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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Preparing and cleaning human remains for visitation and coffining 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14186  Preparing and cleaning human remains for visitation and coffining 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Funeral Services 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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:
  • Dressing and making the human remains presentable
  • Coffining human remains for disposition
  • Finishing coffins for presentation purposes 

  • 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 
  • The following range statements are general to the qualification:
  • Orifices will include eyes, mouth, nose, ears, throat and anus
  • Health, hygiene, safety and cultural practices, measures and procedures must be adhered to before and during the handling of human remains, mortuary equipment and when in the mortuary area
  • Sealing the mouth and eyes will include any procedures that keeps the mouth and eyes closed permanently
  • Washing of human remains are conducted according to customs, religious beliefs and/or instructions
  • Protective clothing and equipment will include goggles, mask, protective gown, apron, gloves and water repellent boots 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Dress and make the human remains presentable 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Human remains are checked to ensure all cleaning and plugging procedures have been completed and for pace maker. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Human remains are dressed and personal effects are placed on them according to instructions and requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Face is shaved if applicable and according to instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Hair is brushed and combed and if applicable beard is brushed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Make-up applied to face if applicable and according to instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Problem areas on the human remains are reported to higher authority. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Coffin human remains for disposition 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Human remains are placed in coffin and adjusted for presentation purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Human remains are secured to prevent movement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Internal coffin trimming is positioned in accordance with established procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Coffin lid is positioned and secured. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Finish coffins for presentation purposes 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Handles are fitted securely and in correct positions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Name plates are prepared and attached to the coffin. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Desired ornamentation is placed on or fitted to coffins. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    3. Inspecting coffins for damage such as scratches, chips or dents. 


    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 methods and techniques to shave human remains without causing damage to the skin
  • A general understanding of techniques for applying make-up to human remains
  • A comprehensive understanding of methods and techniques for preparing human remains and a coffin for viewing including trimming
  • An in depth understanding of methods and techniques for preparing and cleaning of human remains for storage purposes as prescribed in that qualification
  • A broad understanding of cultural and religious beliefs pertaining to dress codes and placement of artefacts 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems relating to the preparation and cleaning of human remains for viewing. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and one`s activities maintaining health, hygiene and safety procedures throughout the process 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information pertaining to the presentation of human remains 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with higher authority regarding the preparing and cleaning of human remains for viewing 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems correct presentation of human remains impacts on the perceived quality of service provided 

    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. 

    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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    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.