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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Install irrigation piping in trenches 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119700  Install irrigation piping in trenches 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Horticulture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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 
A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Identify the various types of irrigation piping
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic irrigation hydraulics
  • Install piping in an irrigation system 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Demonstrate knowledge of numeracy and communication at NQF level 1 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The piping that is in general use in residential, commercial and sports turf irrigation systems 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of hydraulics and their application in irrigation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: volume, flow, pressure, friction, standard units, Bar, kpa, meter, centimeter, liters, kilolitres, kilograms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The standard metric units for volume, flow, pressure and friction loss are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The cubic dimensions of a liter and kilolitre are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relationship between the volume and weight of cold clean water is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The hydraulic gradient necessary to achieve 1 kpa pressure is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The hydraulic gradient necessary to achieve 1 Bar pressure is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The usage of pressure, as an energy source, to effect the flow of water in a pipe is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The factors that influence friction in a pipeline are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The effects that friction has on the pressure available for irrigation are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify the pressure rating of irrigation piping and understand how the ratings are achieved. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: Bars, kpa, LDPE, HDPE, PVC, copper, polycop, galvanized steel, wall thickness, classes of pipes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons why piping is manufactured in various pressure ratings are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The methods of increasing the pressure handling capability of piping are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The 'classing' of piping and the relationship that the classes have on the pressure rating is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The pressure ratings of the commonly used types of irrigation piping are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The indication of the various pressure ratings on piping is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Show an understanding of the characteristics of LDPE piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: LDPE ( low density polyethelene ) constant ID, flexible, 100m rolls, nylon insert fittings, hose clamps, fullflow and multiflow, moderate UV (ultra violet / sun ) tolerance, used for spraylines and low pressure delivery pipelines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The standard dimensional ratings of LDPE piping is detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The degree of flexibility of LDPE piping is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The UV tolerance of LDPE piping is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The standard lengths that LDPE piping is available in, is detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The fittings that are used to connect or join LDPE piping with, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The areas where LDPE piping is most commonly used, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The procedures for the installation and joining of LDPE piping are demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Show an understanding of the characteristics of HDPE piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: HDPE (high density polyethelene ) constant OD, flexible, 100m rolls, HDPE compression fittings, moderate UV (ultra violet / sun) tolerance, used for high pressure spraylines, boreholes and mainlines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The dimensional ratings of HDPE piping is detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The degree of flexibility of HDPE piping is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The UV tolerance of HDPE piping is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The standard lengths that HDPE piping is available in, is detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The fittings that are used to connect or join HDPE piping with, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The areas where HDPE piping is most commonly used, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The procedures for the installation and joining of HDPE piping are demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Show an understanding of the characteristics of PVC piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: PVC (poly vinyl chloride) constant OD, semi - rigid, 6 meter lengths, PVC solvent weld fittings, intergral rubber ring fittings, zero UV (ultra violet / sun) tolerance, used for large bore mainlines, delivery pipelines, sleeving for road / paths. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The dimensional ratings of PVC piping is detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The degree of flexibility of PVC piping is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The UV tolerance of PVC piping is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The standard lengths that PVC piping is available in, are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The fittings that are used to connect or join PVC piping with, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The areas where PVC piping is most commonly used, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The procedures for the installation and joining of PVC piping are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The necessity for the construction of thrust blocks at angular changes in PVC pipelines is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Show an understanding of the characteristics of copper and polycop piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: Copper and polycop have the same constant OD, semi - rigid, copper - 4m lengths, polycop -50m rolls, conex brass compression fittings, nylon compression fittings, excellent UV (ultra violet / sun) tolerance, used for connection to municipal water supplies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The dimensional ratings of copper / polycop piping are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The degree of flexibility of copper and polycop piping is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The UV tolerance of copper and polycop piping is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The standard lengths that copper and polycop piping is available in, is detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The fittings that are used to connect or join copper and polycop piping with, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The areas where copper and polycop piping is most commonly used, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The procedures for the installation and joining of copper and polycop piping are demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Show an understanding of the characteristics of galvanized steel piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: constant OD, rigid, 6m lengths, threaded galvanized steel or brass fittings, 'johnson' compression fittings, excellent UV (ultra violet / sun) tolerance, rapid corrosion in coastal areas, used for risers, pump manifolds, boreholes and pipelines where burial is not possible. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The dimensional ratings of galvanized steel piping is detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The difference between the 'male' and 'female' threads is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The cutting, reaming and threading of galvanized steel piping is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The standard lengths that galvanized steel piping is available in, is detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The fittings that are used to connect or join galvanized steel piping with, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The areas where galvanized steel piping is most commonly used, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The procedures for the installation and joining of galvanized steel piping are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The factors that cause the rapid corrosion of galvanized steel piping are described. 


    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.

    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established principles. Practical assessment activities will be used, which are appropriate to the contents in which qualifying learners are working. These activities will include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge be assessed. The specific outcomes must be assessed in its own right, through oral and practical evidence. It cannot be assessed by observation only.

    The specific outcomes and essential knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge, but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, then they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a learner is able to perform specific outcomes, but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found, both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected within the assessment criteria of each specific outcome and must be assessed in its own right, through oral and written evidence. Observation cannot be the only assessment. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities.
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.
    Specific Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Understand the basic principles of hydraulics and their application in irrigation
  • Identify the pressure rating of irrigation piping and understand how the ratings are achieved
  • Show an understanding of the characteristics of LDPE piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation
  • Show an understanding of the characteristics of HDPE piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation
  • Show an understanding of the characteristics of PVC piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community.
  • Specific outcome is embedded in the learning for this level of learner 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
    Specific Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Understand the basic principles of hydraulics and their application in irrigation
  • Identify the pressure rating of irrigation piping and understand how the ratings are achieved
  • Show an understanding of the characteristics of LDPE piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation
  • Show an understanding of the characteristics of HDPE piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation
  • Show an understanding of the characteristics of PVC piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyze, organise and critically evaluate information.
    Specific Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Understand the basic principles of hydraulics and their application in irrigation
  • Identify the pressure rating of irrigation piping and understand how the ratings are achieved
  • Show an understanding of the characteristics of LDPE piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation
  • Show an understanding of the characteristics of HDPE piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation
  • Show an understanding of the characteristics of PVC piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation.
  • Specific outcome embedded in the learning for this level of learner 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
    Specific Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Understand the basic principles of hydraulics and their application in irrigation
  • Identify the pressure rating of irrigation piping and understand how the ratings are achieved
  • Show an understanding of the characteristics of LDPE piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation
  • Show an understanding of the characteristics of HDPE piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation
  • Show an understanding of the characteristics of PVC piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
    Specific Outcome 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Understand the basic principles of hydraulics and their application in irrigation
  • Identify the pressure rating of irrigation piping and understand how the ratings are achieved
  • Show an understanding of the characteristics of LDPE piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation
  • Show an understanding of the characteristics of HDPE piping, the fittings used for connections and the application in irrigation 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors must:
  • Be accredited as an assessor by the relevant ETQA
  • Hold an assessor certificate according to the current requirements
  • Have experience or in depth knowledge of the horticultural industry, specifically as it relates to ornamental aspects 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    The Learner
  • Is expected to perform the specific outcomes reflected in this unit standard without direct supervision
  • Should have access to work site procedures
  • Should demonstrate an application of ethics and values
  • Must apply basic principles of general safety and customer care
  • Should demonstrate an awareness of the expectations and obligations of basic employee/employer relations including industrial relations principles

    At this level the communication / reporting of issues arising in the workplace, is embedded in the specific outcomes and the related assessment criteria.

    It is understood that, due to the nature of the work environment and the skills level of the Learner, that the aspects of teamwork form an integral part of the necessary specific outcomes and related assessment criteria.

    The points included under the notes, should be included when the qualifying Learners are being assessed. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  66429   National Certificate: Landscape Irrigation  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  49668   General Education and Training Certificate: Horticulture  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  66589   National Certificate: Horticulture  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    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. Amaloba Horticultural Services 
    2. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    3. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    4. Green Futures 
    5. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    6. Kgopane Trading Enterprise 
    7. Knowledge For Ever 
    8. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    9. Maishamalema Development Training 
    10. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    11. Nkangala Public FET College - Central Office 
    12. Nophelo Training Centre 
    13. Progressive Environmental Projects 
    14. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    15. Voyano Project Management 



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