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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of and apply basic concrete construction practice 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116562  Demonstrate knowledge of and apply basic concrete construction practice 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 
Describing the properties and characteristics of fresh and hardened concrete; concrete materials and their application in concrete mix design.

Learners will also be able to apply mathematical practices for sampling and testing the quality of concrete

The contribution to The National Skills Development Strategy is the key developmental interface between learners and new competencies to be achieved.

Learners who master the applied competence described in this unit standard will contribute to the development of a professional community of construction concreting practitioners within the Civil Engineering sector who are able to who are able to competently use science and technology when carrying out sampling and testing of concrete quality.

The contribution to socio-economic transformation is that learners will be able to undergo RPL-assessment and thereby receive recognition for previous learning and experience. This in turn will enhance the employability and career prospects of learners employed in this sector. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
The following knowledge, skills attitude and/or equivalent:
NQF level 3 Language and Mathematics

Learners will have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of construction drawings and specifications, techniques for calculating construction quantities and developing work plans, setting out work areas and identifying and describing materials used in civil construction. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Assessment against this unit standard must be undertaken on site. On site refers to a wide range of building and construction environments within which trade skills are required, and includes concrete production and concrete construction sites.

Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria.

Concrete materials includes but is not limited to: Cements, admixtures, fine and coarse aggregate 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Demonstrate knowledge of concrete properties. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The properties of fresh concrete are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The characteristics of concrete at early ages are understood 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The characteristics of hardened concrete are explained 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Demonstrate knowledge of concrete materials. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Applications of cementatious materials are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The effects of admixtures are understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Definitions for fine and coarse aggregates are given in accordance with SABS standards. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The characteristics of aggregates are explained in terms of grade, density, shape, texture and strength. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The effect of different characteristics of aggregates is explained in terms of workability of the concrete mix. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
The effect of different characteristics of aggregates is explained in terms of durability of the concrete. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
Methods of compensating for different aggregates from mix design are explained in terms of maintaining water: cement ratio and design strength. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Demonstrate knowledge of concrete mix design. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Nominal mix proportions are explained in terms of strength of concrete and approximate yield. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Concrete mix design tables are utilised to calculate quantities for a trial mix according to given strength and slump. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Results of trial mixes are evaluated and adjustments made to mix according to given strength and slump. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Use of different types of cement is explained in terms of 7 and 28-day strengths. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The use of admixtures is explained in terms of the effect on water: cement ratio. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Demonstrate knowledge of quality control of concrete. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Criteria for sampling concrete are given in accordance with SABS 0100-2 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
What concrete to sample, How much to sample, and When to sample
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The results of slump and cube tests are recorded and interpreted in accordance with industry accepted methods. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Test results are compared to target strengths and the degree of control is determined in accordance with industry accepted procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Test results are assessed statistically in accordance with normal mathematical practices. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Test results are plotted to provide graphic representations of the tests in accordance with normal mathematical practices. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
Test results are communicated to relevant parties within industry accepted timeframes. 


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 relevant -ETQA
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant -ETQA
  • The relevant-ETQA or other ETQA's who have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with relevant -ETQA would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Characteristics of concrete (fresh concrete, concrete at early stages and hardened concrete)
  • Applications of cementatious materials and the effects of admixtures
  • Standard SABS definitions for fine and coarse aggregates
  • Characteristics of aggregates (grade, density, shape, texture and strength)
  • Effect of different characteristics of aggregates in relation to the workability of the concrete mix
  • The effect of different characteristics of aggregates in relation to concrete durability
  • Methods of compensating for different aggregates from mix design in terms of maintaining water: cement ratio and design strength
  • Nominal mix proportions in terms of strength of concrete and approximate yield
  • Concrete mix design tables used to calculate quantities for a trial mix according to given strength and slump
  • Use of different types of cement in relation to 7 and 28-day strengths.
  • Use of admixtures and their effect on water: cement ratio
  • SABS 0100-2 criteria for sampling concrete
  • Industry methods for recording and interpreting the results of slump and cube tests
  • Mathematical practices for the statistical assessment of test results, plotting and providing graphic representations of test results 

  • 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 knowledge of concrete mix design

    Assessment Criteria:
    Methods of compensating for different aggregates from mix design are explained in terms of maintaining water:cement ratio and design strength. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others.

    Specific Outcome:
    Demonstrate knowledge of quality control of concrete

    Assessment Criteria:
    Test results are communicated to relevant parties within industry accepted timeframes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management

    Specific Outcome:
    Demonstrate knowledge of quality control of concrete

    Assessment Criteria:
    Test results are compared to target strengths and the degree of control is determined in accordance with industry accepted procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information

    Specific Outcome:
    Demonstrate knowledge of quality control of concrete

    Assessment Criteria:
    Test results are plotted to provide graphic representations of the tests in accordance with normal mathematical practices. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively

    Specific Outcome:
    Demonstrate knowledge of quality control of concrete

    Assessment Criteria:
    Test results are communicated to relevant parties within industry accepted timeframes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technical competence

    Evident in all specific outcomes and assessment criteria 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand Contextual world-systems

    Specific Outcome:
    Demonstrate Knowledge of Concrete Materials

    Assessment Criteria:
  • The effect of different characteristics of aggregates is explained in terms of workability of the concrete mix.
  • The effect of different characteristics of aggregates is explained in terms of durability of the concrete. 

  • 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
    Core  49016   National Certificate: Construction: Concreting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  49410   National Certificate: Construction  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    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. Arehone Consulting 
    2. Aveng Grinaker -LTA Civil Engineering 
    3. Builders Training Centre 
    4. Dego Consultants 
    5. IZWE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    6. LANDAMXO (PTY) LTD 
    7. Leps Training Consultants 
    8. Mopani South East FET College - Central Office 
    9. MTL Training and Projects 
    10. Raubex Construction Pty (Ltd) 



    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.