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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Observe and handle animals 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116197  Observe and handle animals 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
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 learner achieving this unit standard will be able to observe animals regarding their health status and be able to handle them. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of animal production, ensuring healthy animals and humane treatment.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in animal health and will be able to operate in an animal production environment implementing sustainable and economically viable production principles.

They will be capacitated to gain access to the mainstream agricultural sector, in animal production, impacting directly on the sustainability of the sub-sector. The improvement in production technology will also have a direct impact on the improvement of agricultural productivity of the sector. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will show competence against the following unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 1: Basic external animal anatomy and morphology. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Whilst range statements have been defined generically to include as wide a set of alternatives as possible, all range statements should be interpreted within the specific context of application.

    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Observe, record and report behaviour and physical attributes. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Animal behaviour includes but is not limited to walking, running, feeding, mating, drinking, and sleeping.

    Animals include, but are not limited to fish, birds, mammals, insects, crustaceans, reptiles, molluscs and amphibians as relevant to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to observe and evaluate animal behaviour is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to observe and evaluate animal physical attributes is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to record and report on animal behaviour and physical attributes is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Evaluate animal behaviour and attributes regarding abnormalities. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Abnormal behaviour includes but is not necessary limited to lethargy, aggression, lack of appetite or gross signs of disease and abnormalities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Individual animal abnormalities are observed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Individual animals showing abnormal behaviour are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to report to superior is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Move animals to and into a holding facility. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Moving animals includes but is not limited to collection and moving from holding pens, tanks, houses, etc. as relevant to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to move animals to a collective point, at gate or other opening is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to move animals in a controlled manner is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Animals are prepared for moving where appropriate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Attending to the needs of the animals before, after and during the moving is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Restrain animals in a restraint facility. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Restraint facilities are not limited to holding tanks, crushes, hives, houses, paddocks, etc. as relevant to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The method of checking a restraint facility before being used is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The steps required to restrain a specific animal is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to restrain groups of animals is demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Groups of animals include but are not limited to schools, troops, herds, swarms, colonies, gaggles, flocks, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The ability to restrain animals in a controlled manner without harming or stressing the animal is demonstrated with individual animals as well as with groups of animals. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes; critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • 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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The person is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
  • The names and functions of the various animals
  • Diseases and abnormalities
  • Symptoms relating to animal health
  • Rules and codes of conduct relating to the movement, handling and observation of animals.
  • The ability to handle animals confidently, safely and humanely
  • Recording procedure
  • Simple report writing skills
  • Animal retention infrastructure control and maintenance skills 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving relates to outcome:
  • Observe, record and report behaviour and physical attributes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: relates to outcomes:
  • Collect and move animals to a holding facility.
  • Restrain animals in a holding facility. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self Management relates to outcomes:
  • Observe, record and report behaviour and physical attributes.
  • Evaluate animal behaviour and attributes regarding abnormalitie
  • Collect and move animals to a holding facility. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation: relates to outcomes:
  • Observe, record and report behaviour and physical attributes.
  • Collect and move animals to a holding facility. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication relates to outcomes:
  • Observe, record and report behaviour and physical attributes.
  • Evaluate animal behaviour and attributes regarding abnormalitie
  • Collect and move animals to a holding facility. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology: relates to outcomes:
  • Observe, record and report behaviour and physical attributes.
  • Evaluate animal behaviour and attributes regarding abnormalities 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter relatedness of systems: relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self-development: relates to all outcomes. 

    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  48970   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48971   National Certificate: Mixed Farming Systems  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    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. Afrivet Business Management 
    2. Agricultural Research Council 
    3. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    4. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    5. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    6. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    7. Centurion Akademie (Pty) Ltd 
    8. Dihwai Food Cultural and Agricultural Services 
    9. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 
    10. Escay Catering and other Services 
    11. Farm for Africa Training and Development 
    12. Heedmorine Training 
    13. Hungweni Trading Cc 
    14. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    15. Interactive Trading 747 ( PTY) LTD 
    16. Interstate Clearing 092 (Pty) Ltd 
    17. Kgopane Trading Enterprise 
    18. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
    19. Knowledge For Ever 
    20. Lehlasedi Community Organisation 
    21. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    22. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    23. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    24. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    25. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    26. Mocwiri Training & Consultant 
    27. Mogaladi Business Enterprise 
    28. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    29. Mpontshe Training 
    30. Mthashana FET College - Vryheid Campus 
    31. Mvelo Consultant 
    32. National Institute For The Deaf 
    33. NFS Services (Pty) Ltd 
    34. Ngwato Wa Mphela Agriculture Training Services 
    35. Nophelo Training Centre 
    36. Novi General Services 
    37. Retsogile Education and Training 
    38. Scientific Roets (Pty) Ltd 
    39. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    40. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    41. Setlakala Business Development 
    42. Siyafundisa I Africa 
    43. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    44. Skills Fusion 
    45. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    46. Thuto Boshwa Skills Development Services 
    47. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    48. Tripple R Training Provider 
    49. Tshenkeng's Consulting 
    50. Vari Consulting 
    51. Voyano Project Management 
    52. Vukani Community Training 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.