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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Quality assure a polygraph process 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252153  Quality assure a polygraph process 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Polygraphy 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
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 is intended for supervisors or managers who quality assure the polygraph examinations conducted by other polygraphers to ensure the reliability of the process and the validity of the test.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Assessing the validity of a polygraph examination process.
  • Evaluating a polygraph examination.
  • Verifying the findings of a polygraph examination.
  • Providing a professional opinion on the validity and reliability of a polygraph examination. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this Unit Standard is the quality assurance of polygraph examinations by a supervisor or manager:
  • Polygraph examination refers to the complete polygraph process.
  • Test refers to the administration of specific questionnaires as part of the polygraph process. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Assess the validity of a polygraph examination process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The processes followed are checked for alignment to accepted industry procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Deviations in the process are identified and a judgement is made as to whether the deviation materially affected the outcome of the result. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Evaluate a polygraph examination. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The choice of format and formulation of relevant and comparison questions are evaluated against a selected theory of test construction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The questions are compared for relevance against the facts of the case and the purpose of the examination. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The quality of the recorded tracings is analysed and checked against accepted industry standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Verify the findings of a polygraph examination. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Knowledge of polygraph analysis is applied to evaluate the results obtained by the examiner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Suggestions are made to rectify any inaccuracies and minimise human error. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Provide an informed opinion on the validity and reliability of a polygraph examination. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Observations about the process and examination are integrated in a report. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An opinion on the validity of the assessed examination is expressed and substantiated to provide feedback to relevant parties. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Anyone assessing a candidate against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists 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 or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    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 show that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made in verifying the findings of a polygraph examination. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage him/herself and his/her activities responsibly and effectively in quality assuring a polygraph examination. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information in order to quality assure a polygraphy examination. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in providing feedback to relevant parties. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the health of others in assessing the validity of the polygraph 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. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59258   National Certificate: Polygraphy  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    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.
     
    NONE 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.