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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain and repair ammunition and explosives 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
421838  Maintain and repair ammunition and explosives 
ORIGINATOR
QCTO Task Team - Explosive Ordnance 
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  Not Applicable  NQF Level 05  20 
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 intended for learners who are involved in the maintenance and repair of ammunition and explosives. Learners assessed against this unit standard will possess the skills and techniques required to perform maintenance and repair tasks on a range of ammunition stored within an explosive storage facility and will contribute towards compliance with legal, safety and organisational requirements.

Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Compile work process flows.
  • Interpret technical drawings.
  • Maintain ammunition.
  • Finalise ammunition maintenance tasks.
  • Re-mark ammunition. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Ordnance may include but is not limited to ammunition or explosives.
  • Ammunition and explosives may include but are not limited to small arms, mortars, grenades, artillery shells, gun ammunition, pyrotechnics, aerial delivered ammunition and naval ammunition. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Compile work process flows. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A work process flow is developed to meet the requirements of the ammunition maintenance tasks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The process flow is displayed for edification and compliance purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Restrictions and constraints in the process flow are identified and suitable actions are taken to rectify problems, identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Personnel involved in the tasks are briefed on the process flow and specific tasks and work areas, allocated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Interpret technical drawings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The use of technical drawings are explained giving a detailed explanation of the workings of a given ammunition piece. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ammunition technical drawings are interpreted in terms of symbology and the functioning of a given piece of ammunition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ammunition maintenance tasks are planned for an explosives storage facility. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Maintain ammunition. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Ammunition includes but is not limited to small arms, mortars, grenades, gun ammunition, pyrotechnics, aerial delivered ordnance and naval ordnance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The authorisation of an ammunition process building task is obtained for a simulated workplace exercise. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ammunition to be maintained is identified, confirmed and acquired in accordance with organisation policy and procedures and technical documentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Maintenance requirements of ammunition are identified, analysed and confirmed against work requests/instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Maintenance requirements may include changing components, cleaning, painting, fusing and defusing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Occupational health and safety requirements are applied throughout the maintenance process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Environmental conditions are monitored and maintained in accordance with organisational policy. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Environmental conditions may include heat, humidity, pressure and air quality.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Relevant maintenance is conducted in accordance with organisational procedures, technical specifications and drawings. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Relevant maintenance may include changing components, cleaning, painting, fusing and defusing.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Finalise ammunition maintenance tasks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Emergency procedures are explained for different scenarios and in accordance with organisational policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant tests are conducted and recorded in accordance with organisational procedures, technical specifications and drawings. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tests may include but are not limited to continuity tests, measuring, gauging.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Documentation and records are maintained in accordance with statutory and organisational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Re-mark ammunition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Ammunition or its packaging is remarked in a simulated scenario in accordance with organisational policies. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Remarking mediums may include but are not limited to stencils, silk screen and roller printer.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A requisition for labels is compiled and submitted according to organisational policies and prescripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of proofing and quality assurance of labels is explained in terms of storage and transportation regulations. 


    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 QPA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant QPA.
  • 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 QPA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant QPA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Procedures for drawing up a work process flow.
  • Related sections of the Explosives Act 15 of 2003.
  • Related sections of the Explosive Control Regulations.
  • Related sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993) and Explosives Regulations 2002. 

  • 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 is demonstrated when learners are capable of interpreting technical diagrams and determining the correct procedures to be followed for the maintenance of ammunition. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community is demonstrated where the individual can perform an ammunition maintenance task as a member in a greater process flow in the repair of ammunition. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively is demonstrated when using time efficiently to plan, perform and coordinate the maintenance and repair of ammunition as part of a process flow. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion is demonstrated by communicating through written reports regarding the maintenance performed on the ammunition as well as through the marking of ammunition or its packaging. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others is demonstrated when applying tools, equipment and procedures to ensure the safety of personnel involved in the maintenance and repair of ammunition. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 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  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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