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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform hand polishing operations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117151  Perform hand polishing operations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Furniture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 2  NQF Level 02  26 
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 
The person credited with this unit standard is able to prepare and polish workpieces, applying sound safe working standards.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Preparing a workstation.
  • Preparing work piece for hand polishing.
  • Selecting and preparing finish.
  • Applying final finishing coats. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in basic numeracy and literacy equivalent to ABET Level 4. They will also have achieved, or be able to demonstrate equivalent competence to the National Certificate in Furniture Making, NQF level 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following elements may include but are not limited to:
  • Specification: written; oral; colour charts; number of coats; desired sheen; sample board,
  • Personal protective clothing: eye protection; gloves; respiratory protection; barrier cream; cleansing cream
  • Queries: inaccuracies: errors; unclear information
  • Tools and equipment: sand paper; scrapers; sanding blocks; brushes; rubbers; cloths; tak rags; steel wool; iron; staining rags; sponge
  • Materials: abrasives; wax; stopping; thinning solvents
  • Workpiece: components; sub-assemblies; assemblies
  • Surfaces: solid; veneered; particle board; flat panel
  • Surface preparation: cleaning; scraping; sanding
  • Faults: holes; split; scratches; dents; adhesive, chilling; blushing; flow out; colour specification
  • Rectification: grain raising; steaming; filling; sanding
  • Finish: rough out; cross sanding; smooth; open grained; full grained, traditional polish; varnish; oil; wax; clear and pigmented lacquers
  • Finish preparation: mixing; stirring; filtering; adjusting viscosity, stiffing; dulling out; burnishing; wire wool; wax
  • Problems: consistency; viscosity; colour; shade; contamination
  • Transportation: pallet; by hand; fork lift; conveyor system
  • Application: by brush; by rubbering 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare workstation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Specification is checked and work is organised accordingly 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Queries regarding the specification are clarified with the relevant person 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Correct personal equipment for the job is obtained 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Workstation is clean and free of debris and dust 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Materials, tools and equipment are selected according to specification 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Preparation is carried out according to health and safety requirements and within the time allocated 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare workpiece for hand polishing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Workpiece conforms to specification requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Faults in surfaces are identified and rectified 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate stoppers are used 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Surfaces are prepared according to specification requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Appropriate equipment and tools are used safely and correctly 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Workpiece is stored without damage to preparation work undertaken 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Process is carried out safely and within time allocated 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Select and prepare finish. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Finish is selected according to specification requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Workstation is clean and free from dust and debris 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Finish is correctly prepared and tested to meet requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Spillage's and splashes are dealt with promptly 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Adjustment mixes are recorded 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Unused finish is labeled and returned to storage 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The process is completed safely and within the time allocated 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Problems with preparation are dealt with or reported to the relevant person 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply final finishing coats. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The finishing coat is applied to conform to specification and is of even coverage 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Surfaces are checked and confirmed to be ready for the next stage or process 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Application faults are identified, rectified or reported to the relevant person 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Unused finishes are returned to storage 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The process is performed safely and within the time allocated 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Surfaces are cleaned and ready to accept finish 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessors assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the FIETA ETQA

    Institutions offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the FIETA ETQA. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    A sound understanding of timber technology, including:
  • Growth structure and seasoning
  • Identification of timber species
  • Identification of woods and veneers for correct preparation

    A broad understanding of preparation techniques and equipment including:
  • Range and use of tools
  • Recognition and use of suitable abrasives
  • Identification of faults
  • Identification and use of stoppers
  • Importance of a dust free environment to the finishing process
  • The right environmental conditions for different finishing processes

    A broad understanding of the characteristics of finishing materials including:
  • Shelf life of finishes
  • Importance of regular mixing
  • Mixing to correct viscosity
  • Effects of moisture content on finish
  • Drying times between coats

    A broad understanding of finishing techniques including:
  • Interpreting manufacturers specifications
  • Different application of finishes
  • Alternative application methods
  • Techniques on completing the hand finishing operation
  • Application faults and how to deal with them

    A sound understanding of health and safety requirements including:
  • Regulations relating to flammability of stains and solvents
  • Use of relevant barrier creams
  • Handling of materials, components and furniture items
  • Use of relevant protective equipment
  • Transportation systems
  • Waste removal procedures

    A broad understanding of quality and performance issues including:
  • Importance of quality and performance standards
  • Importance of organised workstation
  • Types of interruptions which occur, and how to handle them
  • Importance of quality checks
  • Understanding of tolerances
  • Dealing with deviations to acceptable tolerances
  • Use and completing of documents 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify & solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when preparing for the finishing of the hand staining processes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to ensure work is carried out according to quality and performance requirements, without compromising safety for self and colleagues. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using language skills when communicating with supervisors and work colleagues. 

    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, that when final polishing steps are carried out that they do not pose a safety risk, and that failure to maintain rate and quality of production will negatively impact upon all parts of the furniture production cycle. 

    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
    Elective  49091   National Certificate: Furniture Making: Wood  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 


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