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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate in the national and international event industry 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
8608  Operate in the national and international event industry 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Hospitality,Tourism,Travel, Leisure and Gaming 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Hospitality, Tourism, Travel, Gaming and Leisure 
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 does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The learner achieving this unit standard will be able to use a broad knowledge of the events industry to support event co-ordination through all phases, namely research, plan, design, conduct and evaluate in different contexts.
In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of hospitality or the tourism industry, or to strive towards professional standards and practice at higher levels.
Complexity: Assistance to and under supervision of an event manager.
Scope: limited to context such as hospitality, corporate meetings and workshops, social life cycle events, minor sport events. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Literacy, numeracy and communication equivalent to NQF level 3 will be assumed. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Guides to the scope and complexity of the specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are provided in the range/ points beneath each. These are prefaced by "e.g." since they are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Demonstrate an understanding of the national and international events industry 
OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Complexity, intricacies and dynamic nature.
  • Importance to South African tourism industry.
  • Quality requirements. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The assessment of practitioners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools that are appropriate to the contexts in which practitioners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment; formative and summative assessment; portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledges are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral and written evidence. It cannot be assessed only through seeing the knowledge being applied.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a practitioner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a practitioner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of the specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of learners and not unfairly discriminate against any learners. Practitioners should also be able to justify their performance in terms of these values. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and explain the different contexts of event management 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Define and explain the sub-fields:
  • Meetings and conferences.
  • Social life cycle events.
  • Sport and tourism events.
  • Retail events.
  • Hallmark events.
  • Hospitality events.
  • Festivals.
  • Expositions.
  • Civic events. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The assessment of practitioners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools that are appropriate to the contexts in which practitioners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment; formative and summative assessment; portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledges are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral and written evidence. It cannot be assessed only through seeing the knowledge being applied.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a practitioner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a practitioner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of the specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of learners and not unfairly discriminate against any learners. Practitioners should also be able to justify their performance in terms of these values. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate a basic understanding 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Demonstrate a basic understanding of the capacity, constraints and requirements of each context as it relates to a specific event. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Appropriately match the event elements and facilities within a specific context.
  • Suggest appropriate alternatives. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The assessment of practitioners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools that are appropriate to the contexts in which practitioners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment; formative and summative assessment; portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledges are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral and written evidence. It cannot be assessed only through seeing the knowledge being applied.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a practitioner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a practitioner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of the specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of learners and not unfairly discriminate against any learners. Practitioners should also be able to justify their performance in terms of these values. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Access sources of information in order to provide a service to clients and keep knowledge up to date 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Identify appropriate venues, themes, etc.
  • Identify appropriate service providers 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The assessment of practitioners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools that are appropriate to the contexts in which practitioners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment; formative and summative assessment; portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledges are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral and written evidence. It cannot be assessed only through seeing the knowledge being applied.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a practitioner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a practitioner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of the specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of learners and not unfairly discriminate against any learners. Practitioners should also be able to justify their performance in terms of these values. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Use understanding of the events industry to enhance own performance 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Appropriately match the event elements and facilities within a specific context. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The assessment of practitioners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools that are appropriate to the contexts in which practitioners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment; formative and summative assessment; portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledges are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral and written evidence. It cannot be assessed only through seeing the knowledge being applied.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a practitioner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a practitioner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of the specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of learners and not unfairly discriminate against any learners. Practitioners should also be able to justify their performance in terms of these values. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or will assess this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
    3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

    Therefore anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The practitioner is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of:

    1. The national and international events industry,
    2. The relation and place of the events industry to the broader tourism and hospitality industry.
    3. The impact of the event industry on the broader tourism industry.
    4. Legislation and regulations appropriate to:
  • Occupational health and safety.
  • Permits.
    5. History, current developments and future role of the event industry.
    6. Importance of quality requirements in relation to the international event industry and expectations of clients, both international and national clients.
    7. Different event contexts and their specific requirements.
    8. Types of clients, events and related expectations within the contexts of specific sub-fields.
    9. Local grading system of venues and facilities and service providers.
    10. International grading of event managers and co-ordinators. 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving relates to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the national and international events industry.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the capacity, constraints and requirements of each context above as it relates to a specific event.
  • Use understanding of the events industry to enhance own performance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation relates to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the national and international events industry.
  • Identify and explain the different contexts of event management.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the capacity, constraints and requirements of each context above as it relates to a specific event.
  • Access sources of information in order to provide a service to clients and keep knowledge up to date.
  • Use understanding of the events industry to enhance own performance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication relates to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the national and international events industry.
  • Identify and explain the different contexts of event management.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the capacity, constraints and requirements of each context above as it relates to a specific event.
  • Access sources of information in order to provide a service to clients and keep knowledge up to date.
  • Use understanding of the events industry to enhance own performance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology relates to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the national and international events industry.
  • Identify and explain the different contexts of event management.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the capacity, constraints and requirements of each context above as it relates to a specific event.
  • Access sources of information in order to provide a service to clients and keep knowledge up to date.
  • Use understanding of the events industry to enhance own performance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems relates to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the national and international events industry.
  • Identify and explain the different contexts of event management.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the capacity, constraints and requirements of each context above as it relates to a specific event.
  • Access sources of information in order to provide a service to clients and keep knowledge up to date.
  • Use understanding of the events industry to enhance own performance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Learner and societal development relates to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the national and international events industry.
  • Identify and explain the different contexts of event management.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the capacity, constraints and requirements of each context above as it relates to a specific event.
  • Access sources of information in order to provide a service to clients and keep knowledge up to date.
  • Use understanding of the events industry to enhance own performance. 

  • 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  17390   National Certificate: Tourism: Event Support  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2004-06-13  Was CATHSSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  20613   National Diploma: Event Co-ordination  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    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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