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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Test and report on condition of vehicle starting and charging system 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260637  Test and report on condition of vehicle starting and charging system 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Vehicle Maintenance 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 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
15107  Test and report on condition of vehicle starting system  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 
15110  Test and report on condition of vehicle charging system  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for people in the automotive engineering industry who are expected to check the condition of vehicle starting and charging systems.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Interpret circuit diagrams.
  • Differentiate between components used in starting and charging systems.
  • Remove and fit components.
  • Diagnose starting or charging problems.
  • Complete fault finding reports.

    This unit standard may be used as an elective standard 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 the basic operation of engines at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard:
  • 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.
  • Starting systems include starter motors (inertia/pre-engaged), solenoids, and ignition switches.
  • Charging systems include alternators (internal and external types), regulators, rectifiers, charging lamp, fuse and fuse holders, brushes and ignition switches.

    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 circuit diagrams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Circuit diagrams are confirmed against the specific vehicle or component in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Symbols used are interpreted in accordance with their intended meaning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Various components are identified from circuit diagrams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The sequence and structure of the circuit is determined from the circuit diagram. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Differentiate between components used in starting and charging systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different components are identified in terms of their name and function. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The operation of the component is explained in terms of mechanical and electrical concepts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Alternate components that may perform a similar function are identified in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Remove and fit components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safe working practices are observed throughout the task. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Personal safety, safety of others, equipment and vehicle safety.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Suitable tools and equipment are selected and used that enable the task to be carried out. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The component is removed or fitted in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Diagnose starting or charging problems. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Starting problems include starter does not turn, starter turns dragging, starter spins but does not turn the engine, noisy starting/engagement, starter does not stop spinning.
  • Charging problems include charging light does not go out when ignition is turned on, charging light does not go out when engine is running, battery requires frequent recharging, battery requires frequent topping up. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The problem is identified and confirmed in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The problem is described in terms of mechanical and electrical principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Potential causes of the problem are identified and listed with potential solutions to prevent reoccurrence of the problem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The problem is diagnosed in accordance with manufacturer specifications and workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The system is checked for performance prior to releasing the vehicle. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Complete fault finding reports. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Consequences of not completing relevant documentation are explained in terms of traceability of faults and comebacks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    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 equipment.
  • Interpretation of circuit diagrams.
  • How to locate and interpret manufacturer specifications in a workshop manual.
  • The functions and operation of starting and charging systems. 

  • 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 diagnosing faults on charging systems. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • Use common names for tools and 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 electrical technology. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • When I can explain the relationship of the battery as the power source to the starting system. 

  • 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 the following unit standards:
  • ID 15107: Test and report on condition of vehicle starting system, Level 3, 4 credits.
  • ID 15110: Test and report on condition of vehicle charging system, Level 3, 4 credits. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  78944   National Certificate: Autotronics  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  78524   National Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  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.
     
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    4. Blue Horison Properties 53 (Pty) Ltd T/A Durnacol Skills Innovation Hu 
    5. BMW SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    6. Buscor 
    7. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    8. Dawsons Training Academy (Pty) Ltd (DURBAN) (TP) 
    9. DON-DER TRUCK REPAIRS TRUST 
    10. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    11. Eastcape Training Centre 
    12. Ekurhuleni West Public FET College - Germiston Campus 
    13. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 
    14. Golden Arrow Bus Services 
    15. Hibiscus Skills Training College (HILLCREST) (TP) 
    16. HV Consultants (Pty) Ltd (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    17. Imperial Technical Training Academy (GERMISTON) (TP) 
    18. Imperial Technical Training Academy (WADEVILLE) (TP) 
    19. ITHEMBA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 
    20. JMC TECHNICAL TRAINING (Bloemfontein)(TP) 
    21. KwaZulu Automotive Training Services cc (KZN) (DURBAN) (TP) 
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    26. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (EAST LONDON) (TP) 
    27. Mopani South East FET College - Phalaborwa Campus 
    28. Nissan SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
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    39. The Automobile Association of South Africa T/A AA Training Academy (MO 
    40. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (SANDTON) (TP) 
    41. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus 
    42. Umgungundlovu FET College - Plessislaer Campus 
    43. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd (CENTURION) (TP) 
    44. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT 



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