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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

National Diploma: Bomb Disposal 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
49124  National Diploma: Bomb Disposal 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Bomb Disposal and Explosives Control 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Diploma  Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security  Safety in Society 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  274  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
SAQA 1057/04  2004-12-02  2007-12-02 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2008-12-02   2012-12-02  

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 qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
63229  National Diploma: Bomb Disposal  Level 5  NQF Level 05  245   

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
The purpose of this qualification is to obtain a nationally recognized qualification in the bomb disposal environment and to equip bomb disposal officials with the necessary bomb disposal skills in specific specialized areas in order to uplift the professional standards of policing in the broader contexts.

This is the first qualification for bomb disposal officials who wish to acquire bomb disposal skills within the broader policing environment. The bomb disposal official will operate in an environment where integrity and ethics play a vital role, and where their conduct will influence the perception of the community with regards to the integrity of the broader policing service.

The unit standards in this qualification will allow vertical and horizontal progression and mobility leading to various bomb disposal skills. Elective standards will further allow for progression and career pathing into specific specialist areas. The qualification makes provision for movement between different sub-fields of Law, Military Science and Security.

The learner obtaining this qualification will be able to enhance service delivery to their internal and external clients. Qualifying learners are able to exercise their bomb disposal responsibilities in accordance with the constitution of South Africa. The qualification will allow for transformation within the broader policing environment through the recognition of prior learning that will allow for the recognition of formal, non-formal and in-formal learning leading to the achievement of a national qualification by learners.


Rationale:

This qualification reflects the workplace needs in the sub-fields Safety in Society and Sovereignty of the State which relate to bomb disposal competencies. The relevant roles in maintaining public order, prevention of crime, investigation of crime, combating crime and protection of people and property by upholding the law in specific contexts are examined It will allow learners employed in the Safety in Society and Sovereignty of the State sub-fields to progress to advanced bomb disposal competencies and perform accordingly. Learners will also be able to pursue studies at a more advanced managerial level. This qualification will further ensure better service delivery to the community thereby providing a safe and secure community environment, which will enhance the country's economy 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This qualification assumes that learners have the following skills, knowledge and values:
  • The ability to read, write, and use written resource material on at least level 4.
  • The ability to use and understand fundamental mathematical/numeracy concepts on at least level 4.
  • Balance constitutional and legal rights of individuals with the competence to legally infringe those rights in the service of maintaining a safe and secure society.

    Recognition of prior learning:

    This qualification may be achieved in part or in whole by recognition of prior learning. The candidate in this case must be assessed/evaluated in the same manner as described in the paragraph that deals with integrated assessment above. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Learners undertaking the National Diploma in Bomb Disposal will be required to do all 14 Fundamental credits and all 225 core credits. For the achievement of the minimum 274 credits required to achieve the qualification, learners will be required to achieve at least 35 credits from the elective component. It is strongly advised that learners should not only achieve the minimum 35 credits in the elective component but that they should ensure for career purposes that once they choose an elective stream, they should complete all the credits in that stream. 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Exit Level Outcomes:

    1. Balance the South African Constitution and relevant legislation with the circumstances of when and how to limit certain human rights to ensure safety in society.

    2. Demonstrate capabilities where the use of explosives is necessary as well as apply restrictive measures as and when bomb incidents are identified.

    3. Utilise critical thinking involving science and technology (as well as bomb disposal techniques), when analysing and subsequently providing solutions to situations encountered in the bomb disposal environment.

    4. Develop strategies to handle stressful environments, work effectively as part of a team and still maintaining the ability to make independent decisions should be constructed and derived.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    This qualification addresses the following critical cross-field outcomes. The way in which the critical cross-field outcomes are addressed is presented in detail in the unit standards.
  • Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.
  • Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization, or community.
  • Organizing and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Collecting, analysing, organizing and critically evaluating information.
  • Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion.
  • Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Exit Level 1:
  • Relevant legislation regarding the disposal of explosives and munition and human rights are understood and practiced in a responsible and accountable manner.
  • The vision of the South African Police Service is measured against any given situation and adhered to from a community service point of view.
  • Bomb threats and incidents are handled in the correct manner according to departmental policies and procedures.
  • Independent decisions which are made in stressful situations will withstand public and departmental scrutiny from a legal point of view when the implications of these decisions and subsequent actions are assessed.
  • Safety of society is the main driving force when resolving the threat of a bomb incident.

    Exit Level 2:
  • History, status, composition and impact of explosives are considered when resolving an incident where the public's safety is in jeopardy.
  • Identification of types of bombs and the various methods of disarmament must be analysed and correctly be utilised in different incidents.
  • Properties and methods of bomb disposal must be demonstrated and new trends are regularly scrutinised to stay abreast of the threat to society.

    Exit Level 3:
  • Bomb threat indicators are researched and scenarios are developed to foresee possible threats and solutions in the bomb disposal context.
  • Case by case scenarios should be evaluated on a continuous and individual basis.
  • Technological advances are monitored and appraised within the bomb disposal environment.
  • World matters relating to terrorism are scrutinised and possible scenarios on the impact thereof on South Africa must be debated.

    Exit Level 4:
  • Performing as part of an elite unit or team is measured
  • Stressful situations and how the person reacts to it are evaluated continuously.
  • Taking individual decisions which could have far reaching consequences are appraised.

    Integrated Assessment:

    The applied competence (practical, foundational and reflective competencies) of this qualification will be achieved if a learner is able to achieve all exit level outcomes of the qualification. The identification and solving of known problems, team work, organising self, using of data, implication of actions and reactions in the world as a set of related systems must be assessed during combinations of practical, foundational and reflexive competencies assessment methods and tools to determine the whole personal development and integration of applied knowledge and skills.

    Certain exit level outcomes are measurable and verifiable through assessment criteria assessed in one application. Applicable assessment tool(s) to establish the foundational, reflective and embedded knowledge to problem solving and application of the world as a set of related systems within the Policing environment. Competence will be assessed when conducting formative and summative assessment.

    Formative assessment:

    The assessment criteria for formative assessment are described in the various unit standards. Formative assessment takes place during the process of learning and assessors should use a range of assessment methods and tools that support each other to assess total competence.

    The assessment methods and/or tools used by the assessor must be fair in a sense that they do not hinder or advantage the learner, valid in a sense that they measure what they intend to measure, reliable in a sense that they are consistent and delivers the same output across a range of learners and practical in a sense that they take into account the available financial resources, facilities, equipment and time.

    Summative assessment:

    Summative assessment is carried out at the end of the learning programme to assess the achievement of the learner. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Since 1994, the South African Police Service has engaged in extensive liaison with colleagues and related services in the international community. Material, best practices and many other innovations have been considered and integrated into this qualification.
    This qualification is benchmarked with countries such as USA (specifically the Federal Buro of Investigation), UK, Spain, Germany and Frans. International publications, and Post-Blast investigations in Scotland Yard were also consulted. The Scottish Qualifications Authority and National/Scottish Vocational Qualifications (N/SVQ) was consulted and comparison was made with qualifications listed on their framework and it was determined that this qualification is in line with the international qualifications presented by e.g. Scotland Yard.
    Level 3 = Search for and Disposal of Munitions;
    Level 3 = Supervisory Management of Munition Clearance and/or Search;
    Level 4 = Planning and management of Munition Clearance Operations; and
    Setting of standards in Search & Munition Clearance Occupations.
    It is also benchmarked with countries in African such as Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zambia, Angola, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, and Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi and Namibia which form part of SARPCCO "Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Corporation Organization"
    This qualification is built in such a way that it will receive constant international review and input. Other national institutions and Departments were consulted during the standards generation processes such as the Department of Defence Force, CSIR (Council for Scientific Industrial Research (Defence tek) and Department of Health, Department of Labour, National Department of Transport, national nuclear regulator, South African National Standards (SANS) and Training Providers.
    From the year 2002 the South African Police engaged in an assessment and assessment practices project with the Swedish Police. The two organizations will assist each other in evaluating and generating assessment and assessment practices. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The choice of elective learning component allows the learner to change to another pathway in a policing environment at the same level or at the next level.

    Some fundamental and non-policing core learning components will equip the learner with credits that will be useful in the safety in society sector and other learning fields that the learner may wish to pursue. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    All providers offering the learning to achieve this qualification must be accredited by the relevant ETQA or through an ETQA with a memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA. All moderators moderating the assessment of a learner for this qualification must be registered with the relevant ETQAs 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    All assessors must be registered with the relevant ETQAs, and must comply with the requirements for assessors as prescribed by the relevant ETQAs. In addition, the assessors must have at least the skills levels in this field equivalent to those require by the NQF at level 5, plus five years of practice in this field as a worker or expert consultant or provider.
    For an applicant to be registered as an assessor, the applicant needs the following:
  • A minimum of five years practical, relevant occupational experience;
  • Declared competent in all the outcomes of the National Assessor Unit Standards as stipulated by SAQA;
  • Detailed documentary proof or educational qualification, practical training undergone, and experience gained by applicant must be provided;
  • Meet any other requirements stipulated by the ETQAs.

    Assessors and moderators:

    Assessors and moderators should develop and conduct their own integrated assessment by making use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods. Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.

    Unit standards associated with the qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field outcomes. During integrated assessments the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and should assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies. 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 63229, which is "National Diploma: Bomb Disposal", Level 5, 245 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  116486  Explain personal and social responsibility in decision making  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  7854  Provide First Aid  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  8975  Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  117480  Apply Chemical, Biological and Radiological Countermeasures  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  117477  Apply explosives tactically for the breaching of obstacles  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  117479  Apply the dynamics of robotics in the bomb disposal field  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Core  117460  Conduct an analysis of explosives vulnerability  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  117462  Conduct and execute bomb disposal  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  17 
    Core  117468  Conduct planning, briefing and debriefing sessions  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  117482  Conduct post-blast investigations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  11 
    Core  117489  Conduct searching and sweeping  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Core  117463  Demonstrate an understanding of the history and the impact of explosives and explosions  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  117475  Dispose of explosives and munition  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  117487  Handle bomb incidents  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  20 
    Core  117471  Handle unconventional mine warfare incidents  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  117474  Handling and securing of weaponry caches  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  117472  Identify and explain explosive ordnance (EO)  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  117469  Identify and explain explosives  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  117485  Identify and explain Improvised Explosive Devices (IED)  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  18 
    Core  117466  Identify and explain non-destructive testing techniques  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  117483  Identify and explain switches and/or triggering devices  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  13 
    Core  117467  Identify, apply and implement different blasting accessories, initiating systems and blasting techniques  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  22 
    Core  117481  Identify, explain and apply basic electronics relevant to the bomb disposal field  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  11994  Monitor, reflect and improve on own performance  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  9407  Communicate with clients and discuss work  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  15096  Demonstrate an understanding of stress in order to apply strategies to achieve optimal stress levels in personal and work situations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  9224  Implement policies regarding HIV/AIDS in the workplace  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  117461  Conduct internal inspection and licensing of disposal facilities  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  20 
    Elective  117459  Control the use of and trade in pyrotechnics  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  117464  Control the use of explosives on a blasting site  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  117476  Demonstrate an understanding of explosives classification, marking and packaging requirements  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  117478  Demonstrate an understanding of explosives control  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  117465  Demonstrate an understanding of explosives importation and exportation requirements  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  117470  Demonstrate an understanding of explosives storage legislation and regulations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  117473  Demonstrate an understanding of explosives transportation legislation and regulations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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