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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Take a representative sample of solid material in a metalurgical process 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
9635  Take a representative sample of solid material in a metalurgical process 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
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 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 
This unit standard is for persons who are required to take representative solid samples in a metallurgical process.
A person credited with this unit standard is able to
  • Demonstrate knowledge relating to the taking of representative solid samples in a metallurgical process;
  • Prepare to take representative samples; and
    >Take representative samples. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    As listed below or the equivalent:
  • Literacy at ABET Level 4
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide at ABET Level 4
  • General plant safety rules and standards 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This competence applies to metallurgical processes in the mining industry. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrating knowledge relating to the taking of representative samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. That hazards and risks pertaining to the sampling process are identified and explained in terms of team safety, health and environmental issues, and that the appropriate preventative measures are described in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. That the reasons for taking samples are explained in terms of production, analysis required and specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. That the principles of sampling solid material are explained with reference to obtaining a representative sample. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Principles must include
  • equipment - components and function;
  • size of increment;
  • frequency of increment;
  • location of sampling point. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. That security procedures as per specified requirements are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. That the interlock systems and lockout procedures pertaining to the taking of samples are listed in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. That common problems are explained in terms of their effect on the process, and that appropriate preventative or corrective actions are described in terms of specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Problems must include
  • contamination;
  • sample identification;
  • blockage of sampling equipment;
  • power failures;
  • incorrect calibration;
  • lack of maintenance;
  • incorrect sampling equipment/method;
  • spillage/loss of sample; and
  • transport of sample. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. That the consequences of non-compliance with specified requirements are explained with respect to personal and team health and safety, impact on the environment, production, costs and lost time. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Preparing to take representative samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. That the required personal protective and safety equipment is available, operational, fit for the purpose and maintained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. That the tools and equipment to be used are identified, verified, used and maintained in accordance with specified requirements, and that the consequences of non-compliance are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. That authority to proceed with the sampling process is obtained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Taking representative samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. That the personal protective, safety and lockout equipment is used in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. That tools and equipment are used in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. That representative samples are taken in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. That the work is conducted to meet sampling, security, safety, health and environmental standards in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Safety, health and environmental issues must include:
  • housekeeping;
  • waste disposal; and
  • storage. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. That data are recorded and processed in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. That the samples are processed and forwarded to the next processing step in accordance with specified requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.

    3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate`s performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.

    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Report writing
  • Health and safety knowledge
  • Legal and site-specific requirements 

  • 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.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to identify technical problems, sub-standard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.
  • Note: The candidate is required to maintain the link in the process in order to achieve production, health, safetyand environmental targets. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Note: The candidate is required to prioritize and integrate the various activities in order to meet the set targets. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to collect and evaluate information from numerical data and/or physical observations in terms of specified requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and / or language skills in the modes of oral and / or written presentations.
  • Note: The candidate is required to accurately and clearly convey information to relevant personnel. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • Note: The candidate is required to use equipment responsibly to avoid environmental pollution and to safeguard team health. 

  • 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.
  • Note: The candidate is aware of his/her role in the organization in terms of social, economic and environmental impact. 

  • 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 
    Terminology
    Legal Requirements

    Legal requirements are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Relevant legislation: e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act, 1996 (Act No. 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act No. 50/1991)
  • Regulations
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice
  • SABS and other standards
  • Chief Inspector of Mines` Directives

    Site Specific Requirements
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme
  • Voluntary Codes of Practice
  • Managerial Instructions
  • Mine Standard Procedures
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks
  • Working guide
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58248   National Certificate: Laboratory Practice  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2008-08-05  MQA 
    Elective  64949   National Certificate: Laboratory Practice  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  49045   National Certificate: Lump Ore Beneficiation  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-11-28  Was MQA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  59305   National Certificate: Mineral Processing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    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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    2. EKAPA MINERALS (PTY) LTD 
    3. FOSKOR (PTY) LTD 
    4. IMPALA PLATINUM LIMITED 
    5. KABELANO TRAINING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    6. KHUMANI IRON ORE MINE 
    7. KHUTALA MINING SERVICES PL 
    8. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE(PTY) LTD 
    9. MODIKWA MINING PERSONNEL SERVICES PTY L TD 
    10. MOYATAU COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 
    11. PRIDE OF SUCCESS (PTY) LTD 
    12. PROGRESSIVE TRAINING DEVELOPMENT AND PROJECTS (PTY) LTD 
    13. SAFETY TRAINING PRACTITIONERS PTY LTD 
    14. Talent Factor (Pty) Ltd 
    15. THARISA MINERALS PTY LTD 
    16. THUSANG METALLURGICAL ENGINEERING TRAINING AND CONSULTING CC 
    17. TWO RIVERS PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
    18. VENETIA MINE 
    19. XTRACT TRAINING SERVICES CC 



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