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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Batch and mix concrete by volume 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12916  Batch and mix concrete by volume 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Physical Planning, Design and Management 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
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 
This unit standard will be useful to people who work on a concrete construction site and are required to batch and mix concrete by volume.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Prepare to mix concrete
  • Measure and add materials to the concrete mix
  • Mix and load the concrete, and
  • Conduct post mixing activities

    Previously disadvantaged persons and other learners who through recognition of prior learning will be able to be accessed against this standard and receive National recognition for their competence. This will enhance their employability and career advancement and contribute to the socio-economic transformation of the country. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Orientation to a concrete construction site
  • Measuring volumetric ratios
  • Identifying the properties of fresh concrete
  • Operating small items of plant and equipment

    ABET Level 3 in Literacy Mother Tongue, ABET Level 2 in Literacy English and ABET Level 3 in Numeracy. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole 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.
  • Assessment is made against the mixing of concrete by hand or by means of a small mechanical mixer.
  • 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 
    Prepare to mix concrete 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Work area is checked for hazards. All hazards are identified and corrective action is taken in line with work place housekeeping procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Corrective action includes: eliminating and/or reporting.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. All tools, equipment and personal protective equipment required for the task are identified and ensured to be functional, and are ready for use at the work area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Materials are visually checked to be adequate for the task in terms of production requirements and mix design. Inadequacies are reported in accordance with company policies. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Quantity, quality, moisture content.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Other related work activities are communicated with in order to maintain productive work flow in compliance with given schedules. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Related activities includes: transporting and placing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Consequences of not communicating with related work activities are explained in terms of product deterioration and wastage. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Measure and add materials to the concrete mix 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Work is carried out in accordance with work place safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Tools and equipment are used in accordance with their designed purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Personal protective equipment is used as required in accordance with the relevant safety legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Materials are identified and selected from stockpiles in terms of requirements for the given mix design. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The materials are measured and added to the mix in accordance with the mix design and industry accepted procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. The consequences of incorrect quantities of materials are explained in terms of cost and quality of product. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Communication is maintained in such a way that promotes good working relationships and ensures uninterrupted workflow. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Mix and load the concrete 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Work is carried out in accordance with work place safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Tools and equipment are used in accordance with their designed purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Personal protective equipment is used as required in accordance with the relevant safety legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Water is added to the mix in accordance with the mix design and industry accepted procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The consistency of the concrete is assessed in terms of the workability and placing requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Problems are identified and corrective action taken in terms of workflow and production. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Problems include: poor workability with all the water added and high slump with remaining water.
  • Corrective action includes: eliminating and/or reporting.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Concrete is loaded into receptacles for transporting in accordance with work place procedures and principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Wastage of materials is kept to within industry-accepted levels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. The consequences of good and poor workmanship are described in terms of production, cost, safety and quality of product. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    10. Communication is maintained in such a way that promotes good working relationships and ensures uninterrupted workflow. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct post mixing activities 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. All concrete equipment is cleaned of excess concrete in accordance with good housekeeping principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The consequences of not thoroughly cleaning all concrete equipment are explained in terms of concrete buildup and productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Personal protective equipment is used as required in accordance with the relevant safety legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Unused materials are cleared, piled and grouped in accordance with good housekeeping principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Excess concrete is disposed of in accordance with work site requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. All documentation is completed in accordance with work site requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by CETA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for the Certificate for Construction Workers. CETA is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification.

    A memorandum of understanding with other ETQA bodies need to be signed when training providers working in other Sectors, requires assessment of learner achievements to take place against this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate`s performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.

    Qualifying learners understand and can explain:
  • The identification and use of protective clothing when working with cement and aggregates.
  • The identification and selection of materials from stockpiles.
  • The volumetric measurement of materials to be added to the mix.
  • The consequences of incorrect quantities.
  • The correct addition of water.
  • The cleaning of equipment after mixing. 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Prepare to mix concrete.
  • Measure and add materials to the concrete mix.
  • Mix and load the concrete.
  • Conduct post mixing activities.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Hazards identified and eliminated.
  • Identifying materials.
  • Problems identified and resolved. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Prepare to mix concrete.
  • Mix and load the concrete.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Maintain communication. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Manage information.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Prepare to mix concrete.
  • Mix and load the concrete.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Maintain communication. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Prepare to mix concrete.
  • Mix and load the concrete.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Maintain communication. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Measure and add materials to the concrete mix.
  • Mix and load the concrete.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Measuring loads.
  • Adding materials to mixer. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Understand contextual world-systems.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Prepare to mix concrete.
  • Measure and add materials to the concrete mix.
  • Mix and load the concrete.
  • Conduct post mixing activities.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Different areas of a construction site. 

  • 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:
  • Appropriateness: The method of assessment is suited to the performance being assessed
  • Fairness: The method of assessment does not present any barriers to achievements, which are not related to the evidence
  • Manageability: The methods used make for easily arranged, cost-effective assessments that do not unduly interfere with learning
  • Integration into work or learning: Evidence collection is integrated into the work or learning process where this is appropriate and feasible
  • Validity: The assessment focuses on the requirements laid down in the Standard; i.e. the assessment is fit for purpose
  • Direct: The activities in the assessment mirror the conditions of actual performance as closely as possible
  • Authenticity: The assessor is satisfied that the work being assessed is attributable to the person being assessed
  • Sufficient: The evidence collected establishes that all criteria have been met and that performance to the required standard can be repeated consistently
  • Systematic: Planning and recording is sufficiently rigorous to ensure that assessment is fair
  • Open: Learners can contribute to the planning and accumulation of evidence. Assessment candidates understand the assessment process and the criteria that apply
  • Consistent: The same assessor would make the same judgement again in similar circumstances. The judgement made is similar to the judgement that would be made by other assessors 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Definition of terms:

    Terms have been clarified as far as possible through the use of range statements. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49411   General Education and Training Certificate: Construction  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  22977   National Certificate: Construction: Roadworks  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2005-12-04  CETA 
    Elective  49410   National Certificate: Construction  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  24133   National Certificate: Construction: Roadworks  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    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. Abasizi Contractor Development Services Pty Ltd 
    3. Academy for Construction Skills (Pty) Ltd (ACS) 
    4. Amagema Development and Social Consultants 
    5. Amber Tower Training 
    6. Arehone Consulting 
    7. Artisan Development Academy 
    8. Aveng Grinaker -LTA Civil Engineering 
    9. BH Training and Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    10. Blacken Security Services 
    11. Bright Storm Projects 
    12. Builders Training Centre 
    13. Cerimele Construction Company Pty Ltd 
    14. Construction Resource Development Centre 
    15. CSTA Training Academy 
    16. Dego Consultants 
    17. DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES BRANDVLEI TRAINING CENTRE 
    18. Eastcape Training Centre 
    19. Edu-Wise Group (Pty) Ltd 
    20. Edzani Community Development and Consultancy 
    21. Emthonjeni Wolwazi Trading 
    22. Ergo-Maphelong Institute 
    23. Goldfields FET College 
    24. HIGHVELD BOTTLING (Legacy) 
    25. IMBAWULA CIVIL ENGINEERING ACADEMY 
    26. In Touch Community Development & Project Managers 
    27. INFINITY SERVICES INK 
    28. IQHAYIYA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Legacy) 
    29. Itemba Development Consultants 
    30. IZWE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    31. Jefferson Skills Academy 
    32. KNK Largesuccess Construction 
    33. Leps Training Consultants 
    34. LICENCE WISE TRAINING SPECIALISTS 
    35. Luntu for Education and Skills Development Practice (Pty) Ltd 
    36. M Tech Training Consultants 
    37. Marung T 
    38. Masima Training Sa Cc 
    39. Microzone Training CC 
    40. Mohlaje Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    41. Mopani South East FET College - Central Office 
    42. Mthoms Trading 
    43. MUDITAMBI HOLDINGS 
    44. MZANTSI TRUCK & BUS (Uitenhage) 
    45. New Hope Revival Organisation NPC 
    46. Nkqubela Community Developers 
    47. Nokuthula Dube & Associates 
    48. NOLOSHA 
    49. NOMASOJABULA TRAINING CENTRE 
    50. Northern Cape Urban TVET College 
    51. Ntongenhle Construction Force 
    52. POINT COACH WORKS T/A SUPERTECHNIK (Durban) 
    53. Qualfurn Training & Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    54. Raubex Construction Pty (Ltd) 
    55. Regen Technical Institute Pty Ltd 
    56. Sejamo Construction and Training 
    57. Sinethemba Visiwe PTY LTD 
    58. South African Value Education (Pty) Ltd 
    59. STEVENEL TRAINING CONSTRUCTION AND CIVIL 
    60. The Skills Matrix cc 
    61. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 
    62. Tommy Phiri Labour Relations and Training Services 
    63. Training Force (Pty) Ltd 
    64. TSEBO SECHABA CONSULTING 
    65. TSK Projects 
    66. WAL TRAINING 
    67. Zama Training & Developments 
    68. Zwartkop Training Centre 



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