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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Clean and prepare the poultry house for a new flock 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119468  Clean and prepare the poultry house for a new flock 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 
To understand the practices and procedures for the cleaning and disinfecting of poultry houses 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Cleaning a poultry house level 2 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
N/A 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Remove bedding / manure before cleaning. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Contain effluent from buildings, prevent spreading of feathers, disease-causing organisms, access routes, neighbouring buildings. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The minimizing of the bacterial load of the farm environment during a clean-out of a poultry house is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The types of organisms that pollute may the farm environment during a clean-out of a poultry house are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The necessity for the thorough and complete removal of all manure and bedding before washing is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Dismantle all moveable equipment and dry clean / pre-clean the poultry house. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Protective clothing PPE, face masks, reactions between organic matter and disinfectants, conditions essential for disinfection, dust, litter, biofilm in water system, feed system, mould growth, ventilation ducts, feed bins, louvers, fan housing, curtains. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The conditions that are conducive to the eradication of disease-causing organisms are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The areas in the poultry house and equipment that are favorable for mould growth are identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The reasons for cleaning water pipelines in poultry houses are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The criteria for the evaluation of cleanout procedures before the application of detergents is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Understand the action and use of detergents for cleaning a poultry house. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Detergents, emulsifying action, removes grease and dirt, compatibility with disinfectants. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The function and cleaning action of detergents is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The necessity for the correct dilution of a detergent is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The surfaces and the sequence in which they must be washed are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The reasons for rinsing and drying all surfaces before the application of disinfectants are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Disinfect a poultry building and all equipment. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Protective clothing PPE, face masks, effect of disinfectants on humans, action of disinfectants on disease-causing organisms, effective disinfection, temperature, humidity, contact time , swabs. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The personal protective clothing that must be worn when applying disinfectants is listed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The characteristics and function of disinfectants are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The factors that affect the efficacy of disinfectants are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The application of disinfectants to all areas, according to company procedures is demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The reasons for taking swabs are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
The procedures for taking swabs are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Re-install all moveable equipment, carry out maintenance, test for functionality and spread fresh bedding or litter. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Spare parts, fan belts, louvers, water nipples/cups/bell drinkers, biofilm and mould in tanks, feeder line chains, augers, heating/cooling equipment, winches, bedding. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The assembly of the water system components and drinkers is demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The assembly of the feeding equipment components is demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The importance of disinfecting and flushing the header tank and piping is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The tensioning of the belts that operate the fans and augers is described. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Fumigate the poultry house. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Protective clothing PPE, face masks, mixing of fumigants, fire hazard, temperature, humidity, calculation of volumes and concentrations. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The necessity of wearing the correct PPE when working with fumigants is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The procedure for diluting fumigants is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The calculation of the volumetric capacity of the poultry house is demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The importance of applying the correct quantity of the chemicals and allowing sufficient contact time is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The reasons for ventilating the poultry house after the completion of fumigation are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
Evaluate the effectiveness of the cleaning process. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Taking of swabs, sites to be sampled, number of samples, use of results. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The need for taking swabs is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The necessity of swab sampling from various areas in a poultry building is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The handling of swabs during and after collection is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The interpretation of the bacteriological counts quoted in laboratory reports is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The use of the bacteriological counts quoted in laboratory reports is explained. 


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 must be accredited as a provider through 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.

    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established principles. Practical assessment activities will be used, which are appropriate to the contents in which qualifying learners are working. These activities will include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge be assessed. The specific outcomes must be assessed in its own right, through oral and practical evidence. It cannot be assessed by observation only.

    The specific outcomes and essential knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge, but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, then they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a learner is able to perform 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 specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected in the assessment criteria of each specific outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities; and
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • 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 have been mad.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Remove bedding / manure before cleaning
  • Dismantle all moveable equipment and dry clean / pre-clean the poultry house
  • Understand the action and use of detergents for cleaning a poultry house
  • Disinfect a poultry building and all equipment
  • Re-install all moveable equipment, carry out maintenance, test for functionality and spread fresh 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Remove bedding / manure before cleaning
  • Disinfect a poultry building and all equipment
  • Re-install all moveable equipment, carry out maintenance, test for functionality and spread fresh bedding or litter 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Remove bedding / manure before cleaning
  • Dismantle all moveable equipment and dry clean / pre-clean the poultry house
  • Understand the action and use of detergents for cleaning a poultry house
  • Disinfect a poultry building and all equipment
  • Re-install all moveable equipment, carry out maintenance, test for functionality and spread fresh bedding or litter
  • Fumigate the poultry house
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the cleaning process 

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

    Specific Outcome:
  • Remove bedding / manure before cleaning
  • Dismantle all moveable equipment and dry clean / pre-clean the poultry house
  • Understand the action and use of detergents for cleaning a poultry house
  • Re-install all moveable equipment, carry out maintenance, test for functionality and spread fresh bedding or litter
  • Fumigate the poultry house 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Remove bedding / manure before cleaning
  • Re-install all moveable equipment, carry out maintenance, test for functionality and spread fresh bedding or litter
  • Fumigate the poultry house 

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

    Specific Outcome:
  • Remove bedding / manure before cleaning
  • Dismantle all moveable equipment and dry clean / pre-clean the poultry house
  • Understand the action and use of detergents for cleaning a poultry house
  • Disinfect a poultry building and all equipment
  • Re-install all moveable equipment, carry out maintenance, test for functionality and spread fresh bedding or litter
  • Fumigate the poultry house
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the cleaning process 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Remove bedding / manure before cleaning
  • Dismantle all moveable equipment and dry clean / pre-clean the poultry house
  • Understand the action and use of detergents for cleaning a poultry house
  • Disinfect a poultry building and all equipment
  • Re-install all moveable equipment, carry out maintenance, test for functionality and spread fresh bedding or litter
  • Fumigate the poultry house
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the cleaning process 

  • 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. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49578   National Certificate: Poultry Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    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.
     
    1. ELSENBURG AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE 



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