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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct elementary in-situ tests of support installation quality 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
254575  Conduct elementary in-situ tests of support installation quality 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 will be useful to people who are responsible for assessing the quality of installed support.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the factors that influence support installation quality.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the basic in-situ testing methods available.
  • Conduct in-situ tests of support quality.
  • Communicate the results of the tests.

    This unit standard is intended to promote general knowledge and understanding of the basic concept of assessing the quality of installed support in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable and informed workers. 

  • 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 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of the factors that influence support installation quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The factors influencing the quality of installed support are provided in terms of legal and operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Dimensions.
  • Slenderness or width to height ratio.
  • Installation angle.
  • Load spreading.
  • Blocking and wedging.
  • Prestressed load maintenance.
  • Position of prestressed units.
  • Relationship between hole and tendon diameter (annulus).
  • Hole depth.
  • Grout and resin quality and curing times.
  • Topping up.
  • Corrosion.
  • Quality and strength of fabrics used for casings.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consequences of poor installation quality on the desired functions of support are provided in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate understanding of the basic in-situ support quality testing methods available. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The types of basic in-situ testing methods to be used are described in accordance with mine specific requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Observational.
  • Mechanical.
  • Photographic.
  • Measurements.
  • Timing and motion study.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consequences of not recording data are explained in terms of specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct elementary in-situ tests of support quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The appropriate equipment and tools for recording data and information is available for the tests and checked timeously for operability in accordance with operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Vernier calliper.
  • Load cells.
  • Pull test apparatus.
  • Micrometer (uphole).
  • Measuring Tape.
  • Stop watch.
  • Thermometer.
  • Clinorule.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The methods used for in-situ support quality testing are applied in terms of mine specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The data is recorded in a format consistent with mine specific format requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Communicate the results of the tests. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The results of the tests are presented in accordance with mine specific specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relevant personnel are informed of the results of the tests effectively and timeously. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Factors influencing the quality of installed support.
  • Consequences of poor installation quality.
  • Types of basic in situ testing methods.
  • Preparation.
  • Use of equipment.
  • Use of personal protective equipment.
  • Adherence to safety requirements.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks.
  • Safety, health and environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Quality policies, standards and agreements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note:
  • The ability and willingness of the candidate to communicate results effectively indicates effective operation within a team. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note:
  • The preparation for and execution of the tests indicates responsibility and effectiveness. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note:
  • The candidate's ability to collect and record data indicates proficiency. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.

    Note:
  • The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazardous and sub-standard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective communication. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Note:
  • The knowledge of the potential effect of support installation quality on ground stability confirms. 

  • 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 
    Terminology:

    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (Act 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives/instructions.

    Site-specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH and S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  60369   National Certificate: Strata Control Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    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. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (V/R) 
    2. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    3. GEOSTRAT TRAINING 
    4. KHUTALA MINING SERVICES PL 
    5. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 
    6. SHAFT SINKERS MINING PTY LTD 
    7. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    8. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 



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