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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate automated sorting equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114499  Operate automated sorting equipment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Postal Services 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Consumer Services 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
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 persons working in, or planning entry into, the postal industry. A person credited with this unit standard will be able to operate automated sorting equipment according to manufacturing requirements and as per health and safety regulations.

This unit standard will contribute to the full development of any learner within the postal industry by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field.

The knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated in this unit standard is essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the postal industry. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
The following knowledge, skills, attitude and/or equivalent are assumed for a learner embarking on the unit standard:
  • Communication and literacy, NQF level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare mail items for automated equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Mail items are stacked and packed according to manufacturing requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Relevant automated equipment is identified according to organisational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Relevant automated equipment is prepared according to health and safety standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Items are prepared according to housekeeping rules. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Operate automated equipment safely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Automated equipment is operated according to health and safety standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Automated equipment is utilised in accordance with operating schedules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Operational irregularities of equipment is identified according to equipment manual. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Operational irregularities of equipment are reported to relevant party. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct non-technical maintenance of automated sorting machines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The need for necessary, non-technical maintenance of machines are identified according to equipment manual. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Non-technical maintenance is conducted according to operations manual and within health and safety standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The need for technical maintenance is identified according to equipment manual. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Technical maintenance support is sourced internally or externally to the organisation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Check mail items for suitability for automated sorting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Mail items are checked according to organisation policies and procedures and operating schedules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Mail items not meeting requirements (thickness, damaged etc) are removed and appropriately handled, according to organisational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Internal sampling and testing of mail items are performed according to quality standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Fault finding reports are described and explained according to organisational policies and procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:

    1. Names, functions, locations of physical things, process, concepts
  • Automated sorting equipment

    2. Procedures and techniques
  • Organisational policies and procedures related to the purpose of this unit standard
  • Health and safety regulations

    3. Theory - rules, agreements and principles
  • Product knowledge
  • Process flow
  • Distribution matrix related to internal sorting
  • Distribution network related to the Postal Service 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems

    Evident in specific outcome
    Conduct non-technical maintenance of automated sorting machines

    Evident in all assessment criteria 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others

    Evident in specific outcomes
  • Conduct non-technical maintenance of automated sorting machines

    Evident in assessment criteria
  • Technical maintenance support is sourced internally or externally to the organisation 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management

    Evident in specific outcomes
    Conduct non-technical maintenance of automated sorting machines

    Evident in assessment criteria
    Technical maintenance support is sourced internally or externally to the organisation 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information

    Evident in specific outcomes
    Conduct non-technical maintenance of automated sorting machines

    Evident in assessment criteria
    Non-technical maintenance is conducted according to operations manual and within health and safety standards 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively

    Evident in specific outcomes
    Conduct non-technical maintenance of automated sorting machines

    Evident in assessment criteria
    Technical maintenance support is sourced internally or externally to the organisation 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence

    Evident in specific outcomes
    Conduct non-technical maintenance of automated sorting machines

    Evident in assessment criteria
    Non-technical maintenance is conducted according to operations manual and within health and safety standards 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Understand Contextual world-systems

    Evident in specific outcomes
  • Prepare mail items for automated equipment
  • Check mail items for suitability for automated sorting

    Evident in all assessment criteria 

  • 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
    Core  48663   National Certificate: Mail Handling  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.
     
    NONE 



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