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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Understand and apply structural construction methods 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
113974  Understand and apply structural construction methods 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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 
Learners who are assessed as competent against this unit standard will understand the structural construction and maintenance processes, understand the principles and construction methods related to structural steel construction, rigging, cladding, jacking and structural concrete construction.

This competence forms part of the Elective learning and represents a specific context of management, i.e. understanding structural construction methods in a civil engineering construction context

It contributes to the development of a professional community of Civil Engineering Construction Managers. The contribution to The National Skills Development Strategy is the key developmental interface between learners and new competencies to be achieved.

Its contribution to socio-economic transformation is that learners would be able to undergo RPL-assessment and thereby receive recognition for previous learning and experience. The employability and career prospects of learners can therefore be enhanced by this qualification. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
NQF Level 4 in Numeracy and Literacy
Relevant Unit standards at NQF Level 4 in Structural Construction. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Structural Types:
  • Structural steel and concrete encountered in:

    (i) Minor Bridges
    (ii) Retaining structures
    (iii) Low and medium rise domestic, commercial and industrial buildings.
    (iv) Low and medium rise Towers
    (v) Water retaining structures
    (vi) Minor Dams
  • The use of concrete includes an understanding of the processes and principles involved with the following: Mixing, Transporting, Placing and compacting, Curing, Testing, Finishing.
  • The erection, alteration / repositioning and dismantling of scaffolding:
    (i) Access during maintenance and construction activities.
    (ii) Load bearing during construction activities.
    (iii) Suspended during maintenance activities of structures.
  • The jacking of concrete structures. ( pipes, culverts, cast in-situ reinforced structural elements)
  • Rigging operations during structural steel and structural pre-cast concrete erection and placements.
  • Specialised maintenance and waterproofing activities pertaining to concrete.
  • Specialised maintenance activities pertaining to structural steel. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the structural construction process and associated technologies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The structural construction process is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The function of structural construction elements are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Appropriate structural construction technologies are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Economic factors that impact on the structural construction process are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Environmental problems in construction are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Methods of environmental control are identified and explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Understand and apply the various structural construction elements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Structural steel construction technologies are explained and demonstrated in terms of Industry best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Structural concrete construction technologies are explained and demonstrated in terms of Industry best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Rigging technology is explained and demonstrated in terms of Industry best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Jacking of concrete structures is explained and demonstrated in terms of Industry best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The erection, alteration / repositioning and dismantling of scaffolding is explained and demonstrated in terms of Industry best practice. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Understand and apply concrete technology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Temporary support work, formwork and shuttering for concrete works are designed and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Reinforcing steel detail is extracted from drawings and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The principles, properties and use of concrete are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The properties and application of concrete materials are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Concrete materials are applied to design concrete mixes in accordance with specifications and job requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Understand and apply concrete and steel rehabilitation and maintenance work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Knowledge of specialist sealing and repairs to concrete is explained and demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Knowledge of specialist rehabilitation and maintenance to structural steel is explained and demonstrated. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the CETA - ETQA for "The National Certificate in the Management of Civil Engineering Construction Processes".
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the CETA - ETQA.
  • CETA - ETQA, or other ETQA`s who have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with CETA-ETQA, would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The structural construction process.
  • The function of structural construction elements.
  • Structural Steel Construction technologies.
  • Structural Concrete Construction technologies.
  • Concrete technology.
  • Jacking of concrete structures.
  • Rigging operations.
  • The erection, alteration / repositioning and dismantling of scaffolding:
  • Economic factors that impact on the structural construction process.
  • Environmental problems in structural construction.
  • Methods of environmental control.
  • The processes and principles involved with the mixing, transporting, placing and compacting, curing, testing and finishing of concrete.
  • Relevant and current Codes of Practice specification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems.

    Specific Outcome:
    Demonstrate an understanding of the structural construction process and associated technologies.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Economic factors that impact on the structural construction process are identified and explained.
  • Environmental problems in construction are identified and explained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others.

    Specific Outcome:
    Understand and apply the various structural construction elements.

    Assessmetn Criteria:
  • Rigging technology is explained and demonstrated in terms of Industry best practice. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management.

    Specific Outcome:
    Demonstrate an understanding of the structural construction process and associated technologies.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Economic factors that impact on the road construction process are identified and explained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information.

    Specific Outcome:
    Understand and apply concrete technology.

    Assessmetn Criteria:
  • Reinforcing steel detail is extracted from drawings and applied.
  • Concrete materials are applied to design concrete mixes in accordance with specifications and job requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively.

    Specific Outcome:
    Understand and apply the various structural construction elements.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Rigging technology is explained and demonstrated in terms of Industry best practice. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence.

    Specific Outcome:
    Understand and apply the various structural construction elements.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Structural steel construction technologies are explained and demonstrated in terms of Industry best practice. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand Contextual world-systems.

    Specific Outcome:
    Demonstrate an understanding of the structural construction process and associated technologies.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Environmental problems in construction are identified and explained.
  • Methods of environmental control are identified and explained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Manage information. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  23683   National Diploma: Management of Civil Engineering Construction Processes  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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