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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Understand and apply building construction methods 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
15140  Understand and apply building construction methods 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Building Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Building Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
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 
Learners who are assessed as competent against this unit standard will understand the building process, understand and apply the principles and construction methods related to sub-structures, super-structures and finishing works, as well as understanding and being able to apply concrete technologyThis competence complements the other management competencies and forms part of the Elective learning.It contributes to the development of a professional community of Building Construction Managers. The contribution to The National Skills Development Strategy is the key developmental interface between learners and new competencies to be achieved.Its contribution to socio-economic transformation is that learners would be able to undergo RPL-assessment and thereby receive recognition for previous learning and experience. The employability and career prospects of learners can therefore be enhanced by this qualification. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
FETC 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The typical scope of this unit standard is:
  • What is the range of building types (Industrial, domestic, commercial, etc.)?
  • Building technologies relate to the building process, as well as building systems, materials and equipment
  • Methods of Environmental Control include:
    1. Design for climate
    2. Solar control
    3. Prediction of the wind environment around buildings
  • Foundation types include:
    1. Simple strip foundations
    2. Stepped strip foundations
    3. Wall pier foundations
    4. Foundations to piers
    5. Sleeper piers
    6. Sleeper walls
    7. Deep strip foundations
    8. Reinforced strip foundations
    9. Thickened surface bed as foundation
    10. Light surface rafts
    11. Short bored piles
    12. Foundations on slopes
    13. Foundations on made-up ground or filling
  • The use of concrete includes an understanding of the processes and principles involved with the following:
    1. Mixing
    2. Transporting
    3. Placing and compacting
    4. Curing
    5. Testing
    6. Finishing
  • Elements of Super-structures include:
    1. Walling (concrete, timber, and masonry walls)
    2. Roofing (Including cladding)
    3. Window and door frames
    4. Built-in items
  • Finishing processes and elements include:
    1. Painting
    2. Tiling
    3. Plastering and screeds
    4. Glazing
    5. Ceilings and partitioning
    6. Finishing carpentry 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the building process and associated technologies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The building process is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The function of building elements are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Appropriate building technologies are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Economic factors that impact on the building process are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Environmental problems in buildings are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Methods of environmental control are identified and explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Understand and apply building sub-structure principles and methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The elements of sub-structures are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Types and functional requirements of floors are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Foundation types and their application are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Causes of sub-structure failure are identified and remedied. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Understand and apply concrete technology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Temporary support work, formwork and shuttering for concrete works are designed and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Reinforcing steel detail is extracted from drawings and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The principles, properties and use of concrete in building works are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The properties and application of concrete materials are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Concrete materials are applied to design concrete mixes in accordance with specifications and job requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Understand and apply building super-structure principles and methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The elements of super-structures are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The principles, processes and methods relating to super-structure works are understood and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The appropriate materials for super-structure works are identified and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Problems relating to super-structure works are identified and resolved. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Understand and apply building finishing processes and elements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Finishing processes and elements are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The principles, processes and methods relating to finishing works are understood and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The appropriate materials for finishing works are identified and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Problems relating to finishing works are identified and resolved. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the CETA - ETQA for "The National Diploma/Certificate in the Management of Building Construction Processes".
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the CETA - ETQA
  • CETA - ETQA, or other ETQA's who have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with CETA-ETQA, would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    I can understand and explain:
  • The building process
  • The function of building elements
  • Building technologies
  • Economic factors that impact on the building process
  • Environmental problems in buildings
  • Methods of environmental control
  • Foundation types and their application
  • Foundation selection relating to soil types
  • Types, functional requirements and construction principles for floors
  • Causes of sub-structure failure
  • Properties of concrete and the use of concrete in building works
  • Workability and segregation in concrete
  • Concrete materials and their properties, requirements and application
  • The processes and principles involved with the mixing, transporting, placing and compacting, curing, testing and finishing of concrete
  • Elements of super-structures
  • The principles, processes, methods and materials relating to super-structure works, including:
    1. Construction principles related to different materials used for super-structures
    2. Walling terminology, classifications, types of walls, functional requirements and construction principles and methods
    3. Roofing terminology, classifications, types of roofs, functional requirements and construction principles and methods
    4. Construction principles related to the erection of door and window frames, as well as built-in items
  • Possible problems relating to super-structure works
  • Types of finishing works
  • The principles, processes, methods and materials relating to finishing works
  • Possible problems relating to finishing works
  • Relevant and current Codes of Practice and National Building Regulations 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems

    Assessment Criteria
  • Problems relating to finishing works are identified and resolved
  • Methods of environmental control are identified and explained 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others

    Assessment Criteria
    The building process is explained 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management

    Specific Outcome
    Demonstrate an understanding of the building process and associated technologies. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information

    Assessment Criteria
  • Reinforcing steel detail is extracted from drawings and applied
  • Concrete materials are applied to design concrete mixes in accordance with specifications and job requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively

    Assessement Criteria
  • Economic factors that impact on the building process are identified and explained
  • Environmental problems in buildings are identified and explained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence

    Specific Outcome
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the building process and associated technologies
  • Understand and apply concrete technology
  • Understand and apply building super-structure principles and methods
  • Understand and apply building finishing processes and elements

    Assessment Criteria
    Concrete materials are applied to design concrete mixes in accordance with specifications and job requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand Contextual world-systems

    Assessment Criteria
  • Environmental problems in buildings are identified and explained
  • Methods of environmental control are identified and explained 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49196   National Certificate: Social Housing Property Development  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Elective  58780   Further Education and Training Certificate: Quantity Surveying  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  66089   National Certificate: Human Settlements Development  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  23675   National Certificate: Management of Building Construction Processes  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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. Academy for Construction Skills (Pty) Ltd (ACS) 
    2. Construction Resource Development Centre 
    3. Dego Consultants 
    4. Reflections Development Institute 
    5. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.