National Diploma in Health and Skincare
QCTO | SAAHSP
SAQA ID 5831
Diploma in Health and Skincare 2 Years full Time
NQF Level 6
This qualification will enable the qualifying learner to function as a member of a multi-disciplinary team as a multi-skilled health and skincare practitioner. The learner will be skilled in visual, tactile, verbal and assessment skills to ascertain the client's body and integumentary needs, in order to analyse the client's state of health, and formulate a specific regime or protocol for the treatment, prevention and/or maintenance of well being in the client.
Learners accredited with this qualification will be able to:
Apply communication skills to provide effective health and skincare treatments.
Demonstrate applied knowledge of microbiology, anatomy, physiology, physics, chemistry and psychosocial sciences.
Plan, implement and evaluate health and skincare treatments based on a holistic assessment of the client.
Participate in the promotion of holistic health care.
Maintain professionalism in health and skincare practice.
Participate and/or manage a health and skincare establishment.
The health and skincare practitioner will be able to provide and promote effective skin and body care treatments within the health and skincare field by:
Assisting at community level in promoting primary health care initiatives.
Providing entrepreneurial skills and self-employment opportunities.
Qualified practitioners contributing to general health education of communities.
A healthy life-style management is now required by most, if not all, medical aid organizations. Not all people enjoy organised exercise, but the same stress release and improvement of self-esteem may be obtained through regular, effective skin and body-care treatments.
There is an international trend towards wellness vacations, such as spa breaks a type of relaxation enjoyed by both sexes. The existence of such spas will add value to the tourist industry's marketing strategy.
Two-income families have become the norm and mothers with the demands of growing children prefer to work at or near home. Thus the establishment of health and skincare businesses as SMMEs in the suburban areas contributes to the local economy.
Health and skincare feeds into other health science fields. Many medical practitioners - both general practitioners and specialists - are including alternative health as a part of their treatment regimes.
Health and Skincare competency contributes to employment opportunities in the cosmetic industry - one of the largest retail/commercial industries in both relatively developed and developing countries. There is an ever-increasing need for health and skin care therapists in previously disadvantaged communities; thus it is essential to ensure quality qualifications on the NQF.
It is assumed that learners are competent in the following:
Mathematical literacy at NQF level 4.
Communication skills at NQF level 4.
The following unit standards:
ID 114801: Demonstrate an understanding of the structure, growth and disorders of the skin, nails and hair.
ID 115172: Prepare and perform a basic facial.
ID 115071: Prepare and perform a relaxing face and décolleté massage.
ID 115070: Demonstrate and apply the knowledge of basic application of special make-up techniques.
Recognition of Prior Learning:
This qualification may be achieved wholly or in part through recognition of prior learning, in terms of compliance with the competencies indicated in the defined exit level outcomes of the qualification. Evidence may be presented in various ways, including verified previous qualifications, testimonials, work records, portfolios, videos of practice and performance records.
Access to the Qualification:
Learners accessing this qualification should be in possession of a National Senior Certificate, FETC, National Certificate Vocational Level 4 or equivalent NQF level 4 qualification.
Learners should also be competent in:
Manicures and pedicures
Learners who are not competent in the above-mentioned three competencies must complete them during their course leading to the award of the National Diploma: Health and Skincare Level 5 with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) if relevant.
All 30 Fundamental component credits are compulsory. The fundamental component comprises the occupational health and safety and the professional ethics competencies at NQF Level 5.
All 221 Core component credits are compulsory. The core component comprises the communication, sciences, assessment, massage, management, and community work competencies at NQF Level 5 or above.
A minimum of 15 credits is required in the Elective component. The elective component credits must be made up of any relevant area of learning that will enhance the qualification and enrich the field of somatology for the learner. The learner's choice of elective component credits must be made in agreement with the provider and the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA. The elective learning credits should be at NQF Level 5 or above.
Exit Level Outcomes
1. Apply the relevant occupational health and safety legislation in the health and skin care environment.
2. Apply Professional Ethics in client interventions.
3. Apply communication skills to provide effective health and skincare treatments.
4. Apply knowledge of microbiology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, physics and chemistry during all client interventions.
5. Apply knowledge of nutrition, body alignment and movement in client care.
6. Plan, implement and evaluate health and skincare treatments relating to the face and body based on a holistic assessment of the client.
Range of treatment can include but is not limited to:
Electrical equipment: Steamers; vacuum suction; light applicators, hi-frequency; faradic type; galvanic; interferential; gyrators.
Products: At least 3 complete professional skin and body ranges.
Treatment: Pre-treatment, cleaning, toning, skin analysis, exfoliation, application of masks.
Perform a holistic massage.
Range: Holistic massage includes face; neck; décolleté; abdomen; back; upper limbs and hands; lower limbs and feet, using the internationally recognised five classical movements or any other techniques recognised by particular international authorities.
Apply management skills in a health and skincare establishment.
Provide health and skin care to the broader community.
Range: Broader community includes: retail marketing points; spas; salons; clinics; health institutions and institutions for the underprivileged and the elderly.
Note: Community interventions may take the form of case studies.
Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
Identify and solve problems in order to plan and perform successful treatments on a range of clients.
Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization and community by booking, preparing and completing various treatments within a Health and Skincare environment.
Organize and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly, effectively and efficiently but still paying full attention to the needs, comfort and safety of the client at all times.
Collect, analyze, organize and critically evaluate information in order to perform the most suitable treatments.
Communicate effectively in order to give appropriate home care advice to clients, completing client record cards and recommending related treatments and products.
Use science and technology effectively and critically by completing any of the available treatments and using products, tools and equipment in a safe and professional manner.
Understand the world as a set of related systems recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
Contribute to full personal development: effective learning: social responsibility and sensitivity; entrepreneurial skills.
The entry criterion for the National | International full time trainings
ITEC Health and Skincare Therapy Level 5
CIDESCO Health and Skincare Level 5
Admission for the National Diploma programme in Health and skincare [Level 6]
is a Grade 12 [Further Education and Training] National Certificate [Vocational ]
or equivalent with a Certificate entry.
The Matric Certificate must be valid and the learners must have been found competent.
This means that the learner are at least 18 years of age or older.
Subjects that would be in place would be [Language Literacy, Mathematics, Social Studies and Life Orientation].
Highly recommended subjects - Could be suggested to be Biology, Science and Physics or Business Studies.