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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Install, maintain or replace Low Voltage distribution boards, protection devices and components 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
258937  Install, maintain or replace Low Voltage distribution boards, protection devices and components 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Electrical Infrastructure 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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
10254  Maintain electrical distribution boards, panels and enclosures  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 
10248  Replace faulty components in a distribution board  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 
10634  Install or replace an earth leakage unit in a low voltage circuit  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 
10605  Inspect and clean a distribution board  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 
10607  Install a distribution board  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for persons in the Electrical Engineering; Generation; Distribution; Transmission, Construction, Mining, Chemical and Renewable Energy Sector.

A person accredited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Plan and prepare to install, maintain or replace Low Voltage distribution boards, protection devices and components.
  • Maintain Low Voltage distribution boards, protection devices and components.
  • Install, or replace Low Voltage distribution boards, protection devices and components.
  • Conclude the installation, maintenance and replacement of Low Voltage distribution boards, protection devices and components.

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the electrical engineering and construction environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of Physical Planning and Construction. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the electrical engineering and construction environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following knowledge, skills attitude and/or equivalent:
  • Electrical safety.
  • Cleaning methods.
  • Basic safety procedures related to tools.
  • Use of portable electrical cleaning equipment.
  • Use of electrical measuring and testing instruments. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • All work to be done under instruction.
  • Distribution board and panels according to scope or as specified in SANS 10142-1.
  • In line with legislative standards.
  • Manufacturer's specifications.

    Low Voltage Protection devices include, but are not limited to:
  • Earth Leakage Units.
  • Circuit breakers.
  • Surge arrestors.
  • Fuses.

    Low Voltage components include, but are not limited to:
  • Isolators.
  • Contactors and relays.
  • Timers. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan and prepare to install, maintain or replace Low Voltage distribution boards, protection devices and components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Task instructions are obtained and understood (Interpreted). 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Job cards/works requests/maintenance schedules and work permits (where applicable).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relevant electrical distribution boards, protection devices and components to be installed or replaced are identified as per work place procedures and standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The correct personal protective equipment is identified as per work place procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Overalls; Aprons; Safety Glasses; Face Shields; Masks.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The correct cleaning equipment, solvents and materials are identified as per work place procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Blowers; Extension leads, Vacuum Cleaners, Waste/Rags; Chemical solvents; Brushes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The correct equipment to be worked on is identified and proper isolation and lock-out procedures is ensured for installation and maintenance. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Isolation and earthing (if required) and lock-out procedures.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Maintain Low Voltage distribution boards, protection devices and components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Distribution board and panel enclosures are visually inspected for defects. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Doors, hinges, locking devices, structure damage, weather seal, rust, faded paint, moisture, dust, burnt insulation, name plates and labels.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The correct cleaning equipment, solvents and materials are used as per work place procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Blowers; Extension leads, Vacuum Cleaners, Waste/Rags; Chemical solvents; Brushes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Damaged distribution board and panel enclosure components are repaired or replaced where necessary. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Loose hinges, locking/latching devices.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Protective devices and components are checked for loose connections or hot spots as per work place procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The correct personal protective equipment are used as per work place procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Overalls; Aprons; Safety Glass; Face Shields; Masks.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Install or replace Low Voltage distribution boards, protection devices and components. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Supply boards, splitter boxes, kiosks, meter boxes, control panels, starter panels circuit protection devices and relevant components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hazardous and sub-standard conditions are identified and addressed in a manner consistent with documented best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The distribution board is mounted in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The protective devices and components are mounted in the distribution board in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The supply cable is terminated and connected in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The supply cable, distribution board, protective devices and components are labelled in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conclude the maintenance of Low Voltage distribution boards, protective devices and components. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    General house keeping; records; reports and re-energising. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All defects and suspected faults are recorded and reported in line with specific work site requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    History files; job cards; maintenance reports.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Waste materials are disposed of as per safety and environmental standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Flammable material drums; waste drums; incinerators.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The cleaning solvents are properly sealed/closed and correctly stored to prevent hazardous fumes; substance spillage and risk of fire. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Flameproof storage; ventilated rooms.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Maintenance and installation documentation are completed in accordance with relevant procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    All defective components are correctly disposed of in accordance to work site procedures and standards. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A basic understanding of Isolation and Lockout procedures.
  • Related work place/site standards and procedures.
  • A basic understanding of cleaning material and solvents.
  • A basic understanding of the effects of certain cleaning solvents when applied to various parts/materials of distribution boards or panels.
  • A basic understanding of the principles related to protective devices and components.
  • A basic understanding of the purpose of distribution boards. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively in the ability to follow instructions when working under supervision to ensure the safe execution of work activities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise information related to isolation/lockout procedures and selection of electrical equipment, thus ensuring safe execution of work. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Effective use of communication methods when recording and reporting information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environmental and the health of others by complying to the environmental Management and Safety standards when using chemical solvents and hazardous substances. 

    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 
    This unit standard was designed to replace the following unit standards:
  • ID 10254: Maintain electrical distribution boards, panels and enclosures, Level 2, 6 Credits.
  • ID 10248: Replace faulty components in a distribution board, Level 2, 3 Credits.
  • ID 10634: Install or replace earth leakage units in a Low Voltage circuit, Level 2, 3 Credits.
  • ID 10605: Inspect and clean a distribution board, Level 2, 3 Credits.
  • ID 10607: Install a distribution board, Level 2, 2 Credits.

    Specified Requirements:

    Legal Requirements:
  • SANS 10142-1.
  • Relevant sections of the OHS Act.
  • Relevant environmental management processes/procedures.

    A glossary of terms about the terminology of:

    Context Specific:
  • Manufacturer`s specifications in relation to cleaning solvents.
  • Lockout system.
  • Work site/safe work policies and procedures. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  73313   National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2024-12-05  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


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