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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Enforce conservation compliance 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253973  Enforce conservation compliance 
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
8366  Enforce conservation compliance  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is aimed at individuals involved in the enforcing of legal compliance in conservation and other environments with an application of appropriate legislation. This competence will contribute to the sustainability of natural resources and therefore benefit a range of critical activities in the Conservation sub-field.

Learners found competent against the requirements of this unit standard will be able to:
  • Apply appropriate local legislation and regulations practically and have a broad understanding of its links to provincial, national and international legislation.
  • Comply with procedures with respect to collection and submission of evidence (CITES species).
  • Demonstrate good self-management and interpersonal skills in the discharge of the above duties. 

  • 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 
    Apply appropriate local legislation and regulations and make necessary linkages to provincial, national and international legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Local (district municipality and other) ordinances and regulations are explained with reference to the enforcement of conservation compliance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A clear distinction is made between actions that constitute compliance and acts of non-compliance, on the basis of relevant conservation laws, ordinances and regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Compliance with rules governing the issuing of permits is correctly interpreted by applying relevant conservation legislation in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Field activities within the job description, that may aid the identification, arrest and apprehension of transgressors is conducted according to operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The links between local ordinances and the provisions of provincial, national and international legislation is explained as it relates to legislative frameworks used for the facilitation of conservation compliance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    An understanding of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 is displayed and links with existing ordinances and Provincial regulations are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Comply with procedures with respect to collection and submission of evidence (CITES species). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Accepted methods of evidence collection, preparation and presentation are applied to enforce conservation compliance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information that pertains to cases of conservation non-compliance is collected from a suitable variety of sources in the field and elsewhere. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Crime scene management for the collection of evidence is applied according to set guidelines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Information obtained is used to produce concise, coherent and accurate reports. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Correct methods of handling evidence are applied in the context of a court case dealing with threatened and/or endangered species. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Parts of organisms are collected and identified for use as exhibits or evidence according to relevant procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Field and any other relevant or applicable source as relevant to conservation compliance.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate self-management and interpersonal skills. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The symptoms of psychological stress associated with law enforcement activities are outlined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Coping skills are exhibited in the event that the learner-field ranger/conservation officer personally experiences psychological stress. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate assistance and support are provided to fellow workers in the event that psychological stress becomes evident in them. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Respect for the dignity and human rights of offenders is manifest in the use of no more than the necessary (minimum) force. 


    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 
  • The Bill of Rights of the Constitution of South Africa.
  • Basic legal procedures (e.g. arrest, evidence, crime scene).
  • Appropriate Conservation and Environmentally related provincial, national and international legislation, treaties, conventions and agreements.
  • Basic conservation forensics (e.g. distinguishing ivory from bone, artificial rhino horn, identify dried abalone from venus ear etc.).
  • Public relations pertaining to conservation compliance.
  • Criminal Procedures Act.
  • Crime scene participation and supervision, undertaken within the scope of best practice.
  • Correct procedures of a lawful arrest, undertaken within the scope of best practice.
  • Stress Management, with regard to the person and colleagues. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving:
  • The gathering and evaluation of information critical within the conservation compliance environment requires a problem solving approach in order to function effectively in the operational environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork:
  • Teamwork and interaction is required for the successful enforcement of compliance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation:
  • The planning and execution of patrols and other activities associated with the facilitation of conservation compliance requires self-organisation in the operational environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication:
  • The reading and interpreting of laws and regulations and the necessity to convey these to visitors and other parties relates directly to the effective use of communication skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology:
  • Science and technology is utilised in basic forensic investigations required for conservation compliance facilitation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems:
  • Ecology and conservation is premised on the interaction and inter-relatedness of systems. 

  • 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 8366, "Enforce conservation compliance", Level 5, 5 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
    Core  59949   National Certificate: Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  63109   Further Education and Training Certificate: Nature Conservation: Natural Resource Guardianship Terrestrial  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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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