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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate (apply) equipment, material and tools 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114516  Operate (apply) equipment, material and tools 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Performing Arts 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Performing Arts 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
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 purpose of the learning for this Unit Standard is that learners are able to operate (apply) equipment, material and tools in a way that meets health and safety, live event and technical production industry requirements. When credited, the learner`s applied competence will be to safely operate or apply equipment, material and tools according to manufacturers` recommendations and industry norms and standards.

Recognition or Prior Learning (RPL) must be applied should the learner provide sufficient evidence that he/she has attained the competencies outlined in this Unit Standard.

Learners credited with this unit standard are capable of:
  • Checking the equipment, material and tools for correct functionality prior to the start of rehearsals.
  • Rehearsing the use of the equipment, material and tools in accordance with event-specific requirements.
  • Setting-up equipment plot-schedules along with the respective cues.
  • Using equipment, material and tools correctly throughout live events.
  • Storing, cleaning, adjusting and repairing equipment, material and tools under his/her control. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The learning assumed to be in place prior to the learner attempting this Unit Standard is:
  • Numeracy and Literacy skills equivalent to NQF 3.
  • A working knowledge of health and safety as required by the OH&S Act as amended.
  • Working at height practice and safety.
  • Safe operation of scissor and boom access equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Applied competence in ONE of the following areas of application must be credited to achieve this Unit Standard:
  • Stage (Setting and Structures)
  • Audio/Visual (Lighting, Sound and Video)
  • Styling (Costumes, Makeup, Properties and Decor)
  • Special Effects (Pyrotechnics, Lasers, Water and Fire)

    The application chosen must be applied in all learning towards all Unit Standards attempted for the qualification.

    Repair extends to assembly level only, and not component level. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare equipment, materials, tools and self for a live event. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment, material and tools are checked, prior to rehearsals, for functionality to operate according to manufacturers` recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Use of the equipment, material and tools are rehearsed, in accordance with live event requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equipment, material and tools are prepared, according to manufacturers` recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Learner`s own preparatory schedule and activities promote the delivery of a successful live event. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Set-up equipment plot-schedules, in preparation for a live event. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Plot-schedules are compiled in accordance with industry norms and standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Cues are used in the preparation of plot schedules, accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Plot schedules are adapted to suit requirements of other parties involved in the live event. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Plot schedules include some contingency plans for flexibility when required. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Use technical production equipment, material and tools in live events. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Technical production is delivered according to the rehearsed agreement with other parties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment, material and tools is operated according to manufacturers` recommendations and industry norms and standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Unprepared incidents during the event is compensated for by minimising the effect of the "glitch". 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Learner`s own behaviour is participatory, professional and according to industry norms and standards throughout. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Store, clean, adjust and repair equipment, material and tools in preparation for future use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment, material and tools are correctly stored, cleaned, adjusted and repaired according to industry norms and standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Any discrepancies to the norm are reported accurately to relevant supervisors. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    No equipment, material and tools are damaged or broken by the learner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Housekeeping rules and regulations are maintained throughout. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    All safety standards are adhered to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The learner due to an action or inaction on his/her part sustains no injuries. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    This Unit Standard will be internally assessed and moderated by a provider accredited to provide a program and manage program assessment leading to this unit standard, and externally moderated by a moderator registered with the relevant ETQA. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and are able to explain:
  • Principles and requirements of professionalism.
  • The process of live event preparation and implementation.
  • The nature and use of plot-schedules.
  • Maintenance of equipment, material and/or tools, including storage and cleaning.
  • Characteristics, types and use of technology, equipment, material and/or tools.
  • Housekeeping rules and regulations, including cleaning and storage convention.
  • Manufacturer recommendations.
  • Industry norms and standards, including safety standards.
  • Industry specific technology.
  • Industry specific terminology and communication.
  • Live event electrics and safety.
  • Relevant parts of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • The technical production industry and its development.

    The above must be general to the industry as a whole (providing the learner with a broad overview) and specific to the area of application chosen (providing the learner with the necessary specialisation). 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving equipment, material and tools problems before and during live events. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as an industry professional. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively using plot-schedules in accordance with industry norms and standards. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating discrepancies to the norm accurately to relevant supervisors. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Using equipment, material and tools effectively according to manufacturers` recommendations. 

    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  48669   National Certificate: Live Event Technical Production  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  48808   Further Education and Training Certificate: Performing Arts  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  58820   National Certificate: Advertising  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Elective  48671   National Certificate: Music Industry: Sound Technology  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    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. Davest Trading 36 Pty Ltd 
    2. Jeppe College of Commerce and Computer Studies 
    3. Maraba Event and Entertainment Pty Ltd 
    4. Oakfields College 
    5. Oakfields College (Head Office) 
    6. SABC Limited 
    7. South West Media College (Pty) Ltd 



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