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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of gate automation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244322  Demonstrate an understanding of gate automation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Security 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 unit standard is for persons who need to understand the concepts and principles of gate automation. It is intended for installers, specifiers, sales people, technicians and anyone who will be involved in any aspect of gate automation systems. This unit standard enables learners to acquire knowledge of the features of gate automation products. Learners will understand the theory associated with gate automation and the functions of the components in gate automation systems.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Identify general requirements for gate automation.
  • Describe basic mechanical principles used in gate automation.
  • Explain gate automation functions. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Communication at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Operational requirements may include but are not limited to, agreed customer requirements, legal compliance, manufacturer's requirements, health and safety, industry standards and operational standards. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify general requirements for gate automation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements of gate automation are identified and prioritised in terms of convenience, security and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods of gate automation are described in terms of the advantages, disadvantages and limitations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Methods of gate automation may include but are not limited to sliding gates and swing gates.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The duty cycle of an automated gate is explained in terms of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The differences between domestic and industrial gate automation are explained to highlight requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe basic mechanical principles used in gate automation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The mechanical principles of gate automation are explained in terms of their effects. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Mechanical principles of gate automation may include but are not limited to Force, Mass, Inertia, Acceleration, Speed, Momentum, Torque vs Power, Friction, Wear, Levers, Linkages, Shafts, Journals, Pulleys, Sprockets, Gears, Gearboxes, Lubrication, Clutches, Brakes, Hydraulic systems, Electromechanical systems, Linear Magnetic systems.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Gate design and construction considerations are described in terms of automation requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Drive systems and linkages used in gate automation are described in terms of their operation and applicability. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Drive systems may include but are not limited to Rack and pinion, Chain and sprocket, Friction wheel, Cable, Direct Rotary operation, Indirect rotary operation, Driven wheel, Linear magnetic, Linear actuators.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain gate automation functions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Gate automation safety mechanisms are explained in terms of safety, operation and application. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety mechanisms may include but are not limited to Inherent and External mechanisms.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Gate automation override methods are described in terms of operation and application. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Override methods may include but are not limited to Mechanical and electronic methods.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Gate automation position control is described in terms of operation and application. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Position control includes but is not limited to Electro-magnetic and electronic methods.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Gate automation locking mechanisms are described with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Locking mechanisms may include but are not limited to Internal and External mechanisms.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Methods of gate activation are described in terms of application. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Methods of gate activation may include but are not limited to RF remote systems, (Binary, coded and KEELOQ), Cell phone activation, intercoms, keypads, Proximity readers and switches.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Common gate automation features are described in terms of operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Features may include but are not limited to Auto Close of gate, Pedestrian Opening, Standard operation, Reverse operation, High Security operation, Pillar light switching, Anti crushing safety.
  • Operational requirements may include but are not limited to manufacturer's specifications, client requirements and legislative requirements.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Safety requirements for automation.
  • Electrical Legislation.
  • Local Government bylaws and regulations for gate automation.
  • Remote activation of gate operators.
  • Selection of Operators according to Manufacturer's specifications.
  • Customer guidance regarding Product specifications, features, warrantees and service contracts.
  • Local Government bylaws and regulations regarding transporting of large objects. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems creatively to plan the most appropriate placement of the devices, taking into account possible structural or aesthetical stumbling blocks. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and ones activities when working with automated gates. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when working with automated gates, ensuring all decisions made are based on accurate and relevant facts. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when discussing placement and mounting positions with client ensuring all expectations and requirements are met. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively when working with automated gates. 

    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
    Elective  58697   Further Education and Training Certificate: Electronic Security Installation Practices  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  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.
     
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