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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Take non-routine investigative samples for monitoring process in water and wastewater works 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
255978  Take non-routine investigative samples for monitoring process in water and wastewater works 
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 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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
12067  Take investigative samples for monitoring process  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner achieving this unit standard will be able to take chemical, bacteriological and micro-biological samples for process monitoring and investigative purposes. Learners will be able to interpret data collected at various locations in order to determine the status of the different parts of the process, understand the meaning of data to optimize the process. The unit standard will expand the skills base of the qualifying learner and make the person more effective in his/her tasks and more employable which will open up job opportunities in related fields. This competence will enable the learner to undertake water and wastewater quality sampling in various water environments. This will ensure that the water resources are accurately monitored in terms of water and wastewater quality.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Plan the collection of investigative samples.
  • Undertake gas sampling.
  • Undertake solid sampling.
  • Undertake depth sampling.
  • Maintain sample logs.
  • Interpret results received from laboratory. 

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

    It is assumed that learners are competent in the following unit standard:
  • Unit Standard ID 254125: Demonstrate knowledge of sampling procedures for water and wastewater treatment tests at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Samples:
  • Water, final effluent, river, industrial effluent, potable water, seepage sludge, gas, borehole water,in-plant streams.

    Sampling techniques:
  • Depth, gas, solids etc.

    Observations:
  • Litter, odour, colour, weather, flow, vegetation disturbance and wind direction.

    Plant:
  • Complete plant or section of the plant. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan the collection of investigative samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The nature of the problem or investigation is explained in order to identify the required samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The samples to be collected are identified and the analysis required is explained to justify the investigation procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Correct labeling procedure is explained in order to reflect the type of sample and analysis required. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Undertake gas sampling. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The types and physical characteristics of the gas to be sampled and safety considerations are explained in order to determine an appropriate sample to be taken. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Types of gas refers to but is not limited to methane, hydrogen sulphur, carbon-dioxide, oxygen and chlorine.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Gas sampling apparatus are identified and explained in order to meet the types of gas to be sampled. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sample apparatus include but is not limited to portable gas sampling apparatus, bladder and gas pipette.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Specific safety requirements are identified and discussed in order to protect the personal safety of the sampler. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Specific safety requirements refers to but is not limited to inflammable, toxic and non life supporting gas.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sampling is demonstrated by means of taking a sample from an anaerobic digester in order to ensure adherence to safety requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Undertake solid sampling. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The nature and physical characteristics of the solids to be sampled and hygiene considerations are explained in order to determine an appropriate sample to be taken. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The nature of solids refers to but is not limited to chemicals such as lime, alum, treated sludges, compost, detritus and screenings.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Specific hygiene requirements are discussed in order to ensure the personal safety of the sampler. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sampling is demonstrated by means of taking a sample from a dewatering devices or bulk chemical container. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Undertake depth sampling. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons to take depth samples are identified and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Examples include but is not limited to stratification of reservoirs, anaerobic digesters, reactors.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different types of sampling apparatus are identified and described by means of sketches. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safety considerations are explained in order to ensure safety when undertaking sampling. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety considerations include but is not limited to hygiene practices, elevated sampling positions and engulfment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sampling is carried out in accordance with organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Borehole sampling procedure is described in relation to obtaining a representative sample. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Maintain sample logs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Observations at sampling point are recorded in terms of their value in determining the condition of the sample. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Observations are reported to relevant person to determine further action to be taken. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sample number, date, time, and location are recorded for the identification of samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sample results are tracked in order to make a follow-up. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Interpret results received from laboratory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The process to examine the significance of the results is explained in accordance with works limits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Interpretations are recorded and reported in accordance with standard reporting procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Corrective action is taken in order to deal with the process problem identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Corrective action refers to but is not limited to acting upon Instructions received from a superior or own initiative.
     


    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 should have a knowledge and understanding of:
  • Knowledge and understanding of different processes on water and wastewater treatment works.
  • Basic hygiene.
  • Safety and security.
  • Legislation and work policies. 

  • 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 in order determine the status of the plant and taking the necessary action to correct the problems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team for safety and security purposes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Planning, organising and managing oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively to successfully establish the status of the plant. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information received from sampling in order to determine a corrective action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the form of oral and/or written presentation to present reports to superior for recommendations or instructions to carry out a course of action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by understanding of chemical and bio-chemical processes on a plant. 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 12067, "Take investigative samples for monitoring process", Level 4, 8 credits.

    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.
  • Product sample reports/log book. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  61709   Further Education and Training Certificate: Water and Wastewater Treatment Process Control Supervision  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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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