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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Manage a geological core yard facility 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
376281  Manage a geological core yard facility 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Fabrication and Extraction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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
11692  Manage a geological core yard facility  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to people who are responsible to manage a geological core yard facility to ensure the safekeeping and retrieval of borehole core and cuttings, sample material and equipment.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate the knowledge required to manage a geological core yard facility.
  • Manage a geological core yard.
  • Compile and present activity reports. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of managing a geological core yard facility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of managing a core yard facility effectively is described in terms of the affect on safety and health matters, time management of personnel and security of geological material. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The contents of the site-specific work requirements are explained in terms of the area of responsibility and authority. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The potential effects on the occupational health and safety of people are described if the required legal requirements are not adhered to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The possible and probable consequences are described if unauthorised access is obtained to the core yard. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Manage a geological core yard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal protective equipment is selected on a daily basis and examined for any defects and used in accordance with specified requirements. Defective personal protective equipment is dealt with in accordance with site-specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The workplace is examined at the beginning of the shift and immediately after any geological activities has been conducted in the workplace for potential and actual hazardous and sub-standard conditions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must be one or a combination of the following:
  • Slippery surfaces.
  • Electricity in close proximity to water.
  • Poor illumination.
  • Unprotected operating machinery in close proximity to personnel.
  • Spillage of fluids and solids.
  • Faulty wiring.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Work related hazards and associated risks that have an effect on a safe and healthy work environment are dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the relevant Mine, Health and Safety Act. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Eye/facial injuries.
  • Hand and foot injuries.
  • Incorrect lifting procedure and spinal injuries.
  • Chemical burns.
  • Communication failure.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The correct retrieval and laying out of core and/or cutting material is supervised and the sequence of activities are closely monitored to ensure that the material is ready for logging and sampling purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Geological material and consumables that enter and leave the core yard facility are accurately documented and any discrepancies are recorded in accordance with the laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The availability of machinery and equipment, tools and consumer materials is confirmed when requested by geological personnel. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Power or pneumatic saws to cut core or rock material.
  • Hammers and chisels to split core.
  • Sample bags and sample labels.
  • Cleansing and drying materials.
  • Epoxy and other resins.
  • Core trays/boxes and sample containers.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Compile and present activity reports. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The activity reports are compiled and maintained in the required format. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Borehole core/cuttings and/or solid rock specimens received.
  • Borehole core/cuttings and/or solid rock specimens dispatched.
  • Core and/or cuttings prepared for logging and sampling purposes.
  • Visitors received and personal information.
  • Inventory of consumables.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The core yard and facilities are inspected prior to the end of the shift and ensured to comply with and documented good housekeeping practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equipment and tools are cleaned, examined and ensured for future use and defective equipment and tools are maintained in accordance with laid down procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this 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.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard 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 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the context of the unit standard:
  • The managerial and leadership ability to manage a core yard facility effectively to the benefit of all personnel involved.
  • The legal requirements and site-specific regulations regarding the security and safekeeping of geological material in an appropriate manner.
  • The ability to identify and recognise any conditions resulting from geological and non-geological activities within the core yard facility that can be detrimental to the environment, such as the spillage of potentially hazardous or dangerous fluids and solids.
  • The ability to supervise activities, such as the preparation of core and/or drill cuttings and the cutting of core with a saw, for which he or she has been trained previously. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking:
  • The ability of the learner to identify and verify potential hazardous and dangerous work place conditions and the correct dealing thereof. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community:
  • The ability of the learner to lead and guide the core yard personnel to work as a coherent team and to comply with the requirements of other senior geological personnel. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively:
  • The appropriate application of time management, control and delegation of activities. The strict adherence to security regulations in accordance with legal requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • The cognitive ability of the learner to correctly identify and distinguish between actual hazardous and substandard conditions that affect the health and safety of all personnel in the area will indicate that he/she can collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations:
  • The effective communication of the learner to the core yard team regarding the required daily activities will indicate the learner's proficiency in oral communication. The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazardous and sub-standard conditions. The correct documentation and reporting of the work activities to the relevant personnel. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others:
  • The use of science and technology is not applicable to this unit standard, except for the identification of potentially hazardous and/or toxic spills that can contaminate the immediate environment. The dealing thereof in the accepted manner. 

  • 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:
  • The cognitive ability of the learner to understand that the ineffective management of a core yard facility will create various other problems to the detriment of other personnel, will indicate that the learner recognises the fact that the world is a set of related systems. 

  • 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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 11692, "Manage a geological core yard facility", Level 3, 5 credits.

    Terminology:

    Specified requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Minerals Act and Regulations 50/1991.
  • Mine Health and Safety Act 29/1996.
  • Machinery Act.

    Site specific:
  • Managerial instructions, including work instructions.
  • Specific Environmental Management Regulations.
  • Statutory Codes of Practice.
  • Standard task procedures.
  • Risk assessment documentation.
  • Working guides.
  • Training manuals.
  • Education manuals.

    Manage a core yard facility:

    Manage a core yard facility represents a complete managerial and technical process where the learner must ensure that all the required activities are conducted or executed in a safe and healthy manner and that all the requests of management are adhered to in accordance with the relevant work instructions received. It is expected of the learner to exhibit leadership characteristics in the presence of junior and senior personnel and to lead by example.

    A core yard facility:

    A core yard facility is a defined area where geological material, such as borehole core and cuttings are stored for future use or prepared for logging and sampling purposes. The infrastructure can consist of permanent buildings as found at a mine or of temporary buildings normally found at remote exploration sites where facilities are available to handle geological material. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  77963   Further Education and Training Certificate: Mining/Exploration Geology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


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