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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply safety precautions in the maintenance of firearms 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119777  Apply safety precautions in the maintenance of firearms 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Combat Weapons Maintenance 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 
Learners credited with this Unit Standard are able to apply the safety precautions to various firearms within the Firearms Maintenance Industry.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Explain the reasons for performing safety precautions when maintaining firearms.
  • Perform safety procedures when maintaining different types of firearms.
  • Take corrective actions when unsafe conditions are identified during maintenance.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the cycle of operation of firearms. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner embarking on study towards this unit standard will have the following:
  • Communication skills at NQF level 3.
  • The unit standard "Select, use and care for engineering hand tools" at NQF level 2 or its equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the reasons for performing safety precautions when maintaining firearms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Reasons for adhering to safety precautions in workshop conditions are explained in terms of to organisational safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reasons for adhering to safety precautions at firearm testing facilities are explained in terms of to safety requirements of the testing facility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reasons for adhering to safety precautions when maintaining firearms are explained in terms of to organisational safety requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Perform safety procedures according to manufacturers requirements when maintaining different types of firearms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety procedures applicable to firearm maintenance are explained in terms of maintenance of a specific type of firearm. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The phrase "specific type of firearm" refers to pistols, assault rifles, shotguns, light machine guns, sub machine gun and machine pistols and manually operated rifles.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Safety procedures applicable to firearm maintenance are adhered to when maintaining a specific type of firearm. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Learners must demonstrate this competence in the maintenance of the following types of firearms: pistols, assault rifles, shotguns, light machine guns, sub machine gun and machine pistols and manually operated rifles.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Take corrective actions when unsafe conditions are identified during firearm maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Faultfinding procedures are explained in relations to firearms maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Unsafe conditions are identified during firearms maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Corrective actions are performed to ensure firearm safety during firearms maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Defects are identified during firearms maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Unsafe conditions and identified defects are reported to ensure adherence to safety procedures when maintaining firearms. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the cycle of operation of firearms. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The cycle of operations of firearms relates to the basic operating principles of all firearms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Loading and feeding operations are identified and their mechanical operations are explained in relation to the maintenance of firearms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Cocking and firing operations are identified and their mechanical operations are explained in relation to the maintenance of firearms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Locking and unlocking operations are identified and their mechanical operations are explained in relation to the maintenance of firearms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Extracting and ejecting operations are identified and their mechanical operations are explained in relation to the maintenance of firearms. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and logical thinking when performing safety precautions on firearms. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation and community with respect to firearm safety. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively with respect to safety precautions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information with regards to any situation pertaining to safety precautions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual and language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion pertaining to safety precautions to firearms. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participate as responsible citizens with regard to firearms safety. 

    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  49739   Further Education and Training Certificate: Firearms Maintenance  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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