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

National Certificate: Generic Project Management 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
21160  National Certificate: Generic Project Management 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Project Management   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
-   OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies  Project Management 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  146  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 0641/02  2002-04-10  2005-04-10 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2006-04-10   2009-04-30  

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
50080  Further Education and Training Certificate: Project Management  Level 4  NQF Level 04  136  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
The primary purpose of the qualification is to provide learners with:
  • A foundation of basic project management skills which can be used to build further project management related competencies
  • Competence to be an effective project team member
  • Competence to execute small, simple projects
  • Competence to provide assistance to a project manager of large projects

    Project level will include working as a leader in the context of a small project / sub-project involving few resources and having a limited impact on stakeholders and the environment or working as a contributing team member on a medium to large project when not a leader.

    Rationale for the qualification:

    This qualification reflects the needs of the project management sector, both now and in the future, for a general (not sector specific) skills pool.

    This qualification is intended for a Project level that will include working as a leader in the context of a small project / sub-project involving few resources and having a limited impact on stakeholders and the environment or working as a contributing team member on a medium to large project when not a leader. Once having gained this competence they may continue into further project management competence and complexity or into management within an organisation or of their own organisation.

    This qualification is intended for those with prior work experience or the NQF3 qualification in project management or an equivalent. The Learners accessing this standard will be working in or with project management teams or using a project approach. These projects may be technical projects, business projects or developmental projects and will cut across a range of economic sectors. This standard will also add value to learners who are running their own business and recognise that project management forms an integral component of any business.

    The prospective candidate for this qualification may be a person who is entering the work place or has been working in the workplace and has limited formal project management training / competence. Such a person may be working part time or full time with projects. They may be a team member or in a specialised support role such as Project Secretary, Project Administrator, procurement or cost support, planner - estimator support. For the specialist roles there will be a growth in competence gained with experience.

    The learners may be from any sector, working in formal business, government, in the community or in rural areas. They may be working as supervisors of small projects or teams on a project, or they may be team members, providing administrative support or specialised procedure support such as procurement.

    The qualification gives accessibility and flexibility to the learner and to the employed. The level of flexibility reflects the multiple job roles, organisational requirements and changing technological nature of the industry and at the same time it allows the individual to work towards a nationally recognised qualification. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence against standards in project management practices or equivalent of NQF Level 3.

    Recognition of prior learning:

    Historically project management has been an `accidental` profession. A large number of practitioners have experience but no formal underpinning knowledge. It is therefore essential to recognise prior learning and the application in the work place. The nature of project management means that competence is developed experientially, therefore the assessment processes will recognise experience versus theoretical knowledge. Portfolios of evidence will be important contributions to the assessment process. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Total credits for qualification without second language: 146
    Total credits for qualification with second language: 166 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    On achieving this qualification a learner will be able to:
  • Contribute and provide assistance to a project`s scope, life cycle activities and the effective execution of the project plan by applying the correct range of project management tools and ensuring project work is carried out according to plan.
  • Support the implementation of the project plan in response to outcomes evaluated and assessed and provide related inputs to keep the project on track.
  • Perform administrative duties related to the project and documentation requirements and administer project meetings and workshops.
  • Contribute to project financial management issues related to cost budgets for an element of work.
  • Work with and support team project members working on the designated project.
  • Perform procurement duties related to the project undertaken.
  • Supervise a project team and implement a range of procedures and systems related to one of the following types of projects; developmental, technical or business.

    Unit standards will be utilised to provide depth of specification of the outcomes, ranges and the assessment criteria and processes. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Integrated Assessment:

    Development of the competencies may be through a combination of informal and formal learning, self-learning, training programmes and work-based application. Providers should conduct diagnostic and formative assessment. Formative, continuous and diagnostic assessments should also take place in the work place. The learner should be able to assess him or herself and determine readiness for a summative assessment against this qualification. 

    INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Project Management is a discipline with globally recognised best practices and qualifications. This qualification and set of unit standards utilises international and local recognised best practice and standards in project management. The UK level NVQ 3 in Project Management has been referred to in development of the qualification.

    This qualification will provide an entry point to further learning for NQF 5 and above qualifications and international qualifications, which are at that higher level.

    International institutions that have been referenced include:
  • Project Management Institute (Global)
  • Association for Project Management (UK)
  • International Project Management Association (Europe)
  • Australian Institute for Project Management (Australia) 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The summative assessment will be directed through an ETQA. Professional Institutes, locally and internationally can also act as independent referees. Local institutes include PMISA and CEASA. Both have been active in the development of standards and qualifications and have strong working relations with the leading international project management institutes. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 50080, which is "Further Education and Training Certificate: Project Management", Level 4, 136 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  10150  Provide assistance in implementing and assuring project work is conducted in accordance with the project quality plan  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  10140  Apply a range of project management tools  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  10137  Conduct project documentation management to support project processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  13835  Contribute to project initiation, scope definition and scope change control  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  10141  Contribute to the management of project risk within own field of expertise  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  10142  Fulfill procurement activities and supervise procurement administration  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  10131  Identify, organise and co-ordinate project life cycle phases for control purposes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  10144  Identify, suggest and implement corrective actions to improve quality  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  10139  Implement project administration processes according to requirements  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  10143  Monitor, evaluate and communicate project schedules  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    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 
    Core  10136  Plan, organise and support project meetings and workshops  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  10133  Schedule project activities to facilitate effective project execution  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  10135  Work as a project team member  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14214  Evaluate and improve the project team`s performance  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8969  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8973  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  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  12417  Measure, estimate & calculate physical quantities & explore, critique & prove geometrical relationships in 2 and 3 dimensional space in the life and workplace of adult with increasing responsibilities  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8975  Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8979  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  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  10148  Supervise a project team of a business project to deliver project objectives  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  14 
    Elective  10146  Supervise a project team of a developmental project to deliver project objectives  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  14 
    Elective  10147  Supervise a project team of a technical project to deliver project objectives  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  14 
    Elective  10149  Support the project environment and activities to deliver project objectives  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  14 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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