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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Use of firearms in tactical duty related situations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
10757  Use of firearms in tactical duty related situations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Security 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  22 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2005-11-01  2008-11-01  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-11-01   2012-11-01  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
123510  Apply tactical knowledge in the use of firearms  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for relevant officers to competently use firearms in tactical duty related situations and to ensure effective protection of people and assets

Benefit for society of this unit standard is that the person who completes this will contribute to safety in society.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Prepare relevant personnel, firearms and equipment required for use in a specific duty/job related environment.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the tactical operational procedures & techniques specific to the use of relevant firearms required for duty/job related environments.
  • Conduct post operational de-briefings with relevant personnel with regards to lethal and/or potentially lethal confrontations/incidents. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following knowledge, skills, attitude and/or equivalent:
  • A knowledge, comprehension and application of language and mathematical skills at NQF 4
  • Understand the relevant legislation required for the lawful possession and use of relevant firearms
  • Handle relevant firearms safely
  • Operate, use and maintain relevant firearms
  • Shoot relevant firearms competently
  • Competent in the relevant job related skill(s), i.e. response officer, close protection of persons, specialist units in official institutions, etc. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard applies to personnel competently using relevant firearms in tactical duty related situations. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare relevant personnel, firearms and equipment required. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Prepare relevant personnel, firearms and equipment required for use in a specific duty/job related environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Relevant firearms must include:
  • Handgun
  • Hand machine carbine
  • Rifle
  • Shotgun

    Relevant equipment must include:
  • Holsters, pouches, webbing and containers for relevant firearms
  • Relevant body armour
  • Telecommunication system
  • Electronic/digital
  • Optical
  • Medical
  • Hand cuffs
  • Flashlight, etc

    Duty/job related task must include:
  • Armed response
  • VIP protection
  • Assets in transit
  • Aviation security
  • Dog handlers
  • Specialist units in official institutions, etc.


    Fit & proper must include:
  • Medically & mentally fit
  • Sober from drugs/alcohol
  • Personal appearance, bearing & attitude acceptable to task.


    Information/briefing must include:
  • Crime tendencies specific to area of responsibility
    From community
    From policing forums
    Media
    Informants
    Institutions, etc.
  • Escorts,
  • Rendezvous
  • Orders & instructions.

    Operational tactical requirements/preparedness must include:
  • Intelligence:
  • Irregularities;
  • Resources;
  • Personnel;
  • Geographical area of responsibility;
  • Legal powers.

    Relevant documents/permits must:
  • Relevant identification
  • Appropriate company/organisation/institutions
  • Security Industry regulatory authority (SIRA).
  • Relevant firearms permit/license
  • Warrants
  • Authorities and/or restricted area permits, etc.

    Defined quality and output standards will be found in the employer's:
  • Work specifications
  • Policies and procedures 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Relevant firearms, ammunition and equipment are serviceable and operationally practical (functional) to carry out specific duty/job related tasks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Relevant personnel are fit and proper for commencement of duties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Information/briefing before commencement of duties confirms operational tactical requirements and preparedness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Correct completion and possession of relevant documents/permits confirms operational efficiency. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Current work procedures/standard operational procedures are available, understood, and acknowledged. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply knowledge and understanding of the tactical operational procedures and techniques. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Apply knowledge and understanding of the tactical operational procedures and techniques specific to the use of relevant firearms required for duty/job related environments. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Relevant tactical operational procedures must include:
  • Approaching premises, buildings, vehicles & suspects
    Per transport
    On foot - single or with back up
  • Securing, entering & moving outside/inside premises, buildings, rooms, malls & large vehicles, i.e. Trains, busses, aircraft, boats etc.
  • Tactical application of illumination.
  • Correct use of cover & concealment
  • Armed methods/techniques for arresting
    Armed officer
    Armed suspect
  • Incident control
  • Search & seizure procedures
  • Disarming techniques
  • Immediate tactical response to emergency signals/threats
  • Firearm readiness, etc.

    Safety precautions (authorised personnel/public) must include:
  • Firearms operational handling safety precautions - minimise risk to loss of life/injury of public/clients & risk to loss/damage to public/clients property by adhering to relevant firearm standing operational procedures in/at Public, the scene of an incident, i.e. confrontation, crime scene, etc.


    Prevailing legal parameters must include:
  • Applicable sections of the Firearms Control Act 60/2000.
  • Applicable section of the Criminal Procedures Act, 1977.
  • Applicable section of the Regulation of Gatherings Act, 1993.
  • Applicable sections of the Dangerous Weapons Act.
  • Private defence
  • Moral & humanitarian considerations (proportionality)
  • Constitution.
  • Continuum of force
  • Vicarious liability
  • Civil liability
  • Applicable sections of specific Acts relevant to unique job/workplace environments

    Client/public relations must include:
  • Officer/client/public relations
  • Dealing with difficult/extraordinary clients/public

    Situation related confrontations must include:
  • Non lethal

    Challenge procedure
    Officer/law enforcement/client/public/suspect identification.
  • Lethal

    Patterns of encounter
    Immediate action drills
    Officer attitudes
  • Back up
  • Tactical withdrawal
  • Emergency scenes procedures with reference to firearms.
  • Post incident liability

    Incident scenes
    Domestic violence, etc. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of relevant tactical operational procedures in the specific job environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Safety of self and others ensured by handling and/or carrying relevant firearms in appropriate operational, specific job related tactical manner and in holsters/containers that comply with legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Operators utilise the relevant firearms within prevailing legal parameters & in accordance with their relevant standard operational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Appropriated interpersonal skills are applied to ensure effective client/public relations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Situation/incident related confrontations are tactically & competently dealt with. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct post operational de-briefings with relevant personnel. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Conduct post operational de-briefings with relevant personnel with regards to lethal and/or potentially lethal confrontations/incidents. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Mental state/ psychological debriefings must include:
  • Direct victim
  • Indirect victim
  • Post stress trauma

    Relevant reports must include:
  • Firearms & ammunition register
  • Occurrence book
  • Pocket book
  • Statements, etc.

    Operational & mechanical status must include:
  • Firearms & ammunition serviceable & functional
  • Equipment serviceable & functional
  • Fit for purpose, etc.

    Reported must include:
  • Verbal communication
  • Reporting skills 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Firearm operator's mental state is catered for after a lethal/near lethal confrontation via proper psychological debriefings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Relevant reports are completed according to legal and standard operational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Operator reports back on the operational & mechanical status of the relevant firearms/ammunition & equipment issued to him for duty. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Operational weaknesses and/or shortcomings are reported to supervision for further action. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the POSLEC SETA ETQA/and any other body with whom a MOU was entered into.
    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the POSLEC SETA ETQA by SAQA/and any other body with whom a MOU was entered into.
    3. The POSLEC SETA ETQA/and any other body with whom a MOU was entered into will oversee assessment and moderation of assessment according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant competency and the POSLEC SETA ETQA/ and any other body with whom a MOU was entered into. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Refer to the Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria and the Range of variables contained in this unit standard and specifically to:
  • A comprehensive understanding of the relevant legislation, procedures and practices.
  • A comprehensive understanding of discretion in the use of firearms.
  • A comprehensive understanding of close quarter battle skills.
  • A broad understanding of debriefing/trauma techniques.
  • A comprehensive understanding of tactical operational application of firearms.
  • A comprehensive understanding of firearm retention & disarming techniques.
  • An ability to distinguish the difference between normal and deviant behaviour
  • An understanding of lawful and effective methods of physical restraint. 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to tactical job related confrontations and incidents. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a tactical team, group. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and one`s activities so that all requirements are met in achieving competence in the use of firearms in tactical duty related situations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information related to operational procedures & techniques specific to the use of relevant firearms required for tactical duty/job related environments. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when dealing with confrontations/clients/public/team members. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems in that legislative requirements are interrelated with the overall safe and operational tactical application of firearms. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

    SPECIFIED REQUIREMENTS:

    Specified requirements include legal and legislative specific requirements and are:

    LEGAL
  • Applicable sections of the Firearms Control Act 60/2000.
  • Applicable section of the Criminal Procedures Act, 1977.
  • Applicable section of the Regulation of Gatherings Act, 1993.
  • Applicable sections of the Dangerous Weapons Act.
  • Private defence
  • Moral & humanitarian considerations (proportionality)
  • Constitution
  • Continuum of force
  • Vicarious liability
  • Civil liability
  • Applicable sections of specific Acts relevant to unique job/workplace environments

    CONTEXT SPECIFIC
  • Training provider user manuals
  • Specifications, company/organisation operational agreements and policies and procedures

    Resources required for Assessment:
  • Relevant shooting range.
  • Shooting exercise order.
  • Tools, equipment and materials for mock-up and/or range set up.
  • Drill rounds and replica firearms
  • Relevant Firearms, magazines and ammunition.
  • Holsters and magazine pouches.
  • Firearm cleaning equipment
  • Safety equipment and protective uniform/clothes
  • Communications equipment.
  • Necessary administrative and stationary issue.
  • First aid/fire fighting equipment.
  • Criterion referenced assessment instructions/tools.
  • Relevant shooting range standing orders.
  • A suitable venue: workplace and classroom.

    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 123510, which is "Apply tactical knowledge in the use of firearms", Level 4, 5 credits. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  21854   Further Education and Training Certificate: Use of Firearms  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-11-01  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  48879   National Diploma: South African Special Forces Operations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2010-04-07  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  22491   Further Education and Training Certificate: Specialist Security Practices  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2006-11-16  SAS SETA 


    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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