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

Conduct basic demolition tasks 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115457  Conduct basic demolition tasks 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Special Combat Capabilities 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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  16 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2007-10-14  2010-04-07  SAQA 0480/09 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2011-04-07   2014-04-07  

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
376361  Perform minor demolition tasks  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  16   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners assessed against this unit standard will possess the basic skills and techniques required to conduct minor demolition tasks.

Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Adhere and abide by the relevant safety regulations when working with explosives and accessories.
  • Demonstrate and understand the theory of explosives.
  • Develop a plan for a basic demolition task.
  • Execute a planned basic demolition task.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of mines.

    The achievement of this unit standard will equip a learner with the ability to be employed in a number of security related disciplines necessary to maintain peace and stability and the sovereignty of the state. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners applying to enter this programme are assumed to be competent in:
  • English literacy at NQF level 4.
  • Numeracy skills NQF level 4.
  • Interpreting a topographical map for navigational purposes NQF level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify explosives and accessories. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Organisational specific explosives and accessories. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The organisational specific demolitions terminology is understood and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The concept of explosives as described in organisational specific work place procedures is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The properties and behaviour of the different explosives used by the organisation are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The ability to recognise and complete the relevant demolitions administration as described in work place procedures is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The ability to identify, evaluate and discuss the uses of the various organisational specific explosives and accessories is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The ability to identify, name and differentiate between military and commercial explosives and accessories is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The ability to identify, name and differentiate between high and low explosives is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply safety regulations when performing demolition tasks. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Day and night.
  • On land.
  • Organisational specific explosives and accessories. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The safety regulations prescribed in work place procedures are understood and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant legislation (e.g. Act 26 of 1956 the usage of explosives) is understood and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to assess a given situation and determine the influence of safety regulations on the execution of demolition tasks is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedures to be followed during explosive incidents as described in work place procedures is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The hazards posed by radio frequencies during the execution of a demolition task are understood and explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply the theory of explosives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to assess a given task and determine the type of explosives and accessories required to achieve the set goal (e.g. cut, blast, push, extract, demolish, etc) is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to assess a given task and determine the type of initiation method required to initiate the explosion (e.g. mechanical or electrical) is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The anatomy of a charge as described in work place procedures is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The ability to apply a shock tube to accomplish a given task is demonstrated as described in work place procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The ability to assess a given task and calculate the amount of explosives required to achieve a set goal is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The reasons for premature explosions, accidents and defects are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct a minor demolition task. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Day and night.
  • On land.
  • With organisational specific explosives and accessories.

    Types of demolition tasks:
  • Cutting wood, steel and concrete.
  • Demolish wood, steel and concrete.
  • Cratering charge.
  • Rapid entry charges. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to communicate the administrative arrangements prior to the commencement of a demolitions task as described in work place procedures is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The applicable safety regulations to be applied before, during and after the execution of a demolitions task is communicated as described in work place procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to conduct the range of minor demolition tasks using any connecting and initiation method described in work place procedure is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Apply mine awareness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relevant legislation is understood and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to identify, name and discuss the characteristics and composition of the range of mines used in the organisation is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Terminology used during mine awareness is defined and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The ability to identify the indicators of mines and mine fields in the operating environment as described in work place procedures is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The safety principles in mine/UXO-affected areas are applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The ability to apply emergency procedures during a mine incident are demonstrated according to work place procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The ability to assist a mine/UXO victim is demonstrated according to work place procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The ability to operate a command-detonated mine is demonstrated according to work place procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • 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.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any relevant assessment agency, assessor or provider institution, which is accredited by the relevant ETQA.

    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, subject matter experience and assessment experience.
  • As a minimum requirement, the assessor needs to be competent in the unit standard "Plan and Conduct assessment of learning outcomes" NQF level 5.
  • The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Qualifying learners be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of:
  • The safe handling of explosives and there accessories.
  • The theory of explosives.
  • Mine awareness. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking has been made. The application of explosives and accessories and the planning and conducting of demolition exercises reflects the ability to make responsible decisions, which directly influences the safety of personnel in and around the immediate area. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community. The establishment of trust and commitment towards team members revolves around the safety of each member. Community members in the vicinity know that their safety is always considered and respected. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. The ability to ensure self-disciplines reflects on the safety of the members and team members. The laying of demolition charges has to be planned, organised and executed effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. The ability to recognise information that directly relates to the ability to plan, perform and execute a demolition task safe and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual and language skills in modes of oral and written persuasion. The learner is required to communicate various aspects of the demolition task to the immediate community. The learner is further required to communicate within the team while conducting a demolitions task. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others. The demonstration of adherence to codes, practises, laws, and international guidelines with the environment and health of others. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Notes for assessors:

    Assessors should keep in mind the following general guidelines and principles when designing and conducting assessments:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the specific outcomes of the unit standard and ensure that the assessment is integrated rather than fragmented.
  • 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 demonstrations are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Assessment must include practical demonstration either in the workplace or through simulation. A range of assessment methods should be used, including:
    > Direct observation - watch the learner perform specific outcomes correctly. Or produce the desired outcome.
    > Simulation of a specific task - Formative and Summative assessments of conducting demolition tasks according to desired outcomes.
    > Questioning (Verbal and written) - questions linked to outcomes of unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 376361, which is "Perform minor demolition tasks", Level 5, 16 credits.

    Supplementary Information

    Definitions:

    UXO: Unexploded Ordinance (blind or misfire).

    Accessories: The equipment that is utilized to prepare an explosive charge/device which are not classified as ammunition or explosives.

    Detonator: A device which turns some external impulse such as heat, electricity, friction or a mechanical blow into a detonation shock wave. Detonators are generally classified as percussion, stab, electric or flash.

    Danger Area: The space round the point where an explosion or detonation occurs within which damage may be caused. It may be divided into two distinct zones: blast zone and fragment zone.

    Explosives: Explosives are solid, liquid, or gelatinous substances or mixtures of individual substances, which have been manufactured for blasting or propulsion purposes, whether alone or mixed with one another. They are in a meta-stable state and are capable, for this reason, of undergoing a rapid chemical reaction without the participation of external reactants such as atmospheric oxygen.

    High Explosives: An explosive capable of being detonated.

    Initiation: The starting or first step in an explosive reaction.

    Low Explosives: An explosive initiated with an open flame.

    Credits:

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcomes:
    Classroom learning (theory): 70
    On-the-job learning: 50
    Self directed learning: 10
    Coaching required: 10
    Other (Night Training): 20
    Total: 160 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48879   National Diploma: South African Special Forces Operations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2010-04-07  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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