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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify and explain non-destructive testing techniques 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117466  Identify and explain non-destructive testing techniques 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Bomb Disposal and Explosives Control 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 Bomb Disposal and Explosives Control officials in the field of safety in society who need to execute policing functions and tasks in dangerous situations.

This unit standard will contribute towards compliance with tactical-, legal-, safety- and organisational requirements related to Bomb Disposal and Explosives Control.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Identify and understand the utilization of the different resources.
  • Identify and explain the properties and functions thereof.
  • Identify and explain the hazards associated with the resources.
  • Identify and explain the different applications of the identified resources.
  • Demonstrate the correct application of the various resources. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners embarking on study towards this unit standard are assumed to have completed the following unit standards
  • UNIT STANDARD: Demonstrate an understanding of the history and origin of explosives, the impact and effects of explosives and explosions
  • UNIT STANDARD: Identify, apply and implement different blasting accessories, initiating systems and blasting techniques
  • UNIT STANDARD: Identify and explain explosives
  • UNIT STANDARD: Identify and explain explosive ordnance (EO)
  • UNIT STANDARD: Dispose of explosives and munition
  • UNIT STANDARD: Identify, explain and apply basic electronic relevant to bomb disposal field
  • UNIT STANDARD: Identify and explain switches and/or triggering devices
  • UNIT STANDARD: Identify and explain Improvised Explosive Devices (IED)
  • UNIT STANDARD: Handle bomb incident
  • UNIT STANDARD: Conduct searching and sweeping
  • UNIT STANDARD: Conduct and Execute Bomb Disposal 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify the different types of high explosives and explain the properties and functions thereof. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different types of high explosives are identified and explained according to manufactures specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The properties of high explosives are identified and explained according to manufactures specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The functions high explosives are identified and explained according to manufactures specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify the different types of low explosives and explain the properties and functions thereof. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different types of low explosives are identified and explained according to manufactures specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The properties of low explosives are identified and explained according to manufactures specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The functions low explosives are identified and explained according to manufactures specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify the most common improvised and home made explosives and explain the properties and functions thereof. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different types of improvised and home made explosives are identified and explained according to general accepted norms 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The properties of improvised and home made explosives are identified and explained according to general accepted norms 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The functions of improvised and home made explosives are identified and explained according to general accepted norms 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Candidates are assessed against these assessment criteria. An assessor observes currently employed candidates carrying out their normal work duties.They may also be asked to carry out simulated tasks and to answer written and/or oral questions. Candidates studying towards a Unit Standard, and who are not currently employed, will also be assessed using variety of assessment tools.
  • 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 must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

    The standard describes competent performance in doing physical techniques that will enhance their job performance, and lay down the criteria by which competence should be judged, as well as the range of circumstances in which competence should be demonstrated.

    Integrated assessment methods and tools will allow the candidate to demonstrate that she/he has acquired knowledge of and can safely and effectively apply competence identified in this unit standard.

    These tools include the following:
  • In-site (on-the-job) observations
  • Role-play simulations
  • Structured group discussions
  • Written reports (e.g. tests, exams, case studies, projects, registers, logbooks, workbooks)
  • Verbal report backs (presentations)
  • Portfolios of evidence
  • Projects (physical visits to Government Departments)
  • Experiential learning
  • Working in teams
  • Scenario sketching

    These methods must be carefully selected based on the purpose of the assessment (For example, the written method of assessing knowledge or on-job demonstration of practical competence). The assessment must integrate a number of different methods in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes.

    Level
    This unit standard should develop learners who demonstrate:
  • A comprehensive knowledge base as indicated in the embedded knowledge component
  • An understanding of the discipline/field's fundamental terms, rules, concepts and principles
  • Familiarity with some of the essential procedures, operations and techniques of this field
  • An ability to use a range of procedures to solve routine problems
  • Basic information gathering, analysis and presentation skills
  • An ability to communicate and present information clearly and reliability following prescribed formats and conventions 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A basic understanding of the relevant legislation (Explosive Act 26 of 1956) and Regulations, and procedures and practices.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the principles of the different groups/types of explosive ordnance and understand their functioning, the functioning of the different types of initiation systems and the different markings for ordnance, utilization of the different resources, properties and functions, hazards associated with the resources, different applications of the identified resources, correct application of the various resources. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Decision-making must be developed in this standard during practical exercises. Learners must be left to make their own decision, which must be debriefed.
  • Creativity needs to be developed by measuring learner's performance to the principles rather than a specific technique.

    The following policing specific outcomes must be assessed;
  • Courage to take risk and even put own life at risks to safe others.
  • Discipline to accept instructions and policy.
  • Physical ability to do the job (includes fitness and health required to move in the field with the sections without putting themselves in danger).
  • Patriotism and loyalty to the country and its entire people. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
  • High emphasis is placed on problem solving ability during exercises. Exercises and scenarios have a variety to ensure problem-solving ability is developed and not stereotyped step that the person cannot apply in practice. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
  • Ability to be a team player in order to establish synergy during joint operations and in teams. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize one self and ones activities while preparing personal equipment and plan own tasks for bomb disposal and explosives control actions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organize and critically evaluate information by the identification and explanation of explosive. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
  • Technology ability in using equipment such as explosives, devices, and special equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
  • Understand the world as a set of related systems by understanding the consequences of the incorrect identification and explanation of explosive. 

  • 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 
    Supplementary Information:

    Specified Requirements
    Specified requirements include legal and legislative specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Criminal Procedure Act
  • Constitution Act
  • South African Police Service Act
  • Explosive Act 26 of 1956

    Context Specific
    Organizational policies and procedures regarding Bomb Disposal and Explosives Control

    Additional information
    Requirements of a portfolio
    Valid, reliable and authentic evidence (presented as a portfolio of evidence) from past achievements and experience, which serves to supplement the assessment of, applied competence.
    The portfolio may include inter alia:
  • Written statements from persons (e.g. current and/or previous employer, colleague, peer, manager, external customers) confirming competence of the learner
  • Relevant certificates or awards
  • Previous assessment records
  • Journals/logbook

    Credits
    Classroom 30 Hours
    Structured learning in the workplace 40 Hours
    Coaching/mentoring 00 Hours
    Self study 20 Hours
    Other

    Total 90 Hours

    Credits 9 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  63229   National Diploma: Bomb Disposal  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Core  49124   National Diploma: Bomb Disposal  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-12-02  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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