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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Fire/dry tea 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115836  Fire/dry tea 
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  12 
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:

Firing and drying of doohl, without supervision, to ensure correctly dried tea to desired moisture content. 

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

Introduction to Tea Industry

Basic principles and knowledge of quality assurance.

An understanding of General safety in the work place at NQF level 1 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The scope of this unit standard deals with the drying/firing of doohl to desired moisture content and correctly fired black tea.

The specific outcomes as reflected in this unit standard are performed without direct supervision, but with access to standard working procedures and operating instructions. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Prepare for the firing/drying process. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
Preparing the work area according to standard working and safety procedures.

Determining a sequence of operation according to standard working procedures.

Selecting appropriate equipment according to standard working and quality procedures.

Selecting appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) according to statutory requirements. 

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:

Purpose of:
  • Determining sequence of operations
  • Preparing work area
  • Drying doohl
  • Restoring work area

    Consequences of not:
  • Firing-up of Omniburners and Boilers
  • Setting up of the dryers
  • Monitoring drying process
  • Sampling and analysing of doohl
  • Recording and plotting of data
  • Effecting changes to dryer 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Firing/drying of doohl. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Firing up of Omniburners or Boilers according to standard working procedures and policies.

    Setting up of dryers according to standard working procedures and policies

    Monitoring airflow and temperatures according to standard working procedures and policies.

    Monitoring of even feed of doohl into dryers according to standard working procedures and policies.

    Monitoring of the doohl in different stages in dryer according to standard working procedures and policies. 

    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:

    Purpose of:
  • Determining sequence of operations
  • Preparing work area
  • Drying doohl
  • Restoring work area

    Consequences of not:
  • Firing-up of Omniburners and Boilers
  • Setting up of the dryers
  • Monitoring drying process
  • Sampling and analysing of doohl
  • Recording and plotting of data
  • Effecting changes to dryer 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Controlling dryer. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Collecting of samples at different sample points of the dryer.

    Analysing moisture content over the length of the dryer according to standard working procedures and policies.

    Effecting changes to dryer according to standard working procedures and policies. 

    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:

    Purpose of:
  • Determining sequence of operations
  • Preparing work area
  • Drying doohl
  • Restoring work area

    Consequences of not:
  • Firing-up of Omniburners and Boilers
  • Setting up of the dryers
  • Monitoring drying process
  • Sampling and analysing of doohl
  • Recording and plotting of data
  • Effecting changes to dryer 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete drying process. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Recording of data according to standard working procedures and policies.

    Plotting of dryer curves according to standard working procedures and policies.

    Conveying of dried black tea to sorting department. 

    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:

    Purpose of:
  • Determining sequence of operations
  • Preparing work area
  • Drying doohl
  • Restoring work area

    Consequences of not:
  • Firing-up of Omniburners and Boilers
  • Setting up of the dryers
  • Monitoring drying process
  • Sampling and analysing of doohl
  • Recording and plotting of data
  • Effecting changes to dryer 


  • 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 knowledge of the safe handling of tools and equipment related to the drying/firing of doohl.

    Basic knowledge of maintenance and caring for relevant tools and equipment.

    Operating instructions of equipment.

    Basic computer literacy.

    Understanding of airflow principles 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems when controlling airflow and temperatures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when receiving information and giving instructions during the drying process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage one-self when performing the drying process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate with others during the process of giving and receiving instructions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology when monitoring the drying process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems by understanding the impact of a poorly/over-fired tea and the impact on quality of manufacture and profitability of organisation. 

    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 / customer relationships. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48903   National Certificate: Tea Production and Processing  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.
     
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