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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform product quality tests 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117774  Perform product quality tests 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Rail and Pipeline Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
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 
The learner credited with this unit standard will be able to perform product quality tests in accordance with company, national and international standards by operating and utilising testing equipment thereby ensuring the timeous, safe and continuous operation of the pipeline network by transporting products efficiently, thus contributing positively to the Southern African economy.

This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the pipeline operations.

The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the Pipeline Transport environment. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication (English) NQF L2.
  • Mathematics NQF L2 .
  • Computer literacy: Company software.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the pipeline industry. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because performance must be carried out:
  • In a controlled and safe environment.
  • Within a specific time limit.
  • Under all operational conditions.
  • During day and night time. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Communicate all relevant information with regard to the quality of product testing with all role players. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Reporting is performed correctly and timeously as per company-specific procedures, policies and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Product quality information is confirmed continuously with relevant role players as per company-specific procedures, policies and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Substandard conditions are recorded and reported timeously to relevant role players using available systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant documentation is completed accurately and timeously as per company-specific procedures, policies and instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Utilise company product quality testing equipment and software. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Applicable product quality testing equipment (automatic/manual) is identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Automatic product quality testing equipment database is logged on correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Product samples are obtained for testing according to company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Product quality testing equipment is utilised effectively. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Information is extracted and captured correctly in accordance with company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prepare and assess test environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Test environment is prepared and assessed in accordance with company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Substandard conditions are identified, recorded, rectified and reported. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The correct personal protective equipment is utilised in accordance with company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform product quality tests. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Product quality test procedures are performed in accordance with national/international standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Product quality test equipment is prepared and checked in accordance with company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Displayed/observed product quality information is verified for accuracy and validity in accordance with company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Substandard conditions are identified and reacted to as per company-specific procedures, policies and instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Retain or dispose product samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Product samples tested are retained and labelled in accordance with company-specific procedures, policies and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Product samples are disposed of in accordance with company-specific procedures, policies and instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Man and unman product quality test centre. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Product quality test centre is manned in accordance with company specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Product quality test centre is unmanned in accordance with company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that has been accredited by the relevant ETQA.
    2. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
    3. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA as prescribed.
    4. Moderation of assessment will be done by the relevant ETQA as prescribed.
    5. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be certified as competent against this unit standard and registered as an assessor to assess this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The learners can understand and explain the following related to product quality testing:
  • Depot layout.
  • Operating of specific computer systems and software.
  • Product identification.
  • Purpose, function and operation of product quality testing equipment.
  • Operation and testing of company communications systems.
  • Communication protocols.
  • Product quality specifications.
  • Product quality testing policies, procedures and instructions.
  • Minor maintenance tasks.
  • Substandard identification.
  • Substandard reporting procedure.
  • Depot emergency plan.
  • Company-specific policies, procedures and instructions.
  • Relevant extracts from:
    - OHS Act and regulations.
    - Environmental Act. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    Learner and societal development.

    Learners can understand the importance of
  • Safety in the workplace as well as in the whole environment.
  • Being a team player in the work environment and in society.
  • Communicating effectively in the work environment and in society.
  • Their responsibility for the safety and well-being of fellow workers and society at large.
  • The impact of petroleum product spillages on the environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    Values
    In addition, the following values should be demonstrated:
  • Decisiveness
  • Trustworthiness
  • Safety consciousness
  • Accuracy
  • Responsibility
  • Comprehensiveness
  • Neatness
  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Pro-activeness
  • Quality consciousness
  • Time consciousness
  • Attentiveness
  • Self-discipline
  • Environmental awareness 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem-solving.

    Learners can solve problems with regard to:
  • Product quality testing equipment failures.
  • Product specification deviations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work.

    Learners can work effectively in teams when:
  • Implementing safe working procedures.
  • Performing unscheduled minor maintenance tasks.
  • Sharing and communicating information related to product quality testing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and self-management.

    A learner can organise and manage himself by:
  • Executing the product quality test task(s) responsibly.
  • Maintaining a high level of discipline and flexibility.
  • Adhering to time frames and prioritisation.
  • Adhering to safety and company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication.

    Learners can communicate information effectively with relevant role-players by utilising various communication systems regarding:
  • Product quality testing.
  • The reporting of substandard conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology.

    Learners can use science and technology by using:
  • Computer systems.
  • Automated/manual product quality testing equipment.
  • Communication media. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems.

    Learners can understand the importance of:
  • Correct product quality testing.
  • The impact of product specification deviations on the industry. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Information evaluation.

    Learners can interpret and evaluate information with regard to:
  • Policies, procedures and instructions related to product quality testing.
  • Product quality testing equipment displays.
  • Log sheets, handover books and test centre checklists.
  • Quality certificates and advices
  • Quality control tests. 

  • 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 
    Assessment process

    1. Assessment methods

    1. Written tests
    2. Practical tests
    3. Oral/on-the-job
    4. In situ (on-the-job) observations
    5. Structured classroom discussions and oral tests.

    These methods must be selected carefully based on the purpose of the assessment (for example, the written method could be used to assess knowledge, or on-the-job demonstration for practical competence). The assessment must integrate a number of different methods (no less than two of those detailed above) in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes.

    2. The following tools may be used to supplement the above minimum assessment methods:

    Valid, reliable and authentic evidence (presented as a portfolio of evidence) from past achievements and experience may serve to supplement the assessment of applied competence. The portfolio should include inter alia:

    1. Written statements from persons (e.g. current and/or previous employer(s), colleagues, peers, managers, external customers) confirming competence of the learner.
    2. Relevant certificates or awards.
    3. Previous assessment records.
    4. Logbook or registers stating evidence of performance.

    Values

    In addition, the following values should be demonstrated:
  • Decisiveness
  • Trustworthiness
  • Safety consciousness
  • Accuracy
  • Responsibility
  • Comprehensiveness
  • Neatness
  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Pro-activeness
  • Quality consciousness
  • Time consciousness
  • Attentiveness
  • Self-discipline
  • Environmental awareness

    Supplementary information

    Terminology

    Substandard refers to the deviation from specifications and/or standards.
    Reporting includes relaying of information.

    Communication protocol can include, but is not limited to:
  • Personnel structures, e.g. managers, supervisors, colleagues and clients
  • Verification of messages/instructions

    Communication systems can include, but is not limited to:
  • Two-way radios.
  • Cellular phones.
  • Hand-held emergency telephones.
  • Telephones.
  • E-mail.
  • Facsimile.
  • Operations management system (OMS).
  • Radio links.
    Logbook refers to evidence of training and job performance.

    Certification

    The learner will be certified as competent when he/she is able to perform all the relevant product quality tests correctly according to company-specific policies, procedures and instructions, as well as to national and international standards.

    Credits

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcomes:

    Activity
  • Theory-12 Hours
  • Self-directed learning-4 Hours
  • On-the-job learning (8 hour day)-24 Hours
  • Assessment-8 Hours
    Total-48 Hours

    Credits achieved: 5 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49216   National Certificate: Pipeline Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    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. Transnet School of Pipelines 



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