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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of quality principles used in the manufacturing of pulp and paper products 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
256234  Demonstrate an understanding of quality principles used in the manufacturing of pulp and paper products 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Pulp and Paper 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
246612  Demonstrate an understanding of quality principles used in the manufacturing of pulp and paper products  Level 2  NQF Level 02   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners who demonstrate competence as described in the outcomes of this unit standard will demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of quality principles used in pulp and paper products manufacturing.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Define the terms quality, quality assurance, quality control and quality management.
  • Explain the requirements and processes used to ensure effective quality control.
  • Describe the factors that affect product quality.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the consequences of poor quality control. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence against communication and mathematical literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical context of this unit standard includes any processing environment, for example chemical-, pulp-, paper-, minerals- or beverage processing.

    Range statements, which are applicable to the Unit Standard title, Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria are found beneath the applicable assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Define the terms quality, quality assurance, quality control and quality management. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Quality control includes adequate facilities, trained staff, sampling and testing materials, status and product labelling, documentation, validation, calibration, stability trials.
  • Workplace requirements include site specific requirements and standard operating procedures. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Quality is defined in the context of the individual's working environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Quality assurance is explained in terms of workplace requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Quality control is explained in terms of workplace requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Quality management is explained in terms of workplace requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the requirements and processes used to ensure effective quality control. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Includes but is not limited to:
  • Adequate facilities, trained staff, sampling and testing materials, status and product labelling, documentation, validation, calibration and stability trials. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Products being produced are identified in accordance with workplace and client requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The applicable product specifications and quality standards are identified and interpreted in accordance with workplace requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Quality control requirements are identified and applied in accordance with workplace requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reporting procedures are described and carried out in accordance with basic communication principles and workplace requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the factors that affect product quality. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The following are included in the quality activities:
  • Ingredients/material used, correct quantities, purity/contamination, processing, packaging, storage and distribution and handling. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The impact of raw materials on quality is explained with reference to material specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The impact of equipment and equipment operation on quality is explained with reference to workplace operating standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The impact of the specifications to be complied with is explained with reference to work carried out on site. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the consequences of poor quality control. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Quality in the context of the customer includes what the customer expects from a quality product. Customers include both internal and external customers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Consequences affecting the internal customer are identified and explained with reference to production efficiency. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Consequences affecting the external customer are identified and explained with reference to delivery, cost and customer satisfaction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Consequences affecting the organisation are identified and explained with reference to productivity, cost and environmental consequences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Consequences affecting the individual and colleagues are identified and explained in terms of team work and morale. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Consequences affecting the community are identified and environmental and financial impact in the short and long term are explained. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 2 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Only an assessor with considerable first hand experience in process operations will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions is required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner understands and is able to:
  • Define the terms quality, quality assurance, quality control and quality management.
  • Explain the requirements and processes used to ensure effective quality control.
  • Describe the factors that affect product quality.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the consequences of poor quality control. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in the following areas, which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made:
  • Describing the factors that affect product quality.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the consequences of poor quality control.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Define the terms quality, quality assurance, quality control and quality management.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the consequences of poor quality control. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
  • Explaining the requirements and processes used to ensure effective quality control.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the consequences of poor quality control.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Defining the terms quality assurance, quality control and quality management.
  • Working according to quality principles.
  • Applying quality management system requirements to his/her work.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Define the terms quality, quality assurance, quality control and quality management.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the consequences of poor quality control. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Identifying and applying quality control requirements.
  • Explaining the impact of the specifications to be complied with reference to work carried out on site.
  • Explaining the consequences of poor quality control.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Explain the requirements and processes used to ensure effective quality control.
  • Describe the factors that affect product quality.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the consequences of poor quality control. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
  • Identifying and interpreting the applicable product specifications and quality standards.
  • Describing and implementing the reporting procedures in accordance with basic communication principles and workplace requirements.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome:
  • Explain the requirements and processes used to ensure effective quality control. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Explaining the principles of quality control and quality management.
  • Describing the consequences of poor quality control.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Define the terms quality, quality assurance, quality control and quality management.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the consequences of poor quality control. 

  • 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 by:
  • Identifying and understanding the importance of quality in the workplace.
  • Working according to quality principles.
  • Applying quality management system requirements to his/her work.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Define the terms quality, quality assurance, quality control and quality management.
  • Explain the requirements and processes used to ensure effective quality control.
  • Describe the factors that affect product quality. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large by:
  • Understanding the role of quality in the manufacturing of pulp and paper products and the effect it has on the growth and development of the organisation, its customers and employees.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • 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 
    Supplementary Information:

    Terms and definitions:
  • Standard operating procedures: The documented practice(s) defining the who, what, and when of quality activities. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  61929   National Certificate: Pulp and Paper Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 


    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. Dr M Investments 
    2. Inter-Coastal Business & Property Services cc 
    3. Mpact Operations Paper Springs 
    4. VEB CELE & Associates (Pty) Ltd 



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