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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct third party inspections of non-metallic installations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253995  Conduct third party inspections of non-metallic installations 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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 
This unit standard reflects the skills required to perform effectively in the field of inspection and assessment of non-metallics.

Qualifying learners will be able to:
  • Use inspection techniques to survey non-metallic equipment falling under the definition of pressurised equipment regulations during fabrication, installation and testing and while in service.
  • Determine whether or not the equipment as fabricated satisfies the stated requirements.
  • Report the inspection results.

    Qualifying learners will also know and understand:
  • Mandatory and legal requirements and how to apply them.
  • Third party inspection principles and procedures.
  • The key quality issues relating to the particular non-metallic manufacturing process and products.

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

    The skills, the knowledge and the values reflected in this unit standard form part of the exit level outcomes required for the National Certificate in Inspection and Assessment (Non-Metallic) NQF Level 5. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following competencies are assumed:
  • Communication and Literacy at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4.

    In addition, learners are assumed to have a Further Education and Training Certificate: Inspection and Assessment (Non-Metallics) or an equivalent qualification at NQF Level 4.

    This assumption forms the basis for the allocation of credits for this unit standard. If a learner does not have such experience or qualifications, the learning time will be increased. The allocation of credits is also based on the assumption that the learner will be following a learning programme which integrates the required unit standards. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The inspection of thermoplastic and polymer composite fabrications includes inspection of liners, coatings, insulation, attachments and repairs.

    This unit standard covers the inspection of new and in-use vessels and risk-based inspection. Installation includes systems under pressure. Vessels can be understood in the broadest sense and represents any pressurised system.

    Inspections can also include other installations and equipment falling outside of the definition of equipment under pressure.

    Component/s cover any aspect of fabrication or installation.

    Quality documentation refers to all quality related documents and includes activity plans, quality controls plans, standard operating procedures, working instructions, forms, reports, pressure test certificates, weld procedures, certificate of compliance, control sheets, etc.

    This unit standard covers new work, modifications and repairs. The third party inspections may be conducted as part of a regular programme, after manufacturing or installation, or after repairs have been effected.

    Pressure testing must be completed in accordance with legal requirements, the contract and enterprise procedure.

    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 
    Identify appropriate specifications and criteria. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Specifications and criteria include all relevant local and international standards related to the components, the particular manufacturing process or the type of installation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Nature of components, process or installation and purpose of inspection is clarified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate resources are used to identify specifications and criteria for inspection and testing. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Appropriate resources include material data, equipment data, quality documentation.
  • Specifications include standards and codes.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Specific customer and stakeholder needs are identified and related to the inspection. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Stakeholder includes users, people benefiting from the equipment or the service the equipment provides, the community at large and the environment in general.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare third party inspection plans. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The inspection plans are structured in accordance with specified inspection regimes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The plans will allow logical, safe inspections. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The plans are sufficiently detailed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Liaise with relevant parties and prepare for the inspections. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Relevant parties include site personnel, inspection authorities, testing facilities or any other affected or involved parties.
  • Prepare includes taking vessels off-line, making vessels safe in cases of hazardous contents, obtaining hot work permits. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Arrangements to conduct the inspection are co-ordinated with the appropriate parties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Where required, necessary permission to enter a site is obtained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Permission includes oral or written permission and relevant permits.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Resources required for inspection are identified and established with the site personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Testing equipment is calibrated and certified as serviceable. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct third party inspections and identify any non-conformances. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Inspections include all aspects of the inspection process, including completion of relevant documentation or records.
  • Inspections refers to the need to assemble evidence of having performed several such third party inspections.
  • Identify any non-conformances : 'Any' includes the situation where there are no non-conformances to be found; the lack of non-conformances in the case of equipment which conforms does not indicate a lack of competence. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All specified observations and testing regimes are implemented. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Testing is witnessed and recorded and test results are verified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All safety precautions are taken during the inspection. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety precautions include protective equipment, notifications, taking vessels off-line, lock out procedures, environmental procedures.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Client records are updated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Evaluate results, make findings and compile report on findings. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Report on findings includes any certification documentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Inspection results are compared with the stated requirements and all areas of non-compliance are identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Requirements include technical and legal requirements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Findings are objective and impartial. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Inspection reports, certificates and records are completed and processed in accordance with regulatory requirements and company procedures where applicable. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Requirements include technical and legal requirements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reports are accurate, pertinent and sufficiently detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Structure and language of reports meets communication objectives and audience requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Any notes, alerts or recommendations are valid, relevant and within the scope of the inspection. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    This refers to any abnormal conditions, hazards and non-compliances related to the operation of the equipment reported to the customer in accordance with enterprise procedure.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Present findings and outcomes of inspections. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Findings include recommendations, reclassifications, reassessment, audits, repairs, scrapping of installations, equipment or components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Presentation of findings is clear and deals with the key issues. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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 also determine:
    > How the assessment is moderated.
    > How a learner can appeal against the outcome of the assessment.
    > Any institution or company which offers learning to achieve the purpose of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
  • The integrated assessment should be based on a summative assessment guide. The guide will specify how the assessor will assess different aspects of the performance and will include:
    > Evaluating evidence in a portfolio of evidence, particularly projects which integrate various aspects of the unit standard and which demonstrate the integration of knowledge, skills and values, and the development of the critical outcomes.
    > Observing and listening to the learner at work, both in primary activities as well as in other interactions, or in relevant simulations.
    > Asking questions and initiating short discussions to test understanding and to verify other evidence.
    > Looking at records and reports.
    > Formative assessment.
  • Assessment of competence for this unit standard is based on experience acquired by the learner in the workplace, within the particular non-metallic manufacturing context. The assessment process should cover the explicit tasks required for the unit standard as well as the understanding of the concepts and principles that underpin the process of conducting third party inspections of non-metallic installations.
  • The assessment process should also establish how the learning process has advanced the Critical Cross-field Outcomes.
  • The learner may choose in which language he/she wants to be assessed. This should be established as part of a process of preparing the learner for assessment and familiarising the learner with the approach being taken.
  • Assessors should also evaluate evidence that the learner has been performing consistently over a period of time.
  • The assessment for this unit standard can be done in conjunction with the assessment of other unit standards related to a qualification, and in conjunction with the 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:

    Names & functions of:
  • Types of inspections and tests.
  • Materials.
  • Inspection and testing instruments.
  • Documentation associated with inspections.
  • Standards.
  • Inspection authorities.

    Purpose of:
  • Inspection activities.
  • Testing and testing regimes.
  • Inspection plan.
  • Various types of material and product tests.
  • Standards.
  • Inspection authorities.
  • Accreditation.
  • Safeguarding health, safety and the environment.
  • Calibration of testing equipment.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Scope and types of inspection activity.
  • Material and product tests.
  • Sampling methods.
  • Reporting requirements.
  • Potential areas of weakness associated with a particular manufacturing process or the materials used.
  • Various types of non-conformances.
  • Properties of construction materials.
  • Permissible non-conformances.
  • Properties related to the contents of installations, toxicity, hazardous nature, corrosion, heat, pressure.

    Processes and events:
  • Planning, preparing for and conducting inspections.
  • Obtaining access.
  • Reporting.
  • Using and applying mathematical formulas.

    Causes and effects, implications of:
  • Causes of non-conformances.
  • Implications of various non-conformances.
  • Environmental and aging effects on polymers and reinforced polymers.
  • Effects of manufacturing techniques and processes on the usage.
  • Equipment failures, repairs and modifications.
  • Nameplates.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • For inspection and testing.
  • For documenting and verifying results.
  • Certification procedures.
  • Testing procedures.
  • Evaluation procedures.
  • Identifying deficiencies, defects and non-conformances.

    Sensory cues:
  • For identifying non-conformances.
  • For recognising test results.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Applicable codes of practice.
  • Mandatory and legal requirements.
  • Relevant quality standards (including codes).
  • Relevant safety, health and environmental legislation.
  • Ethics.
  • Confidentiality.

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Principles of inspection.
  • Science and technology embedded in specifications, drawings, standards and codes.
  • Principles of risk management.
  • Principles of design.
  • Testing methods.

    Categories:
  • Inspection activity.

    Relationships, systems:
  • The role of third party inspections in ensuring safety, health and environmental standards. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Compare inspection results with the stated requirements and identify non-compliances. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others:
  • Liaise with relevant parties to prepare for and conduct inspections.
  • Build and maintain trust and relationships.
  • Identify and respond to differing values, social and cultural factors.
  • Work collaboratively with clients and suppliers. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • Co-ordinate inspection activities with appropriate parties.
  • Perform inspection systematically in accordance with requirements.
  • Manage own work programme.
  • Complete work timeously and efficiently. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Gather and interpret information during inspection, evaluate results and make findings. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • Compile report on findings. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • Apply knowledge of science and technology to conduct inspections and identify non-compliances with standards. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • Describe the role of third party inspections in maintaining safety, health and environmental standards. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    The assessor will be registered and have a qualification relevant to the field of non-metallics fabrication at NQF Level 5 (Diploma) or above. The assessor could also be a person registered by a relevant inspection authority. The assessor should be active in the industry and be familiar with the materials, machinery, products and level of technology in which the learner has contextualised his/her 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  60070   National Certificate: Inspection and Assessment (Non-Metallics)  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    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.
     
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