Qualifications Framework level

EQF level

European Qualifications Framework (EQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).


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LQF level

Latvian Qualifications Framework (LQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).

LQF covers stages of education starting from the basic education (level 1 – special basic education) to the highest education (level 8 – doctoral studies).


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Level of professional qualification
Latvia has a system of five professional qualifications levels (PQL, 1 – the lowest, 5 – the highest).

PQL system covers only professional qualifications (basic education, secondary and higher education stages).

PQL reflects readiness of a person to perform work of certain stage of complexity and responsibility.
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Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes are knowledge, skills and competences acquired during a certain period of learning.

In Latvia, learning outcomes are stipulated by state education standards and occupational standards (for the professional qualifications).

Learning outcomes of higher education are defined by higher education institutions.


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Learning outcomes are formulated in accordance with the relevant occupational standard and the strategic objectives of educational programmes outlined in the state standard of first level professional higher education. For more information, see the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 141 “Regulations on the state standard of first level professional higher education” (adopted on 20.03.2001): Read standard. Occupational standards: Occupational standards register

Beauty specialist in cosmetology

  • Knowledge

    1. Basic understanding of the following in order to be able to perform professional tasks:
    1.1. history of beauty care, beauty standards from historical perspective;
    1.2. development of cosmetics – scientific achievements and empirical observations of different nations;
    1.3. basic principles of clinical pharmacology and key issues related to use of medications;
    1.4. various cosmetic composition principles;
    1.5. health as the basis of person’s physical, mental and social health and prosperity;
    1.6. male and female reproductive systems: physiological processes and health-enhancing measures; effects of bad habits and stress on reproductive health;
    1.7. role of nervous system in human body processes, symptoms of acute nervous system diseases;
    1.8. sense organs and their functions;
    1.9. professional image-making;
    1.10. manicure types – SPA, European, hot, male manicure;
    1.11. composition of human nail, nail shapes and silk wrap nails;
    1.12. role of art therapy in harmonization of life, raising of self-esteem and increasing cooperation with other people, the revelation of creative potential and development of creative abilities; raising of self-esteem and strengthening of self-image, development of interpersonal communication competence, development of self-motivation skills, productive emotional discharge, transformation of aggression and other negative feelings in a socially acceptable manner;
    1.13. business as an economic system; establishing of a company, planning and management; issues of management theory;
    1.14. determination of capital, return on investment evaluation, evaluation of alternatives.
    2. Advanced understanding of the following in order to be able to perform professional tasks:
    2.1. functions, parts and characteristics of human skeleton;
    2.2. classification of human body muscles and their functions;
    2.3. anatomic structure of internal organs and their physiological processes;
    2.4. skin and body metabolism;
    2.5. male and female reproductive system, physiological peculiarities of different age groups, system diseases;
    2.6. role of a healthy lifestyle and health-promoting factors in human welfare;
    2.7. role of personal and occupational hygiene in the promotion of individual and public health and prevention of infectious diseases;
    2.8. fundamentals of dermatology, symptoms and prevention of malignant and benign skin diseases;
    2.9. fundamentals of internal diseases;
    2.10. functions of human nervous system, nervous system activity in relation to other body systems, the most common nervous system diseases;
    2.11. fundamentals of general and medical genetics, heredity –  transmission of genetic characteristics from parents to offspring; principal regularities of heredity, the most common human genetic abnormalities, their inheritance types;
    2.12. structure and properties of micro-organisms and viruses, their prevalence in the environment and impact on human health;
    2.13. prevention of infectious diseases;
    2.14. development of cosmetics in different historical eras and their use depending on the stage of human development;
    2.15. microbiological quality of cosmetics, microbiological requirements and rules on safety of cosmetic products;
    2.16. cosmetic raw materials and microflora composition of finished products; sources and routes of contamination; microbiological quality criteria and quality control;
    2.17. ingredients of cosmetic products, their properties and functional role;
    2.18. concept of aromatherapy, chemical, physical and biological properties of essential oils;
    2.19. plants as a source of therapeutic and cosmetic products; development and principles of herbal medicine;
    2.20. biological role of nutritional substances and products; body metabolism and nutrition at different stages of life;
    2.21. indications and contraindications to self-massage;
    2.22. human energy fields and centers, energy flow;
    2.23. fundamentals of professional ethics;
    2.24. fundamentals of human behavior in the context of psychology;
    2.25. marketing – objectives and tasks; product life-cycle;
    2.26. concept and environment of competition;
    2.27. concept, purposes and functions of advertising;
    2.28. factors affecting consumer behavior, main buying motives;
    2.29. contract-related issues of employment and economic rights; general issues of employment relationship and business;
    2.30. human resource management functions in the organization, the HR manager’s role in human resource planning, recruitment and its types, performance evaluation, career planning, staff training, general document management requirements;
    2.31. professional terms in the official language and at least two foreign languages.
    3. Thorough knowledge of the following in order to be able to perform professional tasks:
    3.1. first aid in various emergency situations;
    3.2. professional guidelines and standards;
    3.3. enactments regulating health and hygiene requirements for beauty parlors;
    3.4. facial and body skin types, conditions, and diagnostics;
    3.5. primary and secondary skin formations;
    3.6. most frequent skin manifestations of internal diseases; their symptoms;
    3.7. extraction of the basic cosmetic product ingredients, properties and use of biologically active substances; their effects on the skin and hair;
    3.8. basic facial and body cosmetic treatments and procedures, their objective;
    3.9. principles of cosmetics preparation and application; effects;
    3.10. facial and body aesthetic problem diagnosis and resolution, using the latest apparatus technologies in facial and body treatments, including after aesthetic surgical operations;
    3.11. cosmetic skin cleansing preparations, their application methods;
    3.12. deep skin cleansing methods, indications, contraindications;
    3.13. application of cryotherapy in cosmetology;
    3.14. essential oil exposure levels, classification and application methods;
    3.15. applications of physical therapy in beauty care;
    3.16. face, neck and décolleté massage types, indications, contraindications;
    3.17. mesotherapy and microdermabrasion techniques, application, efficiency;
    3.18. cosmetic masks, their application methods;
    3.19. body anatomic structure, effect of classical massage on the body, indications and contraindications, equipment and techniques, hygiene requirements, applicable materials;
    3.20. anatomic foot structure, reflexology foot chart, massage equipment and techniques, indications and contraindications;
    3.21. professional and individual face and body care cosmetics and their components, application and characteristics of exclusive massage and procedure and techniques;
    3.22. waxing cosmetics, their ingredients and effects;
    3.23. waxing application techniques, indications and contraindications;
    3.24. paraffin application techniques, indications and contraindications;
    3.25. permanent make-up formulas and principles, client consulting;
    3.26. introduction to style and make-up;
    3.27. philosophy of human energy and use of colors to promote health, beauty and well-being and increase of the energy level in the body;
    3.28. structure, nature and role of personality and communication psychology in personal and professional activities; professional customer service, personal and group interaction;
    3.29. communication styles, non-verbal communication, conflict and stress management process;
    3.30. MS Word, MS Excel and MS Power Point software application;
    3.31. pricing principles in marketing and pricing strategies, sales promotion;
    3.32. business operations, basic accounting principles;
    3.33. official language;
    3.34. ability to communicate in at least two foreign languages;
    3.35. environmental protection;
    3.36. employment relationship;
    3.37. occupational health and safety and fire safety.

  • Skills

    1. To take and evaluate human vital signs measurements (pulse, temperature, blood pressure).
    2. To comply with the laws and regulations on hygiene in beauty care, personal hygiene requirements, public health promotion measures and prevention of infectious diseases.
    3. To evaluate various types of cosmetic products, formulations and choose them according to skin and hair types and condition, evaluate microbiological quality, safety and compliance of cosmetic products with regulatory requirements.
    4. To characterize the client’s constitutional type and appearance.
    5. To determine client’s skin type and condition.
    6. To identify body’s cosmetic problems.
    7. To recognize skin manifestations of different internal diseases.
    8. To draw up and carry out client’s individual beauty program.
    9. To carry out a deep manual facial cleansing.
    10. To choose and apply special cosmetic masks.
    11. To choose and apply cosmetic apparatus appropriate to the specific cosmetic problem.
    12. To independently perform classic cosmetic facial and décolleté massage in accordance with massage diagrams and fixation point locations.
    13. To independently perform body massage using classic massage methods, techniques and principles.
    14. To perform a facial vacuum massage.
    15. To independently carry out exclusive facial and body massages.
    16. To independently carry out a massage of foot reflex zones.
    17. To perform ear piercing procedure using a piercing gun and piercing.
    18. To carry out aesthetic facial or body care procedures with the latest apparatus and methods, including after aesthetic surgical operations.
    19. To carry out dyeing of eyelashes and eyebrows.
    20. To shape eyebrows to suit the individual face shape.
    21. To carry out cryotherapy using liquid nitrogen.
    22. To appropriately choose waxing and paraffin products for specific cosmetic procedures.
    23. To independently carry out the removal of unwanted hair with warm and hot wax.
    24. To carry out cosmetic procedures using paraffin.
    25. To carry out cosmetic procedures using fruit acids (AHA).
    26. To select and recommend to the client appropriate cosmetic mesotherapy session.
    27. To carry out microdermabrasion.
    28. To independently carry out micropigmentation procedure to correct the client’s innate or acquired facial imperfections, improving the aesthetic appearance of the client.
    29. To carry out self-massage.
    30. To create a customer’s visual image by offering clothing color analysis and style advice, including selection of appropriate accessories and hairstyle.
    31. To apply make-up according to the customer’s needs and style.
    32. To perform classic manicure, pedicure and nail polishing procedures.
    33. To apply color palette philosophy in professional practice.
    34. To develop practical skills in business etiquette and communication culture.
    35. To draw up employment and other contracts related to professional activities.
    36. To possess computer skills (MS Word, MS Excel and MS Power Point).
    37. To choose and apply the most optimal model of business activities, analyze processes, information, plan his/her activities within the limits of professional competence, adhere to legal requirements and ethical principles.
    38. To prepare accounting and financial documents necessary for professional activities.
    39. To draw up documents in accordance with record-keeping requirements and relevant industry laws and regulations.
    40. To build a team; plan and organize work, monitor its implementation and analyze performance results.
    41. To be able to communicate fluently in the official language.
    42. To use professional terminology in the official language and at least two foreign languages.
    43. To be able to communicate in at least two foreign languages.

  • Competences/ autonomy

    1. Ability to understand the regularities and correlations of physiological processes in a healthy human body.
    2. Knowledge of basic healthy lifestyle principles and understanding of the positive impact of health promoting factors on the quality of life; understanding of the relationship between the physical, mental and social health in the professional work context.
    3. Understanding of the basic skin disease diagnostic principles; awareness of his/her scope of competence with respect to skin diseases.
    4. Ability to determine the role of the nervous system in the functioning of an organ or the body as a whole; to describe and analyze physiological problems, identify some most common diseases.
    5. Ability to identify cause-and-effect relationship between the impact of addiction and sexually transmitted diseases on general and reproductive health.
    6. Ability to assess the nutritional value of products, choose and recommend particular products for domestic use by customers of various ages, including specific clients, such as athletes, pregnant women, nursing mothers and the elderly.
    7. Ability to identify and analyze the client’s skin and body type, condition and choose an appropriate technique to cure a cosmetic problem.
    8. Ability to choose, substantiate and carry out facial and body cosmetic treatment and preventive procedures according to skin type and condition.
    9. Ability, depending on the client’s individual cosmetic problems, substantiate and choose appropriate cosmetic applications for domestic use.
    10. Ability to consciously and purposefully build a professional image in compliance with the professional standard.
    11. Ability to deal with body and facial aesthetic problems using cosmetic apparatus.
    12. Ability to select and recommend to the client individual cosmetic care products from various cosmetic product lines and professional face and body treatments, according to the specific cosmetic problem.
    13. Ability to diagnose causes of cellulite and other body cosmetic defects, evaluate care principles, choose and apply cosmetic products to address the problem.
    14. Ability to carry out individual color analysis and recommend to the client appropriate make-up forms and colors.
    15. Ability to understand the role of communication in professional customer service, build a positive, caring and professional dialogue with clients, employers and colleagues.
    16. Ability to deal with body and facial aesthetic problems using aromatherapy.
    17. Ability to introduce a client to self-massage techniques.
    18. Ability to analyze interpersonal conflicts, to understand the effects of stress on human activity and behavior.
    19. Ability to evaluate and develop his/her personal emotions, skills, attitudes and values, expand perceptions of himself/herself by recognizing individual creative potential and building healthy self-confidence and discovering possibilities of personal development and expression.
    20. Ability to develop interpersonal competence, increase sensitivity to other people and promote successful communication with others in order to harmonize communication process, improve well-being, provide opportunities for relaxation, identify and develop self-confidence and confidence in others.
    21. Ability to evaluate competitive professional environment, identify company’s and competitors’ strengths and weaknesses, determine the most effective advertising tool for a specific target group of clients and assess advertising effectiveness.
    22. Ability to evaluate and analyze the impact of the demand for a cosmetology product on selling of goods and the company’s revenues; evaluate and analyze pricing principles depending on the company’s costs, commodity demand and prices of competitors.
    23. Ability to make business decisions, anticipate, analyze and substantiate situations a company’s manager might face.
    24. Ability to choose optimal business model in a situation when limited resources are available to the company.
    25. Ability to contribute to the development of a psychologically sound working environment, motivate, coordinate, manage co-workers; to comply with employment law requirements and adhere to ethical principles when initiating or terminating employment relationship with employees.
    26. Ability to provide compliance with occupational health and safety regulations.
    27. Ability to incorporate the latest scientific industry advances in everyday work procedures.
    28. Ability to assess and respond appropriately to life-threatening situations, provide first aid in case of accidents.
    29. Ability to communicate in the official language and at least two foreign languages.

Qualification acquisition requirements

Previous education
Certificate of general secondary education or Diploma of vocational secondary education
Ways to acquire 
Qualifications can be acquired in the framework of education programs or in the evaluation and recognition of non-formal knowledge, skills and competences acquired (in vocational education LKI Levels 2-4).
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Formal (through education programmes)
ECTS credit points 
The unit of the volume of Latvian higher education studies - 1 credit point corresponds to one week of study work in full-time studies (40 credit points per study year).

1 The credit point of Latvia corresponds to 1,5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credit point.
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120
Duration of study 
Duration of qualification in full-time studies
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2-3 years

Qualification document

Awarding body

College:

- International Cosmetology College, Ltd

- P.Stradiņš Medical College of the University of Latvia

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Qualifications Framework level

EQF level

European Qualifications Framework (EQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).


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LQF level

Latvian Qualifications Framework (LQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).

LQF covers stages of education starting from the basic education (level 1 – special basic education) to the highest education (level 8 – doctoral studies).


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Level of professional qualification

Latvia has a system of five professional qualifications levels (PQL, 1 – the lowest, 5 – the highest).

PQL system covers only professional qualifications (basic education, secondary and higher education stages).

PQL reflects readiness of a person to perform work of certain stage of complexity and responsibility.


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Qualification field, stage and type

Thematic field (ISCED 2013)
International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) developed by UNESCO.
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Health (091)

Detailed field: (ISCED 2013)

Therapy and rehabilitation (0915)

Education
Stages of Latvian education system included in the LQF:
- basic education
- secondary education
- higher education
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Higher education

Qualification type
ITypes of Latvian education:
-General education
-Professional education
-Academic education
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Vocational

Full or partial

Full qualification

Other information

National Education Information System

National Database of Education Opportunities

Active qualification

Period for issuing qualification: 2013-2019

Last changes: 29.04.2019

Posted: 06.07.2017