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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Pre-condition unmanufactured tobacco 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114124  Pre-condition unmanufactured tobacco 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A learner who has achieved this unit standard will be competent in:
Pre-condition unmanufactured tobacco according to specifications to ensure a constant supply of tobacco to the conditioning lines. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
To enter a learning programme for this unit standard or to be assessed against this unit standard, the learner is assumed to have:
  • Literacy and numeracy at NQF level 2
  • Knowledge of the application of quality control during tobacco processing
  • K 53 forklift license
  • Knowledge of safe working procedure for changing LP gas cylinders
  • Introduction to the Tobacco Manufacturing Industry 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • The learner is expected to perform the specific outcomes as reflected in this unit standard with minimal supervision, but with access to work site procedures and operating instructions as well as blend specifications.
  • The scope of this unit standard deals with the preconditioning of unmanufactured tobacco after the batching process and before the conditioning process.
  • Equipment includes, but is not limited to the pre-conditioning unit and forklift. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare for Pre-conditioning. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Ensuring the availability and serviceability of equipment according to work site procedures
  • Loading the pre-conditioning unit according to work site procedures
  • Securing the pre-conditioning unit according to work site procedures
  • Adjusting process settings to blend specification according to operating procedures 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:

    Consequences are explained in the event of not:
  • Ensuring the availability and serviceability of equipment
  • Loading the pre-conditioning unit
  • Securing the pre-conditioning unit
  • Adjusting process settings to blend specification
  • Monitoring the pre-conditioning processes
  • Following change-over procedures

    The purpose of the following are explained:
  • Taking corrective measures
  • Executing cleaning activities
  • Informing affected parties
  • Restoring the work area 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Execute blend change-over. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Following change-over procedures according to quality standards and specifications. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:

    Consequences are explained in the event of not:
  • Ensuring the availability and serviceability of equipment
  • Loading the pre-conditioning unit
  • Securing the pre-conditioning unit
  • Adjusting process settings to blend specification
  • Monitoring the pre-conditioning processes
  • Following change-over procedures

    The purpose of the following are explained:
  • Taking corrective measures
  • Executing cleaning activities
  • Informing affected parties
  • Restoring the work area 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform pre-conditioning. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Starting the pre-conditioning unit process according to operating procedures
  • Monitoring the pre-conditioning processes according to preset quality values
  • Taking corrective measures according to operating procedures 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:

    Consequences are explained in the event of not:
  • Ensuring the availability and serviceability of equipment
  • Loading the pre-conditioning unit
  • Securing the pre-conditioning unit
  • Adjusting process settings to blend specification
  • Monitoring the pre-conditioning processes
  • Following change-over procedures

    The purpose of the following are explained:
  • Taking corrective measures
  • Executing cleaning activities
  • Informing affected parties
  • Restoring the work area 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete pre-conditioning process. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Executing cleaning activities according to work site procedures
  • Informing affected parties according to work site procedures
  • Restoring the work area according to work site procedures 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:

    Consequences are explained in the event of not:
  • Ensuring the availability and serviceability of equipment
  • Loading the pre-conditioning unit
  • Securing the pre-conditioning unit
  • Adjusting process settings to blend specification
  • Monitoring the pre-conditioning processes
  • Following change-over procedures

    The purpose of the following are explained:
  • Taking corrective measures
  • Executing cleaning activities
  • Informing affected parties
  • Restoring the work area 


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessor accredited by SETASA.
  • Any training provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited by SETASA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be done be SETASA in its ETQA capacity at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Knowledge of conditioning cycles and settings.
    Knowledge of blend categories.
    Knowledge of the application of safety measures relating to the pre-conditioning of unmanufactured tobacco. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when monitoring the preconditioning process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team when interacting with co- workers in the batching and threshing process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organizing and managing oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively when preparing and operating the preconditioning unit. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion during the preconditioning process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when monitoring the pre-conditioning process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when completing the pre-conditioning process. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Values

    All learners should demonstrate:
  • An application of company ethics and values as well as general safety principles.
  • An awareness of expectations and obligations of basic worker / management relationships. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  48637   National Certificate: Tobacco Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  49074   Further Education and Training Certificate: Primary Tobacco Processing  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Afgri Operations (Pty) Ltd 
    2. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 



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