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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Feed pets in a home care environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114429  Feed pets in a home care environment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Hygiene & Cleaning Services 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Cleaning, Domestic, Hiring, Property and Rescue Services 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
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 unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners wishing to acquire the competencies of this standard will be voluntary community workers, domestic workers and /or will be involved in a pet care environment. Qualifying learners are able to feed a pet in accordance with best practices in pet care.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining pet feeding in a home environment
  • Preparing for feeding the pet
  • Feeding and providing water for the pet
  • Explaining and conducting end of feed procedures 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The learner would have achieved numeracy and communication competencies at a minimum level of ABET level 2 or the equivalent. This will enable the learner to confirm the knowledge and skills required by this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Pets refer to common household pets, such as dogs, cats, rodents including hamsters, birds and fish.
  • Feeding needs of pets include feeding frequency, quantity and may include commercial and home -made pet food.
  • Watering needs refer to the amount of water the freshness of the water and how often it is provided.
  • Commercial Pet Food refer to branded pet food package for different kinds and sizes of pets.
  • Homemade Pet Food refers to food prepared, cooked or raw as allocated and prescribed by the household.
  • Specific food for a specific pet refers to dog food for dogs, cat food for cats, hamster food for hamsters.
  • Seasonal changes refer to protecting food and water from freezing temperatures in winter or direct sunlight in summer.
  • Foods not suitable to pets refer to chocolate, sweets, chicken bones for dogs, alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, human pills and medication.
  • Different eating behaviour refers to not eating, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, choking. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain pet feeding in a home environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The dedicated containers which are used to feed the pet are identified according to suitability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons for using dedicated, clean suitable containers for the pet is explained with examples of the consequences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The differences between commercial and home-made pet food is identified by examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare for feeding the pet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The correct amount of food per feed is measured according to feed requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons for not overfeeding and or underfeeding pets are explained with examples of the consequences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reason(s) for feeding the pet at times prescribed by the household is explained with examples of the consequences. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Feed and provide water for the pet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reason(s) for selecting a suitable location for feeding the pet is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The correct conditions under which the pet is fed are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reason(s) for taking seasonal changes into consideration when feeding a pet is explained in line with pet feeding requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reason for supplying clean fresh water is explained with reference to health requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain and conduct end of feed procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reason(s) why regular checks should be made to see if the food was eaten by the pet is explained with examples of the consequences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reason(s) for reporting unusual eating behaviour of the pet is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The preventative measures that can be taken to prevent ants and other insects from infesting the food are demonstrated with practical examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Foods not suitable for pets are listed and the reasons explained why they are to suitable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The reason(s) why humans and pets eat different foods is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The reason hands are washed after handling pets is explained with examples. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution or provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be a registered assessor with the relevant competence at NQF level 2.
  • Both internal and external moderation of the assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines outlined in the relevant qualification and agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • An understanding of pet eating habits
  • A knowledge of food that ensures healthy pets
  • An understanding of basic Hygiene 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to the feeding of household pets. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to ensure that pets are fed as required and that a stock of pet food is always available. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with pet owner regarding the feeding of the pet and pet food requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate the world of set related systems where poor feeding of the pet leads to sick and unhealthy pets. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Definition of terms within this unit standard:
  • Pet: Include dogs, birds, rodents, cats and fish. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  23853   GETC: Domestic Services  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 
    Elective  80786   National Certificate: Home-Care Practices  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    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.
     
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