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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Research and design a guided experience at a prominent tourism site 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335803  Research and design a guided experience at a prominent tourism site 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Guiding 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Hospitality, Tourism, Travel, Gaming and Leisure 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 unit is specifically designed to standardise the achievement, which can lead to the designation: Senior Site Guide. When expert knowledge of more than one site has been achieved, an Advanced Site Guide designation may be awarded. The learner who achieves the credits for this unit standard will be able to research and plan a guided nature, cultural or adventure experience in an appropriate site in South Africa as is applicable to a selected Province in which guiding services are provided.

The training of site guides at this level will provide for well-informed persons who are able to interpret or utilise the relevant site at a high level. This higher level of knowledge and experience should substantially benefit the sub-fields.

Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Conduct a research tour in preparation of a guided experience in a designated tourism site.
  • Develop an inventory for a selected site in support of the design of a guided experience.
  • Design a guided nature, culture or adventure experience for a designated tourism site. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in:
  • Communication at NQF level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Conduct a research tour in preparation of a guided experience in a designated tourism site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    General background information of a specific site is collected, assessed and evaluated so as to prepare for a guided experience. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A route plan of the research tour is drawn up with due consideration for the size and complexity of the site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A report is compiled which contains detailed site information gathered during the research tour. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A record is kept of site-specific equipment requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    As applicable; Wet weather gear, protection against dangerous animals, scuba gear for deep underwater exploration, abseiling equipment, night illumination, Potential risks are identified, recorded and communicated effectively.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Respectful and acceptable conduct is defined and clearly outlined as it applies to the selected site. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Acceptable conduct includes cultural sensitivity, places of worship, cemeteries, Indigenous culture, home interiors.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Develop an inventory for a selected site in support of the design of a guided experience. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Site specific data relating to the major features of the site is recorded in support of the design of a guided experience. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Specific data includes but is not limited to:
  • A map configuration reflecting topography, relief, major natural features, biomes, cultural features, dominant natural vegetation, climate conditions and other scenic attractions.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Basic information relating to the surrounding area is incorporated as part of an inventory. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Surrounding area information includes but is not limited to:
  • Nearby cities, towns and major transport routes, alternative routes, hospitality, accommodation, communication network, medical facilities and other tourism resources within the area.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Design a guided nature, culture or adventure experience for a designated tourism site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A site inventory is used to plan a guided experience utilising the prominent resources and attractions applicable to a designated tourism site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An itinerary is planned and designed in support of a guided experience. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Itinerary includes but is not limited to:
  • Major attractions, features, natural phenomena, highlights of the guided experience and any other required information which will be affected by the duration of the experience, including accommodation and meals requirements.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Marketing material is compiled so as to support the planned itinerary and guided experience. 


    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. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor 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.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 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 
  • Exact geographical location and situation of the site.
  • The relevant site's varied natural resources and its cultural heritage.
  • Cultural resources that reflect the richness and diversity of South African society.
  • Prominent natural attractions of the site.
  • Natural and/or cultural attractions that are unique to the site.
  • Major tourism resources of the site.
  • Research methods and techniques, including a functional data capturing methodology.
  • The relevant site (and surrounding) infrastructure including major cities, towns, topography, relief, climate, the cultural population, communication network, transport, hospitality and accommodation and other important aspects.
  • Relevant provincial legislation pertaining to cultural heritage sites and natural resources. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Foresight and problem solving skills are required to plan and design a tour itinerary for a guided experience, for setting up alternative arrangements when required or employing contingency measures where necessary. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting (gathering), analysing and critically evaluating information are essential skills in researching, planning and conducting future tours to a designated tourism site. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Science and technology are used in research strategies and in capturing, compiling, collating and storing data. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    In researching cultural and natural attractions, the learner's awareness that the world consists of interrelated systems, is deepened. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Personal development through responsible citizenship is demonstrated by planning innovative, quality, stimulating and entertaining guided experiences to clients in the designated site and by promoting the adherence to the relevant provincial legislation pertaining to cultural and natural resources. 

    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  71549   Further Education and Training Certificate: Tourist Guiding  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    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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