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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

National Certificate: Conservation Resource Guardianship 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
20415  National Certificate: Conservation Resource Guardianship 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nature Conservation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was CATHSSETA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation  Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  126  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
SAQA 0160/05  2005-09-13  2008-02-06 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-02-06   2012-02-06  

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 qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
59389  National Certificate: Nature Conservation: Resource Guardianship  Level 2  NQF Level 02  121  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
A learner who has achieved this qualification will be able to perform a multiple set of roles in assisting with the maintenance of the integrity of a conserved area, by integrating operational knowledge and skills.

Learners with this qualification will be able to carry out conservation security practises within a designated conserved area; combat soil erosion and alien invader plant species; gather basic biological data for research purposes; and perform a liaison function with neighbouring communities in terms of raising their awareness of important environmental issues and considerations, as well as what constitutes legal and illegal acts if carried out within a conserved area.

This qualification serves as an entry level to the conservation sub-sector. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that learners wishing to enter a programme leading to this qualification have demonstrated competence in the Unit Standards for Communication, Numeracy and Introductory Conservation Security at NQF One.

Recognition of prior learning

Any learner wishing to be directly assessed may arrange to do so, without attending further training or education. The assessor and learner will decide together on the most appropriate assessment route to be taken. 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

QUALIFICATION RULES 
A minimum of 57 credits should be achieved in fundamental
A minimum of 60 credits should be achieved in core, plus
A minimum of 5 credits from an elective category to total 122 credits for the qualification. 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
On achieving this qualification the learner will be able to:

1. Use firearms competently.
2. Co-ordinate, erect and dismantle a game fence through applying appropriate actions and techniques.
3. Maintain buildings usually found in conserved areas, e.g. blocks, simple accommodation, garages, ablution blocks, entrance gates, boreholes, windmills, pumps, tracks, trails etc.
4. Ignite, control and extinguish a fire through applying appropriate techniques and actions as directed.
5. Take the necessary preventative measures to assist in soil erosion control, i.e. identify and report sites of erosion, implement soil erosion measures and reflect on measures taken and learn from these actions.
6. Implement problem plant control measures, i.e. identify problem plant species; decide on a control measure based on the species, size, season and location etc.
7. Demonstrate a basic understanding of cultural heritage management activities, e.g. identifying and listing cultural sites, maintaining heritage sites within limits set by management plans etc.
8. Conduct nature conservation activities in an environmentally sensitive manner.
9. Carry out designated conservation security practices according to a plan, e.g. conduct routine security patrols in order to deter, detect and combat illegal activities within an area of responsibility.
10. Collect specimens in the field for the purpose of contributing to species inventory, for monitoring purposes and for cultivation.
11. Carry out allocated tasks in a culling operation, e.g. check equipment, age and sex animals, use a spotlight correctly, bleed carcasses and take blood samples etc.
12. Supervise the harvest of indigenous plants in the field.
13. Demonstrate in their behaviour and lifestyle, a set of values and ethics centering on respect for self, others and the environment.
14. Demonstrate an understanding of HIV/AIDS and its implications.
15. Gather and report accurately on local and keystone wildlife species information to be used for population management purposes.
16. Ethically control problem animals.
17. Implement sound occupational health and safety practises in the workplace according to a plan. 

ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
Integrated assessment

Integrated assessment at the level of qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show that they are able to integrate concepts, ideas and actions across unit standards to achieve competence that is grounded and coherent in relation to the purpose of the qualification.

Integrated assessment must judge the quality of the observable performance, but also the quality of the thinking that lies behind it. Assessment tools must encourage learners to give an account of the thinking and decision-making that underpin their demonstrated performance. Some assessment practices will be of a more practical nature while others will be of a more theoretical nature. The ratio between action and interpretation is not fixed, but varies according to the type and level of qualification.

A broad range of task-orientated and theoretical assessment tools may be used, with the distinction between practical knowledge and disciplinary knowledge maintained so that each takes its rightful place.

In particular assessors should check for:

The learner must demonstrate an ability to consider a range of options and make decisions about:

1. Information gathered and reported about wildlife, problem plants.
2. Actions to be taken regarding infrastructure maintenance, controlling of problem plants, combating soil erosion and combating illegal activities within the conserved area.

The learner must demonstrate an understanding of:

1. Environmentally responsible living.
2. Their role in terms of the global conservation effort (including managing biodiversity).
3. The legal requirements and parameters within which they operate.

The learner must demonstrate an ability to:

1. Function effectively and safely as a member of a team under difficult environmental conditions and potentially dangerous situations.
2. Act ethically and use sound judgement when faced with a potentially dangerous situation. 

INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
The African continent with its unique wildlife, has led to the development of standards of practice unique to Africa. South Africa has taken the lead in the development of these standards, which have been widely accepted and used in the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa. 

MODERATION OPTIONS 
1. Anyone assessing a learner against these unit standards must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of these unit standards or will assess these unit standards must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

Therefore anyone wishing to be assessed against these unit standards may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution, which is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

NOTES 
This qualification has been replaced by qualification 59389, which is the National Certificate: Nature Conservation: Resource Guardianship, Level 2, 121 credits.

Fundamental:
Learners are required to achieve 2 additional credits from the sub-field of communication and language and 14 credits from the sub-field mathematical sciences at NQF 1 or above.

Elective:
a Minimum of 5 credits should be achieved. 

UNIT STANDARDS: 
  ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Core  8334  Carry out the harvesting of fauna  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Core  8335  Carry out the harvesting of flora  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Core  8333  Collect Field Specimens  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Core  8330  Combat problem plants  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Core  8331  Combat Soil erosion  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Core  8347  Control problem Animals  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Core  8494  Demonstrate an understanding of HIV/AIDS and its implications  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Core  8336  Demonstrate knowledge of conservation ethics  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Core  8345  Identify and monitor local wildlife  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Core  8493  Maintain occupational health and safety  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Core  8346  Manage cultural heritage resources in the field  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Core  8328  Perform Basic Infrastructural Maintenance  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
Core  8332  Perform conservation guardianship  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Core  8348  Understand Nature Conservation issues  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Fundamental  11803  Apply basic written and oral communication skills  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
Fundamental  7793  Describe layout, services and facilities of the organisation  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Fundamental  7801  Describe the sectors of the Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Industries  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Fundamental  8418  Do basic research  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Fundamental  7547  Operate a personal computer system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Fundamental  8420  Operate in a team  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Fundamental  8618  Organise oneself in the workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Fundamental  7812  Perform basic calculations  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Fundamental  14348  Process incoming and outgoing telephone calls  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Fundamental  8416  Understand and apply personal values and ethics  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Fundamental  8419  Understand social issues  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Fundamental  8417  Use numeracy for self-organisation  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Fundamental  8421  Work with people who have special needs  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Fundamental  7794  Communicate verbally  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
Fundamental  7829  Handle and record refunds  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
Fundamental  7860  Introduce new staff to the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
Fundamental  7820  Operate a payment point and process payments  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
Fundamental  7852  Audit Financial Procedures/ Conduct Night Audit  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
Fundamental  7784  Communicate in a business environment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
Fundamental  9244  Plan and conduct meetings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
Fundamental  7822  Prepare written communications  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
Fundamental  9263  Councel others for incapacity or poor work performance  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
Fundamental  9264  Deal with grievances  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
Fundamental  7878  Prepare and Maintain Financial Records and Statements  Level 5  NQF Level 05  12 
Fundamental  7788  Process payments  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
Fundamental  7880  Prepare, implement, manage and control budgets  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 
Elective  13679  Control and extinguish a fire in a conservation area  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
Elective  8349  Erect and maintain wildlife fencing  Level 2  NQF Level 02 


LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
When qualifications are replaced, some of their learning programmes are moved to being recorded against the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replacement.
 
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PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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.
 
1. African Global Skills Academy Pty Ltd 
2. DRUM BEAT SAFARIS 
3. Eco Ranger Conservation Services (Pty) Ltd 
4. HOSPITALITY PROFESSIONALS SOUTH AFRICA 
5. JOHAN FOURIE 
6. KWAZULU NATAL NATURE CONSERVATION SERVIC 
7. Southern African Wildlife College 
8. Tourism World (Pty) Limited 



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