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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Degerm maize 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114382  Degerm maize 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 
A learner who has achieved this unit standard will be competent in:
Performing, without supervision, the degerming of maize to maintain consistent quality of finished product. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
To enter a learning programme for this unit standard or to be assessed against this unit standard, the learner is assumed to have:
  • Literacy, numeracy and communication skills at or equivalent to NQF level 1.
  • Attended a course on degerming maize and manufacturing low fat / fibre products.
    Or
  • Had in house training in degerming maize and manufacturing low fat / fibre products.
  • An understanding of General Safety in the work place at NQF level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The scope of this unit standard deals with the degerming of maize and the final removal of any remaining bran or germ left adhering to the endosperm.

    The specific outcomes as reflected in this unit standard are performed without direct supervision, but with access to work site procedures and operating instructions. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare for the degerming of maize. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Preparing the work area according to work site and safety procedures.
  • Determining a sequence of operation according to work site procedures.
  • Selecting appropriate tools and equipment according to work site and quality procedures.
  • Selecting appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) according to statutory requirements. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
  • Job instructions, oral or written, are accurately followed and adhered to. Appropriate tools and equipment are identified and selected according to work site procedures.
  • Purpose of degerming a sequence of operation is explained.
  • Purpose of degerming maize according to work site procedures is explained.
  • Consequences of not monitoring the maize degerming process and taking corrective actions are explained. > Consequences of not removing adhering bran and germ from the endosperm after degerming are explained.
  • Purpose of preparing the work area is explained.Reasons for adhering to safety and quality procedures. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Perform degerming of maize. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Selecting, and operating appropriate equipment according to work site and safety procedures.
  • Degerming maize according to work site and quality procedures.
  • Monitoring maize degerming process and taking corrective actions (when applicable) according to work site, quality and safety procedures. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated
    competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
  • Job instructions, oral or written, are accurately followed and adhered to.
  • Appropriate tools and equipment are identified and selected according to work site procedures.
  • Purpose of degerming a sequence of operation is explained.
  • Purpose of degerming maize according to work site procedures is explained.
  • Consequences of not monitoring the maize degerming process and taking corrective actions are explained.
  • Consequences of not removing adhering bran and germ from the endosperm after degerming are explained.
  • Purpose of preparing the work area is explained.
  • Reasons for adhering to safety and quality procedures. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Assure the production of low fat products. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Effectively applying final conditioning to grain before degerming according to quality and work site procedures. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated
    competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
  • Job instructions, oral or written, are accurately followed and adhered to.
  • Appropriate tools and equipment are identified and selected according to work site procedures.
  • Purpose of degerming a sequence of operation is explained.
  • Purpose of degerming maize according to work site procedures is explained.
  • Consequences of not monitoring the maize degerming process and taking corrective actions are explained.
  • Consequences of not removing adhering bran and germ from the endosperm after degerming are explained.
  • Purpose of preparing the work area is explained.
  • Reasons for adhering to safety and quality procedures. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Assure full plant utilization. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Effectively controlling grain flow to each degermer according to quality and work site procedures.
  • Performing routine and running maintenance on the degermer according to work site and quality procedures. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated
    competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
  • Job instructions, oral or written, are accurately followed and adhered to.
  • Appropriate tools and equipment are identified and selected according to work site procedures.
  • Purpose of degerming a sequence of operation is explained.
  • Purpose of degerming maize according to work site procedures is explained.
  • Consequences of not monitoring the maize degerming process and taking corrective actions are explained.
  • Consequences of not removing adhering bran and germ from the endosperm after degerming are explained.
  • Purpose of preparing the work area is explained.
  • Reasons for adhering to safety and quality procedures. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Remove bran and germ adhering to the endosperm. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Applying appropriate auxiliary equipment according to work site and quality procedures.
  • Monitoring auxiliary equipment according to work site procedures. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated
    competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
  • Job instructions, oral or written, are accurately followed and adhered to.
  • Appropriate tools and equipment are identified and selected according to work site procedures.
  • Purpose of degerming a sequence of operation is explained.
  • Purpose of degerming maize according to work site procedures is explained.
  • Consequences of not monitoring the maize degerming process and taking corrective actions are explained.
  • Consequences of not removing adhering bran and germ from the endosperm after degerming are explained.
  • Purpose of preparing the work area is explained.
  • Reasons for adhering to safety and quality procedures. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Complete degerming of maize 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Sending degermed stocks to sifters for grading according to quality and work site procedures.
  • Restoring work area according to work site procedures.
  • Informing affected parties according to work site procedures. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated
    competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
  • Job instructions, oral or written, are accurately followed and adhered to.
  • Appropriate tools and equipment are identified and selected according to work site procedures.
  • Purpose of degerming a sequence of operation is explained.
  • Purpose of degerming maize according to work site procedures is explained.
  • Consequences of not monitoring the maize degerming process and taking corrective actions are explained.
  • Consequences of not removing adhering bran and germ from the endosperm after degerming are explained.
  • Purpose of preparing the work area is explained.
  • Reasons for adhering to safety and quality procedures. 


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessor accredited by SETASA.

    Any training provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited by SETASA.

    Moderation of assessment will be done by SETASA in its ETQA capacity or at its discretion. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Basic knowledge of the safe handling of tools and equipment related to the degerming of maize.
  • Basic knowledge of maintenance and caring for relevant tools and equipment.
  • Operating instructions of all equipment involved in the degerming of maize and the removal of remaining bran and germ. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems when observing quality deviations and applying suitable corrective measures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when receiving information and giving instructions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage oneself when planning and performing the degerming of maize process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate with others during the process of giving and receiving instructions and signals. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology when operating control panels and or PC to start, stop or operate the degerming of the maize process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Recognizing the world to be a set of related systems by understanding the impact that improperly degermed maize has on the production process and final product quality. 

    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 
    Values:
    All learners should demonstrate:
  • An application of company ethics, values as well as general safety principles.
  • An awareness of expectations and obligations of basic worker / management relationships. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  48648   National Certificate: Grain Milling  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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.
     
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