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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plan and prepare for the erection of structural steelwork 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262590  Plan and prepare for the erection of structural steelwork 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Physical Planning, Design and Management 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
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
116615  Plan and prepare for the erection of structural steelwork  Level 4  NQF Level 04  16  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner will be able to plan and prepare for the erection of steel structures according to specifications and drawings. This includes an understanding of structural steel erecting projects, materials, safety requirements, site establishment and preparing for lifting components of a steel structure. Learners who achieve the applied competence described in this unit standard will contribute to the development of a professional community of structural steel erectors within the construction industry.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Understanding the nature and scope of structural steel erecting.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of structural steel materials.
  • Using and maintaining tools and safety equipment.
  • Performing planning and site establishment activities.
  • Assembling and preparing steel components for lifting. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Understand the nature and scope of structural steel erecting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Types of steel structures are identified and described in terms of standard industry practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Steel structures includes, but is not limited to:
  • Steel platforms, staircases, cat ladders, portal frames, latticed/truss buildings, beams, columns and plate girders.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods of fixing steel structures are identified and explained according to job specific requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Methods include, but is not limited to:
  • Bolted, welded and chemical adhesives.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Loading and offloading steel elements/components of the steel structure is explained according to sequencing requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Handling and storage of structural steel components/elements is carried out according to safety requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Handling methods include, but is not limited to:
  • Manual and mechanical.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Visual inspection of structural steel components/elements are conducted during handling and defects/damaged are reported according to organizational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of structural steel materials. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hot rolled structural steel profiles are identified in terms of types and applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Cold rolled structural steel profiles are identified in terms of types and applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Steel profiles used in walkways, staircases and handrails are identified and described in terms of their applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Bolt types are identified and described in terms of their applications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Use and maintain tools and safety equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools and equipment used in structural steel erection are identified and their use is demonstrated according to manufacturer's instructions and site procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Safety equipment used in structural steel erection is identified and the use thereof described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety equipment includes, but is not limited to:
  • Hard hats, safety shoes, eye and ear protection, high visibility vests, safety harnesses and gloves.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools, equipment and safety equipment are inspected and maintained for functionality in accordance with manufacturer's operating instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform planning and site establishment activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Drawings, dispatch and bolt destination lists for the assembly of structural steel components are interpreted according to the specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Identified hazards and risks associated with structural steel erection projects are assessed and reported according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Resources required for a structural steel erection project is evaluated and arranged in accordance with organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Site facilities are constructed in accordance with municipal by-laws, fire department and organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Components are received on site and unloaded in accordance with safety legislation requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Quality and quantity of delivered components is checked and verified against documentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Components are sorted and laid out in accordance with sequence requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Hazardous materials used on structural steel erection projects are stored in accordance with safety legislation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Assemble and prepare steel components for lifting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Steel components are sorted and arranged for erection in accordance with the erection plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Structural steel components are assembled in sequence in accordance with the Erection Method Statement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Fastenings and fastening methods are applied in accordance with technical specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Methods include, but is not limited to:
  • Bolted, welded and chemical adhesives.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in the specific outcomes of the unit standard as well as the integrated competence described in the purpose of the unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner will be able to understand and explain relevant aspects of the following:
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Quality Management Systems in relation to the Erection of Structural Steelwork.
  • Government and Local Government Legislation in relation to the Erection of Structural Steelwork.
  • Municipal and Fire Department Regulations and Bylaws in relation to the Erection of Structural Steelwork.
  • Manufacturer's operating instructions for lifting equipment.
  • SANS guideline document for the erection of structural steelwork.
  • Erection Method Statement.
  • Contract documents, drawings, programs and schedules.
  • Tools, equipment and safety equipment used in structural steel erection and allied trades. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to planning and site establishment in which responses display that critical thinking is used for responsible decision making. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a structural steel erecting team to ensure safety of team and during preparation for construction of steel structure. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to use and maintain tools and equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information about the structural steel materials, tools and equipment to assemble components. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Use appropriate modes of oral communicate to effectively convey information during the process of assembling components of a steel structure in preparation for lifting. 

    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 replaces unit standard 116615, "Plan and prepare for the erection of structural steelwork", Level 4, 16 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  65709   National Certificate: Construction: Steelwork  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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. Aveng Grinaker -LTA Civil Engineering 
    2. Bright Storm Projects 
    3. Dego Consultants 
    4. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 



    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.