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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply quality assurance in the wool and mohair fibre industry 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123153  Apply quality assurance in the wool and mohair fibre industry 
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 2  NQF Level 02  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 
A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Identify the benefits of a quality assurance system.
  • Describe the role that a quality assurance (QA) system plays in the minimising of defects / non-conformity of products in the wool and mohair fibre.
  • Utilize knowledge of quality assurance in the wool and mohair industry. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the benefits that a Quality Assurance (QA) system effects in the wool and mohair fibre industry. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: client quality perception, profit enhancing, training, quality assurance is proactive not reactive, non-conformity / defects traceability, products of a Quality Assurance system : continual improvement, minimising risk, productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The impact that a Quality Assurance system has on the 'client's quality perception' is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ways in which a Quality Assurance system can enhance profitability are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The positive results of the implementation of a Quality Assurance system in the wool and mohair industry are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The proactive nature of a Quality Assurance system is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The positive role that Quality Assurance training has on productivity and the achievement of product excellence is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The benefits that the Quality Assurance's traceability program has in maintaining quality are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the worker's role and responsibilities within in a Quality Assurance system. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: difference between Quality Assurance and quality control (QC), individual QC, empowered to reject any non-conformity / defect, note and report frequent non conformity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The differences between Quality Control and Quality Assurance are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The basic principles of the individual worker's Quality Control functions are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The right of the individual to reject any non-conforming / defective item that is forwarded to them, is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of detecting any non-conformity before the products are despatched is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The methods of reporting a non-conforming item, as per the company's Standards Operating Procedures are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The importance of noting any frequent non-conformity and the possible cause/s of these is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the role that existing programs and procedures serve within the Quality Assurance system. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: pre-requisite programs (existing programs and procedures) added focus and role of existing programs, pre-requisite programs: facilities maintenance, sorting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role and additional focus that existing programs have in the overall Quality assurance system is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The existing "pre-requisite" programs that form part of the Quality Assurance system are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The way in which each existing pre-requisite program supports and influences the Quality Assurance is identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify the critical control points, where quality is most likely to be negatively affected in a wool and mohair facility. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: criteria for non-conformity Sources of contamination: water, alien fibres, oil, foreign objects, Results of contamination: combustion, rotting, value reduction, customer satisfaction, Critical control points: receiving, core and grabbing, sorting, binning and blending, shipping and dispatching. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The criteria for the classification of non-conformity of various items are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The common sources of fibre contamination are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The results of contamination of wool and mohair by water are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The effects of alien fibres within wool and mohair are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The results of contamination of wool and mohair by oil and foreign objects are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The critical control points within the wool and mohair processes are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The types of contamination that may occur at each control point are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Describe the objectives and functions of the Q A remedial program. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: Standard operating procedures, traceability, client communication, non-conformity identification, reporting channels for non-conformity, examination, remedial action. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The criteria for the identification of defects / non-conformity and the procedures for the registration of these are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The channels for reporting defects / non-conformity within the process are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role that the traceability procedures play in locating the source of a defect / non conformance when reported by a client, is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedures for the examination of defects / non-conformity, as per the company's Standard Operating Procedures are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The procedures for reviewing the causes of non-conformity and the adoption of remedial measures to minimise a reoccurrence, as per the company's Standard Operating Procedures are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Describe the objectives and functions of the Quality Assurance customer communication and product traceability programs. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: feedback from customers, complaints and compliments: telephonic and in writing, Traceability: reference numbers, mapping, stowage, delivery documents. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of the feedback that is gained from the customer communication program is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The necessity of registering all customer comments, whether they are given verbally or in writing is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of the traceability program and the role that it performs is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The operation and functioning of the traceability program is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The various points within the process, where the location and status of the bales are documented, are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The various identification markings and documentation that the bales undergo through the process are detailed. 


    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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected in the Assessment Criteria for each Specific Outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by:
  • Identifying the cause/s of a customer complaint using.
  • Ensuring the critical control points are understood. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or communities by:
  • Assisting colleagues in understanding the need for quality assurance in their tasks.
  • Participating in quality assurance training.
  • Understanding the quality control that must be part of the work process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Following the process of bales from receipt to dispatch.
  • Realising the necessity of documentation throughout the process.
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Identifying non-conforming products.
  • Recognising the consequences of contaminated items.
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation by:
  • Reporting non-conforming items.
  • Relaying customer complaints through the standard operating procedure. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Understanding the various ways in which the wool and mohair may be contaminated.
  • Recognising the importance of traceability. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
  • Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to contribute to the full personal development of themselves and the social and economic development of the society at large.
  • Evident in all Specific Outcomes.
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social context.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities.
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • 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 
    The Learner:
  • Is expected to perform the specific outcomes reflected in this unit standard without direct supervision.
  • Should have access to work site procedures.
  • Should demonstrate an application of ethics and values.
  • Must apply basic principles of general safety and customer care.
  • Should demonstrate an awareness of the expectations and obligations of basic employee/employer relations including industrial relations principles.

    At this level the communication / reporting of issues arising in the workplace, is embedded in the specific outcomes and the related assessment criteria.

    It is understood that, due to the nature of the work environment and the skills level of the learner, that the aspects of teamwork form an integral part of the necessary specific outcomes and related assessment criteria.

    The points included under the notes, should be included when the qualifying learners are being assessed. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  50228   National Certificate: Wool and Mohair Handling  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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.
     
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