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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Prepare borehole core for logging and sampling purposes from core containers 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
254535  Prepare borehole core for logging and sampling purposes from core containers 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
11695  Prepare borehole core for logging and sampling purposes from core containers  Level 3  NQF Level 03   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to people who are responsible to prepare borehole core for logging and sampling purposes from core containers.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate the knowledge required to correctly prepare (handle and lay out) borehole core.
  • Prepare to lay out the borehole core.
  • Lay out the borehole core.
  • Conduct post-laying out activities and compile a report. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate the knowledge required to prepare (handle and lay out) borehole core correctly in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The accepted principles for laying out borehole core are explained in terms of operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The contents and requirements of the work instruction and the consequences of non-compliance with the requirements are described in terms of the potential effect on the logging and sampling procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of laying out the borehole core in accordance with the accepted geological principles and procedures is described to obtain accurate geological information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The principles are described to correctly measure true core losses and the correction for core gains in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The Occupational health and safety measures are described when working with chemicals during the washing and cleaning of contaminated core in accordance with the current legislation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to lay out the borehole core. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Permission to enter the workplace, when required, is obtained in accordance with laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal protective equipment is selected and examined for any defects and used in accordance with legal and laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Defective personal protective equipment is dealt with in accordance with laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The tools, materials and equipment required for laying out the borehole core are selected, examined and verified in accordance with the work instruction received. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Defective tools, materials and equipment are dealt with in accordance with laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Potential and actual hazardous and sub-standard conditions found during the examination of the workplace are dealt with in accordance with laid down procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include any one or a combination of the following:
  • Slippery surfaces.
  • Electricity in close proximity to water.
  • Poor illumination.
  • Sharp edges (trays, boxes).
  • Improperly/incorrectly stacked trays/boxes.
  • Sharp core edges.
  • Spillage of fluids.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The appropriate core trays are selected to accommodate the core size and cleaned, when necessary, in accordance with laid down procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The relevant core boxes/containers pertaining to the borehole are identified and placed in a sequential order by employing safe lifting procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The borehole details are determined, verified and recorded, all in accordance with the work instruction received. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Borehole number.
  • Locality of the borehole core.
  • Progress/final depth.
  • Driller's log sheets.
  • Previous core preparation reports relating to the borehole (where available).
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Lay out borehole core. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Work related hazards and associated risks that have an effect on a safe and healthy work environment are dealt with in accordance with laid down procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include any one or a combination of the following:
  • Eye/facial injuries.
  • Hand and foot injuries.
  • Incorrect lifting procedures and back injuries.
  • Chemical burns.
  • Inhalation of noxious and toxic gases.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The borehole core is correctly laid out and fitted in accordance with accepted geological standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The borehole core is washed, cleaned and dried, using the approved cleansing liquids and materials, when required and in a safe and healthy manner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Anomalous conditions are noted and deviations from the accepted lay out procedure are accurately recorded and reported. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Adjusting the core depth for apparent core losses.
  • Adjusting the core depth for apparent core gains.
  • Unmarked progress depth.
  • Adjusting the position and orientation of misplaced core, when identified.
  • Core contaminated with drilling fluids.
  • Unwashed core.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The tools, materials and equipment required for the layout procedure are correctly used in accordance with the work instruction. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct post-laying out activities and compile a report. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The tools, materials and equipment are cleaned and ensured to be ready for future use in accordance with the laid down procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The cleaning, labelling and storage of the used core boxes/containers are in accordance with the laid down procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The workplace is cleaned to comply with documented and recognised good housekeeping practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The necessary report(s) are compiled in the required format and submitted to the relevant personnel and existing reports filed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Driller's log sheet.
  • Previous reports relating to the borehole.
  • Completion report.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The completion of the work is communicated to the relevant personnel in accordance with the laid down procedure. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • The general stratigraphic sequence that can be expected in a specific geological environment.
  • The legal requirements to the correct use of personal protective equipment and the effect on the health and safety of the individual.
  • The ability to identify and recognise anomalous conditions that effects the integrity of the geological logging information.
  • The theoretical determination of core recovery and the identification of true and apparent core losses and the methodology and techniques to employ to correct these anomalous conditions.
  • An understanding that the learner's output can have a significant effect on the reliability of the geological data with potential serious consequences. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note:
  • The ability of the candidate to identify various potential anomalous conditions and deviations in the core material and the recording thereof contributes to his problem solving ability. 

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

    Note:
  • The ability of the candidate to accept and interpret work instructions correctly and to request assistance with handling core boxes, when required, in an appropriate manner indicates that he/she can work effectively as a team member in the bigger organisational structure. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note:
  • The preparation of borehole core, the correct identification of the drill core intervals on the logging and sampling trays, and correcting core losses and core gains will indicate that the candidate can organise and manage activities in his/her work environment. 

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

    Note:
  • The ability of the candidate to reconcile the information on the driller's log sheets with the drill core and the evaluation of the drill core information. To ensure that the core is laid out in a sequential manner, will enhance his/her proficiency to collect, analyse, organise and evaluate information. 

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

    Note:
  • The recording of anomalous conditions and the reporting thereof in the correct format will indicate the candidate's efficiency in written presentations. The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazardous and sub-standard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective communication. 

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

    Note:
  • The ability of the candidate to identify and record anomalous conditions and deviations found in the drill core and the effect of non-compliance on the geological accuracy will indicate his/her proficiency in understanding that a specific action or decision taken have more than one effect. 

  • 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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 11695, "Prepare borehole core for logging and sampling purposes from core containers", Level 3, 3 credits.

    Terminology:

    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Minerals Act and Regulations 50/1991.
  • Mine Health and Safety Act 29/1996.

    Site Specific:
  • Managerial instructions, including work instructions.
  • Codes of practice.
  • Standard task procedures.
  • Risk assessment documentation.
  • Working guides.
  • Training manuals.
  • Education manuals.

    Containers can be any one or a combination of the following types:
  • Metal core boxes/trays.
  • Wooden core boxes.
  • Plastic piping.
  • Metal piping.

    Tools, material and equipment can include the following:
  • Measuring tape.
  • Borehole labels.
  • Depth labels.
  • Cleansing liquids and/or fluids and material.
  • Drying materials and equipment.

    A Run:
  • A run is a length of core that was recovered from a core barrel and can be of varying lengths. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  60349   National Certificate: Mining Technical Support  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    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. CADDIS TRADING CC 
    2. MATHOME TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (PTY) LTD 
    3. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 



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