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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Design public participation processes 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115590  Design public participation processes 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Society and Environment Interactions 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies Environmental Relations 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 
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 
This Unit Standard is intended for learners intending to work as professionals dealing with social impact assessment where environmental processes are involved. It is also aimed at learners who will be involved in designing and managing participatory processes, particularly in the context of society and environment Interactions. The learner may also work as part of a professional team including environmental specialists, planners, developers, engineers and the like, but where most of the above-mentioned have sector-specific expertise, the learner will design and manage participatory processes of interested and affected parties.

Learners will be capable of:
  • Communicating effectively in designing and managing a public participation process
  • Identifying and justifying applicability of the principles and practices of social participation
  • Developing a framework for a public participation process
  • Explaining and applying mechanisms for managing a social participation process 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication skills at NQF level 5. It would also be useful to have skills in project management and knowledge of social and environmental processes and problems. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Act as a leader of a team
  • Operate in a multi-dimensional and complex context
  • Interact with officials and political representatives across all spheres of government

    Society and environment interactions can be seen simply as human actions that interact with the natural resources around us in ways that that have an impact (positive or negative) on people's lives and/or on the natural resources. Some of these interactions can result from simple actions at a household level, or they may be result from larger structures in society and the way they are set up or operate, for example, a particular economic system, a land tenure policy, a development strategy, or the way legislation is defined.

    Society and environment interactions are complex, and include most human activities because what we do has an impact on natural resources and processes. The focus is less on people as individuals, and more on structures in society e.g. business, government, communities etc. and how decisions taken in one can impact on other parts of society and on the environment with consequences for people. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Communicate effectively in relation to designing and managing a public participation process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different communication styles are used and managed appropriately when communicating with community groupings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of establishing good working relationships with various groupings within the community is explained in relation to the society and environment issue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Mechanisms and appropriate strategies and procedures for feedback from role-players and stakeholders are developed and demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and justify applicability of the principles and practices of social participation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Participatory concepts and principles according to current best practice are identified and justified for use in a variety of contexts at different levels in society and environment interactions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods and current best practices are identified and justified for use in a variety of contexts at different levels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Success factors for participation are explained and justified for use in social participation processes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Develop a framework for a public participation process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The scope of the participatory process is explained in relation to a particular society and environment issue. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    This scope should include stakeholder and role-player identification.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A framework for the public participation process is developed according to current best practice, including agreement of conflict management procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An implementation plan for the management of the project linked to time schedules, role-players, responsibilities and a budget is developed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A monitoring system to track the progress and quality of a participatory process is developed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain and apply mechanisms for managing a social participation process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An appropriate range of meetings is planned to meet necessary deadlines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate public participation processes and tools are described and justified in relation to a specific society and environment issue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Mechanisms and strategies for effectively managing the public participation team are explained outlining different scenarios. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A social participation process is initiated to deal with a specific society and environment interaction issue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Appropriate records are kept and managed of the process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Communications to stakeholders are prepared throughout the process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Mechanisms and strategies for effective monitoring of a participatory process are described and recorded using criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    An evaluation of the process is recorded outlining strengths and weaknesses for future improvements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessment of this Unit Standard should be contextual and practical as far as possible.
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors, accredited by the relevant ETQA, must have a qualification relating to Society and Environment Interactions or an equivalent qualification at NQF level 7
  • Moderators must be registered as assessors with the appropriate ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the appropriate ETQA.
  • Moderation should include both internal and external moderation where applicable.
  • Training providers must be accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Facilitate the identification and problem solving process in a community by using critical and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, by organising and planning all activities before conducting a social participation process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate presentation and facilitation methods. 

    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  58246   Bachelor of Human Settlements Development  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2018-06-30   
    Elective  80946   National Certificate: Community Development  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  64670   National Certificate: Public Financial Oversight and Accountability  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Elective  63711   Bachelor of Geographical Information Science (GISc)  Level 7  NQF Level 07  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2018-06-30   


    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. ABA Sebenzi 
    2. AVAX SA 481 CC. T/A Mandisa Development Services 
    3. IQ Skills Academy (PTY) LTD. 
    4. Kalideen Management 
    5. Kgolo Institute 
    6. Lagnita Skills Solutions 
    7. Maqhawe College 
    8. Marcado Human Resources Strategies 
    9. Vhutshilo Health And Training Organisation 



    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.