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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Trace and repair auto electrical circuit faults 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260437  Trace and repair auto electrical circuit faults 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Vehicle Maintenance 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
12221  Trace and repair auto-electrical circuits on automobiles  Level 3  NQF Level 03  20  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for people in the automotive engineering industry who are expected to check and repair auto electrical circuits. This unit standard is applicable to the National Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance qualification NQF Level 3 and also to the National Certificate: Automotive Body Repair qualification NQF Level 3.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Interpret auto electrical circuit diagrams and symbols.
  • Select and use test equipment to locate faults on auto electrical circuits.
  • Remove and fit auto electrical components.
  • Complete fault finding reports and requisition forms.

    This unit standard may be used in the context of one or more of the following areas of specialisation:
  • Passenger vehicle.
  • Commercial vehicle.
  • Earthmoving equipment.
  • Lift truck.
  • Motor cycle. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • The ability to work safely in an automotive workshop at NQF Level 2.
  • The ability to use automotive engineering tools and equipment at NQF Level 2.
  • The ability to understand auto electrical circuits at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard:
  • Auto electrical circuits include lights, instrumentation, heating circuits and operational circuits.
  • Reference to suitable tools and equipment means industry approved tools and equipment that are recognised within the industry as being the most suited to complete the task to a professional and competent manner with due regard to safe working practices.
  • All work is performed under minimal supervision.

    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Interpret auto electrical circuit diagrams and symbols. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Auto electrical diagrams and symbols are interpreted in terms of the required operation on the vehicle. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Symbols used are explained in terms of industry application and classification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Circuits in the vehicle are traced and identified from circuit diagrams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Components in the circuit are identified from the diagram in terms of industry application and classification. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Locate faults on auto electrical circuits. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Test equipment includes test probe, continuity tester, test lamp, and multi-meter.
  • Possible faults include earth (ground), open circuit, short circuit, high resistance joints, and loose connections. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Suitable tools and test equipment are selected that enable the test to be carried out. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Auto electrical circuit faults are identified and repaired in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Faults are diagnosed in accordance with industry approved procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Faults are repaired without damage to the vehicle or other components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Circuits are confirmed to be operational in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Remove and fit auto electrical components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Suitable tools and equipment are selected and used to remove and fit electrical components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Components are removed and fitted in accordance with manufacturer specifications and workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Components are tested for operational performance in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Components are replaced without damage to the vehicle or other components. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete fault finding documentation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Documentation includes completing job cards, check lists and reports. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Documentation is completed and processed in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Documentation is explained in terms of their main functions. 


    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 and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.

    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Workplace procedures.
  • Safe working practices.
  • The use and application of tools and electrical test equipment.
  • How to locate and interpret manufacturer specifications in a workshop manual.
  • The functions and operation of circuits and components. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Recognise situations that require action and correct when necessary. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others:
  • When tracing faults on auto-electrical circuits on an automobile. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • Apply the correct procedures for using, storing and looking after tools, test equipment and components.
  • Plan and prepare job function activities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • Use common names for tools and test equipment.
  • Fill in and use fault reports, requisition forms and job cards. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • When using special tools and equipment.
  • When using information technology.
  • Apply electrical concepts: Kirchoff`s current law, Kirchoff`s voltage law. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • Relate the use of automobile electric systems to that of that of other related electrical systems. 

  • 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 12221, "Trace and repair auto-electrical circuits on automobiles", Level 3, 20 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  64529   National Certificate: Automotive Body Repair  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Core  78524   National Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Core  78923   National Certificate: Autotronics  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    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. ATLAS COPCO SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD (Witfield)(TP) 
    2. Award Media (Pty) Ltd T/A Award Training (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    3. Barloworld South Africa (Pty) Ltd T/A Barloworld-Equipment (ISANDO) (T 
    4. Bell Equipment Company SA (Pty) Ltd (ALTON) (TP) 
    5. BMW SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    6. Buscor 
    7. Central Competent Centre (Pty) Ltd (BLOEMFONTEIN) (TP) 
    8. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    9. Dawsons Training Academy (Pty) Ltd (DURBAN) (TP) 
    10. DON-DER TRUCK REPAIRS TRUST 
    11. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    12. Eastcape Training Centre 
    13. Ekurhuleni West Public FET College - Germiston Campus 
    14. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 
    15. First Car Care (Pty) Ltd T/A STi Autobody Repairers (GOODWOOD) (TP) 
    16. Golden Arrow Bus Services 
    17. Hibiscus Skills Training College (HILLCREST) (TP) 
    18. HV Consultants (Pty) Ltd (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    19. Imperial Technical Training Academy (GERMISTON) (TP) 
    20. Imperial Technical Training Academy (WADEVILLE) (TP) 
    21. Industry Training & Consulting cc (PRETORIA) (TP) 
    22. ITHEMBA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 
    23. JMC TECHNICAL TRAINING (Bloemfontein)(TP) 
    24. KwaZulu Automotive Training Services cc (KZN) (DURBAN) (TP) 
    25. McCarthy Academy Cape Town (BLACKHEATH) (TP) 
    26. McCarthy Automotive Artisan Academy (MIDRAND) (TP) 
    27. McCarthy Automotive Artisans Academy (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    28. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (CENTURION) (TP) 
    29. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (EAST LONDON) (TP) 
    30. Mopani South East FET College - Phalaborwa Campus 
    31. Nissan SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    32. Northlink College - Bellville Campus 
    33. PUTCO Limited 
    34. Qualitas Training cc (SELBY) (TP) 
    35. Rankin Training Solutions cc (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    36. Sedibeng Artisan Skills Training Centre (VEREENIGING) (TP) 
    37. SG Coal (Pty) Ltd (TP) 
    38. Shukela Training Centre 
    39. St Anthony's Education Centre (BOKSBURG) (TP) 
    40. The Automobile Association of South Africa NPC T/A The AA Technical College(MIDRAND) (TP) 
    41. The Automobile Association of South Africa T/A AA Training Academy (MO 
    42. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (SANDTON) (TP) 
    43. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus 
    44. Umgungundlovu FET College - Plessislaer Campus 
    45. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd (CENTURION) (TP) 
    46. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT 
    47. Wide Horizon Advanced Training (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 



    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.