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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate on High Voltage networks 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259181  Operate on High Voltage networks 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Electrical Infrastructure Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  20 
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 for persons in the High Voltage Distribution or Transmission environment.

The person credited with this unit standard is capable of carrying out designated functions on High Voltage networks by:

Operating:
  • Switching of apparatus.
  • Linking of apparatus.
  • Safety testing and earthing of apparatus.
  • Prepare apparatus for safe/working conditions [where applicable].
  • Returning apparatus to service.

    Receiving permission to access:

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the electrical engineering and construction environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of Physical Planning and Construction. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the electrical engineering and construction environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Apply safety in the electrical environment.
  • Introduction to industry.
  • Operating Regulations for High Voltage systems (extensions of the OHS Act).
  • Read and interpret Medium Voltage network diagrams.
  • Low/Medium Voltage test instruments.
  • Handling and caring of electrical earthing gear and related equipment.
  • Names and functions of High Voltage apparatus found on electrical reticulation networks.
  • Operate on Low Voltage networks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Operating includes, but is not limited to High Voltage feeders and bus-bars in order to carry out switching, linking, safety testing, earthing, and preparation for work.
  • High Voltage may include voltages of 66kV and above.
  • Operating conditions include normal/abnormal, planned/unplanned and day/night. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan and prepare to operate on High Voltage networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Determine the scope of work to be carried as per work request. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The affected customers are notified of the outage details. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Plan the sequence of events in conjunction with Work Coordinator/Control and with work teams where applicable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Ensure that the relevant safety clothing/equipment, earthing gear, insulated operating rods/sticks, applicable testing devices and keys are available and serviceable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Visible inspection is carried out on the apparatus to be operated on for obvious defects. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Switch apparatus on High Voltage networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Operating instructions are received, written clearly/legibly and confirmed with relevant control centre as per operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The appropriate apparatus control panel is identified and checked for irregularities and correct safety labels/signs attached as per the statutory requirements and operating standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The appropriate supervisory/remote control devices are switched off as per operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The appropriate safety clothing/equipment is worn/applied as per job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The appropriate breakers/switches are identified, operated and status verified/reported where necessary as per instruction. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Link/isolate apparatus on High Voltage networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The appropriate isolators are identified and checked for irregularities and correct safety labels/signs attached as per operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Written operating instructions are taken to the isolator for verification prior to carrying out linking operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The appropriate safety clothing/equipment is worn/applied according to job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The appropriate isolators are unlocked, opened/closed, locked again, link inserts removed where applicable and status verified as per operating instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The status of the isolators reported where necessary as per operating instruction. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Safety test and earth apparatus on High Voltage networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The safety testing device is selected, inspected and checked for functionality prior to safety testing being carried out as per operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Written operating instructions are taken to apparatus, physical isolator/link, to verify status and the safety testing operation is carried out as per operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The appropriate safety clothing/equipment is worn/applied according to job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Earth gear and insulated operating rods/sticks are correctly selected and inspected to be in good condition as per operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The earthing gear is adequately applied to the apparatus/circuit as per the operating instructions/procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Restore supply to High Voltage networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All equipment is ensured to have been removed from the work site and all workers have been informed that the apparatus will be returned to service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Operating instructions are received, written clearly/legibly and confirmed with relevant control centre as per operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The appropriate safety clothing/equipment is worn/applied according to the job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All earthing gear is removed from the apparatus/circuit as per the operating instructions/procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The appropriate isolators are unlocked, opened/closed, locked again and status verified as per operating instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The appropriate breakers/switches are identified, operated and status verified/reported where necessary as per instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Warning labels/signs are removed and access gates/doors locked as per local standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Written operating instructions is verified, reported back to the controller and operating instructions confirmed. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A comprehensive understanding of operating principles and terminology.
  • Able to read, report and interpret operating instructions from/to control.
  • Able to use a range of operating equipment and testers.
  • Ability to read and relate to operating diagrams.
  • A basic understanding of related safety standards and procedures.
  • A comprehensive understanding of how to physically operate the different types of apparatus.
  • A comprehensive understanding of integrated networks and precautionary measures to be taken prior to interconnecting ring-feeds. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively, with the ability to follow instructions when working independently or in a work team to ensure safe execution of work activities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information related to (operating of apparatus on High Voltage integrated networks). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Effective use of communication methods when giving/receiving instructions, following/carrying of instructions and recording/reporting information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Responsible thinking and decision making with regard to safety precautions and procedures during operating process to be applied at all times. 

    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 must be assessed in the natural workplace environment.
  • The Candidate must be accompanied by an authorised HV Operator during the assessment and may stop the Candidate when an incorrect action is observed. The Operator may also be the Assessor if registered with the ESETA.
  • Performance in relation to the elements must comply with current legislation, especially the OSH Act and their subsequent amendments, electricity supply industry codes of practice and documented procedures.
  • Reference to terms, procedures, and specifications in this unit standard may be taken as including documented procedures and specifications relevant to the workplace in which assessment is carried out.
  • Performance in relation to the elements must comply with Industry operating regulations for High Voltage systems [ORHVS] being extensions of the OHS Act, as well as industry operating standards.
  • All work practices shall meet documented industry maintenance standards, including the quality management requirements, and the documentation of activities, events, and decisions.

    Specified Requirements:

    Legal Requirements:
  • OHS Act.
  • Operating Regulations for High Voltage Systems.
  • Local or Industry Authority regulations. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  72052   Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2013-11-07  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.
     
    1. CIRCLEWAY TRAINING (PTY) LTD 
    2. College of Cape Town - Pinelands Campus 
    3. ESKOM KOEBERG - RADIATION PROTECTION 
    4. False Bay College - Westlake Campus 
    5. MOVING AHEAD DEVELOPMENT AGENCY 
    6. PHAKGAMANG MATSIANA BUSINESS ENTERPRISE 
    7. The Water Training Institute of South Africa 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.