Competency Based Qualification

Pedicure Treatments

Unit Aim

The aim of this unit is to provide Learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to effectively prepare for and perform pedicure treatments.

Unit Content

1 Know how to prepare for and perform pedicure treatments

  • Prepare self
  • Prepare the client
  • Prepare salon area, tools and equipment for pedicure treatments
  • Consultation techniques:
  • ~Questioning
  • ~Listening
  • ~Written
  • ~Visual
  • ~Visual aids
  • ~Manual
  • ~Language
  • ~Reference to records/history of skin and nails
  • Individual client needs: 
  • ~Audience
  • ~Equality, diversity and inclusivity
  • ~Perceptions
  • Methods to remove different nail finishes:
  • ~Polish
  • ~French
  • ~Gel
  • ~~Removal using a bowl
  • ~~Removal using foil
  • Importance of nail and skin analysis
  • Importance of establishing the client’s objectives
  • Pedicure treatment plan
  • Treatment adaptations
  • Importance of adhering to pedicure treatment plan
  • Contra-indications that restrict treatment 
  • Contra-indications that prevent treatment 
  • Importance of identifying contra-indications
  • Importance of referring clients for medical advice

2 Be able to prepare for pedicure treatments

  • Complete a consultation for a pedicure treatment
  • Perform a nail and skin analysis
  • Client objectives
  • Actions to effectively manage contra-indications
  • Client understanding and agreement of proposed pedicure treatment plan
  • Record client information and consent

3 Know how to perform pedicure treatments

  • Natural nail shapes
  • Natural nail shape impact on pedicure treatment
  • Prevent ingrowing toenails
  • When to refer the client for medical advice
  • Select products, tools and equipment in accordance with the pedicure treatment plan
  • Products
  • Add-on treatment products
  • Tools
  • Add on treatment tools:
  • ~Foot mask
  • ~Heated booties
  • ~Paraffin wax
  • ~Callus removal
  • Equipment
  • Add on treatment equipment
  • Pedicure techniques
  • Massage techniques
  • Massage mediums
  • Massage benefits:
  • ~Physiological effects
  • ~Potential psychological effects
  • ~Erythema
  • Importance of cleaning and drying nails
  • Methods of applying different nail finishes:
  • ~Polish (dark colour)
  • ~Polish (light colour)
  • ~French
  • ~Buff
  • Environmental conditions
  • Pedicure treatment in accordance with pedicure treatment plan:
  • ~Clipping and filing
  • ~Cuticle remover application
  • ~Cuticle work
  • ~Hard skin removal
  • ~Skin exfoliation
  • ~Massage and foot lotion application
  • ~Nail finish
  • ~3-way buff
  • Add-on treatments:
  • ~Paraffin wax treatment
  • ~Foot mask
  • ~Heated booties
  • ~Callus removal
  • Contra-actions: 
  • ~Allergic reaction to products used in the pedicure treatment i.e. redness, itching, swelling, inflammation
  • ~Discolouration of the nail polish/enamel
  • ~Discolouration of the nail plate
  • ~Lifting of the nail treatment product
  • Necessary action for effectively managing contra-action(s)
  • Cold compress
  • Aftercare advice:
  • ~Suitable aftercare products and their use
  • ~Avoidance of activities which may cause contra-actions
  • ~Homecare advice
  • ~Recommended time intervals between pedicure treatments

4 Be able to perform pedicure treatment

  • Select products, tools and equipment in accordance with the pedicure treatment plan
  • Take action to effectively manage contra-action(s)
  • Keep correct records
  • Communication and behaviour

5 Know the principles of working safely when preparing for and providing pedicure treatments

  • Hygienic and safe working methods
  • Control measures for hazardous substances
  • Environmental and sustainable working practices
  • Importance of keeping work area clean and tidy
  • Importance of adhering to manufacturer, supplier and salon instructions
  • Client positioning
  • Self-positioning
  • Importance of safe positioning techniques

6 Be able to work safely and effectively when preparing for and providing pedicure treatments 

  • Cleanliness of work area, tools and equipment
  • Manufacturers’ instructions

Recommended Text

<iframe sandbox="allow-popups allow-scripts allow-modals allow-forms allow-same-origin" style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//"></iframe>