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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge and application of the polygraph examination process as a correctional release and monitoring mechanism 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252156  Demonstrate knowledge and application of the polygraph examination process as a correctional release and monitoring mechanism 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Polygraphy 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 learners who administer polygraph examinations and are required to follow a polygraph examination process to ensure the reliability of the process and the validity of the examination as part of a correctional release and/or monitoring mechanism.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the principles of correctional release within the South African Criminal Justice System.
  • Discussing international standards for parole decision making.
  • Applying polygraph methodology to examinations for correctional release.
  • Conducting a polygraph examination as part of a post release maintenance programme. 

  • 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 use of polygraph examinations for correctional release and monitoring:
  • 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 
    Explain the principles of correctional release within the South African Criminal Justice System. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept of correctional release is explained with reference to different types of correctional release. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The role(s) of parole boards in the evaluation of an offender for possible release are explained with specific reference to the type of offender, the offence and the role of the polygraph examiner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The code of ethics and legal aspects applicable to polygraph examiners when conducting examinations for correctional release are explained with reference to dealing with information and the results of the examination. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Legislation applicable to correctional release is analysed with reference to how it impacts on polygraph examinations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legislation includes, but is not limited to the Criminal Procedures Act, Correctional Services Act and Minimum Sentencing Act.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Discuss international standards for parole decision making. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    International standards relating to polygraph examination at different stages of correctional release are compared for Southern Africa and the rest of the world. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The latest developments in parole decisions are investigated with reference to challenges faced by correctional services and the use of the polygraph as a method of release, monitoring and rehabilitation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply polygraph methodology to examinations for correctional release. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A conviction verification examination is conducted and the results of the examination are used to express an opinion of truthfulness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A full disclosure polygraph examination is conducted to confirm a subject's truthfulness in complete disclosure statement relating to criminal history. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Questions are formulated for the specific purpose of conviction verification and complete disclosure examinations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Interview techniques are adapted for correctional release interviews. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct a polygraph examination as part of post release maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Parole conditions are analysed to inform a maintenance programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A maintenance programme is developed that includes scheduling examinations and specific tests for specific individuals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences if a subject fails a polygraph examination are explained with reference to the type of crime and the procedure to be followed in reporting the results and information offered during the examination. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Questions are formulated for the specific purpose of post release maintenance examinations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Interview techniques are adapted for a post release maintenance interview. 


    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 expressing an opinion on truthfulness after a conviction verification process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage him/herself and his/her activities responsibly and effectively in developing a maintenance programme for a specific individual. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information in interviewing individuals during a pre and post release programme. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in providing conducting interviews and 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 administering pre and post release polygraph examinations. 

    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: 
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