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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of concrete construction technology 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
15183  Demonstrate knowledge of concrete construction technology 
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  10 
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 a working knowledge and understanding of concrete, concrete production, installation of concrete and specialised concrete.This competence forms part of the Elective learning and represents a specific context of supervision, i.e. supervising concreting activities on a civil engineering construction site and where a knowledge of concrete construction technology is required.It contributes to the development of a professional community of Civil Engineering Construction Supervisors. The contribution to The National Skills Development Strategy is the key developmental interface between learners and new competencies to be achieved.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. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
NQF level 3 Language and Mathematics.
The following competencies: Read, interpret and use construction drawings and specifications; Calculate construction quantities and develop a work plan; Set out work areas; Identify and describe materials used in civil construction. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The following scope and context applies to the entire unit standard:

Assessment against this unit standard must be undertaken on site. On site refers to a wide range of building and construction environments within which trade skills are required, and includes concrete production and concrete construction sites.

Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Demonstrate knowledge of Concrete. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Fresh concrete, Green concrete, and Hardened concrete 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The properties of concrete at all stages, in terms of strengths and weaknesses, is described 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. The uses of concrete, in terms of its structural applications, is explained 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Structural applications include: In-situ and precast concrete, reinforced and mass concrete
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Factors' affecting the strength of concrete, in terms of intrinsic and extrinsic factors, is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Optimum durability of concrete, in terms of quality and costs, is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Appearance of concrete, in terms of colour, texture and time-related changes, is described 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Demonstrate knowledge of concrete production. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The mixing of concrete, in terms of sequencing and duration, is described 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. The consequences of incorrect mixing of concrete, in terms of affect on durability and strength of the structure, is explained 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. The usage of different grade and size of aggregate, in terms of the workability of concrete, is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. The usage of different types of cement, in terms of the early and late strength of concrete, is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. The use of admixtures, in terms of the effect on stripping times, is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. The consequence of not correctly using admixtures, in terms of potential damage to structures, is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. The purpose and functions of concrete, in terms of dimensions and appearance of finished product shutters, is explained 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. The purpose and functions of steel reinforcing, in terms of concrete strength and durability, is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Demonstrate knowledge of concrete installation. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Appropriate placing methods for different situations are described. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Different situations include: Mass floors, Columns above 3m height and underwater
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. The transporting and placing of concrete, in terms of equipment used and sequencing, is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. The compacting of concrete, in terms of equipment used and sequencing, is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. The consequences of insufficient compaction, in terms of appearance and strength of finished product, are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. The process of adding fresh concrete to hardened concrete, in terms of normal concreting practice, is explained 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. The consequence of not adequately preparing joints, in terms of the affect on structural strength, is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Demonstrate knowledge of specialised concrete. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Specialised concrete includes, but is not limited to: Foamed concrete, Fibre reinforced concrete, No fines concrete 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The purpose for specialised concrete, in terms of abnormal demand on concrete, is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Different types of specialised concrete, in terms of characteristic requirements, is defined and their uses described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. The benefits of using different types of specialised concrete, in terms of the designed purpose of the concrete, are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. The differences between normal concrete and specialised concrete, in terms of mixing, placing and curing requirements, are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. The consequences of not treating specialised concrete with the required care, in terms of potential structural weakness and costs, are explained. 


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 Certificate in the Supervision of Civil Engineering Construction Processes".
  • 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 
  • Knowledge of Concrete properties, the uses of concrete for a range of structural applications and the appearance of concrete in terms of colour, texture and time-related changes
  • Techniques for mixing concrete
  • Different grades of concrete and aggregate sizes,
  • The correct use of admixtures and the effect of admixtures on stripping times
  • The purpose, function and uses of different types of concrete
  • The purpose and functions of steel reinforcing in terms of concrete strength and durability
  • Methods and techniques for transporting and placing concrete
  • Equipment used to compact concrete and associated techniques for compacting concrete
  • Techniques for preparing joints and the affect of joints on structural strength
  • Different types of specialised concrete, characteristics and use
  • The differences between normal concrete and specialised concrete and techniques for mixing, placing and curing specialised concrete 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific and technical characteristics of concrete, specialised concrete, concrete production and installation

    Specific Outcome:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of concrete
  • Demonstrate knowledge of concrete production
  • Demonstrate knowledge of installation of concrete
  • Demonstrate knowledge of specialised concrete

    Assessment Criteria

    All 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand Contextual world-systems. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment 

  • 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  49016   National Certificate: Construction: Concreting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  49602   National Certificate: Construction: Geotechnical  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  49017   National Certificate: Construction Materials Testing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  65949   Further Education and Training Certificate: Supervision of Construction Processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  23682   National Certificate: Supervision of Civil Engineering Construction Processes: Labour Intensive Construction  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2004-06-09  Was CETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  23674   National Certificate: Supervision of Civil Engineering Construction Processes: Road Works  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2004-06-09  Was CETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    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. Abakholwe Community Developers (Pty) Ltd 
    2. Aveng Grinaker -LTA Civil Engineering 
    3. Construction Resource Development Centre 
    4. DAMBUZA COMMUNITY TRUST 
    5. Dego Consultants 
    6. Eastcape Training Centre 
    7. Hlumanathi Trading PTY LTD 
    8. IMBAWULA CIVIL ENGINEERING ACADEMY 
    9. IQHAYIYA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Legacy) 
    10. IZWE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    11. Jot Tirelo 13 Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    12. Kagano Consulting Services 
    13. KWAZULU NATAL AVUXENI COMPUTER AND TRAINING CENTRE (PTY) LTD 
    14. LANDAMXO (PTY) LTD 
    15. Macsen Construction & Projects 
    16. Mothusi Management Consultants 
    17. Mpilende Training and Technology Solutions 
    18. MZANTSI TRUCK & BUS (Uitenhage) 
    19. NOLOSHA 
    20. Nomagwanishe Investments cc 
    21. NSINGWENI CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 
    22. Ntongenhle Construction Force 
    23. PMA Holdings (PTY ) LTD. 
    24. Raubex Construction Pty (Ltd) 
    25. SEDA Construction Incubator Trust 
    26. Sinethemba Visiwe PTY LTD 
    27. South African Value Education (Pty) Ltd 
    28. Thabomeleng 
    29. Training Force (Pty) Ltd 
    30. Trans Africa Projects 
    31. 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.