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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Monitor the fabrication process for fancy stone making of diamond gemstones 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
376509  Monitor the fabrication process for fancy stone making of diamond gemstones 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Fabrication and Extraction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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 useful for learners who intend following a career in the diamond processing sector and who are required to understand and monitor the process of fabrication for fancy stone making diamond gemstones.

Learners credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Identify the equipment and tools used to fancy stone make diamond gemstones and explain their use in different applications.
  • Describe the stages in the fabrication process for fancy stone making of diamond gemstones.
  • Describe the critical checkpoints in fabrication for fancy stone making of diamond gemstones and their importance for overall quality, weight and value of the finished article.
  • Monitor the fabrication process for fancy stone making of diamond gemstones.

    This unit standard is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and understanding of the diamond processing industry in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable and informed workers. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Security of diamond gemstones.
  • Advanced use of a loupe to examine diamond gemstones.
  • Describing the process of fabrication of diamond gemstones. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The scope and context applies to the conversion of rough diamond gemstones into cut and polished diamond gemstones for sale into local and international markets. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the stages in the fabrication process for fancy stone making of diamond gemstones. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The methods for fancy stone making of diamond gemstones are explained in terms of structure and division of work responsibilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The key control points in the fabrication process are identified and explained in terms of the responsibility between the different role-players. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role of participants in the fabrication process to fancy stone make are described in terms of their scope, responsibility, sequence of activities and interaction with each other. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Participants in the fabrication process must include:
  • Foreman.
  • Marker.
  • Fancy Stone Maker.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The roles of supervision and quality control in the fabrication process are explained in terms of control, identification of problems that can be encountered when fancy stone making diamonds and methods to overcome such problems. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the critical checkpoints in fabrication for fancy stone making of diamond gemstones and their importance for overall quality, weight and value of the finished article. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The critical checkpoints in the fabrication process for fancy stone making of diamond gemstones are described in terms of where they occur in the process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of checking proportion, angles, weight yield, treatment of internal and external impurities through the fancy stone making process are explained in terms of how they can be affected by the respective stages of the fabrication process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The significance of the check points and controls are described in terms of the potential impact on overall quality, weight and value of the finished article. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of security and housekeeping procedures in the fabrication process are explained in terms of accountability and the respective personnel. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor the fabrication process for fancy stone making of diamond gemstones. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Diamond gemstones for fancy stone making are examined and instructions in the parcel are interpreted in terms of achieving optimal outcomes from fancy stone making. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Optimal outcomes must take into account the following:
  • Potential size and weight of the polished gemstone.
  • Proportion of the polished gemstone.
  • Elimination of blemishes.
  • Colour.
  • Clarity.
  • Risk to meet desired outcomes.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A plan for the fancy stone making of the gemstone is developed in terms of workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Consultation over the planning and processing stages takes place in terms of specific workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The fabrication process is checked at appropriate times in terms of the plan, specific workplace procedures and the criticality of the gemstone in question. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Monitoring activities are recorded during the required stages of fabrication for fancy stone making according to specific workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The completed fancy stones are returned for further processing according to workplace specific procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Security and recording activities are concluded in accordance with workplace specific procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Knowledge relating to the process of fabrication of a diamond gemstone:
    > Understanding the critical aspects of marking in determining the ultimate value of the diamond.
    > Understanding the importance of exercising control at each stage in the fancy stone making process.
    > The interdependence of the stages of the process and ensuring the optimal value of the diamond.
    > Importance of weight loss control in processing diamonds.
    > The criticality of security of diamonds at all times.
    > Awareness of the damage to a diamond that can be caused by incorrect processing.
  • Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental issues:
    > Significant hazards and risks related to processing activities, their consequences and mitigating actions.
    > Safety measures related to diamond processing.
    > Emergency procedures.
  • Legislative and structural environment:
    > Importance of adherence to health and safety requirements during fabrication.
    > Importance of care and maintenance of tools and equipment.
    > Codes of practice.
  • Communication:
    > Reporting requirements and ability.
    > Communicating with relevant personnel.
    > Liaison between personnel in various functions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note: The ability of the learner to interpret the characteristics of the stone and the requirements of the marker contributes to problem solving. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note: The acceptance by the learner of the differing responsibilities and roles of supervision required indicates the ability to work effectively as a team member within the structure of the organisation whichever method is in use. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The knowledge of the process and the importance of monitoring fabrication indicates the learner's ability to organise and manage activities in the work environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to distinguish the different stages of fancy stone making indicates the ability to collect, organise and evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Note: The knowledge of the application of the tools of diamond processing and the use of techniques to overcome problems demonstrates the critical use of science and technology in the safeguarding of the material, the environment, fellow workers and oneself. 

    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 
    Terminology:

    Specific Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • The Bargaining Council for the Diamond Cutting Industry Main Agreement.
  • Regulations of the Diamonds Act, No 56 of 1986, as amended.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85/1993).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • The glossary of terms about the terminology of the industry issued by the Bargaining Council for the Diamond Cutting Industry.

    Site-specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Working Guides, tariff agreements, policies and procedures.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  78843   National Certificate: Diamond Processing  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


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