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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Terminate metallic telecommunication cables 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246723  Terminate metallic telecommunication cables 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Telecommunications 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 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 will contribute to the full development of any learner within the Telecommunications environment, more specifically within the cable environment by providing the skills to perform the Installing of metallic communication cables within this field. This skill forms the basis for the performance of duties in the day to day operations of cable Installation occupations at NQF Levels 4 and 5.

The knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated in this unit standard are essential for upliftment, social and economic transformation in the Telecommunications environment.

The qualifying learner is capable of demonstrating the:
  • Preparation for the termination of metallic telecommunication cables.
  • Preparation of cables for termination.
  • Termination of metallic telecommunication cables.
  • Conclusion of the termination of metallic telecommunication cables.

    The learning outcomes in this unit standard contribute to the exit level outcomes which provide qualifying learners with access to a range of further learning in this field at NQF Level 4 and above, in the form of workplace based learning programmes for occupationally focused qualifications. Qualifying learners also have an understanding of the science and technology which underpins these activities. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The learning assumed to be in place should be on the same level of this unit standard or higher:
  • Communication and Language Studies.
  • Mathematics and Numeracy, Sciences.
  • Recognition and use of general hand and power tools.
  • Knowledge and skills related to installation techniques. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this unit standard includes but is not limited to:
  • Shielded and unshielded twisted pair cables.
  • Single and multiple pair cables.
  • Air core and jelly/foam filled.
  • Various conductor diameters and insulation types.
  • Contained cables and open wires.
  • Underground and overhead cables.
  • Light duty coaxial cables.
  • Termination blocks include connectors, frames and modules.
  • Termination methods include wire wrapped, soldered, impact, screw and crimped. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare for the termination of metallic telecommunication cables. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Work order and termination documentation is obtained in accordance with employer's policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work order for metallic telecommunication cables meets departmental format requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Instructions for implementing of the activities are provided to relevant role players, with clear indication of methods, resources and time frames. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant material, equipment and tools are identified and obtained in accordance with work order. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Health and safety requirements are applied in accordance with statutory requirements and employer's policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Site inspection is carried out according to site specific procedures and safety standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Preparation is done effectively in terms of the customer order to ensure accurate and professional service delivery. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare cables for termination. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety area is set up by displaying signs of work in progress according to safety standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A safe environment is established by testing for noxious gasses and adhering to safety requirements as indicated in work and safety instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Cable ends are cleaned according to specifications and company policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Cable pairs are identified and ends are routed into termination position according to work order. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Termination block is installed according to work order. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Tails are secured into position according to policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Different types of termination blocks are identified, described and explained according manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Type of cable and sequencing is identified and explained according work instruction information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Health and safety requirements are applied in accordance with statutory requirements and employer's policies and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Terminate metallic telecommunication cables. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different termination methods for the various cables are explained according to set standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The correct termination method is used in terms of set written standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The termination is done according to manufacturer's specification and company policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Terminated cable is electrically earthed and conforms to manufacturer's specification and company policies and procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Outdoor connectors are weather proofed according to manufacturer's specification and company policies and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conclude the termination of metallic telecommunication cables. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Quality reporting sheets are completed of the work carried out in accordance written instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The site is restored to an acceptable condition according to policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The blueprint is updated to explain the "as built" point distribution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Work order documentation is completed on test results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Termination methods are explained correctly. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Only ETQA registered assessors with specific expertise in cable jointing may assess a learner against this unit standard.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant SETA/ETQA.
  • 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 
  • Interpretation of work orders.
  • Terminating methods for different cables.
  • Types of termination blocks.
  • Tools and equipment related to the termination of metallic telecommunication cables.
  • Terminology within termination of metallic telecommunication orders.
  • Securing methods related to termination of cables.
  • Different termination methods for various cables.
  • Causes and effects of incorrect termination of metallic telecommunication cables.
  • Terminating methods and techniques.
  • Electrical grounding and bonding techniques.
  • Weather proofing of outdoor connectors.
  • Problem solving techniques during termination.
  • Company policies and procedures related to termination of cables.
  • Application of manufacturer's specifications related to termination of cables.
  • Health and safety related to termination of metallic telecommunication cables.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using different termination blocks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to the achievement of the termination of telecommunication cables relevant competencies. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with stakeholders to ensure that the termination is done are operating correctly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and one's activities so that all requirements are met in achieving competence in the termination of telecommunication cables. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners are able to communicate effectively with others to ensure that the termination is done correctly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems in that the termination of telecommunication cables does 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 program of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of:
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more.
  • Effectively participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities.
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities learners with applied competence and a basis for further learning.
  • The learner contribute to his/her own development. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because the learner:
  • Has basic knowledge of some main areas of a discipline/field.
  • Has basic understanding of a discipline/field's key term, rules, concepts, principles and theories.
  • Is familiar with some of the essential methods, procedures and techniques of the discipline/field.
  • Has the ability to use the above to solve routine problems within given frameworks.
  • Has a basic information gathering, analysis and presentation skill.
  • Has the ability to communicate information reliably and accurately in the required medium of instruction.
  • Has the capacity to operate within clearly defined contexts, with limited scope for personal decision-making and responsibility.
  • Learn within a well-structured and managed environment.
  • Evaluate own performance against given criteria.

    Legal Requirements:

    Compliance to the following legal requirements and standards are mandatory:
  • Employer's Policies and Procedures.
  • Environmental Management System.
  • Independent Communications Authority of South Africa.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • National and International Standards.
  • Local Metropolitan Council Regulations.

    Notes to Assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Ensure that the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgments should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the Assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means Assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.
  • Requirements for a portfolio are that it should be valid, reliable and authentic evidence (presented as a portfolio of evidence) from past achievements and experience, which serves to supplement the assessment of applied competence.

    The portfolio may include:
  • Written statements from persons (e.g. current and/or previous employer, colleague, peer, manager, external customers) confirming competence of the learner.
  • Relevant certificates or awards.
  • Previous assessment records.
  • Journals/logbook. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59057   Further Education and Training Certificate: Telecommunication Network Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    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. FORTEL INVESTMENT CC 
    2. TELKOM SA SOC LTD 
    3. Tira Telecoms 
    4. Triple Play Fibre Optic Solutions 



    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.