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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of intruder alarm systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244316  Demonstrate an understanding of intruder alarm systems 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Security 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  11 
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 electronic security industry who sell, plan, install or service intruder alarm systems. The unit standard is for persons who need to understand the concepts and principles of intruder alarm systems, how they operate and what their function are. It is intended for installers, specifiers, sales people, technicians and anyone who will be involved in any aspect of intruder alarm systems. Learners will understand the theory associated with intruder alarm systems and the functions of the components in intruder alarm systems.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic theory intruder alarm systems.
  • Explain the theory associated with intruder detectors.
  • Determine intruder alarm systems requirements. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Communication at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Operational requirements may include but are not limited to, agreed customer requirements, legal compliance, manufacturer's requirements, health and safety, industry standards and operational standards.
  • Intruder alarm devices may include but are not limited to active infrared beam, passive infrared detector, passive/microwave detector, control panel, digital communicator, glass break detector, keypad, magnetic contact, microwave detector, panic switch, radio transceiver, radio transmitter, remote, shock sensor, siren, seismic detector, ultrasonic detector and warning device, transformers, expanders.
  • Intruder alarm system technology may include but is not limited to digital communicators, radio transmitters, control systems, detection devices, GPRS, GSM, TCP/IP.
  • Intruder alarm system/application may include but is not limited to alarms systems, panic systems, integrated systems. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain theory of intruder alarm systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Intruder alarm systems are explained according to their purpose and operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Operational requirements may include but are not limited to functional requirements, manufacturers specifications, health and safety, minimum standards, company requirements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Terminology is explained to indicate the features and functions used in intruder alarm systems. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Terminology may include but is not limited to Alarm condition, alarm memory, arming, away mode, bypass, catch performance, closed circuit, delay zone, disarming, double end of line, downloading, dual reporting, duress, end of line, end user, entry/exit time, event log, false alarm, fail to communicate, fault condition, follower zone, force arming, hardwire system, installer code, installer lockout, instant zone, interior follower, interior zone, intruder alarm system, nuisance alarm, night mode, open circuit, open/close reports, partition, pet immune, programming, protected premises, reporting codes, RF immunity, sounder, split reporting, stay mode, supervision, swinger shutdown, tamper, uploading, user code, walk test, warning device, wireless system, zone doubling, zone response time.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Intruder alarm systems devices are described in terms of their functionality in an application. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Devices may include but are not limited to control panel, keypad, magnetic contact, power supply equipment, passive infrared detectors, active infrared detector, radio transmitter, radio receiver, remote, siren.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    False alarms are described in terms of causes, effects and reductions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Power consumption is calculated to meet intruder alarm systems requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Power consumption must include but is not limited to normal operation, operation in alarm and backup power.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the theory associated with intruder detectors. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Detector technology theory is explained to understand the principles underlying detection. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Detector technology may include but is not limited to infrared theory, passive infrared, far infrared, microwave, Doppler effect, quad, pulse count, temperature compensation, digital and analogue, white light immunity, RF immunity, anti - masking, dual technology, Fresnel lens, infrared energy, masking, mirror lens, pet friendly.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Intruder detector types are explained in terms of their advantages and limitations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Detector types may include but is not limited to passive infrared, active infrared, microwave, dual technology, switches, magnetic contacts, glassbreak, 12 volt smoke detectors, pet friendly.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Detector types are identified in an application. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Determine intruder alarm systems requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment requirements are determined in an application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Functional requirements are determined in an application. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Functional requirements may include but are not limited to detector placement, mounting heights, environmental conditions, device selection, protection levels.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reasons and methods of documenting the installation are explained for record keeping purposes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range - Documentation may include but is not limited to Programming worksheets, work orders, user manuals, plans, formal documents and diagrams.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Power and earthing requirements for electronic security systems and components.
  • Company and client confidentiality requirements.
  • OHS requirements and safe work practices. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems when working with security systems/equipment, ensuring possible obstacles can be anticipated and alternative solutions/options implemented. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and ones activities ensuring all possible scenarios` when working with security systems/equipment are taken into account. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when working with security systems/equipment ensuring accurate information is used in the installation process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with clients and colleagues, ensuring all parties are sure of exactly what is required. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively when working with security systems/equipment, ensuring systems/equipment will function optimally. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate the world as a set of related systems whereby an ineffective electronic security system could lead to loss or damage to the client. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    In order to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, it must be the intention underlying any program of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively. 

    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
    Elective  58697   Further Education and Training Certificate: Electronic Security Installation Practices  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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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    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.