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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Use animal handling and protection equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261619  Use animal handling and protection equipment 
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 
When animal protection personnel are working with different animals often in emergency or dangerous situations, there is a need for an understanding of the basic safety for humans and animals of commonly used equipment.

This unit standard addresses these needs, and learners credited with it will:
  • Identify animal handling equipment and its use.
  • Identify commonly used emergency euthanasia equipment.
  • Explain the use of basic temporary containment barriers and traffic equipment.
  • Explain maintenance of equipment and the need to keep records. 

  • 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 
    Identify animal handling equipment and its use. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Including but not limited to:
  • Cat traps, transport crates, lead, choke chain, muzzle, halter, slip rope, twitch, catch-pole, net, cargo nets, snake hooks, CO2 fire extinguishers. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant equipment is identified in accordance with its common name and purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment is used correctly in accordance with its design. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Situations in which it would be appropriate to use specific equipment are described in terms of the methods of use and results required. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify commonly used emergency euthanasia equipment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Including but not limited to:
  • Captive bolt, knives, knife sharpeners. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant equipment is identified in accordance with its common name and purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment is used correctly in accordance with its design. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Dangers in using the equipment are identified and described in terms of injury to personnel and animals. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the use of basic temporary containment barriers and traffic equipment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Including but not limited to:
  • Temporary barriers, traffic cones, emergency lights, chevron tape, reflective jackets, and lighting. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Containment and access control equipment are identified and explained in terms of their common names and application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Applicable equipment is identified for given scenarios. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant legislation is identified for using specific equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safety aspects regarding the animal in question are explained in relation to the equipment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain maintenance of equipment and the need to keep records. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The necessary maintenance requirements for the different types of equipment are identified and described according to manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Documentation used to record the use of equipment, declare indemnity and other relevant forms are identified and explained in terms of their purpose and method of completion. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of keeping records is describe for tracking actions and ensuring correct maintenance of equipment according to manufacturer specifications. 


    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 
  • Ability to identify equipment and its application.
  • Knowledge of ways to use equipment safely.
  • Knowledge of basic maintenance of equipment.
  • Basic understanding of relevant legislation. 

  • 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 making decisions evaluating the condition of animals and their environments. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when preparing to explain types of equipment, its proper and improper use. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when deciding which equipment to use in a situation and how to use it safely. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when giving examples of equipment used and its safe application. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems when demonstrating the use of equipment with due regard for the possible outcomes for animals and humans. 

    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
    Core  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 



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