The South African Qualifications Authority Act (Act No. 58 of 1995) defines unit standards as the:

    • registered statements of desired education and training outcomes and
    • their associated assessment criteria, describing the quality of theexpected performance, together with
    • administrative and other information specified in the NSB regulations

The purpose of a unit standard is to provide guidance to the:

    Assessor as to the evidence that must be gathered during assessment
    • Learner as to the learning outcomes that must be achieved
    Provider and/or materials designer as to the learning materials or learning experiences to be prepared to assist learners in reaching competence.