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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate understanding of the abattoir industry 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114362  Demonstrate understanding of the abattoir industry 
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 2  NQF Level 02 
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:

Identifying, recalling and explaining the basic principles in the abattoir industry as well as the relevant safety procedures and work ethics in order to perform required tasks. 

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:

Basic numeracy, literacy and communication skills at or equivalent to NQF level 1. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The learner is expected to perform the specific outcomes as reflected in this unit standard with access to work-site procedures, operating instructions and relevant induction material.

The learner has to comply with basic operational and statutory requirements with regard to the abattoir industry. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Plan and prepare for introduction to the abattoir industry. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
1. Ensuring attendance and participation in the relevant induction program according to work site procedures.
2. Reading and understanding provided documentation according to worksite 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:

1. Reasons for identifying basic principles in the abattoir industry are explained.
2. Reasons for identifying basic functions in the abattoir industry are explained.
3. Consequences of not adhering to hygiene and safety statutory requirements are explained.
4. Consequences of not adhering to company ethics are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Identify basic principles in the abattor industry. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
1. Explaining the flow diagram of products in the abattoir.
2. Explaining broad organizational structures within the relevant organization.
3. Explaining functions performed within the abattoir industry.
4. Recalling different facilities and equipment related to abattoir industry.
5. Explaining all relevant legal requirements pertaining to the abattoir industry. 

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:

1. Reasons for identifying basic principles in the abattoir industry are explained.
2. Reasons for identifying basic functions in the abattoir industry are explained.
3. Consequences of not adhering to hygiene and safety statutory requirements are explained.
4. Consequences of not adhering to company ethics are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Identify basic principles of work ethics. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
1. Understanding and recalling company rules and regulations.
2. Understanding and explaining channels of communication and lines of authority.
3. Recalling, explaining and adhering to values, norms and company ethics.
4. Recalling and explaining the need for and implications of sound customer relations and service excellence in the work place. 

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:

1. Reasons for identifying basic principles in the abattoir industry are explained.
2. Reasons for identifying basic functions in the abattoir industry are explained.
3. Consequences of not adhering to hygiene and safety statutory requirements are explained.
4. Consequences of not adhering to company ethics are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Identify basic functions in the abattor industry. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
1. Explaining the procedure for building a abattoir.
2. Understanding and explaining the principles of waste and effluent handling.
3. Explaining animal welfare and basic ante mortem procedures.
4. Explaining pest control principles.
5. Explaining meat quality and safety management systems.
6. Explaining the health status of meat products in the abattoir. 

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:

1. Reasons for identifying basic principles in the abattoir industry are explained.
2. Reasons for identifying basic functions in the abattoir industry are explained.
3. Consequences of not adhering to hygiene and safety statutory requirements are explained.
4. Consequences of not adhering to company ethics are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Complete introduction to the abattor industry. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
1. Applying and adhering to relevant concepts, rules and regulations applicable within the abattoir industry and the specific company in the work situation. 

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:

1. Reasons for identifying basic principles in the abattoir industry are explained.
2. Reasons for identifying basic functions in the abattoir industry are explained.
3. Consequences of not adhering to hygiene and safety statutory requirements are explained.
4. Consequences of not adhering to company ethics are explained. 


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 by SETASA in its ETQA capacity at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Basic principles of customer care and service excellence.
  • Basic principles of business ethics, lines of authority and channels of communication.
  • Basic occupational health and safety principles.
  • Basic knowledge of different species types. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in the process of acquiring knowledge on the abattoir industry. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself by systematically studying and working through relevant learning material. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate with others during the recalling and explanation of information required. 

    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, values as well as general safety and customer care 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
    Core  48660   National Certificate: Abattoir Slaughtering Processes  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48655   National Certificate: General Abattoir Processes  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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. Abattoir Skills Training (Pty) Ltd 



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