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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Demonstrate a basic understanding of the use of tools and equipment used for processing diamonds 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
110219  Demonstrate a basic understanding of the use of tools and equipment used for processing diamonds 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2003-12-03  2006-12-03  SAQA 0151/03 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2007-12-03   2010-12-03  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
253796  Demonstrate a basic understanding of the use of tools and equipment used for processing diamonds  Level 3  NQF Level 03   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to people who are required to participate in the processing of diamond gemstones.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Identify the tools and equipment used in the processing of diamond gemstones.
  • Describe the basic application of the tools and equipment used in diamond processing.
  • Explain the importance of care for tools and equipment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • The ability to communicate in English at ABET level 4
  • The ability to understand basic mathematics at ABET level 3
  • The ability to understand natural science at ABET level 3
  • The ability to understand arts and culture at ABET level 3 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The conversion of rough diamond gemstones into cut and polished diamond gemstones for sale into local and international markets.
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify the tools and equipment used in the processing of diamond gemstones. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The processing of diamond gemstones is explained in broad terms according to the main phases of processing. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Main phases of processing must include:
  • Marking and Sorting
  • Parting
  • Bruting
  • Polishing
  • Grading of polished gemstones
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The main tools and equipment used in marking and sorting are identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The main tools and equipment used in marking and sorting must include:
  • Scales
  • Loupes
  • Tweezers
  • Microscopes
  • Gauges
  • Master sample sets
  • Evaluation computers
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The main tools and equipment used in parting are identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The main tools and equipment used in parting must include:
  • Loupes
  • Saws
  • Blades
  • Chisels
  • Pots
  • Emery sticks
  • Cleaving box and accessories
  • Laser machines
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The main tools and equipment used in bruting are identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The main tools and equipment used in bruting must include:
  • Loupes
  • Screening machines
  • Platforms
  • Mallets
  • Pots and dops
  • Ovens
  • Bruting machines
  • Bruting sticks
  • Semi automatic bruting machines
  • Laser machines
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The main tools and equipment used in polishing are identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The main tools and equipment used in polishing must include:
  • Loupes
  • Scaiffes
  • Tangs
  • Weights
  • Pots and dops
  • Claws
  • Semi automatic polishing machines
  • Screening machines/computers
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. The main tools and equipment used in grading of polished gemstones are identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The main tools and equipment used in grading of polished gemstones must include:
  • Scales
  • Loupe
  • Tweezers
  • Microscopes
  • Price lists
  • Master sample sets
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the basic application of the tools and equipment used in diamond processing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The basic use of tools and equipment in marking and sorting is explained in terms of key features and application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The basic use of tools and equipment in parting is explained in terms of key features and application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The basic use of tools and equipment in bruting is explained in terms of key features and application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The basic use of tools and equipment in polishing is explained in terms of key features and application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The basic use of tools and equipment in grading polished gemstones is explained in terms of key features and application. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the importance of care for tools and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The importance of care for tools and equipment is explained in terms of health, safety, cost, products, productivity and profitability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The importance of good housekeeping is explained in terms of health, safety, the environment and care of equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The importance of protective clothing and equipment is explained in terms of health, safety, the environment and efficiency. 


    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 must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.

    3. 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 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge, candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes to the standards described in the assessment criteria. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate`s performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to identify the appropriate equipment to use in the different stages of processing diamond gemstones and to explain their application requires critical and creative thinking to solve problems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note: The understanding of the need to care for equipment and maintain good housekeeping standards indicates the ability to work effectively as a team member within the structure of the organisation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The understanding of the stages of processing diamond gemstones and the related equipment indicates the candidate`s ability to organise and manage activities in the work environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to interpret the correct application of equipment for the various stages of processing diamonds indicates the ability to collect, organise and evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Note: The ability to understand the different processing phases to process diamond gemstones demonstrates the critical use of science and technology in the safeguarding of the material, the environment, fellow workers and oneself. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 253796, which is "Demonstrate a basic understanding of the use of tools and equipment used for processing diamonds", Level 3, 2 credits.

    Terminology

    Specified requirements

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal
  • The Bargaining Council for the Diamond Cutting Industry Main Agreement
  • Regulations of the Diamonds Act, as amended
  • The Occupational Health and Safety Act, No 85 of 1993
  • SABS and other relevant standards and quality assurance measures
  • A glossary of terms about the terminology of the industry issued by the Bargaining Council for the Diamond Cutting Industry

    Site-specific
  • User manuals supplied by equipment manufacturers
  • Workplace diamond gemstone security system
  • The employer`s work specifications, tariff agreements and policies and procedures. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58267   General Education and Training Certificate: Mining and Minerals Processes  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    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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