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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

String beads and pearls 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261279  String beads and pearls 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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
110465  String beads and pearls  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to people who are required to string pearls and beads.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Utilize the correct tools and equipment for pearl and bead stringing.
  • Hand knot between beads and pearls.
  • Attach a clasp with French wire.
  • Finish a necklace without a clasp.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the style and lengths of pearl necklaces and the value and the history of pearls. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Utilize the correct tools and equipment for pearl and bead stringing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools, materials and equipment are selected and ensured to be ready for use in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools and materials are used according to manufacturer's specifications and jewellery manufacturing requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Housekeeping and safe working practices are adhered to and demonstrated in accordance with occupational health and safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences of not adhering to good workmanship, housekeeping and safe working practices are described in terms of the potential impact on safety, productivity and quality. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Hand knot between beads and pearls. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    This includes, the measuring of the thread, making a thread needle, make knots using tweezers one bead at a time, cut work apart, make the knots using an awl one bead at a time, make knots using your fingers one bead at a time, and string all the beads on the thread before knotting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The thread is measured according to jewellery manufacturing requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A thread needle is made in accordance with bead stringing standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Beads and pearls are separated according to design specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Knots are made according to jewellery manufacturing requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Beads are strung according to bead stringing quality standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Attach a clasp with French wire. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools, materials and equipment are selected and ensured to be ready for use in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools and materials are used according to manufacturer `s design and jewellery manufacturing requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The application and use of materials is in accordance with industry quality standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The clasp is attached with French wire in accordance with jewellery manufacturing requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The finish is executed according to industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Housekeeping and safe working practices are adhered to and demonstrated in accordance with occupational health and safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The consequences of not adhering to correct preparation, house keeping and safe working practices are described in terms of the potential impact on occupational health and safety, productivity and quality. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Finish a necklace without a clasp. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools, materials and equipment are selected and ensured to be ready for use in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools and materials are used according to manufacturer's specifications and jewellery manufacturing requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The application and use of materials is in accordance with industry quality standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The necklace is finished (without a clasp) in accordance with industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Housekeeping and safe working practices are adhered to and demonstrated in accordance with occupational health and safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences of not adhering to correct preparation, house keeping and safe working practices are described in terms of the potential impact on occupational health and safety, productivity and quality. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate understanding of the style and lengths of pearl necklaces and the value and the history of pearls. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Graduated pearls are strung in accordance with industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Uniform pearls are strung in accordance with industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Lengths and styles of pearl necklaces are described in terms of their uses and common names. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include at least two of the following:
  • Choker.
  • Princess.
  • Matinee.
  • Opera.
  • Bib.
  • Rope.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The value and history of pearls is described in accordance with industry standards. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and. external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:

    Knowledge relating to stringing beads and pearls:
  • Knowledge of stringing beads and pearls.
  • Three-dimensional spatial perception and developed hand eye co-ordination.

    Processes and events:
  • Knowledge of various jewellery manufacturing processes.
  • Exposure to various jewellery manufacturing processes.
  • Distinguish poor jewellery manufacturing quality from acceptable quality.

    Causes and effects (Safety and Health):
  • Use of equipment.
  • Use of personal protective equipment.
  • Adherence to safety requirements.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies and standards:
  • Safety, health and environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Quality policies, standards and agreements. 

  • 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.

    Note: The ability of the learner to select the correct and relevant tools, materials and equipment for the stringing of beads and pearls, and to plan the manufacturing process very carefully and logically. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note: The ability and willingness of the learner to accept and interpret the specified requirements correctly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The ability of the learner to indicate which tools, equipment and procedures are required for the bead stringing process of this different jewellery. 

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

    Note: The ability of the learner to plan the layout, the procedure, the preparation, the assembly and the specified finish gathered from the information from the design specifications with the specified requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.

    Note: The ability of the learner to interpret specified requirements by liaising and interacting with relevant role players in the production process, using appropriate and effective communication methods. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Note: The ability to use the relevant technology applying the required occupational health and safety measures to conduct the required bead stringing task in an agreed time frame. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Note: The ability of the learner to identify the relevant factors that contribute to the success or failure of the stringing of beads and pearls - the quality of the material being used, the preparation thereof, the correct interpretation of the design and what it hopes to achieve in the rest of the jewellery production process, and as a whole, within the rest of the jewellery industry. 

    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 110465, "String beads and pearls", Level 2, 4 credits.

    Terminology:
  • Housekeeping refers to optimising the use of resources, record keeping, hygiene, health and safety.

    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and workplace specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act, 1996 (Act no 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act no 50/1991).
  • Regulations.
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other Standards.

    Site Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Voluntary Codes of Practices.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.

    Jewellery Industry Requirements:
  • Working Guides.
  • User manuals supplied by equipment manufacturer.
  • The Bargaining Council for the Jewellery and Precious Metals Industry Main Agreement.
  • The employer's work specifications, tariff agreements and policies and Procedures.
  • Regulations as per directives from the Gold and Diamond Branch of the Southern African Police.
  • ISO 9000/1, SANS and other accredited standards and quality assurance measures.
  • A glossary of terms regarding the terminology of the Jewellery Industry. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  65049   National Certificate: Jewellery Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    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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