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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of embalming and special preservation techniques within the context of the working environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243640  Demonstrate knowledge of embalming and special preservation techniques within the context of the working environment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Forensic Science 
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  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 will enable qualifying learners to demonstrate an understanding of the embalming process and other more specialised preservation techniques and their application in the working environment of a mortuary facility or laboratory. Learners will be able to the use preservation processes pertaining to cadaveric material and will also be able to understand and use preservation techniques when handling and storing cadaveric material.

The qualifying learner will be able to:
  • Explain the processes involved in the preservation of cadaveric material.
  • Perform specialised preservation techniques. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Biology at NQF Level 4.
  • Physical Science at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • The context of this unit standard refers to laboratory facility or the mortuary facility itself for appropriate practical application.
  • Given situation refers to but is not limited to structured scenarios, case studies and actual or simulated scenarios. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Preserve cadaveric material. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The functioning of the equipment in the preparation room is assessed prior to procedure being performed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The preparation of the embalming fluid is demonstrated in a given situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Principle areas of injection of embalming fluid are identified and located topographically. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Cannulation and injection techniques are demonstrated? as a means of preserving the body. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The injection process is assessed to determine the success of the preservation technique. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Methods of disposing of embalming waste are assessed in terms of their advantages and disadvantages. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Perform specialised preservation techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Processes involved in the plastination procedure and the preparation of resin casts are explained according to when and how they should be used. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Requirements for each process are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Specialised preservation techniques are applied in a given situation. 


    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.
  • 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 or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Principles of embalming and specialised preservation techniques.
  • Techniques of embalming and special preservation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem Solving is covered in that a learner must be able to determine which specialised embalming technique to. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a team when embalming a body. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself in order to follow sequential processes when embalming a body. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Learners are required to collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information relating to the embalming process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners are required to communicate using appropriate medical terminology. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Learners are required to use science preparing the embalming fluids. 

    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
    Elective  58183   National Diploma: Forensic Pathology Support  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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