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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Control the activities of a small chemical manufacturing business 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246482  Control the activities of a small chemical manufacturing business 
ORIGINATOR
Chemical Industries SGB 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Engineering and Related Design 
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 does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners who demonstrate competence as described in the outcomes of this unit standard will be able to control the finances of a small chemical business responsibly.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Draw up a budgetary framework.
  • Develop a budgetary framework for manufacturing chemical products.
  • Develop a budget for manufacturing chemical products.
  • Monitor and control the production progress against the production targets stated in the budget. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence against numeracy and literacy at ABET Level 4, NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    For the estimations required in this Unit Standard, learners should either use a logical time period such as one week, two weeks or a month or the estimations should be based on a specific project, client order or production run.

    Cost should be based on reliable sources such as actual quotations or historical prices.

    Assessments and assignments can be prepared either in hand written format or by using a manual spreadsheet or word processing computer application but not any form of automated accounting programme.

    The typical context of this unit standard includes any small chemical manufacturing business, including chemicals, beverages, FMCG and personal care products.

    Range statements, which are applicable to the unit standard titles, specific outcomes and assessment criteria are found beneath the applicable assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Draw up a budgetary framework. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Budgetary concepts are explained in accordance with accepted accounting principles and terminology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Fixed, variable and capital cost items are classified using standard accounting principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The principles used to determine the capacity for a small chemical manufacturing business is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The principles used to develop a sales forecast for chemical products is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A proforma for a budget is prepared containing typical items relevant to a small chemical manufacturing company. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A budget based on fictitious production, cost and income items is compiled and the profit/loss for the budgetary period is determined. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Develop a budgetary framework for manufacturing chemical products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A suitable time period for which to compile a budget for a small chemical manufacturing business is determined and motivated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A sales forecast for the different chemical products is developed for the given time period based on a realistic assessment of market opportunities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A simple capacity model for a chemical manufacturing process is developed based on a breakdown of workplace activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A production programme for a small chemical business is formulated based on the budgetary period, capacity limitations, the sales forecast and maximising profits. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Develop a budget for manufacturing chemical products. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    All estimates in this outcome will include a quantification of the requirement as well as a realistic cost estimate based on historical price history or actual quoted prices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Material requirements are estimated in terms of the production programme. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Materials should include feedstock, chemicals, additives, consumables, fuel, oil, packaging materials and labels.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Auxiliaries and other services required for the given production programme are estimated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Auxiliaries may include electricity, water and utilities used in the process while other services may include telephone, cleaning, disposal, handling, storage, transport, rental of production equipment, testing equipment and tools, external conversion costs, testing and certification.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Labour requirements are estimated for the given production programme. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Labour requirements may include contract labour, casual labour as well as permanent staff.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sales and marketing requirements are estimated for the given production programme. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Marketing requirements may include aspects such as pamphlets, advertising and personal sales efforts.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    All cost items are categorised as either fixed or variable cost items. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Income is determined based on the sales forecast and the production programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    A realistic budget for producing chemical products is developed and profits/losses determined in accordance to basic accounting principles. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Monitor and control the production progress against the production targets stated in the budget. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Possible consequences of insufficient monitoring and control of production activities are discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different methods of controlling production activities are listed with reference to production and cost budgets. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Cost deviations, potential deviations and cost items not budgeted for are identified, evaluated and corrective action is taken based on the targets as stated in the budget. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Production volume deviations and potential deviations are identified and corrective action is taken based on production programme as stated in the budget. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A statement of actual values is drawn up, the profit/loss is calculated and compared to the original budget. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Action is taken to improve the accuracy of the budget, curb expenses and improve production performance. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 1 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 Qualification 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:
  • Draw up a budgetary framework.
  • Develop a budgetary framework for manufacturing chemical products.
  • Develop a budget for manufacturing chemical products.
  • Monitor and control the production progress against the production targets stated in the budget. 

  • 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:
  • Produce forecasts.
  • Optimise product mix.
  • Obtaining cost and price information.
  • Address deviations from budget.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Develop a budgetary framework for manufacturing chemical products.
  • Develop a budget for manufacturing chemical products.
  • Monitor and control the production progress against the production targets stated in the budget. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
  • Maintaining sound relations with co-workers/learners.
  • Obtaining cost and price information.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Systematically gather and organise the budgetary information.
  • Monitoring and controlling the cost and progress of the production process against set standards.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Develop a budgetary framework for manufacturing chemical products.
  • Develop a budget for manufacturing chemical products.
  • Monitor and control the production progress against the production targets stated in the budget. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Logically categorising fixed, variable and capital cost items.
  • Systematically gather and organise the budgetary information.
  • Monitoring and controlling the cost and progress of the production process against set standards.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations during:
  • Specifying budgetary items.
  • Drawing up a budget.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Develop a budget for manufacturing chemical products.
  • Monitor and control the production progress against the production targets stated in the budget. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Making realistic estimates based on collected information.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Develop a budgetary framework for manufacturing chemical products.
  • Develop a budget for manufacturing chemical products. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems. This is evident in:
  • Using a budget to forecast actual processes and outcomes.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large.
  • Applying monitoring, controlling and budgetary principles will add to the individual's contribution to his/her work, personal and community contributions.

    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 
    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  58955   National Certificate: Chemical Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 


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