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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Provide technical support for project estimating service functions 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244556  Provide technical support for project estimating service functions 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Project Management 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Project Management 
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 learner credited with this unit standard is able to provide the type of technical support required for estimating. The learner will also be able to identify, gather, collate and process estimating data required and then to assemble an estimate in the correct format, to communicate estimated information to the relevant parties and store it in accordance with requirements.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Identifying and explaining the sources of information required for a project estimate.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the different levels, cost groups and types of a project estimate.
  • Gathering information and assembling project estimates.
  • Distributing and recording estimating data. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3 or equivalent.
  • Computer Literacy and applicable software at NQF Level 3 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Where applicable, specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to a specific outcome or assessment criteria.
  • Estimates referred to in this Unit Standard relate to projects and sub-projects.
  • Collate means assemble information from different sources, analyse and compare to identify points of agreement and difference, put in order, and verifying accuracy of record keeping. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and explain the sources of information required for a project estimate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Organisational estimating policies and procedures are described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The type of information required for project estimating is described according to organisational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The type of information may include but is not limited to pricing, historical data, constraints, assumptions, mandatory factors, controls, productivity factors, client requirements, contracting arrangements, economic factors.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The sources of the information to compile a project estimate are listed and described using schedules and examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sources of information may include but is not limited to database, price schedules, quotations, regulations, legislation, scope of project, technical specifications, type of contract, economic indices.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the different levels, cost groups and types of a project estimate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Levels of project estimates and their associated degrees of accuracy are defined and explained according to international standard practices with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Order of magnitude, feasibility study, control estimate, definitive estimate, check estimate and final closeout and asset report-or equivalent terminology.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Cost groups of a project estimate are defined and explained according to international standard practices with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Types of cost groups are direct, indirect, home office, others, contingencies, allowances and provisions or equivalent terminology.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Types of project estimates are defined and explained according to organisational practice with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Deterministic, probabilistic and parametric or equivalent terminology.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Methods of producing of project estimates are defined and explained according to organisational practice with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Methods of producing estimates may include but is not limited to Comparative, index based, in house information, commercial data bases, commercial software packages.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Gather information and assemble project estimates. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Estimates are limited to those where information is readily available, easily accessible, derived from standard rates and with a well defined scope of work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The level of estimate required is established according to instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant data is gathered and collated in the required format and time frames. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Gathered data is checked for accuracy and completeness in terms of estimate requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Missing or erroneous project estimating data is referred for corrective action to the relevant authority. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The estimate is assembled, together with basis and qualifying statement, in accordance with organisational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Distribute and record estimating data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The estimate, together with basis and qualifying statement, are distributed to the relevant parties in terms with organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Estimating records are processed according to organisational document control procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Estimating data is prepared for recording in a databank in accordance with organisational requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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 overseen by the relevant ETQA or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. Therefore, anyone wishing to be assessed against this Unit Standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution, which is accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation should include both internal and external moderation where applicable. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Methods and techniques for estimating.
  • Communication methods and techniques for information gathering and reporting.
  • Knowledge of the nature of the business and the project.
  • Information gathering techniques for obtaining estimating data.
  • Organisational requirements, processes and standards as these apply to project support services.
  • Documentation management. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve issues relating to the quality, quantity and completeness of data for the provision of technical support for project estimating service functions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in order to source, gather and collate the relevant data for estimating purposes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities so that all required data is at hand as and when required. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information pertaining to the estimating functions of a project. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with all project team members to identify and obtain the required data in order to provide the necessary level of support for project estimating. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology to store and present data for project estimating. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where having and supplying the correct data leads to a more successful project outcome. 

    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
    Core  58800   Further Education and Training Certificate: Project Support Services  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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