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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Compress wool and mohair bales 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123250  Compress wool and mohair bales 
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 
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:
  • Understand the operation of the high density fibre press.
  • Strap compressed wool and mohair bales.
  • Understand the importance of reducing the wool and mohair bale volumes for stowage and shipping.
  • Carry out preventative maintenance checks on the high density fibre press. 

  • 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 safety procedures during the compression of wool and mohair bales. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to:

    PPE (Personal protective equipment), PPC (Personal Protective Clothing), housekeeping, safety standard operating procedures, emergency stops, noise levels, obey signage, access zones. High density fibre press (HDFP). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for wearing the correct Personal Protective Clothing during the compression of wool and mohair bales are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The correct uses of Personal Protective Equipment during the compression of wool and mohair bales are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The safe use of bale handling and strapping tools during the compression of wool and mohair bales is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The identification and explanation of the specific safety signage for the HDFP are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of keeping within the access zones of the HDFP is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The use of an emergency stop to "shut down" a HDFP is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The importance of maintaining good housekeeping practices in and around a HDFP is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the operating procedures for the pressing of wool and mohair bales. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: transfer, standard operating procedures, contamination, reasons. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons why wool and mohair bales need to be compressed are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The transference of compressed wool and mohair bales from the compression area to the stowage area is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The standard operating procedures in the pressing of wool and mohair bales are reviewed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The various contamination risks in the pressing area are identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Strap and secure the compressed wool and mohair bales. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to:

    Cutting of straps, strapping, standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The attachment and securing of the bale strapping is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons for strapping the compressed wool and mohair bales are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The procedures for the cutting of the strapping are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct preventative maintenance checks on the bale compression equipment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: checks as per standard operating procedures, lubrication, defect reporting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The lubrication and mechanical checks as per the company's SOPs are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The procedures for the reporting of defects are described. 


    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:
  • Applying the principles of safety when compressing and strapping bales. 

  • 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 the strapping of wool and mohair bales. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Conducting preventative maintenance checks on the bale compression equipment.
  • 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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Recognising the various contamination risks in the pressing process. 

  • 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:
  • Compiling basic reports regarding defects in the strapping equipment. 

  • 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:
  • Conducting lubrication and mechanical checks on the compression equipment. 

  • 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:
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
  • 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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