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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Control process of treating wood with wood preservative 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117278  Control process of treating wood with wood preservative 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Wood Products 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 standard is for people who can control the process of treating wood with preservatives, whilst adhering to other agreed standards pertaining to performance, safety, quality, and the environment.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Control the management of the timber preservatives used in the wood preservation plant
  • Manage the loading of products to be treated
  • Manage the operation of the treating process
  • Conduct retention and penetration tests 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    A Learner who wishes to enter a learning programme for this Unit Standard must be able to demonstrate:

    i) Competency in mathematical and communication skills equivalent to that of a person who has qualified in these subjects at NQF 2;
    ii) An understanding of the basic activities of a wood preservation plant's policies and procedures of the relevant workplace;
    iii) Knowledge and skills in the relevant workplace procedures, health and safety measures equivalent to NQF 2. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    a) The scope of this Unit Standard covers:

    i. The preservative treating area in the wood preservation plant with all the equipment, tools and instruments used there.
    ii. The personnel responsible for managing and performing the task of operating the treating process in this work area.
    iii. The raw materials handled in this specific work area.
    iv. The treating schedules that are applied.
    v. The preservatives and preservative solutions used.
    vi. The retention and penetration specifications the plant has to work to.
    vii. The ergonomic principles for the effective and efficient performance of the manual handling of items.
    viii. The work procedures relevant to this work area.
    ix. The environmental management principles relevant to this work area.
    x. The OSH Act stipulations relevant to this work area.

    b) The context of this Unit Standard relates to the training of a Learner to an NQF Level 3 competency.

    c) The Level assigned to this Unit Standard, i.e. Level 3, is appropriate because it entails the training of a novice in a wood preservation manufacturing environment and is a progression of the skills acquired from Levels 3 to 5. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Control the management of the timber preservatives used in the wood preservation plant. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The documentation of incoming preservatives, its storage, mixing of solutions, quality control and dispensing for treatment tasks are controlled in the prescribed manner which results in the correct preservatives being utilised for the relevant processes as per work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The process is managed in the prescribed manner and ensures that the appropriate preservatives are available for the relevant treatments at the appropriate time as detailed in the production plan and work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The prescribed preservatives are provided in the appropriate volumes at the correct time for the treating process as detailed in the work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    These preservatives are prepared to the relevant specifications at the prescribed work rate and delivered to the correct treating facility at the correct time as per production plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Controls are in place to ensure that the preservatives are controlled according to regulations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Manage the loading of products to be treated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The dimensions and grades of material, the recording of these details, the correct loading of the correct sizes of loads for the facility and the securing of the treating facility, are all controlled as prescribed and result in the correct treatment of the required products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Controls are in place to facilitate that the correct material is loaded for the relevant treatment and the facility is correctly prepared to achieve the prescribed results as detailed in the work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The control process is performed at the prescribed work rate producing the required quality of preparedness of the load for treatment as per production plan. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Manage the operation of the treating process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The operation of the relevant treating process, i.e. the temperature of the preservatives, the pumps where relevant, the pressure and vacuum cycles where relevant, the volumes of preservatives used, the termination of the process and the quality control of the treatment are all controlled as prescribed and produce correctly treated products, which comply with the prescribed specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The control of the activities ensures the production of treated products, which comply with the relevant specifications as per work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The control of these activities is performed at the prescribed work rate while being carried out as prescribed in the work instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct retention and penetration tests. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The retention test is carried out and if the result does not comply with the specification then reprocess the load, if they do comply then the process is stopped and the material is withdrawn from the treating facility at the appropriate time as detailed in the work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The prescribed penetration test is carried out and if the result does not comply with the specification then reprocess the load, if they do comply then the process is stopped and the material is withdrawn from the treating facility at the appropriate time as detailed in the work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The process is stopped when retention tests comply with the specifications as detailed in the work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The correct control of the process results in the required products being produced, which comply with the relevant specifications as detailed in the work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The control process is performed at the prescribed work rate resulting in the production of the required volumes of products complying with the relevant specifications as detailed in the work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    For CCA Treatments, sample is drawn from tank for titration test and corrective action is taken where necessary. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    An individual who wishes to be assessed against this Unit Standard may apply to, or inform, his immediate superior in the relevant workplace, to request management to arrange for his / her assessment by the relevant assessor accredited for this purpose by the ETQA of the FIETA. Accreditation for this Unit Standard shall be from the
    relevant Education and Training Quality Assurer (FIETA ETQA) through formative and summative assessment by a registered Assessor. Assessment should be contextual and be conducted in the workplace as far as possible.

    The relevant NSB and SGB should be notified of any feedback related to this qualification.
  • Assessors must be registered as an Assessor with the relevant ETQA
  • Moderators must be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA
  • Training providers must be accredited by the relevant ETQA
  • Moderation should include both internal and external moderation where applicable
  • The FIETA ETQA will co-ordinate all moderation activities in accordance with their policies and procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    A demonstrated understanding of:

    i. Competency in communication and mathematical skills equivalent to NQF Level 3 requirements;
    ii. Competency in controlling the preservative treating processes in the wood preservation plant, equivalent to NQF Level 3 requirements;
    iii. Workplace procedures, safety and health measures and environmental management principles relevant to NQF Level 3 activities in the wood preservation plant. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work efficiently and safely as a motivated member of a team. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Understand and efficiently and safely carry out instructions of line manager in his/her work area. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate and understand teamwork. 

    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 
    Outcomes that Learners achieve will be judged subject to these being achieved:

    i) Within the standard time prescribed by the organisation;
    ii) While following all the safety procedures required by the OSHACT and the workplace; and
    iii) Strictly according to the organisation's work place procedures.

    Values

    The use of tasks and materials in the learning event plan should not discriminate against learners on any grounds prescribed in the Bill of Rights and Employment Equity Act and should promote the orientations outlined in the critical cross-field outcomes. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49083   National Certificate: Wood Products Processing  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.
     
    1. ENB Training Service(PTY)Ltd 
    2. Nikwe Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    3. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    4. VEB CELE & Associates (Pty) Ltd 
    5. Vicmat Consultants 



    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.