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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plan and conduct a guided mountaineering experience 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
9289  Plan and conduct a guided mountaineering experience 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Tourism 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 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7  60 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2012-07-01  2015-06-30  SAQA 0695/12 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2016-06-30   2019-06-30  

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 qualifying learner achieving this unit standard in combination with context expertise standard(s) will be able to plan and guide general and specialised mountaineering trips in all mountain areas in a variety of testing conditions within Africa.
Furthermore, the learner will be able to contribute to the developing of both academic and practical aspects of mountaineering and contribute towards the international body of knowledge. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
A learner aspiring to complete this unit standard must have been assessed competent against the following unit standards:
"Plan and conduct a guided mountain walking experience",
"Plan and conduct a guided rock climbing experience".

The ability to communicate effectively in spoken English will be an advantage as this is, in most cases, the medium of communication. It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will show competence in communication and numeracy equivalent to NQF level 4.

A learner aspiring to complete this unit standard must be in possession of a Level 5 (Basic Ambulance Assistant) First Aid certificate. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Guides to the scope and complexity of the specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are provided in bullet points beneath each. These are prefaced by "for example" since they are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are intended only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Demonstrate competence in winter mountaineering. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
Demonstrate competence in winter mountaineering.
For example :
  • Demonstrate competent, safe and assured techniques and leadership on snow and ice
  • Control a parties ascent & descent on snow and ice
  • Demonstrate techniques of winter camp craft & survival
  • Demonstrate care and leadership for a party on difficult terrain including short rope techniques
  • Navigate with speed and efficiency in extreme winter conditions
  • Respond to winter hazards 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Apply competent, safe and assured techniques and leadership on snow and ice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Control a party's ascent and descent on snow and ice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Apply techniques of winter camp craft and survival. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Apply care and leadership for a party on difficult terrain including the use of short rope techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Navigate with speed and efficiency in extreme winter conditions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Perform as a member of a team in mountain rescue 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Perform as a member of a team in mountain rescue
    For example :
  • Demonstrate use of mountain rescue equipment
  • Assess an accident scene and implement appropriate action
  • Perform a variety of lifts and lowers including horizontal and vertical carry outs
  • Handle casualties and oversee safe movement and security of a mountain rescue team 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Demonstrate use of mountain rescue equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Assess an accident scene and implement appropriate action. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Perform a variety of lifts and lowers including horizontal and vertical carry outs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Handle casualties and oversee safe movement and security of a mountain rescue team. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Contribute to the development of mountaineering. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Contribute to the development of mountaineering.
    For example :
  • Opening new routes
  • Development of new knowledge and resources
  • Expansion of the field of mountaineering
  • Research and record mountaineering related information 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Open new routes for use by own teams and others. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Apply new knowledge and resources during mountaineering. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Research and record mountaineering related information for future use. 


    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of:

    1. Broad knowledge of mountaineering history
    2. Broad knowledge of the organisations & restrictions relating to international mountaineering
    3. Cable ways
    4. Communication systems
    5. Expeditionary mountaineering
    6. Hazards associated with winter mountaineering
    7. Knowledge and use of winter mountaineering equipment
    8. Mountain rescue equipment
    9. Properties of snow and ice
    10. Short rope techniques
    11. Theory of mountaineering leadership
    12. Theory of risk management
    13. Winter belay techniques and associated problems 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving relates to specific outcomes 1-3. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work relates to specific outcomes 1-3. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and management relates to specific outcomes 1-3. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation relates to specific outcomes 1-3. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication relates to specific outcomes 1-3. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology relates to specific outcomes 1-3. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems relates to specific outcomes1-3. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Professional development relates to specific outcomes1 and 3. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    VALUES

    Demonstration of the knowledge and skills outlined in this unit standard must be consistent with the principles of:

    1. Respecting the natural and cultural environment.
    2. Accepting and maintaining a non-discriminatory attitude towards diversity including, For example :, differences in gender, race, religion, physical ability and culture.
    3. At this level it is expected of an individual to demonstrate a high level of personal, moral and professional integrity.

    ASSESSMENT

    Assessment should include a logbook as part of a portfolio of evidence gained in all weather conditions and all seasons.
    1. Assessment to include the publishing of scientific papers
    2. Assessment should include a peer review. Nature of peer review could include e.g. review of contribution of new information to the international community.
    3. Navigation assessment must be rigorous, encompassing the full range of skills and techniques.
    4. Good leadership and social skills should include good judgement and decision making ability.
    5. Must show the ability to work under pressure and possess high levels of mental and physical fitness.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

    As a general indication, the knowledge and insight expected at this level is unlikely to be obtained without at least 48 months of extensive independent experience of which 96 quality mountain days spent in the field were as leader of a party. The learner should also have International mountaineering experience.

    A quality mountain day should include elements of planning, exploration and navigation. They should be reasonably demanding. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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