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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Prepare and perform the pre-covering upholstery process 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117153  Prepare and perform the pre-covering upholstery process 
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  32 
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 for and perform the pre-covering process of upholstery in a safe and economical manner and in line with organisational standards. The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Identifying and selecting materials for pre-covering process.
  • Selecting equipment and tools.
  • Preparing item to be upholstered.
  • Positioning and securing support and ancillary materials onto frame. 

  • 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:
  • Materials: frames; fillings; foams; springs; webbing, supports and ancillary items.
  • Specifications: oral and written.
  • Queries: unclear specifications; unclear communication.
  • Equipment and tools: for rasping; hammering; stapling; cutting; removing staples or nail, spring cutter; foam cutter. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and select materials for pre-covering process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The materials are accurately identified according to specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Any queries regarding specifications are clarified with the relevant person. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Select equipment and tools. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The specification and instructions are understood and the work to be carried out organised accordingly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The equipment and tools for the job are identified and selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The equipment and tools are checked to be operational and in required condition for safe and effective use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Faulty equipment and tools are identified and reported to the relevant person. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The preparation is carried out according to relevant health and safety standards and within the time allocated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prepare item to be upholstered. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Item to be upholstered is confirmed to be as required according to specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate tools and equipment for the work being done are used safely and correctly according to their design and use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The item to be upholstered is prepared as required and ready for the next process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The workstation is kept clean, tidy and safe. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The process is carried out safely and within the time allocated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Position and secure support and ancillary materials onto frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Frame is checked and confirmed to be ready for upholstery. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Any damage or faulty frames are identified and reported to the relevant person. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Support and ancillary materials are firmly and accurately secured onto frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Damaged, incorrectly positioned and unsecure support and ancillary materials are identified and promptly rectified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Support and ancillary materials conform to shape, tension and production requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Frame is inspected and confirmed as ready for next stage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Frame is moved safely and without damage to a designated location. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Appropriate equipment and tools are used safely and correctly according to their designated use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The operations are performed safely and within the time allocated. 


    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 
    Reading and interpreting production specification requirements

    A broad understanding of different types of materials and their uses, including:
  • Suspensions
  • Support materials
  • Edgings
  • Fixings
  • Foams
  • How to apply materials for upholstery

    Handling of materials, components and assemblies

    A broad understanding of tools and equipment including:
  • How to set equipment and tools for use
  • What different types of tools are used for and how to use them

    Different types of frames and carcasses

    How to prepare frames and carcasses for upholstery

    Scope and range of adhesives

    Transportation systems

    Relevant health and safety regulations and requirements, including:
  • Use of relevant protective equipment
  • 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 identifying, selecting and securing materials for the pre-covering process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when selecting equipment and tools for the pre-covering operation. 

    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 preparing items for upholstery 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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