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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain and apply specific standards of lumber grading in a lumber mill 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264835  Explain and apply specific standards of lumber grading in a lumber mill 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Forestry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Forestry and Wood Technology 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
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 scope of this Unit Standard covers the whole environment, which can be described as the dry lumber processing area of a Lumber Mill. All personnel involved in the activities of this work area, i.e. the grading area are expected to show competency in this area. This Unit Standard will also assist them to enlarge their scope of knowledge by exposing them to the quality of material handled and processed in the relevant work areas of the lumber grading area. In this instance, they will be better positioned to determine the raw, processed, reject and waste types of materials.

People credited with this Unit Standard are able to:
  • Explain correctly the purpose of lumber grading and know the sequence of activities, basic workings of the equipment used, understand the concept of grading and know the factors determining this.
  • Grading of lumber.
  • Perform these to the standards prescribed for this level. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    A Learner who wishes to enter a learning programme for this Unit Standard must be able to demonstrate:
  • Competence in mathematical and communication skills equivalent to NQF Level 1.
  • An understanding of the detail of the Lumber Milling process, especially in the Lumber Gradingl area.
  • Skills competencies equivalent to NQF Levels 1 of Wet Milling as required by the NQF Level 1 Learnerships.
  • Workplace procedures, health and safety measures, and environmental management principles equivalent to NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the relevant grading rules and specifications according to South African National Standards (SANS) 1783. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Part 1, 2, 3 and 4. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation proves that relevant grading rules and specifications according to SANS 1783 are known and understood 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Part 1 ,2,3 and 4.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The Learner communicates his explanation of these grading rules and specifications in Lumber Milling and lumber grading terminology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The explanation contains the correct information regarding the relevant grading rules and specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Grade lumber according to the relevant grading rules and specifications as per SANS 1783. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Relevant grading rules, grader marks for different grades, marking equipment and materials. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relevant grading task is performed as prescribed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The task is performed within the prescribed time limits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Products are graded as per specification. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Verify graded lumber according to sampling procedure as per SANS 1783. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Samples drawn comply with SANS 1783 specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Verification is done according to the sampling procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Record keeping is done according to prescribed procedure. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply the relevant grading marks for the various graded products that are produced and their respective placements on these products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The application of the relevant grading marks for various graded products produced is performed as prescribed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The positioning of the relevant grading marks for various graded products produced is performed as prescribed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The explanation contains the correct information regarding the relevant grading marks and their positioning on the relevant products. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An employed individual who wishes to be assessed against this Unit Standard may apply to, or inform the relevant responsible person in the relevant workplace, to request management to arrange for assessment by the relevant assessor accredited for this purpose by the ETQA of the FIETA. An unemployed Learner must arrange with the training provider for assessment.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor for this purpose by the ETQA.
  • The manner/method and source of providing the learning that will enable compliance with the requirements of this Unit Standard, must be accredited by the ETQA.
  • Moderation of the assessment will be performed in the manner and by the moderator/s accredited for this purpose by the ETQA.
  • Assessment can be performed by means of oral testing, written tests and on-the-job observation. Formative assessment can be carried out during and after achievement of each specific outcome, and summative assessment at the conclusion of the training programme for this Unit Standard. Assessment will take place at a venue or workplace designated by the relevant assessor(s). 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The visual and mechanical grading rules and specifications for the full range of relevant products.
  • The process of grading visually and mechanically and applying the relevant markings.
  • Verify graded lumber according to sampling procedure as per SANS 1783.
  • The learner's responsibilities regarding the safety and health stipulations, the workplace procedures and the environmental management principles relevant to lumber grading at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems regarding activities in the lumber grading area. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate health and safety requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology in the lumber grading process in the mill. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Use equipment in a safe manner with due regard to grading procedures. 

    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  66312   National Certificate: Lumber Milling  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 


    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. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD 
    2. MPACT 
    3. VEB CELE & Associates (Pty) Ltd 
    4. York Timbers Pty Ltd 



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