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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Build masonry superstructures using solid units 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261659  Build masonry superstructures using solid units 
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 3  NQF Level 03  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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
14642  Build masonry superstructures using solid units  Level 3  NQF Level 03  14  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The skills, values and knowledge reflected in this unit standard are required by people in the field of building and civil construction. Learners should be able to build masonry superstructures using solid units.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Prepare the work area and select, use and maintain tools, equipment and materials.
  • Set up vertical profiles and set out walls.
  • Install damp proof course, set up doorframes and mark position of window frames.
  • Build walls, build in doorframes, install and build in window frames.
  • Apply wall surface finishes.
  • Mark off, position and build in roof anchors (tie downs).
  • Build ancillary walls to complete structure.
  • Clean brickwork and clear building site. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in the following:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Use drawings and identify and use tools, equipment and materials for construction masonry site practice.
  • Set out and prepare construction masonry work areas.
  • Erect, use and dismantle access equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Stated with Specific Outcomes/Assessment Criteria to which they apply. The typical scope of the unit standard includes:
  • Doors and window frames include but are not limited to: Steel, aluminium, concrete, timber, plastic (polypropylene, polyurethane).
  • Wall surface finishes include plasterwork, jointing and pointing.
  • Ancillary walls include gable walls, retaining walls, buttress walls, parapet walls, coping walls, curved walls, arches.
  • The scope of this unit standard include construction of corners in various bond types and skin thicknesses; including the garden wall with attached pier and T-Junction wall joints, half brick return corner, 1 brick corner in Stretcher bond, 1 brick corner in English bond, 1 brick corner in English bond. These are pre-requisite skills for the progression to build elements into walls. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare the work area and select, use and maintain tools, equipment and materials. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate tools, equipment and materials are selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools and equipment are functional. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Scaffolding is erected and dismantled in accordance with specified methods. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Set up vertical profiles and set out walls. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Vertical profiles are set up to plumb, line and level and are well supported. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Profiles are marked off in accordance with predetermined course heights. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All work is completed within the allocated time frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safety procedures are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Install damp proof course, set up doorframes and mark position of window frames. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Doors and window frames are positioned in accordance with drawing specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All work is completed within the allocated time frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safety procedures are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Build walls, build in doorframes, install and build in window frames. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Build walls, build in doorframes, install and build in window frames and install above lintel reinforcement. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Doors and window frames include but are not limited to:
  • Steel, aluminium, concrete, timber, plastic (polypropylene, polyurethane). 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Doors and window frames are plumb and level when installed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ties from frames of windows/doors are securely embedded in mortar. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    DPC is installed and sills are built in. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All work is completed within the allocated time frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Safety procedures are adhered to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Future services (i.e. sewerage) are provided for. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Walls are laid to plumb, line and level. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Horizontal reinforcement is installed to accommodate specified movement and strength requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Beam filling has been installed to prevent bird and rodent entry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Masonry bonding used is suitable for the type of masonry unit, surface appearance and required strength. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    Walls are built to permissible heights and meet the required SABS 0400 standard. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Apply wall surface finishes. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Finishes include plasterwork, jointing and pointing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Wall surfaces are finished off in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All work is completed within the allocated time frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safety procedures are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Mark off, position and build in roof anchors (tie downs). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Anchorage materials used and positioned in accordance with specified roof covering and structure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All work is completed within the allocated time frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safety procedures are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Build ancillary walls to complete structure. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Ancillary walls include gable walls, retaining walls, buttress walls, parapet walls, coping walls, curved walls, arches. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All work is completed within the allocated time frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Safety procedures are adhered to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Future services (i.e. sewerage) are provided for. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Walls are laid to plumb, line and level. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Horizontal reinforcement is installed to accommodate specified movement and strength requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Beam filling has been installed to prevent bird and rodent entry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Masonry bonding used is suitable for the type of masonry unit, surface appearance and required strength. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Walls are built to permissible heights and meet the required SABS 0400 standard. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 8 
    Clean brickwork and clear building site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Masonry wall surfaces are cleaned in accordance with specified materials and cleaning methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All rubble is removed from the site on completion of building process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All work is completed within the allocated time frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safety procedures are adhered to. 


    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 or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding 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 or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and 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 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.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this Unit Standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Qualifying learners understand and can explain:
  • Tools, equipment and materials used within the context of this unit standard.
  • Methods for erecting and dismantling scaffolding.
  • Masonry construction terms and the application of construction rules.
  • Techniques for preparing and marking off a gauge rod.
  • Different types of walls (cavity or solid) and construction methods.
  • Different types of ancillary walls and construction methods.
  • Different types of joints.
  • Different types of bonds and techniques for bonding masonry units.
  • Features, textures and applications of the various masonry units.
  • Different types of materials, characteristics and application methods.
  • Different types of wall ties and masonry anchors and installation techniques.
  • Techniques for laying damp proof courses.
  • Movement and control joints.
  • Techniques for laying solid masonry units (wetting clay and using concrete units dry).
  • Methods of cutting masonry units to adjust dimensions.
  • Techniques for reinforcing masonry.
  • Types of lintels and construction methods.
  • Masonry cladding and infill panels.
  • Techniques for constructing holes and chases for the provision of future services.
  • Door frames, window frames and sills: characteristics and construction methods.
  • SABS 0400 standards for the building of walls.
  • Masonry surface finishes.
  • Types of materials and techniques for cleaning visible masonry wall surfaces.
  • Health and safety legislation applicable to the context of this unit standard. 

  • 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:
  • Identify the need for movement joints and determine the position and distance between movement joints prior to installation.
  • Identify the location and appropriate construction methods when making provision for the installation of future services. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Maintain tools and equipment in good working order to ensure that the construction of masonry walls is carried out effectively and the cost to company for the frequent replacement of tools and equipment is minimised.
  • Plan work so that all walls are built within the specified deadlines.
  • Check the set up of doors and window frames on a daily basis to ensure that the settings have not been accidentally disturbed by site personnel or people who may have visited the building site in your absence. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • Read and interpret the working drawing carefully and thoroughly so that specified wall dimensions are correctly transferred when setting out the gauge rod. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Confirm your understanding of all specified requirements with the client/architect before commencing with the work at hand so as to minimise future delays that might be caused because this work has to be redone.
  • Communicate in a clear and audible manner when issuing instructions to team members so that all verbal instructions are clearly understood and can be carried out as required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Check the safety and security of scaffolding at the beginning of each new work day to minimise accident or injury to yourself and other team members. 

  • 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:
  • Ensure that materials, tools and equipment used to build walls is safely and securely stored and protected on the building site to minimise the risk of theft, accident or injury to site personnel or visitors to the building site. 

  • 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 14642, "Build masonry superstructures using solid units", Level 3, 14 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  65409   National Certificate: Building and Civil Construction  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  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. Abakholwe Community Developers (Pty) Ltd 
    2. AFRICA SKILLS VILLAGE 
    3. Amber Tower Training 
    4. Arehone Consulting 
    5. Aveng Grinaker -LTA Civil Engineering 
    6. BELCOMEC TRAINING 
    7. BH Training and Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    8. Bhekwell Group 
    9. Bokgoni Training And Development 
    10. BOLAND COLLEGE (Paarl) 
    11. CENTRE FOR CAREER GUIDANCE AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CC 
    12. CLEAN HEAT ENERGY SAVING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    13. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Appelsbosch Campus 
    14. College of Cape Town (City Campus) 
    15. Eastcape Training Centre 
    16. EDUCATORY ELECTRO SERVICES 
    17. Edzani Community Development and Consultancy 
    18. Elangeni College for FET - Central Office 
    19. False Bay College 
    20. Gert Sibande TVET College 
    21. Goitsebasadi Construction Project 
    22. Ikemeleng Training and Development Services 
    23. IMBAWULA CIVIL ENGINEERING ACADEMY 
    24. In Touch Community Development & Project Managers 
    25. INDUSTRIAL & CONSUMER PLASTIC - New Germany (Legacy) 
    26. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE 
    27. Interlink Technical Training 
    28. IZWE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    29. Josmap Training Institute 
    30. L S Nkosi CC 
    31. Leps Training Consultants 
    32. Macsen Construction & Projects 
    33. Maduna Development Agency cc 
    34. Maluti TVET College 
    35. Microzone Training CC 
    36. MPUMALANGA REGIONAL TRAINING TRUST 
    37. Mthashana F.E.T. College 
    38. Mthoms Trading 
    39. MTL Training and Projects 
    40. Namuntlha Training and Development (Pty)Ltd 
    41. NOMASOJABULA TRAINING CENTRE 
    42. Northern Cape Rural TVET College 
    43. NSINGWENI CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 
    44. PMA Holdings (PTY ) LTD. 
    45. PRIMESERV CORPORATE SOLUTIONS PTY LTD T/A PRIMESERV HR SOLUTIONS 
    46. Protech Training cc 
    47. Sakhisizwe Development Training 
    48. Sekhukhune District Municipality EMS Training Academy 
    49. SISHEN IRON ORE COMPANY (PTY) LTD 
    50. Sphola Consulting CC 
    51. St Anthonys Education Centre 
    52. The Business Zone 352 
    53. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 
    54. Tlhogi''s Consulting and Projects 
    55. TSK Projects 
    56. UKHONKOLO CONCRETE PRODUCTS 
    57. West Coast TVET College 



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