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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Execute laboratory testing pertaining to aggregate materials 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116560  Execute laboratory testing pertaining to aggregate materials 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 3  NQF Level 03  10 
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 
Learners who are assessed as competent against this unit standard will be able to demonstrate competence in executing, standard laboratory testing pertaining to aggregate materials used in the Construction Industry.

This unit standard will enable learners to identify hazards and protective measures during aggregate testing, prepare aggregate samples for testing, identify and apply the required apparatus during testing, take readings and record these. (under supervision )

The unit standard contributes to the overall competence required of the construction materials tester.

The laboratory test results are used for quality control purposes during the construction and manufacturing processes as well as for final acceptance of the finished products.

Its contribution to socio-economic transformation is that learners would be able to undergo RPL-assessment and thereby receive recognition for previous learning and experience. The employability and career prospects of learners can therefore be enhanced by this qualification. Previously disadvantaged individuals with this qualification can also progress to the level 4 qualification - this will enable them to start their own businesses supplying a construction materials testing service - a process that will accelerate economic transformation and give economic empowerment. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
NQF Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy competencies 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
(i) SABS 847: 1994 - The determination of the Flakiness Index of a coarse aggregate.
(ii) SABS 829 & SABS 1083: 1994 : Grading: The sieve analysis of aggregates, including the determination of the material passing the 0,425 and 0.075 mm sieves.
(iii) SABS 845 :1994 - The determination of the bulk density of coarse and fine aggregate.
(iv) SABS 844: 1994: Relative density.
(v) SABS 841: 1994: Aggregate crushing value.
(vi) SABS 842: 1994: 10% FACT 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Plan the execution of the testing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Resources are identified as required in standard methods of testing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Resources are obtained from the laboratory store in terms of organizational policies and procedures. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Prepare sampled material for testing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Instructions requesting laboratory test are matched with labels attached to bags / containers holding material samples. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Material samples are prepared according to standard methods of testing. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Execute the laboratory tests. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The apparatus are prepared / calibrated according to the standard methods of testing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Occupational Health and Safety hazards are identified and suitable action to protect staff or eliminate the hazards has been taken. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The laboratory test are executed according to standard methods of testing. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Record and store test readings. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Laboratory test readings are recorded on suitably prepared stationary in line with details contained in standard methods of testing manuals. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Recorded results are stored in laboratory filing system. 


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 CETA - ETQA for this unit standard or a similar unit standard at a higher NQF Level
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the CETA - ETQA
  • CETA - ETQA, or other ETQA's who have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with CETA-ETQA, would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    I can understand and explain:
    (i) Preparing sampled materials for testing for aggregate materials.
    (ii) Executing the laboratory tests for aggregate materials.
    (iii) Recording and storing test readings for aggregate materials. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems

    Specific Outcome:
  • Plan the execution of the testing under supervision

    Assessment criteria:
  • Resources are identified as required in standard methods of testing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others

    Specific Outcome:
  • Prepare sampled material for testing under supervision.

    Assessment criteria:
  • Instructions requesting laboratory test are matched with labels attached to bags / containers holding material samples. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management

    Specific Outcome:
  • Prepare sampled material for testing under supervision

    Assessment criteria:
  • Material samples are prepared according to standard methods of testing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information

    Specific Outcome:
  • Record and store test readings under supervision

    Assessment criteria:
  • Laboratory test readings are recorded on suitably prepared stationary in line with details contained in standard methods of testing manuals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively

    Specific Outcome:
  • Record and store test readings under supervision

    Assessment criteria:
  • Laboratory test readings are recorded on suitably prepared stationary in line with details contained in standard methods of testing manuals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence

    Specific Outcome:
  • Execute the laboratory tests under supervision

    Assessment criteria:
  • The apparatus are prepared / calibrated according to the standard methods of testing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand Contextual world-systems

    Specific Outcome:
  • Record and store test readings under supervision

    Assessment criteria:
  • Recorded results are stored in laboratory filing system. 

  • 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  49017   National Certificate: Construction Materials Testing  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.
     
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