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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain different pets and the requirement for keeping them 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114428  Explain different pets and the requirement for keeping them 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Hygiene & Cleaning Services 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Cleaning, Domestic, Hiring, Property and Rescue Services 
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 
Learners wishing to acquire the competencies of this standard will be voluntary community workers, domestic workers and /or will be involved in a pet care environment. Qualifying learners are able to effectively identify and categorize pets and their needs.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining different pets and their requirements
  • Explaining the feeding and watering needs of pets
  • Explaining the requirements of keeping pets at home
  • Explaining the health requirements of pets 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The learner would have achieved numeracy and communication competencies at a minimum level of ABET level 2 or the equivalent. This will enable the learner to confirm the knowledge and skills required by this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Pets refer to common household pets, e.g. dogs, cats, hamsters, birds and fish.
  • Feeding needs refer to specific feeding needs of animals which would be how many times per day, quantity and may include commercial and household food.
  • Watering needs refer to the amount of water and how many times per day.
  • Shelter refers to a specific place for the animal inside or outside and may include but is not limited to birdcages, dog houses.
  • Security and Safety Measures refer to all measures taken to ensure that the animal does not harm himself or others.
  • The Law refer to the legal implication for keeping a dog, cat or any other animal (mostly city bylaws).
  • Four common types of household pets refers to dogs, cats, birds and rodents.
  • Differences in being kept refer to the security, exercise, food and areas the animal may frequent.
  • Different type of parasites refer to two categories of parasites Ecto = fleas, ticks, lice and skin mites. Endo = worms.
  • Preventative Measures refer to de-worming, regular bathing, good pet hygiene, application of ectoparasiticides.
  • Spayed- Sterilization of the pet not to reproduce.
  • Pet: Includes but not limited to dogs, birds, rodents and cats. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain different pets and their requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Four different common household pets are name according to type. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The requirements of keeping a pet is explained with examples of the differences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Pets are identified and explained by pointing out the pets by type and their requirements are explained for each specific pet. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Dogs do not need a litter box, cats do. Fish should always be immersed in water, the cage of a bird should always be closed, and the cage of hamsters / rodents should always be closed. Not limited to dogs, cats, hamsters, birds and fish.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The shelter needs of the pet are explained with examples and the reasons are explained why sheltering needs may change depending on the various seasons. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the feeding and watering needs of pets. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The feeding needs of the pet are explained with examples of each pet and its needs. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Refers to specific feeding need of animal which would be how many times per day, quantity and may include commercial and household food.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The watering needs of the pet are explained with examples of each pet and its needs. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Refers to the amount of water and how many times per day.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the requirements for keeping pets at home. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The exercise needs of the pet are explained with examples of each pet and its related exercise. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The security and safety measures regarding the pet are explained with examples of consequences of not applying these. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Pet care regulations are described in accordance with relevant legislation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Refers to: exotic pets, regulations, security for pets, SPCA guidelines.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the health requirements of pets. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different types of parasites are explained that are common to each. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Internal parasites; worms. External parasites; fleas, ticks, skin mites, lice.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The preventative measures to reduce the risk of parasites for each pet is explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    De wormer, application of ectoparasiticides (drops, powder or shampoo external to prevent fleas, lice etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reasons why pets should be vaccinated are explained with examples of the consequences. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Cat flu, Distemper, Kennel Cough, Rabies.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reason(s) why pets should be spayed and not be allowed to multiply is explained with examples of the impact on the household and on the pet. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution or provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be a registered assessor with the relevant competence at NQF level 2.
  • Both internal and external moderation of the assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines outlined in the relevant. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    An understanding of the types and care of general household pets. Dogs, cats, Rodents/Hamsters, fish, birds. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems pertaining to the keeping of household pets in which responses display that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in the pursuit of effectively keeping pets in a household. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise an manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information pertaining to the feeding and health requirements of pets. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with the pet owner regarding meeting the needs of the pets. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that the requirements and needs of pets ahs a direct bearing on its health and happiness. 

    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 
    Definition of terms within this unit standard
  • De-worm: Process of regular medication for prevention of Endo parasites 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  23853   GETC: Domestic Services  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 
    Elective  80786   National Certificate: Home-Care Practices  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 


    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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