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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Occupational Certificate: Pipe Fitter 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
99255  Occupational Certificate: Pipe Fitter 
ORIGINATOR
Development Quality Partner - MERSETA 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
-   OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Occupational Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  581  Not Applicable  NQF Level 04  Regular-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:
The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as a Pipe fitter. A Pipe fitter disassembles, repairs, maintains, fabricates, assembles, installs and quality assures pipe systems in accordance with design and engineering codes and specifications taking into consideration health, safety and environmental requirements.
A qualified learner will be able to:
  • Maintain pipe systems and related components applying removal, inspection and installation techniques in accordance with pre-defined specifications.
  • Fabricate pipe systems in accordance with relevant specifications.
  • Participate in quality assurance and testing procedures of pipe systems and related components in accordance with specifications.

    Rationale:
    Pipe fitter is a listed trade incorporated within the South African National Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework. This qualification is designed for that group of learners. The industry has identified a need for a fully-fledged recognised pipe fitting qualification to address the skills requirements and also, to establish a structured curriculum. Most small and major projects throughout the country require qualified pipe fitters. Qualified pipe fitters are likely to be employed by major industries such as marine, petro-chemical, power generation, food and beverage, steel manufacturing, etc.

    This qualification is aimed at individuals who have recently worked in a relevant occupational context, who have acquired pipe fitting skills in an industrial work environment. Such skills include, but are not limited to, pipe fabrication, installation and maintenance activities. The qualification is also suitable for new entrants to the pipe fitting sector.

    This qualification will enable individuals to receive full recognition as qualified artisans within the pipe fitting working environment. The pipe fitter qualification can contribute to an individual's career path development within the specific discipline. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
    RPL for access to the external integrated summative assessment:
    Accredited providers and approved workplaces must apply the internal assessment criteria specified in the related curriculum document to establish and confirm prior learning. Accredited providers and workplaces must confirm prior learning by issuing a statement of result or certifying a work experience record.

    RPL for access to the qualification:
    Accredited providers and approved workplaces may recognise prior learning against the relevant access requirements.

    Entry Requirements:
  • Qualification Level 1 with Mathematics and Science. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge, Practical Skill and Work Experience.

    Modules:
    Knowledge Modules:
  • 642607000-KM-01, Introduction to the Pipe Fitter Trade, Level 02, 5 Credits.
  • 642607000-KM-02, Health and Safety Requirements related to the Pipe Fitting Trade, Level 02, 5 Credits.
  • 642607000-KM-03, Engineering drawings, Level 03, 13 Credits.
  • 642607000-KM-04, Pipe Fitting design specifications and standards, Level 02, 10 Credits.
  • 642607000-KM-05, Trade related engineering hand tools, Level 02, 7 Credits.
  • 642607000-KM-06, Trade related engineering power tools, Level 04, 7 Credits.
  • 642607000-KM-07, Basic marking off techniques, Level 02, 7 Credits.
  • 642607000-KM-08, Thermal processes, Level 03, 15 Credits.
  • 642607000-KM-09, Pipe systems, Level 04, 45 Credits.
  • 642607000-KM-10, Basic rigging, Level 02, 10 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 124.

    Practical Skill Modules:
  • 642607000-PM-01, Produce Engineering Drawings, Level 03, 24 Credits.
  • 642607000-PM-02, Perform work assignments utilising trade related engineering hand tools, Level 02, 15 Credits.
  • 642607000-PM-03, Perform work assignments utilising trade related power tools, Level 04, 15 Credits.
  • 642607000-PM-04, Perform basic marking off techniques, Level 02, 4 Credits.
  • 642607000-PM-05, Perform Shielded Metal Arc/Manual Metal Arc Welding (SMAW/MMAW), Level 03, 12 Credits.
  • 642607000-PM-06, Perform Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Level 03, 12 Credits.
  • 642607000-PM-07, Perform Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Level 03, 12 Credits.
  • 642607000-PM-08, Perform thermal cutting and heating using oxy-fuel processes, Level 03, 12 Credits.
  • 642607000-PM-09, Perform thermal cutting using the plasma cutting process, Level 03, 10 Credit.
  • 642607000-PM-10, Identify and inspect pipe systems and related components to ensure operational integrity, Level 02, 8 Credits.
  • 642607000-PM-11, Remove threaded pipe systems and related components, Level 02, 8Credits.
  • 642607000-PM-12, Remove welded pipe systems and related components, Level 03, 16 Credits.
  • 642607000-PM-13, Apply pipe development drawing principles and techniques, Level 04, 32 Credits.
  • 642607000-PM-14, Produce threaded pipe systems according to drawing, specifications and HSE requirements, Level 03, 12 Credits.
  • 642607000-PM-15, Fabricate welded pipe systems according to drawings, specifications and HSE requirements, Level 04, 20 Credits.
  • 642607000-PM-16, Install pipe hangers to support pipe systems according to drawing, specifications and HSE requirements, Level 03, 12 Credits.
  • 642607000-PM-17, Perform pressure testing and quality assurance pertaining to pipe systems and components, Level 04, 8 Credits.
  • 642607000-PM-18, Apply Health, Safety and Environment Requirements related to the Pipe Fitting Trade, Level 02, 4 Credits.
  • 642607000-PM-19, Perform metal identification and thermal treatment techniques on various engineering materials, Level 03, 12 Credits.
  • 642607000-PM-20, Perform air arc carbon gouging, Level 03, 2 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 250.

    This qualification also requires the following Work Experience Modules:
  • 642607000-WM-01, Perform activities whilst adhering to Health and Safety Requirements related to the Pipe Fitting environment, Level 02, 10 Credits.
  • 642607000-WM-02, Health and Safety Requirements related to the Pipe Fitting Trade, Level 02, 2 Credits.
  • 642607000-WM-03, Inspection and identification processes of pipe systems and related components, Level 03, 10 Credits.
  • 642607000-WM-04, Removal processes for threaded pipe systems and related components, Level 02, 20 Credits.
  • 642607000-WM-05, Removal processes for welded pipe systems and related components, Level 03, 35 Credits.
  • 642607000-WM-06, Work processes for producing threaded pipe systems according to drawing, specifications and HSE requirements, Level 03, 30 Credits.
  • 642607000-WM-07, Fabrication processes of welded pipe systems according to drawing specifications and HSE requirements, utilising pipe development drawing principles and techniques, Level 04, 45 Credits.
  • 642607000-WM-08, Installation processes of pipe support systems according to design drawings, specifications and HSE requirements, Level 03, 35 Credits.
  • 642607000-WM-09, Pressure testing and quality assurance procedure participation pertaining to pipe systems and components, Level 04, 20 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 207. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Identify, inspect, use and handle trade related hand tools; identify pipe materials, components and consumables under supervision.
    2. Identify, inspect, use, handle trade related measuring, marking off, power tools and associated thermal processes under supervision.
    3. Interpret and apply fundamental engineering drawing principles, techniques and related specifications to maintain, fabricate and install threaded pipe systems and related components.
    4. Interpret and apply engineering drawing principles, techniques and related specifications to maintain, fabricate and install welded pipe systems and related components. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Health, Safety and Environmental mandatory requirements for trade related hand tools; identify pipe materials, components and consumables are interpreted, applied and adhered to.
  • The required tools are identified, selected, inspected and used for the identified task as per manufacturer's recommendations.
  • Non-conforming tools and equipment are reported and dealt with accordingly.
  • Care and storage procedures of tools and equipment are adhered to.
  • Pipe materials, components, bolts, nuts and consumables are identified and their uses explained.
  • The handling and storage procedures for pipe materials and related components are explained and adhered to.
  • Work standards are complied with.

    Associated Assessment Criteria Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Health, Safety and Environmental mandatory requirements for trade related measuring, marking off, power tools and associated thermal processes are interpreted, applied and adhered to.
  • The required measuring, marking off and power tools are identified, selected, inspected and used under supervision as per manufacturer's recommendations.
  • Thermal cutting and heating process equipment identified, inspected, set-up and used under supervision as per manufacturer's specifications.
  • Non-conforming thermal cutting, heating equipment, measuring, marking off, power tools and equipment are reported and dealt with accordingly.
  • Care and storage procedures of measuring, marking off and power tools and equipment are adhered to.
  • Work standards are complied with.

    Associated Assessment Criteria Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Health, Safety and Environmental mandatory requirements when maintaining, fabricating and installing threaded pipe systems and related components are interpreted, applied and adhered to.
  • Engineering drawing principles and techniques are interpreted and applied.
  • Fundamental threaded pipe systems maintenance, fabrication, installation principles and work methodologies are applied.
  • Work standards are complied with.

    Associated Assessment Criteria Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Health, Safety and Environmental mandatory requirements when maintaining, fabricating and installing welded pipe systems and related components are interpreted, applied and adhered to.
  • Engineering drawing principles and techniques are interpreted and applied.
  • Welded pipe systems maintenance, fabrication, installation principles and work methodologies are applied.
  • Work standards are complied with.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Integrated formative assessment:
    The skills development provider will use the curriculum to guide them on the stipulated internal assessment criteria and weighting. They will also apply the scope of practical skills and applied knowledge as stipulated by the internal assessment criteria. This formative assessment leads to entrance into the integrated external summative assessment.

    Integrated summative assessment:
    An external integrated summative assessment, conducted through the relevant Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) Assessment Quality Partner is required for the issuing of this qualification. The external integrated summative assessment will focus on the exit level outcomes and associated assessment criteria. The external summative assessment will be a trade test conducted in terms of Section 26 D of the Skills Development Act through an evaluation of written and practical tasks covering critical aspects of the trade and conducted in a simulated environment at an assessment centre accredited by QCTO by an assessor registered by National Artisan Moderation Body. The assessment will take place over a maximum of two (2) days. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification has been compared with similar qualifications offered in countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom due to the similarities in operating procedures for pipe fitters in those countries and those adopted in South Africa.

    Canada:
    In Canada offers qualification called National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering (Pipe Fitting and Assembly) (1712-34) is offered. The purpose of this qualification is to maintain and repair piping systems.

    Mandatory units include:
  • Complying with Statutory Regulations and Organisational Safety Requirements, 5 Credits.
  • Using and Interpreting Engineering Data and Documentation, 5 Credits.
  • Working Efficiently and Effectively in Engineering, 5 Credits.

    Optional Group A:
  • Pipe Bending and Forming by Hand Methods, 46 Credits.
  • Pipe Bending and Forming using Bending Machines, 46 Credits.
  • Assembling screwed pipework
  • Assembling small bore non-ferrous pipework
  • Assembling non-metallic pipework
  • Preparing and testing pipework systems
  • Producing socket and flange fillet welded joints in pipe using a manual welding process

    Entry requirements:
    There are no pre-set entrance requirements. However, centres must ensure that learners have the potential and opportunity to gain the qualification successfully.

    United Kingdom:
    The Engineering Industry Training Board in the United Kingdom offers two qualifications for pipefitters:
  • Supporting the Installation of Engineering Construction Plant, Systems.
  • Pipefitting and Installing Engineering Construction Plant and Systems - Pipefitting.

    The purpose of both qualifications is to train the individual in the installation of pipework (Kilometers) which carry oil, gas, water, and other process fluids.

    Curriculum for Supporting the Installation of Engineering Construction Plant and Systems is:
  • Contribute to effective working relationships in engineering construction.
  • Work safely and minimise risk in engineering construction.
  • Identify and deal with hazards and emergencies in the engineering construction work environment.
  • Shape engineering construction pipework components by material removal using hand tools.
  • Support the assembly of engineering construction pipework components.
  • Support the positioning and installation of engineering construction pipework.

    Curriculum for Installing Engineering Construction Plant and Systems - Pipefitting are:
  • Contribute to effective working relationships in engineering construction.
  • Work safely and minimise risk in engineering construction.
  • Identify and deal with hazards and emergencies in the engineering construction work environment.
  • Shape engineering construction pipework components by material removal using hand tools.
  • Assemble engineering construction pipework components to meet specification.
  • Position and install engineering construction pipework.
  • Mark out to the required specification for pipefitting activities in engineering construction.
  • Establish compliance of engineering construction installation with the specification.
  • Test the performance and condition of installed pipework in engineering construction.
  • Shape engineering construction pipework components by manually applied pressure.

    The Neta Training Group in United Kingdom offers training for pipe fitters. The purpose of this training is to enable pipefitters to fabricate pipework and supports using detailed engineering drawings, cutting, shaping and bending pipe in preparation for welding. Pipefitters often work alongside welders as they are expected to connect piping efficiently and safely, sometimes in difficult conditions.

    Curriculum:
  • General health and safety in engineering construction.
  • Specific pipefitting safety and safe working conditions.
  • Working at heights, slinging and lifting, technical drawings, specifications and British Standards Engineering.
  • Materials.
  • Use of basic hand and power tools, cutting and preparing pipe and plate tack welding.
  • Oxy fuel cutting, setting out and developing patterns, cold bending ferrous and non-ferrous pipe, fabricating pipework and supports.
  • Assembling pipework, installing pipework systems, preparing and hydrostatically testing pipework systems.

    Conclusion:
    This qualification compares favourably with the qualifications that it was compared with. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Horizontal articulation:
  • Occupational Certificate: Welder, Level 4(ID: 94100).
  • Occupational Certificate: Boilermaker, Level 4 (ID: 93626).

    Vertical articulation:
  • Higher Certificate in Supervisory Management, Level 5 (ID: 94630).
  • Occupation Certificate: Plumber, Level 5 (ID: 91782). 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    Qualifying for external assessment:
    In order to qualify for the external summative assessment learners must have a copy of a completed and signed Statement of Work Experience as well as proof of successful completion of all the knowledge and practical skills modules stipulated in the curriculum or alternative programmes where applicable.

    Foundational learning competence is a pre-requisite for access to the integrated summative assessment.

    Additional legal or physical entry requirements:
    No additional entry requirements are required.

    Criteria for the accreditation of providers:
    Accreditation of providers will be done against the criteria as reflected in the relevant curriculum on the QCTO website.

    The curriculum title and code is: 642607000: Pipe fitter. 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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