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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate and maintain a vehicle in conservation areas 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253966  Operate and maintain a vehicle in conservation areas 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nature Conservation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
8370  Operate and maintain a vehicle in conservation areas  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The Unit standard is aimed at individuals utilising and maintaining vehicles or a range of vehicles in conservation areas. Learners will be able to handle vehicles safely according to National Traffic Regulations and according to manufacturers' specifications. He/she will be able to carry out a number of basic precautionary checks and carry out elementary repairs and maintenance. By completing this unit standard the qualifying learner will be a safer, more effective driver and the added driving skills will make them more employable in a wide range of applications.

In particular, the qualifying learner will be able to:
  • Exhibit skills for the safe operation of vehicles.
  • Exhibit competence in the towing of trailers, operation of auxiliary equipment and recovery vehicles.
  • Carry out pre-driving maintenance checks.
  • Carry out basic routine maintenance tasks.
  • Inspect and report more serious faults to the appropriate person. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Exhibit skills for the safe operation of vehicles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The order of operation of the controls of the vehicle is correctly used when starting and stopping the vehicle (including parking the vehicle). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The vehicle is correctly handled whilst driving through the area of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The necessary consideration and courtesy is extended to other road users within the area of operation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Exhibit competence in the towing of trailers, operation of auxiliary equipment and recovery vehicles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Trailers and broken-down (or stuck) vehicles are hitched, towed and unhitched safely and competently in accordance with organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Auxiliary equipment is operated in accordance with organizational procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Trailers, hi-up cranes, slashers, chippers, mowers, fence post anchors, power take-offs.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Recovery vehicles are operated in accordance with organizational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Carry out pre-driving maintenance checks and routine maintenance tasks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate maintenance checks are carried out before embarking on a journey. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Fuel and coolant levels, tyre condition, serviceability of lights, flickers and wipers and K53 factors.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Routine maintenance tasks are carried out to ensure serviceability of vehicles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Change oil and fuel filters; replace electrical fuses, replace fused bulbs, replace damaged lights and lenses, repair punctures, replace tyres, add fuel, water and oil when required.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Inspect and report any more extensive faults to appropriate person. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Inspections are carried out and serious mechanical faults are identified as they arise. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Serious mechanical faults are reported to the appropriate person (that is, the workshop or fleet manager). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Organisational prescriptions are followed when identifying and reporting repair needs. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing an individual against this unit standard must meet the assessor requirements of the relevant ETQA. In particular, such assessors must demonstrate that they assess in terms of the scope and context defined in all the range statements.
  • Any institution offering learning towards this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Preliminary safety checks: All vehicles, basic safety checks, levels etc.
  • Defensive driving skills.
  • 4 x 4 and off-road driving skills.
  • Manoeuvring with trailers.
  • Use of auxiliary equipment: 4 x 4, tractors and heavy vehicles.
  • Basic repairs: Lights/reflectors, fuses, wheel change, punctures.
  • Basic maintenance: Oil change, filter changes, bleeding, diesel vehicle, tyre rotation.
  • Reporting and record keeping: Consumption, major repairs.
  • Accident procedures.
  • Radio procedures.
  • Emergency procedures: First aid, medi-vac etc. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving skill is promoted in this unit standard in that the learner will be called upon to resolve mechanical faults of a minor nature. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Following organizational procedures in the event of accidents or vehicle breakdown means developing a sense of belonging to a team, and cooperating within the context of that team. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    This unit standard fosters a sense of responsibility, in that the learner is required to exhibit defensive driving skills. Also, responsible citizenship is promoted by the showing of consideration and courtesy to fellow road users. 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 8370, "Operate and maintain a vehicle in conservation areas", Level 5, 3 credits.

    Demonstration of the knowledge and skills outlined in this unit standard must be consistent with the principles of:
  • Maintaining essential ecological processes and life-support systems.
  • Maintaining genetic, species and ecosystem diversity.
  • Considering ecological and social rights and responsibilities, whilst ensuring sustainable utilization of species and ecosystems, thereby yielding the greatest sustainable and equitable benefit to present generations whilst maintaining the potential to meet the needs and aspirations of future generations. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59949   National Certificate: Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    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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