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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate brush-cutters in commercial forestry 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123243  Operate brush-cutters in commercial forestry 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Forestry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Forestry and Wood Technology 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 
This unit standard is for brushcutter operators.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Prepare to operate the brushcutter.
  • Demonstrate operating techniques and methods of brushcutting.
  • Maintain equipment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare to operate the brushcutter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Main components of the brushcutter are identified and their purpose is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Pre-start checks and start up procedure are carried out according to manufacturer's recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Blades are selected for correct application according to manufacturer's operating manual. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Correct tools and refueling equipment are used before and during operations to ensure sound maintenance and safe refueling. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Harness is adjusted to ensure comfortable operating. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Hazards and their influences are explained and their effect minimized. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Terrain, weather conditions, vegetation, safe working conditions and stubs.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Personal protective equipment is used according to company policy and/or legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Escape routes are identified to ensure a safe escape in case of emergency. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate operating techniques and methods of brush cutting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safe working procedures and practices are adhered to according to company policy and legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Techniques for brush cutting are demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Grass, small trees and shrubs.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Methods of brush cutting are demonstrated to ensure effective operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Correct brush cutting method is used in applicable situation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Maintain equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Daily service is carried out according to manufacturer's prescriptions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Prescribed services are adhered to as prescribed by the manufacturer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Blades are sharpened according to manufacturer specifications. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a candidate against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Knowledge considered critical to the successful achievement of this unit is covered in the specific outcomes and assessment criteria. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

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

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

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

    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  50266   National Certificate: Forestry: Silviculture  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 


    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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    19. Furniture World Training Centre 
    20. Future Discovery Training Academy CC 
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