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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate and maintain canals 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
254071  Operate and maintain canals 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Water Sector 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 is designed for learners who wish to enter this sub field of learning or whom is currently employed in the industry and wishes to receive formal recognition of credits against current competence.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of water measurement.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of water distribution.
  • Maintain canals. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Literacy NQF Level 2.
  • NQF Level 2: Assist in the maintenance and operation of Canal. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    As per specific outcome ranges. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of water measurement. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Float, notches, flumes, volumetric, sluices, single notch weirs, balancing dams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principles of water flow is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Basic discharge formulae of water measurement is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Flow rates are explained in accordance with discharge tables. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The metric system is explained in the context of water measurement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Measuring devices are identified and used in accordance with job requirement. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Non recording devices, mechanical water level recorder, basic data logging equipment, water meters.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of water distribution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Explain the purpose of water distribution. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Water rights, quotas, scheduling, registration, regulations.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Complete water distribution documentation in accordance with organizational policies and procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Water request, feeder charts, distribution order, distribution report, disposal report, water registers.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Water readings are taken and recorded. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Water level, meter readings.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Maintain canals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Ensure measuring structures are cleaned in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ensure canals and servitudes are cleaned in accordance with workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Debris, mud and silt, stones and rocks, algae, noxious plants, weeds, trees animals.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ensure syphon and grids are cleaned in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Ensure fences and gates are maintained in accordance with job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Ensure painting is done in accordance with job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Monitor the inspection and identification of defects in canals. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Cracks, leaks, holes, blockages, obstructions, breakages.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Communicate with regard to the condition of canals. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Means: Hand radio, telephone, personal.
  • Protocol: Subordinates, clients and superiors.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Apply safety when operating and maintaining canals in accordance with policies and procedures. 


    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 relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA`s policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners are to have a knowledge and understanding of:
  • The Current and relevant occupational health and safety legislation.
  • The Water Act.
  • Nature conservation principles.
  • Safe working polices and procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community:
  • Distribute water and maintain canals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Plan, organise and manage one-self and one's activities responsibly and effectively:
  • Maintain Canals, Distribute water. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Water measurement. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the form of oral and/or written presentation:
  • Maintain canals, water measurement and distribution. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others:
  • Water distribution and measurement. 

  • 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:
  • Water measurement and distribution and canal maintenance. 

  • 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 
    Integrated Assessment:

    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the unit standards being assessed. Assessors must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge by developing assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment. It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together in an integrated way, thus reducing the overall number of assessments and ensuring that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    Assessment Option:

    Learners could be assessed using the following methods:
  • Oral or written questions.
  • Observation.
  • Simulation. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  60155   National Certificate: Water and Wastewater Reticulation Services  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


    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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