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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plan, organise and control the erection, alteration/repositioning and dismantling of load bearing scaffolding 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116691  Plan, organise and control the erection, alteration/repositioning and dismantling of load bearing scaffolding 
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  12 
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 load bearing scaffolding and related applications with skills for planning, organising and controlling a range of activities associated with the erection, alteration/repositioning and dismantling of load bearing scaffolding.
The competencies contained in this unit standard extend beyond the mechanical completion of tasks associated with load bearing scaffolding operations and contribute towards the professional development of the learner by equipping him/her with enhanced knowledge and skills for the effective supervision of load bearing scaffolding operations that are carried out in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety Legislation and Regulations for work conducted at heights well above ground level 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 3
  • The ability to carry out basic inspection of ordinary access scaffolds up to 15 metre level 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this unit standard:
  • Load bearing scaffolding includes but is not limited to: seating stands, public access decks, Formwork and Falsework, temporary structural supports, multiple platforms, out rigger scaffolding, pavement gantries
  • Relevant sections contained in the latest edition of SABS 0295 (Part 2) associated with load bearing scaffolding include but are not limited to: Ordinary scaffolds and special scaffolds (type specific e.g. interlocking towers, standard access, load bearing, cantilever scaffolding)
  • Site risk assessment includes but is not limited to: the use of equipment for lifting materials to required heights, the use of ropes for pulling up materials on the outside of structures, erection of temporary public protection and barricading 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different types of load bearing scaffolding, applications, limitations, design and compliance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant sections of the OHS Act and Regulations associated with load bearing scaffolding are identified and the responsibilities of the inspector are described 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant sections contained in the latest edition of SABS 0295 (Part 2) associated with load bearing scaffolding are identified and their impact on the role of the inspector is described 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Different types of load bearing scaffolding and their application is described and an indication is given of the limitations associated with each type 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safe working loads for load bearing scaffolding components are identified and their application described 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Classification for load bearing scaffolding platforms and the loading limitations for load bearing scaffolds with multi-level platforms are identified and described 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Stability requirements for the prevention of over-turning of free-standing scaffolds, the purpose of scaffold ties, maximum spacing of ties and the various conditions which impact on tie spacing requirements are identified and described 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Relevant documentation, including Load Bearing Scaffolding Inspection Registers and Handover Certificates as required by SABS 0295 (Part 2) and the associated responsibilities of the Inspector are identified and described 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The differences between Formwork, Falsework and Scaffolding are identified and explained 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Read and interpret drawings, requirements and specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Specific details and dimensions of load Bearing scaffold design are interpreted from drawings and detailed descriptions are provided 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Details and dimensions contained in client requirements for load bearing scaffold design are interpreted and detailed descriptions are provided 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Load bearing scaffolding materials are identified from drawings or requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Required resources are identified from drawings or requirements 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Plan resources for erecting, altering/repositioning load bearing scaffolding. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Action Plans are compiled and activities prioritised in accordance with drawings or requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Load bearing scaffold material quantities are accurately calculated from drawings or requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Resource requirements are estimated in accordance with the quantities calculated 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Transportation, materials and crews are scheduled and work activities are sequenced in accordance with program and safety legislation requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Alternative resources are identified where required and recommendations or solutions are proposed to the designer or client 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Alternative resources are used in accordance with designer or client authorisation and requirements 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Assess site risks and accessibility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Site risks are assessed in accordance with program and legislative requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Safe working procedures are compiled for identified risks in accordance with program and legislative requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Site accessibility is assessed and the methodology for moving equipment onto site is determined 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Client is timeously notified if additional work is required to improve site accessibility 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Lay down/staging areas for materials are identified and allocated in accordance with legislative and site requirements for safety and security 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Organise and control load bearing scaffolding operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Load bearing scaffold materials are supplied on site in the right sequence, within the prescribed timeframe and are correct and fit for purpose 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The setting out of load bearing scaffolding positions is monitored and compliance with drawings or requirements is adhered to 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The erection, alteration/repositioning sequence of load bearing scaffolding is organised and work activities are controlled in accordance with safe and cost-effective working methods 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Load bearing scaffolding and platforms are erected and altered/repositioned in accordance with drawings and/or requirements and cross-referenced to relevant specifications, legislation and standards 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Excess materials are removed from site in accordance with safe work procedures 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Inspect and handover load bearing scaffolding. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Load bearing scaffolding works are inspected for compliance with drawings and/or requirements and cross-referenced to relevant legislation and standards 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Revisions/non-conformances, if any, are identified, rectified and works re-inspected in accordance with safety legislation requirements and industry standards 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Load Bearing Scaffolding Register and Handover Certificate is completed, issued and signed off in accordance with safety legislation requirements and industry standards 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Engineer's Certificates/Reports are obtained when required in accordance with legislation requirements 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Organise and control dismantling and site clearance procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Site risks are assessed, pre-dismantling inspections are conducted and safe working procedures are compiled to ensure safety of materials, equipment and crews 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Action Plans are compiled and activities prioritised in accordance with drawings or requirements for the dismantling of load bearing scaffolds 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Transportation, materials and crews are scheduled and work activities are sequenced in accordance with program and safety legislation requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Site accessibility is assessed and the methodology for the removal of equipment off site is determined 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Lay down/staging areas for materials are identified and allocated in accordance with legislative and site requirements for safety and security 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The dismantling sequence of load bearing scaffolding is organised and work activities are controlled in accordance with safe and cost-effective working methods 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Load bearing scaffolding is dismantled in accordance with relevant specifications, legislation and standards 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Site procedures for the clearance of materials, equipment and crews are adhered to and completed within prescribed deadlines 


    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 the application of the Act in relation to load bearing scaffolding operations
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act requirements for persons responsible for conducting inspections on load bearing scaffolding works
  • SABS 085 (16.2.6.2) documentation requirements, including Load Bearing Scaffolding Inspection Register and Handover Certificates
  • Different types of load bearing scaffolding, related applications and limitations
  • Applications and safe working loads for load bearing scaffolding components
  • Classification for load bearing scaffolding platforms and the loading limitations for load bearing scaffolds with multi-level platforms
  • Requirements for stability against over-turning of free-standing platforms, purpose of load bearing scaffolding ties, maximum spacing of ties and the various conditions which impact on tie spacing requirements
  • Basic knowledge of Formwork and Falsework and the differences between these disciplines and Scaffolding 

  • 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 outcome and assessment criteria:

    Assess site risks and accessibility
  • Site risks are assessed in accordance with program and legislative requirements
  • Safe working procedures are compiled for identified risks in accordance with program and legislative requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others

    Evident in the following specific outcome and assessment criteria:

    Inspect and handover load bearing scaffolding
  • Load bearing scaffolding register and handover certificate is completed, issued and signed off in accordance with safety legislation requirements and industry standards
  • Engineer's certificates/reports are obtained when required in accordance with legislation requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management

    Evident in the following specific outcome and assessment criteria:

    Plan resources for erecting, altering/repositioning load bearing scaffolding
  • Action plans are compiled and activities prioritised in accordance with drawings or requirements
  • Load bearing scaffold material quantities are accurately calculated from drawings or requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information

    Evident in the following specific outcome and assessment criteria:

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different types of load bearing scaffolding, applications, limitations, design and compliance
  • Relevant sections of the ohs act and regulations associated with load bearing scaffolding are identified and the responsibilities of the inspector are described
  • Relevant sections contained in the latest edition of sabs 0295 (part 2) associated with load bearing scaffolding are identified and their impact on the role of the inspector is described 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively

    Evident in the following specific outcome and assessment criteria:

    Read and interpret drawings, requirements and specifications
  • Specific details and dimensions of load bearing scaffold design are interpreted from drawings and detailed descriptions are provided
  • Details and dimensions contained in client requirements for load bearing scaffold design are interpreted and detailed descriptions are provided 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence

    Evident in the following specific outcome and assessment criteria:

    Organise and control load bearing scaffolding operations
  • Load bearing scaffold materials are supplied on site in the right sequence, within the prescribed timeframe and are correct and fit for purpose
  • Excess materials are removed from site in accordance with safe work procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand contextual world-systems

    Evident in the following specific outcome and assessment criteria:

    Inspect and handover load bearing scaffolding
  • Revisions/non-conformances, if any, are identified, rectified and works re-inspected in accordance with safety legislation requirements and industry standards

    Organise and control dismantling and site clearance procedures
  • The dismantling sequence of load bearing scaffolding is organised and work activities are controlled in accordance with safe and cost-effective working methods 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Responsibility towards the environment, health and safety of others

    Evident in the following specific outcome and assessment criteria:

    Organise and control dismantling and site clearance procedures
  • Site procedures for the clearance of materials, equipment and crews are adhered to and completed within prescribed deadlines 

  • 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:
  • Load bearing scaffolding is classified as scaffolding that supports loads of more than 240 kilograms/sq m
  • The Load Bearing scaffolding Team Leader shall only be appointed in writing to lead a load bearing scaffolding team once he has completed the training required in SABS 085 Ed. 3 16.2.5.1, i.e. Learners will have demonstrated competence in basic inspection of ordinary access scaffolds and leading various teams of access scaffolding erectors under various construction site conditions
  • The high and often fatal risks associated with work conducted at heights well above ground level necessitates that learners fulfill the following criteria contained in SABS 085 Ed. 3 16.2.5.2 prior to attempting this unit standard and,
    His/her total access scaffolding experience exceeds two years and six months.
  • Due to the fact that SABS 0295 (Part 2) and Construction Regulations are still not published, changes to this unit standard can be expected 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49410   National Certificate: Construction  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  59731   Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging)  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    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. CLEAN HEAT ENERGY SAVING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    2. DAMBUZA COMMUNITY TRUST 
    3. Dego Consultants 
    4. Eastcape Training Centre 
    5. HIGHVELD BOTTLING (Legacy) 
    6. Hlumanathi Trading PTY LTD 
    7. IMBAWULA CIVIL ENGINEERING ACADEMY 
    8. IQHAYIYA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Legacy) 
    9. IZWE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    10. Kagano Consulting Services 
    11. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre 
    12. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP) 
    13. Mothusi Management Consultants 
    14. MZANTSI TRUCK & BUS (Uitenhage) 
    15. NOLOSHA 
    16. Nomagwanishe Investments cc 
    17. NSINGWENI CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 
    18. Ntongenhle Construction Force 
    19. Powerpro Technologies and Training Facility (PTY) LTD 
    20. Raubex Construction Pty (Ltd) 
    21. SEDA Construction Incubator Trust 
    22. Sinethemba Visiwe PTY LTD 
    23. Thabomeleng 
    24. THE TRAINING ACADEMY 
    25. Topfix Scaffolding (Pty) Ltd 
    26. Training Force (Pty) Ltd 
    27. Ubucubu Home Industries 
    28. WACO Africa (Pty) Ltd 



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