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

National Certificate: Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
20720  National Certificate: Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Air-conditioning Refrigeration and Ventilation   
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  Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  173  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 0836/01  2001-06-13  2004-06-13 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2005-06-13   2008-06-30  

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
48963  National Certificate: Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  186  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
People who achieve this qualification will be recognized for their ability to work without direct supervision using industry related tools and equipment, assemble and dismantle air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation equipment, carry out maintenance and repairs to equipment and understand the operation of air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation plants. Qualifying candidates are encouraged to continue their learning path to the NQF level 4 qualification in air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation.


Rationale:

This is the second qualification in a series for learners following a career in air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation. This is a growth industry and there is a demand for workers with technical skills for manufacturing, installation, maintenance and repair of equipment.

For those who have been active in the industry for a period of time, this qualification represents part of the RPL process to acknowledge skills acquired without the benefit of formal education or training.

The qualification also forms the basis for further development and has been designed to articulate directly to learning programmes and qualifications in air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation at NQF level 4, Pr.Tech, B. Tech and higher levels. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This qualification assumes that the candidate has already achieved a National Certificate in air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation at NQF level 2
In particular, the following learning is assumed to be in place prior to embarking on learning towards this qualification.
  • Basic literacy and numeracy
  • Basic concepts of science and technology
  • Basic concepts of business and the economy
  • Basic concepts in workplace relationships, procedures, roles and responsibilities

    Recognition of prior learning:

    Whether a candidate attends formal courses or acquires the required skills through informal means, the same standards apply as per the matrix of unit standards. The qualification and the standards have been written in such a way that the learning has to be assessed in an integrated way. Assessors will assess evidence to establish what the learners know and can do. Such evidence may be gathered through course related activities and/or through work related activities. In cases where candidates do not attend formal courses, assessors should seek work related evidence as far as possible.

    Where courses are provided for learners, institutions can use the unit standards and this qualification to assess learning achievements.

    For candidates who are not able to achieve the outcomes, providers can then use the standards and qualification to determine a specific learning programme to suit the candidate's learning needs. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Fundamental: 52 credits
    Core: 96 credits
    Elective: The learner must choose a minimum of 25 credits from the Elective unit standards.

    Total: 173 credits 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Exit Level Outcomes:
  • Work with industry related tools, equipment and instruments
  • Assemble air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation equipment and piping/ducting systems
  • Carry out maintenance and repair procedures.
  • Work safely and responsibly and ensure the safety and well being of fellow workers.

    The qualification also addresses the following Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
  • Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking
  • Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organization or community
  • Organize and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively
  • Collect, analyze, organize and critically evaluate information
  • Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion
  • Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Integrated Assessment:

    Assessors will require evidence of competence in terms of each unit standard indicated in the matrix of unit standards required for this qualification. The assessment criteria for each unit standard will serve as the standard against which assessors must make their assessment judgments. When assessors are satisfied that the criteria have been met for each unit standard, assessors must ensure there is sufficient evidence of the ability to integrate the full range of skills required in order to commission, fault find and maintain air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation plants and systems.

    This evidence could be collected through:
  • Observations in a simulated environment
  • Observations during work or participation in work related activities
  • Questions designed to test understanding and knowledge in terms of each unit standard's requirements, and the ability to integrate at qualification level.
  • Records and reports compiled as part of assessment portfolios.

    Moderators will check integration of all assessments at qualification level. This could include observing individual assessment. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification compares favourably with the following international qualifications:
  • New Zealand Qualifications Authority/NZEFMITO 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderation of assessments must take place whenever assessments are carried out at qualification level. Moderators must also be accredited for the particular sub-field or have knowledge and experience of air-conditioning or refrigeration. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Assessors will have to be registered as assessors by the relevant ETQA in line with SAQA's registration requirements. In terms of assessment expertise, assessors will need to provide evidence of competence in line with the unit standards for assessors.

    In terms of technical expertise, assessors will need to demonstrate evaluative ability in relation to the unit standards they assess. By evaluative ability is meant the assessor need not necessarily have the psych-motor skills needed to achieve each unit standard they assess themselves, but that knowledge and experience that enables them to make fair, valid and reliable judgments of the candidates ability relative to the unit standard at hand. 

    NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 48963, which is "National Certificate: Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation", Level 3, 186 credits.

    The assessment criteria for each unit standard are to be used by the assessor as the basis for assessment judgments, first in relation to each unit standard, and then in relation to integration at exit outcome level. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  9540  Carry out elementary airflow measurements and calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9529  Compile feasibility and commissioning reports  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9525  Demonstrate knowledge of the OHS Act as it affects experienced workers in the air conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation industries  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9397  Determine, define and evaluate operating parameters of a refrigeration system and transfer refrigerant  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9390  Dismantle and assemble air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9388  Explain the operation of the vapour compression refrigeration cycle, and identify and explain the operation of the components and the associated controls, safety devices and defrost systems  Level 3  NQF Level 03  14 
    Core  9330  Fault-find a refrigeration plant stoppage or failure  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9396  Handle and place in position equipment used within the air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation industries  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9535  Identify, handle and sample refrigeration oils for analysis, and demonstrate how oil can indicate the general condition of a refrigeration system  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9329  Identify, use and maintain tools used in the air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation trades  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  13374  Interpret air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation plant layout and component drawings, sketches and specifications  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9391  Interpret basic (simplex) electrical diagrams and connect single-phase equipment and components used in air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation systems  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9389  Join and install refrigerant piping  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9539  List the commonly applied air-conditioning systems, state their application and explain their operation  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9526  Manage basic business finance  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9530  Manage work time effectively  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9528  Communicate with clients  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  9532  Demonstrate basic knowledge of computers  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  9527  Lead a team, plan, allocate and assess their work  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9531  Show understanding of diversity in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9533  Use communication skills to handle and resolve conflict in the workplace  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  9544  Check and maintain air-conditioners in vehicles  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9534  Determine the properties of air from a psychometric chart and carry out basic calculation involving heat and mass transfer  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9545  Diagnose and repair air-conditioners in vehicles  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9538  Identify and apply insulation methods and materials for piping and flat surfaces as applicable to air-conditioning and refrigeration systems  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9536  Identify water piping systems, its components, accessories and controls used refrigeration and air conditioning installations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9393  Install and service power transmission systems for air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13394  Install eutectic and multi-compartment transport refrigeration systems  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  9546  Install externally powered transport refrigeration systems  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9542  Maintain safety in the handling of ammonia refrigerant  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9541  Maintain safety in the handling of hydrocarbon refrigerants  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  13378  Operate water treatment systems used in air-conditioning and refrigeration installations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9394  Remove, install and service bearings used on air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9543  Supply and fit air conditioners to vehicles  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9392  Use and maintain refrigeration trade service tools and instruments  Level 3  NQF Level 03 


    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. Shukela Training Centre 
    2. Tshwane South Public FET College - Centurion Campus 
    3. Umfolozi FET College 
    4. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (BLUFF) (TP) 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.