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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

National Certificate: Metals Production 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
49019  National Certificate: Metals Production 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
-   OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  138  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
SAQA 0553/04  2004-04-07  2007-04-07 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2008-04-07   2011-04-30  

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 qualification replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
21009  National Certificate: Iron and Steel manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  138  Complete 

This qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
64190  National Certificate: Metals Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  120  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
It is intended that qualifying learners will be able to perform a range of activities to operate and maintain process equipment for a particular process within a specific metals production environment.

The key skills, knowledge and understanding that are reflected in this qualification are those of preparing, setting up, operating and monitoring process equipment.

Qualified learners will also understand how they should operate within the legislative, safety, health, environmental, quality and risk management systems that govern their workplace and how to apply the various policies and procedures related to these systems.

Qualifying in the exit level outcomes will allow learners to participate in workplace activities.

Learners will also have foundational competence in mathematics, science, reading, writing and speaking relevant to industries within the metals production sector.


Rationale for the qualification:

Metals production can be defined as the conversion of raw materials into primary product, including value adding processes.

The metals production sector is characterised by sophisticated production processes. Companies within this sector operate in a competitive and challenging environment. The products produced have to respond to a wide variety of exacting customer requirements. In addition the sector has to respond to global competition, ongoing development of new products as a result of changing customer needs, and safety, health, environmental, quality and risk management issues.

This is the second qualification in a series designed for learners who want to follow a career in a ferrous or non-ferrous metals production working environment. The series outlines a learning progression from NQF level 2 to NQF level 4 for learners learning and working in for example, the iron and steel, tin, aluminium, graphite, copper, and zinc production industries. It reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding required to participate effectively in processes within the above-mentioned industries, whether in small, medium or large operations.

For those who have been in the workplace for a long time, this qualification represents part of the RPL process to acknowledge workplace skills acquired without the benefit of formal education or training.

For the new entrant, this qualification recognises the applied competence needed by a productive person in a metals production working environment.

The qualification also forms the basis for further development. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This qualification assumes learners have a national certificate in metals production level 2.
If the learner does not already have such a qualification, learning in preparation for this qualification would also have to include:
  • Language and maths at NQF Level 2.
  • Concepts of science and technology related to material, machinery and equipment in use in metals production processes.
  • Concepts of organising factors in labour, business and the economy
  • Role and purpose of procedures related to workplace:
    > Relationships
    > Roles
    > Responsibilities

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This qualification may be obtained through a process of RPL. The learner should be thoroughly briefed prior to the assessment and support provided to assist in the process of developing a portfolio. While this is primarily a workplace-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the exit-level outcomes. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component.

    To be awarded the Qualification learners are required to obtain a minimum of 138 credits as detailed below.

    Fundamental Component:
  • All unit standards totalling 36 credits are compulsory.

    Core Component:
  • All unit standards totalling 88 credits are compulsory.

    Elective Component:
  • Learners are required to select Elective unit standards totalling a minimum of 14 credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Qualifying learners will be able to:

    Exit level outcome 1:
    Demonstrate an understanding of, and an ability to, prepare, set up and operate process equipment for metals production processes and monitor the performance of such equipment, working safely and with due care for fellow workers and the environment.

    Exit level outcome 2:
    Select appropriate procedures to solve familiar problems within metals production processes and operate within clearly defined contexts, with some scope for personal decision-making and responsibility.

    Exit level outcome 3:
    Demonstrate a familiarity with first line maintenance procedures and operations for process equipment in area of responsibility.

    Exit level outcome 4:
    Understand and use appropriate instruments make adjustments or changes to process equipment set up.

    Exit level outcome 5:
    Communicate with team members, internal customers and members of supervisory/management levels by demonstrating the ability to gather and summarise information from a range of sources and report this information.

    Exit level outcome 6:
    Demonstrate an understanding of options for further learning in this or a related field of learning and preparation requirements for such learning. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Set up of process equipment meets equipment specifications and production requirements
  • Process equipment availability and readiness for metals production processes is maintained
  • Process equipment is operated and monitored according to manufacturing requirements
  • A clean and safe work area is maintained.
  • Safety, health, environmental, quality and risk management policies and procedures are applied and adhered to
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to process equipment set up and operating activities relevant to the outcomes

    2.
  • Appropriate procedures are selected to solve problems in an efficient and effective manner
  • Unfamiliar problems are accurately reported to appropriate personnel
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to familiar problems in the setting up, operating and monitoring of process equipment for metals production

    3.
  • First line maintenance is performed regularly and consistently on process equipment
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to first line maintenance issues on process equipment

    4.
  • Adjustments or changes are appropriate
  • No equipment or components are damaged or quality compromised
  • Quality, safety and environmental procedures are followed
  • Instruments are used and cared for according to manufacturer's requirements and in-company procedures

    5.
  • Information is gathered from a range of sources and accurately summarised and reported in an appropriate and timely manner to relevant parties
  • Production issues in work area are discussed and resolved on a regular basis with other team members, internal customers and supervisors/management
  • Relationships with peers and supervisory/management levels are established and functioning

    6.
  • Options are explained
  • Preparation requirements are explained.
  • Learning plan is developed

    Integrated assessment:

    The integrated assessment must be based on a summative assessment guide. The guide will spell out how the assessor will assess different aspects of the performance and will include:
  • Observing the learner at work (both in the primary activity as well as other interactions)
  • Asking questions and initiating short discussions to test understanding
  • Looking at records and reports in the portfolio and reviewing previous assessments

    The learner may choose in which language s/he wants to be assessed. This should be established as part of a process or preparing the learner for assessment and familiarising the learner with the approach being taken.

    While this is primarily a workplace-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the exit-level outcomes.

    The assessment process should cover both the explicit tasks required for the qualification as well as the understanding of the concepts and principles that underpin the activities and metals production processes. The assessment process should also establish how the critical outcomes have been advanced by the learning process. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification was compared to other, similar outcomes- based qualifications, certifications or skills standards in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the United States. Its outcomes correspond. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The qualification has been designed and structured so that qualifying learners can move from one context to another. Employers or institutions should be able to evaluate the outcomes of this qualification against the needs of their context and structure top-up learning appropriately.

    Equally holders of other qualifications may be evaluated against this qualification for purpose of RPL. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderators for the qualification should be qualified and accredited with an appropriate Education, Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA) and have an appropriate qualification in metals production.

    To assure the quality of the assessment process the moderation should cover one of more of the following:
    1. Assessor credentials
    2. The assessment instrument
    3. The assessment process (including preparation and post-assessment feedback)

    Where assessment and moderation are taking place in sectors other than the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services, assessment and moderation should be in terms of a Memorandum of Understanding negotiated with the MERS ETQA. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The following criteria should be applied by the relevant ETQA:

    1. Qualification in the relevant metals production industry - with a minimum of 18 months' relevant working experience post-qualification. Appropriate experience and understanding of assessment theory, processes and practices
    2. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to balance the conflicting requirements of:
  • Maintaining national standards
  • The interests of the learner
  • The need for transformation and redressing the legacies of the past
  • The cultural background and language of the learner
    3. Registration as an assessor with the MERS ETQA or any other relevant ETQA
    4. Any other criteria required by the MERS ETQA or any other relevant ETQA 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 64190, which is "National Certificate: Metals Production", Level 3, 120 credits.

    This qualification replaces qualification 21009, "National Certificate: Iron and Steel manufacturing", Level 3, 138 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  13234  Apply quality procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13223  Apply safety, health and environmental protection procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  12457  Develop learning strategies and techniques  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  12456  Explain and use organisational procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9526  Manage basic business finance  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9530  Manage work time effectively  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9913  Perform first line maintenance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  14 
    Core  116596  Prepare, set up and operate process equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03  36 
    Core  116720  Show understanding of diversity in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9533  Use communication skills to handle and resolve conflict in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9010  Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9013  Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9012  Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119467  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7456  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119465  Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  12465  Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12483  Perform basic first aid  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12463  Understand and deal with HIV/AIDS  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  8039  Operating cranes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  8038  Operating lift trucks  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  12455  Perform the role of a safety, health and environmental protection representative  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  114880  Measure and improve single factor productivity at a work station  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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