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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply knowledge of fire exposures in order to manage the potential fire risk 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242662  Apply knowledge of fire exposures in order to manage the potential fire risk 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Insurance and Investment 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Finance, Economics and Accounting 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
14986  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of fire exposures in order to manage the potential fire risk  Level 4  NQF Level 04   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Fire cover is the basic first cover in most short term insurance policies. It is the primary risk covered by insurance and is compulsory in most insurance policies as most insurers insist on fire cover as basic in a short term policy. This Unit Standard is intended for managers of organisations and learners who manage asset risk in insurance and other organisations. It will be useful for Underwriters, Assessors, Claims Administrators, Intermediaries, Surveyors, Loss Adjustors and all learners in Short Term Insurance.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the basic principles of fire science.
  • Explaining possible fire protection methods.
  • Applying knowledge of fire control in order to prevent or minimise a potential loss.
  • Suggest a potential solution to minimise the impact of fire risk on a specific site. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at Level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this Unit Standard is:
  • Fire risks in wholesale, retail, manufacturing and storage risks as commonly encountered in a business environment including electrical risks.
  • Severity includes, but is not limited to, explosion, flashover and fire.
  • Elements of fire combustion include fuel, oxygen and ignition.
  • A written proposal should include recommendations and requirements.
  • Stakeholders include, but are not limited to, Intermediary, Client, Owner, Board, and Underwriter. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the basic principles of fire science. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The basic elements of fire combustion are explained and an indication is given of how each element could affect the severity of a fire or could be used to subdue a fire. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The basic elements of fire spread are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The different classes of fire are identified according to substance type. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The concept of fire load is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain possible fire protection methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Methods of passive protection are explained with reference to design, construction and use of materials. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The concept of active protection measures is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply knowledge of fire control in order to prevent or minimise a potential loss. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The potential fire risk is quantified for different scenarios in order to prioritise the risk. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A basic risk management process is applied in order to manage a fire risk at a selected site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A basic fire site plan is interpreted and related to the actual site conditions and fire spread risk. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The impact of the nature of occupancy and operational processes on fire risk exposure is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Suggest a potential solution to minimise the impact of fire risk on a specific site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Potential fire risks are identified and evaluated in terms of probability and potential impact at a specific site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Risk improvement measures are suggested to manage the risk in the most cost effective manner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A written risk management proposal is presented to the relevant stakeholders. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a candidate against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Learners are capable of identifying and solving problems in which responses show that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made in identifying potential fire risks at a specific site and recommending improvement measures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Learners are capable of collecting, organising and critically evaluating information in collecting and interpreting data relating to fire risk at a selected site. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners are capable of communicating effectively in presenting a proposal for managing fire risk. 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 14986, which is "Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of fire exposures in order to manage the potential fire risk", level 4, 3 credits.

    Search words: risk management, fire science. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  57831   National Certificate: Freight Handling  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  57613   Further Education and Training Certificate: Short-Term Risk Management  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  INSETA 
    Elective  61529   National Certificate: Loss Adjusting  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  INSETA 


    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.
     
    1. Aldabri 106 Institute for Quality Pty Ltd 
    2. Andebe Training and Skills Development 
    3. CKP Development Agency (Pty) Ltd 
    4. Driving Sense 
    5. Edu Wize Group Pty Ltd 
    6. Global Maritime Legal Solutions Pty Ltd 
    7. KLM Empowered Human Solution Specialists 
    8. Learning Exchange Pty (Ltd) 
    9. Makwedeng Training 
    10. Networx for Career Development 
    11. Production Management Institute (PMI) 
    12. Quantum Leap College Pty Ltd 
    13. SA Maritime School and Transport College 
    14. WHSE Training College (Pty) Ltd 



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