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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate basic test equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
10493  Operate basic test equipment 
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 2  NQF Level 02 
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 focuses on the field of Customer Premises Equipment (CPE).

A learner credited with this unit standard is capable of:
  • Planning to operate basic test equipment
  • Preparing for operating basic test equipment
  • Operating basic test equipment
  • Concluding the operation of basic test equipment

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of any learner within the Telecommunications environment, more specifically within CPE by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field. The knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated in this unit standard are essential for upliftment, social and economic transformation in the Telecommunications environment. 

  • 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.
  • Numeracy.
  • Principles of electricity. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this unit standard includes but not limited to:
  • Mini Test Set, Balco-meter, Earth Tester, Multi-meter, Technician`s Telephone Handset (Buttinsky) and Probe and Tone Set.
  • The context of this unit standard is performed within structures where stationery, transportation, support structure, communication media, employer`s policies and procedures, cultural ethics, business ethics, work environment, professional conduct, test equipment, tools, human resources, customer, material, equipment, quality standards, SABS standards, and anti-static procedures are applicable.

    The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because the learner has:
  • Familiarity with local knowledge and contexts.
  • Well-developed literacy skills, numeracy skills and basic operational knowledge.
  • An ability to use the above to select and apply known solutions to well-defined routine problems.
  • An ability to summarise and give an opinion on given information.
  • A capacity to work in a disciplined and responsible manner n a supervised learning environment. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan for operating basic test equipment 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The circumstances for testing are determined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Reasons for testing are determined according to job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The type of test equipment to be used is determined according to job specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare for operating basic test equipment 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The testing equipment is obtained according to employer's policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The test point is located according to job specifications and the site is prepared according to health and safety standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The user manuals are consulted and testing equipment is set-up according to manufacturer's specifications and job specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Functionality test on test equipment is conducted and test equipment is connected to equipment according to manufacturer's specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Operate basic test equipment 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The user manuals are consulted to follow test procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Basic test equipment is operated and test is performed on equipment according to manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The test results are interpreted accurately and according to job specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Test results are recorded accurately and according to employer's policies and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conclude operating basic test equipment 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The testing equipment is restored according to manufacture's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Site is restored according to health and safety standards, customer's requirements and employer's policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Test records are updated and documentation is completed according to the job specifications and employer's policies and procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accreditation Options:
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an Assessor with the relevant ETQA.
    2. 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 Option:
    1. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Skills, Knowledge and Understanding:
  • Use oral and written communication when liaising with customers and role players.
  • Compile documentation when operating tests.
  • Apply decision-making and problem solving skills before and during testing.
  • Demonstrate understanding of product facilities and operations.
  • Follow employer`s policies and procedures.
  • Reach agreement with the customer through negotiation.
  • Facilitate co-operation between role-players.
  • Apply electrical current principles during testing.
  • Apply faultfinding procedures during testing.
  • Utilizes test equipment during testing procedures.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the correct use of tools.
  • Demonstrate computer literacy. 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify barriers pertaining to operating basic test equipment and developed strategies to overcome them. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Plan and work effectively with role players to ensure that plans for operating basic test equipment are agreed upon and that all requirements are met. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Manage activities in terms of preparation, planning, conducting and concluding operating basic test equipment effectively to ensure an accurate and professional service delivery. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Be culturally sensitive across a range of social contexts when consulting customers and role players. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate the functionality of the tested equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Conduct testing to ensure effective integration on the network. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    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 judgements 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 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Legal Requirements:

    Compliance to the following legal requirements and standards are mandatory:
  • Manufacturer`s specifications.
  • Environmental Management System.
  • Independent Communication Authority of South Africa.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  21798   Certificate: Telecommunications for Customer Premises Equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-10-03  Was MICTS until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  78963   National Certificate: Telecommunications for Customer Premises Equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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. Imbalenhle Learning Academy 
    2. In Excess Trading 22 T/A ATTI Polokwane 
    3. Mass Computer Training And Printers 
    4. Nextgen Training Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    5. Torque Technical Computer Training (Pty) Ltd 



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