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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Evaluate the use of equipment and accessories for the socializing and conditioning of service dogs 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120471  Evaluate the use of equipment and accessories for the socializing and conditioning of service dogs 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Visible Policing 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 learners to demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge and skills to evaluate and use appropriate equipment and accessories for the socializing and conditioning of service dogs.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Evaluate equipment for the handling of service dogs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the reasons for and uses of training equipment as aids.
  • Evaluate equipment and training aids used during the socialization and conditioning process. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication NQF 4.
  • Caring for the welfare of a service dog NQF Level 3
  • Supervision of service dogs in a kennel environment NQF Level 4 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Dogs may include but are not limited to service dogs, donated dogs and puppies between 8 weeks and 18 months. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Evaluate equipment for the handling of service dogs. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Equipment may refer to but is not limited to leash, muzzle, choke chain, puppy line and harness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different equipment used for dog handling is evaluated in terms of their various uses, purpose and applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The use of equipment is demonstrated in a controlled scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The quality of equipment is assessed and maintained in order to maximise safety of dog and handler. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of the reasons for and uses of training equipment as aids. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Equipment may refer to but is not limited to: attack suits, bite sleeves, scratch pants, scratch box, toys and helmets. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Types of training assistant equipment are assessed according to their various uses and applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons for the use of training assistant equipment are evaluated in terms of their purpose in accepted training methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reasons for the inspection and maintenance of the training assistant equipment are evaluated in order to maximise safety of the assistant and dog. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Evaluate training aids used during the socialization and conditioning process. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Training aids may refer to but are not limited to: dog trailers, obstacle courses and obstacles in the natural environment e.g. water. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Types of training environments are evaluated according to their various uses and applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons for the use of conducive training environments is evaluated in terms of their purpose in accepted training methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reasons for the inspection and maintenance of the socialising and conditioning equipment are evaluated in order to maximise safety of the assistant and dog. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The utilization of training environment is evaluated according to the intended purpose for socializing and conditioning. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Utilization may include but is not limited to the selection of the environment.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding 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 or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Evaluate equipment for the handling of service dogs.
  • Different equipment used for dog handling.
  • Quality of equipment.
  • Reasons for and uses of training equipment.
  • Types of training equipment.
  • Reasons for the use of training equipment.
  • Reasons for the inspection and maintenance of the training equipment.
  • Safety principles regarding assistant and dogs.
  • Socialization and conditioning process.
  • Training aids such as dog trailers, obstacle courses and obstacles in the natural environment.
  • Inspection and maintenance of the socialising and conditioning equipment.
  • Animal Protection Act No 71 of 1962 section 2.1(a), (c), (d), (f), (i), (m), (n), (q) and (r).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group organization, community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation. 

    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  57938   Further Education and Training Certificate: Dog Handling  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Core  50102   National Certificate: Dog Handling  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    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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