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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Diagnose and repair vehicle ignition systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260737  Diagnose and repair vehicle ignition systems 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Vehicle Maintenance 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
12228  Service and repair electronic automobile ignition systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for people in the automotive engineering industry who are expected to diagnose and repair vehicle ignition systems in accordance with workplace procedures and manufacturer service manuals.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Read and interpret the job instructions.
  • Prepare to conduct tests.
  • Test and diagnose faults.
  • Repair the faults.
  • Apply safety procedures during the repair and assembly task.
  • Restore work area, complete and process documentation.

    This unit standard is an elective standard in the context of one or more of the following areas of specialisation:
  • Passenger vehicle.
  • Commercial vehicle.
  • Earthmoving equipment.
  • Lift truck.
  • Motor cycle. 

  • 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:
  • The ability to work safely in an automotive workshop at NQF Level 3.
  • The ability to test and report on condition of vehicle starting & charging system at NQF Level 3.
  • The ability to service & repair a vehicle ignition system at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard:
  • Ignition circuits include breaker-less ignition and direct ignition systems.
  • The learner should be able to work autonomously.

    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 
    Read and interpret the job instructions. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Interpret job instructions include obtaining technical data, the identification and selection of tools and equipment.
  • Technical data includes the parts and repair manuals. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Technical data is sourced in accordance with operational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate tools and equipment are obtained in accordance with repair manual and operational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of not using the correct technical data, tools and equipment are explained in terms of the impact on the job. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to conduct tests. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Prepare includes the selecting of the appropriate tools and equipment and to select and connect the test equipment.
  • Test equipment includes ohm-meter, continuity tester, test lamp, feeler gauge, timing light, oscilloscope, digital code tester. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The work area is prepared in accordance with the job instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools and test equipment is selected is according to the requirements of the job instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Test equipment is connected in accordance with repair manual procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reasons why specific test equipment is used are given in terms of the required result and availability of equipment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Test and diagnose faults. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Testing includes ignition coil testing, distributor testing, HT lead testing, rotor testing, inductive (pick up coil), electronic ignition unit.
  • Diagnose includes the analysing and interpretation of the test results.