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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain fire alarm and detection systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
254398  Maintain 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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 maintain fire alarm and detection systems in single or multi-storey buildings.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of maintaining fire alarm and detection systems.
  • Test fire alarm and detection systems.
  • Repair fire alarm and detection systems.
  • Report maintenance procedures. 

  • 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 3.
  • Install fire alarm and detection systems at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    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 maintaining fire alarm and detection systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different types of power supply systems are identified and described in terms of their applicability to the system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different fire alarm and detection systems are described in terms of their main functions and maintenance procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Maintenance tasks and relevant equipment are described in accordance with accepted industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Maintenance intervals are identified in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Safety requirements are described as they relate to specific zones. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Test fire alarm and detection equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The functionality of components and ancillary devices are confirmed to be in accordance with design criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The power supply system is tested in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tests are conducted without causing damage to property or equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Work is conducted in accordance with legislative safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The system is confirmed to be operational in accordance with design criteria. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Repair fire alarm and detection systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Faults with the system are identified and repaired or reported in accordance with design criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Replacement components are identified in terms of applicability and availability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Components are replaced in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Recommendations are made in relation to additions and rectifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Report maintenance procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The system is confirmed to be in accordance with the design. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant documentation is completed in accordance with legislative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Documentation is distributed in accordance with legislative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The end user is briefed on the operation of the system in accordance with system requirements and user responsibilities. 


    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:
  • Different types of power supply systems.
  • Different fire alarm and detection systems.
  • Maintenance intervals.
  • Safety requirements.
  • Workplace procedures.
  • Manufacturer specifications.
  • Relevant health and safety legislation.
  • How to complete relevant documentation.
  • How to brief users on requirements. 

  • 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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