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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Scale tree lengths into saw and veneer logs in a production situation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117059  Scale tree lengths into saw and veneer logs in a production situation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Forestry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Forestry and Wood Technology 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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 is for people who scale tree lengths into saw and veneer logs in a production situation. People credited with this unit are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of factors influencing efficiencies in scaling tree lengths into saw and veneer logs.
  • Prepare for log scaling.
  • Scale tree lengths into saw and veneer logs to meet specifications. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Demonstrate knowledge of basic safety in forestry operations. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Demonstration of competence will take place "on-the-job" in a production situation. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of factors influencing efficiencies in scaling tree lengths into saw and veneer logs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Implications of unplanned scaling and lack of controls during scaling are explained in terms of cost, safety, operational efficiency and wastage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The role of the scaler as part of a team is explained in terms of complying with safety standards and to optimise production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Factors influencing scaling productivity are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Effects of over and under production in scaling are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Effects on subsequent operations, quality, teamwork, safety.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Defects in tree and wood quality are explained in terms of the influence on the selection of products to be recovered from the tree. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Effects of inaccurate measuring and measuring equipment are explained in terms of value recovery. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare for scaling. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Self, other workers, equipment, operational plan, general work area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety requirements applicable to the operation are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All personal protective equipment required, is check for functionality and used in terms of company policy and legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equipment is checked for suitability, serviceability and calibration, and corrective action is taken, if required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Operational requirements for the scaling operation are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Specifications of products to be scaled, production target, where scaling will take place, timber flow.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    General work area is check for hazards and corrective action taken according to standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Scale tree lengths into saw and veneer logs to meet specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tree lengths are scaled into saw and veneer logs using effective techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tree lengths are marked in terms of company policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tree lengths are scaled to ensure optimal usage and value recovery in terms of the specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Scaling is performed to meet operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Specifications are met, scaling complements other phases of the operation, work-rate meets pre-determined production target, scaling location.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Standard operating procedures and safe work practices are adhered to throughout the operation. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers of learning and assessors must be accredited in terms of the requirements of the Forest Industries Education and Training Authority.

    Moderation option: The moderation requirements of the Forest Industries Education and Training Authority must be met. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    1. Names and functions of:
  • Scaling equipment
  • Personal protective equipment

    2. Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties of:
  • Defects in tree and wood quality
  • Hazards
  • Operational requirements

    3. Sensory cues:
  • What I see, feel hear and smell during the process

    4. Purpose of:
  • The scaler as part of a team
  • Scaling trees into saw and veneer logs
  • Checking and calibrating equipment

    5. Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Standard operating procedures: "Guidelines for Forest Engineering Practices in South Africa" (FESA)
  • Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) legislation

    6. Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Factors influencing efficiencies
  • Implications of unplanned scaling
  • Factors influencing scaling productivity
  • Effects of inaccurate measuring and measuring equipment

    7. Relationships, systems:
  • The scaling of tree lengths to ensure optimal usage and value recovery in relation to standard operating procedures and safe working practices 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Relating to the scaling of tree lengths 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others:
  • When interacting with team members and colleagues during the planning, preparation, and completion of scaling tree lengths 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • When preparing the equipment
  • When managing resources and my time 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • When interacting with others to demonstrate safety and operational procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • When using special tools and equipment to scale tree lengths 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • When I can explain and justify my actions and procedures followed during the operational requirements 

  • 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
    Elective  48988   National Certificate: Forestry: Timber Harvesting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 


    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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    3. Coalition Trading 1238 cc 
    4. College of Machine Operators 
    5. Cradle Stars Trading Enterprise (Pty) Ltd 
    6. Creative Minds Skills Development and Training 
    7. Ehlanzeni TVET College 
    8. ENB Training Service(PTY)Ltd 
    9. Kwamahlati Training Services cc 
    10. Legal Environment Safety & Health Requirements cc 
    11. Lottenburg Edu-Farm 
    12. MHLAMBANYATHI GROUP PTY ( LTD) 
    13. NEW AFRICA SKILLS DEVELOPMENT 
    14. Nikwe Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    15. Platorand Training Centre 
    16. South African Forestry Training College 
    17. Sunrise Skills Training 
    18. Tiriso Investments 
    19. Umbuso Training Services 
    20. Vicmat Consultants 
    21. VPK BUSINESS VENTURE C C 
    22. York Timbers 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.