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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Use of firearms in a policing environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14118  Use of firearms in a policing environment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Visible Policing 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2003-02-19  2006-02-09  SAQA 0146/03 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2007-02-09   2010-02-09  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
120487  Use firearms in a military and law enforcement environment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for policing officials to competently carry, handle, shoot and maintain a firearm through the application of knowledge of the relevant legislation and sills in the safe and responsible handling of a firearm.
Benefit for society of this unit standard is that the person who completes this will contribute to safety in society.
A person credited with this unit will be able to:
  • Understand the relevant legislation required for the lawful possession and use of a firearm.
  • Handle a firearm safely.
  • Operate, use and maintain a firearm.
  • Shoot a firearm competently. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following knowledge, skills, attitude and / or equivalent:
  • A knowledge, comprehension and application of language. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard applies to persons competently carrying, handling, shooting and maintaining a firearm as required in the course of workplace related duties.

    Firearm refer to:

    Handguns - should include automatic pistol and revolver
    Shotguns - semi automatic, single action (side by side/over and under/single barrel and pump action
    Rifles - should include semi automatic, bolt-, lever- and pump action 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Apply knowledge and understanding of the relevant legislation required. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Apply knowledge and understanding of the relevant legislation required for the lawful possession and use of a firearm. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The application of knowledge and understanding on the possession of a firearm is demonstrated in accordance with relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The application of knowledge and understanding on the use of a firearm is demonstrated in accordance with relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The requirements for possession of a firearm are demonstrated in accordance with relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The requirements for the use of a forearm are demonstrated in accordance with relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Firearm and ammunition is kept according to operational procedures and legal requirement for safekeeping of firearms and ammunition. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Handle firearm safely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of safe handling of firearm in accordance with standard safe handling procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Safety of self and others ensured by handling and/or carrying firearms in appropriate operational, firearm specific tactical manner that comply with legal requirement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Safety of self and others ensured through proper retention of firearm in accordance with standard safe handling procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Ammunition carried is appropriate to firearm being handled and manufacturers specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Operate, use and maintain firearms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Firearm operated and used safely according to manufacturers guidelines, operational procedures and prevailing legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Firearm used with specific attention to threat identification & analysis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Safety of firearm and/or ammunition ensured by checking the firearm, ammunition and equipment on receipt and return to ensure they are in a safe and serviceable condition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Demonstrate and apply maintenance procedures according to manufacturers specifications and safety procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Visible faults identified and action taken according to operational procedures and prevailing legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Firearm and ammunition received, kept and issued in a clean and serviceable condition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Firearm and ammunition not in use transported & stored in a manner as required by prevailing legislation and employer requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Shoot firearm competently. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Firearm fired competently and accurately in accordance with current legal, operational and shooting range procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Firearm fired competently and accurately during low light situations, in accordance with current legal, operational and shooting range procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Firearm fired competently and accurately in accordance with current legal, operational and shooting range procedures whilst making use of a barricade/cover. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Malfunction and immediate action drills identified and corrected in accordance with standard safety procedures and in line with operational conditions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant SETA ETQA.
    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant SETA ETQA by SAQA.
    3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the POSLEC SETA ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A comprehensive understanding of the relevant legislation, licensing requirements and procedures and practices.
  • A comprehensive understanding of discretion in the use of firearms.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the operation & mechanics of firearms.
  • A broad understanding of ammunition and shooting range procedures.
  • A comprehensive understanding of Guidelines for the safe use and handling of firearms.
  • A comprehensive understanding of Fundamentals of shooting a firearm. 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to the achievement of relevant legislative competencies. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems in that legislative requirements are interrelated with the overall safe and lawful possession and use of a firearm. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information related to the relevant legislation so that these are accurately interpreted into application performance standards. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 120487, which is "Use of firearms in a policing environment", Level 5, 12 credits.

    SPECIFIED REQUIREMENTS:

    Specified requirements include legal and legislative specific requirements and are:

    LEGAL:

    Applicable sections of the Firearms Control Act 60/2000.
    Applicable section of the Criminal Procedures Act, 1977.

    CONTEXT SPECIFIC:

    Organizational policies and procedures. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48921   Further Education and Training Certificate: Road Traffic Management  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2008-04-13  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  20496   National Certificate: Policing  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2006-02-09  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT AND PUBLIC WORKS 
    2. MANGAUNG TRAFFIC COLLEGE 
    3. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE BASIC TRAINING PROVISION 
    4. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPEMENT CENTRE PIETER 
    5. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE TRAINING INSTITUTION UPINGTON NORTHERN CA 



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