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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Produce basic furniture prototypes 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117169  Produce basic furniture prototypes 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Furniture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  16 
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 
The person credited with this unit standard is able to provide, carry out and evaluate prototype design ideas and adaptations.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Providing design and prototype ideas.
  • Developing and adapting a design
  • Carrying out and evaluating prototype adaptations. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in numeracy and literacy equivalent to NQF level 3.
  • They will also have achieved, or be able to demonstrate equivalent competence to, the National Certificate in Furniture Wood Machining, Cabinet Making, Furniture Upholstery (Wood) or Furniture Finishing (Wood) at NQF level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following criteria include, but are not limited to:
  • Design requirements: furniture type; finish; colour; fittings; embellishments
  • Design ideas: drawings; orally; samples
  • Existing design: adjustments required; amendments required; evident problems; problems arising
  • Design brief: the furniture item; resources; the cost of the item; development time scales; production methods
  • Necessary changes and adaptations required: to specifications; to aesthetic appearance; to durability; to standardise components; to simplify production
  • Incorporated into design requirements: at design stage; at outset of work; as work is in progress
  • Evaluation to meet: design requirements; aesthetic appearance; agreed cost; internal constraints and limitations
  • Organisational requirements: policies; procedures; instructions
  • Prototypes: initial; adapted; final
  • Prototype ideas: oral; visual; sketches; drawings - 2D and 3D
  • Adaptations: based on production methods and processes; design brief requirements; template; jigs and mock-up development and production; market; materials; machinery and equipment requirements
  • Adaptations to: the materials used; prototype components; features and visual effect of the item
  • Adaptations and modifications: self identified; identified by prototype group; to aesthetic appearance; to materials; to process and production methods.
  • Potential problems: technical; resources; budgetary; time frame; materials; equipment 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Provide design and prototype ideas. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Design brief is identified and confirmed with relevant personnel 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Previous experience of work on similar prototypes is evaluated for possible contribution to the current brief 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Design possibilities and approaches in the brief are identified, explored and assessed to produce prototype ideas 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Manufacturing methods are identified and evaluated for their potential to achieve what is required 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Prototype templates, jigs and mock-ups are produced and used and their effect on prototype designs are determined 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Prototypes which have the greatest potential for success are developed in accordance with prototype development stage and design briefs constraints 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Design prototype presentation is provided to relevant personnel, adaptations are identified and final design is agreed 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Develop and adapt design 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Necessary changes and adaptations required to design are identified and evaluated 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Necessary changes and adaptations required are agreed with appropriate personnel 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    New or adapted specifications resulting from changes are provided to relevant personnel according to organisational requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Knock-on effect on proposed changes is identified and evaluated to determine optimum resolution of adaptations required 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Agreed changes and adaptations are incorporated into design requirements 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Carry out and evaluate prototype adaptations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Prototype adaptation requirements are confirmed with the relevant personnel in accordance with design brief 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Potential impact of adaptations are evaluated to determine adaptation requirements and viability 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Templates and jigs adaptations are determined and are produced to meet agreed prototype adaptations 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Prototype is made, and the most appropriate options determined to achieve final design 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Production constraints and problems are identified and options and solutions are determined 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Final design solution takes account of health and safety and legal environmental requirements 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessors assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the FIETA ETQA

    Institutions offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the FIETA ETQA. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A sound understanding of organisational procedure when specifying design requirements such as dimensions, tolerances, limits, accuracy, organisational quality standards.
  • A sound understanding of limitations and expertise of self, individuals, and groups participating, limitations of equipment, materials, construction, finish and fittings.
  • A sound understanding of organisational and national standards relevant to the furniture industry.
  • A broad understanding of and the implications of changing and adjusting designs
  • A sound understanding of production techniques and processes and their constraints
  • A sound understanding of evaluation techniques - work study/ method study
  • A broad understanding of the need for and how to develop prototypes
  • A sound understanding of materials technology and the use of equipment and machinery
  • A sound understanding of adaptation requirements and their effect on final design
  • A sound understanding of Health and Safety requirements both organisational and legislative 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify & solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when providing design prototype ideas and making the necessary change 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team or group, to effectively motivate a team to complete tasks or requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to ensure work is carried out according to quality and performance requirements, without compromising safety for self and colleagues. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise, analyse and evaluate information when designing prototypes to ensure the most effective use of resources, human and material 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, language skills when dealing with colleagues, subordinates and senior managers. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when carrying out work functions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation, that when developing or adapting prototypes the impact on the furniture production cycle must be considered. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49092   Further Education and Training Certificate: Furniture Making  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 


    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. Assured Vocational Skills Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    2. Babina Tlou Trading and Projects cc 
    3. Capricorn FET College - Central Office 
    4. Creative Minds Skills Development and Training 
    5. Eastcoast Boards cc 
    6. Elimofo Trading& Projects 
    7. HLUVUKA TRAINING AND CONSULTING 
    8. Hoseah Training and Manufacturing NPC 
    9. Injobe Training and Development 
    10. LEEUWKOP CORRECTIONAL SERVICES 
    11. Longata Consultant 
    12. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    13. The Furniture Technology Centre (Johannesburg) 
    14. THE FURNITURE TECHNOLOGY CENTRE - CAPE TOWN 
    15. VEB CELE & Associates (Pty) Ltd 



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