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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Participate as a hostage negotiator in a hostage negotiation team 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
256035  Participate as a hostage negotiator in a hostage negotiation team 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Visible Policing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  12 
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 learners in the field of safety in society who take part in hostage negotiations. This unit standard will enable learners to apply the basic principles of teamwork in hostage negotiation as well as demonstrating an understanding of the requirements and attributes to be a hostage negotiator. This unit standard will also enable learners to demonstrate an understanding of negotiator care. This unit standard will also contribute to a safety in during hostage and suicide related incidents.

After completion of this unit standard the learner will be able to:
  • Apply the basic principles of teamwork in hostage negotiation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements and attributes of a hostage negotiator.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of negotiator care. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication at NQF Level 5. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of negotiator care. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Post Traumatic Stress is analysed in terms of its influences within the hostage negotiations process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Mechanisms are evaluated to cope with the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress during hostage negotiation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of how to pro-actively deal with stressors through stress management and positive thinking. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements and attributes of a hostage negotiator. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hostage negotiation is evaluated in terms of its purposes as a tool for the protection of society. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ethical code for negotiators is evaluated in terms of its application during hostage negotiations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The criteria, attitudes, skills and personality traits of hostage negotiators are evaluated in terms of their application during hostage negotiations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An explanation is given in terms of its value of the "helping relationship" as a tool in hostage negotiation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply basic the principles of teamwork in hostage negotiation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of how the duties of the five hostage negotiators are applied during hostage negotiation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Common hostage negotiation team errors are evaluated in terms of its impact on the process and so as to ensure counter measures are applied during hostage negotiation incidents. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Hostage negotiation equipment available to the team is used in terms of its functions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Information boards and incident administration are maintained during hostage negotiation incidents. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Hostage and suicide related incidents plans are compiled and applied during hostage negotiation incidents. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Duties of the five hostage negotiation team members.
  • Common hostage negotiation team errors.
  • Equipments used by the Hostage Negotiation Team.
  • Different boards and administration related matters.
  • Different plans in hostage and suicide related incidents.
  • Hostage negotiation as a tool.
  • Ethical code which the negotiators must comply with.
  • Criteria, attitudes, skills and personality traits.
  • Helping relationship as a tool in hostage negotiation.
  • Post Traumatic Stress.
  • Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress.
  • Actions to pro-actively deal with stressors.
  • Stress management.
  • Positive thinking. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • Applying the basic principles of teamwork in hostage negotiation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Applying the basic principles of teamwork in hostage negotiation. 

  • 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  61729   National Diploma: Policing  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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