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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate Fire Extinguishing System 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13957  Operate Fire Extinguishing System 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Power Plant Operations 
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 3  NQF Level 03 
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 
A persons credited with this unit standard will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skill to operate Fire Extinguising Systems according to accepted practices in the following outcomes:
Prepare systems for start up, startup and monitor startup conditions, shutdown and isolate the systems, maintain regulatory requirements, monitor systems and stabilise transient conditions. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
1. The person has the ability to listen, questions, observes, describes accurately and aligns with the sender`s need.
2. The person understands own development requirements.
3. The person understands concepts, terms and theory of the specified technical field covering Power Plant Engineering fundamentals.
4. Environmental awareness.
5. The person knows and understands the energy conversion process.
6. Organisational understanding.
7. The person has the ability to recognise, analyse problems, evaluate options and decide on the most appropriate actions. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
This unit standard includes the following process plant systems without any exemptions:

1. Supply Systems.
2. Distribution Systems.
3. Emulsifier system Spray systems.
4. Fire reel (Hoses). 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Prepare System for Start Up. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Legitimacy for preparation for startup is confirmed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Plant is prepared for start up according to procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Startup status is communicated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Safety and regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Startup and monitor start up conditions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Legitimacy for the startup is confirmed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Plant is started according to procedure. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Startup condition are monitored to be within technical specifications. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Safety and regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Startup status is communicated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Out of normal conditions are identified and acted upon according to operating requirements. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Monitor system during normal running conditions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Plant monitoring performed according to procedural requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Monitored conditions are communicated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Out of normal conditions communicated are followed up according to specific requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Out of normal conditions are identified and acted upon according to operating requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. House keeping standards are maintained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Plant lubrication done according to lubrication specifications. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Routine activities performed according to operating procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. Safety and regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Stabilise transient/emergency conditions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Transient/emergency conditions are recognised and acknowledged by comparing current conditions with required conditions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Transient/emergency conditions are analysed, actions planned and implemented according to procedure. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Transient/emergency actions and results are communicated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Safety and regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Results of actions taken are evaluated against specifications. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Shutdown and monitor shutdown conditions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Legitimacy for the shutdown is confirmed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Plant is shutdown according to procedure. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Shutdown condition is monitored to be within technical specifications. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Safety and regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Shutdown status is communicated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Out of normal conditions are identified and acted upon according to operating requirements. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Isolate shutdown plant. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Legitimacy of instruction to isolate plant is confirmed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. System is isolated according to procedure. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Isolated plant status is communicated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Safety and regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the System. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Mechanical components interrelation and application to the plant are understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Electrical component interrelation and application to the plant are understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Control and instrumentation components are identified and their purposes understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Procedural knowledge and comprehension demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Communication practices are known and understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Plant configurations comprehended. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Knowledge of safety and regulatory requirement is demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. Priority setting is understood during plant operating activities. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
9. Lessons learned from previous incidents is understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
10. Environmental impact is known and understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
11. Big picture thinking pertaining to power plant processes, operations, people activities and material used is demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
12. Problem solving abilities for this specific system are demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 13 
13. Energy conversion process understanding demonstrated according to power plant operator requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 14 
14. Operating specifications critical parameters are known and consequences of exceeding explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 15 
15. Operating philosophy is known and explained. 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
Evaluation of documentation by SAQA and registration thereof.

Moderation : Standard Generating Group Power Plant Operations. 

UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
1. Objectively recognises what is happening in or across situations with people, plant and materials.
2. Recognises the direct impact of decisions, actions and anticipate effects on plant and people in the direct working environment.
3. Recognises, analyses problems, evaluates options and decides on the appropriate action.
4. Sets priorities for self and own job. Obtains the necessary tools and or equipment to competently execute the job.
5. Understands the overall energy conversion process and the impact the specific plant area has on the process.
6. Knows and understands the theory and application of mechanical plant components and their interrelation to the plant.
7. Knows and understands the theory and application of electrical plant components and their interrelation to the plant.
8. Identifies instrumentation components, and describes their functions within the plant area.
9. Demonstrates knowledge to operate interrelated plant processes and safety equipment.
10. Understand documentation process requirement.
11. Understands lessons learnt related to the specific plant.
12. Regulatory requirements are known and understood. 

UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
N/A 

UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
N/A 


Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
Identifying & solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization, and community. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
Organising and managing oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
Collecting, analysing, organizing and critically evaluating information. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
Contributing to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large, by making it the underlying intention of any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of:
a. Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
b. Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
c. Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
d. Exploring education and career opportunities.
e. Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

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 
Occupational Role : Power Plant Operator.

The following references to assessment tools to be made through out this Unit Standard:
  • SO1 Prepare common CW system for startup and monitor startup conditions.
  • SO2 Shutdown and isolate common CW system.
  • SO3 Service Common CW systems and maintain regulatory requirements.
  • SO4 Monitor common CW system and stabilise transient conditions.
  • SO5 Control raw material requirements to support continuous production.
  • SO6 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of hydro power plant cooling water system operations.

    Terminology used in this unit standard is consistent with the following standards:
  • Electricity Supply Industry in South Africa.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Standards (NOSA).

    A candidate will be regarded not yet competent should the safety of people, plant and materials be jeopardised during any stage of the assessment on any criteria of this unit standard. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  23677   National Certificate: Power Plant Auxiliary Systems Operation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-02-18  Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement 


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