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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct bridge procedures for helicopter operations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261005  Conduct bridge procedures for helicopter operations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Maritime Defence 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 is intended for learners within the Maritime Sector who work/wish to work as an officer on the bridge of a ship. This Unit Standard meets the needs of the sub-field and of the society by providing competent maritime officers who by conducting helicopter procedures, contribute to a safer environment on the ship and at sea. The learner successfully completing this Unit Standard will gain essential knowledge and practical skills required to assist inbound helicopters joining the ship.

The competencies achieved by the learner in this Unit Standard will, in the case of the Merchant Navy and the Fishing Industry, contribute to the economic upliftment of the country, and in the case of the South African Navy, contribute the preservation of human life and the defence of South African warships, territorial waters and/or area of responsibility, thus providing a safer and secure society for South African citizens.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of helicopter and vessel capabilities and limitations.
  • Provide joining information to inbound helicopters.
  • Conduct flight deck operations on a vessel.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of procedures for helicopter emergencies. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of helicopter and vessel capabilities and limitations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of the capabilities and limitations of sea borne helicopters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given of the typical roles and employment of seaborne helicopters with respect to the vessel's purpose and scope of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of the flying limits of a helicopter in relation to the type of operation envisaged and the vessel deck state. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An explanation is given of vessel personnel required for helicopter operations in terms of their role and responsibilities for each helicopter and operation type. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Provide joining information to inbound helicopters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Joining and/or manoeuvring instructions are issued which are consistent with the handling characteristics, capabilities and limitations of the helicopter and the prevailing conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Deck information of the vessel is given to the helicopter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Instructions are given to maintain the vessels within operating limits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Weather information is replayed to the inbound helicopter. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Weather information includes but is not limited to base of cloud, over the top, wind direction, wind speed, altitude of cloud base, amount of cloud cover, visibility, extra information, sea state and amount of cloud in octaves (SA Navy only).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Information is given to the helicopter on other contacts with respect to position and movement that could be hazardous and interfere with helicopter operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The inbound course of the helicopter is monitored in order to provide heading corrections as required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The helicopter is communicated with using aviation terminology which is brief and to the point. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct flight deck operations on a vessel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment is checked for operational serviceability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment is ensured to be operated according to its purpose and function. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment includes bats and wands, temporary and permanent lashings, radio/communications/ships intercom, nets and slings and lighting.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Flying station visual and voice communications are given to the helicopter in order to assist in positioning for close quarter operations and/or landing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Deck personnel are ensured to be controlled in a manner that promotes the efficient execution of the evolution as well as the safety of personnel and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Personnel and/or equipment transferred from the helicopter are ensured to be secured in the proper location on the vessel. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate knowledge of procedures for helicopter emergencies. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Helicopter emergencies include crash on deck and ditching. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of emergency procedures in terms of specific roles and responsibilities of crew members and required equipment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Procedures include crash on deck drills and emergency response plans.
  • Roles and responsibilities include fire and rescue parties.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given of measures to limit damage to helicopter, vessel and personnel with reference to pilot extraction, fire fighting, and relevant damage control activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Helicopter emergency drills are carried out in accordance with standard operating procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • 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 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Providing joining information to inbound helicopters.
  • Conducting flight deck operations on a vessel. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • The provision of information to inbound helicopters.
  • The conducting of flight deck operations on a vessel. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Providing joining information to inbound helicopters.
  • Conducting flight deck operations on a vessel. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • Helicopter and vessel capabilities and limitations.
  • Helicopter emergencies. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Providing joining information to inbound helicopters.
  • Conducting flight deck operations on a vessel. 

  • 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
    Elective  64929   National Certificate: Vessel Safety Practices  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    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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