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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Organise and carry out game capture and removal operations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
257162  Organise and carry out game capture and removal operations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nature Conservation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 individuals who are providing leadership to operational teams involved in the carrying out of game capture and removal operations ensuring that standard operational procedures are applied in the field of operations.

The learner will be able to:
  • Explain the rationale for game capture and removal within the framework of the management plan for the area of operation.
  • Participate in the planning of game capture and removal operations using applicable techniques.
  • Execute the game capture and removal operation.
  • Collect biological samples, scientific data and where required fit monitoring devices to captured game.
  • Prepare information to contribute to the compilation of an organisation's report on the game capture and removal operation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the rationale for game capture and removal within the framework of the management plan for the area of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Reasons for undertaking game capture and removal operations are explained in terms of the management plan for the area of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An outline is summarised of the provisions of applicable legislation governing game capture and removal operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An overview is given of the permits that may be required in terms of regulations arising out of legislation applicable to game capture and removal operations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Participate in the planning of game capture and removal operations using applicable techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The advantages and disadvantages of available game capture and removal techniques are compared and the most suitable technique as selected is motivated in terms of best practice, target species, purpose, scale of operation and resources. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Species, age, sex-ratio, numbers, terrain, finances, equipment, logistics, season, purpose, resources, infrastructure and equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The logistical requirements to carry out the game capture and removal operation are determined in terms of management objectives. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Capturing equipment, staff, transport, chemicals, infratructure and permits required during the following phases - pre-briefing, actual operation, post operation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The logistical and procedural requirements to carry out of biological samples, scientific information and attaching monitoring equipment are determined in consultation with managers and technical experts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tissue samples, blood samples, mucus swabs, parrasites, special applications such as aging, teeth imprints, morphometric measurements telemetry equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Capture team members are given appropriate training and instructions in order to participate effectively in a game capture and removal operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Capture plan and preaparation, deployment, capture drills and fomations, safety precautions and instructions, animal care and restraint, managing faciliteies and operating equipment, decommissioning, capture infrastructure.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Execute the game capture and removal operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Capture team members are deployed to set up the capture infrastructure according to the game capture and removal plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Boma construction, capture equipment, setting traps and cages, setting capture nets, constructing holding pens.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Instructions and orders are issued to capture team members to commence as well as during all phases of capturing the target species. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Herding, immobilisatoon/sedation,capture, trap closure.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Restraints and post capture care are applied to captive animals as per the capture plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Temperature control, blindfolds, horn protection, feeding, watering, shade, antidotes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Orders are given regarding precautions to ensure the safety of each team member and the game animals during the capture operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Field notes reflecting on ways to improve and enhance future game capture operations are prepared to contribute to the formal report. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Collect biological samples, scientific data and where required fit monitoring devices to captured game. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is provided on the correct method(s) for collecting sample(s), scientific data and the fitting of monitoring devices relevant to target species in the game capture plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is provided of the correct way(s) of safely handling animals and samples, relevant to target species in the game capture plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Biological samples and scientific data are collected according to operational standards and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Where applicable, monitoring devices are fitted according to operational standards and requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Prepare information to contribute to the compilation of an organisation's report on the game capture and removal operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The area of responsibility within the game capture and removal operation is evaluated to assess the achievement of the game capture objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Shortcomings are pointed out and suggestions for improvements to future game capture and removal operations are made. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A report is written on the results of the evaluation and submitted as part of organisation's game capture report as per organisational requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing an individual against this unit standard must meet the assessor requirements of the relevant ETQA.
  • In particular, such assessors must demonstrate that they assess in terms of the scope and context defined in all the range statements.
  • Any institution offering learning towards this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Types of game capture and removal.
  • Species identification techniques.
  • Problems in removing animals.
  • Reasons for the carrying out of animal removals.
  • Legal requirements for removal of animals.
  • Social and economic importance of game capture and removal.
  • Balance between sustainable and non-sustainable removal.
  • Ethical behaviour in respect of removal operations.
  • Environmental impact of removal.
  • Relevant aspects pertaining to Team coordination.
  • Relevant reporting procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Operate in a team:
  • Cooperation, collaboration and the correct implementation of directions from supervisors or conservation managers are all essential to success at game capture and removal operations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage own activities:
  • In learning how to collect and handle specimens, opportunities for learning self-organisation and management skills will undoubtedly arise. In order to collect scientific data and to handle that data correctly it is essential that the learner be well organised and methodical. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication:
  • Effective communication is required for the planiing and execution of game capture and removal operations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology:
  • The correct use of equipment and technolgoy is essential in the handling of the collection of scientific samples. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    See the world as a set of interrelated systems:
  • A clear understanding of the interplay between different role-players involved in the game capturing and removal operation in the conservation environment is essential for successfully completing this unit standard. 

  • 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 
    Participation in game capture and removal operations for a variety capturing techniques is required for a learner to be deemed competent against the outcomes embedded in this unit standard. The variety of techniques should include: passive capture, darting, baiting and trapping and driving captures.

    Values:

    Demonstration of the knowledge and skills outlined in this unit standard must be consistent with the principles of:
  • Maintaining essential ecological processes and life-support systems.
  • Maintaining genetic, species and ecosystem diversity.
  • Considering ecological and social rights and responsibilities, whilst ensuring sustainable utilisation of species and ecosystems.

    The intention is to yield the greatest sustainable and equitable benefit to present generations whilst maintaining the potential to meet the needs and aspirations of future generations. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  63109   Further Education and Training Certificate: Nature Conservation: Natural Resource Guardianship Terrestrial  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


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