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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Install, maintain and test Rainwater Systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244495  Install, maintain and test Rainwater Systems 
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 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 
This unit standard will enable plumbers and related role-players to improve professionalism and enhance the quality and effectiveness of services by being able to install, maintain and test rain water systems.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Plan and prepare to install rainwater gutters and downpipes.
  • Position gutter brackets.
  • Install rainwater gutters and downpipes.
  • Maintain and repair rainwater gutters and downpipes.

    This unit standard will contribute to the development of the learner within the context of the plumbing discipline. Learners who have achieved this unit standard will increase their opportunities for further development and employability within the plumbing environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Rainwater systems are limited to: eaves gutters fitted to single and multi-storey domestic and commercial buildings.
  • Rainwater goods include but are not limited to: various sizes and profiles of pipes, gutters, stop ends, shoes, outlets, offsets, external and internal corners, hoppers (collector boxes).
  • Material used in the installation of gutters, rainwater pipes and fittings include but are not limited to: GMS, PVC, fibre cement, aluminium materials, copper.
  • Existing services and built-in items that are to be identified and protected include but are not limited to:
    > Other plumbing pipes and fittings, fire protection systems, electrical cables, ducts and units, air-conditioning installations, communication ducts or cables, fixtures and fittings. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan and prepare to install rainwater gutters and downpipes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The Rainwater gutters and down pipes are identified and selected according to job requirements and instructions received. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Rainwater gutters and downpipes are handled, transported and carefully stored to prevent damage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The site is checked against working drawings where down pipes are to be positioned. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Access equipment is acquired and prepared at the worksite in accordance with regulatory requirements for safe working practice. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Position gutter brackets. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Gutter brackets are positioned to ensure gutters are straight when installed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Gutter brackets are positioned to ensure the required positive gradient is achieved. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Gutter brackets are positioned to ensure gutters are adequately supported. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Gutter brackets are positioned to ensure rainwater run-off is collected from the roof. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Install rainwater gutters and downpipes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Rainwater gutters and downpipes are installed in accordance with manufacturers specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate fittings and jointing materials are used to connect rainwater gutters and down pipes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Rainwater gutters and downpipes are checked to ensure rainwater is collected, transported and directed away from the building. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Rainwater gutters and downpipes are inspected and confirmed to be leak free. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Rainwater gutters and downpipes are checked, cleaned and confirmed to be free of obstruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Off-cuts and packaging materials are removed in accordance with industry practice. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Maintain and repair rainwater gutters and downpipes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Rainwater gutters and downpipes are inspected for leaks and blockages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Faults and their causes are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Repairs or replacements to rainwater gutters and downpipes and their fittings are carried out. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Rainwater gutters and downpipes are inspected for functionality after repairs or replacements have been carried out. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of the relevant Education and Training Quality Assuror (ETQA) that has jurisdiction over this field of learning.

    The assessor will (at the very least) be accredited and have a relevant qualification and be a subject matter expert in this learning area and at least have 3 years experience in the skills specific area.

    The learner can be assessed against this unit standard to obtain credits or as part of an integrated assessment for a qualification.
  • Internal moderation.
  • External moderation.
  • An assessor, accredited by the relevant ETQA, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Assessment procedures will be supplied by the ETQA in alignment with SAQA requirements.
  • All assessment activities must be fair, so that all candidates have equal opportunities. Activities must be free of gender, ethnic or other bias.
  • Assessment and moderation procedures, activities and tools must be transparent, affordable and support development within the field, sub-field and NQF.
  • Questions and answers to determine theoretical knowledge are expected.
  • Assessment of a portfolio of evidence.
  • Direct observation in simulated and/or controlled work conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Names, functions and locations of:
  • Tools, equipment and materials used in the installation, maintenance and testing of rainwater systems and manufacturers specifications for maintenance of tools and equipment and storage of materials.
  • Safety equipment and protective clothing requirements to be used when installing, maintaining and testing rainwater systems.

    Purpose of processes and procedures of:
  • Rainwater systems.
  • Rainwater fittings and their purposes.

    Attributes, properties, characteristics related to:
  • Rainwater systems and components.

    Cause and effect, implications of:
  • Tools, equipment and materials used in the installation, maintenance and testing of rainwater systems and manufacturers specifications for maintenance of tools and equipment and storage of materials.

    Categories of things, processes, concepts:
  • The application of basic plumbing principles in the context of rainwater systems.

    Procedures and techniques.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies:
  • Manufacturers recommendations for the installation of rainwater gutters and downpipes.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act.

    Relationships, systems:
  • Plumb and level.
  • Using the correct fall when installing gutters. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Recognising and reporting to the client problems relating to fault finding and repairs to rainwater gutters and downpipes.
  • Obtaining information from the client in instances where instructions or information on drawings is insufficient.
  • Identifying and pro-actively correcting issues of non-availability of resources and materials i.e labour, plant and materials. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • Working in unison with co-workers and other trades on site.
  • Communicating and receiving advice from client. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Setting out the work area and preparing to carry out the installation, maintenance and testing of rainwater systems.
  • Access equipment is acquired and prepared at the worksite.
  • Performing activities in accordance with industry standards.
  • Selecting plumbing tools and equipment in accordance with the requirements of the task.
  • Ensuring tools, equipment and plumbing materials are securely stored.
  • Maintaining minimum quantities of plumbing materials in accordance with task requirements.
  • Safety equipment and clothing is selected and prepared in accordance with legislative requirementse with applicable legislation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • Carrying out written and/or verbal site instructions correctly and efficiently.
  • Correctly interpreting information contained in drawings.
  • Setting out work areas from provided control positions and levels in accordance with instructions and drawings.
  • Complying with the instructions issued by the Client. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Issuing clear verbal instructions to team members.
  • Carefully listening to feedback received from team members.
  • Reporting problem situations to the Client. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • By applying the appropriate tools and materials for the installation, maintenance and repair of rainwater gutters and downpipes 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
  • The inter-relatedness of rainwater gutters and down pipes and their purpose in ensuring the preservation of building structures and rainwater run-off. 

  • 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:

    Notes to Assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes. Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • At this level some errors are to be expected. Assessors must use professional judgement in evaluating competence.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the range as expressed under the title. Specific range statements under individual outcomes or assessment criteria are illustrations, from which learning programme developers can select. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well-documented principles: assessment should be appropriate, fair, manageable, integrated into work or learning, valid, and consistent. Evidence should be authentic, sufficient, and current.
  • Assessment of this standard can be carried out through continuous assessment throughout the course of study and specific performances assessed. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58782   Further Education and Training Certificate: Plumbing  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2013-11-07  CETA 


    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. Africa International Training Facilities T/A AITF (BREDELL) (TP) 
    3. BELCOMEC TRAINING 
    4. Bokgoni Training And Development 
    5. BOLAND COLLEGE (Paarl) 
    6. Builders Training Centre 
    7. Capricorn FET College - Central Office 
    8. CLEAN HEAT ENERGY SAVING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    9. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Appelsbosch Campus 
    10. College of Cape Town (City Campus) 
    11. Construction Resource Development Centre 
    12. DAMBUZA COMMUNITY TRUST 
    13. Eastcape Training Centre 
    14. EDUCATORY ELECTRO SERVICES 
    15. Edzani Community Development and Consultancy 
    16. False Bay College 
    17. Forek Institute of Technology 
    18. Gabasega Consulting and Training Centre 
    19. Gert Sibande TVET College 
    20. GREATER ELDOS IMAGES OF PEACE 
    21. IMBAWULA CIVIL ENGINEERING ACADEMY 
    22. In Touch Community Development & Project Managers 
    23. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE 
    24. Interlink Technical Training 
    25. Josmap Training Institute 
    26. Kgaugelo Kae-Kae Business Enterprise 
    27. L S Nkosi CC 
    28. Leps Training Consultants 
    29. Maduna Development Agency cc 
    30. Majuba TVET College 
    31. Microzone Training CC 
    32. Mnambithi TVET College 
    33. Mohlaje Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    34. MPUMALANGA REGIONAL TRAINING TRUST 
    35. Mthashana F.E.T. College 
    36. Mthoms Trading 
    37. MTL Training and Projects 
    38. Nokuthula Dube & Associates 
    39. NSINGWENI CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 
    40. PCD College cc 
    41. PRIMESERV CORPORATE SOLUTIONS PTY LTD T/A PRIMESERV HR SOLUTIONS 
    42. Protech Training cc 
    43. Sakhisizwe Development Training 
    44. Schoolboy Training Centre 
    45. Sejamo Construction and Training 
    46. SISHEN IRON ORE COMPANY (PTY) LTD 
    47. SIYAFUNDA BUSINESS SYSTEM 
    48. Somvi General Services 
    49. Sphola Consulting CC 
    50. STEVENEL TRAINING CONSTRUCTION AND CIVIL 
    51. Tius Consultants 
    52. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 
    53. Tlhogi''s Consulting and Projects 
    54. Tommy Phiri Labour Relations and Training Services 
    55. TSK Projects 
    56. UKHONKOLO CONCRETE PRODUCTS 
    57. Umgungundlovu FET College 
    58. West Coast TVET College 



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