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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Build decorative masonry elements 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14632  Build decorative masonry elements 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Building Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Building Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  25 
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 
Learners who are assessed as competent against this unit standard will be able to build a range of decorative masonry elements in accordance with the design and construction method specified in working drawings ensuring that National Building and Occupational Health and Safety regulations are adhered to.

This competence complements the other masonry competencies and contributes to the development of a professional community of Masonry practitioners, who are able to use Science & Technology responsibly and cost-effectively. It should result in improved quality & service delivery in Masonry. The contribution to The National Skills Development Strategy is the key developmental interface between learners and new competencies to be achieved. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
FETC NQF Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy competencies.
  • Use drawings and identify and use tools, equipment and materials for construction masonry site practice.
  • Set out and prepare construction masonry work areas.
  • Erect, use and dismantle access equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Arches are to be constructed with solid units and spans not exceeding 2,5 metres.
  • Flat, semi-circular and segmented arches, steps, fireplaces and chimneys, decorative screen walls.
  • Finishing of decorative elements includes jointing and pointing. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare the work area and select, use and maintain tools, equipment and materials 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Appropriate tools, equipment and materials are selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Tools and equipment are functional. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Work is completed within the allotted time frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. All safety procedures are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Erect, use and dismantle scaffolding 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Scaffolding is erected and dismantled in accordance with specified methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Work is completed within the allotted time frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. All safety procedures are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Interpret working drawing and set out 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Setting out is in accordance with drawing specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Work is completed within the allotted time frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. All safety procedures are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify materials and required quantities 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Materials and required quantities are identified and calculated in accordance with drawing specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Work is completed within the allotted time frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. All safety procedures are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Build decorative elements 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Flat, semi-circular and segmented arches, steps, fireplaces and chimneys, decorative screen walls. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Decorative elements are constructed using the required material and to specified dimensions and surface design. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Arches, steps and fireplaces are constructed to specified bond, shape, size and dimensions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Work is completed within the allotted time frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. All safety procedures are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Finish decorative elements 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Jointing and pointing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Joints formed and tooled in accordance with specifications i.e. hollow-key, square-recessed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Work is completed within the allotted time frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. All safety procedures are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Clean site and masonry work 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Masonry work and site is cleaned. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Work is completed within the allotted time frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. All safety procedures are adhered to. 


    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 CETA - ETQA, for "The National Certificate in Construction Masonry".
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the CETA - ETQA.
  • CETA - ETQA is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Tools, equipment and materials applicable within the context of this unit standard.
  • Methods for erecting and dismantling scaffolding.
  • Construction methods for chimneys and fireplaces.

    Arches:
  • Different types of arches (semi-circular, segmental and flat).
  • Methods for constructing arch centres.
  • Different bricklaying techniques for forming arches i.e. Brick on end, brick on edge, one and two-ring arches.

    Steps:
  • Knowledge of dimensions of treads and risers related to course heights (Risers 170-200mm and treads minimum width 250mm).
  • Different bricklaying techniques for forming steps i.e. Brick on end, brick on edge, one and two-ring arches.
  • Knowledge of jointing and pointing techniques.
  • SABS 0400: Part M - Stairways.
  • Methods for cleaning stains on brickwork.
  • Health & Safety Legislation applicable within the context of this unit standard. 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking:
  • Identify the shape of the arch and determine the appropriate geometrical setting out method for the arch centre.
  • Determine the appropriate bonding patterns to be used for steps. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage your activities responsibly and effectively:
  • Maintain tools and equipment in good working order to ensure that the construction of decorative masonry elements is carried out effectively and the cost to company for the frequent replacement of tools and equipment is minimised.
  • Plan work so that all decorative masonry elements are constructed within the specified deadlines.
  • Check the set up of decorative masonry elements on a daily basis to ensure that the settings have not been accidentally disturbed by site personnel or people who may have visited the building site in your absence. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Read and interpret the working drawing carefully and thoroughly so that specified dimensions are correctly transferred during setting out. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, symbolic, and/or language skills in various modes:
  • Confirm your understanding of all specified requirements with the client/architect before commencing with the work at hand so as to minimise future delays that might be caused because this work has to be redone.
  • Communicate in a clear and audible manner when issuing instructions to team members so that all verbal instructions are clearly understood and can be carried out as required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environments and the health of others:
  • Application of appropriate precautions when constructing fireplaces and flues.
  • Check the safety and security of scaffolding at the beginning of each new work day to minimise accident or injury to yourself and other team members. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems, by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation:
  • Ensure that materials, tools and equipment used to build decorative masonry elements is safely and securely stored and protected on the building site to minimise the risk of theft, accident or injury to site personnel or visitors to the building site. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively:
  • Assess the work that you have completed to identify areas that can be improved on when building decorative masonry elements in the future. 

  • 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
    Elective  65409   National Certificate: Building and Civil Construction  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  22671   National Certificate: Construction Masonry  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-03-12  Was 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. Abakholwe Community Developers (Pty) Ltd 
    2. AFRICA SKILLS VILLAGE 
    3. Amber Tower Training 
    4. Aveng Grinaker -LTA Civil Engineering 
    5. BH Training and Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    6. Bhekwell Group 
    7. Bokgoni Training And Development 
    8. BOLAND COLLEGE (Paarl) 
    9. Builders Training Centre 
    10. Buna Construction And Projects 
    11. Capricorn FET College - Central Office 
    12. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Appelsbosch Campus 
    13. College of Cape Town (City Campus) 
    14. Construction Resource Development Centre 
    15. DESTO PTY LTD 
    16. Eastcape Training Centre 
    17. EDUCATORY ELECTRO SERVICES 
    18. Edzani Community Development and Consultancy 
    19. Elangeni College for FET - Central Office 
    20. False Bay College 
    21. Gert Sibande TVET College 
    22. Goitsebasadi Construction Project 
    23. Ikemeleng Training and Development Services 
    24. IMBAWULA CIVIL ENGINEERING ACADEMY 
    25. In Touch Community Development & Project Managers 
    26. INDUSTRIAL & CONSUMER PLASTIC - New Germany (Legacy) 
    27. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE 
    28. Interlink Technical Training 
    29. IZWE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    30. Josmap Training Institute 
    31. L S Nkosi CC 
    32. Leps Training Consultants 
    33. Macsen Construction & Projects 
    34. Maduna Development Agency cc 
    35. Maluti TVET College 
    36. Microzone Training CC 
    37. Mopani South East FET College - Central Office 
    38. MPUMALANGA REGIONAL TRAINING TRUST 
    39. Mthashana F.E.T. College 
    40. Mthoms Trading 
    41. Nnite Trading Enterprise 
    42. NOMASOJABULA TRAINING CENTRE 
    43. Northern Cape Rural TVET College 
    44. PRIMESERV CORPORATE SOLUTIONS PTY LTD T/A PRIMESERV HR SOLUTIONS 
    45. Protech Training cc 
    46. Sakhisizwe Development Training 
    47. Sekhukhune District Municipality EMS Training Academy 
    48. SISHEN IRON ORE COMPANY (PTY) LTD 
    49. Sphola Consulting CC 
    50. The Business Zone 352 
    51. Tius Consultants 
    52. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 
    53. Tlhogi''s Consulting and Projects 
    54. TSK Projects 
    55. UKHONKOLO CONCRETE PRODUCTS 
    56. West Coast TVET College 
    57. Zama Training & Developments 



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