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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Implement a humane and sustainable strategy for managing a feral cat colony 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261583  Implement a humane and sustainable strategy for managing a feral cat colony 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Animal Protection Standards 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 
Groups of cats may be found living in such places as factory sites, dockyards, hospital grounds, public parks and the gardens of private houses. Previously owned, these cats are stray, lost or abandoned and they and their offspring are almost always shy of people and difficult to handle. Persons working in the field of animal welfare should know how to assist these colonies in a humane manner, with long-term results.

The unit standard reflects this need, and learners credited with it will be able to:
  • Assess the extent of the problem and identify relevant action.
  • Explain humane trapping methods and the care, use and control of traps.
  • Undertake a colony control scheme.

    Assess and maintain the colony to ensure success. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication at NQF Level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Assess the extent of the problem and identify relevant action. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Methods of feral cat colony eradication programmes that have proven to not be successful in the long term are listed and explained focusing on why they did not work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods of feral cat colony programmes that have proven to have long term success are explained focusing on what factors led to their success. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The extent of a feral cat problem is determined from given information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A plan of action is outlined, focusing on the roles of the various participants. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain humane trapping methods and the care, use and control of traps. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Acceptable trapping methods are described with an explanation of why they are acceptable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The control of cat traps is explained in terms of its importance in handling the situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Treatment and care of the cat whilst in the trap is described in terms of accepted humane treatment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Undertake a colony control scheme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The colony is assessed and the affected public informed about feral cats. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Care givers are identified in accordance with organisational requirements and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A veterinarian is sourced and volunteers are prepared in accordance with organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Cats are humanely trapped. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Cats are selected for sterilisation or euthanasia in accordance with accepted protocols. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Assess and maintain the colony to ensure success. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Cats are released back into the colony after acceptable recovery. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A follow up visit is undertaken to ensure the continued well-being of the colony. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of this unit standard should be contextual and practical.
  • Assessors and moderators must be registered with the relevant accredited ETQA.
  • Assessors should be in possession of a relevant qualification that is at least one level higher than the level of this unit standard or have at least 5 years relevant practical experience.
  • Training providers must be accredited by a relevant ETQA.

    . Assessment should include both formative and summative assessment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • An understanding of the feral cat problem.
  • Knowledge of traps and how to operate them.
  • Knowledge of setting up a controlled colony scheme.
  • Knowledge of how to interact with the community.
  • Knowledge of how to maintain a colony. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking when assessing a colony and deciding on actions to take. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking when assessing a colony and deciding on actions to take. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when assessing a feral cat problem. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when dealing with nearby members of the community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems when assessing a feral cat colony and informing the public of the implications. 

    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  65229   Further Education and Training Certificate: Animal Protection  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  LG SETA 


    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.
     
    NONE 



    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.