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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Compile a threat and risk assessment for a close protection operation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244330  Compile a threat and risk assessment for a close protection operation 
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 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 
The purpose of this unit standard is to enable learners to assess, risks, threats and hazards when planning and preparing for a close protection operation. Learners will be able to identify sources of information, gather and collate information and determine the validity of the information. This unit standard will also enable learners to categorize risks and report on findings.

Person credited with this unit will be able to:
  • Collate information regarding threats and risks to a principal.
  • Evaluate and estimate threat probability and impact of threats.
  • Categorize risk levels.
  • Provide recommendations on the protective measures needed to ensure the safety of a principal. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • The term: "principal" refers to designated persons (such as clients) to be protected.
  • The term: "risk" also includes but is not limited to specific and non- specific threats. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Collate information regarding threats and risks to a principal. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Information must include but is not limited to:
  • Biographical data.
  • Specific threat data.
  • Non-specific threat data. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Sourced information is used to compile a portfolio of a principal. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sourced information refers to but is not limited to scheduled movements, events, itinerary and possible threats and risks.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information is assessed for purposes of its relevance to the principal's portfolio. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The risk level of a principal is determined using the portfolio. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Evaluate and estimate threat probability and impact of threats. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The following must be taken into account when evaluating and estimating the threats:
  • Origin of threat.
  • Motivation of threatening party.
  • Opportunity.
  • Capability.
  • Aggravating factors.
  • Impact.
  • Methods of analysis e.g. SWOT (strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats).
  • Knowledge of prior case studies.
  • Methods of prioritization of validated and unvalidated information. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Risk management principles are applied when determining threats. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Risk management principles may refer to but are not limited to:
  • Tolerate, treat, transfer and terminate.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Hazards, risks and threats are analysed to determine probability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information is evaluated by checking sources and consistency. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Categorize risk levels. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Risk levels must include, low, medium and high risk.
  • Categorization must include the act of classifying the principal based on his profile, the prioritized threats and hazards as well as his itinerary for the duration of the close protection operation. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A principal's profile is classified according to threat probabilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Prioritized threats are evaluated in order to determine necessary protective measures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Protection for the principals is formulated based on the overall interpretation and classifications made. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Provide recommendations on the protective measures needed to ensure the safety of a principal. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Recommendations must be based on:
  • Biographical data and meeting with the principal.
  • Specific threat data.
  • Non-specific threat data.
  • Prioritized threats and hazards.
  • Categorization of the principal according to risk profile.
  • Recommendations on protection and security to form a basis for operational functioning. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information is collated into a structured format. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information is evaluated in order to determine possible recommendations in line with their advantages and disadvantages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Recommendations made are justified in terms of their outcomes in line with given situations. 


    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 
    Legal:
  • Vicarious Liability.
  • M.I.S.S (Minimum Information Security Standards) or equivalent.
  • Current sections of the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 which relates to right of access and specific applications provisions. Interview and eliciting techniques. 

  • 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 risk analysis. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with role-players as a member of a risk analysis team or with a principal. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize one-self and one's activities so that all requirements are met in achieving effective risk analysis on designated persons. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyze, validate, organize and incorporate information related to the risk analysis of a designated person. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when dealing with role-players regarding the collation of threat information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems within which risk analysis is a vital tool to facilitate meaningful protection relevant to the threat profile. 

    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 
    Possible resources required for assessment:
  • Access to internet and other tools used for information gathering.
  • Communications equipment.
  • Necessary administrative and stationery issue.
  • Map Books/Global Positioning System.
  • 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
    Core  58696   National Certificate: Close Protection  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  59201   National Certificate: Generic Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  61729   National Diploma: Policing  Level 6  NQF Level 06  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.
     
    1. DYNAMIC ALTERNATIVES PTY LTD 
    2. EKHURHULENI SHOOTING AND TRAINING ACADEMY 
    3. Hadassah Security Consultants Cc 
    4. HJN TRAINING CC Pretoria 
    5. Inkwe Sekuriteit Bk 
    6. IPELENG RISK MANAGEMENT SERVICES PTY LTD 
    7. MZANSI SECURITY 
    8. Nastec Cc 
    9. TENEX 
    10. TSU PROTECTION SERVICES 



    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.