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

Lay pipes for water reticulation system 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12338  Lay pipes for water reticulation system 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Water Sector 
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 3  NQF Level 03  12 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2005-02-09  2008-02-09  SAQA 1058/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-02-09   2012-02-09  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
254070  Lay pipes for water and wastewater reticulation systems  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner achieving this unit standard in combination with context expertise standard(s) will be able to undertake specific pipe laying tasks on a water reticulation system to the requirements of an engineering drawing. This competence will enable the learner to work on an urban or rural reticulation project. Achieving this unit standard will enhance the employability of the qualifying learner in water and other related sectors. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Knowledge of pipes, associated fittings, valves and meters NQF level 2; Read and interpret maps and engineering drawings NQF level 2; Join pipes, associated fittings and other pipeline devices NQF level 2; Apply Personal Safety Practises NQF level 2 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Resources: Labour, pipes, associated fittings, valves, meters, cathodic devices, tools, plant, construction materials.

Personal safety equipment: Gloves, goggles, overalls, boots, mask, earplugs, helmet, torch, breathing aids, gumboots.

Safety equipment: Barricading, signage and all other items and materials used to ensure the safety of personnel, passers-by and traffic

Thrust blocks: Concrete; reinforced concrete; prefabricated thrust blocks.

Manhole and chambers: Pre-constructed, re-enforced concrete constructed and brick built.

Records and reports: Time sheets, log books, accident reports, injury reports, incident reports, daily meter reading data, job cards, "As built" plans (Deviations from engineering drawings), patching reports (e.g. tarmac or concrete surfaces). 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Check resources are available on site in accordance with work plan. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 Prescribed resources are available on site. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 Prescribed personal safety clothing is worn in accordance with work procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 Required safety equipment is available on site. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4 Resources are handled and stored in accordance with code of practice. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Excavate trenches in accordance with safety procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Site is inspected for possible safety risks. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Safety requirements are identified and communicated to work team. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Barricades and signage are erected in accordance with work policies and procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Trenches are laid out in accordance with engineering drawings. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Trenches are dug to code of practice using manual or mechanical equipment. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Shoring is erected in accordance with work policies and procedures. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Lay pipeline in accordance with code of practice and engineering drawing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Tasks are communicated to work team. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Bedding sand is laid. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Pipes are aligned on bedding sand. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. New pipeline is linked to mains and isolated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Pipes are coupled. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Cathodic devices are attached to pipes. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Valves, meters and other fittings are connected to pipes. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. Thrust blocks are placed in correct positions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
9. Pipes are partially covered with bedding sand. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Pressure test the system in accordance with code of practice. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Tasks are communicated to work team. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Pipe system is pressurised. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Problems are identified and corrective action is explained and demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. System is disinfected. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Pipes are scoured and filled with water. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Complete final backfill and construction work as per code of practice and engineering drawing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Tasks are communicated to work team. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Bedding sand is laid over pipes. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Manholes and chambers are constructed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Shoring is removed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Backfilling of trench is completed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Area is rehabilitated in accordance with work policies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. All safety equipment and other resources are removed and returned to stores. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Shut down and charge system in accordance with code of practice and work procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Purpose of shut down procedure is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Valves to be isolated are identified as per engineering drawings or visual inspection and in terms of reason for shut down. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Identified valves are isolated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Purpose of charging procedure is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Section of system to be charged is identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Valves to be opened are identified as per engineering drawings or by visual inspection. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Identified valves are opened as per code of practice procedure. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
Complete reports and records in accordance with work procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Reports and records are maintained or completed accurately. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Reports and records are handed to appropriate persons. 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
1. 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.
2. Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
3. Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQAs policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
4. 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 
Learners should have a knowledge and understanding of:
1. Municipal codes of practice, OHS Act.
2. The importance of following codes of practice and engineering drawings.
3. The importance of pressure tests and steps to follow when problems are identified.
4. The principles of air lock and water hammer.
5. Different soil conditions and safety measures when excavating trenches.
6. Purpose of disinfection.
7. The disinfection procedure.
8. The importance of complying with policies, procedures and legislation.
9. Alternatives to thrust blocks.
10. The importance of preparing excavation to line and level.
11. Work policies and procedures.
12. Codes of practice. 


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. This relates to:

Check resources are available on site in accordance with work plan.
Excavate trenches in accordance with safety procedures.
Pressure test the system in accordance with code of practice.
Complete final backfill and construction work as per code of practice and engineering drawing.
Shut down and charge system in accordance with code of practice and work procedures. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community. This relates to:

Check resources are available on site in accordance with work plan.
Excavate trenches in accordance with safety procedures.
Lay pipeline in accordance with code of practice and engineering drawing.
Pressure test the system in accordance with code of practice.
Complete final backfill and construction work as per code of practice and engineering drawing.
Shut down and charge system in accordance with code of practice and work procedures.
Complete reports and records in accordance with work procedures. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
Plan, organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. This relates to:

Check resources are available on site in accordance with work plan.
Excavate trenches in accordance with safety procedures.
Lay pipeline in accordance with code of practice and engineering drawing.
Pressure test the system in accordance with code of practice.
Complete final backfill and construction work as per code of practice and engineering drawing.
Shut down and charge system in accordance with code of practice and work procedures.
Complete reports and records in accordance with work procedures. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. This relates to:

Check resources are available on site in accordance with work plan.
Excavate trenches in accordance with safety procedures. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the form of oral and/or written presentation. This relates to:

Check resources are available on site in accordance with work plan.
Excavate trenches in accordance with safety procedures.
Lay pipeline in accordance with code of practice and engineering drawing.
Pressure test the system in accordance with code of practice.
Complete final backfill and construction work as per code of practice and engineering drawing.
Shut down and charge system in accordance with code of practice and work procedures.
Complete reports and records in accordance with work procedures. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. This relates to:

Check resources are available on site in accordance with work plan.
Excavate trenches in accordance with safety procedures.
Lay pipeline in accordance with code of practice and engineering drawing.
Pressure test the system in accordance with code of practice.
Complete final backfill and construction work as per code of practice and engineering drawing.
Shut down and charge system in accordance with code of practice and work procedures. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. This relates to:

Excavate trenches in accordance with safety procedures.
Lay pipeline in accordance with code of practice and engineering drawing.
Complete final backfill and construction work as per code of practice and engineering drawing.
Shut down and charge system in accordance with code of practice and work procedures.
Complete reports and records in accordance with work procedures. 

UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 254070, which is "Lay pipes for water and wastewater reticulation systems", Level 3, 12 credits.

INTEGRATED ASSESSMENT
When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the unit standards being assessed. Assessors must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge by developing assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment. It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together in an integrated way, thus reducing the overall number of assessments and ensuring that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

ASSESSMENT OPTION
Learners could be assessed using the following methods:
Oral or written questions
Direct observation
Product sample reports 

QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
  ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
Core  23475   National Certificate: Water Reticulation Services  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


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. ARBINET TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT 
2. AZIFANI PROJECTS AND TRANSPORT (PTY) LTD 
3. D&D Lwazi Development Institute 
4. DONNYBROOK EDUCATION AND TRAINING COLLEGE 
5. HIZONEX PTY LTD 
6. INFRASTRUCTURE CONSULTING ENGINEERS CC 
7. KAREUBO MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS 
8. MULES CONSULTING 
9. PIONEER BUSINESS CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 
10. PRAXIS TRAINING AND CONSULTANCY (PTY) LTD 
11. UMPHA DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 



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