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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Mount solar water heating system 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262784  Mount solar water heating system 
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  20 
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 accredited with this Unit Standard will understand the relevant theory regarding solar water heating systems and be able to install the system taking due cognisance of roof types and other related matters. Importantly, the installer will work under the supervision of a qualified plumber at all times.

Learners credited with this standard will be able to:
  • Explain the theory regarding solar water heating systems.
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of roof trusses in order to complete installation of solar water heating systems.
  • Plan and prepare for installation of solar water heating systems.
  • Install solar water heating 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: Apply plumbing principles as they pertain to the installation of a hot water system. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Systems include but are not limited to direct/indirect, pump/thermo-siphon; flat plate/evacuated tube; split/close couple; retrofit/new installation; pre-heat/feed; freeze protection; scale protection, hail protection; thermal locks, air locks, combinations each with its own dynamics. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the theory regarding solar heating water systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The basic installation criteria are explained to or in order to ensure that installation is according to manufacturer's instructions and specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The dangers of solar heating are explained so that special care is taken during installation to limit exposure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The aspects pertaining to the various solar water heating configurations are explained to determine impact on installation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Problems regarding the solar water heating system are identified and reported to plumber or supervisor. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate and apply knowledge of roof trusses in order to complete installation of solar water heating system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Specified dimensions are accurately understood from plumber instructions according to regulations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes SANS 10400, Part L, SANS 10254, SANS 10252 Part 1.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Carpentry tools, machines and equipment are identified, checked for functionality and used. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Preparation of trusses is explained and implemented according to plumber's instructions and drawings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Work on roof in preparation for installation of solar heating system is explained and performed according to plumber's instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    National Building Regulations and safety legislation are explained and applied in order to ensure compliance. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Plan and prepare for installation of solar water heating system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate hand and power tools and equipment are identified, selected and used according to manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal protective equipment is selected according to the work functions to be performed and worn in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Install solar water heating system according to plumber's instruction. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Pre-site assessment is completed by qualified plumber and the relevant information is conveyed to the hot water system installer per task. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The location, orientation and positioning of solar heating components are completed as per instructions and procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Solar water heating systems' components are assembled as per procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Solar heating systems are installed for a variety of roof types. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Heat transfer fluids are used to fill solar collectors and cylinder heat exchangers according to installation procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The controls are installed, set and programmed to ensure efficient operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Solar water heating systems are pressure tested according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Site instructions are complied with to ensure that installation is completed safely and to the client's satisfaction. 


    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:
  • Safety equipment and protective clothing requirements to be used when installing solar water heating systems.
  • Electrical mains and connections to ensure safe installation.

    Purpose of processes and procedures of:
  • The application of basic plumbing principles in the context of solar water heating systems installation and maintenance.
  • The purpose and use of the different types of solar heating components.
  • The purpose and use of the different types of hot water cylinders.

    Attributes, properties, characteristics related to:
  • Solar energy and its uses in domestic water heating.

    Cause and effect, implications of:
  • The health implications of working on water supply mains.
  • The implications of harsh climatic conditions and necessary adaptations.
  • The effects of water quality on solar water heaters.
  • Backflow.
  • Thermal locks, air locks.
  • The implications of electrical power and live circuits.

    Categories of components, processes, concepts:
  • Installation of pipes includes bracketing and support of pipes within specified tolerances.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • The location, orientation of solar heating components.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies:
  • National Building Regulations.
  • Code of Practice for the application of the National Building Regulations (SANS 10400).
  • SANS Codes of Practice: 10252 Part 1, and 10254 and 10106.
  • Relevant by-laws of local authority.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act.

    Theory - rules, laws, principles:
  • 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 thermal stagnation.

    Relationships, systems:
  • Tools, equipment and materials used in the installation and maintenance of solar water heating systems and manufacturers specifications for maintenance of tools and equipment and storage of 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 in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Interpreting roof layout drawings.
  • Selecting appropriate tools and equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, community to:
  • Install the solar water heating/hot water system.
  • Ensure the safety of all personnel during installation.
  • Ensure that process of determining the quality of food products runs smoothly and efficiently. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsively and effectively when:
  • Interpreting roof layout drawings.
  • Selecting appropriate tools and equipment.
  • Installing the solar water heating system.
  • Test pressure of the system.
  • Identify and select the appropriate tools and equipment.
  • Ensuring the safety of all personnel during installation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation to:
  • Prepare for and install solar water heating system. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others by:
  • Using the equipment according to manufacturer's instructions. 

  • 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 


    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. Schoolboy Training Centre 



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