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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct limited urban operations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115460  Conduct limited urban operations 
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  30 
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 will provide learners with the basic knowledge and skills required to conduct urban operations.

Persons credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Utilize basic urban equipment.
  • Tactically approach and withdraw from a target.
  • Tactically negotiate obstacles.
  • Tactically assault a target.
  • Execute emergency procedures.

    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.
  • Conduct fast roping descents from fixed/mobile platforms NQF level 3.
  • Conduct basic rope work operations from fixed platforms NQF level 4.
  • Conduct rope work operations from helicopters NQF level 5.
  • Use of firearms in tactical duty related situations NQF level 5.
  • Radio communications. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Utilize basic urban equipment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Personal equipment
    - Weapons and accessories.
    - Ammunition.
    - Radios.
    - Personal load bearing equipment (webbing.
    - Ballistic body armour.
  • Team equipment
    - Ladders.
    - Ropes.
    - Radios.
    - Weapons.
    - Ammunition.
    - Ballistic Shields.
    - Breaching equipment.
  • Day and night.
  • Fires.
  • Smoke.
  • Hazardous industrial materials. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The preparation of urban equipment for use during tactical urban operations as prescribed in organisational criteria is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The equipment is maintained as specified in the manufacturers manual. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The application of the different equipment is assessed and demonstrated according to work place procedures and the tactical situation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Tactically approach/withdraw from a target. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • During day and night.
  • Helicopter/Aircraft movements.
  • Foot movements.
  • Vehicle movements. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A coordinated tactical approach/withdrawal to/from a target in a perceived low threat environment is demonstrated according to work place procedures, doctrine or similar publications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tactical movements between structures in a perceived medium threat environment, according to work place procedures, doctrine or similar publications are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A coordinated tactical approach/withdrawal to/from a target in a perceived high threat environment according to work place procedures, doctrine or similar publications is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Negotiate obstacles applying tactical principles. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • During the day and night.
  • Man-made and natural obstacles. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The tactical negotiation of different height obstacles is demonstrated, utilising scaling techniques without the aid of technical equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The tactical negotiation of different height obstacles is assessed and demonstrated, utilising ladders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The tactical negotiation of different height obstacles is evaluated and demonstrated, using ropes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The tactical negotiation of different height obstacles is evaluated and demonstrated, using improvised equipment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct a tactical assault on a target. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • During day and night.
  • Buildings and similar man made structures. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The breaching of a building through the doors or windows is demonstrated, as stipulated in work place procedures, doctrine or similar publications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The penetration of a building from ground level, through the doors or windows is demonstrated as stipulated by the tactical situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The penetration of a building, through the doors or windows is demonstrated utilising ladders or ropes as stipulated by the tactical situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The tactical use of a ballistic shield is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Individual movement as part of a team, inside a building is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Room-clearing drills are demonstrated as determined by work place procedures, doctrine, or similar publications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Danger areas during room-clearing drills are prioritised as stipulated in work place procedures, doctrine or similar publications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Apply emergency procedures. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • During day and night.
  • Under fire.
  • Under grenade attack.
  • Under chemical and biological threat.
  • During a Medical casevac.
  • In ruins (buildings.)
  • In smoke filled structures. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A counter hand grenade drill is demonstrated within an urban environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Emergency procedures for a wounded team member are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Urban drills, when wearing a respirator during a chemical and biological threat is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The application of the principles for movement through unstable structures/ruins is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The application of the principles for movement through smoke filled structures is demonstrated. 


    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.
  • To register as an assessor the applicant must:
    - Have well-developed interpersonal skills, subject matter- and assessment experience. (The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning).
    - As a minimum requirement, be competent in the unit standard "Plan and Conduct assessment of learning outcomes" NQF level 5.
    - Assessors need to be registered to the applicable ETQA for this particular field of learning. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Qualifying learners must be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of:
  • Target approach.
  • Scaling techniques.
  • Basic breaching techniques.
  • Penetration assaults through windows and window team drills.
  • Utilising ladders to overcome height restrictions.
  • Utilising ropes to overcome height restrictions.
  • Penetration assaults through doors.
  • Controlling and restraining suspects during an assault.
  • Room clearing drills.
  • Emergency drills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community. Learners are capable of effectively taking part as a member of a team, group, or organisation while executing basic urban operations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. Learners are capable of preparing themselves and their equipment for executing basic urban operations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. Learners are required to constantly assess their situation and evaluate their options to ensure the successful completion of an urban operation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual and language skills of oral and written persuasion. Learners will be able to effectively communicate by means of visual and oral commands during basic urban operations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others. Learners credited with this unit standard are able to apply science and technology (e.g. communication equipment, night vision equipment, pyro-techniques) to ensure the effective execution of basic urban operations. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    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 role-plays 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 while demonstrating outcomes.
    - Simulation of a specific task - set a specific task for the learner to demonstrate in a simulated environment (e.g. demonstrating the crossing of an obstacle).
    - Questioning (verbal or written) - ask the relevant questions linked to the unit standard. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Supplementary Information

    Definitions
  • Target: Built up areas and buildings.
  • SOP: Standing Operating Procedures.
  • Doctrine: Laid down procedure of operation of a specific organisation.
  • Breaching equipment: Tools utilised to gain forced entry through doors and windows.
  • Weapons: The total system, sights illumination, magazines, slings.
  • Ammunition: Includes all sharp point ammunition, pyro-techniques, sim-munitions and specialized ammunitions, minor explosives.
  • Height obstacles: Includes heights and depths.
  • Scaling techniques: Includes climbing formations utilising team members body mechanics as well as personal ropes (personal rope 2m).
  • Primary weapon: Assault rifle or sub machine gun.
  • Secondary weapon: Pistol or revolver.
  • Team: A group of two or more members.


    Credits
  • Classroom learning: 60 hours
  • On-the-job learning: 70 hours
  • Self directed learning: 30 hours
  • Coaching required: 60 hours
  • Other: 80 hours

    Total: 300 hours 

  • 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: 
    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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