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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Manage the exhumation of human remains 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14165  Manage the exhumation of human remains 
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:
  • Demonstrating an understanding of exhumation regulations and processes
  • Evaluating exhumation administration and documentation processes
  • Monitoring and controlling the exhumation process. 

  • 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. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrating an understanding of exhumation regulations and processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Legislation pertaining to exhumation is identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Processes and procedures to be followed in an exhumation are described and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Legislation, processes and procedures are communicated to all parties involved in the exhumation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Evaluating exhumation administration and documentation processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Application for an exhumation is screened for validity before submission 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Applicants for exhumations will include next-of-kin, developers, companies, mines, police, property owners, government, local government

    Types of applications for exhumations will include individual applicants i.e. family, friends, personal representatives, Magisterial order for purposes of medico legal examination and institution application for purposes of area development etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Necessary documentation is complete, accurate and the required format. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Documentation for exhumation purposes will include request for exhumation applicants, identification, application, and letter from undertaker, national health authorisation, provincial government authorisation, authorisation from graveyard, re-burial authorisation, court order, relatives consent form
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Documentation is distributed to relevant parties within agreed time frames. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Relevant parties will include next-of-kin, police, local authorities, landowners, applicants, re-internment authorities
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Equipment and transport is checked for accuracy and authorised. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitoring and controlling the exhumation process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Legal obligations are assessed to ensure compliance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Site is inspected to ensure compliance of procedures and processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Deviations are identified and corrective action is taken to rectify. 


    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 legislation and regulations covering the exhumation of human remains
  • An in depth understanding of organisational and legal documentation and administrative procedures required for exhumation
  • A broad understanding of methods and techniques for monitoring and controlling people
  • A general understanding of the three types of applications for exhumations of human remains. 

  • 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 exhumation documentation administration and the exhumation of human remains. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others during the monitoring and controlling of the exhumation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and one`s activities to ensure all aspects of the exhumation process are followed. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
  • Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information when making decisions regarding administration and exhumation of human remains. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with individuals and teams when managing the exhumation of human remains. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems whereby legal obligations for exhumation can have an effect on the organisation and families of those being exhumed. 

    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.
     
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