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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Install fire alarm and detection systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
254317  Install fire alarm and detection systems 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Engineering 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Engineering and Related Design 
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 be useful to people who work in a fire engineering context and are required to install fire alarm and detection systems in single or multi-storey buildings.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fire alarm and detection components.
  • Prepare to install fire alarm and detection components.
  • Install fire alarm and detection components.
  • Test fire alarm and detection system. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation for this unit standard is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 2.
  • Read and interpret engineering drawings at NQF Level 3.
  • Use and maintain engineering hand tools at NQF Level 2.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding towards occupational health and safety regulatory requirements at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Fire alarms include audible, visual and remote signaling devices.
  • Fire detectors include mechanical and electrical detectors for heat, flame and smoke.

    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of fire alarm and detection components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The basic chemistry of combustion is described in accordance with accepted fire industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Components are identified and the purpose of each component is described in terms of its main uses and limitations in the system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Consequences of incorrect installation are explained in terms of the effect on the system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Different fire risk zones are described in accordance with SANS 10139. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Static electricity is described in terms of the risks involved and precautionary measures that may be taken. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to install fire alarm and detection components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Building plans and schematic diagrams are interpreted to identify location of components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools, equipment and components required for the installation are identified and prepared for use in accordance with the given design. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The installation task is confirmed with relevant authorities in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Permission to install the system is confirmed with relevant personnel in accordance with relevant safety legislation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Install fire alarm and detection components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Components are installed in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Components are positioned in accordance with contract documentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Cables are installed in accordance with SANS 10142. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Work is conducted in accordance with relevant health and safety legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Work is conducted in accordance with agreed time schedules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Tools and equipment are used in accordance with their design. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Power supply circuit breakers are labelled in accordance with health and safety legislation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Test fire alarm and detection system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Continuity of wiring is checked in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Test equipment is used in accordance with its design. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Work is conducted in accordance with relevant health and safety legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant documentation is completed in accordance with legislative requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant SETA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider by the relevant SETA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.

    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Basic chemistry of combustion.
  • Fire detection components and their purpose.
  • Fire risk zones.
  • Effect of static electricity.
  • Workplace procedures.
  • Manufacturer specifications.
  • Relevant health and safety legislation.
  • How to complete relevant documentation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The ability of the learner to identify and solve problems through analysing requirements and providing appropriate solutions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The ability of the learner to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group organisation or community through interacting with others in the performance of work duties. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The ability of the learner to organise and manage him/her self responsibly and effectively through adhering to operational requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The ability of the learner to collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information through analysing data relevant to the work tasks. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The ability of the learner to communicate effectively in the modes of oral and/or written presentation through completing relevant documentation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The ability of the learner to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others through minimising the risk of fire. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The ability of the learner to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems through describing the consequences of poor performance. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The ability of the learner to contribute to own full personal development is demonstrated through working autonomously against national standards. 

    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 
    Terminology:
  • Terminology used in this unit standard is commonly used within the fire engineering industry and does not require specific explanations. 

  • 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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