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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Set up sound equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114537  Set up sound equipment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Music Industry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Music 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 
The purpose of this unit standard is to enable learners to set up sound equipment and perform line checks. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Learners should have attained the outcomes of NQF Level 3 outcomes regarding mathematics, literacy, computers and music in the Further Education and Training (FET) Band, before embarking on learning towards this Unit Standard (since this Unit Standard builds on these competencies). Life Skills level 2 is recommended. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The range of this Unit Standard is reflected in the Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Assemble equipment and perform installations required for a production. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Reverb, delay units and compressors are assembled and connected to patch bay (safely, and using correct input/output cabling) to ensure signal flow 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Mixing console is installed in a way that ensures optimal positioning 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Monitoring systems are installed to ensure optimal speaker positioning 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Computer system is assembled to ensure all components operate 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Connect final installations and equipment to master control console prior to a production. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Reverb and delay units (and compressor) are connected to console auxiliary receive/send input/output's to safely ensure signal flow 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Compressor is connected to patch bay to enable inserts to be utilised 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Mixing console is installed to ensure outboard signals are received 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Monitoring systems are connected to console to ensure signal flow 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Computer systems are connected to console to ensure signal flow 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Perform microphone input checks prior to a production. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Trouble shooting and adjustment of equipment are to specific requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Phantom power is used as required 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Microphone input cables are connected to studio installation boxes to safely ensure signal flow 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Studio installation boxes are connected to console to safely ensure signal flow 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Input signals to console are functional, to monitor sound source 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
Headphone monitoring is received in studio to ensure signal flow 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Perform studio line connections prior to a production. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Amp cables and connectors are assembled and facilitate speaker signal flow 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
DI boxes are connected to line inputs and facilitate signal flow 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Effects pedals/units are assembled and facilitate signal flow 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Console receives line inputs and facilitate signal flow 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Control room headphone/monitor signals are connected and facilitate signal flow 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Obtain a comfortable working sound environment for a production. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Monitors are adjusted to ensure a comfortable listening environment 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Talk back communications are installed to ensure comfortable interaction between control room and studio 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Installed equipment is set up to ensure comfortable operating access 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Installation cables are laid out of the way to ensure no interference or damage from heavy equipment or persons 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Studio headphones mix is optimal to ensure a comfortable working environment 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by a relevant ETQA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for this unit standard.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:
  • Basic sound engineering and production concepts, acoustics, psychoacoustics, equipment and material types, specifications and terminology
  • Basic electronics
  • First Aid level 3
  • Fire safety requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve troubleshooting when performing microphone input checks prior to a production 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in a team when obtaining a comfortable working environment for a production 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management when troubleshooting and adjusting equipment
    Manage information when setting up sound equipment in general 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when obtaining a comfortable working environment for a production 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate basic technological competence when setting up sound engineering equipment in general 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand contextual world-systems when obtaining a comfortable working environment for a production 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  67462   Further Education and Training Certificate: Music Industry: Sound Technology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Core  48671   National Certificate: Music Industry: Sound Technology  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    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.
     
    1. Davest Trading 36 Pty Ltd 
    2. Maraba Event and Entertainment Pty Ltd 
    3. Oakfields College 
    4. Oakfields College (Head Office) 
    5. Pracical Audio Solution (Pty) Ltd 
    6. Revolution Media Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    7. SABC Limited 
    8. South African Film Institute 
    9. South West Media College (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.