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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Manage operations in a food or beverage laboratory 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
9060  Manage operations in a food or beverage laboratory 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Food 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
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 does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Manage laboratory operations,
  • Maintain operation of laboratory equipment,
  • Report on laboratory operations,
  • Liase with internal and external customers.

    This unit standard is intended for person working in a food or beverage laboratory who is responsible for the outputs of the laboratory and manage all operations in the laboratory.

    This unit will contribute to the full development of the learner with in the food manufacturing environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of manufacturing and assembly. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth within the food manufacturing and processing environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Description of skills:
  • Occupational certificate in food or beverage laboratory skills.
  • Supervisory or leadership skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The scope of this unit standard is person working in a food or beverage laboratory who is responsible for the outputs of the laboratory and manages all operations in the laboratory

    In the context of this unit standard a food or beverage laboratory refer to a quality assurance and control laboratory facility.

    The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because the ability to plan, select or present information, methods or resources and operate in a variety of routine and non-routine contexts. The application of this unit standard is to qualify the person for certification in a specialised or technical area. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Manage laboratory operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Tests and procedures conducted by laboratory staff are performed in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Staff performance is supervised in accordance with company specifications and procedures and legislative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Specified test results are reviewed for accuracy in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Laboratory methods and procedures are developed and altered according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Testing, measuring and sampling procedures for quality assurance in laboratory are reviewed according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. New test methods are researched and authorised in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Solve problems regarding laboratory results. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Maintain operation of laboratory equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Staff is trained to operate equipment according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Fault notification procedures is established and implemented according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Equipment maintenance programme is implemented and maintained according with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The need for new equipment is motivated according to standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Report on laboratory operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Non-conforming products are identified and according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Reports on laboratory evaluations and operations are done according top standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Reporting documents are kept according to standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Liase with internal and external customers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Laboratory staff is kept up-to-date on all relevant legislative requirements and standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Customer needs as they relate to food or beverage production are identified according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Evaluate manufacturing process and make suggestions regarding improving of quality assurance according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. New industry developments are investigated and recommendations made to management for their use in the company according to standard operating procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Internal moderation.
  • External moderation.
  • An assessor, accredited by the relevant ETQA, will assess the learner`s competency.
  • Assessment procedures will be supplied by the ETQA in alignment with NSB requirements.
  • All assessment activities must be fair, so that all candidates have equal opportunities. Activities must be free of gender, ethnic or other bias.
  • Assessment and moderation procedures, activities and tools must be transparent, affordable and support development within the field, sub-field and NQF.
  • Questions and answers to determine theoretical knowledge are expected.
  • Examination of an assessment portfolio.
  • Reporting skills are demonstrated by effective communication, using verbal (language) and/or writing skills.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected within the assessment criteria of each specific outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made.

    Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively.

    Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
  • Keeping records

    Evident in the following Specific Outcome:
  • Report on laboratory operations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large.

    Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

    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 
    Supplementary Information:

    Legal requirements:

    The following acts and/or codes, current and future regulations and amendments will be applicable.
  • Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, No. 54 of 1972,
  • Health Act, No 63 of 1977,
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act, No. 85 of 1993,

    Definition of terms within this unit standard:

    Terminology & clarification/explanation/definition:

    Standard operating procedures:
    Refer to company procedures, prescribed procedures from the manufacturer, personal and food safety procedures, best practices, applicable legislation, time frames, procedures and specifications. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  21847   National Diploma: Manufacturing Management: Food and Beverage  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FOODBEV 


    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. SUMMERPRIDE FOODS PTY LTD 



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