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

Further Education and Training Certificate: Use of Firearms 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
21854  Further Education and Training Certificate: Use of Firearms 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Security   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security  Safety in Society 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  152  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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  2005-11-01  2008-11-01 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-11-01   2012-11-30  

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 qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
50480  Further Education and Training Certificate: Firearm Training  Level 4  NQF Level 04  141  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
The qualification will allow a learner to obtain a nationally recognised qualification in the general and law enforcement tactical duty related use of firearms. It will also contribute to the upliftment of persons involved in the use of firearms and will set a standard for professionalism in all industries involved with the use of firearms, private persons, law enforcement agencies and official institutions. The qualification will assist in changing perceptions of lack of expertise and consistency within industries involved with the use of firearms, law enforcement agencies and official institutions. This will also assist in improving relationships between members of such industries, law enforcement agencies and official institutions and the community at large. This qualification will provide for recognition of prior learning to allow for the recognition of existing and common knowledge and skills that will not only allow a learner to gain credits towards this qualification, but to progress to further learning.

The generic core unit standards provide credits that allow access to both vertically and horizontally articulated qualifications. This qualification will enhance the status, accountability and employability of the learner within all industries involved with the use of firearms, private communities, law enforcement agencies and official institutions as well as contribute to the quality and growth within such industries, communities, law enforcement agencies and official institutions.

Through the electives component of the qualification learners are able to demonstrate specific vocational skills. Qualifying learners are capable of using a series of learning, legal and tactical law enforcement firearms skills to protect and serve members of communities in accordance with relevant legislation and the constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

This will as previously stated attract quality people and allows for the aspiration of people to be part of all industries involved with the use of firearms, communities, law enforcement agencies and official institutions.

A person acquiring this qualification will have skills, knowledge and experience to use handguns, hand machine carbines, shotguns and rifles competently, safely and within the required legal framework and in the service of maintaining a safe and secure society.

The learner will also be competent in safely supervising the operation of a shooting range & shooting exercises.

Rationale:

This qualification reflects the workplace and community-based needs of all industries involved with the use of firearms, private persons, law enforcement agencies and official institutions that are expressed by employers, employees and legislators, both now and for the future. This qualification provides the learner with accessibility to be employed within industries involved with the use of firearms, private individuals, law enforcement agencies and official institutions and provides the flexibility to pursue a career in firearms with a wide variety of specialisation options and articulation within such industries, law enforcement agencies and official institutions. This qualification will also enable private individuals to gain the appropriate licence for the possession and/or carrying of firearms both private and for business purposes. 

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 the necessary literacy, numeracy and communication skills NQF 03.

Recognition of prior learning:

This qualification may be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and workplace experience. 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

QUALIFICATION RULES 
The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component.

To be awarded the Qualification, learners are required to obtain a minimum of 152 credits as detailed below.

Fundamental Component:

The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 to the value of 16 credits.
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 in a First South African Language to the value of 20 credits.
  • Communication in a Second South African Language at NQF Level 3 to the value of 20 credits.

    It is compulsory therefore for learners to do Communication in two different South African languages, one at NQF Level 4 and the other at NQF Level 3.

    All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.

    Core Component:

    The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 92 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:

    The Elective Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 37 credits. Learners are to choose Unit Standards to the minimum of 4 credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Use of a handgun.
    2. Use of a hand machine carbine
    3. Use of a shotgun
    4. Use of a rifle
    5. Use of firearms tactical duty related situations
    6. Safely supervise the operations of a shooting range and shooting exercises. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.1. Demonstrate and apply understanding of the relevant legislation required for the lawful possession and use of a handgun.
    1.2. Knowledge and understanding of the safe handling of a handgun is applied
    1.3. Knowledge and understanding of the acceptable and competent operation, use and maintenance of a handgun is demonstrated
    1.4. Knowledge and understanding of the accurate and competent shooting of a handgun is demonstrated.

    2.1. Demonstrate and apply understanding of the relevant legislation required for the lawful possession and use of a hand machine carbine.
    2.2. Knowledge and understanding of the safe handling of a hand machine carbine is applied
    2.3 Knowledge and understanding of the acceptable and competent operation, use and maintenance of a hand machine carbine is demonstrated
    2.4 Knowledge and understanding of the accurate and competent shooting of a hand machine carbine is demonstrated.

    3.1 Demonstrate and apply understanding of the relevant legislation required for the lawful possession and use of a shotgun.
    3.2 Knowledge and understanding of the safe handling of a shotgun is applied
    3.3 Knowledge and understanding of the acceptable and competent operation, use and maintenance of a shotgun is demonstrated
    3.4 Knowledge and understanding of the accurate and competent shooting of a shotgun is demonstrated.

    4.1 Demonstrate and apply understanding of the relevant legislation required for the lawful possession and use of a rifle.
    4.2 Knowledge and understanding of the safe handling of a rifle is applied
    4.3 Knowledge and understanding of the acceptable and competent operation, use and maintenance of a rifle is demonstrated
    4.4 Knowledge and understanding of the accurate and competent shooting of a rifle is demonstrated.

    5.1 Relevant personnel, firearms and equipment required for use in specific duty/job related environments are prepared.
    5.2 Knowledge and understanding of the tactical operational procedures & techniques specific to the use of relevant firearms required for duty/job related environments are applied.
    5.3 Knowledge and understanding of post-operational de-briefings with relevant personnel regarding lethal and/or potentially lethal confrontations/incidents are applied.

    6.1 Demonstrate and apply understanding of the relevant legislation required for the safe supervision of the general operation of a shooting range & shooting exercises.
    6.2 Relevant range / personnel / firearms & equipment required for a shooting exercise are prepared.
    6.3 Demonstrate and apply knowledge on the planning, designing, executing & coaching of all types of shooting exercises.
    6.4 Demonstrate and apply knowledge in how to conclude a shooting event/detail/exercise.

    Integrated assessment:

    Integrated assessments 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.

    The applied competence (practical, foundational and reflective competencies) will be achieved if a person is able to competently, safely and responsibly carry, handle and maintain a range of relevant firearms, use a range of relevant firearms in the workplace in accordance with relevant legal, moral and constitutional requirements, use standard tactical operational procedures & techniques specific to relevant firearms required for duty/job related environments and safely supervise the operation of a shooting range & shooting exercises. This use, carry, handle, maintain, standard tactical operational procedures and the supervision of a shooting range & shooting exercises must be safe for society, quality assured and complying with relevant legislation.

    The identifying and solving of problems, team work, organising one-self, the using of applied science, the implications of actions and reactions in the world as a set of related systems must be assessed during any combination of practical, foundational and reflexive competency assessment methods and tools to determine the whole person development and integration of applied knowledge and skills.

    Certain exit level outcomes are measurable and verifiable through assessment criteria assessed in one application.

    Applicable assessment tools to establish the foundational, reflective and embedded knowledge to problem solving, and application of the world as a set of related systems within the general use of firearms and specific tactical duty related situations and the safe supervision of the operation of shooting ranges and shooting exercises should be used.

    A broad range of task orientated and theoretical assessment tools may be used.

    Assessors and moderators (registered with the POSLEC SETA ETQA/and any other body with whom a MOU was entered into.) should develop and conduct their own integrated assessment by making use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods. Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and experience.

    Unit standards in the qualification "National Certificate in the Use of Firearms" must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field outcomes. During integrated assessments the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and should assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies.

    A detailed portfolio of evidence is required to proof the practical, applied and foundational competencies of the learner.

    Assessors and moderators (registered with the POSLEC SETA ETQA/and any other body with whom a MOU was entered into.) should develop and conduct their own integrated assessment by making use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods. Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and experience. 

    INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Benchmarking was done against the Australian standards appropriate for federal/state/territory licence and/or accreditation for the carrying of firearms.

    The standards showed a substantial degree of similarity.

    International comparability could therefore be found to support this qualification. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification will allow a person to pursue different career paths within any sub sectors of the private security industry or in any organisation involved in securing a safe society. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with the POSLEC SETA ETQA/and any other body with whom a MOU was entered into.
    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider through the POSLEC SETA ETQA by SAQA/ and any other body with whom a MOU was entered into.
    3. The POSLEC SETA ETQA/ and any other body with whom a MOU was entered into will oversee assessment and moderation of assessment according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant competency and the POSLEC SETA ETQA/ and any other body with whom a MOU was entered into.
    4. Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessment at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA/ and any other body with whom a MOU was entered into, policies specify otherwise. Moderation should encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards, exit level outcomes as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification.
    5. Anyone wishing to be assessed against this competency may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the POSLEC SETA ETQA/ and any other body with whom a MOU was entered into. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Assessors need experience in the following areas:
  • Interpersonal skills, subject matter and assessment.
  • The assessor needs to be competent in the planning and conducting of assessment of learning outcomes and in the design and development of assessments as described in the unit standards plan and conduct assessment of learning outcomes NQF level 5.
  • Subject matter experience must be well developed within the field of general security operations, specialised security operations and the use of firearms - general, tactical job/duty related and supervising shooting ranges and shooting exercises. The assessor must have completed:
  • A similar qualification with a minimum of 12 months field experience after he/she has completed the qualification or,
  • The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning.

    The assessors need to be registered with the POSLEC SETA ETQA/ and any other body with whom a MOU was entered into. 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 50480, which is "Further Education and Training Certificate: Firearm Training", Level 4, 141 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  10756  Use of a hand machine carbine  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  10748  Use of a handgun  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  10750  Use of a rifle  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  10754  Use of a shotgun  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  10758  Safely supervise the operation of a shooting range and shooting exercises  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  30 
    Core  10757  Use of firearms in tactical duty related situations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  22 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8969  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8973  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8970  Write texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9015  Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8974  Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8975  Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9016  Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8979  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8976  Write for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  9926  Coach learners  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  7786  Operate a Computer  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9224  Implement policies regarding HIV/AIDS in the workplace  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  7978  Plan and conduct assessment of learning outcomes  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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    1. KIRSTEN BROERS CC 
    2. MAGNUM ARMS TRAINING CENTRE 
    3. SABI SAFARIS CC 



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