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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Oversee the preparation of funerals 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14158  Oversee the preparation of funerals 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
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 5 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:
  • Controlling all aspects with regard to preparation of a funeral
  • Evaluating and dealing with problems in the preparation of 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 4 or equivalent.
  • English, verbal and written communication at NQF Level 4 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:
  • Stakeholders will include service providers, officials, the bereaved and personnel. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Control all aspects with regard to preparation of a funeral. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Special requests are studied and approved. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Transport is authorised and given to authorised personnel 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Dress codes of grave side attendants is monitored. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Deviations and exceptions are identified and remedial action taken to rectify. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Funeral site preparations is evaluated against organisational standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Evaluate and critique funeral preparations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Interaction with the family during and after the funeral is observed and evaluated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Non-conformance is identified and remedial action taken within agreed time frames. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Lessons learned are identified and recorded for future reference. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Post funeral actions are taken according to requirements and are completed within the laid down time frames. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Post funeral actions will include reward, compliments, revising, training, disciplinary actions.
     


    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 broad understanding of company systems and procedures for organising a funeral
  • A basic understanding of dress codes for funeral service personnel
  • A comprehensive understanding of methods and techniques for identifying deviations and exceptions to work
  • standards and instructions
  • A general understanding of the cultures and religious beliefs pertaining to death
  • A general understanding of the organisational procedures and requirements for authorising transportation
  • A basic understanding of procedures for the preparation of funeral sites. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems around the level of performance during the preparation of funeral sites. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others while managing the preparation of funeral sites. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information retaining to performance against standards. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with the bereaved family. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems in how lessons can be used to improve future service at funerals. 

    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  21789   National Diploma: Funeral Services Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  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.
     
    NONE 



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