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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Read and interpret construction drawings and specifications 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14580  Read and interpret construction drawings and specifications 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 
This unit standard will be useful to people who work in the construction industry.People credited with this unit standard are able to read and interpret construction drawings and specifications Previously disadvantaged persons and other learners who through recognition of prior learning will be able to be accessed against this standard and receive National recognition for their competence. This will enhance their employability and career advancement and contribute to the socio-economic transformation of the country. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
FETC NQF Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy competencies. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Drawings include but are not limited to: plans, sections, elevations, work sketches.
  • Terms include but are not limited to metric dimension, metric areas, metric volumes, temperature, pressure, density, elevation.
  • Specifications include but are not limited to General Conditions of Contract SABS 1200 Specifications. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the role of drawings and specifications 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The role of drawings in relation to project specifications, contract documentation, quantities and construction is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The role of specifications in relation to quantities, quality of work, contract documentation and payment to contractors is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify drawings and symbols used on a construction 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Drawings are identified in terms of type and application for a construction process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Key functions of the drawing are explained in terms of the finished product. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Key users of the drawing are identified in terms of work responsibilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Specifications and notes are explained in terms of work requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Symbols and abbreviations are interpreted in terms of their functions and meanings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. The layout is interpreted in terms of the different views shown. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. The purpose of each view is explained in terms of the result of the end product. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Safeguard, store and issue construction drawings 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The purpose of drawing and revision numbers is explained in terms of utilisation of the correct drawing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Consequences of using the wrong drawing are explained in terms of the potential hazardous results on the finished product. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Drawings are stored in a secure place in accordance with company procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Latest amendments of drawings are issued to the relevant people in accordance with company procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. A drawing register is maintained in accordance with company procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply information from drawings in construction activities 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Drawings are oriented in terms of site landmarks and the north indicator. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Information is extracted from the drawings in terms of the setting out requirements on site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Scales are interpreted and measurements converted in terms of actual dimensions required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Dimensions are interpreted from the drawings in terms of site requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Information supplied in the notes section is interpreted in terms of the engineer's designed purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Materials are identified in terms of ordering requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Limiting and/or guiding criteria are obtained from stated specifications. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by CETA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for the Certificate in Construction Contracting. CETA is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard.

    A memorandum of understanding with other ETQA bodies need to be signed when training providers working in other Sectors, requires assessment of learner achievements to take place against this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Qualifying learners understands and can explain:
  • Application and key functions of drawings.
  • Safeguarding, storage and issue of drawings.
  • Application of information from drawings in construction activities.
  • Interpretation of specifications. 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Safeguard, store and issue construction drawings.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Setting out information is extracted.
  • Material types are identified for construction purposes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Identify drawings and symbols used on a construction.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • The issue of drawings to others must comply with company procedure. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Manage information.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Safeguard, store and issue construction.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Information is extracted from drawings and used for setting out purposes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Identify drawings and symbols used on a construction.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Latest amendments of drawings are issued to the relevant people in accordance to company procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Explain the role of drawings and specifications.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Specifications and notes are explained in terms of work requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Employ self management.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Explain the role of drawings and specifications.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Interpretations of different views are done.
  • Key uses of drawings are identified. 

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

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  65409   National Certificate: Building and Civil Construction  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  49080   National Certificate: Construction: Advanced Crane Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  49081   National Certificate: Construction: Advanced Plant Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  49016   National Certificate: Construction: Concreting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  49602   National Certificate: Construction: Geotechnical  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  24173   National Certificate: Construction: Roadworks  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  49015   National Certificate: Construction: Structural Steel Erecting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-05-13  Was CETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  64589   National Certificate: Community Water, Health and Sanitation Monitoring  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 
    Elective  50022   National Certificate: General Draughting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  49795   National Certificate: Rail Construction and Maintenance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    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. 17 Shaft Training 
    2. Abakholwe Community Developers (Pty) Ltd 
    3. Academy for Construction Skills (Pty) Ltd (ACS) 
    4. AFRICA SKILLS VILLAGE 
    5. AFRICAN ACAD.FOR COM.ASSIS.ENGINEERING 
    6. Amber Tower Training 
    7. Arehone Consulting 
    8. Aveng Grinaker -LTA Civil Engineering 
    9. BELCOMEC TRAINING 
    10. BH Training and Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    11. Bhekwell Group 
    12. Bokgoni Training And Development 
    13. BOLAND COLLEGE (Paarl) 
    14. Builders Training Centre 
    15. Capricorn FET College - Central Office 
    16. CBM TRAINING PTY LTD 
    17. CENTRE FOR CAREER GUIDANCE AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CC 
    18. CLEAN HEAT ENERGY SAVING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    19. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Appelsbosch Campus 
    20. College of Cape Town (City Campus) 
    21. Construction Resource Development Centre 
    22. DAMBUZA COMMUNITY TRUST 
    23. Dego Consultants 
    24. Eastcape Training Centre 
    25. EDUCATORY ELECTRO SERVICES 
    26. Edzani Community Development and Consultancy 
    27. Ekurhuleni East College For TVET 
    28. Ergo-Maphelong Institute 
    29. ESKOM GROOTVLEI POWER STATION OPERATIONS 
    30. ETS Emergency Training Solutions (PTY) LTD 
    31. False Bay College 
    32. Forek Institute of Technology 
    33. Gabasega Consulting and Training Centre 
    34. Gert Sibande TVET College 
    35. Goitsebasadi Construction Project 
    36. GREATER ELDOS IMAGES OF PEACE 
    37. Ikemeleng Training and Development Services 
    38. IMBAWULA CIVIL ENGINEERING ACADEMY 
    39. In Touch Community Development & Project Managers 
    40. INDUSTRIAL & CONSUMER PLASTIC - New Germany (Legacy) 
    41. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE 
    42. Interlink Technical Training 
    43. IQHAYIYA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Legacy) 
    44. IZWE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    45. Josmap Training Institute 
    46. Kgaugelo Kae-Kae Business Enterprise 
    47. L S Nkosi CC 
    48. Leps Training Consultants 
    49. Life Long ABET Consulting 
    50. Macsen Construction & Projects 
    51. Maluti TVET College 
    52. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP) 
    53. Microzone Training CC 
    54. Mnambithi TVET College 
    55. Motheo TVET College 
    56. MPUMALANGA REGIONAL TRAINING TRUST 
    57. Mthashana F.E.T. College 
    58. Mthoms Trading 
    59. MTL Training and Projects 
    60. Mvelaphanda Technologies 
    61. Namuntlha Training and Development (Pty)Ltd 
    62. Nokuthula Dube & Associates 
    63. NOMASOJABULA TRAINING CENTRE 
    64. Northern Cape Rural TVET College 
    65. NSINGWENI CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 
    66. Pat Sesfikile Trading CC 
    67. PMA Holdings (PTY ) LTD. 
    68. Powerpro Technologies and Training Facility (PTY) LTD 
    69. PRIMESERV CORPORATE SOLUTIONS PTY LTD T/A PRIMESERV HR SOLUTIONS 
    70. Protech Training cc 
    71. Sakhisizwe Development Training 
    72. Sekhukhune District Municipality EMS Training Academy 
    73. SISHEN IRON ORE COMPANY (PTY) LTD 
    74. South African Value Education (Pty) Ltd 
    75. Sphola Consulting CC 
    76. St Anthonys Education Centre 
    77. The Business Zone 352 
    78. Tius Consultants 
    79. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 
    80. Tlhogi''s Consulting and Projects 
    81. Tommy Phiri Labour Relations and Training Services 
    82. Top Performers For Africa Cc 
    83. Training Force (Pty) Ltd 
    84. TRANSVAAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION 
    85. TSEBO SECHABA CONSULTING 
    86. TSK Projects 
    87. Ubucubu Home Industries 
    88. UKHONKOLO CONCRETE PRODUCTS 
    89. Umgungundlovu FET College 
    90. West Coast TVET College 



    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.