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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Service automobile batteries 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260638  Service automobile batteries 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Vehicle Maintenance 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
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
119735  Remove, test, fit and service automobile batteries  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
People in the field of automotive repair and maintenance require the skills, values and knowledge reflected in this unit standard. The learner is capable of carrying out a service on an automotive battery to maintain the battery in an operational condition and will have an understanding of preventative maintenance principles. This unit standard may be used in the context of one or more of the following areas of specialisation:
  • Passenger vehicle.
  • Commercial vehicle.
  • Earthmoving equipment.
  • Lift truck.
  • Motor cycle.
  • Engine fitter.

    This unit standard has been designed as part of a progression and is a foundational unit standard for a motor mechanic. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has already learned the use of engineering hand tools, power tools, and measuring equipment and to maintain a safe and productive working environment.

    Learners are also assumed to be competent in Mathematical literacy and Communication at NQF Level 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The ranges as indicated under the Specific Outcomes determine the scope and level of this unit standard. All work is performed under supervision and according to workplace and workshop manual specifications and occupational safety, health and environmental legislation. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Remove and fit an automotive battery. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Automotive batteries include any battery that is fitted to a vehicle. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The battery is checked for safety and condition prior to removal. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal protective equipment is obtained and used as required in handling batteries. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant equipment is identified and used to protect the vehicle when removing and fitting batteries. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Uses of, and different batteries are explained in terms of manufacturer specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Differences include size, amp hour rating, cold cranking amps and voltage.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Batteries are secured in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The importance of removing and fitting batteries according to specified procedures is explained in terms of cost, durability and safety. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Test batteries. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Tests include surface discharge test, hydrometer test, sulphation test, load test.
  • Test equipment includes multi-meter, hydrometer, spectrometer, thermometer, battery charger, load tester, jumper cables. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The test is conducted in accordance with workplace procedures and manufacturers recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose of testing batteries is explained in terms of manufacturer warranty and reliability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Test results are interpreted to determine the status of a battery. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tools and test equipment are used in accordance with workshop procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Service batteries. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The state of charge of the battery is checked and confirmed to be in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The battery is charged in accordance with workplace and manufacturer requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reasons for charging a battery are explained in terms of battery life and durability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The operation of a battery is explained in terms of the process of converting chemical energy into electrical energy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Batteries are cleaned in accordance with workplace procedures and manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Methods for working with solvents and acids are explained in accordance with relevant health and safety procedures and legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Consequences of not working safely are explained in terms of potential injury to personnel and damage to equipment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Remove and replace battery terminals and cables. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Battery terminals and cables are removed and replaced according to manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Battery terminals are selected according to the size specified by the manufacturer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Cables are selected according to appropriate current ratings as specified by the battery manufacturer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Applicable SHE procedures are adhered to during the process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    All tools and equipment are used according to their design and workplace procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Restore work area, complete and process documentation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Restoring work area includes disposal of hazardous materials, tools and equipment packed away, work area cleaned.
  • Documentation includes completing job cards, check lists and reports. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The work area is cleaned in accordance with workplace and SHE requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools and equipment are cleaned and stored in accordance with workplace and SHE requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of restoring the workplace is explained in terms of safety hazards and production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Documentation is completed and processed in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The documentation is explained in terms of their main functions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Names and functions of:
  • Automobile batteries.
  • Battery terminals.
  • Battery cables.
  • Multimeters.
  • Relevant hand tools.
  • Hydrometer.
  • Personal and automotive protective equipment.
  • Battery chargers.
  • Cleaning solvents.
  • Acids.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties:
  • Acids.
  • Distilled water.

    Sensory cues:
  • Visual, audible, feel, smell and taste.

    Purpose of:
  • Electrolytes.
  • Procedures.
  • Automotive batteries.
  • Battery cables.
  • Battery terminals.
  • Ventilation.
  • Charging.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Regulations regarding working with batteries.
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental legislation.

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Internal resistance.
  • Cells in series and parallel.
  • Chemical reaction.
  • Electrolysis.
  • Basic principles of electricity.

    Relationships, systems:
  • Relationship of the battery as the power source to the automobile. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Recognise situations that require action and correct when necessary. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others:
  • Contribute to the workgroup`s efforts to maintain cleanliness, safety and quality. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • Apply the correct procedures for using, storing and looking after equipment, tools, test equipment, components and chemicals.
  • Plan and prepare job function activities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • Use common names for tools and equipment.
  • Fill in and use fault reports, requisition forms and job cards. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • Explain electrolysis in batteries. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • Relate the purpose of automobile batteries to the electrical/electronic systems in an automobile. 

  • 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 119735, "Remove, test, fit and service automobile batteries", Level 2, 4 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  78523   National Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  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.
     
    1. Award Media (Pty) Ltd T/A Award Training (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    2. Barloworld South Africa (Pty) Ltd T/A Barloworld-Equipment (ISANDO) (T 
    3. Bell Equipment Company SA (Pty) Ltd (ALTON) (TP) 
    4. Blue Horison Properties 53 (Pty) Ltd T/A Durnacol Skills Innovation Hu 
    5. BMW SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    6. Boland Public FET College - Worcester Campus 
    7. Buscor 
    8. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    9. Dawsons Training Academy (Pty) Ltd (DURBAN) (TP) 
    10. DON-DER TRUCK REPAIRS TRUST 
    11. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    12. Eastcape Training Centre 
    13. Ekurhuleni West Public FET College - Germiston Campus 
    14. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 
    15. Golden Arrow Bus Services 
    16. Hibiscus Skills Training College (HILLCREST) (TP) 
    17. HV Consultants (Pty) Ltd (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    18. Imperial Technical Training Academy (GERMISTON) (TP) 
    19. Imperial Technical Training Academy (WADEVILLE) (TP) 
    20. Industry Training & Consulting cc (PRETORIA) (TP) 
    21. ITHEMBA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 
    22. JMC TECHNICAL TRAINING (Bloemfontein)(TP) 
    23. KwaZulu Automotive Training Services cc (KZN) (DURBAN) (TP) 
    24. McCarthy Academy Cape Town (BLACKHEATH) (TP) 
    25. McCarthy Automotive Artisan Academy (MIDRAND) (TP) 
    26. McCarthy Automotive Artisans Academy (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    27. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (CENTURION) (TP) 
    28. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (EAST LONDON) (TP) 
    29. Mopani South East FET College - Phalaborwa Campus 
    30. Nissan SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    31. PUTCO Limited 
    32. Qualitas Training cc (SELBY) (TP) 
    33. Rankin Training Solutions cc (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    34. SAFICON INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT T/A TOYOTA FORKLIFT (Parow)(TP) 
    35. SANDVIK MINING & CONSTRUCTION RSA (PTY) LTD 
    36. Sedibeng Artisan Skills Training Centre (VEREENIGING) (TP) 
    37. SG Coal (Pty) Ltd (TP) 
    38. Shukela Training Centre 
    39. St Anthony's Education Centre (BOKSBURG) (TP) 
    40. The Automobile Association of South Africa NPC T/A The AA Technical College(MIDRAND) (TP) 
    41. The Automobile Association of South Africa T/A AA Training Academy (MO 
    42. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (SANDTON) (TP) 
    43. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus 
    44. Umgungundlovu FET College - Plessislaer Campus 
    45. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd (CENTURION) (TP) 
    46. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT 
    47. Wavelength T.T.I 



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