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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Install camera supports 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243969  Install camera supports 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Audio-visual Media Production 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language Media Studies 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
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 requires that learners are able to prepare, position and monitor camera supports under instruction/supervision. Credited learners are able to select camera support equipment, and lay complex track for camera mounting to achieve the operational and technical requirements of shots.

Credited learners take into consideration the dimensions and weights of cameras and any additional camera accessories. They can assess the suitability of surface on which tracks are used, and the types of track relative to the sizes and weights of the equipment carried. Learners can maintain any required power supplies, and understand and show an active response to, the hazards accompanying the handling, moving and fixing of heavy equipment. Improved competence to lay camera support equipment improves safety during film and television productions, as well as the quality of film and television productions by achieving the requirements of shots. By attaining the required competencies, learner employability is improved by ensuring that they are able to contribute to film and television productions.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Assessing surface suitability for camera support.
  • Selecting suitable camera support equipment.
  • Rig and de-rig camera support equipment:
    > Range: camera support equipment includes tracks, cranes, zip towers, dollies.
  • Operating camera support equipment within scope of assigned responsibility. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication and language, NQF Level 4.
  • Mount and move cameras, NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Competence is required under instruction of key grips, and for any dolly mount or less without direct supervision. Operation of support equipment is limited to any rig that does not require expert safety considerations, for example, in terms of weight and balances. Therefore, support equipment that will carry people is not included, and situations where equipment damage can occur as a result of operation should be avoided. Other range statements are provided with the specific outcomes and assessment criteria where applicable. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Assess surface suitability for camera supports. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Supporting surface area is checked for suitability for specified camera supports. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Safety hazards and obstructions are accurately identified in the area before supports are installed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Factors that may affect the stability of surfaces and the probability of effect are accurately identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Support equipment is recommended that would support combined weight requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Select suitable camera support equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment is selected based on production requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Materials or consumables are selected for camera support requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equipment is used according to manufacturer requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Equipment is selected within given budget constraints. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Safety requirements are met at all times. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety requirements include environmental safety, equipment safety, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Equipment functionality is checked and faults are reported to relevant persons according to specified organisation procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Rig and de-rig camera support equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tracks are levelled. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Additional support is constructed over gaps and overhangs to provide sufficient strength. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Types of tracks are used as recommended by suppliers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Additional ropes, strops and wires are fixed to prevent slippage on inclines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Safety stops (braking devices) are installed to prevent over speed/runoff. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Accidental tripping is prevented at all times. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Tracks are installed in such a way that damage from falling objects or moving vehicles is prevented. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Risk assessments are recorded according to specified organisation procedures and requirements are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Operate camera support equipment within scope of assigned responsibility. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    At this level, scope of assigned responsibility will include camera dollies, scaffolding up to 3 metres, and mini giraffe cranes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Camera movements are smooth and timed according to production, shot, camera operator and director requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Camera movements can be horizontal or vertical.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Moves that are outside equipment capabilities or restricted for any reason are reported to all relevant persons and recommendations are made regarding viable solutions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All movements are agreed with relevant operators. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All relevant persons are notified regarding intended routes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Maintenance requirements are identified and reported according to organisation procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safety requirements and operational limits are met at all times. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Operational limits include speed.
     


    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:
  • Supporting surface characteristics and suitability.
  • Safety hazards and obstructions.
  • Factors that may affect the stability of surfaces.
  • Floor, frame and board types.
  • Weight requirements.
  • Camera support equipment, materials and consumables, functionality, and manufacturer requirements.
  • Types of tracks, safety stops (braking devices), camera dollies and cranes.
  • Safety requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems where responses to problems show that such critical and creative thinking has been used to make responsible decisions when floor, frames and boards are specified correctly to support combined weight requirements and tracks are installed in such a way that damage from falling objects or moving vehicles is prevented. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community when equipment faults are reported according to specified organisation procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when equipment is used according to manufacturer requirements and safety requirements are met at all times. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to assess surface suitability for camera support. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation when risk assessments are recorded. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when safety hazards and obstructions are accurately identified in the area above and around tracks, and are removed before tracks are installed. 

    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 when equipment is selected based on production requirements and materials or consumables are selected for camera support requirements. 

    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 
    Notes to assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the learner is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the learner can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment; appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58394   National Certificate: Film and Television Production  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    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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    3. BDCE (Pty) Ltd 
    4. Big Fish 
    5. BLC Entertainment 
    6. CREATIVE ARTS COLLEGE 
    7. Digital Media Arts College 
    8. Epitome Villa (Pty)Ltd 
    9. EYETHU NATIONAL COMPUTER COLLEGE PTY LTD 
    10. FILM Mentorship & Training SA 
    11. Footprint Media academy Pty ltd 
    12. Frayintermedia Cc 
    13. Gold Class Group 
    14. Greenview Training and Development Skills Centre 
    15. Institute for the Advancement 
    16. IT Labs Consulting 
    17. Johannesburg Institute of Engi 
    18. MBOWA COLLEGE PTY LTD 
    19. Media Village Training 
    20. Movietech Film and Television College 
    21. OL Afrika Media 
    22. OPELONG BUSINESS INSTITUTE (PT 
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    24. Pracical Audio Solution 
    25. PRX SCHOOL TEST 
    26. Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology Pty Ltd 
    27. SA College of Technology (PTY) 
    28. SOUTH AFRICAN CORPORATE TRAINI 
    29. Southern Africa Youth Project 
    30. The Camera Academy 
    31. The Media Workshop 
    32. The Open Window (Pty) Ltd 
    33. Thubelihle Graduate Institute 
    34. VUTHLARI MARKETING CONSULTING 
    35. Youth Media Movement 
    36. ZA WIT (PTY) LTD 



    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.