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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: General Abattoir Processes 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
48655  National Certificate: General Abattoir Processes 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
AgriSETA - Agriculture SETA  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation  Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
This qualification is registered at level 2 on the National Qualification Framework. It provides learners with the opportunity to obtain competence in broad abattoir processes and practices, namely handling of offal, handling of slaughtered animals ante mortem and effluent handling, providing opportunity for learners to grow in this specific field.

The fundamental learning, which learners will acquire, will allow them to be able to compile verbal and written communications and perform basic calculations. This qualification complies with the objectives of the NQF with regard to facilitating access to, mobility and progression within the red meat industry.

The qualification focuses on the skills, knowledge, values and attitude required to progress further in the industry. The intention is to release the potential of people, in order for them to grow, develop and become more competent workers. This qualification will furthermore add value to the individuals, their workplace and the economy as a whole.

Rationale

This qualification is aimed at people who are working in the red meat industry or who would like to start a career in the industry. It is aimed at formalising the skills required in the red meat industry to facilitate career-pathing and to provide access to new entrants. The qualification provides learners with access to advanced learning in specialised areas within the red meat industry. It also provides learners with the necessary background knowledge and skills to be portable within other Industries.

Through the above the qualification will address one of the key priorities of the Department of Labour in the reduction of unemployment and under employment. It will assist in creating job opportunities. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
The learner will have appropriate levels of competence in Communication, Languages and Numeracy equivalent to NQF1.

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 work experience. Where RPL is required the learner will need to prove competence in that specific area in order to obtain recognition of that skill and knowledge.

Evidence can be presented in a variety of forms, including international or previous local qualifications, reports, testimonials mentioning functions performed, work records, portfolios, videos of practise and performance records. The assessment methods and tools to be used to assess Prior Learning shall be decided upon jointly by the assessor and the learner. 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

QUALIFICATION RULES 
To obtain this qualification all fundamental and core unit standards are compulsory. The learner must elect a minimum of 24 credits from the elective category to total 120 credits. 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
1. Show an understanding of the basic principles, processes, and operations within the abattoir industry.
2. Prepare and handle animals/carcasses pre and post slaughter.
3. Handle and process offal.
4. Apply proper handling techniques of condemned material.
5. Carry out hides and skins handling processes.
6. Handle and dispatch chilled carcasses. 

ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
1.
1.1 Principles of safety requirements and hygiene factors are explained.
1.2 Basic principles of work ethics are recalled and described.
1.3 Reasons and consequences of not adhering to business principles, processes and operations are identified and explained.

2.
2.1 Reasons for handling animals/carcasses according to requirements are identified and explained.
2.2 Reasons and consequences for not adhering to legal and procedural requirements are explained.

3.
3.1 Hygienic procedures are adhered to and applied according to instructions.
3.2 Procedures for handling equipment correctly and according to safety requirements are explained and applied.
3.3 Reasons and consequences of not adhering to legal and procedural requirements for handling offal are identified and explained.

4.
4.1 Procedures for handling condemned material correctly and according to health and safety requirements are explained and applied.
4.2 Reasons and consequences of not adhering to procedural requirements for correct handling of condemned material are identified and explained.

5.
5.1 Procedures for handling hides and skins correctly and according to work site procedures, safety regulations and statutory requirements are explained and implemented.
5.2 Machinery and equipment for handling hides and skins are operated according to manufacturers specifications.
5.3 Reasons and consequences of not operating machinery according to manufacturers specifications are identified and explained.

6.
6.1 Procedures and policies for handling chilled carcasses correctly and according to work site procedures, safety regulations and statutory requirements are explained and applied.
6.2 Machinery and equipment for chilling carcasses are operated according to manufacturers specifications.
6.3 Reasons and consequences of not dispatching chilled carcasses according to policies and procedures are identified and explained.

Integrated Assessment Criteria

Unit standards associated with this qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field outcomes. Assessment should focus in an integrated way on determining the competence of the learner in terms of the overall purpose and title of this qualification.

The term integrated assessment also implies that the theoretical and practical components should be assessed together and assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies.

Assessment activities should be done in real workplace situations and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show that the learner is able to display the competencies to the real work situation.

All assessments should be conducted in line with the following documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work of learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.

Learners wishing to be assessed will need to provide evidence of the following:
  • Verbal and written explanations of reasons for adhering to operational and work site procedures as well as statutory requirements, adhering to specific sequence of operations, identifying deviations, taking corrective actions and recording relevant data, and reporting deviations outside the jobholder's responsibility.
  • Documentation and explanation of administrative records completed during the process of preparing animals for slaughter and handling of red and rough offal.
  • Demonstrations of a range of actions in handling animals and applying general safety in the workplace
  • A portfolio of evidence is required to prove the practical, applied and foundational competencies of the learner, which may include production and quality data.

    Assessors and moderators 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 work experience. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Comparisons were done against unit standards and qualifications in the New Zeeland Qualifications Authority. These were:
  • National Certificate in Meat Processing (Introductory).
  • National Certificate in Meat Processing (Preparation of Livestock).

    A comparison of the above qualifications was undertaken and the best practice points were highlighted and used in the generation of this qualification's unit standards.
    In general this qualification and its component unit standards were compared with their international counterparts and the differences are in the formatting, titles and scope of coverage or focus. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification lends itself to both vertical and horizontal articulation possibilities. These possibilities ensure both mobility and progression for the learner in other fields of learning such as management, and areas where supervisory competence is required. The learning areas outlined in the purpose of the qualification indicate the vertical articulation possibilities.

    This Qualification will articulate horizontally with the:
  • National Certificate in General Abattoir Processes level 2.

    This qualification lends itself to both vertical and horizontal articulation possibilities. These possibilities ensure both mobility and progression for the learner in other fields of learning such as the poultry, dairy, and fish industries and areas where supervisory competence is required. The learning areas outlined in the purpose of the qualification indicate the vertical articulation possibilities. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Anyone assessing a learner against these unit standards must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
    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.
    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. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    An elective unit standard concerning sanitation and sterilisation will be included, as soon as it has been developed. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  114336  Count teeth  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  114346  Handle effluent  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  114357  Handle hides and skins  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  114353  Handle red offal  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  114339  Handle slaughter animals ante mortem  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  114343  Prepare animals for slaughter  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  114350  Chill and despatch carcasses  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114362  Demonstrate understanding of the abattoir industry  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  7717  Handle and maintain utensils and equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114341  Handle condemned material  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114358  Handle rough offal  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  8493  Maintain occupational health and safety  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  12483  Perform basic first aid  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114361  Process offal  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8963  Access and use information from texts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9009  Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life related problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7480  Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9008  Identify, describe, compare, classify, explore shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional shapes in different contexts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8962  Maintain and adapt oral communication  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8967  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7469  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9007  Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8964  Write for a defined context  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  8187  Care for electronic equipment and measuring instruments  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  123370  Demonstrate knowledge of hygiene awareness in a food production facility  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12463  Understand and deal with HIV/AIDS  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  8000  Apply basic business principles  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116899  Clean and sanitize a food processing system  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  10955  Foster and maintain customer relations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  14667  Describe and apply the management functions of an organization  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    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. Abattoir Skills Training (Pty) Ltd 
    2. Dzunde Farming Co-operative Limited 
    3. Hymike Trading Enterprise CC 
    4. Ithembalihle Training and Development 
    5. Nkoanapula Trading & Projects 
    6. TPLR and Training Services (PTY) LTD 
    7. Twoline Training Skills For Africa Pty Ltd 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.