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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE:|
|National Diploma: Productivity|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|49794||National Diploma: Productivity|
|SGB Human Resource Management and Practices|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|SABPP - South African Board for People Practices||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Diploma||Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies||Human Resources|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||240||Level 5||NQF Level 05||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered"
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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 does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
This qualification aims to equip people in management, or those intending to enter this field, across all economic sectors with core productivity competencies required to improve service delivery, profitability, competitiveness and growth of organisations. The fundamental and core components deal with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes required by all managers to optimise resource utilisation and overall efficiency. Learners will deal with sector-specific or sub-field competency requirements through the selection of appropriate unit standards for the Elective component.
The purpose of the qualification is to build the productivity management competencies of learners with special focus on:
Learners will be able to apply the above-mentioned competencies to the specific sector in which they are employed.
A qualified learner at this level will be a well rounded productivity management practitioner with a sound technical management background. This learner will be capable of leading continuous productivity improvement efforts in all sectors of the economy.
The qualification is designed to:
The National Diploma in Productivity at NQF level 5 is designed to meet the needs of those learners and people already in management positions who want to specialise in continuous performance improvement within an organisational setting. The qualification highlights the fact that productivity is essential for the continued functioning, competitiveness and growth of any organisation. This includes profit-driven and non-profit organisations. The continuously upward spiralling input costs require all organisations to improve productivity in order to remain afloat and continue delivering services. Thus, organisations in the Far East, Europe, United States and lately in South Africa are awakening to the need to employ specialists who will manage their productivity improvement efforts. The qualification will be useful to owners of Small Medium and Micro Enterprises, who need to sustain and grow their organisations.
The qualification has been designed such that it reflects the work-based needs of organisations to manage their productivity improvement efforts and improve their global competitiveness. Because productivity improves the wealth generation capacity of the organisations, the learner qualifying from this qualification is likely to find placement in most organisations.
The introduction of unit standard based national qualifications in productivity management will allow learners to qualify for a national qualification by accumulating the required credits via short learning programmes or workplace practical experience or both. It also allows learners to achieve the qualifications through recognition of prior learning and/or learnership schemes, overcoming past barriers in the methods of achieving formal qualifications.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|It is assumed that learners accessing this qualification will be competent in:
Recognition of prior learning:
One important need for productivity management qualifications is to provide for the recognition of prior learning. There are currently no unit standard based registered qualifications for productivity management. However, productivity improvement efforts abound in many organisations with individuals driving such efforts. People with workplace experience in the areas covered by this qualification will now be allowed to request assessment and get recognition for prior learning.
This qualification may be achieved in part or in whole through the recognition of prior of learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.
Access to the qualification
This qualification is open to learners in possession of an FETC and who have at least five years work experience in any sector of the economy. Exposure to productivity is an advantage, but not a requirement.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
All the unit standards included in this category, totalling 25 credits, are compulsory.
Unit standards totalling 175 credits have been included in this category. All these unit standards are compulsory.
Learners are to select unit standards from this section totalling a minimum of 40 credits to achieve the required minimum of 240 credits.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|The outcomes are specified in terms of a combination of Specific and Critical Cross-field outcomes as defined in the different unit standards. On achieving this qualification, a learner is able to:
1. Conduct and assess measurements related to all aspects of productivity in an organisation.
2. Prepare, communicate and co-ordinate a plan to improve productivity in a functional unit.
3. Develop and promote holistic productivity strategies and plans in an organisation.
4. Develop and implement operational plans for a functional unit and supervise work to achieve objectives, using a range of generic management and project management skills.
5. Manage information on key factors affecting productivity for a functional unit.
6. Manage change within a functional unit.
Critical cross-field outcomes:
This qualification addresses the following critical cross-field outcomes, as detailed in the associated unit standards:
Learning programmes directed towards this qualification will also contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large, by making individuals aware of the importance of:
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
Assessment will take place according to the detailed specifications indicated in the unit standards.
Over and above the achievement of the specified unit standards, evidence of integration will be required within the context of an active learning environment. Assessors should note that the evidence of integration (as per the associated assessment criteria) could well be presented by candidates when being assessed against the unit standards - thus there should not necessarily be separate assessments for each unit standard and then further assessment for integration. Well designed assessments should make it possible to gain evidence against each unit standard while at the same time gain evidence of integration.
|An extensive literature survey failed to identify any qualification equivalent to this proposed diploma in any other country, because competencies in the field of productivity are usually incorporated into the field of either production management or quality management; as is also current practice in South Africa.
However, the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), supported by the International Labour Office (ILO), has developed an internationally recognised learning programme in the field of productivity and quality management, which has been published as the "Productivity Programme and Quality Management - A modular Programme (eds. Joseph Prokopenko, Klaus North. 1996, ILO, Geneva ISBN92-2-110166-5).
This proposed qualification covers all or part of the following modules of the APO/ILO programme:
Findings concerning comparability:
The National Diploma in Productivity, Level 5 compares well with relevant modules of the internationally recognised learning programme in the field of productivity and quality management developed the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), supported by the International Labour Office (ILO).
|Holders of this qualification will have accumulated credits that may be transferred to several other qualifications in the management field, especially those registered by Organising Field 03: Business, Commerce and Management Studies and Organising Field 06: Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology.
In particular, this qualification would enable the transfer of articulation credits for the exit level outcomes related to organisational effectiveness in the following qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework:
Qual ID: 1005; Qualification Title: National Diploma: Production Management; NQF Level: Level 6; Learning Subfield: Manufacturing and Assembly; Provider: Committee of Technikon Principals
Qual ID: 1599; Qualification Title: Bachelor of Technology: Quality; NQF Level: Level 7; Learning Subfield: Project Management; Provider: Committee of Technikon Principals
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|Criteria for registration of assessors:
For an applicant to register as an assessor for this qualification, the applicant should:
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||114884||Co-ordinate the improvement of productivity within a functional unit||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Core||114877||Formulate and implement an action plan to improve productivity within an organisational unit||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Core||114878||Identify and measure the factors that influence productivity||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Core||114880||Measure and improve single factor productivity at a work station||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Core||10134||Participate in the estimation and preparation of cost budgets for an element of work and monitor and control actual cost against budget||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Core||10981||Supervise work unit to achieve work unit objectives (individuals and teams)||Level 4||NQF Level 04||12|
|Core||15237||Build teams to meet set goals and objectives||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Core||115815||Conduct an analysis of business opportunities and develop future rehabilitation strategies||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||15216||Create opportunities for innovation and lead projects to meet innovative ideas||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||15219||Develop and implement a strategy and action plans for a team, department or division||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||114882||Develop holistic productivity improvement strategies and plans||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||15238||Devise and apply strategies to establish and maintain relationships||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Core||14214||Evaluate and improve the project team`s performance||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||15215||Identify and interpret Best Practice guidelines, and plan for and implement Best Practice within the team, department or division||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||15226||Implement systems to meet the flow of information in a team, department or division||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Core||114875||Measure and assess the factors that influence capital productivity and establish the relative impact of each factor||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||114886||Measure and assess the factors that influence labour productivity and establish the relative impact of each factor||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||114876||Measure and assess the factors that influence material productivity and establish the relative impact of each factor||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||114883||Measure value-added, multi factor and total factor productivity within an organisation||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||15230||Monitor team members and measure effectiveness of performance||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||114885||Prepare and communicate a productivity improvement plan for a functional unit||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Core||15222||Promote a learning culture in an organisation||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Core||114879||Promote a productivity improvement strategy||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||15214||Recognise areas in need of change, make recommendations and implement change in the team, department or division||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Core||12996||Record, analyse and prepare cost information||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||15220||Set, monitor and measure the achievement of goals and objectives for a team, department or division within an organisation||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Fundamental||14525||Present an informed argument on a current issue in a business sector||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Fundamental||12432||Use mathematical and statistical techniques effectively||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||20|
|Elective||15232||Coordinate planned skills development interventions in an organisation||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Elective||10631||Demonstrate an understanding of manufacturing, principles, methodologies and processes||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||7|
|Elective||10050||Integrate marketing plans with business process||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Elective||10060||Organise field staff to ensure the desired data is collected||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||12997||Prepare financial reports and returns||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||10985||Conduct a disciplinary hearing||Level 6||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6||5|
|Elective||12138||Conduct an organisational needs analysis||Level 6||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6||10|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
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