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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Understand the operating principles of domestic fuel gas appliances 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123450  Understand the operating principles of domestic fuel gas appliances 
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 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 is for persons in the electrical engineering field who will be required to maintain and repair fuel gas domestic appliances.

A person credited with this unit standard will be capable of:
  • Defining the essential requirements for the safe operation of gas appliances.
  • Demonstrating the understanding of the combustion capabilities of various fuel gases used in domestic appliances.
  • Describing and explaining the operating principles of domestic gas appliances.
  • Applying safe servicing procedures applicable to domestic gas appliances.

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the electrical engineering field by providing recognition, further mobility and portability within the field of appliance repair. The skills knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth within the appliance repair environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in the following:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Domestic gas appliances are limited to domestic gas ovens, hobs, fridges, burners, water heaters, space heaters, camping equipment and driers.
  • Domestic" refers to appliances that operate on pressures up to 5kPa.
  • Types of gas: LPG, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), natural gas.
  • This unit standard excludes gas-pipe line installations and is applicable only from the isolation point closest to the appliance. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    State the essential requirements for the safe operation of gas appliances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A brief outline of legislation, standards and codes of practice relevant to servicing of gas appliances is given in terms of the impact on appliance repair. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The essential safety design, construction and operating requirements for gas appliances are stated according to relevant legislation and manufacturer's requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The essential installation safety requirements for gas appliances are stated according to relevant legislation and manufacturer's requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The essential commissioning requirements for gas appliances are stated as per manufacturer's requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Understand the fuel gases used in domestic appliances and the principles of their combustion. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The gases commonly used for fuel are described with reference to their principal constituents, method of distribution, and physical characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Combustion, including explosive combustion, are described in terms of combustion principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The requirements for flueing arrangements are stated as per manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Incomplete combustion is described in terms of its products, characteristics and symptoms with reference to their consequences for the health of people and animals. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe and explain the operating principles of domestic gas appliances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Basic electrical sources of igniting combustion are described in terms of combustion principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Devices used for control and protection, including temperature control, are identified and their functions described as per operations specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appliance operation is explained with the aid of sketches showing all major components, and with reference to operation under normal and abnormal conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The requirements for efficient combustion and operation are stated according to design and construction specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate understanding of safe servicing procedures applicable to domestic gas appliances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Disconnection procedures of gas appliances from the gas supply are described with reference to health and safety standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Testing procedures following servicing are described with reference to operational testing, and health and safety procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reconnection procedures of gas appliances from the gas supply are described with reference to health and safety standards. 


    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 in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Relevant sections of statutory requirements required for maintaining and repairing gas appliances.
  • Fuel gases, sources of ignition and combustion principles and applications.
  • Working principles of gas equipment and associated components for maintaining and repairing fuel gas appliances.
  • Legislation codes, standards and safety as applied to fuel gas appliances.
  • Diagrams and sketches relating to fuel gas appliances. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems
  • Selecting the correct equipment and processes when working with gas. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively
  • Discuss the basic electrical sources of igniting combustion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically
  • Handling gas equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems
  • Understanding the hazards associated with the use of gas.
  • Understanding the effects gas, when released into the atmosphere, can have on the 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 
    Worksite procedures refer to the documented procedures for the worksite.

    Assessment should take place in real situations, where practical.

    The following reference material may be useful in the completion of this unit standard:
  • The OHS Act and standards.
  • Gas legislation.

    The assessor will require the following equipment:
  • Cylinders of appliances referred to in the range statements. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  50371   Further Education and Training Certificate: Domestic Appliance Repair  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


    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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