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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Build timber frame walls 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14886  Build timber frame walls 
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 2  NQF Level 02 
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 build, connect, clad and erect timber frame walls and install appropriate insulation where required, in accordance with the design and construction methods specified in working drawings for houses of a basic design ensuring that the applicable National Building standards, health and safety regulations and prescribed time frames are adhered to.

The competencies contained in this unit standard will provide Community House Builders with an area of specialisation that will lead to the development of enhanced skills and knowledge amongst professional Community House Builders who are able to offer alternative construction methods to meet a wider range of needs and purposes of potential home builders within the community. It should result in improved quality and service delivery in community house building.

The contribution to The National Skills Development Strategy is the key developmental interface between Learners' and new competencies to be achieved. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
NQF Level 1 (ABET Level 4) numeracy and literacy competencies 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The competencies specified in this unit standard are applicable to the construction of single storey houses that are rectangular in shape and it is within this context that the learner is required to demonstrate competent performance.

Competence must be demonstrated using bolts and screws to secure wall components to each other. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Determine single wall size, size of timber frame components and layout. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
Determine single wall size, size of timber frame components and layout from drawing specifications, including windows and door frames. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Size of the single wall is accurately determined in accordance with specified requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Size of timber frame components is accurately determined. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Windows and doors are positioned in accordance with specified requirements. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Prepare working platform, identify and select appropriate tools, equipment and materials. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. A level working platform is prepared to the size of the walls. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Appropriate tools, equipment and materials are selected. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Cut, layout and fix timber frame to size. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Timber lengths are cut in accordance with specified requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Appropriate fixing material is selected. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Timber frame is laid out and securely fixed in accordance with specified requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Provision is made for walls to remain safe and secure against wind forces. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Protect and treat timber against rot. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Timber is treated with appropriate material to prevent rot. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. An appropriate structural design is considered to protect timber against water and damp. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Fit exterior and interior cladding. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Appropriate exterior and interior cladding and fixing materials are selected. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Exterior and interior cladding is securely fitted in accordance with specified requirements. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Select and install insulation. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Appropriate insulation material is selected. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Insulation is installed in accordance with specified requirements. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
Erect and connect single wall components. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The level of the foundation (slab) is checked and is in accordance with specified requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Damp proof course is applied in accordance with specified requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Appropriate fixing materials are selected. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Wall components are securely connected to each other. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Wall components are securely bolted to foundation (slab). 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Wall components are plumb and level. 


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.
  • 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 is responsible for moderation of learner achievements for Learners' who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Understand and explain:
  • Timber properties
  • Tools, equipment and fixing materials
  • Properties of exterior and interior cladding materials
  • Insulation material properties
  • Impact of insulation on health and the environment
  • Impact of wind loading (suction and pressure) on light timber frame houses
  • Timber framework tolerances
  • Timber preservatives
  • Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
  • National Building Regulations 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking:
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of timber frame work to brick walls when discussing the range of building methods with potential home builders within the community 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community:
  • Co-operate with concrete workers to ensure that the size of the concrete slab and the size of the timber frame walls correspond and that the slab is level 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Read and interpret specifications to accurately determine the layout of windows and doors
  • Read and interpret specifications to accurately determine the size of the timber frames 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, symbolic, and/or language skills in various modes:
  • Communicate in a clear and comprehensive manner when giving concrete workers information so that the size of the concrete slab when laid, is in accordance with specified dimensions 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environments and the health of others:
  • The impact of insulation on health and the environment
  • Sustainability of building material i.e. Timber is sustainable whereas producing concrete uses energy 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation:
  • Wall components must be securely connected to each other so that they do not collapse when erected
  • Wall components are securely fixed to the foundation slab to prevent them from lifting as a result of wind force 

  • 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
    Elective  24273   National Certificate: Community House Building  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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.
     
    1. Abakholwe Community Developers (Pty) Ltd 
    2. Artisan Development Academy 
    3. Assured Vocational Skills Institute 
    4. Aveng Grinaker -LTA Civil Engineering 
    5. Better Best Agri Development 
    6. Big Tree Group 
    7. Blacken Security Services 
    8. BOLAND COLLEGE (Paarl) 
    9. Builders Training Centre 
    10. Capricorn FET College - Central Office 
    11. CBM TRAINING PTY LTD 
    12. Centre For Economic Participation 
    13. College of Cape Town (City Campus) 
    14. Construction Resource Development Centre 
    15. DESTO PTY LTD 
    16. Eastcape Training Centre 
    17. EDUCATORY ELECTRO SERVICES 
    18. Edzani Community Development and Consultancy 
    19. Ekurhuleni Artisans and Skills Training Pty Ltd 
    20. Ekurhuleni East College For TVET 
    21. Ergo-Maphelong Institute 
    22. F& O Deliveries 
    23. False Bay College 
    24. Forek Institute of Technology 
    25. Furniture World Training Centre 
    26. Gert Sibande TVET College 
    27. Goldfields FET College 
    28. In Touch Community Development & Project Managers 
    29. Josmap Training Institute 
    30. Kamofatso Construction and Academy 
    31. KIM People Development 
    32. KING HINTSA TVET College 
    33. L S Nkosi CC 
    34. Lerumo La Setshaba 
    35. Macsen Construction & Projects 
    36. Maesela Phaladi Investment and Construction PTY LTD 
    37. Majuba TVET College 
    38. Mnambithi TVET College 
    39. Mohlaje Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    40. Mopani South East FET College - Central Office 
    41. Mothusi Management Consultants 
    42. MPUMALANGA REGIONAL TRAINING TRUST 
    43. Mthoms Trading 
    44. Namuntlha Training and Development (Pty)Ltd 
    45. NEMJA SECURITY AND PROJECTS CC 
    46. NIRVANA BUSINESS SOLUTION CONSTRUCTION 
    47. Nkangala Public FET College - Central Office 
    48. Nokuthula Dube & Associates 
    49. Nomagwanishe Investments cc 
    50. NOMASOJABULA TRAINING CENTRE 
    51. Northern Cape Rural TVET College 
    52. Northlink TVET College 
    53. NSINGWENI CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 
    54. Othandweni Training Centre 
    55. PALABORA FOUNDATION 
    56. Perfect Solution Project and Consultancy 
    57. PMA Holdings (PTY ) LTD. 
    58. PRIMESERV CORPORATE SOLUTIONS PTY LTD T/A PRIMESERV HR SOLUTIONS 
    59. PROMINENT EMZANSI PROJECTS 
    60. Protech Training (Pty) Ltd 
    61. Qualfurn Training & Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    62. Reflections Development Institute 
    63. Rural Development Trust 
    64. Sakhisizwe Development Training 
    65. Sejamo Construction and Training 
    66. SESANA PROJECTS 
    67. SETHIKE TRADING 
    68. SISHEN IRON ORE COMPANY (PTY) LTD 
    69. Sivile Housing Association RSA 
    70. SIYAFUNDA BUSINESS SYSTEM 
    71. Sonani Training and Communications 
    72. St Anthonys Education Centre 
    73. STEVENEL TRAINING CONSTRUCTION AND CIVIL 
    74. Thabomeleng 
    75. Thaleba Promotions and Events Management 
    76. Thekweni TVET College 
    77. Thembifundo Ikusasa Lakho 
    78. Tius Consultants 
    79. Training Force (Pty) Ltd 
    80. TSEBO SECHABA CONSULTING 
    81. TSK Projects 
    82. Umfolozi FET College 
    83. Umgungundlovu FET College 
    84. Umnotho We Afrika Foundation 
    85. VSL GENERAL TRADING CC 
    86. Vuselela TVET College 
    87. WAL TRAINING 
    88. West Coast TVET College 



    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.