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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge and apply concrete materials technology 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116563  Demonstrate knowledge and apply concrete materials technology 
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 4  NQF Level 04  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 
The qualifying learner is capable of:

Explaining the characteristics of concrete materials and their affect on the workability and durability of concrete mix. Learners will also be able to assess, plot and produce graphic representations of test results in accordance with mathematical practices

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 practices within the Civil Engineering sector who are able to competently use science and technology when assessing and reporting material quality test results.

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 
The typical scope of this unit standard:

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. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Demonstrate knowledge of and apply concrete materials. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Definitions for fine and coarse aggregates are given in accordance with SABS standards. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The characteristics of aggregates are explained in terms of grade, density, shape, texture and strength. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The effect of different characteristics of aggregates is explained in terms of workability of the concrete mix. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The effect of different characteristics of aggregates is explained in terms of durability of the concrete. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Methods of compensating for different aggregates from mix design are explained and applied in terms of maintaining water: cement ratio and design strength. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Demonstrate knowledge of and apply 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 and applied in terms of the effect on water: cement ratio. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Demonstrate knowledge of and apply 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.
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. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Identify and implement occupational heath and safety and environmental considerations. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Occupational Heath and safety hazards associated with concrete materials are identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Protective clothing and equipment are identified and their use demonstrated to mitigate potential occupational health and safety hazards related to concrete materials. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Environmental hazards associated with concrete materials are identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Preventative measures are identified and mitigating steps taken to safeguard the environment and to rehabilitate the environment in the case of spillage. 


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 for this unit standard or a similar unit standard at a higher NQF Level.
  • 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

    Evident in the following specific outcome and assessment criteria:

    Demonstrate knowledge of concrete materials
  • Definitions for fine and coarse aggregates are given in accordance with SABS standards.

    Demonstrate knowledge of quality control of concrete
  • Criteria for sampling concrete are given in accordance with SABS 0100-2.
    Range:
    What concrete to sample
    How much to sample
    When to sample 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others

    Evident in the following specific outcome and assessment criteria:

    Demonstrate knowledge of quality control of concrete
  • Test results are communicated to relevant parties within industry accepted timeframes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management

    Evident in the following specific outcome and assessment criteria:

    Demonstrate knowledge of concrete materials
  • Methods of compensating for different aggregates from mix design are explained in terms of maintaining water: cement ratio and design strength.

    Demonstrate knowledge of concrete mix design
  • Concrete mix design tables are utilised to calculate quantities for a trial mix according to given strength and slump. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information

    Evident in the following specific outcome and assessment criteria:

    Demonstrate knowledge of concrete mix design
  • Concrete mix design tables are utilised to calculate quantities for a trial mix according to given strength and slump.

    Demonstrate knowledge of quality control of concrete
  • The results of slump and cube tests are recorded and interpreted in accordance with industry accepted methods. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively

    Evident in the following specific outcome and assessment criteria:

    Demonstrate knowledge of quality control of concrete
  • Test results are communicated to relevant parties within industry accepted timeframes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence

    Evident in the following specific outcome and assessment criteria:

    Demonstrate knowledge of concrete materials
  • The characteristics of aggregates are explained in terms of grade, density, shape, texture and strength.

    Demonstrate knowledge of concrete mix design
  • Concrete mix design tables are utilised to calculate quantities for a trial mix according to given strength and slump. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand contextual world-systems

    Evident in the following specific outcome and assessment criteria:

    Identify and implement occupational heath & safety and environmental considerations
  • Environmental hazards associated with concrete materials are identified.
  • Preventative measures are identified and mitigating steps taken to safeguard the environment and to rehabilitate the environment in the case of spillage. 

  • 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  65949   Further Education and Training Certificate: Supervision of Construction Processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  49053   National Certificate: Supervision of Construction Processes  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2018-06-30  CETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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. Aveng Grinaker -LTA Civil Engineering 
    2. DAMBUZA COMMUNITY TRUST 
    3. Dego Consultants 
    4. Eastcape Training Centre 
    5. Hlumanathi Trading PTY LTD 
    6. IMBAWULA CIVIL ENGINEERING ACADEMY 
    7. IQHAYIYA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Legacy) 
    8. IZWE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    9. Kagano Consulting Services 
    10. KWAZULU NATAL AVUXENI COMPUTER AND TRAINING CENTRE (PTY) LTD 
    11. LANDAMXO (PTY) LTD 
    12. Macsen Construction & Projects 
    13. Mothusi Management Consultants 
    14. Mpilende Training and Technology Solutions 
    15. MZANTSI TRUCK & BUS (Uitenhage) 
    16. NOLOSHA 
    17. Nomagwanishe Investments cc 
    18. NSINGWENI CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 
    19. POINT COACH WORKS T/A SUPERTECHNIK (Durban) 
    20. Raubex Construction Pty (Ltd) 
    21. SEDA Construction Incubator Trust 
    22. Sinethemba Visiwe PTY LTD 
    23. Thabomeleng 
    24. The Business Zone 352 
    25. Training Force (Pty) Ltd 
    26. Trans Africa Projects 
    27. Ubucubu Home Industries 



    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.