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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Set up and operate pressing facilities in dry processing area of veneer / plywood / block board plant 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117289  Set up and operate pressing facilities in dry processing area of veneer / plywood / block board plant 
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 set up and operate pressing facilities in the dry processing area of the veneer, block board and plywood manufacturing environment, whilst adhering to other agreed standards pertaining to performance, safety, quality, and the environment.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Collect and set up tools and equipment
  • Operate pressing equipment
  • Carry out routine maintenance and lubrication of pressing and ancillary handling equipment 

  • 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 Level 2;
    ii) An understanding of the basic activities of the veneer and plywood manufacturing process and procedures of the relevant workplace;
    iii) Knowledge and skills in the relevant workplace procedures, health and safety measures equivalent to NQF level 2 requirements. 

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

    i. The environment, which can be described as the Dry Processing Area of a Veneer/Plywood/Block board Plant and specifically the pressing area(s) of the Dry Processing Area. (Range = glue spreader, press, core composer).
    ii. All personnel involved in the activities in the Dry Processing Area.
    iii. All material handled and processed into and from the pressing areas of the Dry Processing Area.
    iv. All the prescribed work place procedures and safety, health and environmental management procedures relating to the pressing process.
    v. All prescribed routine set up, maintenance and lubrication procedures and schedules, tools, materials and equipment used in pressing systems.
    vi. All the prescribed specifications for board products.
    vii. All prescribed product measuring and recording procedures, tools and standards.

    b) The context of this Unit Standard relates to the training of a Learner at NQF Level 3 in the veneer and plywood manufacturing activity.

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

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Collect and set up tools and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The area is kept clean, neat and safe as per work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal protective equipment is utilised as per work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The availability of the required tools for setting up the pressing facilities ensures successful execution of pressing operations in the Dry Processing Area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The correct tools for setting up the pressing facilities are assembled timeously as per work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The pressing facility is correctly set up and ensures that veneer or veneer with block board core is converted into board products in the most efficient manner as per work instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Operate pressing equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The operation of the pressing facilities is carried out in the prescribed manner as per work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Veneer or veneer with block board core is converted into board products and meet the correct dimensions and quality standards as per production requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The correct throughput and quality of board products is achieved as per production requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Carry out routine maintenance and lubrication of pressing and ancillary handling equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The correct routine maintenance and lubrication schedules are carried out timeously as per work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Routine maintenance and lubrication schedules and reports are correctly completed as per work instructions. 


    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. The setting up of pressing equipment to prescribed standards;
    ii. The operation of pressing equipment and well as ancillary material handling equipment. (glue, peeled / sliced veneer, block board core, waste material);
    iii. Maintaining product dimension and process throughput standards;
    iv. The routine maintenance of pressing equipment as well as ancillary materials handling equipment;
    v. Competence in mathematical and communication skills equivalent to NQF Level 3;
    vi. Competence in work procedures, safety and health measures, and environmental management principles equivalent to NQF Level 3;
    vii. Knowledge of the correct set up procedures required for the pressing facilities;
    viii. Knowledge of the correct operating techniques for pressing facilities in the Dry Processing area;
    ix. Knowledge of the correct throughput and quality control procedures for the pressing facilities;
    x. Knowledge of the correct procedures for the routine maintenance and lubrication of pressing facilities in the Dry Processing Area. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Assume full responsibility for all tools and instruments used in the pressing area of the Dry Processing Area.
  • Assist in training/coaching workers in the Dry Processing Area and discuss with them and the relevant responsible person all aspects of their activities in this work area. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems and take decisions regarding the activities in the relevant work place of the Dry Processing Area. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
  • Work effectively and efficiently as a team member in this work area.
  • Lead the workers in the work area of the Dry Processing Area. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collate and analyse data provided by the workers and report on this to the relevant responsible person. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively and efficiently as a team member in this work area. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participate in carrying out the prescribed production programme /work plan for the work area of the Dry Processing Area. 

    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 
    Range of pressing facilities = glue spreading, press, core composer

    The 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.