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

National Certificate: Chemical Manufacturing Operations 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
36156  National Certificate: Chemical Manufacturing Operations 
ORIGINATOR
Chemical Industries SGB 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was CHIETA 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  120  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
SAQA 0151/03  2003-12-03  2006-12-03 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2007-12-03   2010-12-03  

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
58955  National Certificate: Chemical Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  120   

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
The understanding of the technology is required to empower the learner to make decisions and take responsibility for work in the operation of equipment in a chemical manufacturing environment. The learner will also maintain quality control practices and perform basic maintenance functions. It also forms the basis for more advanced learning. As such, this qualification will contribute to the full development of the learner, providing recognition within the chemical manufacturing environment, and the potential mobility and transportability to other manufacturing fields such as Food Manufacturing.

The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this qualification are essential to achieve the increased employability and productivity needed for social and economic transformation, upliftment and economic growth in the chemical industries.

The manner in which this is achieved is described in the exit level outcomes.

Rationale of the qualification

This qualification reflects the need in the chemical industries for a person with the knowledge and skills required to assist with the manufacturing and or packaging of chemical products. Operating equipment typically does this. This is a need expressed by employers and employees to address current and future needs. This qualification enables the learner to access employment within several sub-sectors of the chemical industries. The qualification further provides the flexibility to articulate to other manufacturing sectors, for example, the food and beverage manufacturing and packaging environments.

The level of flexibility within the range of electives will enable the individual to pursue a career in manufacturing operations, mechanical machine maintenance, or leadership.

The qualification is appropriate for people who have an understanding of the chemical industry and intend to follow a technical career within this sector. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
At NQF level 1 or equivalent:

Knowledge, comprehension and application of language, mathematics, natural science.

Some basic understanding of the chemical or related industries.

Technology, safety health environment, quality, housekeeping, hygiene practices and procedures will assist the learner to achieve this qualification.

Where this learning is lacking appropriate additional learning interventions will be needed.

Recognition of prior learning

This qualification may be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning, and work experience. 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

QUALIFICATION RULES 
N/A 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
1. Operate equipment in a chemical manufacturing environment.
2. Maintain quality practices in a chemical manufacturing environment.
3. Understand and apply appropriate technology.
4. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental knowledge in a chemical manufacturing environment. 

ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
1.
  • Start up, shut down and monitor manual and semi-automated equipment according to Company standard operating procedures
  • Conduct basic maintenance on equipment including cleaning and performing minor adjustments
  • Explain and apply safety health and environmental practices that are relevant to the manufacturing operations where learning takes place.

    2.
  • Associated Assessment Criteria
  • Apply sampling theory & practice maintaining quality procedures in a chemical manufacturing environment.

    3.
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of product specific technology that is appropriate within a chemical manufacturing operation.
  • Handle and use chemicals safely in a chemical manufacturing environment.

    4.
  • Use fundamental mathematics and communication skills within the chemical manufacturing context.

    Integrated Assessment

    The applied competence (practical, foundational and reflexive competencies) of this qualification will be achieved if a candidate is able to operated equipment in a chemical manufacturing environment, maintain quality control practices, demonstrate knowledge of chemical operations technology and perform basic maintenance functions.

    Appropriate methods and tools must be used to assess practical, foundational and reflexive competence of the learner in all the exit level outcomes listed above, as well as to determine a learner`s ability to solve problems, work in a team, organize him/herself, use applied science, and understand the implications of actions and reactions in the world as a set of related systems. Such an assessment process will determine development of the whole person, and the integration of applied knowledge and skills.

    Assessors should develop, conduct, and ensure integration of, assessment by making use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods against the unit standards that make up the qualification. Combinations applied, foundational and reflective competencies, including critical cross-field outcomes, should be assessed wherever possible.

    Moderators should ensure that assessment is valid, consistent and integrated into work or learning, and that there is sufficient and authenticated evidence of learner competence against the whole qualification. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Benchmarking was done against the NVQ from Britain, SVQ from Scotland as well as Australian and New Zealand qualifications. The following results were found for a qualification on this level:

    New Zealand: Energy and Chemical Plant: The National Certificate in Energy and Chemical Plant at Level 2 of the NZQA is suitable for large energy and chemical plants such as petroleum refineries. There are no possible comparisons.

    However, the Food and Related Products Processing at Level 2 have similar qualifications because (a) food is produced through batch processes and (b) Food is packaged. There is evidence, also, that chemically-related Fast Moving Consumer Goods were included in the Food and Related Products domain initially, and have used these qualifications. (Reference: Lever Rexona, New Zealand).

    UK: NVQ Level 2 in Packaging Operations: This qualification is currently under review, and an update is expected during 2003. It is comparable to the proposed qualification.

    Australia: No exact comparison has been found, but a number of competency units at Level 2 are similar to the unit standards proposed within this qualification. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification will enable the qualifying candidate to progress to learning for manufacturing-related National Certificates at NQF Levels 3 and 4, and further, on to relevant National Diplomas and degrees as indicated in the table below.

    Articulation is also practical between this qualification and manufacturing environments outside the chemical industries such as the food and beverage environments and chemical analysis. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone moderating the assessment of learners against this Qualification must be registered as moderator with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the will enable the achievement of this Qualification must be accredited or recognized as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQAs polices and guidelines for assessment and moderating; in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between ETQAs (including professional bodies); and in terms of the moderation guidelines details immediately below.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQ policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described competence described in the qualification.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this Qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    In order to assess this qualification, the assessor needs:
  • Well developed interpersonal skills, personal credibility, and a record of ethical behaviour
  • Registration with the Education, Training and Development Practitioners` ETQA as a generic assessor.
  • Competence against the unit standard "Plan and conduct assessment of learning outcomes."
  • Detailed documentary proof of educational qualification, practical training undergone, and/or experience gained at an appropriate level of manufacturing operations, as per the relevant ETQA policies and guidelines. The subject matter expertise of the assessor can be established through the recognition of prior learning.
  • Registration with, or recognition by, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Quality Assurance Body and uMalusi 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 58955, which is the National Certificate: Chemical Manufacturing, Level 2, 120 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  14782  Apply process chemistry and related technology in the chemical industry  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Core  110001  Communicate effectively in teams  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  110011  Handle and use chemicals safely in a manufacturing environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  110012  Operate Equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Fundamental  8963  Access and use information from texts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9009  Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life related problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7480  Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9008  Identify, describe, compare, classify, explore shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional shapes in different contexts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8962  Maintain and adapt oral communication  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8967  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7469  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9007  Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8964  Write for a defined context  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9357  Develop and use keyboard skills to enter text  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  14784  Apply sampling theory and practice in the chemical industry  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  8822  Clean and sanitise a food processing system using an automated cleaning in-place-system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  110005  Fill and cap containers using automated filling equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  110016  Hand over responsibility for a manufacturing operation  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  110013  Label product containers using automated labelling equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  8766  Mix or blend food raw materials for processing using automated equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  7547  Operate a personal computer system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9087  Operate shrink-wrapping equipment on a food and beverages automated packaging line  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Elective  110018  Organize and maintain work station in a continuous improvement environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12202  Package products in a manual or semi-automated packaging operation  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  110020  Produce extruded and packaged product in a chemical manufacturing environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  110022  Receive and store hazardous chemicals  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  110002  Transfer liquids in chemical manufacturing operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  110007  Weigh raw materials for product manufacture in a chemical manufacturing environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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