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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Use a marine radio in an emergency situation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114920  Use a marine radio in an emergency situation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
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 
This unit standard will be useful to people who work on sea-going vessels, or who are contemplating careers at sea. The standard has a broad application and will be useful to all people who work on board ship.
This standard is not intended to qualify people as radio operators under normal conditions.

People credited with this unit standard are able to
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Radio Communications (Radio) Regulations, and
  • Use a marine radio in an emergency situation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Language/Communication and Mathematics/Numeracy at NQF level 1 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard:
  • The reference for the assessment of this unit standard are the guidelines for radio operators issued by ICASA.
  • Legislation relevant to this unit standard as regulated by ICASA.
  • Competence in this unit standard will be demonstrated in simulated distress situations.
  • Knowledge of on board communication systems.
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of radio communications regulations and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements of the regulations governing the use of marine radio are described in accordance with guidelines published by the regulating authorities and standing instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Guidelines and regulations cover: control of distress traffic, use of call signs, silence periods, and interference.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The international calling and distress frequencies/channels are identified in accordance with the guidelines and regulations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    VHF channel 16; 29 MHz Channel A.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The distress, urgency and safety calls are identified and definition of each is consistent with the regulating authority guidelines, standing orders and accepted international usage. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Mayday, Pan Pan, Securite
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Critical terms related to distress and urgency calls are identified and terms are described in accordance with the regulating authority guidelines, standing orders and accepted international usage. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Terms include: Seelonce Mayday, Seelonce Distress, Seelonce Feenee and Prudonce.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The nature, function and purpose of the alarm signal generating device is described in accordance with the guidelines and regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The terms Mayday Received and Mayday Relay, and their application, are described in accordance with the guidelines and regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The use of the international phonetic alphabet is demonstrated in accordance with the guidelines and regulations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Use a marine radio in an emergency situation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    VHF, 29 MHz Channel A and B. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The frequency selected is appropriate for a distress call. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    VHF channel 16; 29 MHz Channel A and B.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The distress call and message is handled in a manner consistent with the degree of urgency required, and is appropriate to the given situation, in accordance with the radio handbook. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    "Mayday received" and "mayday relay" are handled in a manner consistent with the particular context, in accordance with guidelines and regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An urgency call is handled in a manner consistent with the particular context, in accordance with guidelines and regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A safety call is handled in a manner consistent with the particular context, in accordance with guidelines and regulations. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner must be able to identify and solve problems regarding the use of a marine radio in an emergency situation, and make decisions using critical thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner must be able to organise and manage his/her activities responsibly and effectively, ensuring that emergency communication procedures are followed. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner must be able to communicate effectively, using appropriate language skills during an emergency situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner must be able to use science and technology ensuring effective completion of the emergency situation at hand. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent

    The following particular issues should be taken into consideration when assessing against this unit standard.
  • Care should be taken that equipment relevant to the candidate's actual operating environment is used. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Terminology

    ICASA: Independent Communications Authority of South Africa
    SAMSA: South African Maritime Safety Authority. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59300   General Education and Training Certificate: Transport  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    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. Dee-Bravo Training Centre 
    2. DIONYSUS SKILLS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PTY LTD 
    3. Makwedeng Training 
    4. NOSA LOGISTICS PTY LTD 
    5. Phephani Learnerships cc 
    6. Staffing Logistics 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.