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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
22901  National Certificate: Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Environmental Educators 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
ETDP SETA - Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 05 - Education, Training and Development  Adult Learning 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  121  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 10105/14  2015-07-01  2018-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

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 does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
The National Certificate in Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice (EETDP) (NQF Level 5) will prepare candidates to function as entry-level environmental education practitioners. It will apply in particular to part-time practitioners working in environmental education centres and to people who may be employed primarily in fields other than education, but who may develop an environmental education role in their workplace, e.g. field rangers, outreach officers, interpretive officers, etc.

People qualified with the National Certificate in EETDP (NQF Level 5) will be able to select and adapt existing environmental learning programmes, and justify their choices in terms of principles of environmental education and in response to issues of environmental justice and sustainability. When qualified, they will be able to plan, organise, implement and review a limited selection of environmental learning events using an active learning approach. They will also be able to select, adapt and use learning support materials to enrich the learning experience.

Given regular supervision in a structured environment, people qualified at this level will be able to make a meaningful contribution to environmental change through education. They will be able to work with others to undertake environmental action projects or facilitate environmental learning programmes. They will be able to work in a variety of contexts and workplaces, including environmental education centres, cultural and natural heritage sites (e.g. nature reserves, protected areas, museums, botanical and zoological gardens), and community and industrial settings. They may also be able to function as teachers' aides in formal education settings in, for example, assisting in field trips.


Rationale for the qualification:

Many environmental educators (including volunteers and part-time guides) are already in possession of an FETC or more advanced qualification, but lack a specific environmental education qualification. The NQF provides for a National Certificate of 120 credits at Level 5. This unit standards-based National Certificate in Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice (EETDP) (NQF Level 5) is a flexible and accessible means whereby existing or aspirant environmental education practitioners can obtain a basic qualification in the field.
The arguments put forward in the rationale for separate level 5 qualifications in the ABET sub-field are also relevant here, and include:
  • The demand in the Environmental Education, Training and Development sector for a one-year qualification of 120 credits at Level 5
  • Cost and logistical obstacles that prevent many people enrolling for a two-year course of study
  • The need to accredit completed study, should a learner, because of unforeseen circumstances, have to withdraw from the Diploma course after one year.

    Although the Level 5 Certificate may be offered as a full-time course, it is more likely that candidates will complete this qualification through part-time, in-service study. The level 5 unit standards will enable organisations training and employing environmental educators to structure training programmes in accordance with nationally recognised standards, and to provide this training at a level in line with their goals and resources. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The learning assumed to be in place is an FETC or RPL equivalent.

    Other learning assumed to be in place is detailed in specific unit standards. Different combinations of unit standards require different learning to be in place. For example, in the case of in-service training, the particular combination of unit standards will relate to the needs of the particular workplace, e.g. nature reserve, community-based development project, industrial plant.

    Recognition of prior learning:

    The assessment criteria in the unit standards are, for the most part, performance-based, rather than descriptions of required knowledge. This quaification could therefore be awarded as a result of RPL in the workplace.

    Access to the qualification is fairly open. Candidates will be required to demonstrate a Further Education and Training Certificate (FETC) or RPL equivalent. Unit standards, qualificatons and/or experience in fields such as environment, conservation or development would be an advantage 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Elective Unit Standards:

    A minimum of 16 credits can be selected from any field of learning relevant to the context or responsibilities of the assistant environmental education officer. These may include:
  • Conservation Management
  • Natural and cultural resource management
  • Environmental Studies
  • Information and communications technology

    OR

    A minimum of 16 credits from Education, Training and Development unit standards:
  • Organise a programme of learning (8 credits)
  • Facilitate a programme of learning (24 credits)
  • Plan and conduct assessment of learning outcomes (15 credits)
  • Evaluate a course (8 credits) 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    People who qualify with the National Certificate in Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice (NQF Level 5) will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of environmental education goals, principles and methods and their appropriateness in different contexts
  • Select, plan and adapt a contextually-relevant environmental learning programme
  • Implement and evaluate an environmental learning programme
  • Select, adapt and use existing environmental learning support materials and develop own supplementary learning aids
  • Network broadly in order to source information and support around a key environmental issue or risk and recommend possible solutions
  • Research and analyse a local environmental issue in terms of principles of environmental justice and sustainability
  • Apply appropriate social protocols in the workplace and community
  • Apply fundamental knowledge of environmental ethics to a field of work or study
  • Demonstrate a general understanding of people-environment relationships and current environmental challenges
  • Review a variety of approaches to learning, teaching and evaluation.

    The unit standards making up this qualification reflect aspects of all the roles of the professional educator, as defined in the Norms and Standards for Educators:
  • Learning mediator
  • Interpreter and designer of learning programmes and materials
  • Leader, administrator and manager
  • Scholar, researcher and lifelong learner
  • Community, citizenship and pastoral role
  • Assessor
  • Learning area / subject / discipline / phase specialist

    Furthermore, they also promote the development of the foundational, practical and reflexive components of 'applied competence' described in the same document. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    The exit level outcomes are equivalent to the unit standards for this qualification. Assessment criteria are detailed in each of the unit standards and therefore the SGB did not produce additional assessment criteria for the exit level outcomes. 

    INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    It appears that environmental education qualifications and unit standards are not included in international qualifications frameworks. Possible reasons for this include:
  • Most of the international qualification frameworks are restricted to technical rather than academic qualifications; formal qualifications in environmental education are often educational specialisations at postgraduate level
  • Non-degree courses in environmental education are often short courses or workshops, which do not count towards formal qualifications.
  • The field of environmental education is a relatively new field internationally. It has received much attention since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit in particular, when more than 100 governments made commitments to the implementation of Agenda 21. UNESCO has described South Africa as being on the 'cutting edge' of incorporating environmental education qualifications into national policy systems.

    While environmental education qualifications per se, are not registered on other national qualifications frameworks, a number of diploma and degree programmes do exist internationally. However, no formal courses were found at levels below initial teacher education, which is equivalent to a qualification at level 6 or 7 on the NQF. A survey of environmental education courses from the Asia-Pacific region, New Zealand and the United States of America indicated that the unit standards covered in this level 5 qualification reflect, at an preliminary level, the knowledge, understanding, skills and value orientations covered in the international courses. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification. Moderation should encompass achievement of the competence described in both individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. For the purposes of recognising prior learning, providers are required to develop sound and fair means for the assessment of individual learners on a case-by-case bassis. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Anyone assessing learners against this qualification must be registered as an assessor in Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice by the relevant ETQA. Assessors must have a level 6 qualification in Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice. Universities, colleges of education and organisations with well-established environmental education programmes should apply for accreditation in order to be able to carry out assessment. Co-operation between potential groups of assessors will be required in order to standardise assessment, moderation and the awarding of this qualification. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    1. The specific outcomes and assessment criteria contained in the unit standards are guidelines for assessors working with practitioners who do not have disabilities or special needs. Special consideration and exemptions should be given to practitioners who cannot fulfil the assessment criteria due to a disability or other special needs.

    2. Essential embedded knowledge
    The essential embedded knowledge required for this qualification has been built into the unit standards and assessment criteria. It is therefore not detailed in a separate section here.
    It is worth mentioning that environmental education, in addition to being a sub-field with its own embedded knowledge, also draws on the embedded knowledge of a number of other fields and sub-fields of learning.

    3. Assessment of learners with special needs
    The specific outcomes and assessment criteria contained in the unit standards are guidelines for assessors working with practitioners who do not have abilities or special needs. Special consideration and exemptions should be given to practitioners who cannot fulfil the assessment criteria due to a disability or other special needs. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  8618  Organise oneself in the workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  13662  Fulfil administrative requirements of an environmental learning programme or action project  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  13674  Identify and support learners with special needs  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  13667  Reflect on own facilitation performance as an environmental education practitioner  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  13668  Work ethically and professionally as an environmental education practitioner  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  13648  Apply appropriate social protocols in the workplace and community  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  13649  Apply fundamental knowledge of environmental ethics to a field of work or study  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  13650  Demonstrate a general understanding of people-environment relationships and current environmental challenges  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  16 
    Core  13632  Demonstrate knowledge of environmental education goals, principles and methods and their appropriateness in different contexts  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  13635  Implement and evaluate an environmental learning programme  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  13637  Network broadly in order to source information and support around a key environmental issue or risk  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  13640  Research and analyse an environmental issue in terms of principles of environmental justice and sustainability and recommend possible solutions  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  13651  Review a variety of approaches to learning, teaching and evaluation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  13636  Select, adapt and use existing environmental learning support materials and develop own supplementary learning aids  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  13634  Select, plan and adapt a contextually-relevant environmental learning programme  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  8662  Analyse and communicate workplace data  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  8647  Apply workplace communication skills  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Fundamental  12376  Assess and control pollution  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  8385  Facilitate conservation understanding  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  8367  Understand and develop conservation ethics  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  9937  Evaluate a course  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  13661  Participate actively in a local environmental action project  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  123372  Use appropriate tools and information systems to manage own information and communication  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  115753  Conduct outcomes-based assessment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
    Elective  123397  Evaluate a learning intervention using given evaluation instruments  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  10289  Facilitate a programme of learning  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  24 
    Elective  10288  Organise a programme of learning  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  7978  Plan and conduct assessment of learning outcomes  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    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 Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries 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 Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Kainav Conservation Global (Pty) Ltd 
    2. Nkinane Trading Enterprise 
    3. SPS Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    4. THE GMC GROUP PTY LTD 
    5. Ulwazi Training & Development 
    6. Wildlife and Enviroment Society of South Africa 



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