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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Describe and apply fundamental processes in a polymer compound manufacturing environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
376920  Describe and apply fundamental processes in a polymer compound manufacturing environment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
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  15 
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 
The aim of unit standard is to provide the entry-level Polymer Compound Process Worker with a basic and introductory knowledge about the industry, the production processes, equipment and the areas of specialisation.

Competent learners are able to:
  • Describe fundamental production processes and specialization areas in a polymer compound manufacturing environment.
  • Identify and use equipment and machinery used in a polymer compound manufacturing process.
  • Identify and apply safety practices in a polymer compound manufacturing process.
  • Identify and apply quality practices in a polymer compound manufacturing process. 

  • 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 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Including but not limited to plant lining, mixing, moulding, extrusion, curing, bonding, painting, trimming and ancillary operations. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe fundamental production processes and specialisation areas in a polymer compound manufacturing environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Fundamental production processes in a polymer compound manufacturing environment are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Fundamental processes in a polymer compound manufacturing environment are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Outputs per production process in a polymer compound manufacturing environment are listed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Outputs per production process in a polymer compound manufacturing environment are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Material used per product type or process is listed and described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and use equipment and machinery used in a polymer compound manufacturing process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment and machinery used in a polymer compound manufacturing process for the various production processes are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Use of equipment and machinery in a polymer compound manufacturing process is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify and apply safety practices in a polymer compound manufacturing process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Fundamental safety practices in a polymer compound manufacturing environment are listed per manufacturing process or product type. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Fundamental safety practices in a polymer compound manufacturing environment are described per manufacturing process or product type. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The range of Personal Protective Clothing in a polymer compound manufacturing environment is listed per manufacturing process or product type. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reasons for selection of Personal Protective Clothing in a polymer compound manufacturing environment per manufacturing process or product type are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Consequences of not applying safety practices in a rubber manufacturing are described in line with product or process requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify and apply quality practices in a polymer compound manufacturing process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Quality practices in a polymer compound manufacturing environment are listed and described per manufacturing process or product type. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reasons for adhering to quality practices in a polymer compound manufacturing environment per manufacturing process or product type are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Consequences of not applying quality practices in a polymer compound manufacturing are described in line with product or process requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the unit standard 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 unit standard 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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Knowledge considered critical to the successful achievement of this unit is covered in the specific outcomes and assessment criteria. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve equipment, machinery, quality and safety problems in a polymer compound manufacturing environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in a polymer compound manufacturing environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities in working with equipment and machinery in a polymer compound manufacturing environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect and analyse key manufacturing processes, safety and quality practice requirements in a polymer compound manufacturing environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The qualifying learner is able to communicate effectively with key role players using relevant modes of communication when involved with equipment, machinery, quality and safety problems in a polymer compound manufacturing environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health and safety of others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems when carrying out various manufacturing tasks in a polymer compound manufacturing environment. 

    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
    Core  79408   National Certificate: Polymer Compound Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    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.
     
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