Reticulation Serviceman: Trainee

1. M278 (M135 & M152) Be healthy safe and prepared - A Reticulation Servicemen Guideline

SAQA ID 246459 & 13222 8 credits NQF2 4 class days, 2 site days

The study of this module ensures safety at a reticulation site and the ability to deal with health, safety, environmental emergencies. The module includes:

  • Legislate framework
  • Colour codes and safety signs
  • Health, safety and procedures, PPE and hygiene
  • Identification of hazards
  • Entry to confined spaces
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Preparing for dealing with emergencies

2. M155 Excavate a trench and install shoring

SAQA US 254061 4 credits NQF2 3 class days, 2 site days

This module includes:

  • Soil types, trenching and safety
  • Prepare site
  • Excavate a trench
  • Install shoring
  • Relevant legislation and SANS Standards

3. M153 Demonstrate knowledge of backfilling and compaction

SAQA US 254059 4 credits NQF2 2 class days, 2 site days

This module covers all important information to reduce pipe cracks and breakages due to poor pipe bedding and trench backfilling methods and includes:

  • Correct pipe bedding
  • Layers of a backfilled trench
  • Trench compacting
  • Relevant legislation and SAN Standards

4. M154 Demo. knowledge of pipes,associated fittings valves & meters used in water and wastewater reticulation systems

SAQA US 254063 10 credits NQF2 4 class days, 2 site days

This module provides foundation knowledge for reticulation servicemen and includes:

  • Different types of pipes and fittings
  • Specifications for pipes fittings
  • Types of valves used in reticulation services.
  • Types of meters used in reticulation services.
  • Methods for handling and storing pipes, valves and meters.

6. M156 Identify,inspect,use,maintain and care for engineering hand tools

SAQA US 10252 6 credits NQF2 3 class days, 2 site days

Correct use of hand tools is foundation knowledge for learning a trade. This module includes the required knowledge for the inspection care and use of the following types of hand tools:

  • Cutting tools such as the hacksaw and pliers
  • Measuring tools include: tapes, verniers
  • Screw drivers
  • Fixed and adjustable spanners
  • Hammers and chisels
  • Bits and punches


The time on site required for practical training depends on the number of learners and their prior experience. The practical site days given assumes a group of ten learners with a moderate degree of practical experience. The actual time may vary.
It is assumed that the employer will provide all equipment needed for the practical training. A list of required equipment will be provided.
The time allocation excludes assessing time. An addition allowance of 1 hour per learners per Unit Standard must be allocated for assessing of competency
Any re-assessing will be additional to the above time allocation