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

Further Education and Training Certificate: Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
50018  Further Education and Training Certificate: Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was CETA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction  Physical Planning, Design and Management 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
SAQA 0264/06  2006-02-09  2009-02-09 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2010-02-09   2013-02-09  

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
23773  National Certificate: Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice  Level 4  NQF Level 04  146   

This qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
66071  Further Education and Training Certificate: Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice (CAD)  Level 4  NQF Level 04  131   

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

Any learners, who are, or wish to be involved in the Computer Aided Drawing, will have access to this qualification. This qualification is intended to serve the architectural, engineering and construction industries by providing skilled draughtspersons who can produce design drawings which address the need to move from traditional manual drafting to Computer Aided Drawing and Draughting. Portability across other National Qualifications in Engineering and Draughting is therefore ensured.

The specific purpose of this qualification represents the skills, knowledge and understanding required by draughtspersons to:
  • Use and operate a computer system
  • Establish client requirements and gather and apply the required design information
  • Produce computer-aided drawings for an appropriate area of draughting
  • Use a wide variety of measuring instruments to improve the quality and end result of computer-aided drawings
  • Plan and layout a computer- aided drawing
  • Create a free hand drawing in preparation for a computer aided drawing

    Rationale:

    The FETC in Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice: Level 4 is designed to meet the needs of those learners who enter the field of Computer Aided Drawing.

    The FETC in Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice will provide a broad base of knowledge and skills needed in the industry and will help those learners progressing along a career path who:
  • Were previously disadvantaged or who were unable to complete their schooling and were therefore denied access to Further Education and Training
  • Have worked in Computer Aided Drawing for many years, but have no formal qualification in Computer Aided Drawing
  • Wish to extend their range of skills and knowledge of the industry so that they can become knowledgeable workers in Computer Aided Drawing and Draughting

    The FETC in Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice allows the learner to work towards a nationally recognised qualification. The qualification will allow both those in formal educations and those already employed in, but not limited to, architectural, engineering and construction organisations access, due to its flexibility. It aims to develop learners who are informed and skilled in Computer Aided Drawing and Draughting.

    The qualification focuses on the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes required to progress further in this field of learning. The intention is:
  • To provide the development of knowledge and skills that are required in all sub-sectors of Computer Aided Drawing
  • To realise the potential of people in draughting
  • To provide opportunities for people to move up career paths by being more valuable to their organisation, the economy and themselves

    The FETC in Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice should produce knowledgeable, skilled Computer Aided Draughtspersons who are able to contribute to improved productivity and efficiency within the draughting industry. It should provide the means for current learners in the Computer Aided Drawing field to receive recognition for prior learning and to upgrade their skills and knowledge base. The qualification is structured in such a way that it exposes learners to a set of core competencies to give a broad understanding of Computer Aided Drawing. The electives will allow for specific competence in a selected area of drawing specialisation. It will also promote the notion of life-long learning.

    Career pathways:
  • Surveying
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Structural steel detailing.
  • Piping and plant design.
  • Building and Civil Engineering
  • Instrumentation Engineering
  • Engineering and design draughting
  • Air-conditioning and ventilation design
  • Architecture
  • Wood manufacturing
  • Town and regional planning
  • Road construction 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in the following at NQF Level 3:
  • Mathematical Literacy and Communication

    The unit Standards:
  • "Plan and determine the drawing requirements to produce a drawing"
  • "Demonstrate basic understanding of the workflow"
  • "Demonstrate an understanding of the drawing office orientation"

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    The structure of this Unit Standard based Qualification makes the Recognition of Prior Learning possible, if the learner is able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this Computer Aided Drawing Qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning will be done by means of an Integrated Assessment as mentioned in the previous paragraph.

    This Recognition of Prior Learning may allow:
  • For accelerated access to further learning
  • Gaining of credits towards a unit standard

    All recognition of Prior Learning is subject to quality assurance by the relevant accredited Education, Training, Quality, Assurance Body and is conducted by a registered workplace assessor.

    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 consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component.

    To be awarded the Qualification, learners are required to obtain a minimum of 120 credits as detailed below.

    Fundamental Component:

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at Level 4 to the value of 16 credits
  • Communication at Level 4 in a First South African Language to the value of 20 credits
  • Communication in a Second South African Language at Level 3 to the value of 20 credits

    It is compulsory therefore for learners to do Communication in two different South African languages, one at Level 4 and the other at Level 3.

    All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.

    Core Component:

    The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 33 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:

    The Elective Component consists of Unit Standards in a number of specialisations each with its own set of Unit Standards. Learners are to choose Elective Unit Standards at least to the value of 31 credits from the specialisations below.
  • Mechanical and Piping (total 36 credits):
    >14469: Demonstrate an understanding of production, manufacturing and construction processes as it affects the drawing, Level 5, 5 credits.
    >14485: Demonstrate an understanding of engineering materials, heat treatment and machining, Level 5, 6 credits.
    >14488: Demonstrate an understanding of various mechanical components, Level 5, 6 credits.
    >14495: Identify, interpret and produce working mechanical drawings, Level 4, 7 credits.
    >14492: Identify, interpret and produce working piping drawings, Level 4, 6 credits.
    >120199: Set up and prepare 3d model space and produce a 3d model, Level 3, 6 credits.
  • Electrical and Air conditioning, Ventilation Duct and Plant (total 37 credits):
    >11469: Demonstrate an understanding of production, manufacturing and construction processes as it affects the drawing, Level 5, 5 credits.
    >14485: Demonstrate an understanding of engineering materials, heat treatment and machining, Level 5, 6 credits.
    >14488: Demonstrate an understanding of various mechanical components, Level 5, 6 credits.
    >14489: Identify, interpret and produce working electrical drawings, Level 4, 8 credits.
    >120201: Identify, interpret and produce working air conditioning, ventilation duct and plant drawings, Level 4, 6 credits.
    >120199: Set up and prepare 3d model space and produce a 3d model, Level 3, 6 credits.
  • Building (total 44 credits):
    >120200: Produce a bill of materials, working drawings and cost a design, Level 4, 8 credits.
    >11637: Set up a survey instrument to take observations, Level 3, 4 credits.
    >14490: Identify, interpret and produce working building drawings, Level 4, 8 credits.
    >14489: Identify, interpret and produce working electrical drawings, Level 4, 8 credits.
    >120199: Set up and prepare 3d model space and produce a 3d model, Level 3, 6 credits.
    >15137: Apply contract documentation, Level 5, 10 credits.
  • Reinforced Concrete detailing and Structural Steel detailing (total 36 credits):
    >14497: Identify, interpret and produce working structural steel drawings, Level 4, 8 credits.
    >120198: Identify, interpret and produce working reinforced concrete detail drawings, Level 4, 10 credits.
    >114194: Demonstrate understanding of regulations, codes and drawing office practices for structural steel detailing, Level 4, 7 credits.
    >120199: Set up and prepare 3d model space and produce a 3d model, Level 3, 6 credits.
    >114221: Demonstrate an understanding of basic contract planning functions, workshop and site procedures for structural projects, Level 5, 5 credits.
  • Civil Construction ( total 32 credits):
    >120213: Identify, interpret and produce working civil construction drawings, Level 4, 8 credits.
    >14426: Identify, interpret and use construction drawings and specifications, Level 4, 10 credits.
    >120199: Set up and prepare 3d model space and produce a 3d model, Level 3, 6 credits.
    >120200: Produce a bill of materials, working drawings and cost a design, Level 4, 8 credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Use and operate a computer system.

    2. Establish client requirements and gather and apply the required design information.

    3. Produce computer aided drawings for an appropriate area of draughting.
    > Range: electrical, building, piping, mechanical and structural steel.

    4.Use a wide variety of measuring instruments to improve the quality and end result of computer aided drawings.
    > Range: Venier caliper, micrometers, venier height gauges, venier protractors, steel rule, measuring tape, thread pitch, radius and feeler gauges, theodolite, electronic distance measuring devices.

    5. Plan and layout a computer aided drawing.

    6. Produce a free hand drawing in preparation for a computer aided drawing. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Basic computer hardware components are connected to a computer system.
  • Keyboard and mouse are used to access a computer.
  • Computer, software and peripherals are used to process information.

    2.
  • The client brief is identified and analysed to meet the client requirements.
  • A survey is conducted to gather the pertinent information.
  • Data is analysed and applied to the design.

    3.
  • Computer aided drawing commands are used and applied to perform the drawing operations.
  • Views are projected according to the requirements of the brief.
  • Relevant dimensions and assemblies are constructed in accordance with design requirements.
  • Drawing complies to the codes of practice for engineering drawing.

    4.
  • The functions and usage of measuring instruments are described.
  • Measuring instruments are used to measure and give scale readings as per specifications and requirements.
  • The object to be drawn is identified and measured to meet the requirements.
  • The drawing produced meets the set requirements>

    5.
  • Drawing requirements are checked, verified and interpreted in accordance with instructions.
  • The required detail instructions are recorded to worksite and job requirements.
  • Components and drawing parameters are selected from specifications obtained to meet the requirements.
  • Computer aided drawing software programme is selected, activated and configured to link to all the available peripherals.

    6.
  • The object to be drawn is identified and measured to meet requirements.
  • A drawing is produced and shows the dimensions to meet the requirements.
  • The drawing is produced using a pencil to represent the different line types.
  • A given reading is represented by a line drawing.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Because assessment practices must be open, transparent, fair, valid, and reliable and ensure that no learner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever, an integrated assessment approach is incorporated into the qualification.

    Learning, teaching and assessment are inextricably lined. Whenever possible, the assessment of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values shown in the unit standards should be integrated.

    Assessment of the communication, language, literacy and numeracy should be conducted in conjunction with other aspects and should be assessed in authentic Computer Aided Drawing 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. 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 formative and summative assessment methods and assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies.

    Assessors and moderators should make 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.

    Assessment should ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and critical cross-field outcomes are evaluated. The assessment of the critical cross-field outcomes should be integrated with the assessment of specific outcomes and embedded knowledge. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The Computer Aided Drawing Industry is a discipline with globally recognised best practices, standards and qualifications. This qualification and set of unit standards utilises international and locally recognised best practice and standards in Computer Aided Drawing practice.

    Benchmarking was done by comparison to Unit Standards/Outcomes of learning against:
  • The New Zealand qualifications - National Certificate in Design (Draughting) (Level 2) total credit value 70
  • New Zealand Unit Standards in Design - Computer Graphics:

    > Produce orthographic, scale-working drawings using computer aided draughting (CAD) programs
    > Produce scale production drawings using computer aided draughting (CAD) programmes
    > Produce scale production drawings using computer aided draughting (CAD) programmes
    > Demonstrate knowledge of numerical data used in the draughting industry
    > Technical And Further Education Authority (TAFEA) New South Wales was also used as a resource for international benchmarking

    A direct comparison with each unit standard was undertaken and the best practice points were highlighted and incorporated into each unit standard. However the points incorporated were written in a South African context.

    Because of the difference in levels across the different countries, difficulty was found in making actual direct comparisons, level to level. It was found that the South African unit standards seem to contain more detail and therefore are slightly more complex and the qualification is longer in duration as they only have 70 credits.

    The work groups also referred to other facets of national and international benchmarking, which occurred continuously throughout the qualifications and unit standard writing process.

    These facets were:
  • The methods and techniques for writing standards
  • The contents of the unit standards
  • The levels in other countries compared to South Africa

    It is the Computer Aided Drawing standard generating workgroup's intent to benchmark on a continuous basis with other unit standards both locally and internationally. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification allows for both horizontal and vertical articulation.

    Horizontal articulation:
  • National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering: Fitting and Machining NQF Level 4
  • National Certification in Polymer Composites Fabrication NQF Level 4
  • National Certificate in Electrical Engineering NQF Level 4
  • National Certificate in Automotive Components Manufacturing and Assembling NQF Level 4
  • National Certificate in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation NQF Level 4
  • National Certificate in Road Works Construction NQF Level 4

    Vertical articulation:
  • National Diploma in Structural Steel Detailing: NQF Level 5 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by relevant ETQA or any ETQA which has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the relevant ETQA in accordance with ETQA Regulations (RSA,1998b).
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant 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 Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, 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 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 
    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 three years working experience in the relevant field. 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 66071, which is "Further Education and Training Certificate: Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) Office Practice", Level 4, 131 credits.

    This qualification replaces qualification 23773, "National Certificate: Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice", Level 4, 146 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  9532  Demonstrate basic knowledge of computers  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  14476  Apply drawing office administration procedures  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14478  Demonstrate an understanding of drawing office orientation  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14486  Demonstrate an understanding of measuring instruments and produce free-hand drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14473  Develop and produce computer aided drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14467  Establish client requirements and gather and apply required design information  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14474  Plan and schedule workflow  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14471  Plan drawing layout  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8971  Analyse and respond to a variety of literary texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8969  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8970  Write texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9015  Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8974  Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8977  Evaluate literary texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8975  Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9016  Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8976  Write for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  11637  Set up a survey instrument to take observations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  120199  Set up and prepare 3D model space and produce a 3D model  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  114194  Demonstrate understanding of regulations codes and drawing office practices for structural steel detailing  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  14489  Identify, interpret and produce electrical working drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  120201  Identify, interpret and produce working air conditioning and ventilation duct and plant drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  14490  Identify, interpret and produce working building drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  14495  Identify, interpret and produce working mechanical drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  14492  Identify, interpret and produce working piping drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  120198  Identify, interpret and produce working reinforced concrete detail drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  14497  Identify, interpret and produce working structural steel drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  120200  Produce a bill of material, working drawings and cost a design  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  120213  Read, interpret and produce working civil construction drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  14426  Read, interpret and use construction drawings and specifications  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  15137  Apply contract documentation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  114221  Demonstrate an understanding of basic contract planning functions workshop and site procedures for structural steel projects  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  14485  Demonstrate an understanding of engineering materials, heat treatment and machinery  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  14469  Demonstrate an understanding of production, manufacturing and construction processes as it affects the drawing  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  14488  Demonstrate an understanding of various mechanical components  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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