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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Balance a wheel 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260720  Balance a wheel 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Vehicle Maintenance 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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
119746  Balance a wheel  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 removing, balancing, refitting wheels and identifying tyre and rim damage so that suspension and tyre damage is eliminated. This unit standard may be used in the context of one or more of the following areas of specialisation:
  • Passenger vehicle.
  • Commercial vehicle. 

  • 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 
    Plan and prepare for wheel balancing. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Planning includes interpreting task instructions, identify tools and equipment and arrange for vehicle to be parked in demarcated area.
  • Preparing includes raising vehicle, removing wheels and inspecting rims and tyres for damage. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The wheel to be balanced is identified from given documentation and customer information. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Documentation includes job cards, customer requests and manufacturer service schedules.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All tools and equipment required to perform the task are checked and prepared for use prior to commencing with the wheel balancing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The vehicle is raised in accordance with appropriate lifting procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The wheel is removed in accordance with workplace accepted procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The rim and tyre is inspected for damage according to worksite procedure. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare the wheel-balancing machine. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Preparing includes mounting wheel to balancing machine, pre-calibrate and setting wheel balancing machine to wheel specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The wheel balancing machine is set for the specific wheel to be balanced. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The wheel balancing machine is pre-calibrated in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The wheel is mounted to the wheel balancing machine according to machine specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The wheel balancing machine is adjusted according to specific wheel requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Balance the wheel. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Wheels include alloy and steel rims with tyres.
  • Balancing excludes wheel balancing of wheels on vehicle. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The value and position of balancing weights are determined and fitted according to manufacturer requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The wheel is balanced according to workplace procedures and equipment manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reasons for balancing a wheel are explained in terms of tyre wear and vehicle safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Applicable SHE procedures are followed during the wheel balancing activity. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply safety procedures during the work activity. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Safety procedures include raising the vehicle, removing the wheels, balancing the wheels and refitting wheels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All workshop manual safety warnings and required actions before, during and after balancing the wheel are adhered to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Applicable SHE procedures are followed whilst balancing the wheel. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Restore work area, complete and process documentation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Restoring work area includes 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:
  • Tools and equipment.
  • Balancing machine.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties:
  • Damage to tyres and rims.

    Sensory cues:
  • Visual and feel.

    Purpose of:
  • Balancing wheels.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Applicable company policies and procedures.
  • Workshop manual procedures.
  • SHE procedures.
  • Quality procedures.

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Theory of balancing wheels.

    Relationships, systems:
  • Consequences of unbalanced wheels. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Related to wheel balancing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others:
  • When preparing work area, vehicle and balancing machine. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • When working in accordance with workshop time schedules. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • When completing and processing documentation and reports. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • When operating a wheel balancing machine. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • When explaining the consequences of unbalanced wheels. 

  • 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 119746, "Balance a wheel", 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
    Elective  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. DON-DER TRUCK REPAIRS TRUST 
    10. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    11. Eastcape Training Centre 
    12. Ekurhuleni West Public FET College - Germiston Campus 
    13. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 
    14. Golden Arrow Bus Services 
    15. Hibiscus Skills Training College (HILLCREST) (TP) 
    16. HV Consultants (Pty) Ltd (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    17. Imperial Technical Training Academy (GERMISTON) (TP) 
    18. Imperial Technical Training Academy (WADEVILLE) (TP) 
    19. Industry Training & Consulting cc (PRETORIA) (TP) 
    20. ITHEMBA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 
    21. JMC TECHNICAL TRAINING (Bloemfontein)(TP) 
    22. KwaZulu Automotive Training Services cc (KZN) (DURBAN) (TP) 
    23. McCarthy Academy Cape Town (BLACKHEATH) (TP) 
    24. McCarthy Automotive Artisan Academy (MIDRAND) (TP) 
    25. McCarthy Automotive Artisans Academy (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    26. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (CENTURION) (TP) 
    27. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (EAST LONDON) (TP) 
    28. Mopani South East FET College - Phalaborwa Campus 
    29. Nissan SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    30. PUTCO Limited 
    31. Qualitas Training cc (SELBY) (TP) 
    32. Rankin Training Solutions cc (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    33. SAFICON INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT T/A TOYOTA FORKLIFT (Parow)(TP) 
    34. Sedibeng Artisan Skills Training Centre (VEREENIGING) (TP) 
    35. SG Coal (Pty) Ltd (TP) 
    36. Shukela Training Centre 
    37. Skills for All (POTCHEFSTROOM) (TP) 
    38. St Anthony's Education Centre (BOKSBURG) (TP) 
    39. The Automobile Association of South Africa NPC T/A The AA Technical College(MIDRAND) (TP) 
    40. The Automobile Association of South Africa T/A AA Training Academy (MO 
    41. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (SANDTON) (TP) 
    42. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus 
    43. Umgungundlovu FET College - Plessislaer Campus 
    44. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd (CENTURION) (TP) 
    45. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT 
    46. Wavelength T.T.I 



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