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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

National Certificate: Wastewater Reticulation Services 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
48907  National Certificate: Wastewater Reticulation Services 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Water Sector 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction  Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  128  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
SAQA 0954/04  2004-06-09  2007-06-09 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2008-06-09   2011-06-09  

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 qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
60169  National Certificate: Water and Wastewater Reticulation Services  Level 2  NQF Level 02  124   

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
The Qualification will provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to work in a wastewater reticulation services department or as a utility leader attending to the construction and operation of wastewater reticulation systems.
Qualifying learners are able to:
  • Apply health and safety legislation in the workplace;
  • Plan work tasks;
  • Operate in a team;
  • Use power hand tools effectively;
  • Read and interpret maps and drawings;
  • Identify pipes, associated fittings and valves in a wastewater reticulation system;
  • Join pipes and install associated fittings;
  • Lay pipes for a wastewater reticulation system:
  • Operate and maintain a wastewater reticulation system.

    The scope of the Qualification provides a range of opportunities from large-scale urban conditions to small, rural community situations. This Qualification forms the foundation for advancement to the National Certificate in Wastewater Reticulation Services on NQF level 3 and will also lay the foundation for future career advancement across similar trades within the sector. The individual will have the capacity to advance and gain skills and self-respect, as the qualified learner will be able to competently fulfil wastewater reticulation contracts safely and professionally to ensure that industry standards are maintained. This Qualification has been developed to assist with standardisation across the wastewater reticulation industry.


    Rationale of the Qualification

    As a result of past legacies many practitioners within the water sector were denied advancement and possible recognition as qualified tradesmen. Both employers and employees in the water sector have expressed the critical need for technical, skills based Qualifications for those working with the provision of wastewater reticulation systems. The introduction of a National Certificate in Wastewater Reticulation Services based on Unit Standards will allow learners the opportunity to reach their full potential of advancement without formal education becoming an impassable barrier and will also allow for the recognition of prior learning. This Qualification reflects the need of employers and employees both now and for the future. This Qualification provides learners with horizontal access to the National Certificate in Water Reticulation Services (NQF 2) and the National Certificate in Wastewater Process Operations (NQF 2), as there is a degree of flexibility, in terms of Unit Standards that appear in all three Qualifications. This will enable learners to pursue different careers within the water sector, enhance productivity and employability within the water sector and contribute towards the ecological sustainability and improvement of the water environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    A knowledge, comprehension and application of language and mathematics at NQF level 1.

    Recognition of prior learning

    This Qualification may be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. Any learner wishing to be directly assessed may arrange to do so, without attending further training or education. The assessor and learner will decide together on the most appropriate assessment route to be taken. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    N/A 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    On achieving this Qualification the qualifying learner will be able to:

    1. Plan and organise tasks and resources.
    2. Join and lay pipes and install connections.
    3. Use and maintain appropriate power hand tools in a wastewater reticulation context.
    4. Complete operation and maintenance tasks a wastewater reticulation system.
    5. Demonstrate knowledge of occupational health & safety.
    6. Demonstrate interactive and communication skills. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Tasks are planned and prioritised.
  • Work schedules or job cards are prepared.
  • Materials requirements needed for stated tasks are determined.
  • Labour and equipment requirements for the completion of stated tasks are determined.
  • Transportation of resources to work location is arranged.

    2.
  • Knowledge of pipe types, associated fittings and valves is demonstrated.
  • Pipes, associated fittings and valves are stored.
  • Trenches are excavated safely.
  • Pipes are joined and associated fittings and connections are installed.
  • The wastewater reticulation system is tested.

    3.
  • All relevant tools used on wastewater reticulation systems are identified.
  • Tools are used effectively and for the correct purpose
  • Tools are cleaned and maintained according to specifications.

    4.
  • Maps and engineering drawings related to wastewater reticulation systems are read and interpreted.
  • Knowledge of the materials used for construction and maintenance of wastewater reticulation systems is demonstrated.
  • Pipeline systems are constructed and repaired.
  • New or existing pipeline systems are constructed or maintained.

    5.
  • Knowledge of occupational health & safety is demonstrated.
  • ersonal health, hygiene and presentation in the working environment is maintained according to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Skills relevant to construction, maintenance and operation of wastewater reticulation systems appropriately are applied.

    6.
  • The learner interacts with work colleagues, management and customers
  • Communication skills are used to interact in a meaningful way with colleagues and customers
  • A range of generic skills are used as a foundation for learning.
  • The learner communicates effectively with others in both learning and work-oriented situations.


    Integrated Assessment

    Integrated assessment at the level of Qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show that they are able to integrate concepts, ideas and actions across Unit Standards to achieve competence that is grounded and coherent in relation to the purpose of the Qualification. Integrated assessment should show how already demonstrated competence in individual areas can be linked and applied for the achievement of a holistic outcome.

    Integrated assessment must judge the quality of the observable performance, and also the quality of the thinking that lies behind it. Assessment tools must encourage learners to explain the thinking and decision-making that underpin their demonstrated performance. Some assessment practices will demand practical evidence while others may be more theoretical, depending on the type of outcomes to be assessed, and the nature and level of the Qualification. The ratio between action and interpretation is not fixed, but varies according to the demands of the Qualification.

    While the generic component (literacy, communication and life skills) of this Qualification at NQF Level 2 can be assessed through occupational contexts and activities relating to wastewater reticulation, care must be taken in both the learning programme and the assessment to ensure that these foundational skills are truly portable. The primary aim of this Qualification is to ensure that learners have a sound base of general education to prepare them for further learning, whatever career path they may choose. Learners must be able to transfer generic skills such as language, computation and learning skills etc across a number of different contexts, and apply them within a number of learning areas.

    A broad range of task-orientated and theoretical assessment tools may be used, with the distinction between practical knowledge and disciplinary knowledge maintained so that each takes its rightful place. Unit Standards in the Qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field outcomes. During integrated assessments the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and should assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflexive competencies. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The core and elective components have been developed taking into account South Africa's unique context. The working group has been unable to find any international wastewater reticulation Qualifications in America, Australia, Britain or Scotland against which to benchmark the Unit Standards. The working group did find a water Qualification in New Zealand, but it is combined Water and Wastewater and is therefore not really comparable. The fundamental components, reflecting foundational learning and generic skills and knowledge have been derived from registered, local adult education Unit Standards. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This Qualification will allow a person to articulate vertically to the National Certificate in Wastewater Reticulation Services at NQF level 3. This Qualification will also provide articulation with a range of Qualifications in both technical and management areas in wastewater, water reticulation and other related sectors. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against these standards must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of these Unit Standards or will assess these Unit Standards must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant Qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.
  • Therefore anyone wishing to be assessed against this Qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA or by any other ETQA that has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • A minimum of two years practical, relevant occupational experience.
  • Declared competent in all the outcomes of the generic assessor standard, and certificated by the relevant ETQA or by any other ETQA that has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).
  • Detailed documentary proof of educational Qualification, practical training undergone, and experience gained by the applicant must be provided (Portfolio of evidence).
  • Able to demonstrate competence in relation to these specified standards and Qualifications, at or above, the level of the Qualifications in question.
  • Meet any other additional requirements laid down by their constituent ETQA.

    The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning. The status of registered assessors can be checked on the appropriate ETQA database or website. 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 60169, which is "National Certificate: Water Wastewater Reticulation Services", Level 2, 131 credits.

    A note on the compilation of standards in this Qualification
  • In line with the SAQA principle of avoiding duplication, existing registered standards were used where possible.

    A note on the definition of wastewater reticulation
  • Wastewater reticulation in this context refers to the entire pipe network. 

  • UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  115902  Demonstrate knowledge of wastewater systems  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  12878  Use and maintain Power Hand Tools on a construction Site  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  12035  Apply personal safety practices on a wastewater treatment works  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  115908  Demonstrate knowledge of pipes, associated fittings and valves used in wastewater reticulation systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Core  12033  Demonstrate knowledge of water cycle, water and wastewater systems and processes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  8420  Operate in a team  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  12036  Orientate self in the workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  14024  Read and interpret maps and engineering drawings of water reticulation systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  115898  Join pipes and install associated fittings  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  115904  Lay pipes for a wastewater reticulation system  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  115907  Operate and maintain a wastewater reticulation system  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15 
    Core  14019  Plan team work functions and complete reports  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8963  Access and use information from texts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9009  Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life related problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8494  Demonstrate an understanding of HIV/AIDS and its implications  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7480  Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8962  Maintain and adapt oral communication  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  12444  Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in 2-dimensions in different life or workplace contexts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8967  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7469  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9007  Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8964  Write for a defined context  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  7547  Operate a personal computer system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9965  Render basic first aid  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  115882  Connect a customer sewerage system to a public wastewater system  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  115955  Operate a wastewater pump station  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  115965  Operate, maintain and provide technical support for on site sanitation systems  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  11782  Perform basic building works  Level 3  NQF Level 03 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some of their learning programmes are moved to being recorded against the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replacement.
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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