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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify materials, piping, fitting, jointing methods and insulation materials used for air-conditioning and refrigeration installations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116230  Identify materials, piping, fitting, jointing methods and insulation materials used for air-conditioning and refrigeration installations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Air-conditioning Refrigeration and Ventilation 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
9412  Identify materials, piping, fitting, jointing methods and insulation materials used for air-conditioning and refrigeration installations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Identify and state the purpose of the various materials, piping, fittings jointing methods, insulation and pipe securing/supporting fittings used in air-conditioning and refrigeration installations. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Ability to read and write. Use basic length measuring instruments. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Types of piping:
Soft and hard drawn copper refrigeration piping up to 1 1/8" (53 mm), copper water piping, brass, black and galvanized steel, Schedule 40 steel, aluminum, cast iron, stainless steel, PVC, polycop

Pipefittings:
Flare fittings, sweat fittings, flanged fittings, and compression fittings, slip-on glued, screwed, and welded. Elbows, tees, reducers, unions, adapters, couplings, gate valves, ball valves, check valves. Imperial and SI.

Pipe jointing methods:
Soft solder, brazing, phosphorous-copper brazing, brass brazing, filler material, flux, joining dissimilar materials, swaged connections, flared connections, compression fitting connections, screwed, welded, flanged, glued

Insulation materials:
Polystyrene, polyurethane, cork, flexible closed-cell rubber material. Slabs, shells and foam.
Type, diameter and wall thickness. vapour barrier, cladding.

Pipe support and securing fittings:
Horizontal brackets, vertical hangers, floor-mounted supports, saddle clamps. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
List, identify and state the application of various materials used for refrigeration and air-conditioning installation piping and fittings. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The various materials used in air-conditioning and refrigeration installation piping and fittings are identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Typical applications of the various materials are listed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Reasons for use of the various materials are discussed. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Identify and state application of various types and sizes of piping. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The various types and sizes of piping are identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Typical applications of and reasons for the use of the various types of piping are stated and discussed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The various sizes of piping are identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The handling and storage procedure of piping is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The importance of keeping piping clean and dry is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
The consequences of failing to keep piping sealed is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
The implications of mismatching piping and fittings are listed and explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Identify and state purpose of various pipefittings. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The various fittings, sizes and threads are listed and identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Typical applications of and reasons for the use the various fittings are stated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The various sizes of fittings are identified. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Identify and state purpose of various pipe-jointing methods. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The various jointing methods are identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Typical applications of and reasons for the use of one method over the other are named and discussed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Types of filler material and flux used in jointing of piping are identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Cleaning methods and use of solvents are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Identify and state purpose of insulation materials used in refrigeration and air-conditioning installations. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Different types of insulating material used for pipes and flat surfaces are identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The purpose of insulating material is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Types and aim of vapour barrier and cladding are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Implications of insufficient insulation and improper application of vapour barrier is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Identify and state the purpose and applications of pipe support and securing fittings. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The methods of supporting and securing piping are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The various types of support and securing fittings are identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The various sizes of support and securing fittings are identified. 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
Any person wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, who may appoint a moderator to be present at the assessment.
The assessor must have knowledge and experience of air-conditioning and refrigeration 

UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Identifying correct piping, fittings and insulation materials.
  • Explaining purpose of piping, fittings, jointing methods and insulation materials and applications.
  • Implication of selecting over- or undersized or mismatching piping and fittings.
  • Handling, retrieval and storage of piping, fittings and insulation materials.
  • Manufacturer's and/or work instructions or company guidelines regarding handling and storage of piping, fittings and insulation materials. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems
  • Identifying refrigerant piping and fittings, materials, jointing methods and insulation and vapour barrier materials 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others
  • Assisting Level 3 Trade hand (Mechanic) by supplying correct piping and/or fittings 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage myself and my activities responsibly and effectively
  • Selecting required piping and/or fitting and retrieving from stores 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively
  • By oral or written stores' order for piping and/or fittings. Communicating with Level 3 Trade hand (Mechanic) 

  • 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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard, 9412, "Identify materials, piping, fitting, jointing methods and insulation materials used for air-conditioning and refrigeration installations", Level 2, 5 credits.

    Supplementary information:
    Specific requirements are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Manufacturer's instructions regarding the handling of piping, fittings and insulation materials.
  • Company procedures and guidelines regarding retrieval of piping, fittings and insulation material from stores. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48959   National Certificate: Air-conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-03-12  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  65449   National Certificate: Air-conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    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. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    2. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Umbumbulu Campus 
    3. COLLEGE OF CAPE TOWN (Pinelands Campus)(DTTC) 
    4. IFIHLILE TRAINING ACADEMY GAUTENG (PTY) LTD (Halfway House)(TP) 
    5. Industries Education & Training Institute (MAITLAND) (TP) 
    6. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE - PE TTC 
    7. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE - PORT ELIZABETH 
    8. MCD Training Centre (Pty) Ltd (VEREENIGING) (TP) 
    9. Service Corps T/A Works Training School (ELANDSFONTEIN) (TP) 
    10. Shukela Training Centre 
    11. Tekmation (Pty) Ltd T/A Tekmation Training Institute (DURBAN) (TP) 
    12. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus 
    13. Umgungundlovu FET College - Plessislaer Campus 
    14. Wavelength T.T.I 
    15. Winters Business Enterprise T/A Winters Tradesman Technical Tuition (PRETORIA) (TP) 



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