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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of explosive ordnances 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
258009  Demonstrate knowledge of explosive ordnances 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Bomb Disposal and Explosives Control 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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
117472  Identify and explain explosive ordnance (EO)  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for learners within the Safety in Society and Sovereignty of the State sub-field who work in the bomb disposal environment and who need to have an embedded understanding of explosive ordinances. This unit standard is for learners who will deal with foreign and authorised explosive ordnance. The learner will be able to identify explosive ordnance and describe their functions and operating principles. They will also be able to describe the various components of explosive ordnance.

This unit standard will enable learners to understand markings on explosive ordnance and packaging. The explosive ordnance is a highly regulated environment and learners will have the competencies to comply with legal prescripts when dealing with explosive ordnance. Learners will further be able to use these competencies during later learning to dispose of explosive ordinances. The competencies achieved by the learner in this Unit Standard will lead to a safer society for South African citizens.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Describe explosive ordnance.
  • Describe the components of explosive ordnance.
  • Identify and describe markings of ordnance. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Physical Science at NQF Level 4.
  • The Unit Standard "Demonstrate the use of initiating systems" at NQF Level 5. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Explosive ordnances refers but is not limited to mortar bombs, rockets, missiles, grenades and landmines.
  • Foreign ordnance refers to unauthorised ordnance not approved in terms of the current Explosives Act.
  • Authorised ordnance refer to ordnance which are approved in terms of the current Explosives Act. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe explosive ordnances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of the employment of explosive ordnances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Explosive ordnances are described according to their characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A description is given of safety measures when dealing with explosive ordnance. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the components of explosive ordnance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Components of explosive ordnance are identified in terms of their operating principles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Components refer but are not limited to initiators, striker mechanisms, fuses and propulsion systems.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A description is given of the functioning of components in terms of their intended purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A description is given of the safety features of the components. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify and describe markings of ordnance. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Markings refer to markings on the ordnance and on the packaging of the ordnance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given as to why markings are important for identification, tracking and traceability and forensic purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Description is given of methods of marking for identification purposes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Marking may include remarking.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Types of markings are identified according to classification systems. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Classification systems may refer to but are not limited to pre-1983 marking systems, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation marking system and the United Nations Classification System.
     


    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 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Identify and describing markings of ordnance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • The components of explosive ordnance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Describing explosive ordnance.
  • Describing the components of explosive ordnance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
  • Identifying and describing markings of ordnance. 

  • 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 117472, "Identify and explain explosive ordnance (EO)", Level 5, 9 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  63229   National Diploma: Bomb Disposal  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Core  90652   National Certificate: Ammunition Fitting  Not Applicable  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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