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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply knowledge of energy legislation and regulatory requirements 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
257236  Apply knowledge of energy legislation and regulatory requirements 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Engineering 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 
The purpose of this unit standard is to provide learners with an overview of the legislative and regulatory requirements and their impacts with emphasis on the regulation objectives, roles and historical development.

Learners credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Identify the different acts and regulatory bodies applicable to the industry.
  • Define the objectives and principles relating to Acts and Regulations governing the industry.
  • Define the different Regulator types within the industry.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role of the International Regulatory Association. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematics. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following legislation and regulations are applicable to achieving the outcomes of this unit standard:
  • National Energy Regulator Act (NERSA).
  • Electricity Act.
  • Gas Act.
  • Petroleum Pipelines Act.
  • Cabinet Energy Regulator Decision.
  • Energy Regulation Act. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the regulatory framework governing the energy regulation industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of the necessity and importance of legislation and regulation regarding the energy industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation of the definitions and terminology which is applicable to the energy regulation industry is given. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A description is given of legal procedures related to non-compliance within the energy regulatory industry. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Define the objectives and principles relating to Acts and Regulations governing the energy regulatory industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The difference and hierarchy between Act, Regulation, Rule, Charter and Codes is described and illustrated with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Objectives of the regulations are defined as determined by the energy Industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The purpose of regulations is described according to Acts and regulations governing the energy industry. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate knowledge and application of the different Regulator types within the industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The structures of the different regulator types are analysed and outlined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The member composition of the regulator is analysed and described according to regulator types. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The roles, functions and duties of the regulator members are analysed according to regulator types. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role of the International Regulatory Association and how it impacts on the South African energy regulatory ndustry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Describe the standards and trends in international regulatory development and how it impacts on the South African energy regulatory industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Explain the differences between the USA-type and European types of regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Explain the role of PAIA and PAJA and their effect on the NERSA mandate. 


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

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Critical factors and functions relating to the process:
  • Safety, health and risk management requirements.
  • Achieving specified production requirements.
  • Emergency procedures.
  • Security requirements.
  • Specified communication requirements.

    Communication:
  • Reporting requirements and ability to communicate effectively.
  • Communication with relevant personnel.
  • Liason with associated operations and personnel.

    Processes and events:
  • Process flow and interlock systems.
  • Factors affecting the performance of the process.

    Causes and effects (Safety and Health):
  • Use of personal protective equipment.
  • Use of tools and equipment and safe working practices.
  • Condition of safety devices.
  • Utilisation of process equipment and consumables.
  • Workplace hazards and associated risks.
  • Environmental issues and mitigating actions.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Methods of collecting and analysing, organising, summarising and presenting data.
  • Fault finding and correction technique.
  • Quality related procedures.
  • Operating procedure.
  • Emergency procedures.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies and standards:
  • Safety, health and environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Quality policies, standards and agreements.
  • Relevant clauses from applicable acts and regulations.
  • Adhering to codes of practice. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking by identifying which pieces of legislation will impact the energy industry. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information of various acts and regulations so as to determine what impact and consequences they may have on the energy industry. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate the world as a set of interrelated systems by recognising how the impact that the related legislation has on the energy industry. 

    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 
    Notes to Assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember, we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence of the prescribed type and quality as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate is able to achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well-documented principles of assessment, namely appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.

    Supplementary Information:

    The following legislation is central to the Unit Standard:
  • National Energy Regulator Act.
  • Electricity Act.
  • Gas Act.
  • Petroleum Pipelines Act.
  • Energy Regulation Act.

    Regulatory:
  • Gas Regulator.
  • Petroleum Pipelines Authority.
  • The National Energy Regulator. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  63209   National Certificate: Energy Regulation  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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. DINALEDI MANAGEMENT AND SERVICES 
    2. ENERGY TRAINING FOUNDATION (ENFT) 
    3. KP ACADEMY (PTY) LTD 



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