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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Minimise risk in animal management 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116211  Minimise risk in animal management 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 learner achieving this standard will be in a position to work with animals with minimum risk to himself, the public and the animal. There will also be an understanding of safe containment procedures. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of agriculture and animal husbandry to the benefit of the industry.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in animal defensiveness and behaviour and will be able to operate in an animal production environment implementing sustainable and economically viable production principles.

They will be capacitated to gain access to the mainstream agricultural sector, in animal production, impacting directly on the sustainability of the sub-sector. The improvement in production technology will also have a direct impact on the improvement of agricultural productivity of the sector. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will demonstrate competence against the following unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 3: Explain animal anatomy and physiology.
  • NQF 2: Respond correctly to control defensive behaviour in animals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Evaluate risks inherent in handling specific animals or a range of animals. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Animals include but are not limited to mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, crustaceans and molluscs, as relevant to the context of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Risk management is evaluated, understood and described when working with animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The defensive behaviour processes are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools required to manage specific animals are evaluated and explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of systems required to manage or contain animals or a range of animals. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Animals include but are not limited to mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, crustaceans and molluscs, as relevant to the context of operation.

    Ranges of animals include but are definitively not limited to a swarm, a colony, a herd, a flock, a school or a nest, as relevant to the context of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The appropriate infrastructure required for the management of animals is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The appropriate requirements for the containment of a specific animal are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Evaluate animal management systems and suggest alternatives methods, processes or steps in safe management of animals. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Animals include but are not limited to mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, crustaceans and molluscs, as relevant to the context of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The maintenance of safe animal management systems including equipment and structures are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Existing animal management systems is evaluated and appropriate comment on the efficacy of such systems is provided. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Existing animal management equipment is evaluated and appropriate comment of its condition, availability and appropriateness are provided. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Alternate methodologies, equipment and procedures for the safe management of animals are proposed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding and describe correct treatment of individuals who have been injured or otherwise affected by an animal or a range of animals. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Animals include but are not limited to mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, crustaceans and molluscs, as relevant to the context of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The correct treatment for an individual injured by an animal or animals using is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Systems for the safe management of animals is developed and maintained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Precautions that can be implemented to avoid incidents of conflict is described. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes; critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The person is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
  • Comprehension, identification and understanding of the specific animal's defensive behaviour.
  • Animal science.
  • Science involved in animal behaviour.
  • Sensory observation and evaluation of animal behaviour.
  • Evaluation of dangers of animal behaviour.
  • Containment procedures applicable for various animals.
  • Evaluation of the potential hazards of animals.
  • T he treatment of various injuries sustained or reactions shown by those who work with animals.
  • Understanding the need for learning about animal defensiveness and behaviour.
  • Basic First aid.
  • Understanding support networks and structures.
  • Communication models. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem Solving: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self Organisation and Management: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpretation of information: Relates to outcomes:
  • Evaluate risks inherent in handling specific animals or a range of animals.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of systems required to manage or contain animals or a range of animals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: Relates to outcome:
  • Demonstrate an understanding and describe correct treatment of individuals who have been injured or otherwise affected by an animal or a range of animals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Science and technology: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The world as a set: Relates to outcome
  • Demonstrate an understanding and describe correct treatment of individuals who have been injured or otherwise affected by an animal or a range of animals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Personal Development: Relates to all outcomes. 

    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  49048   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    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. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    2. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    3. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    4. Heedmorine Training 
    5. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    6. Maishamalema Development Training 
    7. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    8. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    9. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    10. Mvelo Consultant 
    11. Peritum Agri Institute 
    12. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    13. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    14. Setlakala Business Development 
    15. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    16. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    17. Tripple R Training Provider 
    18. Vari Consulting 



    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.