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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Rig and de-rig cameras for television productions 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
255774  Rig and de-rig cameras for television productions 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Audio-visual Media Production 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language Communication Studies 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
12505  Rig and de-rig cameras for a video production  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is aimed at learners in the audio-visual production industry who are responsible for rigging and de-rigging video cameras. Credited learners are able to set up cameras safely, and according to given specifications to ensure equipment care.

People credited with this standard are capable of:
  • Preparing for rigging.
  • Rigging mounts and cameras for television productions.
  • Fitting lenses and accessories to cameras.
  • De-rigging camera equipment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit value is based on the assumption that people starting to learn towards this unit standard are already competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Computer literate at NQF Level 4.
  • Driving a vehicle. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard will be useful to people who work in the television studio and outside broadcast environment and are responsible for rigging and de-rigging cameras.

    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare for rigging. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Preparation is carried out in accordance with supplied instructions. Where equipment needs to be ordered, the enterprise procedure is followed using the correct forms, identifying equipment accurately and completing all required information accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment matches the inventory for accuracy. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hired-in and/or internal equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of using incorrect procedures for hiring of equipment are described in terms of the potential legal repercussions for the production and the hiring company. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Faulty or non-operational equipment, if any, is identified, tested and replaced in accordance with the enterprise practise before it is needed for the production`s set-up deadline. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Camera equipment is stored safely and is available for use in the production according to the deadlines set by the production schedule. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Contingency plans are established to cater for the event of equipment malfunction and back-up equipment is ensured to be available and in good working condition. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Rig mounts and cameras for productions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Mounts are positioned to meet shooting requirements, level through 360 degrees, and locking devices are secure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Assembly of the camera is in the correct order and avoids damage to equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Cables are secured so as to avoid strain on plugs and sockets and any auxiliary cables running with camera cables are fixed securely along their length. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Cables are secured and waterproofed, where necessary, according to the enterprise procedures and practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The power-up procedures for equipment are followed according to enterprise practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Equipment is rigged so that they are safe for the public and crew, are neat and secure for the duration of the production. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    In adverse weather conditions and at heights.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Where scaffolding is used, it is legal, secure and safe. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Crew, the public and the equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Lifting and handling techniques are safe and lifting is within the capability of the individual involved. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    All equipment is tested that it is fully operational. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Set-up is achieved within the specified production deadlines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    Difficulties that are encountered are reported immediately to the relevant person/s. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Fit lenses and accessories to camera. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment is confirmed as clean prior to assembly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Assembly is performed in the correct order and avoids damage to equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Lenses are mounted as per manufacturer`s instructions and confirmed as secure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Electrical and mechanical connections are confirmed as fully operational. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Focus is maintained throughout the zoom range. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Filters are free of scratches, clean, and correctly aligned. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The camera head balances and the pan and tilt locks work after the lenses and accessories are added. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The accessories are mounted as not to obscure picture when viewing through the camera. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Problems are identified and resolved when they are within own area of responsibility or referred to the appropriate personnel for action when then fall outside own area of responsibility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Any modifications to the set-up are carried out following consultation with the appropriate personnel. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    De-rig camera equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The power-down procedures are followed correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The equipment is de-rigged with care and consideration for the safety of others and self. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The equipment is stored neatly, safely and securely as required by the enterprise practise. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The work environment is left clean, tidy and ready for future use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Any documentation required for the production is completed promptly, accurately, legibly and concisely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Equipment is returned at the agreed time and matches inventory. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hired-in and/or internal equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The appropriate authorities are informed promptly about any malfunctioning equipment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Defective and/or damaged equipment.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accreditation Options:

    Providers of learning towards this unit standard will need to meet the accreditation requirements of the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation Option:

    The moderation requirements of the relevant ETQA must be met in order to award credit to learners for this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.

    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Functions and parts of the camera.
  • Shot sizes and camera movements.
  • Functions and roles of the crew.
  • Depth of field.
  • Use and theory of lenses.
  • Hiring of equipment procedures.
  • Fault finding and remedial procedures.
  • Safe storing procedures.
  • Waterproofing methods.
  • Safe scaffolding.
  • Documentation requirements for the enterprise.
  • The causes and effects of various problems on the quality of the production.
  • Identifying conflict situations and effective handling procedures.
  • Effective communication techniques including active listening, questioning and non-verbal communication. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking by identifying faults and taking remedial action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others (clients and colleagues) as a member of a team, group, organisation to achieve the production requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves (on the production) and their activities responsibly and effectively to complete work operations within deadlines. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate production information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively (with clients and colleagues), using visual and/or language skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology (cameras) effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment (venue) and health of others (crew and performers). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding that the production world is a set of related systems and that problem-solving does not exist in isolation. 

    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 12505, "Rig and de-rig cameras for a video production", Level 5, 6 credits.

    Notes to Assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  61450   Further Education and Training Certificate: Film and Television Production Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    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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