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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Handle and care for portable electrical earthing gear and related equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
258938  Handle and care for portable electrical earthing gear and related equipment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Electrical Infrastructure Construction 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
113868  Handle and care of electrical earthing gear and related equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for persons who maintain portable earthing gear and related equipment.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Handle, clean and store portable electrical earthing gear and related equipment.

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the electrical distribution environment.

    The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within Geographical Information Sciences environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following knowledge, skills attitude and/or equivalent:
  • House keeping.
  • Storage and stacking.
  • Occupational health and safety. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard applies to persons handling, inspecting, cleaning and storing portable electrical earthing gear and related equipment independently.

    Earthing gear may include, but is not limited to:
  • Low Voltage earthing gear.
  • Medium Voltage earthing gear.
  • High Voltage earthing gear.
  • Equipotential earthing gear.

    Related equipment include:
  • Insulated operating rods (earthing stick, telescopic link stick, operating handle). 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of portable electrical earthing gear. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of ensuring proper application of portable electrical earthing gear on isolated circuits is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An understanding of electrical induction is explained with reference to step-and touch potential. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reason for ensuring well maintained portable earthing gear is explained according to safety standards and statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reason for having different types and ratings of portable earthing gear is explained according to system requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The consequences of not having proper earthing protection is explained according to safety standards and statutory requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and handle portable electrical earthing gear. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different types and ratings of portable earthing gear is identified according to application requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The difference between portable control and working earths is explained according to application requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Portable earthing gear is handled carefully and correctly to avoid possible damage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Portable earthing gear is carried, transported and stored in an approved protective bag. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Inspect and care of portable earthing gear. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Portable earthing gear is visually inspected and mechanical defects are reported. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Loose or broken strands, secure connections, damaged insulation, malfunctioning clamps.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Unique numbering of portable earthing gear is checked for legibility and record purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Portable earthing gear is cleaned according to approved methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Portable earthing gear is stored according to approved methods. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Inspect, handle and care of insulated operating rods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Insulated operating rods are visually inspected and mechanical defects reported. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Damaged/cracked tubes, malfunctioning clamps, metal fitting, securing clips/springs.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Numbering of insulated operating rods are checked for legibility and record purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Insulated operating rods are cleaned according to approved methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Insulated operating rods are stored according to approved methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Insulated operating rods are carried and transported in approved protective bags. 


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

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A comprehensive understanding of the relevant cleaning, handling and storage procedures and practices.
  • A basic understanding of electrical induction and the purpose for earthing.
  • A basic understanding of different types and ratings of portable earthing gear and their application. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information related to identifying, inspecting, handling, cleaning and storing of portable electrical earthing gear and related equipment so that these are accurately interpreted into application performance standards. 

    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 113868, which is "Handle and care of electrical earthing gear and related equipment", Level 2, 2 Credits. Originally re-registered on 11February 2004 under SAQA decision number 2552/04.

    Supplementary Information:

    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and legislative specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • OHS Act. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  73313   National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2024-12-05  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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. DEE K LOGISTICS 
    3. DEVOLTAGE TRAINING CENTRE 
    4. EARTH CHILD CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 
    5. EKURHULENI WEST TVET BOKSBURG CAMPUS 
    6. False Bay College - Westlake Campus 
    7. JOSMAP TRAINING INSTIUTE 
    8. Learn A Trade 
    9. OSHIKATI 
    10. The Water Training Institute of South Africa 



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