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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Assess site conditions and preparing floor surfaces 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14900  Assess site conditions and preparing floor surfaces 
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 1  NQF Level 01  16 
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 working towards this unit standard will be doing so with the intention of reaching the full qualification "National Certificate (Construction) for the installation of floor coverings". Learners will be involved in, or working within a floor covering installation environment.

Learners who are assessed as competent against this unit standard will be able to assess site conditions and prepare floor surfaces with confidence, including -
  • Assessing floor conditions on site against requirements of plan
  • Determining whether substrate is suitable for laying of floor covering
  • Preparing substrate for installation
  • Recording time and materials involved in preparation
  • Obtaining approval to proceed with installation

    This competence lays the foundation for the development of further floor covering competencies and underpins competencies to be acquired as part of a learning progression pathway. The generic competencies as outlined in this unit standard should facilitate portability of floor covering installation skills across different contexts within the construction industry.

    It contributes to the development of a professional community of floor covering practitioners who understand the challenges and opportunities of the South African construction context. 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 
    ABET Level 3 Literacy and Numeracy competencies. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard applies to persons who competently assess site conditions and prepare floor surfaces. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Assess floor conditions on site against requirements of plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Physical on site measurements is verified against those of the plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Site is ready for floor covering installations - i.e. no wet trades, painters complete etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Adequate ventilation is in place if floating floors are to be fitted on top of existing sprung timber floors. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. If floating floors are to be fitted, it is not fitted on top of existing parquet / wood block floors. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Determine whether substrate is suitable for laying of floor covering. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Substrate is examined and tested for moisture if applicable - i.e. resilient and wood flooring. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Location of under floor heating is assessed and established in the case of wood flooring and vinyls. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Substrate is examined for imperfections and irregularities (loose screed and unevenness). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Imperfections are pointed out after visual inspection. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Possible solutions identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Most appropriate option selected. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prepare substrate for installation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Materials and tools for preparation are sourced and prepared. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Imperfections rectified or referred according to SABS standard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Substrate is prepared to receive flooring. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Record time and materials involved in preparation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Materials used to prepare substrate measured and recorded. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Time taken to prepare substrate measured and recorded. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Obtain approval to proceed with installation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Evidence of approval is obtained in accordance with workplace procedures. 


    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 "National Certificate (Construction) for the installation of floor coverings"
  • 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 of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Different types of substrates in the context of the floor covering being installed
  • Procedures, materials, products and tools for applicable remedies.
  • Principles of E.M.C. (Equilibrium Moisture Content)
  • Techniques to repair substrates.
  • Principles of structural and movement joints.
  • Principles of moisture control and cushion layers.
  • Procedures for recording time and materials.
  • Procedures used to obtain approval.
  • Uses of adhesives and sealants.
  • Health and Safety Regulations (Occupational Health and Safety Act, NOSA) applicable to the context of this unit standard.
  • Use of protective clothing.
  • How to protect work in all stages of construction.
  • Housekeeping principles. 

  • 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
  • Identify and deal with discrepancies between plan and actual site.
  • Ensure substrate is suitably prepared for floor covering installation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation and community
  • Respect the safety and well-being of others in your immediate work environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively
  • Wear protective clothing when operating tools, machines and equipment
  • Apply safe-handling procedures when using and operating tools, machines and equipment
  • Maintain a clean and tidy work area during and on completion of floor covering installation tasks and activities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information
  • When interpreting symbols and measurements reflected in the plan so that completed floor covering installation is in accordance with the specified dimensions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environments and the health of others
  • Use, operate and maintain hand and power tools, machines and equipment in accordance with manufacturer`s specifications and good housekeeping practices so that the life-span of tools, machines and equipment can be maximised and cost to company reduced
  • Use, operate and maintain hand and power tools, machines and equipment in accordance with safe-handling procedures so that accidents and injury to yourself and others can be prevented
  • Power tools - check all leads and power tool cables are in good repair to prevent accident, injury or electrocution whilst working with these tools. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems
  • Timing of the fitters activities must coincide with other trades on site. 

  • 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
    Core  24296   National Certificate: Construction: Installation of Floor Coverings  Level 1  NQF Level 01  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. Belgotex Floor Coverings Pty Ltd 
    2. CAD4ALL Design Training and Software cc 
    3. Daeraad School of Industries 
    4. Ever Hood Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    5. Moraba Training and Civil Construction (Pty) Ltd 
    6. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 
    7. Van Kervel School of Skills 



    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.