Skills Programme: Basic Principles of Care Practitioning

Module 1 of  National Certificate Care Practise NQF 1

Credits towards Qualification: 24

Courses in Programme


    Course 1: Identify Security, Safety and Environmental Risk in the Local Environment (US113966)

    This unit standard is designed to empower learners to address common safety, security and environmental risks in order to make their workplaces, homes and communities safer and more secure places in which to live and work. It is intended for the sustainable enhancement of the workplace, community and neighbourhood development.

    The qualifying learner will be capable of:

    • Identifying potential exposures to personal safety risk.

    • Identifying potential exposure to fire risks.

    • Identifying potential exposures to security related risks.

    • Identifying potential exposures to community and environmental risks.

    • Investigating security, safety and environmental risks in the local environment or neighbourhood.


    Course 2: Apply Basic Micro-Biological Principles in Cleaning (US110471)

    Learners working towards this standard will be learning towards the full qualification, or will be involved in or working within a high risk cleaning services environment. Qualifying learners will be  able to control the growth and spreading of micro-organisms in the workplace.

    The scope of this unit standard is for any person who works in pharmaceutical, food and beverage manufacturing, retail, laboratories, food service establishments, hospitals and medical facilities or any facility where the control of micro-organisms is required.

    1. In the context of this unit standard micro-organisms include bacteria, moulds, yeasts and viruses.
    2. The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because the process is limited in range, repetitive and familiar No generation of new ideas is needed and the learner has no responsibility for the learning of others.

    What is included in the learning:

    1. Types of micro-organisms refer to bacteria, yeasts, moulds, viruses.
    2. Sources include but are not limited to air, dust, people, food, pests, water, soil, waste
    3. People at risk refer to the very young, the elderly, people who are ill or have suppressed immunity, pregnant and nursing women.
    4. Infectious Conditions includes infection of the mucous membranes, TB, coughing spells, common colds, flu, sneezing and uncovered cuts, boils and broken skin.
    5. Work practices include but are not limited to segregation of high and low microbial loading, flow from areas with low to high microbial loading, colour coding, disinfection.
    6. Vehicles of contamination include but is not limited to people, animals, pests, water, hands, work surfaces, utensils, equipment, containers, cleaning equipment, waste.
    7. Main Factors include but are not limited to food, moisture, temperature, and time. Other factors are acidity and oxygen
    8. Items to be disinfected include but are not limited to food contact surfaces (work tables, equipment, utensils), hand contact surfaces (handles, taps, switches), contamination hazards (toilets, mops, waste bins) body fluids.

    Course 3: Practice Good Health and Grooming Habits (US243193)

    Learners credited with this course will be  able to better practice good health and grooming habits.

    Qualifying learners are able to:

    • Deal with common health conditions to help prevent the spread of illness.
    • Practice good hygiene habits.
    • Practice good grooming and dress habits.


    It is assumed that learners are competent in:

    Communication at ABET Level 3.


    Course 4: Perform Care Services in a Care Environment (US377701)

    Care practitioners and  workers in private households, industrial environments and  in community establishments are to have high levels of personal organization skills in meeting the many needs in their area of work in relation to goals and priorities.

    Qualifying learner will be taught to :

    • Plan tasks to meet care needs in own area of work.
    • Implement plan for area(s) of responsibility.
    • Review implementation of home-care work against set performance standards.


    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication Skills at NQF Level 1.


    Course 5:  Denonstrate an Understanding of Factors that Contribute Towards Healthy Living  (US110471)

    This unit standard is for any learner who needs to consider factors such as hygiene, cleanliness, nutrition, recreation and basic health care that contributes to healthy living in order to make informed decisions. A learner credited with this unit standard is able to:

    • Explain the basic principles of personal hygiene.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of healthy and nutritious eating habits.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the consequences of abusing drugs and medicine.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of sports and/or recreational activities for a healthy lifestyle.

    This course will also contribute towards the full development of the learner and enable an understanding of healthy living that impact on the social and economic transformation within South Africa.  This learning standard is intended for any person, from all backgrounds within South African society. It may be used a core or an elective competent within a GETC or any vocationally based qualification.


    Description of required skills: You will need fundamental communication skills at ABET level 3.


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