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

National Certificate: Supervision of Water Reticulation Operations 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
23476  National Certificate: Supervision of Water Reticulation Operations 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Water Sector   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction  Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  136  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
SAQA 1058/05  2005-02-09  2008-02-09 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-02-09   2012-02-29  

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 qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
60189  Further Education and Training Certificate: Wastewater and Water Reticulation Services  Level 4  NQF Level 04  135  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
A learner assessed as competent against this qualification will be able to operate water reticulation systems and projects and to supervise work groups involved in their construction and maintenance. The qualified learner will be able to competently fulfill water reticulation projects safely and in a professional manner to ensure that industry standards are maintained. The qualifying learner will be able to plan water reticulation tasks, implement and control construction, operation and maintenance tasks on a water reticulation system, explain the characteristics of water flow, apply water loss control principles, supervise personal safety practices and staff members and perform administrative tasks. This qualification has also been developed to assist with standardisation across the water reticulation industry. This will allow learners to lay a foundation for future career advancement across similar trades and supervisory management qualifications within the sector. This qualification has been developed to enhance the sustainability of water reticulation projects, which will contribute towards the supply of potable water. This competence will contribute to assisting the individual with the capacity to advance and gain skills, which are portable, and in so doing gain self-respect.

Rationale of the qualification:

This qualification reflects the workplace-based needs of charge hands, assistant foremen or senior artisans working in the water sector that is expressed by employers and employees, both now and for the future. The introduction of a National Certificate in Water Reticulation on NQF Level 4 provides the learner with a career path and progression in water reticulation from the National Certificate in Water Reticulation on NQF Level 2 (water service hand) to the provision of supervision on a water reticulation project, operating under a foreman or engineer. This qualification will enable learners to reach their full potential of advancement without formal education becoming an impassable barrier and in addition will allow for the recognition of prior learning. The qualification also provides the learners with access to a foreman level qualification on NQF level 5. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Literacy, communication and numeracy at NQF level 2 plus the achievement of the following unit standards from the National Certificate in Water Reticulation (NQF level2):
  • Read And Interpret Maps And Engineering Drawings Of Water Reticulation Systems (NQF level 2)
  • Demonstrate Knowledge of Water Cycle, Water and Waste Water Systems and Processes (NQF level 2)
  • Apply Personal Safety Practices In The Water Sector (NQF level 2)
  • Demonstrate Knowledge Of Pipes, Associated Fittings, Valves And Meters Used In Water Reticulation Systems (NQF level 2)
  • Join Pipes, Fittings And Other Pipeline Devices (NQF level 2)
  • Operate And Maintain Water Reticulation System (NQF level 2)
  • Operate Mechanical, Electrical, Hydraulic And Pneumatic Tools & Equipment (NQF level 2)
  • Operate Pumps (NQF level 2)

    Recognition of prior learning:

    This qualification may be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. Any learner wishing to be directly assessed may arrange to do so, without attending further training or education. The assessor and learner will decide together on the most appropriate assessment route to be taken. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    On achieving this qualification the qualifying learner will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of relevant legislation.

    2. Demonstrate interactive and communication skills.

    3. Plan and organise water reticulation tasks and perform administrative tasks.

    4. Supervise manpower and other resources.

    5. Supervise construction, operation and maintenance tasks to industry standards on water reticulation systems.

    6. Supervise water loss control procedures. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.1 Knowledge and comprehension of relevant sections of the National Water Act and other water and safety related legislation.
    1.2 Assess risks and hazardous situations in the workplace and determine safe work practices or emergency procedures.
    1.3 Ensure work colleagues comply with safety requirements in accordance with relevant safety legislation.

    2.1 Interaction with management.
    2.2 Use communication skills to interact in a meaningful way with work colleagues and relevant stakeholders.
    2.3 Use the range of generic skills as a foundation for learning.
    2.4 Work with others in both learning and work-oriented situations.

    3.1 Develop action plans for water reticulation tasks.
    3.2 Develop year plans for maintenance of water reticulation tasks.
    3.3 Review plans based on emergency requests and explain alternative actions.
    3.4 Demonstrate administrative skills.
    3.5 Demonstrate an ability to prioritise administrative tasks to facilitate an efficient flow of documentation.
    3.6 Complete reports.

    4.1 Supervision of staff within own scope of responsibility on a daily basis.
    4.2 Supervision of staff to achieve work objectives.
    4.3 Ability to handle conflict within own scope of responsibility.
    4.4 Use technology appropriately to achieve objectives.
    4.5 Supervision of other resources.
    4.6 Apply learning skills and knowledge in their personal, workplace and educational lives.

    5.1 Apply skills relevant to a water reticulation context appropriately.
    5.2 Use technology, manpower and resources appropriately to achieve objectives.
    5.3 Identify, evaluate and rectify problems on a water reticulation system using available resources.
    5.4 Supervise staff to achieve work objectives.

    6.1 Collect and analyse meter readings and flow data.
    6.2 Detect leaks in a water reticulation system.
    6.3 Balance water supply volumes.
    6.4 Determine existence of illegal connections.
    6.5 Identify and solve problems related to water loss control.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Integrated assessment provides an opportunity for learners to show that they are able to integrate concepts, ideas and actions across unit standards to achieve competence that is grounded and coherent in relation to the purpose of the skills programme.

    Integrated assessment must judge the quality of the observable performance, but also the quality of the thinking that lies behind it. Assessment tools must encourage learners to give an account of the thinking and decision-making that underpin their demonstrated performance. Some assessment practices will be of a more practical nature while others will be of a more theoretical nature. The ratio between action and interpretation is not fixed, but varies according to the type and level of the skills programme.

    A broad range of task-orientated and theoretical assessment tools may be used, with the distinction between practical knowledge and disciplinary knowledge maintained so that each takes its rightful place.

    While the generic component (literacy, communication and life skills) of this qualification at NQF Level 3 and 4 can be assessed through occupational contexts and activities relating to water reticulation, care must be taken in both the learning programme and the assessment to ensure that these foundational skills are truly portable. The primary aim of this qualification is to ensure that learners have a sound base of general education to prepare them for further learning, whatever career path they may choose. Learners must be able to transfer generic skills such as language, computation and learning skills etc across a number of different contexts, and apply them within a number of learning areas.

    A broad range of task-orientated and theoretical assessment tools may be used, with the distinction between practical knowledge and disciplinary knowledge maintained so that each takes its rightful place. Unit standards in the qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field outcomes. During integrated assessments the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and should assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflexive competencies. 

    INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    International Comparability:

    These unit standards compare favourably with the Water Serviceman qualification in the United States of America and the Wasserman qualification in Germany. There is similarity in complexity, degree of difficulty, conditions, context and the scope of the unit standards covered in these qualifications. The core and elective components have been developed taking into account South Africa`s unique context. The fundamental components, reflecting foundational learning and generic skills and knowledge have been derived from registered, local adult education unit standards. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification has been developed for mobility across similar trades within the industry and is intended to allow for further learning towards management certificates or diplomas within this sector or other sectors on NQF level 5 or 6. This qualification will provide articulation with a range of qualifications in both technical and management areas. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Anyone assessing a learner against these standards must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
    Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of these unit standards or will assess these unit standards must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

    Therefore anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • A minimum of two years practical, relevant occupational experience.
  • Declared competent in all the outcomes of the of the generic assessor standard, and certificated by the ETDP SETA or by the relevant ETQA in agreement with the ETDP SETA in this regard.
  • Detailed documentary proof of educational qualification, practical training undergone, and experience gained by the applicant must be provided (Portfolio of evidence).
  • Able to demonstrate competence in relation to these specified standards and qualifications, at or above, the level of the qualifications in question.
  • Meet any other additional requirements laid down by their constituent ETQA.

    The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning. The status of registered assessors can be checked on the appropriate ETQA database or website. 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 60189, which is "National Certificate: Wastewater and Water Reticulation Services", Level 4, 135 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  8015  Executing general office administration  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  14022  Apply water loss control principles  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14023  Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of water flow  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  14025  Implement and control construction operation and maintenance tasks on a water reticulation system  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Core  14027  Plan and organise construction operation and maintenance of a water reticulation system  Level 4  NQF Level 04  11 
    Core  12061  Supervise personal safety practices on a wastewater treatment works  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  10981  Supervise work unit to achieve work unit objectives (individuals and teams)  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Fundamental  9015  Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8974  Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  12417  Measure, estimate & calculate physical quantities & explore, critique & prove geometrical relationships in 2 and 3 dimensional space in the life and workplace of adult with increasing responsibilities  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8975  Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8979  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8976  Write for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  12542  Recognise principles and practices of entrepreneurship in tourism  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  7572  Demonstrate knowledge of and produce computer spreadsheets using basic functions  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9965  Render basic first aid  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  7570  Produce word processing documents for business  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  14018  Provide water services support for rural communities  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  14053  Demonstrate knowledge of corrosion control  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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