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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate electrical converters on electrical networks 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116439  Operate electrical converters on electrical networks 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Power Plant Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 3  NQF Level 03 
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 is for a person who operates electrical converters on electrical network under instruction from a control centre (Electrical Systems Operator). Learners credited with this unit standard can:

1. Safely operates electrical converter associated equipment
2. Stabilise transient conditions
3. Service plant
4. Monitor plant
5. Maintain regulatory requirements 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
1. The person understands the impact his/her specific plant has on the energy conversion process.
2. The person understands the dangers of chemicals used in his/her direct working environment.
3. The person is able to listen, question, observe, describe accurately and align with the sender's need.
4. The person is able to understand and respect people's values and beliefs, as well as those of the organisation and manage his/her actions in line with the above.
5. The person is able to understand one's own development requirements.
6. The person knows the concept, terms and theory of the specified technical field covering maths, Engineering science, electrical trade theory and power plant theory at N2 level.
7. The person understands the company's visions and manages his/her actions in line with it.
8. The person is able to recognise, confirm and report out of normal conditions 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
This unit standard includes the following:
1. Rectifiers
2. Battery chargers and or UPS 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Operate electrical converter associated equipment. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Equipment is verified to be ready for service prior to operation according to administrative requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Electrical operations on apparatus performed according to procedures and or instructions 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Out of normal conditions identified and reacted upon according to procedural requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Out of normal conditions are communicated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Operation of apparatus evaluated against expected performance 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
Operations performed are communicated in accordance with procedural requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
Necessary tools and or equipment obtained to operate apparatus according to operating requirements 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Stabilised transient and or emergency conditions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Transient and or emergency conditions are acknowledge, immediate situation analysed and acted upon according to procedural requirements and or instructions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Operating activities are prioritised according to emergency and or transient conditions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Transient and or emergency conditions are communicated according to administrative requirements 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Service electrical apparatus. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Tools and /or equipment is used according to operational requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Tools and/ or equipment to service and /or operate electrical apparatus is tested for safe operability, according workplace procedures 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Organisational environmental policy is adhered to during servicing of electrical apparatus 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Servicing activities are communicated according to administrative requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
House keeping standards are maintained according to work place procedures 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
Work orders performed according to administrative requirements 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Monitor electrical apparatus. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Formal and informal inspection 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Out of normal conditions are identified and acted upon according to operating procedures 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Monitored conditions are communicated according to administrative requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Out of normal conditions communicated are followed up according to requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Tools and equipment obtained to perform monitoring functions according to procedural requirements 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Maintain regulatory requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Personal protective equipment used as stipulated by the national and or organisational safety standards. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Safety hazards acted upon according to organisational requirements 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of operating electrical apparatus. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Impact on environment is understood in accordance with national or organisational environmental policies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Priority setting during plant operations is understood according to optimization principles. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Energy conversion process understanding is demonstrated according to specific plant requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The theory of application of relevant mechanical components is known and understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Electrical plant components application and interrelation to the plant is known and understood according to relevant theories. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
Control and protection system plant components application and interrelation to the plant is known and understood according to relevant theories. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
Regulatory requirements are known and understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
Dangers of process chemicals are known and understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
Incidents and trends related to specific plant operation are known and understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
Operating philosophies pertaining to plant operating procedures are known and understood. 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION 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.
3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established principles. Practical assessment activities will be used, which are appropriate to the contents in which qualifying learners are working. These activities will include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations etc.

The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge be assessed. The specific outcomes must be assessed in its own right, through oral and practical evidence. It cannot be assessed by observation only.

The specific outcomes and essential knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge, but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, then they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a learner is able to perform specific outcomes, but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as competent.

Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found, both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values. 

UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
1. The person has the knowledge to operate interrelated plant process and safety devices safely and efficiently.
2. The person has the knowledge for the accurate completion and processing of documentation.
3. The person understands the direct impact of decisions and actions on electrical apparatus
4. The person understands how to set priorities for self and own job requirements
5. The person is aware of and concerned about the impact his/her actions have on the environment.
6. The person knows and understands the theory of application of electrical and instrumentation components and it's interrelation to the plant.
7. The person understands mechanical components within his/her plant area
8. The person is aware of and understands the regulatory requirements, relevant to his/her plant area
9. The person understands the lessons learned from trends/incidents related to his/her specific plant. 

UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
N/A 

UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
N/A 


Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
Identify and solve problems

Assessment Criteria reference
  • Out of normal conditions identified and reacted upon according to procedural requirements.
  • Transient and or emergency conditions are acknowledge, immediate situation analysed and acted upon according to procedural requirements and or instructions.
  • Operating activities are prioritised according to emergency and or transient conditions.
  • Work orders performed according to administrative requirements
  • Out of normal conditions are identified and acted upon according to operating procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others

    Assessment Criteria reference
  • Electrical operations on apparatus performed according to procedures and or instructions
  • Out of normal conditions identified and reacted upon according to procedural requirements.
  • Transient and or emergency conditions are acknowledge, immediate situation analysed and acted upon according to procedural requirements and or instructions.
  • Operating activities are prioritised according to emergency and or transient conditions.
  • Transient and or emergency conditions are communicated according to administrative requirements
  • Tools and/ or equipment to service and /or operate electrical apparatus is tested for safe operability, according workplace procedures
  • Servicing activities are communicated according to administrative requirements
  • Out of normal conditions are identified and acted upon according to operating procedures
  • Monitored conditions are communicated according to administrative requirements
  • Out of normal conditions communicated are followed up according to requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities

    Assessment Criteria reference
  • Equipment is verified to be ready for service prior to operation according to administrative requirements
  • Electrical operations on apparatus performed according to procedures and or instructions
  • Out of normal conditions identified and reacted upon according to procedural requirements.
  • Out of normal conditions are communicated according to administrative requirements.
  • Operation of apparatus evaluated against expected performance
  • Operations performed are communicated in accordance with procedural requirements
  • Necessary tools and or equipment obtained to operate apparatus according to operating requirements
  • Transient and or emergency conditions are acknowledge, immediate situation analysed and acted upon according to procedural requirements and or instructions.
  • Operating activities are prioritised according to emergency and or transient conditions.
  • Transient and or emergency conditions are communicated according to administrative requirements
  • Tools and /or equipment is used according to operational requirements
  • Tools and/ or equipment to service and /or operate electrical apparatus is tested for safe operability, according workplace procedures
  • Organisational environmental policy is adhered to during servicing of electrical apparatus
  • Servicing activities are communicated according to administrative requirements
  • House keeping standards are maintained according to work place procedures
  • Work orders performed according to administrative requirements
  • Out of normal conditions are identified and acted upon according to operating procedures
  • Monitored conditions are communicated according to administrative requirements
  • Out of normal conditions communicated are followed up according to requirements
  • Tools and equipment obtained to perform monitoring functions according to procedural requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information

    Assessment Criteria reference
  • Out of normal conditions identified and reacted upon according to procedural requirements.
  • Out of normal conditions are communicated according to administrative requirements
  • Transient and or emergency conditions are acknowledge, immediate situation analysed and acted upon according to procedural requirements and or instructions.
  • Operating activities are prioritised according to emergency and or transient conditions
  • Work orders performed according to administrative requirements
  • Out of normal conditions are identified and acted upon according to operating procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively

    Assessment Criteria reference
  • Equipment is verified to be ready for service prior to operation according to administrative requirements
  • Electrical operations on apparatus performed according to procedures and or instructions
  • Out of normal conditions identified and reacted upon according to procedural requirements.
  • Operation of apparatus evaluated against expected performance
  • Transient and or emergency conditions are acknowledge, immediate situation analysed and acted upon according to procedural requirements and or instructions.
  • Operating activities are prioritised according to emergency and or transient conditions.
  • Transient and or emergency conditions are communicated according to administrative requirements
  • Tools and/ or equipment to service and /or operate electrical apparatus is tested for safe operability, according workplace procedures
  • Servicing activities are communicated according to administrative requirements
  • Work orders performed according to administrative requirements
  • Out of normal conditions are identified and acted upon according to operating procedures
  • Monitored conditions are communicated according to administrative requirements
  • Out of normal conditions communicated are followed up according to requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically

    Assessment Criteria reference
  • Out of normal conditions identified and reacted upon according to procedural requirements.
  • Out of normal conditions are communicated according to administrative requirements.
  • Transient and or emergency conditions are acknowledge, immediate situation analysed and acted upon according to procedural requirements and or instructions.
  • Operating activities are prioritised according to emergency and or transient conditions
  • Tools and/ or equipment to service and /or operate electrical apparatus is tested for safe operability, according workplace procedures
  • Out of normal conditions are identified and acted upon according to operating procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    The following references to assessment tools to be made available through out this unit standard
    1. Operate rectifiers
    2. Operate battery chargers

    Terminology used in this unit standard is consistent with the following:
  • Electricity Supply Industry in South Africa
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)
  • Dictionary for Electrical Systems Industry
    A candidate will be regarded not yet competent should the safety of people, plant and materials be jeopardized during any stage of the assessment on any criteria of this unit standard. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48978   Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Network Control  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


    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. ESKOM DUVHA POWER STATION - OPERATIONS 
    2. ESKOM KRIEL POWER STATION OPERATIONS TRAINING 
    3. ESKOM MEDUPI POWER STATION OPERATIONS TRAINING 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.