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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform as a member of an assault team during building assaults 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
376367  Perform as a member of an assault team during building assaults 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Special Combat Capabilities 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
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 for policing officials or military personnel that need to tactically assault buildings during high risk or hostage release operations. This unit standard will contribute towards compliance with tactical, legal and safety requirements related to high risk or hostage release operations.

Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate methods of approach to a building.
  • Interpret a target study on a building.
  • Interpret assault orders.
  • Prepare individual and team equipment for building assaults.
  • Demonstrate the penetration of a building.
  • Demonstrate clearance procedures.

    It is preferred that the following unit standard be presented simultaneously with this unit standard:
  • ID 376362: Demonstrate an understanding of urban operations.

    Through the application of these skills learners will enhance the capabilities of security organisations to maintain peace and security in the community. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Use firearms in military and law enforcement environment.
  • Use primary weapons for medium to risk assault team operations.
  • Cross obstacles tactically. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Day and night.
  • Prevailing environmental conditions.
  • Buildings to a maximum height of three levels. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate the methods of approach. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Methods of approach include but are not limited to foot, rotary-wing aircraft, vehicles, assault platforms, surface and sub-surface vessels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The advantages and disadvantages of the methods of approach are discussed in order to determine their influence on the operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The drills applicable to the chosen method of approach are demonstrated in accordance with operational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Interpret a target study on a building. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information on the target buildings structural make-up is retrieved from the target study of the building. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information on the target building's interior layout is retrieved from the target study of the building. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Interior layout includes but is not limited to levels, floor layout, room layout, air conditioning, piping and furniture.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The target study is interpreted in order to gain information on the surroundings of the target building. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Surroundings include but are not limited gardens, walls, fences, security systems, lightening, drainage systems, and neighbouring buildings.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The target study is interpreted in order to gain information on the role players. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Role players include but are not limited to hostage takers, hostages, media organisations, emergency services, etc.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Interpret assault orders. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Types of assault orders include but are not limited to immediate, emergency and deliberate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The individual's role in the assault order is identified and explained in accordance with the operational plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Individual duties and responsibilities are demonstrated within the team during rehearsals in accordance with the assault orders. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Prepare individual and team equipment for building assaults. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal equipment is selected for a building assault according to its functions, uses and the method of approach. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Personal equipment includes but is not limited to coveralls, helmet, goggles, bullet-proof vest, and personal load bearing equipment, extraction harness and individual weapons.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal and team equipment is prepared for a building assault considering the method of approach and obstacles expected in order to optimise individual and team performance. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Team equipment includes breaching equipment, climbing equipment and explosives.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate penetration techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Penetration techniques are demonstrated during building assaults in order to gain access to a specific room. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Penetration techniques include but are not limited to button hooks, high-low and high-low swivels.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The window entry drill is demonstrated by penetrating a ground floor window in order to gain access to a room. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Shot placement is demonstrated in a structured scenario with a pistol, through a window while suspended on a rope in order to eliminate a hostile target. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Demonstrate clearance procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Room clearing drills are performed by taking threat levels into consideration during a structured scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ranges of suspects are apprehended in order to reduce the threat level. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Suspect ranges includes but is not limited to non-compliant, not aggressive; non-compliant, aggressive, not armed; non-compliant, aggressive, armed; compliant.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Contingency drills are demonstrated during a structured scenario in order to minimise the threat to the team. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Contingency drills include but are not limited to casualty drills, booby traps, immediate action drills, improved explosive device drills and counter grenade drills.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through Recognition of Prior Learning) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding 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 or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when the learner is capable of selecting and preparing personal and team equipment for the given task. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team during building assaults. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when using time efficiently to prepare for a specific operation or task. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. Environmental factors must be analysed continually to ensure the safe outcome of any activity. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral, written and/or signals (hand/radio) when the learner has to cooperate and communicate with the rest of the team. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when applying weapons and tactics during special operations to ensure the safety of friendly forces. 

    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
    Core  78263   National Higher Certificate: Special Combat Capabilities  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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