Promote healthy nutritional options in a beauty therapy context

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply the principles of nutrition, as based on healthy food and nutrition guidelines, when providing information to clients that will enhance the outcomes of beauty therapy treatments and clients' general wellbeing. This information is integrated at the operator's discretion, based on the outcomes of client consultation and as part of beauty therapy treatments.


This unit applies to beauty therapists promoting nutritional options as part of beauty therapy treatments offered in beauty salon and spa environments, and exercising judgement in planning and selecting appropriate products, services, equipment and techniques.



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 Identify the role of nutrition in beauty therapy treatments.

1.1 Identify and apply relevant principles of nutrition and their potential effects on the performance and outcomes of beauty therapy treatments to client service andadvice according to relevant legislation and workplace policies and procedures.

1.2 Identify and apply nutrient needs and health problems across the lifespan to beauty therapy treatments.

1.3 Identify role of food, nutrients and other important food substances in relation to the body’s function.

2 Apply knowledge of the body’s systems to beauty therapy treatments.

2.1 Identify main functions of the digestive system and apply to the design and performance of beauty therapy treatments.

2.2 Identify major organs and the main functions of the excretory system and apply to the design and performance of beauty therapy treatments.

2.3 Apply knowledge of body’s systems to client health and treatment outcomes and provide advice or referral to appropriate professionals as required.

3 Provide advice on dietary guidelines.

3.1 Apply knowledge of nutritional needs to development of client treatment plan and to beauty therapy treatments.

3.2 Assess nutritional requirements and dietary health problems in regard to client individual needs and refer to appropriate professionals as indicated.

3.3 Promote healthy nutritional options and importance of nutrition to the outcomes of beauty therapy treatments in the provision of client advice.

Required Skills

Required skills

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

interpersonal skills to respond to client needs

technical skills to relate knowledge of nutrition to the practice of beauty therapy treatments

literacy skills to source, read, comprehend and apply relevant information on healthy diet pyramid

communication skills to provide basic nutritional information to enhance treatment outcomes and after care.

Required knowledge

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

basic knowledge of body systems

basic knowledge of nutrition principles

nutritional composition of food

relevant health and hygiene regulations and requirements and skin penetration legislation

relevant occupational health and safety regulations and requirements

workplace policies and procedures in regard to beauty therapy treatments

appearance and management of contraindications and adverse effects

nutrition in regard to beauty therapy treatment procedures, including:

relevant principles of nutrition

role of food, nutrients and other food substances

main functions of digestive system

main organs and functions of excretory system

dietary health problems

role and limitations of beauty therapists in providing nutritional advice to clients.

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 relevant workplace policies and procedures

applying principles of nutrition in a range of beauty therapy treatments

evaluating client requirements and advising on nutritional options, home care and complementary products

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:

research materials and facilities

texts and online resources

promotional material on the healthy diet pyramid

relevant workplace documentation including:

workplace policies and procedures manuals

a range of clients with varying nutritional 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 the workplace or a simulated work environment, over sufficient time to demonstrate handling of a range of contingencies, including:

developing a client treatment plan taking into account nutritional factors that impact on treatment outcomes

providing basic nutritional advice to clients

referring clients to relevant other professionals where indicated

case studies, and written and oral questioning appropriate to the language and literacy level of the learner, to assess knowledge and understanding of nutrition in relation to beauty treatments, including post-treatment care and relevant legislation

completion of workplace documentation relevant to the provision of beauty therapy treatments

third-party reports from experienced beauty professionals in the workplace

completion of self-paced 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:

SIBBBOS402A Provide body treatments

SIBBCCS404A Work in a skin therapies framework

SIBBCCS405A Develop treatment plans

SIBBFAS405A Provide advanced 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.

Client service and advice may include:

routine or special needs of new or regular clients

general nutritional advice

specific advice relating to individual service.

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 completion of the service

quality assurance.

Nutrient needs and health problems across the lifespan may include:

stage of lifespan:







late adulthood

nutrient needs of different population groups

energy requirements

common diet-related health problems

role of nutrients in managing ideal weight.

Digestive system must include:

organs of gastrointestinal tract:




small intestine

large intestine



salivary glands


gall bladder


functions of digestive system:

mechanical and chemical digestive process

common disorders of digestive system




fats (lipids)






Excretory system must include:

organs of excretory system:





Appropriateprofessionals may include:

medical practitioner

complementary therapist



Nutritional requirements and dietary health problems may include:

healthy food and nutrition guidelines for Australians

guidelines for specific nutrients, e.g. foods containing calcium

recommended dietary intakes

healthy eating pyramid

obesity and heart disease

weight management

eating disorders.

Healthy nutritional options may include:

general or specific advice to client





dietary fibre


advice on weight management.



Employability Skills

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Licensing Information

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