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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Install and test water supply systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262765  Install and test water supply systems 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 2  NQF Level 02  22 
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 credited with this Unit Standard will be able to install and test cold and hot water supply systems in a domestic household. They will enhance the quality and effectiveness of their services within the plumbing sector. The acquisition of these skills will serve as the first stepping stone towards acquiring the skills required to maintain and repair cold and hot water supply systems NQF Level 4.

Learners credited with this standard will be able to:
  • Plan and prepare to install and test water supply systems.
  • Install water supply systems.
  • Test water supply systems. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 1.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Water supply systems refers to cold and hot water supply systems.
  • The learner will be able to install cold and hot water supply systems within a domestic environment.
  • The supply systems are for electric and solar water cylinders only.
  • Plumbing tools include but are not limited to:
    > Hand tools (measuring instruments, marking tools, holding tools, cutting tools, fastening, bending and cleaning tools), power tools (grinding, threading, cutting tools).
  • The installation and the testing applicable thereto, according to the following compulsory specification:
    > SANS 10252, Water Supply Installations for Buildings, Part 1.
    > SANS 10254.
    > SANS 10106.
    > SANS 10400.
  • Pipes include but are not limited to:
    > Galvanized mild steel (GMS), unplasticised polyvinylchloride (uPVC), copper, polypropylene, cross linked polyethylene (PE-X).
  • Cold and hot water pipe systems are pressure pipes, excluding drain pipes.
  • Cold water supply systems include direct balanced systems for domestic supply. Hot water supply systems include but are not limited to: direct, indirect and balanced systems for domestic supply.
  • Joining of pipes includes but is not limited to:
    > The cutting and threading of galvanized pipes, the joining of similar pipes and the joining of dissimilar pipe types.
  • Cold water pipe systems are installed both above and below ground.
  • Installation of pipes includes but is not limited to:
    > Thermal insulation, the fixing and support of pipe work and accommodation for pipe movement.
  • Cold water supply system fittings include but are not limited to:
    > Cocks, valves, taps, full way valves, house water stations, control valves, pressure reducing valves, expansion relief valves, in line filters and strainers etc.
  • Hot water fittings include but are not limited to:
    > Isolating valves, taps, full way valves, house water stations, thermostatic valves, pressure control valves, expansion relief valves, vacuum breakers, pressure and temperature safety valves.
  • Pipe fittings include but are not limited to:
    > Couplings, elbows, tees, reducers and adaptors. Hot water materials include but are not limited to: pipes, fitting, consumables, built-in items.
  • Existing services and built-in items that are to be identified and protected include but are not limited to:
    > Other plumbing pipes and fittings, fire protection systems, electrical cables, ducts and units, air-conditioning installations, communication ducts or cables, fixtures and fittings and non-potable water piping.
  • Types of hot water cylinders include but are not limited to:
    > Combination geysers, push through type, and high pressure geysers, gravity/header tank fed.
  • Installation of hot water cylinders includes but is not limited to:
    > The drip tray, pressure regulating valves and overflows.
  • All installations and testing of water supply systems applicable to the installation are performed in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan and prepare to install and test water supply systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools, equipment and materials are selected in readiness to install and test water supply systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The work area is prepared and set out for the assembly of cold and hot water pipes and fittings in accordance with control positions and levels indicated in drawings or instructions received from the supervising plumber. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Existing services and built-in items are identified and protected against damage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Equipment and protective clothing is selected and prepared in accordance with legislative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Tools and equipment are maintained in accordance with manufacturer's specifications and scheduled maintenance activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Minimum quantities of plumbing materials are maintained in accordance with the requirements of the task at hand. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Install cold water pipes and pipe fittings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Cold and hot water pipes and pipe fittings are identified and selected according to purpose and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Support is provided for the accommodation of expansion, weight and movement in pipe work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Pipes and pipe fittings are joined and assembled in accordance with industry standards and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Cold and hot water pipes and pipe fittings are installed in accordance with regulations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Install hot water cylinders. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Includes electric cylinders but excludes solar cylinders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principles of hot water cylinders and their usage is described according to SANS 10254. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Types of hot water cylinders and their applications are described according to SANS 10254. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Hot water cylinders are positioned in accordance with instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Hot water cylinders are installed in accordance with regulations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Test cold and hot water supply systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate testing equipment and fittings are identified and used in accordance with testing methodology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Cold and hot water pipes are flushed and disinfected in accordance with regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Pipes are pressure tested under supervision and in accordance with regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Irregularities identified during testing are referred to a qualified plumber according to procedure. 


    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.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Names, functions and locations of:
  • SABS (South African Bureau of Standards).

    Purpose of processes and procedures of:
  • Pressure and how it is expressed and measured, the use of pressure gauges.
  • The purpose and use of the different types of pipes and pipe materials, including consumables used.
  • The purpose and use of safety equipment and protective clothing when performing the installation, maintenance and testing of cold water supply systems.

    Attributes, properties, characteristics related to:
  • Valves.
  • The types of tools, equipment and materials used in the installation and testing of water supply systems, and manufacturers` specifications for the maintenance of tools and equipment and the storage of materials.
  • Installation of pipes includes bracketing and fabrication of support for pipes within specified tolerances.
  • Systems - include hot and cold water systems applicable to the installation.

    Cause and effect, implications of:
  • Siphon; effects of entrapped air; pressure shocks; water hammer; and flow in pipelines, thermo siphon.
  • The different methods used in joining similar and dissimilar pipe types.
  • The health implications of working on water supply mains.
  • Corrosion and the causes and prevention of corrosion, including tape wrapping, material selection, and dezincification.
  • Temperature of water and how it is expressed and measured, as well as the concepts of: thermal expansion, linear/volumetric and freezing point/ice.
  • The health implications of working on water supply mains.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • For working on and in a roof.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies:
  • National Building Regulations.
  • Industry standards indicated in the Skills Register for the designated trade of plumbing.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act.

    Theory - rules, laws, principles:
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • The regulations pertaining to domestic water supply, Codes of Practice and Standards pertaining to Plumbing, including SANS 10252 Part 1, 10254, 10106, 10400.
  • The application of basic plumbing principles in the context of water supply systems.
  • The different regulations and purpose pertaining to the preservation of water quality, prevention of backflow, and the disinfecting of domestic installations, including the implications of potable water contamination.

    Relationships, systems:
  • Plumb and level.
  • Relationship between pressure, velocity and flow rates.
  • Tools and equipment and safety. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Selecting and using appropriate tools and equipment.
  • Obtaining information from the client in instances where instructions or information on drawings is insufficient.
  • Identifying and pro-actively correcting issues of non-availability of resources and materials. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • Working in unison with co-workers and other trades on site.
  • Communicating and receiving advice from client.
  • Installation of an electric hot water cylinder. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Setting out the work area and preparing for plumbing activities.
  • Selecting plumbing tools and equipment in accordance with the requirement of the task and storing them securely.
  • Performing activities in accordance with industry standards.
  • Maintaining minimum quantities of building materials in accordance with task requirements.
  • Safety equipment and clothing is selected and prepared in accordance with legislative requirements and building industry regulations.
  • Installing an electric hot water cylinder. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • Correctly interpreting information contained in drawings.
  • Setting out work areas from provided control positions and levels in accordance with instructions and drawings. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Issuing clear verbal instructions to team members.
  • Actively listening to feedback received from team members.
  • Reporting problem situations to the qualified plumber or supervisor. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Applying the appropriate tools and materials for the installation and testing of water supply systems. 

  • 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  96402   National Certificate: Hot Water System Installation  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  96402   National Certificate: Hot Water System Installation  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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. Africa International Training Facilities T/A AITF (BREDELL) (TP) 
    2. BELCOMEC TRAINING 
    3. CLEAN HEAT ENERGY SAVING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    4. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE 
    5. PCD College cc 
    6. Schoolboy Training Centre 



    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.