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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Manage cold chain processes in a wholesale and retail unit 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
255498  Manage cold chain processes in a wholesale and retail unit 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Wholesale and Retail 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Wholesale and Retail 
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 intended for people who manage the flow of cold chain foods through the various areas of a wholesale or retail unit.

Persons credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Manage cold chain processes in the various areas of the unit.
  • Manage the documentation and disposal of spoiled/expired foods.
  • Manage the optimal performance of refrigeration systems. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner attempting this unit standard has completed the following area of learning:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Manage cold chain processes in the various areas of the unit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Critical control points for the cold chain are identified as they apply to the unit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Applicable documentation to be completed as part of the management process of the cold chain in all areas of the unit is drawn up as applicable to the management of critical control points. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Areas of non-compliance to cold chain processes are identified and corrective action are recommended according to organisational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Manage the process of clearing spoiled/expired foods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The various methods and processes for clearing the different kinds of spoiled/expired foods are explained as they apply to the unit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The documentation required in the clearing of spoiled/expired foods are explained as required by legislation and the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The method to manage documentation and the process of clearing of spoiled/expired foods in a unit are explained in terms of legislation and the organisation's requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Manage the optimal performance of refrigeration systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Refrigeration systems monitoring processes and procedures to ensure optimal operation are explained according to the requirements of the manufacturer and the organisiation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Applicable documentation to be used in maintaining refrigeration systems optimal performance is drawn up according to operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Contingency plans in the event of a breakdown in refrigeration systems are concluded as they apply to the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The process for monitoring the performance of refrigeration systems is managed according to manufacturer and organisation requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing an individual against this unit standard must meet the assessor requirements of the relevant ETQA. In particular, such assessors must demonstrate that they assess in terms of the scope and context defined in all the range statements.
  • Any institution offering learning towards this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The risk to persons, the environment and the organisation if the cold chain processed are not followed.
  • Critical control points of the cold chain in the receiving, storage areas and the shop floor.
  • Documentation to manage critical control points of the cold chain and how to use them.
  • Methods of clearing of spoiled/expired foods.
  • The requirements for managing refrigeration systems in the organisation/unit.
  • Organisational contingency plans in the event of a refrigeration breakdown. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve Problems:

    Problem solving is applied in the addressing of actions and interventions where rectification in order to maintain Cold Chain processes are required. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work with others in a team:
  • Teamwork is required within the organisation in order to successfully manage Cold Chain processes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Manage oneself and ones activities:
  • Self management is supported throughout the unit standard as the management of cold chain processes in the Wholesale and Retail Unit requires management of own activities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise, and critically evaluate information:
  • The collection, analysis and evaluation of information are supported in the day-to-day assessment of and rectification of actions to enable the effective maintaining of Cold Chain Processes within the organisation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate Effectively:
  • Effective communication is required in the management of the Cold Chain Process within a Wholesale and Retail Unit to enable coordination of relevant activities and interventions within the process. 

  • 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  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 


    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. Ekukhanyeni Community Development Centre 
    2. MEGRO LEARNING LOWVELD 
    3. Tusanang Training Academy 



    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.