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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Handle a trained service dog to deter crime 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243190  Handle a trained service dog to deter crime 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Security 
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 3  NQF Level 03 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
11495  Handle a dog to deter crime and for protection  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Persons credited with this unit standard will be capable of handling a trained service dog for the specific purpose of protecting the handler and property. The learner will be able to handle the service dog under stressful situations such as attacks on the handler, other people and assets. The learner will be capable of issuing commands to the service dog, interpreting the service dog's behaviour and assessing situations in order to take action.

A person accredited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Prepare for duty with a trained service dog.
  • Perform duties using a trained service dog.
  • Conclude duties. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • 243188: "Care for a service dog", Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard is applicable to persons that as part of their duties are required to utilize a dog to deter crime and protect the handler. Duties refer to but are not limited to the dog handler involving the dog for the protection of the dog handler, assets (property) and other people. A trained service dog refers to a dog that has already been certified to display conditioned behaviour in a specific discipline. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare for duty with a trained service dog. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Service dog must include dogs with the attributes of working dogs with regard to temperament, maturity, height and size, basic obedience on leash, capable of protecting the handler under various threatening circumstances e.g. not gun or stick shy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The service dog is examined in order to ascertain whether it is fit for duty. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Examine in order to ascertain whether it is fit for duty includes but is not limited to examination of mental and physical stress, injuries, showing signs of abnormalities.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Dog handling equipment is inspected to determine its serviceability. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment refers to but is not limited to: slip chain, leash. Serviceable must include no defect and in good working order.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The specific trained service dog issued to a handler is identified from amongst various other service dogs. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Identification includes but is not limited to visual identification, behaviour identification of the dog with which the handler has established a bond or other recognized identification systems.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Duties to be performed by the handler are matched with a dog's capabilities. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Matching must include reacting most appropriately to the handler's commands and may also refer to the administration documents of the dog.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Area of duty is assessed in order to inform decision making. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Assessing must include assessing of a congested area, assessing of traffic(if any), assessing of possible chemicals, obstacles or hazards in area of duty, assessing of environmental factors including adverse weather, assessing of perimeters of area of duty.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Duties are planned considering the welfare of the service dog. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Welfare must include: watering points, shelter from adverse weather conditions, responding to injuries, duration of shifts according to environmental conditions, condition of the dog, workplace procedures and regulations.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Perform duties using a trained service dog. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Instructions regarding the duty that must be performed are interpreted in order to plan the utilisation of the service dog. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The service dog is controlled in line with safety precautions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety precautions refer to but are not limited to safe handling distance and organisational requirements. Handler is to ensure that the dog does not injure innocent members of the public. Control must include service dog appropriate reactions to handler's physical and or verbal commands.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The dog's behaviour is interpreted in order to inform the decision-making and action. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Behaviour refers to behaviour that alerts the handler.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Maximal use of the dog's senses are demonstrated taking into consideration patrolling techniques with a service dog and the physical environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Environment also refers to situational awareness, weather conditions, physical layout, lighting conditions.
  • Patrolling techniques with a service dog may include but is not limited to patrolling in pedestrian free, controlled pedestrian and uncontrolled pedestrian areas.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conclude duties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The physical and psychological well being of the dog is assessed upon completion of duty. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Irregularities are identified for referral purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reasons why the elementary needs of the service dog are to be catered for are explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Elementary needs refer to the need for rest, fresh food, cool clean water, bedding and shelter.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The service dog's on-duty-performance is assessed in order to inform future decisions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The assessment of performance must include an assessment on the dog's ability to react to the handler's commands and protect the handler to ensure effective protection of people and assets, for example: indicate the presence of an intruder, not gunshot or stick shy.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Improvements of working conditions are recommended in order to enhance service delivery. 


    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 
  • Materials and substances hazardous to the service dog.
  • Wind scent.
  • Use of force principles.
  • Handing over and taking over responsibilities.
  • Dog identification systems.
  • Visual identification methods: name tag, gender, age: young adult or old, breed, collar, behaviour.
  • Legislation:
    > Applicable sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85/1993.
    > Performing Animals Protection Act 24 of 1935.
    > Animal Protection Act 71 of 1962.
    > Health and Safety Act 63 of 1977.
    > Applicable sections of the Firearms Control Act 60/2000.
    > Applicable section of the Criminal Procedures Act, 1977.
    > Applicable sections of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act 108/1996).
    > Applicable sections of the Dangerous Weapons Act.
    > Applicable sections of the Trespass 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 related to operational environmental hazards that are detrimental to the safety & security dog's well being. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and one's activities so that all requirements are met in controlling the dog to perform specific duties safely at all times and under various conditions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information related to the legal requirements and workplace procedures with regards to utilising a dog. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems in that the handler considers signs of mental and physical stress with regards to the dog in the specific operational environment. 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 11495, "Handle a dog to deter crime and for protection", Level 2, 12 credits.

    Recommended resources required for assessment:
  • Safety equipment and protective uniform/clothes.
  • Communications equipment.
  • Necessary administrative and stationary issue.
  • Dogs and equipment.
  • Kennels.
  • First aid equipment.
  • Vehicle to transport dogs.
  • Criterion referenced assessment instructions/tools.
  • A suitable venue: workplace and classroom. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58577   National Certificate: General Security Practices  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  57938   Further Education and Training Certificate: Dog Handling  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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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    4. BRAVEHEART BIO DOG ACADEMY 
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    6. DOGS AND ALL 
    7. HAZOEMA TRADING ENTREPRISE CC 
    8. IMVULA SKILLS DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY 
    9. MARABA SECURITY SERVICES TSHWANE 
    10. MECHEM (PTY) LTD 
    11. Nastec Cc 
    12. NU LAW FIREARMS COMPLIANCE 
    13. Orbis Security Solutions Pty Ltd 
    14. RAMAZWI SECURITY SERVICES CC 
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    17. SNAP SOLUTIONS NETWX PTY LTD 
    18. UBUNTU 
    19. Zenzele Training School Cc 
    20. ZEVOLI 9 PTY LTD 



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