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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain and repair plumbing systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
11795  Maintain and repair plumbing systems 
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  12 
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 
The purpose of this Unit Standard is to enable Plumbers to inspect, maintain and repair hot and cold, soil and waste, and drainage plumbing systems, to detect water leaks, and to trace hidden pipe work. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
FETC NQF Level 2 literacy and numeracy competencies. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
1. The inspection, repair and maintenance hot and cold, soil and waste, and drainage plumbing systems, the detection of water leaks, and the tracing of hidden pipe work are according to the following qualitative specifications:
  • SABS 0254: 2000 The Installation, maintenance and repair of fixed electric storage water heating systems
  • SABS 0252: 1994 Water supply and drainage for Buildings:
    - Part 1: Water Supply installations for Buildings, and
    - Part 2: Drainage Installations for Buildings
  • SABS 0400: 1990 Code of Practice for the Application of the national Building Regulations, Part P: Drainage
  • SABS 1200 series, including LB: Bedding (Pipes) and LD: Sewers

    2. Hot and cold water systems include all piping, fittings, valves, etc.

    3. Inspections to Drainage systems includes the use of CCTV cameras.

    4. Drainage clearing includes the use of plungers, rodding, and worms.

    5. Repairs to water supply includes: cutting out, preparing pipe for jointing, and replacing pipe using repair couplings.

    6. Repairs include for valves, taps and cocks.

    7. Repairs to drain pipes includes the fitting of "Kimberley" repair sockets.

    8. Preventative maintenance to valves and terminal pressure fitting includes: understanding operating principles - analyze cause of malfunction; apply manufacturer's maintenance instructions, obtain spares lists and supply.

    9. Diagnostics include: diagnostic principles; logical steps; and equipment; the use of pressure gauge to trace pressure drops, blockages, undersized piping, and control valve settings; the use of thermometers to trace electrical control failure, and cross feeds; leak detection principles, equipment, and services.

    10. Correction and Upgrading includes: quantifying terminal supply pressure/flow capabilities of present system; understanding the function and limitation/requirements of new retrofit products and apply system design principles; converting/correcting unbalanced hot water installations; and fitting preventative equipment (filters, strainers, softeners, check valves, back flow preventors, and flow controllers). 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Understand and apply diagnostic, correction and upgrading principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Periodic preventative maintenance principles are understood and applied according to the specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Diagnostics (fault finding) techniques are applied according to the specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Correction and upgrading principles are understood and applied. According to specification. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Inspect, maintain and repair hot and cold water plumbing systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Cold water systems are inspected and maintained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Cold water systems are repaired. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Hot water systems are inspected and maintained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Hot water systems are repaired. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Geysers are inspected and maintained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Water leaks are detected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Hidden pipe work is traced. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Inspect, maintain and repair soil and waste water systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Soil and waste water piping is inspected and maintained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Soil and waste water pipes and fittings are repaired. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Inspect, maintain and repair drainage systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Drainage piping is inspected and maintained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Hidden pipe work is traced and faults are rectified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Blockages are cleared. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by CETA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for the Certificate for Plumbers. CETA is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Qualifying learners understand and can explain:

    1. The purpose of inspecting and maintaining plumbing systems.
    2. The definitions of CCTV cameras, worms, plungers, visual and electronic detectors.
    3. Types of blockage clearing methods, their equipment and their purpose. 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems

    1. Understand and apply diagnostic, correction and upgrading principles.
    2. Inspect, maintain and repair hot and cold water plumbing systems.
  • Diagnostics (fault finding) techniques are applied.
  • Correction and upgrading principles are understood and applied.
  • Water leaks are detected.
  • Hidden pipework is traced. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management

    1. Inspect, maintain and repair hot and cold water plumbing systems.
    2. Inspect, maintain and repair soil and waste water systems.
  • Cold water systems are inspected and maintained.
  • Cold water systems are repaired.
  • Hot water systems are inspected and maintained.
  • Hot water systems are repaired.
  • Geysers are inspected and maintained.
  • Water leaks are detected.
  • Hidden pipe work is traced.
  • Soil and waste water piping is inspected and maintained.
  • Soil and waste water pipes and fittings are repaired. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information

    1. Understand and apply diagnostic, correction and upgrading principles.
  • Periodic preventative maintenance principles are understood and applied.
  • Diagnostics (fault finding) techniques are applied.
  • Correction and upgrading principles are understood and applied. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Understand Contextual world-systems

    1. Understand and apply diagnostic, correction and upgrading principles.
    2. Inspect, maintain and repair hot and cold water plumbing systems.
  • Periodic preventative maintenance principles are understood and applied.
  • Hidden pipe work is traced. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence

    1. Understand and apply diagnostic, correction and upgrading principles.
  • Diagnostics (fault finding) techniques are applied.
  • Correction and upgrading principles are understood and applied. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  21853   National Certificate: Construction Plumbing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2007-09-12  Was CETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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. College of Cape Town (City Campus) 
    2. False Bay College 
    3. Ikemeleng Training and Development Services 
    4. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE 
    5. L S Nkosi CC 
    6. Leps Training Consultants 
    7. Northlink TVET College 
    8. PCD College cc 
    9. PRIMESERV CORPORATE SOLUTIONS PTY LTD T/A PRIMESERV HR SOLUTIONS 
    10. Schoolboy Training Centre 
    11. SISHEN IRON ORE COMPANY (PTY) LTD 
    12. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 
    13. Tshwane North College for FET - Central Office 
    14. Umgungundlovu FET College 
    15. Zama Training & Developments 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.