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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Contribute to the preservation of heritage objects/sites/resources 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114513  Contribute to the preservation of heritage objects/sites/resources 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Heritage Management Studies 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Cultural Studies 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 learner completing this unit standard will have been introduced to what preventive conservation entails and will be in a position to identify causes of deterioration of objects/sites/resources in order to identify techniques and methods to control them. Through this unit, the learner will be able to assess heritage objects, sites or resources in order to determine the need for advice from a conservator. This unit only provides the introduction to this field of knowledge and should learners wish to gather further skills in this area, they may continue to specialise in it as an elective where a more comprehensive knowledge base of this field will be necessary. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Prior learning or experience within this field on levels 2 and 3 is recommended, however not compulsory. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Examinations of an object/site/resource may be located in storage, display or in situ of a site.
  • The object/site/resource may be stable, unstable, in a good condition or in a bad condition.
  • Environmental conditions may include humidity, temperature, light pollutants, pests, bio-deterioration, chemical factors, mould or physical environmental factors relevant to heritage sites/resources in loci.
  • Previous records may include photographs or conservation reports.

    The learner must know what activities and procedures can be implemented as part of a preventive conservation plan and routine schedule of activities.

    They should know what conservation needs fall outside of their training and need to be referred to qualified conservators.

    It is important for the learner to understand that activities requiring interventions that may change the physical nature of an artefact or specimen should be undertaken by a recognised specialist.Hazardous situations may include building work, transportation of large objects through galleries or public routes, accidents, building and service defects.

    Specialised preventive conservation preparation and cleaning techniques should include the cleaning techniques as well as packaging and transporting the items for loans. In the case of loans, the documentation accompanying such material should also be completed. These are the condition report; the loan agreement form with the conditions; venue facilities questionnaire for borrowing institutions; and progress condition reports for items travelling to more than one venue.

    Measures to minimise or eradicate damage or loss of objects are specified and recommended with reference to at least two of the following:
  • General care of organic, inorganic and synthetic material in arts, humanities and social science collections.
  • Care of work on paper.
  • Care of easel paintings.
  • Care of taxidermy mounts and study skins.
  • Care of specimens in a natural history wet collections.
  • Care of specimens in a pinned natural history collection.
  • Care of geological and paleaontological specimens.
  • Care of specimens in a herbarium.
  • Care of heritage sites or resources. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Assess heritage objects/sites/resources & their environment for possible referral to a conservator. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The appearances of heritage objects/sites/resources are assessed against previous records as provided. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Evidence of change is identified, observed, recorded, accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Environmental conditions are determined and impact thereof realistically assessed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Evidence of variations of environmental conditions are accurately identified and recorded. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Monitoring procedures as provided are reviewed following evidence of risk to the object/site/resource. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Take action to prevent the deterioration of the object/site/resource. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Actual or potential hazards are correctly identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The learner identifies the need for, and obtains expert advice when and where appropriate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Potential hazard is addressed using appropriate corrective action, which does not expose the heritage object / site / resource to further risk. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Objects at risk are removed to a safe location. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Minimise or eradicate damage or losses of museum objects or specimens. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    (including when moved or cleaned) 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Specialised preventative conservation preparation is appropriately employed to minimise damage or loss of objects or specimens. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Museum objects or specimens are cleaned using appropriate cleaning techniques, minimising or eradicating damage or loss. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Long term environmental effects on heritage sites or resources are removed or counteracted using appropriate preventative conservation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Museum objects or specimens are moved using appropriate techniques, minimising or eradicating damage or loss. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Store museum objects or specimens in transit to final destination. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Storage for museum objects or specimens are appropriately identified and secured. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Storage facility offers appropriate conditions and for museum objects or specimens. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Storage period is appropriate for the object/specimen. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Storage facility is monitored to ensure that optimal conditions are maintained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Conditions of stored objects or specimens are monitored to ensure optimal preservation. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by a relevant ETQA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for this unit standard.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:
  • Available sources of appropriate expert advice.
  • Methods of protecting objects from damage and/or potential hazards.
  • Procedures for monitoring environmental conditions.
  • Potential hazards to objects and possible corrective actions.
  • Basic principles and methods for handling objects.
  • Suitable procedures for protecting, packing, cleaning and locating objects. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems when preventing deterioration of objects/sites/ resources. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when arranging storage for heritage objects. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves when preserving heritage in general. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Evaluate information when preserving heritage overall. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when arranging storage for heritage objects. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology when preventing heritage deterioration. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems when minimising damage or loss to heritage object/site/resource. 

    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  48812   Further Education and Training Certificate: Heritage Practice  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  57428   Further Education and Training Certificate: Youth Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 


    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. Amaqamu Project Management and Consulting 
    2. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events cc 
    3. Breakeven 59(PTY) Ltd 
    4. Commisioned Training cc 
    5. Dintshang Trading 
    6. EDUTEL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PTY LTD 
    7. Kitso Bokamoso Training Solution 
    8. Leratham Supply Distribution and Enterprise 
    9. Leronsa Trading Enterprise 
    10. MENTORNET (PTY) LTD 
    11. Ntevho-Ketso Training and Recruitement Consultancy cc 
    12. NTI College 
    13. Ntsangalala Business Enterprise 
    14. Professional Development and Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    15. Resonance Institute of Learning 
    16. Retshetse Training Project 
    17. Southern African Youth Movement 
    18. Thabelanang t/a Thabelanang Trading Enterprise 
    19. THE GMC GROUP PTY LTD 
    20. Thuto-Botshabelo Training and Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    21. Ulwazi Training & Development 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.