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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Read and interpret construction drawings and specifications 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14580  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 3  NQF Level 03  10 
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 construction drawings and specifications 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 
FETC NQF Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy competencies. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Drawings include but are not limited to: plans, sections, elevations, work sketches.
  • Terms include but are not limited to metric dimension, metric areas, metric volumes, temperature, pressure, density, elevation.
  • Specifications include but are not limited to General Conditions of Contract SABS 1200 Specifications. 

  • 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 specifications, 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 

    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 responsibilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Specifications and notes are explained in terms of work requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Symbols and abbreviations are interpreted in terms of their functions and meanings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. The layout is interpreted in terms of the different views shown. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. The purpose of each view is explained in terms of the result of the end product. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Safeguard, store and issue construction drawings 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The purpose of drawing and revision numbers is explained in terms of utilisation of the correct drawing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Consequences of using the wrong drawing are explained in terms of the potential hazardous results on the finished product. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Drawings are stored in a secure place in accordance with company procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Latest amendments of drawings are issued to the relevant people in accordance with company procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. A drawing register is maintained in accordance with company procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    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. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Information supplied in the notes section is interpreted in terms of the engineer's designed purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Materials are identified in terms of ordering requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Limiting and/or guiding criteria are obtained from stated specifications. 


    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:
  • Application and key functions of drawings.
  • Safeguarding, storage and issue of drawings.
  • Application of information from drawings in construction activities.
  • Interpretation of specifications. 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Safeguard, store and issue construction drawings.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Setting out information is extracted.
  • Material types are identified for construction purposes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Identify drawings and symbols used on a construction.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • The issue of drawings to others must comply with company procedure. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Manage information.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Safeguard, store and issue construction.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Information is extracted from drawings and used for setting out purposes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Identify drawings and symbols used on a construction.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Latest amendments of drawings are issued to the relevant people in accordance to company procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Explain the role of drawings and specifications.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Specifications and notes are explained in terms of work requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Employ self management.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Explain the role of drawings and specifications.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Interpretations of different views are done.
  • Key uses of drawings are identified. 

  • 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  65409   National Certificate: Building and Civil Construction  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  49080   National Certificate: Construction: Advanced Crane Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  49081   National Certificate: Construction: Advanced Plant Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  49016   National Certificate: Construction: Concreting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  49602   National Certificate: Construction: Geotechnical  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  24173   National Certificate: Construction: Roadworks  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  49015   National Certificate: Construction: Structural Steel Erecting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-05-13  Was CETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  64589   National Certificate: Community Water, Health and Sanitation Monitoring  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 
    Elective  50022   National Certificate: General Draughting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  49795   National Certificate: Rail Construction and Maintenance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    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. 17 Shaft Training 
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    3. ABEMS TRIANING INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD 
    4. Academy for Construction Skills (Pty) Ltd (ACS) 
    5. AFRICA SKILLS VILLAGE 
    6. AFRICAN ACAD.FOR COM.ASSIS.ENGINEERING 
    7. Agisanang SA Training 
    8. ALL CONNECTIONS TRAINING AND CONSTRUCTION (PTY) LTD 
    9. Amber Tower Training 
    10. AMBROSER SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    11. Arehone Consulting 
    12. Artisan Development Academy 
    13. Aveng Grinaker -LTA Civil Engineering 
    14. BELCOMEC TRAINING 
    15. Better Best Agri Development 
    16. BH Training and Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    17. Bhekwell Group 
    18. Big Tree Group 
    19. Blacken Security Services 
    20. Bokgoni Training And Development 
    21. BOLAND COLLEGE (Paarl) 
    22. Border Kei Training Trust 
    23. Bright Storm Projects 
    24. Builders Training Centre 
    25. Capricorn FET College - Central Office 
    26. CBM Training 
    27. CENTRE FOR CAREER GUIDANCE AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CC 
    28. Centre For Economic Participation 
    29. CLEAN HEAT ENERGY SAVING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    30. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Appelsbosch Campus 
    31. College of Cape Town (City Campus) 
    32. Construction Resource Development College 
    33. D and E Services Pty Ltd 
    34. DAMBUZA COMMUNITY TRUST 
    35. Dego Consultants 
    36. DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES BRANDVLEI TRAINING CENTRE 
    37. DiphitlheleloTechnical Services 
    38. Eastcape Training Centre 
    39. Edu-Wise Group (Pty) Ltd 
    40. EDUCATORY ELECTRO SERVICES 
    41. Edzani Community Development and Consultancy 
    42. Ekurhuleni Artisans and Skills Training Pty Ltd 
    43. Ekurhuleni East College For TVET 
    44. Elangeni College for FET - Central Office 
    45. ELECTRICAL SKILLS PTY LTD 
    46. eminence 
    47. Empilweni Management Solutions cc 
    48. ERGO MAPHELONG INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD 
    49. Ergo-Maphelong Institute 
    50. Esayidi TVET College 
    51. ESKOM KOEBERG POWER STATION - MC&I TRADE TEST CENTRE 
    52. ETS Emergency Training Solutions (PTY) LTD 
    53. False Bay College 
    54. Forek Institute of Technology 
    55. Furniture World Training Centre 
    56. Gabasega Consulting and Training Centre 
    57. GADJENI TRADING ENTERPRISE 
    58. Gert Sibande TVET College 
    59. Godisang Development 
    60. Goitsebasadi Construction Project 
    61. Goldfields FET College 
    62. GREATER ELDOS IMAGES OF PEACE 
    63. HWM Consultancy 
    64. Ifodo Skills Enterprise (Pty) Ltd 
    65. Ikemeleng Training and Development Services 
    66. Ikhwezi Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    67. ILG & H 
    68. IMBAWULA CIVIL ENGINEERING ACADEMY 
    69. In Touch Community Development & Project Managers 
    70. INDUSTRIAL & CONSUMER PLASTIC - New Germany (Legacy) 
    71. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE 
    72. INFRASTRUCTURE CONSULTING ENGINEERS CC 
    73. IQHAYIYA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Legacy) 
    74. Isivuno HR and Solutions 
    75. Itemba Development Consultants 
    76. IZWE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    77. Jefferson Skills Academy 
    78. Josmap Training Institute 
    79. Jot Tirelo 13 Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    80. Kabelo & Kagiso and Projects 
    81. Kagano Consulting Services 
    82. Kamofatso Construction and Academy 
    83. Keewave Trading 403 
    84. KING HINTSA TVET College 
    85. L S Nkosi CC 
    86. LANDAMXO (PTY) LTD 
    87. Laydena (PTY) LTD 
    88. Leps Training Consultants 
    89. Life Long ABET Consulting 
    90. Luzana Training Academy 
    91. Macsen Construction & Projects 
    92. Maduna Development Agency cc 
    93. Maesela Phaladi Investment and Construction PTY LTD 
    94. Mahish 
    95. Mahumani Empowerment Servives Centre 
    96. Majoncor Projects and Training Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    97. Majuba TVET College 
    98. MAKHOKA SUPPLIERS (PTY) LTD 
    99. Mangaung Artisan Developers and Projects 
    100. Mapotomane Trading and Projects 
    101. Masana Social Consultants cc 
    102. Masekela Civil & Building Construction 
    103. Masima Training Sa Cc 
    104. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP) 
    105. Microzone Training CC 
    106. Mnambithi TVET College 
    107. Mohlaje Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    108. MOKWEDI CIVIL AND PROJECTS (PTY) LTD 
    109. Monarch Training 
    110. Montana Skills Development Agency 
    111. Moraba Training and Civil Construction (Pty) Ltd 
    112. Motheo TVET College 
    113. Mothusi Management Consultants 
    114. Mpilende Training and Technology Solutions 
    115. MPUMALANGA REGIONAL TRAINING TRUST 
    116. MPUMAMANZI ACADEMY (PTY) LTD 
    117. Mthoms Trading 
    118. MTL Training and Projects 
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    121. Namuntlha Training and Development (Pty)Ltd 
    122. NEMJA SECURITY AND PROJECTS CC 
    123. NEW HOPE REVIVAL ORGANISATION 
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    125. Ngakatse Trading 
    126. NKANYEZI FOUNDATION 
    127. Nkomaba Trading and Projects 
    128. Nnite Trading Enterprise 
    129. No Limits Trading Enterprise 
    130. NOKRAM (PTY) LTD 
    131. Nokuthula Dube & Associates 
    132. NOLOSHA 
    133. NOMAKU TRADERS CC 
    134. NOMASOJABULA TRAINING CENTRE 
    135. Northern Cape Rural TVET College 
    136. Novi General Services 
    137. NSINGWENI CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 
    138. Nsukay Trading and Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    139. Ntwani Funi Trading and Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    140. Orbit FET College - Central Office 
    141. Othandweni Training Centre 
    142. P.MAB MANAGERS AND PROJECTS (PTY) LTD 
    143. PAKANYO TRADING CC 
    144. Pam's Educational Consultancy CC 
    145. Pat Sesfikile Trading CC 
    146. Perfect Solution Project and Consultancy 
    147. PMA Holdings (PTY ) LTD. 
    148. Powerpro Technologies and Training Facility (PTY) LTD 
    149. PRAXIS TRAINING AND CONSULTANCY (PTY) LTD 
    150. Primeserv Corporate Solutions 
    151. PROMINENT EMZANSI PROJECTS 
    152. Protech Training (Pty) Ltd 
    153. Qualfurn Training & Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    154. Raubex Construction Pty (Ltd) 
    155. RCS Academy 
    156. Realeboga Training Provider 
    157. Reata Services (Pty) Ltd 
    158. Reflections Development Institute 
    159. Regen Technical Institute Pty Ltd 
    160. Sakhisizwe Development Training 
    161. SEDIBENG MANAGEMENT SERVICES 
    162. Sejamo Construction and Training 
    163. Sekhukhune District Municipality EMS Training Academy 
    164. Setlhabi Development 
    165. Silver Stars Trading 37 CC 
    166. Sinethemba Visiwe PTY LTD 
    167. SISHEN IRON ORE COMPANY (PTY) LTD 
    168. Sithemba Construction 
    169. Sivile Housing Association RSA 
    170. SJM Squared Construction CC 
    171. Sonani Training and Communications 
    172. South African Value Education (Pty) Ltd 
    173. SOUTHERN AFRICAN YOUTH MOVEMENT 
    174. Sphola Consulting CC 
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    178. TECHNICAL INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
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    180. Thekweni TVET College 
    181. Thembifundo Ikusasa Lakho 
    182. Tius Consultants 
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    185. Tommy Phiri Labour Relations and Training Services 
    186. TOP PERFORMERS FOR AFRICA CC 
    187. Tovani Traiding 299 
    188. Training Force (Pty) Ltd 
    189. TRANSVAAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION 
    190. TSEBO SECHABA CONSULTING 
    191. Tshwane North College for FET - Central Office 
    192. TSK Projects 
    193. Ubucubu Home Industries 
    194. UKHONKOLO CONCRETE PRODUCTS 
    195. Umfolozi FET College 
    196. Umgungundlovu FET College 
    197. UNIQUE SOLUTIONS/EAGLES GUESTHOUSE 
    198. Vizz Tech Printers 
    199. VMTN Training Consultancy 
    200. WAL TRAINING 
    201. West Coast TVET College 
    202. Zama Zama Training Centre 
    203. Zwartkop Training Centre 
    204. Zwide Development 



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