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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Install and maintain poles 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119835  Install and maintain poles 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Electrical Infrastructure Construction 
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 
This unit standard is for persons in the Energy Sector.

A person credited with this unit standard will be capable of:
  • Erecting poles
  • Inspecting and maintaining poles

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the energy sector by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the energy sector. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the energy sector environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following knowledge, skills attitude and/or equivalent:
  • Communication at ABET Level 3 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    1. Statutory requirements includes but is not limited to:
  • OHS Act
  • Relevant SANS specifications
  • Local authority requirements
  • Manufacturer's specifications
  • Worksite procedures

    2. Pole planting procedures include but are not limited to:
  • Wooden, concrete, steel poles

    3. Preparation includes but is not limited to:
  • Rural and urban installations 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Excavate hole for erection of pole. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The position and dimensions of the excavation are done according to route markers and construction layout plans. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A safety risk assessment of the site is done according to statutory and work site requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The different types of excavation techniques for poles and stays are demonstrated practically. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Appropriate tools for excavation as per work site and soil formation requirements are selected and used. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Appropriate excavation techniques are applied according to job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safety precautions relevant to the excavation are applied as per prescribed safe work procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Handle and erect poles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety regulations relevant to pole handling and planting are adhered to at all times. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate tools and equipment are selected and used according to the job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Personal protective equipment is used according to statutory requirements and safe work procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Knowledge of different pole identification methods is demonstrated according to project specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Pole loading, offloading and handling techniques is demonstrated by using the correct rigging procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Knowledge of hand planting and mechanical planting techniques is demonstrated correctly according to the type of pole used. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Knowledge of pole stacking techniques is applied according to safe work procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The pole is erected according to installation standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Stay wires are installed according to installation standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Backfill the excavation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Demonstrate Understanding of theory of compaction is installed according to job specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant tools are identified for compaction and used correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Backfill techniques appropriate to the job are applied according to job specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The implications the different soil composition have for compaction are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Safety regulations relevant to compaction techniques are adhered to at all times. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Site is rehabilitated according to worksite procedure. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Assess condition of and maintain or remove damaged poles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The legal requirements related to working under when working with poles is explained with to the relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Specific assessment techniques are applied to determine condition of poles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Known appropriate remedial techniques are applied to damaged poles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Irreparably damaged poles are removed and replaced according to safe work procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Rehabilitate Worksite is rehabilitated to acceptable condition. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Knowledge of safety and risk assessment of site
  • Knowledge of different types of excavation techniques for poles and stays
  • Understanding of implication of different soil composition for excavation and compaction
  • Understanding of theory of compaction
  • Understanding of assessing poles and treatment / replacement techniques
  • Understanding of applicable basic rigging 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems (deviations from statutory requirements are identified, reported and rectified). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others (affected parties are liased with and informed). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself (plan, select, organise work tasks). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and critically evaluate information (worksite preparation). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate (affected parties are liased with and informed). 

    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 
    Supplementary information:

    Specified requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and legislative specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • SANS specifications
  • OHS Act , No 85 of 1993 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49753   General Education and Training Certificate: General Technical Practice  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.
     
    1. HT MARKTECH 
    2. TRY EASY ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 



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