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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform building works 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244497  Perform building works 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Building Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Building Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 will enable plumbers and related role-players to improve professionalism and enhance the quality and effectiveness of services by being able to perform basic building works.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Plan and prepare to perform building works.
  • Construct brick masonry for manholes and chambers.
  • Perform in-situ concreting and benching.
  • Install precast elements.

    This unit standard will contribute to the development of the learner within the context of the plumbing discipline. Learners who have achieved this unit standard will increase their opportunities for further development and employability within the plumbing environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Communication at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Brickwork is restricted to vertical only, clay or concrete stock and face-bricks.
  • Curing of concrete includes covering with a membrane, moist sand and sheeting.
  • Precast elements include but are not limited to: manhole bases, conservancy tanks, septic tank chambers.
  • Jointing and waterproofing materials include but are not limited to: solvents, mastics, coatings.
  • Building materials include but are not limited to: bricks, sand, cement.
  • Tools include but are not limited to: builders level, plastering trowel, float, straight edge, square, brick hammer and bolster.
  • Industry standards include but are not limited to: dimensions, gradients, positioning, access, benching and plaster finishes.
  • All building works are performed in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan and prepare to perform building works. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools, equipment and materials are selected in readiness to perform building works. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The work area is set out in accordance with control positions and levels indicated in drawings or instructions received from the client. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Existing services and built-in items are identified and protected against damage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Equipment and protective clothing is selected and prepared in accordance with legislative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Tools and equipment are maintained in accordance with manufacturers specifications and scheduled maintenance activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Minimum levels of building and plumbing material quantities are maintained in accordance with the requirements of the task at hand. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Construct brick masonry for manholes and chambers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Brick masonry work is set out in accordance with drawings and instructions received. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Mortar is mixed in accordance with the application required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Brickwork is constructed for the sides of chambers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Brickwork is plastered in accordance with job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Manholes and chambers are constructed in accordance with industry standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform in-situ concreting and benching. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Excavations are trimmed and prepared for concrete. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Concrete is procured or batched according to requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Concrete is placed, compacted and cured according to specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Compaction of concrete in this context is limited to hand ramming. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Benching is applied according to requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    In-situ concreting and benching is carried out in accordance with industry standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Install precast elements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Structures or excavations are prepared for receiving precast elements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Jointing or waterproofing materials are applied as appropriate to the precast elements utilized. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Excavations are backfilled and compacted according to requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Precast elements are installed and connected in accordance with industry standards. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • The assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of the relevant Education and Training Quality Assuror (ETQA) that has jurisdiction over this field of learning.
  • The assessor will (at the very least) be accredited and have a relevant qualification and be a subject matter expert in this learning area and at least have 3 years experience in the skills specific area.
  • The learner can be assessed against this unit standard to obtain credits or as part of an integrated assessment for a qualification:

    > Internal moderation.
    > External moderation.
    > An assessor, accredited by the relevant ETQA, will assess the learner's competency.
    > Assessment procedures will be supplied by the ETQA in alignment with SAQA requirements.
    > All assessment activities must be fair, so that all candidates have equal opportunities. Activities must be free of gender, ethnic or other bias.
    > Assessment and moderation procedures, activities and tools must be transparent, affordable and support development within the field, sub-field and NQF.
    > Questions and answers to determine theoretical knowledge are expected.
    > Assessment of a portfolio of evidence.
    > Direct observation in simulated and/or controlled work conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Names, functions and locations of:
  • SABS (South African Bureau of Standards).
  • Local Authorities eg: municipalities.

    Purpose of processes and procedures of:
  • Purchasing building material.
  • preparing excavations for receiving concrete.

    Attributes, properties, characteristics related to:
  • The definitions of masonry, mortar, benching, precast, compaction, curing and waterproofing.
  • Types of precast structures and elements and their purpose.
  • Tools, equipment and materials used in basic building works, and manufacturers' specifications for the maintenance of tools and equipment and the storage of materials.

    Cause and effect, implications of:
  • The purpose and use of safety equipment and protective clothing when performing basic building work.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • The application of basic building principles in the context of the construction of manholes, access chambers and the installation of prefabricated units.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies:
  • National Building Regulations.
  • Industry standards indicated in the Skills Register for the designated trade of Plumbing.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act.

    Theory-rules, laws, principles:
  • Code of Practice for the application of the National Building Regulations (SANS 10400).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act.

    Relationships, systems:
  • Plumb and level.
  • Concrete, Cement and Mortar.
  • Tools and Equipment and Safety. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Recognising and solving problems relating to the required gradient on the drain and vertical positioning of the manhole or access chamber.
  • Obtaining information from the Client in instances where instructions or information on drawings is insufficient.
  • Identifying and pro-actively correcting issues of non-availability of resources and materials i.e. Labour, plant and materials. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • Working in unison with co-workers and other trades on site. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Setting out the work area.
  • Selecting tools and equipment in accordance with the requirements of the task.
  • Performing activities in accordance with industry standards.
  • Ensuring tools, equipment and materials are securely stored.
  • Maintaining minimum quantities of building materials in accordance with task requirements.
  • Safety equipment and clothing is selected and prepared in accordance with legislative requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • Carrying out written and/or verbal site instructions correctly and efficiently.
  • Correctly interpreting information contained in drawings.
  • Setting out work areas from provided control positions and levels in accordance with instructions and drawings.
  • Complying with the instructions issued by the Client. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Issuing clear verbal instructions to team members.
  • Actively listening to feedback received from team members.
  • Reporting problem situations to the Client. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Environmental monitoring.
  • When they communicate using different aids. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
  • Installing manholes and chambers to provide access points for the inspection, testing and unblocking of drains.
  • Drains forming a linkage to water borne sewerage systems are installed.
  • Identifying non-functional drains and sewerage systems which have a negative impact on the health of the community and the surrounding environment. 

  • 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 
    Supplementary Information:

    Notes to Assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes. Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • At this level some errors are to be expected. Assessors must use professional judgement in evaluating competence.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the range as expressed under the title. Specific range statements under individual outcomes or assessment criteria are illustrations, from which learning programme developers can select. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well-documented principles: assessment should be appropriate, fair, manageable, integrated into work or learning, valid, and consistent. Evidence should be authentic, sufficient, and current.
  • Assessment of this standard can be carried out through continuous assessment throughout the course of study and specific performances assessed. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58782   Further Education and Training Certificate: Plumbing  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2024-12-05  CETA 


    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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    3. Africa International Training Facilities T/A AITF (BREDELL) (TP) 
    4. AFRICA SKILLS VILLAGE 
    5. Artisan Development Academy 
    6. BELCOMEC TRAINING 
    7. Blacken Security Services 
    8. Bokgoni Training And Development 
    9. BOLAND COLLEGE (Paarl) 
    10. Builders Training Centre 
    11. Capricorn FET College - Central Office 
    12. CLEAN HEAT ENERGY SAVING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    13. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Appelsbosch Campus 
    14. College of Cape Town (City Campus) 
    15. Construction Resource Development Centre 
    16. DAMBUZA COMMUNITY TRUST 
    17. DSL Training and Projects (PTY) LTD 
    18. Eastcape Training Centre 
    19. EDUCATORY ELECTRO SERVICES 
    20. Edzani Community Development and Consultancy 
    21. False Bay College 
    22. Forek Institute of Technology 
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    24. Gert Sibande TVET College 
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    34. L S Nkosi CC 
    35. Leps Training Consultants 
    36. Maduna Development Agency cc 
    37. Maesela Phaladi Investment and Construction PTY LTD 
    38. Majuba TVET College 
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    40. Microzone Training CC 
    41. Mnambithi TVET College 
    42. MOGOLO ACADEMY - ENKELBULT 
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    53. NSINGWENI CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 
    54. Orbit FET College - Central Office 
    55. Othandweni Training Centre 
    56. Palale Construction and Projects 
    57. Pam's Educational Consultancy CC 
    58. PCD College cc 
    59. PRIMESERV CORPORATE SOLUTIONS PTY LTD T/A PRIMESERV HR SOLUTIONS 
    60. PROMINENT EMZANSI PROJECTS 
    61. Protech Training (Pty) Ltd 
    62. Realeboga Training Provider 
    63. Reflections Development Institute 
    64. Sakhisizwe Development Training 
    65. Schoolboy Training Centre 
    66. Sejamo Construction and Training 
    67. SESANA PROJECTS 
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    79. Tommy Phiri Labour Relations and Training Services 
    80. Ubucubu Home Industries 
    81. Umfolozi FET College 
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    84. West Coast TVET College 



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