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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Carry out the harvesting of fauna 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252455  Carry out the harvesting of fauna 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nature Conservation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
8334  Carry out the harvesting of fauna  Level 2  NQF Level 02   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is aimed at individuals involved in the harvesting or culling of animals/fauna. The standard enables the relevant knowledge and skills required to form part of a culling team operating in the Nature Conservation environment whilst contributing to the safety of operations and the using of appropriate harvesting or culling procedures in the operational environment.

Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Carry out maintenance checks on equipment used for culling or harvesting.
  • Carry out appropriate harvesting procedures.
  • Collect and record basic biological data of the specimens captured.
  • Report on the harvest. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1.

    It is furthermore assumed that learners embarking on this unit standard are familiar with:
  • Basic first aid.
  • Use of firearms as per SASSETA requirements.
  • Orientate, navigate, use and create maps in conservation areas. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Carry out maintenance checks on equipment used for culling or harvesting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Suitable equipment is selected for a particular culling or harvesting operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Fishing nets, mist nets, cages, firearms, boma plastic, ropes, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment is checked for evidence of wear and tear. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Needed maintenance work is carried out to ensure trouble free service as it applies to the use of the identified equipment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Carry out appropriate harvesting procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate harvesting methods is identified and described as it applies to the culling of harvesting operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate harvesting procedures are applied in the participation in harvesting or culling activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Products are processed in line with local veterinary, legal and quality assurance requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Harvesting activities are monitored to ensure that they are appropriate. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Collect and record basic biological data of the specimens captured. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Data is collected to ensure accurate record keeping of captured specimens. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The required biological data of the specimens captured, such as size, weight and gender is recorded. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Data specific to the area of removal is recorded. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Report on the harvest. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A report on the harvest is drafted and submitted to the supervisor in line with organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reference is made to adherence to bag limits (where relevant). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reference is made to adherence to permit conditions (where relevant). 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Amount landed, weight, numbers (catch returns).
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing an individual against this unit standard must meet the assessor requirements of the relevant ETQA. In particular, such assessors must demonstrate that they assess in terms of the scope and context defined in all the range statements.
  • Any institution offering learning towards this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Basic population dynamics (identification, sex and age structures).
  • Skinning and treatment techniques related to different uses.
  • Evisceration techniques.
  • Storage methods to suit carcass utilization.
  • Sample collection.
  • Abattoir requirements.
  • Food hygiene and carcass handling.
  • Safety procedures.
  • Basic reporting techniques.
  • Legal requirements for the removal of species. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Operate in a group or team:
  • Successfully implementing and concluding a harvesting operation requires that a conservation worker develops the ability either to follow a team leader or to act as a team leader. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-management and -organisation:
  • Successfully implementing and concluding a harvesting operation requires that the learner work in a methodical and systematic manner. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise, analyse and interpret information:
  • This unit standard gives learners an introduction to these skills. Data on fauna that is harvested is collected to ensure accurate record keeping. A record is made of details about specimens captured, such as size, weight, gender and where animals were removed. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication:
  • This unit standard promotes effective communication with management, specifically in the form of a report on the harvest. 

  • 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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 8334, "Carry out the harvesting of fauna", Level 2, 3 credits.

    Demonstration of the knowledge and skills outlined in this unit standard must be consistent with the principles of:
  • Maintaining essential ecological processes and life-support systems.
  • Maintaining genetic, species and ecosystem diversity.
  • Considering ecological and social rights and responsibilities, whilst ensuring sustainable utilisation of species and ecosystems.
  • Thereby yielding the greatest sustainable and equitable benefit to present generations whilst maintaining the potential to meet the needs and aspirations of future generations. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59389   National Certificate: Nature Conservation: Resource Guardianship  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    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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