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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Inspect and maintain electrical control panels and circuitry as used for air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation installations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116466  Inspect and maintain electrical control panels and circuitry as used for air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation 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 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 
  • To inspect and maintain electrical panels used to feed power to and control air-conditioning, refrigeration or ventilation plants
  • To ensure that panels will operate safely and correctly and that no loose connection will cause damage.
  • To replace any faulty electrical components. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Understanding basics of electricity.
  • Apply and maintain safety in an electrical environment.
  • Use and care of tools and test instruments.
  • Identification of air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation equipment.
  • Identification of electrical components and accessories.
  • Interpret electrical, civil and mechanical drawings and sketches.
  • Sketch and construct single-phase and three-phase circuits.
  • Knowledge of the operation of air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Work site instructions:
    Job cards, work requests and maintenance schedules.
    Cleaning tools:
    Blowers, vacuum cleaners, extension leads, brushes, waste, rags, cleaning solvents.
    Personal protective equipment:
    Overalls, aprons, safety glasses, safety shoes, face shields, masks.
    Electrical testing instruments:
    Voltmeter, ammeter, multimeters, insulation resistance testers and line testers. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare to inspect and maintain electrical panels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Task instructions are obtained and understood (interpreted). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Portable cleaning equipment is selected and checked for safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Electrical testing instruments are selected and tested for safety and operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Personal protection equipment is selected and checked for safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Correct cleaning solvents and materials as per works place procedures are selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The panel to be cleaned and maintained is identified correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Arrangements are made with the relevant persons to isolate the electrical control panel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Persons affected by plant outage are informed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Written permission to carry out the work is obtained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Consequences of incorrect use of cleaning materials and/or methods, solvents and materials are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Inspect and maintain electrical control panel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Confirmation that panel is isolated and locked out as per work site procedures is obtained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Panel enclosures, hinges, locking devices and weather seals are visually inspected for defects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Panel is cleaned using approved cleaning materials and solvents as per work place standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Correct and safe use of cleaning materials and equipment as per safety standard is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    No damage occurred to components and/or cleaning equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    All electrical control panel labels are checked. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Presence of electrical wiring diagram and operating instructions is checked. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Appropriate use of personal protective equipment is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Inspect and maintain electrical circuitry in electrical control panels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Confirmation that electrical control panel is isolated and locked out as per work site procedures is obtained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All connections are checked for tightness, proper contact and correct size. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Electrical control panel components are blown out or vacuumed using the appropriate equipment and safety procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    No damage occurred to components and/or cleaning equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    All indication lights, components and instruments are checked for proper working order. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Faulty components are identified and replaced 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Sequence operation of all components is checked and found to be as per the operating instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Any changes made to the electrical control panel are recorded on the wiring diagram and the operating instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conclude the inspection and maintenance of electrical panels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Electrical control panel is re-energised and locked. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All defects and suspected faults are recorded and reported in line with work site instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All defective components are correctly disposed of in accordance with work site instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The cleaning solvents are properly sealed/closed and correctly stored to prevent hazardous fumes, substance spillage and risk of fire. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    All equipment is returned to the store as per work site housekeeping instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Job card and maintenance report are completed as per work site instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Relevant persons are informed that the work is completed. 


    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 
  • The importance of a correctly operating electrical panel for an air-conditioning, refrigeration or ventilation installations.
  • Safe working procedures.
  • The use and application of chemical cleaning solvents.
  • The use of electrically operated cleaning tools. 

  • 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 actual and possible electrical faults in electrical control panels 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others
  • Co-operation with co-workers and client 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage myself and my activities responsibly and effectively
  • Selecting required cleaning tools, testing instruments and cleaning solvents 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively
  • By oral or written means communicate with superiors and clients. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically
  • By understanding the plant operating sequences. 

  • 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 
    Supplementary information:

    Specific requirements are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Company procedures and guidelines regarding retrieval of piping, fittings and insulation material from stores.
  • The OHS Act, or
  • SANS 10142-1.
    All work to be done with panels correctly de-energised.

    Any person learning towards the National Certificate in Air-conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation at NQF level 3 shall not work on electrical equipment or electrical control panels unless such person has been assessed competent in the unit standards on NQF levels 2 and 3 involving electrical work on such equipment or control panels and feels confident and comfortable to carry out such work. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48963   National Certificate: Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-03-12  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  65509   Further Education and Training Certificate: Air-conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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. IFIHLILE TRAINING ACADEMY GAUTENG (PTY) LTD (Halfway House)(TP) 
    2. Industries Education & Training Institute (MAITLAND) (TP) 
    3. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE - PE TTC 
    4. Service Corps T/A Works Training School (ELANDSFONTEIN) (TP) 
    5. Shukela Training Centre 
    6. Tekmation (Pty) Ltd T/A Tekmation Training Institute (DURBAN) (TP) 
    7. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus 
    8. Wavelength T.T.I 
    9. Winters Business Enterprise T/A Winters Tradesman Technical Tuition (PRETORIA) (TP) 



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