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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Read and interpret construction drawings and specifications 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14014  Read and interpret construction drawings and specifications 
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 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 in the construction industry.

People credited with this unit standard are able to read and interpret very elementary construction drawings and specifications. Previously disadvantaged persons 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 
ABET 3 Numeracy and ABET 3 Literacy. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Drawings include: Plans, Sections, Elevations, Work sketches. Limited to NQF.

Terms include but are not limited to Metric dimension, metric areas, metric volumes, temperature, pressure, density, elevation. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Explain the role of drawings and specifications 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1.The role of drawings in relation to project specification, contract documentation, quantities and construction is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2.The role of specifications in relation to quantities, quality of work, contract documentation and payment to contractors is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Identify drawings and symbols used on a construction drawing 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1.Drawings are identified in terms of type and application for a construction process. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2.Key functions of the drawing are explained in terms of the finished product. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3.Key users of the drawing are identified in terms of work responsibility. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4.Symbols and abbreviations are interpreted in terms of their functions and meanings. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5.The layout is interpreted in terms of the different views shown. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6.The purpose of each view is explained in terms of the result of the end
product. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Apply information from drawings in construction activities 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1.Drawings are oriented in terms of site landmarks and the north indicator. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2.Information is extracted from the drawings in terms of the setting out requirements on site. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3.Scales are interpreted and measurements converted in terms of actual dimensions required. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4.Dimensions are interpreted from the drawings in terms of site requirements. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Interpret specifications appearing on construction drawings 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1.Materials are identified in terms of ordering requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2.Specifications and notes are explained in terms of work 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 in Construction Contracting. CETA is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard.
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 
Qualifying learners understands and can explain:

1.Application and key functions of drawings.
2.Application of information from drawings in construction activities.
3.Interpretation of specifications appearing on drawing. 


Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
Identify and solve problems:

Interpretation of specification appearing on drawing.

Setting out information is extracted.
Material types are identified for construction purposes. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
Employ self management:

Identify drawings and symbols on a construction site.

Interpretations of different views are done.
Key uses of drawings are identified. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
Manage information:

Interpretation of specification appearing on drawing.

Information is extracted from drawings and used for setting out purposed. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
Demonstrate scientific and technological competence:

Identify drawings and symbols.

The purpose of each view is explained. 

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

QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
  ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
Core  65969   General Education and Training Certificate: Human Settlements Development  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
Core  22977   National Certificate: Construction: Roadworks  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2005-12-04  CETA 
Elective  48642   General Education and Training Certificate Housing: Housing Consumer Education  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2009-05-13  Was CETA until Last Date for Achievement 
Elective  49411   General Education and Training Certificate: Construction  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
Elective  49753   General Education and Training Certificate: General Technical Practice  Level 1  NQF Level 01  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. Abakholwe Community Developers (Pty) Ltd 
2. Amagema Development and Social Consultants 
3. Artisan Development Academy 
4. Aveng Grinaker -LTA Civil Engineering 
5. Bokgoni Training And Development 
6. Construction Resource Development Centre 
7. HT MARKTECH 
8. INTEGRATED ADULT TRAINING 
9. ISAZI TRAINING 
10. IZWE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
11. M Tech Training Consultants 
12. Masima Training Sa Cc 
13. Mohlaje Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
14. NOMAKU TRADERS CC 
15. South African Value Education (Pty) Ltd 
16. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 
17. Training Force (Pty) Ltd 
18. TRY EASY ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
19. TSK Projects 
20. Zama Training & Developments 
21. Zwartkop 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.