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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Apply knowledge of skin science to beauty therapy treatments.
  2. Apply knowledge of skin disorders to beauty therapy treatments.
  3. Promote skin health and care.

Required Skills

Required skills

The following skills must be assessed as part of this unit

technical skills to

respond to possible skin damage situations

apply knowledge of skin science to the design and performance of beauty therapy treatments

literacy skills to source read comprehend and apply relevant information on skin science and skin disorders

communication skills to

translate information on skin science and skin disorders when providing advice

respond to questions and provide information and reassurance to clients on beauty therapy services

Required knowledge

The following knowledge must be assessed as part of this unit

main functions and role of the skin

growth development ageing and healing of human skin

inheritance of physical traits

function formation and behaviour of major skin chemicals

role of endocrine glands and hormones in the body

percutaneous absorption

contagious and noncontagious skin disorders

provision of posttreatment service and advice

Evidence Required

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 principles of skin science and skin disorders as they relate to beauty therapy treatments including

main functions and role of skin

growth development ageing and healing of human skin

inheritance of physical traits

function formation and behaviour of major skin chemicals

role of endocrine glands and hormones in body

percutaneous absorption

skin disorders

designing and applying a range of beauty therapy treatments using a variety of techniques and procedures involving skin care

accurately and legibly recording relevant data

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

text and online resources

skin treatment products from a professional beauty services range

relevant workplace documentation including

manufacturers equipment instructions

product instructions

manufacturer safety data sheets

workplace policies and procedures manuals

a range of clients with common skin disorders seeking beauty treatments

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 a simulated work environment over sufficient time to demonstrate handling of a range of contingencies including

identifying principles of skin science and disorders and developing and maintaining safe work practices

relating design and performance of a variety of treatment processes to principles of skin science and disorders according to client and safety requirements

written and oral questioning appropriate to the language and literacy level of the learner to assess knowledge and understanding of beauty therapy treatments using electrical equipment including posttreatment advice and relevant legislation

completion of workplace documentation relevant to beauty therapy treatments

thirdparty reports from technical experts

completion of selfpaced learning materials including personal reflection and feedback from trainer coach or supervisor

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

SIBBBOSA Provide body treatments

SIBBBOS402A Provide body treatments

SIBBCCSA Apply the principles of skin biology to beauty treatments

SIBBCCS301A Apply the principles of skin biology to beauty treatments

SIBBCCSA Develop treatment plans

SIBBCCS405A Develop treatment plans

SIBBFASA Provide facial treatments

SIBBFAS404A Provide facial treatments.

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.

Relevant legislation may include:

federal, state or territory, and local health and hygiene regulations

occupational health and safety.

Workplace policies and procedures may include:

health and hygiene

comfort and privacy

designated time frames for the completion of the service

quality assurance.

Growth, development, ageing and healing of human skin must include:

cell division and differentiation

growth of epidermis


changes in the skin from foetus to old age

theories about ageing

normal ageing and photo ageing

wound healing and stages in wound healing.

Inheritance or genetics of physical traits and conditions must include:

gene theory of inheritance

dominant and recessive genes

inherited skin disorders


eczema and atopic dermatitis

seborrheic dermatitis

pigmentation disorders

hair disorders.

Major skin chemicals must include:









Role of the endocrine glands and hormones may include:

sebaceous gland secretion

sweat secretion

sense reception

growth and healing

hair growth and loss


menstrual cycle

age-related hormonal change and skin

effect of drugs and hormones on skin physiology.

Percutaneous absorption must include:

skin surface chemistry

skin and the percutaneous absorption process

absorption pathways

rates of penetration

measuring percutaneous absorption

bioavailability and biological activity.

Range of skin disorders and diseases may include:






exogenous or cosmetic








benign neoplasms and hyperplasias:


seborrheic keratosis or sebaceous warts


naevi, melanocytic or vascular

strawberry mole

port wine stain

skin tag


dermatitis or eczema:

allergic contact


Discoid or Nummular

Lichen Simplex


Pigmented Purpuric

Seborrheic Dermatitis


Winter or Asteatotic


Lupus Erythematosis

pigmentation disorders:


Chloasma or Melasma





of the nails


skin tumours





hair disorders:

Alopecia Areata

diffuse hair loss



Pattern Alopecia

post-childbirth hair loss

menopausal hair loss

Telogen Effluvium

Traction Alopecea.

Contagious disorders may include:

bacterial infections:





viral infections:

herpes simplex

herpes zoster


viral warts

molluscum contagiosum

fungal infections:

pityriasis versicolor


Tinea Pedis

Tinea Unguium

disease caused by animal parasites:

fleas, lice and bedbugs

papular urticaria mites and ticks

parasitic worms.

Contraindications to treatments must include:

local and general contraindications:

skin disorders or diseases

allergic reactions

bruising or swelling

areas exhibiting loss of tactile sensation

cuts or abrasions

recent operations

areas of recent fractures of sprains


blood disorders and diseases

contraindications of products used in combination or with other services.

Appropriate professionals may include:

medical practitioner

complementary therapist.

Provision of post-treatment and home-care advice may include:

lifestyle changes:

sun protection

skin care

effects of nutrition on skin and hair

product advice

advice on further services.