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

National Certificate: Primary Response in Emergencies 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
60249  National Certificate: Primary Response in Emergencies 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Occupational Health and Safety   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
HW SETA - Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services  Preventive Health 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  142  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
SAQA 0875/08  2008-02-06  2010-06-02 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2011-06-02   2014-06-02  

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
78803  National Certificate: Primary Response in Emergencies  Level 3  NQF Level 03  130  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

This qualification is intended for the first responder as a member of a primary emergency team. The primary emergency team includes rescue, fire, hazardous materials incidents and health emergency incidents or accidents. This qualification enables the first responder in the workplace, community or in the emergency services to respond knowledgeably and appropriately.

Learners credited with this qualification will be able to:
  • Communicate effectively to provide care and support for all in need in an emergency situation.
  • Respond appropriately to a variety of emergency situations.
  • Participate effectively as a functioning member of a primary emergency team.

    All practical activities required throughout the qualification are expected to be carried out in terms of international or national protocols/procedures and universal precautions.

    Rationale:

    This qualification is aimed to assist all practitioners in primary emergency care/first aid and will provide the increased capacity for the following existing categories of workers:
  • Emergency services personnel i.e., ambulance, fire fighting, law enforcement, defence force, maritime, aviation and emergency call centre personnel.
  • Workplace first responders, security officers, haulage operators, educators.
  • Home carers, auxiliary and ancillary health care workers, lay counsellors, community workers, childcare workers and early childhood development (ECD) practitioners.
  • Lifesavers, tour guides, game rangers, sports science practitioners, adventure industry personnel.

    Qualified learners can increase their earning capabilities, and access various learning pathways. The qualification articulates with primary emergency care/first aid instruction, ancillary community health, emergency care, disaster management, occupational health, auxiliary and ancillary health at NQF Level 4.

    The impact of this qualification on the emergency coping capacity of communities is vast. Primary emergency care is the focus for several non-governmental organisations, community based organisations, commercial emergency services, training service providers and closed corporations with the express purpose of serving and training with communities to increase their coping capacity with essential skills that would otherwise not be available. Heavy, chemical and mining industries would benefit greatly from the knowledge and skills obtained through this qualification. A further dimension to this qualification is that it helps to equip additional community members to cope effectively in disaster situations and also contributes to the workforce for disaster managers. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Communication skills at NQF Level 2.

    Existing competence in the following unit standards is strongly recommended:
  • ID 120496: Provide risk-based primary emergency care/first aid in the workplace.
  • ID 114941: Apply knowledge of HIVAIDS to a specific business sector and a workplace.
  • ID 7461: Use maps to access and communicate information concerning routes, location and direction.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This qualification can be achieved wholly, or in part, through recognition of prior learning. Evidence may be presented in a variety of forms, including previous international or local qualifications, reports, testimonials, mentoring, portfolios, work records and performance appraisals.

    Learners who have met the requirements of a Unit Standard that forms part of this qualification may apply for recognition of prior learning to the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) body or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.

    The applicant will be assessed in terms of the specific outcomes and related assessment criteria.

    Access to the Qualification:

    Qualifying learners are required to be at least eighteen years of age in order to meet government regulations related to the skills required in the qualification. For the maximum safety of the learner and victim, the learner must be physically able to meet the specific outcomes for lifting and carrying and/or evacuating the sick, the injured and equipment. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
  • All 41 Fundamental Component credits are compulsory.
  • All 95 Core Component credits Unit are compulsory.
  • At least 6 of the Elective Component credits must be attained.

    Minimum number of credits to be attained: 142. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Communicate effectively to provide care and support for all in need in an emergency situation.

    2. Respond appropriately to a variety of emergency situations.

    3. Participate effectively as a functioning member of a primary emergency team.
  • Range: Primary first response includes rescue, fire, hazardous materials incidents, health emergency incidents/accidents.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes (CCFOs):

    This qualification addresses the following critical cross-field outcomes, as detailed in the associated unit standards:
  • Identifying and solving problems in which responses indicate that decisions made have utilised critical and creative thinking by analyzing factors at an emergency incident and adapting practice to achieve a desired outcome.
  • Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by activating the appropriate response team and working with others to achieve maximum safety and rescue at an emergency incident.
  • Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by effectively controlling scene observers, preserving an incident scene and ensuring free access and egress for emergency teams and vehicles.
  • Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information by collating information elicited directly or indirectly and responding appropriately and summonsing the correct response specialists for the type of emergency.
  • Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in modes of oral and/or written persuasion within the emergency team and with all those assisted during the course of an emergency incident.
  • Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of oneself and others by utilizing the appropriate equipment and services for a given emergency situation.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation by responding as a member of a team and by accepting and following instructions from specialists and superiors and by assistance to victims and their significant others wherever required. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:

    1.1 Information from texts, patient histories and examinations is collated and applied according to the requirements of the specific context.
  • Range of contexts: Situational, emotional, spiritual.
    1.2 Communications with all those involved are positive, supportive and constructive.
  • Range of people includes but is not limited to: Callers to call centres, bystanders, next of kin and/or significant others, fellow team members, superiors.
    1.3 Reactions of people arising from a traumatic event are correctly assessed and responded to in accordance with the appropriate cultural practices.
    1.4 All communications must demonstrate sensitivity towards diversity in individuals.
  • Range: Diversity includes but is not limited to: Gender, culture, religion, race age, ethnicity, sexual orientation.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:

    2.1 The immediate emergency accident/incident scene is assessed and managed according to accepted procedures/protocols.
    2.2 An ability to identify and adapt care to meet cultural, spiritual and ethnic differences is demonstrated.
    2.3 Recommended actions are in accordance with accepted hygiene standards/universal precautions.
    2.4 The appropriate technical rescue service is initiated and the scene managed safely until professionals arrive.
    2.5 The ability to make ethical decisions in emergency care situations is demonstrated.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:

    3.1 The ability to work effectively is demonstrated, within the defined roles and functions of a first responder member of a primary emergency team.
    3.2 Cultural differences are taken into account without compromising safety of self and others.
    3.3 The activation of reactionary teams from in-bound and out-bound call centre to emergency accidents/incidents is appropriately implemented.
  • Range of incidents includes but is not limited to; health emergency management; fire fighting; disaster management.
    3.4 Strategies are applied to maintain on-going personal health and safety.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Learners may be credited for individual unit standards as and when they can demonstrate that they can achieve the required competencies.

    Workplace experience may be recognised when assessing this qualification.

    A range of formative and summative methods may be used in assessing learners, which may include:
  • Written and oral tests/examinations.
  • Case studies and assignments.
  • Role-play and simulation sessions.
  • Written reports/work plans.
  • Peer group review.
  • Feedback from patients/patient's family/significant others/community members.

    Assessment should be carried out at regular intervals as well as at the end of the periods of study and should be offered in an integrated manner. It is envisaged that learners will work at more than one unit standard at a time. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification and the components for this qualification have been compared with other countries both in the first and third worlds. The qualification does not exist at the equivalent level on frameworks in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and Scotland.

    Other African countries, India, Cuba and various countries in South America have not yet developed a national qualification framework thus do not have an equivalent qualification or any of the components.

    Emergency services in USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Scotland and other first world countries' are all manned by professional emergency care workers.

    Primary Emergency Care/First Aid is taught as short courses in many countries but at a standard lower than that of the Unit Standard entitled "Provide primary emergency care/first aid as an advanced first responder". This Unit Standard bridges the gap between the traditional Primary Emergency Care /First Aid and the first responder care required to meet the emergency needs in rural areas, inaccessible areas, major industries, sea, air and disaster situations within South Africa.

    This qualification is unique to South Africa and is appropriate for the unique requirements of this country in terms of holistic and comprehensive health care and delivery applicable to first and third world conditions. This qualification is also applicable to sub-Saharan countries and especially those of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), as well as all other third-world countries. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification articulates vertically with the following qualifications:
  • ID 50019: Further Education Training Certificate: Nursing NQF Level 4.
  • ID 49131: Further Education Training Certificate: Community Health Work NQF Level 4.
  • ID 57803: Further Education Training Certificate: Fire and Rescue Operations NQF Level 4.
  • ID 58396: Further Education Training Certificate: Community Development: HIV/AIDS Support NQF Level 4.

    This qualification articulates horizontally with the following qualifications:
  • ID 50062: National Certificate: Hygiene and Safety, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 49993: National Certificate: Nursing, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 49128: National Certificate: Community Health Work, NQF Level 3. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • All moderation must: Be carried out by moderators accredited by and in accordance with the requirements of the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any provider wishing to offer this qualification or against any of the unit standards that make up this qualification must: be accredited by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Anyone assessing a learner against this qualification or against any of the unit standards that make up this qualification must:
  • Be in possession of a qualification at a minimum of NQF Level 4.
  • Be experienced in the relevant area of emergency care.
  • Be accredited by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA. 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 78803, which is "National Certificate: Primary Response in Emergencies", Level 3, 130 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  116987  Apply active listening skills in the care and support environment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  254223  Apply emergency scene safety measures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13884  Apply in-bound and out-bound Contact Centre operations within an emergency context  Level 3  NQF Level 03  16 
    Core  120331  Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to fires in working places  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  254217  Describe evacuation procedures for all affected persons and movable critical resources/effects  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  244578  Describe how to manage reactions arising from a traumatic event  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  254219  Describe the holistic care and support for the patient, family and/or significant others at a scene of death  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  254214  Describe the role(s) and functions of a team member within an emergency team.  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13156  Devise strategies for the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  116490  Identify key ethical values for human conduct  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  117016  Institute preventive measures to reduce the potential impact of disasters  Level 3  NQF Level 03  14 
    Core  254215  Maintain and operate a range of emergency equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  254218  Manage mentally ill patients in an emergency  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  254221  Prevent musculoskeletal injuries to self during lifting and carrying activities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  117493  Provide information about HIV and AIDS and treatment options in community care and support situations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  254220  Provide primary emergency care/first aid as an advanced first responder  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  254216  Recognise hazards at technical rescue incidents and initiate the appropriate rescue process  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9010  Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9013  Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9012  Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119078  Use a GUI-based word processor to enhance a document through the use of tables and columns  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119467  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7456  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119465  Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116995  Participate in health promotion activities  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  254222  Demonstrate stress management techniques as a self-help tool  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  244584  Investigate ways of contributing towards community development  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  119725  Provide support to victims of sexual offences  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  120329  Respond to, implement and manage emergencies according to an emergency action plan in a workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  114478  Conduct basic lay counselling in a structured environment  Level 4  NQF Level 04  15 
    Elective  117504  Identify and support the abused child  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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