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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Participating in conducting funeral ceremonies 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14137  Participating in conducting funeral ceremonies 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Funeral Services 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Personal Care 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 forms part of the Qualification, National Certificate in Funeral Services Practice and is registered at Level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework. Learners working towards this standard will be learning towards the full qualification, or will be involved in or working within a funeral services environment, specialising in Embalming, Marketing and Merchandising or Disaster Management, where the acquisition of competence against this standard will add value to each individual and the Funeral Industry as a whole.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Preparing for the funeral ceremony
  • Assisting at the funeral ceremony
  • Assisting with the internment of the human remains
  • Assisting with the delivery of the human remains 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competency in:
  • Numeracy at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • English, verbal and written communication at NQF Level 2 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Range statements which are applicable to the unit standard titles, specific outcomes and assessment criteria are found beneath the applicable assessment criteria.

    The following range statements are general to the qualification:
  • Ceremonies will include burials, cremations, memorial services, sea burials and vigils.
  • Hearse accessories will include stoppers, sticks and tapes 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare for the funeral ceremony 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Hearse is ready and cleaned according to organisational regulations and requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Correct documentation is obtained and confirmed 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Documentation will include death certificates, permission to cremate, burial orders, Ministers letter, organist instructions, delivery instructions and grave site receipts
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Location of coffined human remains is verified 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Correct coffins/human remains are identified and placed in hearse 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Funeral accessories are assembled and placed in hearse 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Coffin and accessories are secured 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Coffins will include coffins, caskets or any other holding receptacle used for burial purposes
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Venue of funeral ceremony is identified and located 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Assist at the funeral ceremony 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Hearse arrives at funeral venue according to pre-determined time frame 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Placement of coffin and/or accessories is done according to instructions 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. If applicable programmes/leaflets are distributed 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Mourners are directed into and out of the venue 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Coffin and/or accessories are placed in hearse 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Accessories will include programmes/pamphlets/leaflets, church trolley, petal/soil/oil receptacles, floral tributes, wreaths, flag, umbrellas petals and oil
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Hearse is driven according to requirements of funeral and according to instructions 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Assist with the internment of the human remains 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Pall-bearers are assembled and briefed regarding procedures 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Coffined human remains is removed from hearse with the assistance of the pall bearers who will assist in placing coffined human remains onto lowering devise 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Coffined human remains are lowered into the grave as per instructions 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Petal / soil receptacles are made available for mourners 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Mourners are escorted to their vehicles 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Assist with the delivery of the human remains 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Human remains are delivered to the correct location as per instructions 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Necessary documentation is handed over to relevant authorities 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Relative parties are communicated with to establish additional needs or requirements 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers offering learning towards this standard will be accredited and assessors registered by the relevant Education Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA) 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A comprehensive understanding of the procedures and processes to follow in conducting a funeral ceremony
  • A broad understanding of road traffic ordinance, rules and regulations 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems pertaining to the smooth running of a funeral ceremony 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others during the funeral ceremony process 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and one`s activities to be available at a funeral 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information relating to the identity and verification of the human remains 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with mourners at funeral ceremonies 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems in the importance of having the correct human remains for a funeral ceremony and the repercussions on an error 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    In order to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, it must be the intention underlying any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts when conducting funeral ceremonies. 

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

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  21787   National Certificate: Funeral Services Practice  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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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