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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform destructive and non-destructive tests on non-metallics 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120220  Perform destructive and non-destructive tests on non-metallics 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Plastics Manufacturing 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 
In order for me to perform effectively in the field of inspection and assessment of non-metallics, I will be able to:
  • Perform and verify tests on non-metallic components.

    I will also know and understand:
  • The principles of destructive and non-destructive testing and their application in practice.

    I can be assessed against this unit standard in the context of polymer composite fabrication, thermoplastic fabrication or any other non-metallic fabrication.

    The skill, the knowledge and the values reflected in this unit standard form part of the exit level outcomes required for the Further Education and Training Certificate: Inspection and Assessment (Non-Metallic). 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The inspection of thermoplastic and polymer composite fabrications includes inspection of liners, coatings, insulation, attachments and repairs.
    Component/s refers to any aspect of fabrication or installation.

    The range of tests includes tests for: burn out, cure (acetone test), peel, creep, tensile, bend, hardness, dimensions, pressure.

    The learner will be required to perform a selected number of tests, eg four different types of tests relevant to the context. X-ray testing is not included. Testing for both polymer composites and thermoplastics fabrication must be covered.

    This unit standard is for learners who require an understanding of the principles of testing in relation to their inspection and assessment activities. It is not intended for laboratory technicians. Learners would not be required to perform such tests as part of their day-to-day activities - but they would need to understand such tests in order to witness and verify the results. Tests would be physical and not chemical tests.

    Further information on the scope and level of this unit standard is indicated by range statements related to the specific outcomes. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Obtain test procedures and acceptance criteria and develop a testing plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate test procedures are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Criteria for acceptance are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The testing plan reflects the key elements required by the test procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Perform non-destructive tests and compile record of test results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment is selected, set up and verified and samples for testing are prepared and positioned. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tests are performed correctly. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Correctly includes all relevant safety, health and environmental practices and adherence to relevant codes of practice, protocols and work instructions or worksite procedures.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Test results are documented and non-conformances are identified against the applicable acceptance criteria. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Test results includes test specimens.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform destructive tests and compile record of test results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment is selected, set up and verified and samples for testing are prepared and positioned. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tests are performed correctly. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Correctly includes all relevant safety, health and environmental practices and adherence to relevant codes of practice and work instructions / worksite procedures.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Test specimens are inspected and non-conformances are identified against the applicable acceptance criteria and recorded. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Care for and store equipment and samples. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Care for includes calibration, marking, preparation, cleaning and maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment is checked and maintained in accordance with relevant procedures and manufacturer's instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Maintained includes calibration.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Samples are prepared, marked (labelled) prepared and stored according to relevant procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Analyse data and determine acceptability of components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Test results are documented accurately in the appropriate format. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Data is analysed and evaluated in terms of acceptability criteria and valid conclusions about acceptability are drawn. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Decisions about acceptability are recorded, justified and explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Isolate non-conforming components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All non-conforming components are correctly identified and marked. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Marked includes any form of indicating that the product is not to be used.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant isolation procedures are followed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant personnel is informed. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    To obtain credits I must be assessed. The assessment will be based on evidence that I produce. My assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of a relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA), which has jurisdiction over this field of learning. The policies and procedures of the relevant ETQA will determine:
  • How my assessment is moderated.
  • How I can appeal against the outcome of the assessment.

    Any institution or company which offers learning that will enable me to achieve the purpose of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.

    My assessment against this standard should meet all the requirements of established principles of assessment. I will be assessed on all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge. My assessment will not only be based on observation but also on other evidence which I compile into a portfolio of evidence. I cannot be assessed only on the basis of a written or oral test.

    Assessment should include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations, as well as portfolios of assessment, etc.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge will be assessed in relation to each other. If I am able to explain the items which fall under the heading of essential embedded knowledge, but am unable to perform the specific outcomes, then I cannot be assessed as 'competent'. Similarly, if I am able to perform tasks described under the specific outcomes, but cannot explain or justify them in terms of the fundamental concepts, principles and practice relevant to the level of the unit standard that underpins my skill, then I cannot be assessed as 'competent'. I will also be assessed on my ability to apply the principles and techniques related to the critical cross-field outcomes, not only in terms of what I can demonstrate, but also in terms of what I know and can discuss.

    I can be assessed in the language of my choice although if I have to report incidents or conditions to someone else, I will be assessed on my ability to report in the language commonly used in my working environment.

    My assessment for this unit standard can be done in conjunction with the assessment of other unit standards related to a qualification, and even in conjunction with my assessment for the qualification as a whole. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following items reflect the type of knowledge that the assessor will evaluate

    1. Names & functions of:
  • Terminology and concepts related to testing
  • Equipment, tools and materials required for testing
  • Measurement units

    2. Purpose of:
  • Performing tests
  • Test equipment
  • Calibration and maintenance
  • Codes and specifications
  • Criteria for acceptance

    3. Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Test equipment
  • Safe testing practices
  • Safe testing area
  • Criteria for acceptability
  • Quality standards relating to testing
  • Units of measure related to each type of test

    4. Processes and events:
  • Performing tests
  • Preparation, selection of equipment
  • Maintenance and calibration of equipment
  • Analysing and evaluating test results
  • Determining acceptability against criteria
  • Isolating non-conforming components
  • Care and storage of equipment, tools and materials

    5. Causes and effects, implications of:
  • Not following testing procedures
  • Not maintaining and calibrating equipment
  • Decisions about acceptability
  • Manufacturing techniques and practices leading to defects and abnormalities

    6. Procedures and techniques:
  • Preparation and testing procedures
  • Maintenance procedures
  • Reporting
  • Identifying and isolating non-conforming components
  • Use of testing and measuring equipment
  • Safety and quality procedures

    7. Sensory cues:
  • Visual and tactile cues related to defects, abnormalities and indicators of poor manufacturing techniques or practices

    8. Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Codes of practice
  • Statutory requirements
  • Company safety, health, environmental and quality policies and procedures
  • Specifications
  • Workplace standards

    9. Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Physical and chemical structure and properties of materials
  • Basic theory of polymeric materials
  • Principles of testing
  • Principles of inspection and assessment
  • Principles of evaluating degree of non-conformance
  • Failure mechanisms related to non-metallics

    10. Categories:
  • Physical, chemical and other properties
  • Tests
  • Equipment

    11. Relationships, systems:
  • Role of acceptance criteria in determining the appropriate test to be performed 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems
  • Identify and resolve issues arising from testing processes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities
  • Related to preparing for and performing tests and collecting and using resulting data. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information
  • Record, analyse and evaluate data to determine acceptability of manufactured components. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically
  • Use relevant science and technology in setting up and performing tests and evaluating results.
  • Relate testing procedures to physical and other properties. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems
  • Explain the relationship between the acceptance criteria, the tests performed and decisions made about acceptability. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    My assessor will be registered and have a qualification relevant to the field of non-metallics fabrication at NQF 5 or above. My assessor could also be a person registered by a relevant inspection authority. My assessor should be active in the industry and be familiar with the materials, machinery, products and level of technology in which I have contextualised my skills and knowledge. 

    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  50021   Further Education and Training Certificate: Inspection and Assessment (Non-Metallics)  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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