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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain professional sound engineering equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114555  Maintain professional sound engineering equipment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Music Industry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 maintain and protect sound equipment 

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 
This unit standard covers studio and live reinforced sound environments Hazards to equipment include:

Hazards to equipment include: smoke and beverage
Hazards in the environment: include wet floors 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Protect equipment from hazards to prolong functionality of equipment. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Adequate precautions are used to ensure protection from dust 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Adequate precautions are used to ensure protection from moisture 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Hazards to equipment are contained to prevent damage to sensitive components 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Hazards in the environment are identified and contained to minimise safety threats to people and equipment 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Operate equipment in a way that prolongs functionality of equipment. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Adequate equipment separation is allowed for air flow and cooling, to avoid overheating of equipment 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Fans are applied when specified to ensure cooling 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Lights and power adapters are not placed where heating problems are encountered, so as to not promote overheating 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Cables and wires are checked for overheating and exposure of live wires, to promote safety of equipment and people 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Clean recording heads according to the set industry procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
A recommended (e.g. pure alcohol) cleaning agent is used to clean heads effectively and safely 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Cleaning of component equipment heads is performed to ensure quality functioning 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Irregularities to operation are remedied or reported to ensure successful maintenance 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Equipment is correctly stored according to industry norms and standards. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Demagnetise tape heads to prolong functionality. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Machines being magnetised are off ppower to prevent damage to the heads 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The correct demagnetisation tools and procedures are used to ensure complete demagnetising 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Metal parts are not brought into contact with tolls during the demagnetising procedure to minimise damage 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Demagnetising tools are held far clear from the vicinity of audio tape to prevent damaga or loss of audio information 


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 required 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems when protecting equipment from hazards to prolong functionality of equipment 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Employ self management when operating equipment in a way that prolongs functionality of equipment 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information when hazards to equipment are contained to prevent damage to sensitive components 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate basic technological competence when maintaining equipment general 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Understand contextual world-systems when operating equipment in a way that prolongs functionality of equipment 

    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 
    Elective  61450   Further Education and Training Certificate: Film and Television Production Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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.
     
    NONE 



    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.