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

National Certificate: Electrical Engineering 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
48475  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction  Electrical Infrastructure Construction 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  127  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 "Reregistered" 
SAQA 0160/05  2007-04-03  2009-02-18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2010-02-18   2013-02-18  

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
20419  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 3  NQF Level 03  120   

This qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
63790  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 3  NQF Level 03  133   
91761  Occupational Certificate: Electrician  Not Applicable  NQF Level 04  360   

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
This Qualification will enhance the social status, productivity and employability of the learner within the electrical engineering and energy sector and contribute to the quality, production rate and growth of the electrical engineering and energy sector.

Through the critical crossfield component of the Qualification, learners are able to demonstrate vocational skills through which they are able to engage in life skills activities, small business development, health and environmental issues. Through recognition of prior learning adult learners are encouraged to access basic education with an understanding that they already have knowledge and experience.

A person acquiring this Qualification will have skills, knowledge and experience to:
  • Identify and apply technical operational systems.
  • Summarise, interpret information and use knowledge in performing the tasks.
  • Organise information and use data, apply theories or principles to electrical engineering situations.
  • Execute role and responsibilities by being able to summarize, classify, discuss and estimate application processes required through mathematical and theoretical concepts, technical and schematic diagrams, computer and technology usage in a range of different contexts.
  • Communicate with peers, customers and members of supervisory / management levels by expressing opinions in spoken and written form.


    Rationale of the Qualification

    This is the second occupational based Qualification in a series for learners that reflect the workplace-based needs of the electrical field that is expressed by employers and employees, both now and for the future. This Qualification provides the learner with accessibility to be employed within the electrical field and provides the flexibility to pursue different careers in the broader electrical engineering and energy sector and articulate within the Engineering, Electrical Construction, Generation, Transmission and Distribution specialization contexts. It also provides the Learner with enough knowledge and skills to pursue small business opportunities within the private sector through which the private sector and the economy can benefit.

    For those who have acquired experience in the workplace, this Qualification represents part of the RPL process to acknowledge workplace skills acquired without the benefit of former education or training. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    NQF 2 or equivalent and competence in the following:
  • Occupational health, safety and environmental practices within the electrical environment
  • Use of hand tools, power tools and measuring instruments
  • Mathematics, Communication and language

    Recognition of prior learning

    This Qualification may be obtained in whole or in part through RPL. 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. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The rules of combination for this Qualification:

    This Qualification`s Fundamental, Core and Elective components are made up as follows:

    Fundamental Unit Standards:
    The "Communication and Language Studies" category contains 20 Credits, "Mathematics and Science" category 16 Credits and "Computer Literacy" category 3 Credits. This amounts to 39 Credits for the Fundamental component of the Qualification.

    Core Unit Standards:
    This amounts to 68 credits.

    Elective Unit Standards:
    This amounts to 101 Credits of which a minimum of twenty Credits must be done.

    The total Credits for this Qualification is 205 Credits of which a minimum 127 Credits must be done to achieve a Certificate. 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Identify and apply technical operational systems, by using procedures and equipment required in the electrical field that meet quality and output requirements, working safely in an environmental friendly manner.

    2. Summarise, interpret information and use knowledge in performing the tasks related to electrical field or specialised contexts.

    3. Organise information and use data, to apply theories and principles to within electrical engineering situations and work in a disciplined manner under supervision when necessary. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.1 Knowledge and skills regarding technical operational systems on single phase AC (Alternating Current)- and DC (Direct Current) in industrial and domestic circuits are demonstrated and problems solved according to maintenance procedures.
    1.2 Knowledge and understanding regarding personal safety practices in an industrial or domestic electrical engineering and energy environment is applied according to standard operating procedures and safety requirements.

    2.1 Knowledge and skills to install, commission and maintain single phase AC (Alternating Current)- and DC (Direct Current) systems and control gear are demonstrated according to relevant procedures.
    2.2 Knowledge and skills to clean and repair electrical equipment are demonstrated according to requirements and relevant procedures.

    3.1 Electrical engineering sketches and drawings are identified and interpreted in contexts with electrical engineering situations.
    3.2 Data is used, theories and principles applied to do fault finding and repairs on AC (Alternating Current)- and DC (Direct Current) systems and control gear.
    3.3 Information is selected, organised and data used to maintain electrical equipment and single phase systems.

    Integrated Assessment

    The applied competence (practical, foundational and reflective competencies) of this Qualification will be achieved if a learner is able to achieve all exit level outcomes of the Qualification.

    The identification and solving of problems, team work, organising self, using of technical diagrams, implication of actions and reactions in the world as a set of related systems must be assessed during any combination of practical, foundational and reflective competencies assessment methods and tools to determine the whole person development and integration of applied knowledge and skills.
  • Certain exit level outcomes are measurable and verifiable through assessment criteria assessed in one application.
  • Applicable assessment tool(s) to establish the foundational, reflective and embedded knowledge to problem solving and application of the world as a set of related systems within the electrical installation and maintenance environment.
  • A detailed portfolio of evidence is required to proof the practical, applied and foundational competencies of the learner.
  • Assessors and moderators should develop and conduct their own integrated assessment by making use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods. Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. Summative assessment should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards, exit level outcomes as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification.

    Unit Standards associated with the Qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field outcomes. During integrated assessments the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and should assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This Qualification Benchmarked against international standards and Qualifications.
    The Unit Standards on which this Qualification is based were compared with Unit Standards from New Zealand, Australia and Scotland in terms of their range of electrical Qualifications, Unit Standard titles, specific outcomes, assessment criteria and degree of difficulty.

    This Qualification has been compiled more generic to the entire low-and high voltage electrical engineering, construction and renewable energy industry with special emphases on single phase domestic installations. The Qualifications for the above mentioned countries are subdivided into different domains of the low voltage electrical engineering field. However, the overall scope of the other countries` Unit Standards for the electrical field has been adequately covered in this Qualification. The focus and complexity level of the core units standards compares very well, but the upliftment of literacy, numeracy and social skills have been emphasized more in the fundamental requirement of this Qualification to redress the inequalities of the past. More credits are therefore needed for this level than what is required for similar international levels.

    The core-and elective Unit Standards of this Qualification are more focused on the practical application, with the theoretical requirements built into the embedded knowledge. Only a few standards focus on theory, but is written more generically than those of the other countries. The international Qualifications on the other hand, included more knowledge-based Unit Standards with less credits linked to it. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This Qualification will allow a person to advance to learning for an electrical engineering Qualification at NQF level 4. This Qualification provides the learner with the flexibility to pursue different careers in the electrical engineering and energy industry and articulation within the engineering industries. The level of flexibility within the range of electives will allow the individual to pursue further learning within an entrepreneurship, supervision / management, quality assurance, health and safety and engineering contexts. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor 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.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQAs policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation; in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between ETQAs (including professional bodies); and in terms of the moderation guideline detailed immediately below.
  • 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, exit level outcomes as well as the integrated 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 
    Assessors need experience in the following areas:

    Interpersonal skills, subject matter and assessment.

    The assessor needs to be competent in planning, conducting and providing feedback on assessment of learning outcomes and in the design and development of assessments as described in the Unit Standards. The assessor should at least be competent at the same level or be at a level above this level 3 Qualification with at least two years of practical experience in the electrical engineering or related environment. The assessor must comply with the criteria set by the relevant ETQA.

    The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning.

    Assessors need to be registered with the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body. 

    NOTES 
    This Qualification has been replaced by the following Qualifications:
  • ID 91761, "Occupational Certificate: Electrician", Level 4, 360 credits.
  • ID 63790, "National Certificate: Electrical Engineering", Level 3, 133 credits.

    This qualification is the reviewed version of 20419 - National Certificate: Electrical Engineering, Level 3.
    SAQA 2552/04 on 11 February 2004.


    Qualification review and linkages:

    This Qualification is part of a review of four registered ones called "General Education and Training Certificate in Basic Technical Practice (Energy) - NQF Level 1" and "National Certificates in Electrical Engineering - NQF Level 2-4".

    During the review it was found that the registered "General Education and Training Certificate in Basic Technical Practice (Energy) - NQF Level 1" is too specific to the electrical engineering and construction environment, instead of being more generic to the entire electrical engineering and energy industry. Its Elective component mainly contains Unit Standards that should be part of the NQF Level 2 Qualification. The registered Qualifications for NQF Levels 1-4 also contain a lot of Unit Standards that were disigned specifically for multi-skilling persons within the mechanical trade, of which some are too activity based.

    There shall be a clear link between the currently registered-and the new proposed Qualifications in the sense that many of the Unit Standards shall be the same, but shall be placed differently in mainly the Core component of the Qualifications. This is done to achieve a more progressive build-up from an entry level for the electrical industry at NQF 2, single phase installations at NQF 3, through to more complex Unit Standards such as those for three phase installations at NQF 4. Renewable energy shall also be part of the Elective comonent of these Qualifications.

    The future GETC Qualification for Basic Technical Practice (Energy) at NQF Level 1 shall be mainly knowledge-based and shall be a generic entry level for the entire electrical engineering and energy industry.

    All the activity-based Unit Standards shall not be part of the new Qualifications, but shall be replaced with new Elective Unit Standards that are required by the different electrical industries. 

  • UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  10270  Construct Basic Electronic Circuits  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13791  Fault find on single phase alternating current (AC) systems  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  10260  Install and commission electrical measuring instruments and control devices  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  10261  Install and Commission Single Phase AC Machines and Control Gear  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  114388  Install, joint and terminate Low Voltage cables and conductors  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  14134  Maintain and repair single phase AC machines and control gear  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  10269  Maintain lighting System  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  14135  Repair and maintain electric power tools  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  113893  Test and inspect a single phase domestic installation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  114406  Understand basic electronic theory and components  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  10265  Wire and commission domestic electrical circuits  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7569  Demonstrate understanding of the basic concepts of databases and the ability to plan and create a simple database  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral 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  8969  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  8973  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  8970  Write texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  113864  Inspect service and maintain a photovoltaic supplied pump  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  113871  Install and commission photovoltaic supplied pump  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  10234  Install low voltage transformers  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  10244  Maintain and repair a high voltage security fence system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  10258  Design and Install Electrical Wire Ways  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  113869  Fault find a photovoltaic supplied system  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  10268  Fault Find, Test and Repair Domestic Appliances  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  113875  Inspect, operate and maintain high mast lighting structures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  113866  Inspect, test, maintain and repair Low / Medium voltage overhead networks  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  113891  Install / replace mini substations and ring-main units / switches  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  113902  Install batteries  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  114660  Install Medium Voltage transformers  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9530  Manage work time effectively  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  113865  Operate on low voltage networks  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  113889  Perform work on energised low voltage networks  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  7567  Produce and use spreadsheets for business  Level 3  NQF Level 03 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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