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WRBCS409A

Apply knowledge of skin science to beauty therapy treatments

Unit Descriptor This unit describes the knowledge required to apply the principles of skin science and skin disorders to beauty therapy treatments. This competency will apply to a range of beauty therapy treatments and roles in the workplace.

ELEMENTPERFORMANCE CRITERIA
1 . Apply knowledge of skin science to beauty therapy treatments
  1. The relevant principles of skin science are identified and applied to the performance of beauty therapy treatments according to relevant legislation and workplace policies and procedures.

  2. The growth, development, ageing and healing of human skin, including changes over time, are identified and their relevance to the performance of beauty therapy treatments is noted.

  3. The inheritance or genetics of physical traits and conditions which affect beauty therapy treatments are identified and related to the performance of beauty therapy treatments.

  4. The function, formation and behaviour of the major skin chemicals and the role of the endocrine glands and hormones in the body is identified and related to the performance of beauty therapy treatments.

  5. The importance of percutaneous absorption in a range of beauty therapy treatments is related to beauty therapy treatments.

2 . Apply knowledge of skin disorders to beauty therapy treatments
  1. The development, causes and common sites including typical symptoms and medical terminology commonly used for a range of skin disorders/diseases is identified and related to the performance of beauty therapy treatments.

  2. Contagious disorders and potential for cross infection are identified and the performance of services is conducted according to workplace policies and legal requirements.

  3. Typical medical treatments and side effects for a range of skin disorders/diseases are identified and discussed with the client as required.

  4. The role and limitations of Beauty Therapy in the management of a range of skin disorders/diseases is recognised and services and treatments are conducted according to workplace policies and legal requirements.

  5. Knowledge of contra-indications to treatments is identified as they relate to client health and treatment outcomes, and advice or referral to appropriate professionals is provided as required.

3 . Promote skin health and care
  1. Knowledge of skin science is applied to the performance of beauty therapy treatments to maximise the promotion of skin health and care.

  2. Beneficial treatments provided by beauty therapists for a range of skin disorders/diseases are identified and related to the performance of beauty therapy treatments.

  3. The relevant principles of skin science are applied in the provision of aftercare service and advice.





Key CompetencyExamples of ApplicationPerformance
Level
How can information be collected, analysed and organised?Evaluating treatment and advising on future treatments will require the communication of ideas and information.3
How are ideas and information communicated within this competency?Identifying client needs and characteristics to design beauty therapy treatments will require information to be collected, analysed and organised.3
How are activities planned and organised?Performing a range of beauty therapy treatments according to client requirements, manufacturer instructions, health and hygiene requirements and workplace procedures will require activities to be planned and organised.2
How are problem solving skills applied?Maintaining knowledge of workplace procedures and relevant legislation will require reporting to other staff members.2
How are mathematical ideas and techniques used?Determining product concentration levels will require the use of mathematical ideas and techniques.2
How is use of technology applied?Recognising skin problems and designing skin care programs will require problem solving skills3
How is team work used within this competency?Recording relevant outcomes and reporting problems may require the use of technology.1

Range Statement

Relevant legislation may include but is not limited to:

Workplace policies and procedures may include but are not limited to:

The growth, development, ageing and healing of human skin may include:

The inheritance or genetics of physical traits and conditions may include:

Major skin chemicals may include:

The role of the endocrine glands and hormones may include:

Percutaneous absorption may include:

A range of skin disorders/diseases may include but are not limited to:

Contagious disorders may include but are not limited to:

Contra-indications to treatments may include:

Appropriate professionals may include:

Provision of aftercare service and advice may include but is not limited to:


Evidence Guide

Critical aspects of evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Context of assessment

For valid and reliable assessment of this unit, competency should be consistently demonstrated over a period of time and observed by the assessor and/or the technical expert working in partnership with the assessor. The technical expert may include the beauty therapist and/or a skin science specialist and may be in a simulated environment.

Competency should be demonstrated in a simulated workplace environment in a range of situations which may include client interruptions and involvement in other related activities normally expected in the workplace. For further guidance on the use of an appropriate simulated environment, refer to page 32 of the Assessment Guidelines in this Training Package.

Relationship to other units

This unit is a co-requisite for a range of beauty therapy units. It requires an assessment outcome which includes evidence of the application of knowledge of skin science to the performance of one or more beauty therapy treatments.

This unit must therefore be assessed in conjunction with one or more of the following related units:

Method of assessment

The following assessment methods are suggested:

Evidence required for demonstration of consistent performance

For valid and reliable assessment of this unit, evidence should be gathered through a range of methods to indicate consistent performance.

It can be gathered from assessment of the unit of competency alone, through an integrated assessment activity or through a combination of both.

Evidence should be gathered as part of the learning process.

Required skills and knowledge to achieve the performance criteria

Skills
Knowledge

Specific resources required for assessment