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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform operational activities on pressurised transmission mediums 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246724  Perform operational activities on pressurised transmission mediums 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Telecommunications 
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 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 
Learners credited with this unit standard are able to perform activities on the pressurisation of telecommunication cables within the Telecommunications Industry.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Prepare for the pressurization of transmission mediums.
  • Install pressurization systems.
  • Maintain and repair pressurization systems.
  • Conclude the pressurization of transmission mediums.

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of any learner within the Telecommunications Industry and more specifically in the transmission mediums discipline by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field. The knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated in this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the Telecommunications environment.
    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:
  • Communication and Language.
  • Basic Mathematics.
  • Basic Computer literacy.
  • Basic Electricity and Electronics.
  • Recognition and use of general hand and power tools.
  • Cable network knowledge.
  • Jointing and joint closure information.
  • Termination point knowledge.
  • General Health and safety regulations.
  • Testing equipment knowledge (tester cable joint, Multi-meters). 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this unit standard includes but is not limited to:
  • NIDA2.
  • Dehydrators.
  • Flow panels.
  • Monitoring systems.
  • Pressure and humidity transducers.
  • Air pipes, bypass units, manifolds and valves.
  • Block joints. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Preparation is made for the pressurisation of transmission mediums. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work order for implementation is explained and interpreted correctly with clear indications of methods, media, resources and time frames. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All role players are consulted and all logistic arrangements are made and described. 

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Communicate effectively with the customer in order to ensure accurate and professional service delivery in terms of set company guide lines. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Install pressurisation systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A safe work area is established according to health and safety requirements and employer's policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Pressurisation equipment is installed according to policies and procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including but not limited to:
  • Flow panels, Acquisition Units, Transducers, Valves, air bypass units, air pipes, block joints and dehydrators.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Maintain and repair pressurisation systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Acquisition Units and flow panel conforms to quality criteria for possible fault conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All relevant tests are completed and results are correctly diagnosed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Fault condition is located and repaired to the appropriate specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Health and safety requirements are applied in accordance with statutory requirements and employer's policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The operation of pressurised systems are explained and described according design specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conclude the pressurisation of transmission mediums. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Final pressure checks are performed and recorded according to manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ensure that the monitoring system is operating correctly according to company policies and procedures and system operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The site condition is restored according to policies and procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • 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 
  • Names, functions, locations of physical equipment, process, concepts are defined.
  • Sensory clues provided by environment are deciphered.
  • Process, events, causes and effects, implications on the system is looked at.
  • Working procedures and techniques are looked at.
  • Regulations, legislation, agreements and policies and procedures.

    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others (clients and colleagues) as a member of a team, group or organisation to ensure that the pressurised network is functioning correctly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself in the work area and our activities responsibly and effectively to complete tasks within the pressurised network environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect and analyse network information and critically evaluate the effect of it on work performance. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively (with clients and colleagues), using visual and/or language skills when performing operational activities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Learners are able to demonstrate an understanding of the telecommunication equipment as a set of interrelated processes. Demonstrate an understanding of the world, as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exists in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to his/her full personal development and the social and economic development of the society at large by being aware of the importance of:
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities.
  • 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 
    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.
  • These methods must be carefully selected based on the purpose of the assessment (For example, the written method of assessing knowledge or on-job demonstration of practical competence). The assessment must integrate a number of different methods in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes.
  • Candidates are assessed against these assessment criteria. An assessor observes currently employed candidates carrying out their normal work duties. They may also be asked to carry out simulated tasks and to answer written and/or oral questions. Candidates studying towards a Unit Standard, and who are not currently employed, will also be assessed using variety of assessment tools.

    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. TELKOM SA SOC LTD 
    2. Tira Telecoms 
    3. Triple Play Fibre Optic Solutions 



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