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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Assist in the control of potentially dangerous damage-causing animal 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252466  Assist in the control of potentially dangerous damage-causing animal 
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 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 aimed at individuals involved in the location of and assisting with the control of potentially dangerous damage-causing animals. The standard enables the relevant knowledge and skills required to assist during community interactions with regards to impacts involving damage causing animals within the Nature Conservation environment. It will furthermore enable the individual to process and dispose carcasses in accordance with accepted conservation principles.

Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Identify and locate damage causing animals in the area of operation.
  • Assist in control measures that may be necessary involving potentially dangerous damage causing animals.
  • Carry out skinning, disposal and other related procedures efficiently.
  • Assist in community interactions through education and the mitigation of impacts by damage causing animals. 

  • 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 further assumed that learners embarking on this unit standard are familiar with:
    > First Aid.
    > Environmental Education Principles.
    > Relevant fire arm competency (SASETA 10750 Unit Standard), supplemented by appropriate advanced weapon handling.
    > Basic tracking skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and locate potentially dangerous damage causing animals in the area of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Potentially dangerous damage causing animals (e.g. lion, elephant, buffalo, crocodile, hippopotamus, hyena, bush pig and/or leopard) are identified and located in the area of operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tracking skills:
  • Spoor, droppings, visual and auditory signs, knowledge of the behaviour of the species concerned, threat behaviour, social status of individual, stress levels, flight-or-fight distances, Information from affected parties.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Assist in control measures that may be necessary involving potentially dangerous damage-causing animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Trapping and baiting techniques are applied according to operational requirements during control operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Control measures are maintained according to operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate back-up support is provided, in particular, warnings in the event of a charge as it relates to potentially dangerous damage-causing animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All-round awareness of safety factors is maintained during operations involving potentially dangerous damage-causing animals. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Carry out skinning, disposal and other related procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Skinning procedures is outlined as it relates to nature conservation requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Assistance in the disposal of carcasses as required is provided during the operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Assistance in the preservation of carcasses as specified is provided according to operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Assist in community interactions through education and the mitigation of impacts by damage causing animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assistance in communicating with the community in addressing problem animal incidents is rendered as required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information relating to problem animals is gathered from local communities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Assistance is rendered in addressing these problems through the dissemination of information, as specified by the institution or organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Assistance is rendered in educating local communities about damage causing animals. 


    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 
  • Animal identification: Species and damage causing individual.
  • Animal behaviour, physiological stresses, threat behaviour, fight-or-flight distance warning signs and sounds.
  • Appropriate legislation.
  • Types of control measures, e.g. Trap cage construction/maintenance/types, baiting.
  • Data collection techniques.
  • Shot placement. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving using creative thinking.

    The problem of how to deal with the threat posed by potentially dangerous damage-causing animals is the central focus of this entire unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Operate effectively in a group or team.

    Providing assistance in the control of dangerous damage-causing animals requires that the learner develop the ability to cooperate as a good team player, following instructions of a team leader carefully and promptly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication.

    This unit standard requires the learner to participate in efforts to interact with communities affected by problem animals. This involves the sharing of information and education of the community. At this level, the learner will provide assistance to supervisors and managers, working under supervision. An important aspect of personal development promoted by this unit standard is the contact made with communities that are affected by the activities of dangerous damage-causing animals. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology.

    It is important for a learner to master the use of tools and equipment for the purpose of controlling dangerous damage-causing animals. This is a central focus of this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Personal development.

    This unit standard focuses on the acquisition of such skills as tracking, trapping, baiting, skinning and disposal of carcasses, all designed to provide assistance in controlling dangerous damage-causing animals. It also requires the learner to deepen knowledge of the behaviour of animals and safety factors. 

    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 
    Values:

    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.

    Supplementary information:
  • Dangerous animals: Their behaviour and associations are all identified and understood.
  • Extent of damage is assessed and valued.
  • Applicable methods with appropriate damage causing animals are matched together/selected.
  • All available methods are demonstrated.
  • Carcass/skinned/treated.
  • Live animals trans-located under minimal stress (chemicals).
  • Hygienic food preparation.
  • Potential disease testing/post mortems/sampling.
  • Collect incident/data information.
  • Causes of damage causing addressed/repaired.
  • Incident data recorded, reported and verified. Weights, nutrition, scientific data is collected and stored.

    It is envisaged that responsibility for the dispatch of the dangerous damage-causing animal is the responsibility of a more senior person. This learner will only assist in the process and provide back-up where required. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  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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