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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Erect, use and dismantle access scaffolding 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
263245  Erect, use and dismantle access scaffolding 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Physical Planning, Design and Management 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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
243036  Erect, alter/reposition and dismantle access scaffolding  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 
119042  Erect, alter/reposition and dismantle access scaffolding  Level 2  NQF Level 02  13  Complete 
119074  Erect and dismantle scaffolding  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner will acquire the knowledge and skills required by the industry to function as a scaffold erector. Their functions will include leading a scaffold team. This includes the ability to safely and efficiently deploy the required resources to erect and dismantle access scaffolding. This unit standard will serve, in conjunction with related unit standards, to develop the qualifying learner to function as a scaffold erector in an access scaffold team.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Interpreting basic drawings and instructions for the erection of access scaffolding.
  • Coordinating resources for the erection of access scaffolding.
  • Erecting and using access scaffolding.
  • Dismantling access scaffolding. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Assist to erect, use and dismantle access scaffolding at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range of access scaffolding includes, but is not limited to:
  • Drop/hanging scaffold, cantilever platform, medium duty independent scaffold with bridging for 2 bays and protection fan. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Interpret basic drawings and instructions for the erection of access scaffolding. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Types of access scaffolding are identified and described in relation to their application according to SANS 10085. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of access scaffolding types includes, but is not limited to:
  • Putlog [20m], interlocking [30m], free-standing tower [mobile and static], walk through frame [45m] and tubular or system [60m].
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Classes of access scaffolding platforms are identified and described in relation to their loading limitations according to SANS 10085. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of classes include, but is not limited to:
  • Very light, light, medium and heavy.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Methods of stabilising access scaffolding are identified and described according to SANS 10085. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of methods include, but is not limited to:
  • Bracing, ties, evaluating ground conditions, plumbness of standards.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Basic drawings/sketches are read and interpreted in terms of scaffold requirement and organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Instructions for the erection of access scaffolding are interpreted according to organsiational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Coordinate resources for the erection of access scaffolding. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Basic action plan is compiled and activities prioritised in accordance with drawings/sketches and/or instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal Protective Equipment and other safety equipment for erecting and dismantling scaffolding is identified and used in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and SANS 10085. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of other safety equipment includes, but is not limited to:
  • Safety harness, signage and barricading.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Scaffolding team is deployed according to the basic action plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Scaffold equipment and hand tools that are fit-for-use are ordered or picked according to the basic drawings/sketches and work site procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Required resources are moved to the identified work area according to the basic action plan. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Erect access scaffolding. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hazards and risks at the work site are identified and reported according organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Access scaffold equipment is based/set out according to the basic drawings/sketch and/or instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Handling of equipment during scaffold erection is conducted according safe lifting and working practices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of equipment handling methods include but is not limited to:
  • Hand over hand in-line, rope, ginneywheel and crane.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The erecting sequence of access scaffolding is organised and work activities are controlled in accordance with safe working methods and organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Access scaffold is erected within the prescribed timeframe, basic drawings/sketches and in accordance with SANS 10085. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Erected scaffold is modified/altered according to instructions and safe working procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Excess materials are removed from site in accordance with safe work procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Dismantle access scaffolding. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hazards and risks related to dismantling access scaffolds are identified and plans to eliminate risks are devised according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Visual pre-dismantling inspections are conducted and safe working procedures are followed to ensure safety of materials, equipment and crews. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Basic action plans are compiled and activities prioritised for the dismantling of access scaffolds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The dismantling sequence of access scaffolding is organised and work activities are controlled in accordance with safe working methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Dismantled scaffold equipment is stacked and stored in demarcated lay down area according to organizational housekeeping procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Site procedures for the clearance of materials, equipment and crews are adhered to and completed within prescribed deadlines. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in the specific outcomes of the unit standard as well as the integrated competence described in the purpose of the unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner will be able to understand and explain relevant aspects of the following:
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act in relation to access scaffolding operations, including Fall Arrest Plan.
  • SANS 10085.
  • Different types of access scaffolding, related applications and limitations.
  • Basic scaffold drawings/sketches.
  • Resource co-ordination.
  • Basic action plans for erecting and dismantling access scaffolding.
  • Organisational procedures for the erector. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to erecting and dismantling an access scaffold system in which responses display that critical thinking is used for responsible decision making under supervision. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of an access scaffold team by giving instructions when handling components of an access scaffold system to ensure safety of the team. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in applying knowledge of the nature and scope of scaffolding to interpret instructions and scaffold drawing/sketches when erecting and dismantling access scaffolding. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information in scaffold drawings/sketches to determine resources required to erect and dismantle access scaffolding. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral persuasion in interpreting and implementing instructions to achieve the targeted access scaffold related task within the specified time frame. 

    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 the following unit standards:
  • ID 119042, "Erect, alter/reposition and dismantle access scaffolding", Level 2, 13 credits.
  • ID 119074, "Erect and dismantle scaffolding", Level 2, 4 credits.
  • ID 243036, "Erect, alter/reposition and dismantle access scaffolding", Level 2, 5 credits.
  • Fit-for-use refers to the condition of the equipment and tools being in a good state or not damaged.
  • Fit-for-purpose refers to the use/selection of the correct or most suited equipment and tools for a particular purpose. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49410   National Certificate: Construction  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  96402   National Certificate: Hot Water System Installation  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  65949   Further Education and Training Certificate: Supervision of Construction Processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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. CLEAN HEAT ENERGY SAVING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    2. Interlink Technical Training 
    3. Maluti TVET College 
    4. Powerpro Technologies and Training Facility (PTY) LTD 
    5. Scaffold Training Group 
    6. Skills Resource Group (Pty) Ltd 
    7. THE TRAINING ACADEMY 
    8. Topfix Scaffolding (Pty) Ltd 
    9. WACO Africa (Pty) Ltd 



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