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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of small arms ammunition 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119780  Demonstrate an understanding of small arms ammunition 
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 
This unit standard has its core purpose, qualifying learners with the foundational knowledge required to work with small arms ammunition. It constitutes the basic knowledge that is required to work with small arms ammunition.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Explain the various identified components of ammunition.
  • Explain the identified marking systems as well as the calibres of ammunition.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the handling and storage of ammunition according to safety procedures.
  • Identify defective ammunition in order to report such defects to avoid unsafe conditions. 

  • 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 various identified components of ammunition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Identified cartridge case types are explained according to their uses and manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Bullet types are described according to their uses and manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Identified primer types are explained according to their uses and manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Identified small arms propellant types are explained according to their uses and manufacturer's specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the identified marking systems as well as the calibres of ammunition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Identified cartridge marking systems are explained in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications for use during firearms maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Identified cartridge calibre types are explained in accordance with manufacturer's specifications for use during firearms maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ammunition storage/packaging signs and markings are identified in accordance with organisational specifications to ensure reporting procedures are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the handling and storage of ammunition according to safety procedures. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Safety procedures also refer to organizational procedures to be followed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Care and handling of ammunition are described in terms of adherence to prescribed safety procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods for storage of ammunition are described in terms of adherence to prescribed safety procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Procedures when dealing with non-compliance of handling and storage prescripts are described in terms of adherence to prescribed safety procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify defective ammunition in order to report such defects to avoid unsafe conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Ammunition defects are identified and their causes are explained in order to avoid unsafe conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consequences of using defective ammunition are described in order to avoid unsafe conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Organisational procedures for reporting defective ammunition are described in order to comply with safety procedures. 


    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 solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and logical thinking are demonstrated when applying knowledge of ammunition. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively with respect to handling and safety of ammunition. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information with regards to any situation pertaining to ammunition defects. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual and language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion pertaining to ammunition defect reporting. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participate as responsible citizens with regard to ammunition 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 
    Access to this unit standard:

    For safety requirements, learners embarking on study towards this unit standard must have completed the unit standard "Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the operating principles in the maintenance of firearms". 

    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: 
    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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