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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Execute laboratory testing pertaining to bituminous materials 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14541  Execute laboratory testing pertaining to bituminous materials 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Physical Planning, Design and Management 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  30 
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 
Learners who are assessed as competent against this unit standard will be able to demonstrate competence in the executing standard laboratory testing pertaining to bituminous materials used in the Construction Industry.

This unit standard will enable learners to identify hazards and protective measures during bituminous testing, prepare bituminous samples for testing, identify and apply the required apparatus during testing, take readings and record these, execute calculations and record these, finalize test results.

The unit standard contributes to the overall competence required of the construction materials tester.

The laboratory test results are used for quality control purposes during the construction and manufacturing processes as well as for final acceptance of the finished products.

Its contribution to socio-economic transformation is that learners would be able to undergo RPL-assessment and thereby receive recognition for previous learning and experience. The employability and career prospects of learners can therefore be enhanced by this qualification.
Previously disadvantaged individuals with this qualification can also start their own businesses supplying a construction materials testing service - a process that will accelerate economic transformation and give economic empowerment. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
NQF Level 4 in Literacy and Numeracy competencies 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The following Standard methods of testing road construction materials - TMH 1 (Technical Methods for Highways):

(i) Method E1 - The determination of the penetration value of bituminous binders.
(ii) Method E2 - The determination of the relative density of bituminous binders.
(iii) Method E3 - The determination of the percentage of bitumen soluble in trichloroethylene.
(iv) Method E4 - The determination of the ductility of bitumen.
(v) Method E5 - The determination of the softening point of bituminous binders by the ring and ball method.
(vi) Method E6 - The performance of bitumen when subjected to the thin film oven test.
(vii) Method E7 - The determination of the xylene- N - heptane equivalent of bitumen (spot test)
(viii) Method E8 - The determination of the viscosity of bitumen and cationic bitumen emulsions by means of the Saybolt Furol viscometer.
(ix) Method E9. - The determination of the viscosity of road tars by means of the standard tar viscometer.
(x) Method E10 - The distillation of road tars.
(xi) Method E11 - The determination of the phenol content of tars.
(xii) Method E12 - The determination of the naphthalene content of tars.
(xiii) Method E13 - The determination of the matter insoluble in toluene in road tars.
(xiv) Method E14 - The determination of the water content of road tars.
(xv) Method E15 - The determination of the anthracene paste content of road tars.
(xvi) Method E16 - The determination of the viscosity of anionic bitumen emulsions using the Engler viscometer.
(xvii) Method E17 - The determination of the water content of emulsions.
(xviii) Method E18 - The determination of the residue on sieving of bitumen emulsions.
(xix) Method E20 - The determination of the coagulation value of bituminous emulsions when performed at a low temperature (stability), when mixed with coarse-graded stone chippings (anionic only) and when mixed with cement (anionic only).
(xx) Method E21 - Binder deposit on cathode in particle charge test of cationic bituminous emulsions.
(xxi) Method E22 - The distillation of cutback bitumen.
(xxii) Method E23 - The determination of the viscosity of cutback bitumen.
(xxiii) Method E24 - The determination of the flashpoint of cutback bitumen by means of the Abel apparatus.
(xxiv) Method E25 - The determination of the penetration on residue from distillation of cutback bitumen.
(xxv) Method E26- The determination of the water content of cutback bitumen. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Plan the execution of the testing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Instructions are received on the number and types of testing to be executed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. A testing programme is prepared in consultation with the laboratory manager and agreed upon. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Resources are identified as required in standard methods of testing and procured in consultation with the laboratory manager. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Prepare sampled material for testing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Instructions requesting laboratory test are matched with labels attached to bags/containers holding material samples. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Material samples are prepared according to standard methods of testing. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Execute the laboratory tests. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The apparatus are prepared/calibrated according to the standard methods of testing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Occupational Health and Safety hazards are identified and suitable action to protect staff or eliminate the hazards has been taken. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. The laboratory tests are executed according to standard methods of testing. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Record and store test readings. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Laboratory test readings are recorded on suitably prepared stationary in line with details contained in standard methods of testing manuals. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Recorded results are stored in laboratory filing system. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Execute calculations and record results. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Calculations are executed in terms of standard methods of testing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Calculation results are plotted and recorded on prepared stationary in terms of standard methods of testing. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Store and communicate test results. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Recorded test results are stored in laboratory filing system. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Laboratory test results are communicated to relevant stakeholders/management. 


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 CETA - ETQA for "The National Certificates in Construction Materials Testing".
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the CETA - ETQA.
  • CETA - ETQA, or other ETQA`s who have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with CETA-ETQA, would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Understand and explain:
    (i) Planning the execution of laboratory testing for bituminous materials.
    (ii) Preparing sampled materials for testing for bituminous materials.
    (iii) Executing the laboratory tests for bituminous materials.
    (iv) Recording and storing test readings for bituminous materials.
    (v) Executing calculations and recording results for bituminous materials.
    (vi) Storing and communicating test results for bituminous materials. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems - refer to the following Specific Outcome and Assessment criteria:

    Plan the execution of the testing
  • A testing programme is prepared in consultation with the laboratory manager and agreed upon. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others - refer to the following Specific Outcome and Assessment criteria:

    Store and communicate test results
  • Laboratory test results are communicated to relevant stakeholders/management. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management - refer to the following Specific Outcome and Assessment criteria:

    Prepare sampled material for testing
  • Material samples are prepared according to standard methods of testing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information - refer to the following Specific Outcome and Assessment criteria:

    Record and store test readings
  • Laboratory test readings are recorded on suitably prepared stationary in line with details contained in standard methods of testing manuals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively - refer to the following Specific Outcome and Assessment criteria:

    Store and communicate test results
  • Laboratory test results are communicated to relevant stakeholders/management. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence - refer to the following Specific Outcome and Assessment criteria:

    Execute calculations and record results
  • Calculations are executed in terms of standard methods of testing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand Contextual world-systems - refer to the following Specific Outcome and Assessment criteria:

    Store and communicate test results
  • Laboratory test results are communicated to relevant stakeholders/management. 

  • 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
    Core  23975   National Certificate: Construction Material Testing: Bituminous Materials  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2004-02-11  Was CETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  48817   Further Education and Training Certification: Construction Materials Testing  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  23974   National Certificate: Construction Material Testing: Soils and Aggregates  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2004-02-11  Was CETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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