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

Further Education and Training Certificate: Animal Protection 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
65229  Further Education and Training Certificate: Animal Protection 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
Task Team - Animal Protection Standards   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
LG SETA - Local Government and related Services Sector Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation  Nature Conservation 
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 0480/09  2009-07-01  2012-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2013-06-30   2016-06-30  

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 
Purpose:

This qualification provides knowledge, skills and values needed for learners who wish to pursue a career in animal protection. Learners achieving this qualification will find employment in not-for-profit organisations (NPOs) in the field of animal welfare and in other organisations or communities where animals play a significant part.

Learners will be provided with the theoretical knowledge and the practical competencies to enable them to respond to situations where animals are or may be at risk. This qualification seeks to develop the following competencies in a learner:
  • Animal protection law enforcement.
  • Identification of the implications of the Acts, codes and associated pieces of legislation.
  • Spontaneous, flexible and responsive inspection of animals and their conditions.
  • Knowledge of the characteristics and needs of different animal species.
  • Developing a sense of responsibility and upliftment of ethical standards in line with an animal law enforcement officer's profession.

    The learner achieving this qualification will be able to:
  • Communicate verbally and in writing using a number of different techniques and formats and apply basic mathematical concepts in the workplace.
  • Evaluate situations involving animals and explore appropriate strategies to be used in the case of abuse or neglect.
  • Conduct an animal cruelty investigation.
  • Support a prosecution.
  • Adopt the behaviours of a professional Animal Protection Inspector.
  • Advise on the proper care of animals commonly found in different socio-economic communities.

    Rationale:

    Proper care and prevention of cruelty to animals is an important responsibility of the community. Mahatma Ghandi stated that the degree of civilisation attained by a society is reflected by its treatment of animals. More recently, research findings have shown that there is close relationship between violence towards people and animals. This qualification will also promote love of, and respect towards animals, which should have positive spin-offs for society in general. To promote care and concern for animals sets the tone for reducing violence in society.

    Many people in rural and urban areas depend on their animals for their livelihood, and proper care of the animals results in the improvement of their socio-economic conditions.

    Animal abuse occurs mostly in domestic situations, in exhibitions, entertainment, sports, farming, laboratories, breeding, when used for work, and in human interaction with wildlife. These abuses arise from ignorance, carelessness, negligence and wilful action.

    It is in the interest of society as a whole to have inspectors who hold a nationally recognised qualification so that they can provide leadership by educating, advising, warning and prosecuting as the situation may demand. This qualification fulfils that need.

    Inspectors in the animal welfare field are, by the nature of the work, very dedicated. This qualification provides well-deserved recognition for them.

    Although there have been inspectors from historically disadvantaged groups for decades, their numbers have been very few, and there is a need to make their numbers demographically proportional.

    This qualification gives credibility to animal welfare and protection organisational work as a significant career. Employers in the field will be more able to retain existing inspectors and recruit new ones, and thereby address the current shortfall of skilled workers.

    Learners typically embarking on this qualification will have willingness to work with different communities, a current driving licence (Code EB) and compassion for people as well as animals.

    This is the first qualification in the learning pathway for people working in the animal welfare field. Senior inspectors who are entrusted with managerial responsibilities will follow this qualification to achieve the National Certificate: Management at NQF Level 5. This embraces inter alia, the application of fundamental planning principles, organising, leading; strategic thinking; effective use of information and, being financially aware. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This Qualification makes the Recognition of Prior Learning possible, if the learner is able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this Animal Protection Qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning will be done by means of an Integrated Assessment as mentioned in the previous paragraph.

    This Recognition of Prior Learning may allow:
  • For accelerated access to further learning.
  • Gaining of credits towards a unit standard.
  • For full or partial recognition of the Qualification.

    All recognition of Prior Learning is subject to quality assurance by the relevant accredited Education, Training, Quality and Assurance Body and is conducted by a registered workplace assessor. Fundamental unit standards may have been acquired in a range of economic sectors and these will be recognised as appropriate.

    Access to the Qualification:

    There is open access to this qualification for the learners who are in possession of a code 08 (EB) driving licence. 

  • 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 compulsory Unit Standards with 88 credits.

    Elective Component:

    The elective Component consists of individual unit standards from which the learner must choose not fewer than 2 Unit Standards totalling a minimum of 8 credits. 

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

    1. Communicate verbally and in writing using a number of different techniques and formats and apply basic mathematical concepts in the workplace.

    2. Evaluate situations involving animals and explore appropriate strategies to be used in the case of abuse or neglect.

    3. Conduct an animal cruelty investigation.

    4. Support a prosecution.

    5. Adopt the behaviours of a professional Animal Protection Inspector.

    6. Advise on the proper care of animals commonly found in different socio-economic communities.

    Critical Cross-field Outcomes:

    This qualification promotes, in particular, the following Critical Cross-field Outcomes:

    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Evaluating situations involving animals and deciding on strategies to be adopted.
  • Deciding on advice to give on the proper care of animals commonly found in different socio-economic communities.

    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation and community when:
  • Supporting a prosecution by preparing documentation and giving evidence in a court of law.
  • Giving advice on the proper care of animals.

    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Evaluating situations involving animals and deciding which strategies to adopt.
  • Conducting an animal cruelty investigation by gathering information as evidence.
  • Preparing reports.
  • Adopting the attitudes of Animal Professional Protection Inspector.

    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Preparing reports.
  • Preparing documentation for court case.
  • Advising on the proper care of animals commonly found in different socio-economic communities.
  • Making presentations.

    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain when:
  • Evaluating situations involving animals.
  • Gathering information as evidence.
  • Preparing reports.
  • Advising on the proper care of animals commonly found in different socio-economic communities.

    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others when:
  • Giving advice on the proper care of animals commonly found in different socio-economic communities.
  • Using specialised equipment in the field.
  • Devising ways of environmental enrichment.

    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
  • Evaluating situations involving animals and deciding which strategies to adopt.
  • Supporting a prosecution.
  • Giving advice on the proper care of animals and the social implications of responsible animal ownership. 

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

    1. Language and texts are used to communicate understanding for educational law enforcement purposes.
    2. The use of basic mathematics in animal protection contexts is explained with relevant examples.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:

    1. Circumstances under which animals can be subjected to abuse as a result of ignorance by the owners are identified and possible strategies for resolving these circumstances are given.
    2. The signs and symptoms of animals suffering pain, discomfort, distress or neglect are understood and used to identify abused animals.
    3. Intervention strategies are linked to the nature of the identified problem/s.
  • Range: Tactics may include education, issuing a warning or prosecuting.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:

    1. Applicable animal protection legislation is identified for the type of abuse being investigated.
    2. Animal Practice codes are identified where applicable.
    3. Complaints received are investigated according to organisational procedures.
    4. Reports are prepared according to organisational standards.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:

    1. The role of the animal protection officer in court proceedings is explained in terms of functions and responsibilities.
    2. A formal court statement is written in the prescribed format with correct application of terminologies.
    3. A docket is completed in line with SA Police Services standards.
    4. Evidence is presented in a court of law in accordance with acceptable legal proceedings.
    5. Progress of a court case is monitored until completion.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:

    1. Personal grooming and dress codes are in accordance with organisational standards.
    2. The inspector's vehicle is equipped and maintained to organisational standards.
    3. Knowledge, skills and attitudes are maintained that ensure a professional image is portrayed to the public.
    4. Pro-active and reactive inspections are undertaken according to organisational requirements.
    5. Responsibility for inspecting all species of animals is adopted in accordance with the specific needs and legislation for particular species.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:

    1. A general knowledge of animals commonly found in different socio-economic communities is portrayed in terms of their physical, nutritional and species-specific needs.
    2. Advice provided to animal owners is directed towards the needs of the animal and focuses on responsible ownership.
    3. Practical ways of enriching the animal's environmental are identified in terms of specific needs and available resources.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Because assessment practices must be open, transparent, fair, valid and reliable and ensure that no learner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever, an integrated assessment approach is incorporated into the Qualification. Learning, teaching and assessment are inextricably linked. Whenever possible, the assessment of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values shown in the unit standards should be integrated.

    Assessment of the communication, language, literacy and numeracy should be conducted in conjunction with other aspects and should use authentic animal welfare contexts whenever possible.

    A variety of assessment tools and pragmatic activities must be appropriate to contextualised working environment. Where it is not possible to assess the learner in a workplace or on-the-job, simulations, case studies, role-plays and other similar techniques should be used to provide an experience appropriate to the assessment.

    The term 'Integrated Assessment' implies that theoretical and practical components should be assessed together. During integrated assessments the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies.

    Assessors and moderators should make 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.

    Assessment should ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and critical cross-field outcomes are assessed. The assessment of the critical cross-field outcomes should be integrated with the assessment of specific outcomes and embedded knowledge. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA):

    Being the first country in the world to introduce legislation to protect animals, the United Kingdom is a natural starting point. In the UK, many people regard Scottish education as superior to that found elsewhere in the nation. Scottish qualifications are based on competency standards and several of these are in the animal welfare sector under the description "Animal Care". The standards were developed by members of the Animal Care and Welfare Industry. The qualification chosen for comparison is Level 3 Animal Care G 8 DR23. It comprises a total of 12 Scottish Units of which 7 are chosen from 29 options. Some of the options are similar to the management options in this qualification whilst others would be covered in a forthcoming South African qualification for NPO society committee members.

    Other options pertaining to animals are in our core standards except for "providing a suitable environment for reproduction", which in the domestic environment is contrary to policy here, and homing.

    Important core standards in our Further Education and Training Certificate on investigations and use of legislation are options in the SQA G8 DR23.

    In summary, comparing the two qualifications the proposed Further Education and Training Certificate:
  • Covers all species of animals in a wide variety of environments.
  • Focuses on the use of legislation for the protection of animals.
  • Prompts proactive animal investigation.
  • Has a substantial core of standards with few electives.
  • Does not cover the construction of premises for housing animals.
  • Is similar in that the health, care, treatment and transportation of animals are addressed.
  • Appears to be more thorough and comprehensive with regard to animals.

    New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA):

    New Zealand "inherits" many of the UK attitudes to animals and in many ways, the NZQA's National Certificates in Compliance and Regulatory Control (NQF 460 and 533) are closer than the SQA qualification above.

    They are at NZQA Level 4 and the totals of 83 - 92 credits are made up from Standards ranging from Level 1 to Level 5. Like this FETC, they have equivalents to some of the Fundamental standards.

    These, together with the 9 animal related standards and the 6 investigation and legislation-related standards are all compulsory. There are no "basic standards" that serve as introductions to specialisations like wildlife and laboratory animals. These have their own qualifications such as the National Certificate in Captive Wild Animals (70 credits) and the National Diploma in Laboratory Animal Care (146 credits at level 5).

    In summary, comparing the two qualifications the proposed Further Education and Training Certificate:
  • Covers all species of animals in a wide variety of environments.
  • Has more comprehensive legal content, but this may be because of superior South African legislation.
  • Have basic introductions to subjects that warrant higher level standards such as wildlife, laboratory and equine animals.
  • Prompts proactive animal investigation.
  • Appears to be more thorough and comprehensive.
  • Cannot yet claim to an existing upward animal welfare pathway (compared with NZQA) but this is planned.
  • Does have an upward pathway for those going into management.

    Conclusion:

    The SQA and NZQA qualifications are packaged differently and there are differences of emphases between these and the proposed Further Education and Training Certificate.

    SQA learners are given a wide choice of electives which may suit a wider target group, but are not relevant to the target group for the Further Education and Training Certificate. The NZ electives include topics such as handling volunteers, customer service, receipt and storage of goods. "Animal Care", like societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals here, comes under Agriculture.

    The NZQA qualifications require all of the subjects to be covered, one similar variant addressing Animal Welfare needs. These qualifications are the responsibility of the NZ Local Government Industry Training Organisation.

    Overall, the Further Education and Training Certificate's proposal appears to be more thorough and comprehensive, both in coverage of the law, and in the broad spectrum of animal species and their environments.

    This comparison was made when about 90% of the qualification was completed. Nothing in the comparison motivated any changes to this proposal. Feedback from narrow consultation suggests that a qualification similar to the one proposed may serve the purposes of people in specialised areas such as animals in experimental laboratories. One comment was that the fundamental standards cover competencies that are scarce in that environment. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Vertical articulation:
  • This qualification may articulate vertically to the present 2-year Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, and then allow further progression to the planned degree in veterinary nursing at Onderstepoort.
  • It may also articulate vertically with the B. Tech. I in Animal Health, NQF Level 7.
  • It also articulates vertically with the:
    > ID 59201: National Certificate: Generic Management, NQF Level 5.

    Horizontal articulation:
  • The qualification articulates horizontally with the:
    > ID 48435: Further Education and Training Certificate: Captive Animal Management, NQF Level 4. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, and Assurance (ETQA) Body.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the Qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards and in the integrated competence described in the Qualification.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this Qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • A minimum of 5 years practical, relevant occupational experience.
  • To be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

  • NOTES 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  254222  Demonstrate stress management techniques as a self-help tool  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  261587  Compile, register and pursue a case docket with the South African Police Services  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  261621  Demonstrate basic knowledge of farm animal use in commercial and non-commercial farming systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  261595  Demonstrate basic knowledge of welfare issues relating to wildlife  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  261561  Explain equine characteristics and needs, husbandry, health and welfare  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  261557  Explain slaughter procedures and related animal welfare concerns  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  261598  Explain the principles of successful adoption of dogs and cats  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  261594  Explain the principles of the euthanasia of species commonly dealt with by animal welfare workers  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  261558  Give advice on responsible companion animal ownership  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  261599  Identify welfare requirements of animals in entertainment, exhibition, sport and security  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  261618  Maintain a professional image as an Animal Protection Inspector  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  261560  Plan and implement strategies for proactive animal protection  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  261593  Prepare for and react to an animal welfare complaint  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  261588  Present evidence for the protection of animals in a law court  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  261586  Profile species to identify their holistic requirements  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  261619  Use animal handling and protection equipment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  115855  Create, maintain and update record keeping systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  261590  Explain the application of animal cruelty legislation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  261591  Explain the application of the law in respect of performing and working animals  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  261589  Identify and explain the purpose of Acts, Codes and associated legislation pertaining to animal welfare  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119467  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119465  Write/present/sign 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  119462  Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119469  Read/view, 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  119471  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  119459  Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  261592  Demonstrate knowledge of the short term care of cats in a caged environment and how to carry out an inspection  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  261583  Implement a humane and sustainable strategy for managing a feral cat colony  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  261579  Undertake an animal welfare inspection of a grooming parlour  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  252037  Build teams to achieve goals and objectives  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  261585  Conduct media relations in animal welfare  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  261581  Demonstrate an understanding of the principles for the keeping of crocodiles in captivity  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  261580  Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of ostrich and emu farming  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  261577  Demonstrate understanding of the basic needs of herpetofauna in captivity  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  252022  Develop, implement and evaluate a project plan  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  252032  Develop, implement and evaluate an operational plan  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  252027  Devise and apply strategies to establish and maintain workplace relationships  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  261617  Devise strategies to reduce unnecessary animal experimentation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  261578  Explain the nature of wildlife rehabilitation centres and animal welfare issues associated with them  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  261620  Inspect working donkeys living and working under sub-optimal welfare conditions  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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