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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply methods of opening locks 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123586  Apply methods of opening locks 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Security 
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 3  NQF Level 03 
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 describe current legislation regarding authority required before opening a lock. They will also be able to open a lock using specialised tools causing least destruction to the lock and its housing.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Open a lock.
  • Demonstrate the use of specialised tools.
  • Explain lock opening methods. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Originate keys (ID 123587).
  • Maintain a safe and tidy working environment (ID 123589).
  • Maintain key cutting machines (ID 123593).
  • Duplicate and cut keys (ID 123591). 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Opening of locks refers to the unlocking of devices (locks). 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Open a lock. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Reasons why authority should be obtained when opening a lock is explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Reasons must also include reference to current legislation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Lock opening method is selected by inspecting the locking mechanism. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Locking mechanisms must also include reference to lock components. Choice of opening methods must take into account the least destructive method.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Locking mechanisms is inspected in order to ensure its integrity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Mechanical integrity is maintained on completion of the operation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate the use of specialised tools. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Specialised tools includes but is not limited to: picks, slimjim. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Specialised tools are identified in terms of their various uses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools are used in accordance with job specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools are described in terms of their advantages and disadvantages. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain lock opening methods. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Lock opening methods include but are not limited to: drilling, picking, impressing, shimming. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Lock opening procedures are described in terms of their advantages and disadvantages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Lock opening methods are compared in relation to specific job specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least 2 specifications should be provided one of which must be a domestic lock and one vehicle lock.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Mechanical integrity is explained on completion of the operation. 


    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.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor 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.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Locking types.
  • Tools and equipment used in locksmithing.
  • Locking mechanisms.
  • Lock opening methods. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems relating to the opening of a lock using the least destructive method. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when evaluating the appropriate method to use to open a lock. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities when preparing to open a locking device. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when obtaining approval to open a lock. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where the correct use of equipment leads to a safe working environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    In order to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, it must be the intention underlying any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively. 

    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  50541   National Certificate: Locksmithing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  58785   National Certificate: Production Technology  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    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.
     
    NONE 



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