work practices in relation to advising on beauty services
  • recognising and managing contraindications
  • using effective questioning and active listening techniques to consult, reassure and negotiate with clients, while maintaining discretion and confidentiality
  • applying product knowledge, including comparisons between products, to offer advice to clients
  • recommending products and services to clients, including the incorporation of detailed specialised product knowledge, and the ability to demonstrate products and services to provide advice to clients.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • that competency is consistently demonstrated over a period of time and observed by the assessor or the technical expert working in partnership with the assessor as described in the Assessment Guidelines
  • that competency is demonstrated in the workplace or a simulated workplace environment in a range of real work situations which may include client interruptions and involvement in other related activities normally expected in the workplace.

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • an environment, which includes as a minimum:
  • products and services from a professional beauty treatments range
  • a retail beauty products range
  • relevant workplace documentation including:
  • manufacturer's equipment instructions
  • product instructions
  • manufacturer safety data sheets
  • workplace policies and procedures manuals, including workplace services and prices
  • a range of clients with different beauty requirements.

For further guidance on the use of an appropriate simulated environment, refer to the Assessment Guidelines in this Training Package.

Methods of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • observation of learners performing a range of tasks in an actual or simulated work environment, over sufficient time to demonstrate handling of a range of contingencies, including:
  • describing a range of products to other staff members
  • explaining and demonstrating products and services to clients
  • providing advice on products and services according to client needs
  • written and oral questioning appropriate to the language and literacy level of the learner, to assess knowledge and understanding of a range of beauty services, including products, services and treatment needs of clients
  • completion of workplace documentation relevant to the provision of advice on beauty services
  • third-party reports from technical experts.

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • SIRXSLS001A Sell products and services.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Products  may include:

  • nail care
  • make-up
  • skin care
  • remedial
  • home care.

Services and treatments  may include:

  • manicures and pedicares
  • facial services
  • body services
  • hair reduction services:
  • waxing
  • electrolysis
  • intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy
  • laser.

Comparisons  may include:

  • treatment options
  • procedures and techniques
  • brand options
  • benefits and effects of various products
  • benefits and effects of service or treatment
  • projected outcomes
  • price
  • ingredients
  • possible adverse effects
  • contraindications.

Clients  may include:

  • new or regular clients with routine or special needs
  • female or male clients
  • people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities.

Legal requirements  may include:

  • federal, state or territory, and local health and hygiene regulations
  • skin penetration legislation
  • anti-discrimination legislation
  • consumer legislation.

Unit Sector(s)


Competency Field

Client Services