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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Preparing the funeral site for burial, cremation or memorial services 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14188  Preparing the funeral site for burial, cremation or memorial services 
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 Ether 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:
  • Organising administration, materials and equipment for the preparation of the funeral site
  • Confirming and checking the funeral site
  • Assembling materials and equipment and preparing the grave
  • Organising and arranging the funeral site 

  • 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:
  • Burial sites shall include land, sea, crematorium, and vaults. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Organise administration, materials and equipment for the preparation of the funeral site 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Materials and equipment to be used at a funeral site are identified and listed in terms of burials, cremations and memorial services. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Materials and equipment will include lowering machine, belts, cranks, stands, drapes, rails, grave planks, grave mats, gazebos, tents, chairs, levelling boards, petal/soil receptacles, flower petals, flowers, drinking water, water jugs, glasses and shovels.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Additional specialised material and equipment are identified and listed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Additional specialised materials and equipment will include cement mixer, cement, sand, stone, water, flower stands, national flag.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. All materials and equipment are assembled for loading onto vehicle to funeral site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Materials and equipment are loaded on vehicle according to established procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Necessary documentation for authorisation of the site is obtained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Transportation is organised and available in required time adhered to as per instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Materials and equipment are transported to required location as per instruction 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Confirm and check the funeral site 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Correct location of funeral site is obtained and confirmed 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Funeral site is identified and confirmed with relevant parties 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Grave size is checked and conforms to coffin size where applicable 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Assemble materials and equipment and prepare the grave 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Materials and equipment are unloaded in the correct manner and at a correct site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Ridges for belt removal are constructed 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Grave site is laid out with planks, mats, stands and drapes 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Lowering machine is assembled, placed in correct position and adjusted 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Organise and arrange the funeral site 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Tents and/or gazebo's are assembled and laid out 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Mats/carpets and chairs are laid out in tents and/or gazebos 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Water jugs and glasses are prepared and placed in appropriate area 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Petal/soil receptacles are prepared and placed ready in appropriate area 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Any additional accessories are assembled, prepared and laid out 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Accessories will include flower baskets, danger tape, tissues and funeral arch.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Any specialised materials and equipment are assembled and readied. 


    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 
  • An in depth understanding of equipment and material required to conduct burials, cremations, memorial services
  • A broad understanding of procedure for checking and confirming, funeral/grave sites
  • A comprehensive understanding of methods and techniques for assembling equipment required to conduct burials, cremations, memorial services
  • A general understanding of techniques for preparing a grave site
  • A broad understanding of legislation governing cemeteries and crematoriums and relevant documents to be used 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems relating to the funeral site, equipment and materials during the preparation of the funeral site as well as cremations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others, in checking and confirming grave sites as well as and during the funeral service. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and one`s activities to plan and execute all activities in the preparation of the funeral site and cremation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information pertaining to the funeral site and cremation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when checking, preparing, assembling and organising a funeral site. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems in that poor preparation of a funeral site could lead to problems when conducting the funeral. 

    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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