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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate basic water related sampling techniques 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
113940  Demonstrate basic water related sampling techniques 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Water Sector 
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 1  NQF Level 01 
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 
A qualifying learner in combination with context expertise standard(s) will be able to prepare water sample containers, take water samples, use water sampling equipment, store water samples and complete relevant reports. This competence will enable the learner to take water samples at pre determined sampling points and understand the importance of the sampling process. This competence will provide the learner with the foundational knowledge required to be able to operate effectively when taking water samples. This will assist in ensuring that water resources are accurately monitored in terms of water quality. In acquiring this competence the qualifying learner will lay a good foundation for future learning and action and provide the learner with entrepreneurial skills that are useful in the water sector. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Ability to read, write and communicate at ABET level 3 or equivalent, numerate. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Personal protective equipment
  • Boots, overalls, gloves, mask and goggles.

    Sample container
  • Microbiological sample container, chemical sample container (glass and plastic).

    Sampling equipment
  • Bucket, rope, cooler box, sample container, sample stick and bottle.

    Water related samples
  • River, potable water, sludge, wastewater and industrial effluent.

    Responsible person
  • Laboratory, person who will transport samples to laboratory. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Wear appropriate personal protective clothing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Personal protective equipment is worn in accordance with legislation and work procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Damaged personal protective equipment is noted and corrective action is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare sample containers and sampling equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Different sampling containers are identified and their uses are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Different sampling containers are cleaned and labelled in accordance with work procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Correct sampling equipment is collected and checked. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Damaged sampling equipment is reported to the relevant person. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Take water related samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Water sampling techniques are demonstrated in accordance with standard methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Problems are identified and appropriate corrective action is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Samples are stored appropriately. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Deliver samples to responsible person in accordance with work policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Samples are handed over to the responsible person within the required time frames. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Reports are complete and accurate and submitted to the responsible person. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    1. Cleaning of sample containers.
    2. Sterilisation techniques for equipment used for microbiological sampling.
    3. Water related sampling techniques, including standard methods for taking clean and contaminated water samples.
    4. Safety procedures related to taking water samples.
    5. Sample bottles and sample equipment.
    6. The purpose and importance of water related sampling.
    7. The consequences of not taking regular samples.
    8. Work policies 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.

    Assessment criteria:
  • Damaged personal protective equipment is noted and corrective action is explained.
  • Damaged sampling equipment is reported to the relevant person.
  • Problems are identified and appropriate corrective action is demonstrated. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community.
    Assessment criteria:
    All. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Plan, organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively.

    Assessment criteria:
  • Different sampling containers are cleaned and labelled in accordance with work procedures.
  • Correct sampling equipment is collected and checked. 

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

    Assessment criteria:
  • Damaged personal protective equipment is noted and corrective action is explained.
  • Damaged sampling equipment is reported to the relevant person.
  • Problems are identified and appropriate corrective action is demonstrated. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the form of oral and/or written presentation.
    Assessment criteria:
    All. 

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

    Assessment criteria:
  • Different sampling containers are cleaned and labelled in accordance with work procedures. 

  • 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.

    Assessment criteria:
  • Water sampling techniques are demonstrated in accordance with standard methods. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  77163   National Certificate: Industrial Water Treatment Support System Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 
    Elective  48495   General Education and Training Certificate: Water Services  Level 1  NQF Level 01  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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