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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate an industrial waste water processing plant 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
365261  Operate an industrial waste water processing plant 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Industrial Water Treatment 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  18 
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 person credited with this unit standard is able to perform all operational and controlling activities associated with the inlet, aeration, sedimentation and maturation processes of Industrial Waste Water Treatment plants. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Monitor and control inlet system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Waste water separation process is monitored as per operating requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Waste water degritting system operational activities are performed according operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    In service and out of service.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Routine operating activities are performed according to operating requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Cleaning, sampling and dosing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Out of normal conditions are identified and acted upon according to operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Broken screens, stuck screens, abnormal high and low flows.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Plant conditions are recorded and reported according to operating requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safety and regulatory requirements are implemented in terms of relevant legislation, regulations and organisational policies. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Control waste water aeration process. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Bio filters and or aerators. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Waste water aeration process operating activities are performed according to procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Starting, stopping and monitoring of equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Routine cleaning and sampling are performed according to operating requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Waste water aeration process are controlled and monitored according to operating requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Out of normal conditions are identified and acted upon according to operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Plant conditions are reported and recorded according to operating requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safety and regulatory requirements are implemented in terms of relevant legislation, regulations and organisational policies. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Control sedimentation process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Waste water sedimentation processes are controlled and monitored according to procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sludge drying processes are controlled and monitored according to procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sludge filtration processes are controlled and monitored according to procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sludge disposal is performed according to procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Sludge effluent recycling is performed according to procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Sampling and cleaning activities are performed according to operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Out of normal conditions are identified and acted upon according to operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Plant conditions are reported and recorded according to operating requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Safety and regulatory requirements are implemented in terms of relevant legislation, regulations and organisational policies. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Control maturation process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Waste water maturation process operating activities are performed according to procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Starting, stopping and monitoring of equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sampling and dosing activities are performed according to operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Effluent recycling is performed are according to procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Out of normal conditions are identified and acted upon according to operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Plant conditions are reported and recorded according to operating requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safety and regulatory requirements are implemented in terms of relevant legislation, regulations and organisational policies. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through Recognition of Prior Learning) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing 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 with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Waste water plant operating philosophy and configurations.
  • Operating parameters, procedures and limitations.
  • Communication structures, procedures and processes.
  • Dangers and precautions of hazardous chemicals.
  • Causes and effects of out of normal conditions.
  • Safety and regulatory requirements.
  • Environmental requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems associated with malfunctioning of plant equipment in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made to meet organisational goals and objectives. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization and community in order maintain good working relationship with internal and external customers in a industrial waste processing environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Planning, organizing and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to ensure coherence with organizational schedules. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analyzing, organizing and critically evaluating information relating to meter readings and process control. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the form of oral and/or written presentation to report relevant information to supervisors. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically to understand the functioning of an industrial waste water plant equipment and instrumentation showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation by observing the importance of industrial waste water processing plant operational principles. 

    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 
    Range: (See outcomes and criteria).

    Notes to the assessor:
  • Control of processes refers to all the plant pre-start checks, starting, stopping and isolating activities required to either return plant from major outage or preparations for a major outage.
  • Monitoring of processes refers to routine plant inspections, analysing plant conditions as well as reporting and recording activities.
  • Assessments should be carried out as close to the plant as possible. Simulations should be representative of actual plant conditions
  • Persons being assessed will be found not yet competent should safety of plant and personnel be jeopardised at any stage of the assessment.
  • Safety equipment apart from PPE includes the use of safety harnesses, life lines, life jacket and or life buoys. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  77163   National Certificate: Industrial Water Treatment Support System Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


    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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