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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plan, organise and control piling operations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116686  Plan, organise and control piling operations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  20 
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 
The qualifying learner is capable of:
Integrating knowledge and understanding of safety legislation, soil types, plant and equipment and construction site procedures with skills for planning, organising and controlling a range of activities associated with piling operations.

The competencies contained in this unit standard form part of the Elective learning of this qualification and extend beyond the mechanical completion of tasks associated with piling operations and contribute towards the professional development of the learner by equipping him/her with enhanced knowledge and skills for the effective supervision of piling operations that are carried out in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety Legislation and Regulations and industry requirements for cost-effective and quality workmanship completed within prescribed deadlines.

This unit standard further contributes to socio-economic transformation in that learners will be able to undergo RPL-assessment and receive recognition for previous learning and experience, thereby enhancing the employability and career prospects of learners within the Civil Engineering Construction field. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
The following competencies will support the learner in the achievement of this unit standard:
  • Language and Communication in an official language at NQF Level 4
  • Language and Communication in a second official language at NQF Level 3
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 4
  • Computer literacy at NQF Level 2
  • Read and interpret drawings and specifications at NQF Level 4 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this unit standard:
  • Plant and Equipment used in piling operations includes but is not limited to: large Auger drilling rig, bore rig, driven displacement cast in-situ,
  • Range of soil analysis includes but is not limited to: bearing capacity. hard or soft soil structure, presence of subsurface water, presence of rock layers or boulders
  • Risk assessment includes but is not limited to: Safety of plant, equipment and personnel, location of surrounding structures and services and their impact on the safety of operations to be carried out, placement of materials 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Read and interpret piling drawings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Types and sizes of piles are accurately determined from engineer's drawings 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Available soil information is analysed and used in the estimation of required resources 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Quantities of each type and size of pile are accurately calculated from engineer's drawings 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Required resources are estimated in accordance with the quantities calculated 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Plan resources for execution of piling works. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Volumes of concrete and tonnages of steel reinforcing required for piling works are calculated 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Soil information is assessed and the types of plant and equipment required for completion of works is determined 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Required plant, equipment and personnel for the safe and successful completion of works is determined 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Assess site accessibility and plan set out. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Site is assessed for accessibility of equipment and client is notified if additional work is required to allow for equipment to be brought onto site 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Site layout is planned and areas for the erection of site offices and layout areas for materials are allocated 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Risk assessment is carried out and procedures for the safe execution of works are compiled 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Setting out of pile positions are monitored for compliance in accordance with engineer's drawings 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Procure equipment, tools and resources for executing piling operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment, tools and materials are procured in accordance with program requirements and site procedures 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment, tools and materials are delivered on site in accordance with the required sizes and quantities 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Personnel are inducted and coached on the safe use of equipment, tools and materials for specific piling operations to be carried out on site 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Execute works in accordance with program requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pile depths and sizes are continuously checked for variances against soil information provided 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Additional design information is obtained, or depth or size of required piles is reassessed when variances are detected 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Piling works are executed and controlled in accordance with risk assessment procedures and site program requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All work is carried out in accordance with health and safety legislation and site procedures 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Complete works and hand over site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All piles are installed in accordance with site program requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All pile types, sizes and depths are accurately recorded 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All deliveries of materials and quantities of plant, tools and equipment are recorded on a daily basis 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Excess materials are either stored or removed from site in accordance with site program requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Tools and equipment are removed from site and the site is cleared 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Site is handed over to client in accordance with site procedures 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA for this unit standard or a similar unit standard at a higher NQF Level.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA
  • The relevant ETQA or other ETQA's who have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with relevant ETQA would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.
  • Different soil types and techniques for interpreting soil information and assessing soil types
  • Different types of plant and equipment, production capability and techniques for operating piling plant and equipment
  • Procedures and techniques for compiling and maintaining jacking operations records on project sites 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems

    Evident in the following specific outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Read and interpret piling drawings
  • Quantities of each type and size of pile are accurately calculated from engineer's drawings
  • Required resources are estimated in accordance with the quantities calculated

    Plan resources for execution of piling works
  • Volumes of concrete and tonnages of steel reinforcing required for piling works are calculated
  • Soil information is assessed and the types of plant and equipment required for completion of works is determined

    Assess site accessibility and plan set out
  • Site is assessed for accessibility of equipment and client is notified if additional work is required to allow for equipment to be brought onto site
  • Risk assessment is carried out and procedures for the safe execution of works are compiled 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others

    Evident in the following specific outcome and assessment criteria:

    Procure equipment, tools and resources for executing piling operations
  • Personnel are inducted and coached on the safe use of equipment, tools and materials for specific piling operations to be carried out on site 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management

    Evident in the following specific outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Assess site accessibility and plan set out
  • Site layout is planned and areas for the erection of site offices and layout areas for materials are allocated

    Procure equipment, tools and resources for executing piling operations
  • Equipment, tools and materials are procured in accordance with program requirements and site procedures

    Complete works and hand over site
  • Excess materials are either stored or removed from site in accordance with site program requirements
  • Tools and equipment are removed from site and the site is cleared 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information

    Evident in the following specific outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Read and interpret piling drawings
  • Types and sizes of piles are accurately determined from engineer's drawings
  • Available soil information is analysed and used in the estimation of required resources

    Complete works and hand over site
  • All pile types, sizes and depths are accurately recorded
  • All deliveries of materials and quantities of plant, tools and equipment are recorded on a daily basis 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively

    Evident in the following specific outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Procure equipment, tools and resources for executing piling operations
  • Personnel are inducted and coached on the safe use of equipment, tools and materials for specific piling operations to be carried out on site 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence

    Evident in the following specific outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Assess site accessibility and plan set out
  • Setting out of pile positions are monitored for compliance in accordance with engineer's drawings

    Procure equipment, tools and resources for executing piling operations
  • Equipment, tools and materials are delivered on site in accordance with the required sizes and quantities

    Execute works in accordance with program requirements
  • Pile depths and sizes are continuously checked for variances against soil information provided
  • Additional design information is obtained, or depth or size of required piles is reassessed when variances are detected
  • Piling works are executed and controlled in accordance with risk assessment procedures and site program requirements

    Complete works and hand over site
  • All piles are installed in accordance with site program requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand contextual world-systems

    Evident in the following specific outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Plan resources for execution of piling works
  • Required plant, equipment and personnel for the safe and successful completion of works is determined

    Execute works in accordance with program requirements
  • All work is carried out in accordance with health and safety legislation and site procedures

    Complete works and hand over site
  • Tools and equipment are removed from site and the site is cleared
  • Site is handed over to client in accordance with site procedures 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  65949   Further Education and Training Certificate: Supervision of Construction Processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  49053   National Certificate: Supervision of Construction Processes  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2018-06-30  CETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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. DAMBUZA COMMUNITY TRUST 
    2. Dego Consultants 
    3. Eastcape Training Centre 
    4. IMBAWULA CIVIL ENGINEERING ACADEMY 
    5. IQHAYIYA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Legacy) 
    6. IZWE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    7. KWAZULU NATAL AVUXENI COMPUTER AND TRAINING CENTRE (PTY) LTD 
    8. Macsen Construction & Projects 
    9. Mpilende Training and Technology Solutions 
    10. NOLOSHA 
    11. Nomagwanishe Investments cc 
    12. NSINGWENI CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 
    13. Raubex Construction Pty (Ltd) 
    14. Sinethemba Visiwe PTY LTD 
    15. Ubucubu Home Industries 



    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.