# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Nail Technician I Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Nail Technician I (8692/36 weeks, 140 hours)

Nail Technician students must satisfy a minimum of 150 hours of instruction to be eligible to take the Board for Barbers and Cosmetology licensing examination. Upon successful completion of the program, students may earn the Virginia Board for Barbers and Cosmetology license. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 072-17.

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Demonstrating Safety, Sanitation, and Disease Control

  1. Identify emergency first aid procedures.
  2. Comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines.
  3. Identify the causes, symptoms, and means of prevention of occupational health risks.
  4. Demonstrate ability to locate and interpret Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
  5. Follow safety precautions in use and care of tools, equipment, and supplies.

Exhibiting Professionalism and Workplace Ethics

  1. Demonstrate a professional image.
  2. Demonstrate correct posture and physical poise.
  3. Follow practices and procedures related to workplace ethics.

Cleaning and Sanitizing Implements, Equipment, and Facilities

  1. Clean implements with hospital-level disinfectants.
  2. Clean counter top, workstations, and equipment with hospital-level disinfectants.
  3. Sanitize towels.
  4. Apply antiseptic to skin of client and technician.

Understanding the Health and Science Concerns of Nail Technology

  1. Explain the importance of bacteriology in the nail technology profession.
  2. Describe the main categories of microorganisms.
  3. Describe the importance of anatomy and physiology as they pertain to nail technology procedures and client safety.
  4. Identify the parts and composition of the skin.
  5. Identify nail and skin disorders and diseases commonly encountered by nail technicians.
  6. Identify nail disorders and how they can be serviced by a nail technician.
  7. Describe the differences between pseudomonas aeruginosa (commonly known as mold) and fungus.
  8. Identify the structure and growth of the nail unit.

Managing the Use of Chemicals

  1. Demonstrate chemical product knowledge.
  2. Use lacquers.
  3. Use solvents.
  4. Use adhesives.
  5. Use primers.
  6. Use catalysts.
  7. Identify problems that could arise from chemical reactions.
  8. Identify signs and treatment of chemical overexposure.
  9. Dispose of chemicals according to Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
  10. Comply with state regulations regarding chemical supplies.

Providing Nail Salon Services

  1. Perform basic manicures.
  2. Perform basic pedicures.
  3. Demonstrate polishing techniques.
  4. Assure service consistency.
  5. Apply nail tips.
  6. Apply nail wraps.
  7. Apply acrylic sculptured nails.
  8. Apply acrylic overlay nails.
  9. Remove acrylic nails.

Performing Daily Salon Operations

  1. Answer telephone.
  2. Make appointments.
  3. Consult with clients.