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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Install and maintain a solar hot water system 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116678  Install and maintain a solar hot water system 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Electrical Infrastructure Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 
This unit standard is for persons in the Electrical Engineering; Generation; Distribution; Transmission, Construction and Renewable Energy Sector.

A person credited with this unit standard will be capable of:
  • Planning to install solar heating system.
  • Preparing to install and maintain solar heating system.
  • Installing a solar water heater.
  • Connecting associated electrical devices of solar water heaters.
  • Maintaining a solar water heater.
  • Concluding the maintenance of a solar water heater.

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the electrical engineering and construction environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of Physical Planning and Construction. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the electrical engineering and construction environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following knowledge, skills attitude and / or equivalent:
  • An understanding of climate and weather in so much it is a fundamental aspect of renewable energy.
  • How to plan and prepare to perform plumbing works.
  • Relevant statutory requirements.
  • Use of relevant measuring equipment and hand tools. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Statutory Requirements Definition:
  • Statutory requirements include but are not limited to OHS Act, SANS Regulations, NRS Code of Practise Local Authority requirements, Manufacturer's specifications.
  • Work site procedures.
  • Solar heating systems refers to stand alone solar water heaters not coupled to a geyser and solar water heaters coupled to a water supply system and geyser. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan to install solar heating system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Sequence of operation is interpreted and determined as per Job instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Applicable electrical drawings are correctly interpreted and selected to meet job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equipment and personal protective equipment is selected, inspected and checked for functionality and safety prior to commencement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safety procedures related to job requirements and work site procedures are obtained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Solar water heating system and peripheral equipment and mounting bracket are identified and selected according to job instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Peripheral equipment refers to circulating pump, unidirectional valve and reservoir tank if included and if necessary.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Permission is obtained to carry out task according to instructions and drawings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Appropriate tools are identified and selected to meet the requirements of the task according to statutory requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to install and maintain solar heating system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Work area is demarcated according to Work site procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Solar water heating system and peripheral equipment and mounting bracket are checked in accordance with manufacturer specifications and functional requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Work site is inspected for safety and hazards and corrective action is taken according to statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Installation area is prepared for the placing / mounting and securing of the solar water heater and mounting bracket as per job instructions, drawings and diagrams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Work affecting other field of expertise, contractors etc. are identified and communicated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Install solar water heater. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate tools are selected and used correctly as per manufacturers specifications and work site standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The solar water heater and associated equipment are inspected for functionality to meet desired operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The solar water heater, its mounting bracket and peripheral equipment are installed according to instructions, drawings, diagrams, manufacturers specifications and statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The installed bracket is such that the solar water heater faces due North and the tilt of the solar water heater is appropriate for the angle of latitude at the site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The consequences of not using the tools according to statutory requirements are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Connect associated electrical devices. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Associated electrical devices include but are not limited to circulating pump and valve. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate tools are used to meet the requirements of the task according to statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal protective equipment is used as per safety requirements and work site standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Pump and valve are connected to supply and load according to manufacturers specifications and operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Service and maintain a solar water heater. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Solvents and cleaning material are selected as per your work place procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Waste; rags, cleaning agents, brushes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal protective equipment is selected and worn as per place procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Overalls, gloves, safety harness.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Breakers for isolation of circuits to be serviced and maintained are identified and locked out as per safety regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The solar water heater system is visually inspected for defects as per maintenance schedule. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Panel, pump, valve, reservoir tank.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The solar water heater is cleaned using the approved cleaning materials and solvents as per work place standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Materials and equipment used for cleaning are used correctly and safely as per safety standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Personal safety and protective equipment appropriate for the task are used correctly during the cleaning process as per safety standard and work procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Damaged components are repaired or replaced as per manufacturers manuals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Consequences of incorrect use of cleaning methods, solvents and materials are explained in accordance with work site procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Conclude the maintenance of a solar water heater. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    General house keeping, records; reports and re-energising. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Defects and suspected faults are recorded and reported in line with specific work site requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    History files, job cards, maintenance reports.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Cleaning solvents and rags are disposed as per safety and environmental standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Flammable material drums; waste drums; incinerators.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The cleaning solvents are properly sealed/closed and correctly stored to prevent hazardous fumes; substance spillage and risk of fire. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Flame proof storage; ventilated rooms.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All cleaning equipment is returned and stored as per work site house keeping standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    All defective components are correctly disposed off, in accordance to site procedures and standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Work area is restored to serviceable condition according to statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Appropriate tools are cared for and stored according to statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Damaged or faulty tools are identified, marked for repair or replacement or reported according to statutory requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through 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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Basic safety procedures related to testing and measuring equipment and hand tools.
  • Work site procedures.
  • Installation, connection, commissioning, testing and measuring techniques.
  • Names, locations and functions of appropriate tools.
  • Safety related to each tool.
  • Care and storage of tools. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in installing, connecting testing and maintaining a solar water heater. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others involved during installation, connecting and maintaining a solar water heater. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself in planning the work and determining a sequence of operation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information obtained during installation, connecting and maintaining a solar water heater. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate with fellow workers and involved parties, the interpretation and reporting processes. 

    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 
    Supplementary information

    Specified Requirements
  • Relevant sections of the SANS Code of Practise.
  • OHS Act.

    Credits
    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcomes:
  • Classroom learning 5 Hours
  • On-the-job learning 40 Hours
  • Self directed learning
  • Coaching required 5 Hours
  • Other
    Total 50 Hours

    Credits achieved: 5 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  72051   National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2013-11-07  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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. Almel Training 
    2. BELCOMEC TRAINING 
    3. CIRCLEWAY TRAINING (PTY) LTD 
    4. CLEAN HEAT ENERGY SAVING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    5. College of Cape Town - Pinelands Campus 
    6. ESKOM KOEBERG - RADIATION PROTECTION 
    7. False Bay College - Westlake Campus 
    8. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE 
    9. IQRM TRAINING CC 
    10. JOSMAP TRAINING INSTIUTE 
    11. Learn A Trade 
    12. MOVING AHEAD DEVELOPMENT AGENCY 
    13. MSC ARTISAN ACADEMY 
    14. P AND T TECHNOLOGY (PTY) LTD 
    15. PCD College cc 
    16. PHAKGAMANG MATSIANA BUSINESS ENTERPRISE 
    17. The Water Training Institute of South Africa 



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