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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply tiles to plastered surfaces 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14883  Apply tiles to plastered surfaces 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Building Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Building Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 set out and prepare work surfaces for tiling, mix the correct quantities of adhesive and grout in accordance with manufacturers specifications and apply standard tiles to plastered surfaces in accordance with the design and construction methods specified in working drawings for houses of a basic design ensuring that the applicable National Building standards, health and safety regulations and prescribed time frames are adhered to.

The competencies contained in this unit standard complement the other building competencies that make up this qualification and will contribute to the development of professional Community House Builders who are able to use science and technology in a responsible and cost effective manner. These competencies should result in improved quality and service delivery in community house building.

The contribution to The National Skills Development Strategy is the key developmental interface between Learners' and new competencies to be achieved.

The successful completion of this unit standard will provide Learners' with access to the National Certificate in Construction Tiling - NQF Level 3. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
NQF Level 1 (ABET Level 4) Literacy and Numeracy Competencies 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The competencies specified in this unit standard are applicable to the construction of houses that are rectangular in shape and it is within this context that the learner is required to demonstrate competent performance.

Standard tiles are limited to ceramic tiles (glazed or unglazed) and concrete tiles of different sizes, thicknesses, bevelled or unbevelled.

Tile adhesives and grouts can be cement based or non-cement based. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Set out work for tiling. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The correct work area is identified in accordance with drawing specifications or owner requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. A work task is communicated and agreed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. The work area is measured and set out in accordance with drawing specifications. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Levels are determined and accurately transferred. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Prepare work surfaces for tiling. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Protrusions are removed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Appropriate materials, tools and equipment are identified and correctly used. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Surface defects and cracks are identified and corrected. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Levels and lines are corrected to be true and plumb. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Existing surfaces and built-in items are identified and adequately protected against damage. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Dust and dirt are removed. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Mix adhesive and grout. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Adhesive and grout mixes are identified and mixed in accordance with specifications and specific work requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. The implications of mixing grout incorrectly are understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Quantities of batched mixes are correctly estimated and applied. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. The consequences of over-batching are understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Appropriate materials, tools and equipment are identified and correctly used. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Tile plastered walls. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Tiles are cut and applied to plastered walls and columns with tile adhesive. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Tiles are applied to line and level. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Gaps between tiles are uniform and have been grouted with tile grout. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. All tiled surfaces are thoroughly cleaned. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Internal and external corners are tiled in such a way that they are square, joints are in line and evenly spaced. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Completed work is measured and compared with estimated works. 


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 this unit standard.
  • 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 is responsible for moderation of learner achievements for Learners' who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Understand and explain:
  • Properties and use of different tiles
  • Properties and application methods for different tile adhesives
  • Mix proportions for adhesives, grout, plaster, skim coats, screeds and grano
  • The importance of cement/water ratios on the strength of plaster, adhesives and grout
  • Relevant sections of the National Building Regulations
  • SABS Code of Practice for ceramic tiles 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking:
  • The correct work area is accurately identified from working drawings
  • The work area is accurately measured and set out in accordance with drawing specifications
  • Levels are accurately determined and transferred
  • Surface defects are identified and corrected before applying tiles to plastered surfaces
  • All protrusions are removed before tiles are applied to plastered surfaces 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities:
  • Minor tiling work can be carried out independently
  • Dust and dirt are removed from surfaces before tiles are applied
  • Sufficient quantities of adhesives and grout are mixed for the work at hand and wastage is minimised 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise, analyse and critically evaluate information:
  • Manufacturer specifications for tiling materials is accurately interpreted
  • Adhesives and grout are mixed in accordance with manufacturer's specifications and specified work requirements
  • Quantities of batched mixes are accurately estimated and correctly applied 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • Clarification of the work task is sought from relevant roleplayers and is clearly understood prior to commencing tiling work 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environments and the health of others:
  • Levels are accurately determined and transferred
  • Levels and lines are corrected to be true and plumb
  • Appropriate materials are selected for the tiling work at hand and are used correctly
  • Appropriate measures are taken to ensure existing surfaces and built-in items are adequately protected against damage during tiling operations 

  • 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  24273   National Certificate: Community House Building  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  49022   National Certificate: Floor Covering Installation  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    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. 17 Shaft Training 
    2. Abakholwe Community Developers (Pty) Ltd 
    3. Amber Tower Training 
    4. Assured Vocational Skills Institute 
    5. Aveng Grinaker -LTA Civil Engineering 
    6. BH Training and Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    7. Big Tree Group 
    8. Blacken Security Services 
    9. Bokgoni Training And Development 
    10. BOLAND COLLEGE (Paarl) 
    11. Builders Training Centre 
    12. Capricorn FET College - Central Office 
    13. CBM TRAINING PTY LTD 
    14. CENTRE FOR CAREER GUIDANCE AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CC 
    15. Centre For Economic Participation 
    16. Coega Development Corporation (Pty) Ltd 
    17. College of Cape Town (City Campus) 
    18. Construction Resource Development Centre 
    19. DESTO PTY LTD 
    20. Eastcape Training Centre 
    21. EDUCATORY ELECTRO SERVICES 
    22. Edzani Community Development and Consultancy 
    23. Ekurhuleni Artisans and Skills Training Pty Ltd 
    24. Ekurhuleni East College For TVET 
    25. Elangeni College for FET - Central Office 
    26. Ergo-Maphelong Institute 
    27. ETS Emergency Training Solutions (PTY) LTD 
    28. F& O Deliveries 
    29. False Bay College 
    30. Forek Institute of Technology 
    31. Furniture World Training Centre 
    32. Gabasega Consulting and Training Centre 
    33. Gert Sibande TVET College 
    34. GREATER ELDOS IMAGES OF PEACE 
    35. Ikasa Consultancy Enterprise 
    36. Ikhwezi Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    37. In Touch Community Development & Project Managers 
    38. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE 
    39. Josmap Training Institute 
    40. Kgaugelo Kae-Kae Business Enterprise 
    41. KIM People Development 
    42. L S Nkosi CC 
    43. Macsen Construction & Projects 
    44. Majuba TVET College 
    45. Mangaung Artisan Developers and Projects 
    46. Masana Social Consultants cc 
    47. Mnambithi TVET College 
    48. MOGOLO ACADEMY - ENKELBULT 
    49. Mohlaje Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    50. Mopani South East FET College - Central Office 
    51. Motheo TVET College 
    52. Mothusi Management Consultants 
    53. Mpilende Training and Technology Solutions 
    54. MPUMALANGA REGIONAL TRAINING TRUST 
    55. Mthashana F.E.T. College 
    56. Mthoms Trading 
    57. NEMJA SECURITY AND PROJECTS CC 
    58. NIRVANA BUSINESS SOLUTION CONSTRUCTION 
    59. Nkomaba Trading and Projects 
    60. Nokuthula Dube & Associates 
    61. Nomagwanishe Investments cc 
    62. NOMASOJABULA TRAINING CENTRE 
    63. Northern Cape Rural TVET College 
    64. Northlink TVET College 
    65. NSINGWENI CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 
    66. Orbit FET College - Central Office 
    67. Othandweni Training Centre 
    68. PALABORA FOUNDATION 
    69. Palale Construction and Projects 
    70. Pat Sesfikile Trading CC 
    71. Perfect Solution Project and Consultancy 
    72. PMA Holdings (PTY ) LTD. 
    73. PRIMESERV CORPORATE SOLUTIONS PTY LTD T/A PRIMESERV HR SOLUTIONS 
    74. PROMINENT EMZANSI PROJECTS 
    75. Protech Training (Pty) Ltd 
    76. Qualfurn Training & Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    77. RCS Academy 
    78. Reata Services (Pty) Ltd 
    79. Reflections Development Institute 
    80. Rural Development Trust 
    81. Sakhisizwe Development Training 
    82. Sejamo Construction and Training 
    83. SESANA PROJECTS 
    84. SETHIKE TRADING 
    85. SISHEN IRON ORE COMPANY (PTY) LTD 
    86. SIYAFUNDA BUSINESS SYSTEM 
    87. Somvi General Services 
    88. Sonani Training and Communications 
    89. Sphola Consulting CC 
    90. St Anthonys Education Centre 
    91. STEVENEL TRAINING CONSTRUCTION AND CIVIL 
    92. Thabomeleng 
    93. Thaleba Promotions and Events Management 
    94. The Business Zone 352 
    95. Thekweni TVET College 
    96. Thembifundo Ikusasa Lakho 
    97. Tius Consultants 
    98. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 
    99. Tlhogi''s Consulting and Projects 
    100. Tommy Phiri Labour Relations and Training Services 
    101. Training Force (Pty) Ltd 
    102. Tshwane North College for FET - Central Office 
    103. TSK Projects 
    104. Ubucubu Home Industries 
    105. Umfolozi FET College 
    106. Umgungundlovu FET College 
    107. Umnotho We Afrika Foundation 
    108. Vizz Tech Printers 
    109. VSL GENERAL TRADING CC 
    110. Vuselela TVET College 
    111. WAL TRAINING 
    112. West Coast TVET College 



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