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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Diagnose and repair air-conditioners in vehicles 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116708  Diagnose and repair air-conditioners in vehicles 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Air-conditioning Refrigeration and Ventilation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
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
9545  Diagnose and repair air-conditioners in vehicles  Level 3  NQF Level 03   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Diagnose motor vehicle air conditioners and repair the relevant faults. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Supply and fit air-conditioners to vehicles.
  • Check and maintain air-conditioners in vehicles. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Standard air-conditioner fitted to cars in South Africa. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Diagnose air conditioners in vehicles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Gauge sets are connected and hoses purged. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Pressure is checked according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Engine is started and run between 1500 and 2000 revolutions per minute. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Air conditioners are activated and run on low fan speed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Cycling parameters are checked. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Thermometers are inserted and temperatures are checked according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Faults are determined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Vibration and noise for mechanical faults are ascertained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Repair fault in air-conditioners in vehicles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Loss of gas and refrigerant is determined and relevant leaks repaired. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Electrical faults are determined and repaired. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Mechanical fault are determined and repaired. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Test air conditioners in vehicles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Operation of cooling system is checked. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An inspection is made to ensure that all covers, brackets and insulation are replaced. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    No abnormal noise or vibration is present. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Any person wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, who may appoint a moderator to be present at the assessment.

    The assessor must have knowledge and experience of air-conditioning or refrigeration. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The need for air-conditioners in vehicles to operate correctly.
  • The need to avoid undue release of refrigerant into the atmosphere.
  • The correct use and application of diagnostic tools and instruments used for checking car air-conditioner.
  • The operation of the car air-conditioner, both mechanically and electrically. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Nature and extent of deviation from specific performance is diagnosed and rectified
  • Selecting correct tools and instruments
  • Interpret manufacturer's instructions 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • Using correct procedures
  • Selecting correct tools and instrumentation 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Analysing operating procedures of air-conditioners. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • Reading and interpreting manufacturer's instructions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate and understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • Understanding the effects refrigerants, when released into the atmosphere can have on the environment. 

  • 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 9545, which is "Diagnose and repair air-conditioners in vehicles", Level 3, 4 credits.

    Supplementary information:

    Assessment of this standard will be applied within the learner's particular context and the following will be produced during the assessment:
  • A range of specifications will be met.
  • Air conditioners work in a range of temperatures.
  • The diagnosis is 100% correct meeting cost effectiveness.
  • An air-conditioning system that operates on manufacturers parameters and specifications.
  • Longevity of system is assured. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  48963   National Certificate: Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-03-12  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  65489   National Certificate: Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    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. Dawsons Training Academy (Pty) Ltd (DURBAN) (TP) 
    2. IFIHLILE TRAINING ACADEMY GAUTENG (PTY) LTD (Halfway House)(TP) 
    3. Industries Education & Training Institute (MAITLAND) (TP) 
    4. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE - PE TTC 
    5. Service Corps T/A Works Training School (ELANDSFONTEIN) (TP) 
    6. Tekmation (Pty) Ltd T/A Tekmation Training Institute (DURBAN) (TP) 
    7. Winters Business Enterprise T/A Winters Tradesman Technical Tuition (PRETORIA) (TP) 



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