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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Pilot an underwater remotely operated vehicle 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14256  Pilot an underwater remotely operated vehicle 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Surveying 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Physical Planning, Design and Management 
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 
This unit standard has been developed for the surveying occupational area and is intended for persons who aim to achieve career advancement by gaining surveying skills leading to a qualification based on unit standards A person who has successfully completed this unit standard is able to Pilot an Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle in any working environment.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Pre-dive checks of R.O.V
  • R.O.V dive
  • Surfacing and recovery 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    NQF Level 3 numeracy and literacy; Computer literacy

    Recognition of prior learning:
    Any learner wishing to be assessed may arrange to do so without having to attend additional education and training. The learner and assessor will decide jointly on the most appropriate assessment procedure. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range statements are included with specific outcomes as necessary. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Pre-dive checks of R.O.V. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Job instruction received from appropriate personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Inspect all connections. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Set up video recording connections. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Switch on monitor unit and change parameters if necessary. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Communicate with appropriate personnel on deck and ensure that the vacuum level is correct. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Ensure that all the lights, thrusters and cameras are functioning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Determine the direction of the sea current in order to set the appropriate length that the umbilical should be from the first tie up mark on the wire. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Apply operational safety rules and standard or operational procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Understand vehicle operation and sea conditions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. Applicable task specific legal and safety requirements are understood and explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    R.O.V dive. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Ensure that you are in communication with the personnel lowering the R.O.V at all times. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Locate a known position and keep the R.O.V in constant vision with the known point. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Ensure that umbilical does not get snagged or entangled. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. When target has been located, ensure that all underwater operations in the nearby area have ceased. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. On completion of operation/survey, ensure that the R.O.V is a safe distance away from underwater equipment before operations are continued. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Apply operational safety rules and standard or operational procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Good communications and the operation of the vehicle.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Surfacing and recovery. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. On completion of operation/survey, ensure that the umbilical leads to the surface. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Ensure that the R.O.V is a safe distance away from underwater equipment and that a known position is always in sight. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Once the R.O.V has surfaced, turn off all functions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Ensure that deck personnel recover the R.O.V carefully and safely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Ensure that the R.O.V is properly washed down and maintained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Apply operational safety rules and standard or operational procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Vehicle operation and storage.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or will assess this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA and register with the FE /HE registrar.
    3. 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 unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge is dealt with under the specific outcomes section where "Display KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING" is required. 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Set up video recording connections.
  • Switch on monitor unit and change parameters if necessary.
  • Ensure that all the lights, thrusters and cameras are functioning. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group/organisation or community - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Job instruction received from appropriate personnel.
  • Communicate with appropriate personnel on deck and ensure that the vacuum level is correct.
  • Ensure that you are in communication with the personnel lowering the R.O.V at all times.
  • When target has been located, ensure that all underwater operations in the nearby area have ceased.
  • Ensure that deck personnel recover the R.O.V carefully and safely.
  • Ensure that the R.O.V is properly washed down and maintained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Inspect all connections.
  • Set up video recording connections.
  • Switch on monitor unit and change parameters if necessary.
  • Ensure that all the lights, thrusters and cameras are functioning.
  • Locate a known position and keep the R.O.V in constant vision with the known point.
  • Ensure that umbilical does not get snagged or entangled.
  • On completion of operation/survey, ensure that the R.O.V is a safe distance away from underwater equipment before operations are continued.
  • Ensure that the R.O.V is a safe distance away from underwater equipment and that a known position is always in sight. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and critically evaluate information - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Switch on monitor unit and change parameters if necessary.
  • Determine the direction of the sea current in order to set the appropriate length that the umbilical should be from the first tie up mark on the wire.
  • Locate a known position and keep the R.O.V in constant vision with the known point. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Communicate with appropriate personnel on deck and ensure that the vacuum level is correct.
  • Ensure that you are in communication with the personnel lowering the R.O.V at all times.
  • When target has been located, ensure that all underwater operations in the nearby area have ceased.
  • On completion of operation/survey, ensure that the R.O.V is a safe distance away from underwater equipment before operations are continued.
  • Ensure that deck personnel recover the R.O.V carefully and safely.
  • Ensure that the R.O.V is properly washed down and maintained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically (showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others) - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Set up video recording connections.
  • Switch on monitor unit and change parameters if necessary.
  • Once the R.O.V has surfaced, turn off all functions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Determine the direction of the sea current in order to set the appropriate length that the umbilical should be from the first tie up mark on the wire.
  • Locate a known position and keep the R.O.V in constant vision with the known point.
  • When target has been located, ensure that all underwater operations in the nearby area have ceased.
  • Ensure that the R.O.V is a safe distance away from underwater equipment and that a known position is always in sight. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Set up video recording connections.
  • Switch on monitor unit and change parameters if necessary.
  • Ensure that all the lights, thrusters and cameras are functioning.
  • Determine the direction of the sea current in order to set the appropriate length that the umbilical should be from the first tie up mark on the wire.
  • Locate a known position and keep the R.O.V in constant vision with the known point.
  • On completion of operation/survey, ensure that the R.O.V is a safe distance away from underwater equipment before operations are continued.
  • On completion of operation/survey, ensure that the umbilical leads to the surface.
  • Once the R.O.V has surfaced, turn off all functions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • A minimum of 2 (two) years` practical, relevant occupational experience
  • Declared competent in all the outcomes of the National Assessor Unit Standards as stipulated by SAQA
    Detailed documentary proof of educational qualification, practical training undergone, and experience gained by the applicant must be provided (Portfolio of Evidence). 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Supplementary Information:

    The relevant information for Theory and Principles are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Training manuals
  • Survey Codes of Practice
  • Managerial Instructions
  • Manufacturers` manuals
  • Standard Task Procedures
  • Risk Assessment Documentation
  • Working Guides
  • Manufacturers` Manuals and Specifications
  • Professional Publications
  • United Kingdom Offshore Operators Association guidelines

    The appropriate Statutory and Legal sections are contained in one or more of the following documents:
    * Surface Surveying
  • Land Survey Act and Regulations
  • Professional and Technical Surveyor`s Act
    * Minerals Surveying
  • Mine Health and Safety Act 29/1996
  • Mineral Act (Act 50 of 1991)
  • Personal protective equipment means, but is not limited to, overall, hard hat, safety footwear, hand protection and harness or lifelines.
  • Hazardous and sub-standard conditions mean, but are not limited to, strong wind, rough sea, low visibility and low temperature.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks mean, but are not limited to, water on deck, slippery deck, cluttered deck, ropes and lines stored on deck, heavy moveable objects, power points and anything that might compromise good seamanship.
  • Survey point means, but is not limited to, survey station, beacon, stakes, marks, topography, features, transponder, transducer, responder or combinations of these.
  • Communicated means, but is not limited to, verbal communication, radio transmission and telephone. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  20487   National Certificate: Hydrographic Surveying  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  20486   National Certificate: Surveying  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    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. Raubex Construction Pty (Ltd) 
    2. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 



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