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

National Certificate: Small Craft Construction 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
50543  National Certificate: Small Craft Construction 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement  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  122  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 0367/06  2006-08-31  2009-08-31 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2010-08-31   2013-08-31  

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 is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
78863  National Certificate: Yacht and Boat Building  Level 3  NQF Level 03  136  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

This qualification will enable qualifying learners in the small craft construction environment to expand their elementary skills by undertaking relatively uncomplicated tasks under close supervision. These skills include but are not limited to the fundamentals of small craft construction methods, processes and marine systems, quality assurance and administration. It will also contribute to the further development of learners by providing articulation towards more advanced small craft construction. Learners acquiring this qualification will have an improved understanding of their role, acquire the applied competencies to consistently and effectively execute their duties by applying manufacturing processes and adhering to quality and safety requirements. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this qualification are essential for social, economic and cultural transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth within the manufacturing environment.

Qualifying learners will be able to perform their line function with specific reference to:
  • Communicate with peers and members of supervisory/management levels and to use information which has been gathered and summarised from a range of sources to produce simple written reports.
  • Apply elementary manufacturing processes, effective organisational relations and practices to achieve small craft building business objectives.
  • Engage (with guidance) in self-directed activity in the small craft building processes.
  • Interpret designs and processes and recognise marine systems in order to maintain and support quality elementary installation processes in building small craft.

    Range: Small craft construction is limited to boats with fibreglass hulls not exceeding five meters Construction excludes the manufacturing of the hull and major components such as the power system and communication systems but does include the fitting of such systems.

    Rationale:

    Since small craft construction discipline has not previously had formal qualifications, people who have worked in this field require validation by being given access to formal qualifications and standards.

    The qualification will therefore be able to affirm the experiences of boat builders through the recognition of prior learning, credit accumulation and achievement of competencies specifically in communicating with peers and members of supervisory/management levels; using information which has been gathered to produce simple written reports; apply elementary manufacturing processes, effective organisational relations and practices to achieve small craft building business objectives; engaging (with guidance) in self-directed activity in the small craft construction processes and to interpret designs and processes and recognise marine systems in order to maintain and support quality elementary installation processes in building small craft.

    This qualification is for learners who are pursuing a career specifically within the small craft construction sector and is one of several in a learning pathway that has been created. It also provides learners with opportunities for professional development and career advancement within the broader manufacturing environment.

    This qualification reflects the need and demand within the small craft construction of boats with fibreglass hulls not exceeding five meters and excludes the manufacturing of the hull and major components such as the power system and communication systems but does include the fitting of such systems in a sector for skilled employees, people looking for a career in small craft construction or new entrants to the employment market that will be able to perform predominantly in a production environment that produces national and international quality small craft for leisure activity. Through the availability of this qualification employees within the boating environment will be able to provide world class service, improve professionalism and enhance the quality of service delivery thereby contributing to the creation of investor confidence and global competitiveness in the South African small craft construction sector.

    This qualification opens up access for historically disadvantaged incumbents as well as other learners in the boating environment for further development through vertical mobility to higher-level qualifications and horizontally to qualifications on the same level but in a different discipline in the manufacturing field. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.

    The unit standards:
  • "Demonstrate understanding of small craft designs and terminology" at NQF Level 2.
  • "Identify and explain the various small craft construction techniques, materials and their applications" at NQF Level 2.
  • "Identify and describe the systems required for different on-board applications" at NQF Level 2.
  • "Identify and use applicable methods and materials in finishing a small craft" at NQF Level 2.
  • "Demonstrate seamanship for the safe crewing of a small craft" at NQF Level 2.

    Recognition of prior learning:

    The structure of this unit standards-based qualification makes the Recognition of Prior Learning possible. This qualification may therefore be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the mechanism to be used and support and guidance should be provided. Care should be taken that the mechanism used provides the learner with an opportunity to demonstrate competence and is not so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the RPL option towards gaining a qualification.

    If the learner is able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this qualification the appropriate credits should be assigned to the learner. Recognition of Prior Learning will be done by means of Integrated Assessment as mentioned above.

    This Recognition of Prior Learning may allow:
  • Accelerated access to further learning at this or higher levels on the NQF.
  • Gaining of credits towards a unit standard.
  • Obtaining of this Qualification in part or in whole.

    Access to the Qualification:

    Access to this qualification is open bearing in mind learning assumed to be in place. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The Qualification is made up of a planned combination of learning outcomes that have a defined purpose and will provide qualifying learners with applied competence and a basis for further training. The Qualification is made up of unit standards that are classified as Fundamental, Core and Elective in achieving its purpose. A minimum of 122 credits is required to complete the Qualification.

    In this Qualification the credits are allocated as follows:
  • Fundamental: 36 credits.
  • Core: 74 credits.
  • Electives (minimum): 12 credits.
  • TOTAL: 122 credits.

    Note that fifty four percent of the credits relate directly to small craft construction practices. The elective component allows the learner to select unit standards that are:
  • Related to the work done by the learner in an organisation.
  • Related to specialist areas in small craft construction specifically or other specialist areas that the learner might be interested in.

    This is to ensure that while there is a strong small craft construction focus, there is scope for learners to select additional unit standards that are relevant to their own situations and cement articulation and portability opportunities for the learner.

    Motivation for number of credits assigned to fundamental, core and elective

    Allocation of Fundamental credits:

    Unit standards to the value of 36 credits in Language and Communication, Mathematical Literacy have been selected for the Fundamental Component. These unit standards will add value to learners both organisationally and functionally in terms of their ability to operate as a proficient person in a global economy. All the Fundamental unit standards are compulsory.

    Allocation of Core credits:

    74 credits have been allocated to unit standards in the Core component of this qualification. This is to ensure that the qualification has a strong small craft construction focus. The unit standards classified as Core reflect the compulsory aspects in small craft construction that the learner needs to be fully competent in. The Core component covers competencies related to small craft construction practices, marine systems and processes, quality assurance and management and life skills. The unit standards provide the knowledge, values and skills that all learners require in order to engage in small craft construction practices. All Core unit standards are compulsory.

    Allocation of Elective credits:

    There are unit standards totalling 105 credits in this component. Learners are required to select electives totalling a minimum of 12 credits. It is intended that the selected electives should allow learners to develop alternative career paths; or gain additional skills and knowledge that relate directly to the work of the learner and which will enhance the learner's work performance or introduce a learner to areas of specialisation in small craft construction. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Communicate with peers and members of supervisory/management levels and to use information which has been gathered and summarised from a range of sources to produce simple written reports.
    2. Apply elementary manufacturing processes, effective organisational relations and practices to achieve small craft building business objectives.
    3. Engage (with guidance) in self-directed activity in the small craft building processes.
    4. Interpret designs and processes and recognise marine systems in order to maintain and support quality elementary installation processes in building small craft. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Information and data is interpreted to ensure simple reports are produced for record keeping purposes.
  • Communication processes are engaged in to inform peers and supervisors of production processes and challenges.
  • Manufacturing materials tools are listed and stored for the purpose of production to standard specifications.
  • Relationships with peers, supervisory and management levels are established and functioning to promote communication within the workplace.
  • Issues related to own role and purpose in the organisation are discussed to reflect an understanding of individual contribution to the manufacturing process.
  • Problems are identified in a timely manner, reported and discussed and the agreed corrective action is implemented.

    2.
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce components and assemblies of some complexity, including the manufacture of simple moulds, the commissioning and repairing of tooling using a variety of fabrication methods and operations, resins, reinforcements, core material and impregnation techniques.
  • Knowledge and comprehension of occupational health, safety and environmental legislation are applied as relevant to the small craft manufacturing industry according to standard operating procedures.
  • Knowledge and comprehension of safety practices and procedures are applied in small craft manufacturing according to standard operating procedures.
  • Small craft manufacturing quality assurance practices are monitored and controlled according to standard operating procedures.
  • Small craft manufacturing equipment, tools and surfaces are cleaned according to standard operating procedures.

    3.
  • The fundamentals of composite, wood and metal small craft construction methods are applied according to company operating procedures.
  • Curved laminated timber and board components are produced during self-directed activity in the building of a small craft.
  • Polymer composite products are fabricated in accordance with design specifications.
  • Sheet, plate, pipe and structural section are formed and shaped using power machinery required in the manufacturing process.

    4.
  • Quality issues are identified and resolved speedily and effectively.
  • Appropriate data is collected and checked for non-conformances.
  • Appropriate conclusions are drawn from the data.
  • Appropriate consultations and discussions are held to communicate conclusions.
  • Marine systems are installed under close supervision.
  • The fundamentals of design are applied in the small craft construction process.

    Integrated Assessment:
  • Assessment practices must be open, transparent, fair, valid, and reliable and ensure that no learner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever, so that an integrated approach to assessment is incorporated into the qualification.
  • Learning, teaching and assessment are inextricably interwoven. Whenever possible, the assessment of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values shown in the unit standards should be integrated.
  • Assessment of Communication and Mathematical Literacy should be integrated as far as possible with other aspects and should use practical administration contexts wherever possible. A variety of methods must be used in assessment and tools and activities must be appropriate to the context in which the learner is working or will work. Where it is not possible to assess the learner in the workplace or on-the-job, simulations, case studies, role-plays and other similar techniques should be used to provide a context appropriate to the assessment.
  • The term `Integrated Assessment` implies that theoretical and practical components should be assessed together. During integrated assessments, the assessor should make use of a range of formative and summative assessment tools methods and assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies.
  • Assessors must assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.
  • Assessment should ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and critical cross-field outcomes are evaluated in an integrated manner. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification was compared with training offered in countries that are acknowledged leaders in the small boat-building industry; countries whose industry supplies small craft to others.

    These countries are:
  • Malaysia.
  • China.
  • Turkey.
  • Australia.
  • New Zealand.
  • UK.
  • USA.

    United States of America:

    Several providers of courses in boat building were identified in the USA, however no evidence was found of a national qualification in boat building. Standards for vocational training in boat building have been approved by the US Department of Education. Most courses are short learning programmes on a specific type of boat. The level at which these programmes are presented seems to be very elementary and the contents are well defined. It is deduced that the proposed South African qualifications at level 2 and 3 compares well with most of the learning programmes presented in the USA. It is evident that the South African approach will provide for a much more informed learner whilst the opportunity to follow a skills programme based on selected unit standards will allow learners to develop a very specific focused skill as is the USA.

    Malaysia:

    Malaysia is an emerging boat building country. To date they have not developed a formal national qualification. They have however identified future training objectives and are in the process of developing learning programmes for fibreglass boats.

    China:

    China has a well-established boat building industry but no evidence was found of any formal qualifications in boat building.

    Turkey:

    The boating industry is in Turkey is well developed. A technical high school, Kurucasile, on the Black Sea Coast of Turkey, is devoted to boat building only. This school, in addition to modern techniques, teaches its students, elements and principles of traditional craftsmanship. All the schools and academic institutions, issue diplomas to students who have attended the necessary courses and fulfilled all conditions, including tests and exams. In addition, people attending and successfully finishing the training courses held at various places, such as large yards, and other institutions, are given certificates declaring that the holder has completed a certain programAll these diplomas and certificates are valid nationwide. Diplomas issued by large universities (such as the naval architect diplomas issued by most technical universities) are internationally recognized.

    Australia:

    Australia has a well-established boat-building industry supported by well-defined units of study to be applied by training providers. Their learning programmes in boat building do not seem to follow levels of complexity but rather that of completeness. It is very difficult to compare the South African individual boat building qualifications with those in Australia. However, it seems that once South African learners had completed the FETC in Boat Building, they will be adequately equipped to compete with their Australian counterparts.

    New Zealand:

    The New Zealand authorities compiled a range of national certificates that can be applied in the boat building industry. Most of these certificates are at level 4 with the exception of one that is registered at level 3. In general the contents of the South African boat building qualifications compares well with the New Zealand boat building qualifications.

    United Kingdom:

    The United Kingdom is renowned for their boat building expertise and similarly displays a well-thought-out capability to train towards that expertise. The UK has several national registered qualifications, however, it does seem as though many training providers still present their own traditional learning programmes based on years of experience and specific community needs. It is thought that the South African boat building qualifications are much more comprehensive.

    Africa in General:

    Although many countries in Africa have displayed across the continent the capability to build boats of many shapes and sizes it still lacks the capability to build modern boats. No evidence was found of any boat building training being presented in sub-Saharan Africa. The South African qualifications could help to fill that gap on the continent by making these qualifications available to all those countries that might show an interest in these qualifications. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Articulation possibilities:

    This Qualification articulates with the following proposed and registered Qualifications:

    Horizontal articulation:
  • National Certificate in Polymer Composite Fabrication NQF Level 3, ID 36155.
  • National Certificate in Airconditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation: NQF Level 3, ID 48963.
  • National Certificate in Welding Application and Practice: NQF Level 3, ID 24213.

    Vertical articulation:
  • FETC: Small craft construction, ID 50542.
  • FETC: Polymer Composite Fabrication, ID 36153.
  • FETC: Airconditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation, ID 48966.
  • FETC: Welding Application and Practice, ID 24216.
  • FETC: Furniture Making: Wood, ID 49092. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with an appropriate Education, Training, Quality Assurance (ETQA) Body or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Qualification 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 overseen by the relevant ETQA or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA`s policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the Qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual Unit Standards as well as in the exit level outcomes described in the Qualification. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • To be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • To have a similar qualification at one level higher than the level of the qualification and a minimum of 12 months working experience. 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 78863 which is "National Certificate: Yacht and Boat Building" Level 3, 136 credits.

    The elective unit standard category is open ended to allow the learner to choose the 20 credits associated to the elective unit standards from any discipline that would add value to the purpose of the qualification or the learners own development on a learning pathway within the manufacturing environment. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  110281  Fabricate a polymer composite product  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  123604  Apply design fundamentals in small craft construction processes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  13234  Apply quality procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  123599  Apply the fundamental methods of composite, wood and metal small craft construction  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  12488  Complete feasibility and commissioning reports  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  123601  Demonstrate an understanding of basic marine systems installation and operation under close supervision  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  9532  Demonstrate basic knowledge of computers  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  12244  Form and shape sheet, plate, pipe and structural section using power machinery  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15 
    Core  9530  Manage work time effectively  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  119466  Interpret a variety of literary texts  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 
    Elective  12246  Assemble and mechanically join sheet, plate, tube, pipe and steel sections  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  12456  Explain and use organisational procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  10783  Join of aluminium by means of arc welding  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  14735  Manufacture products from wood  Level 3  NQF Level 03  32 
    Elective  12455  Perform the role of a safety, health and environmental protection representative  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  110280  Produce complex polymer composite products  Level 3  NQF Level 03  28 
    Elective  116720  Show understanding of diversity in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116940  Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based spreadsheet application to solve a given problem  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9533  Use communication skills to handle and resolve conflict in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  12255  Weld workpieces with the gas metal arc welding process in all positions  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some of their learning programmes are moved to being recorded against the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replacement.
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    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 Quality Assuring Bodies 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 Quality Assuring Body should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 



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