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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|National Certificate: Funeral Services Practice|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|23775||National Certificate: Funeral Services Practice|
|SGB Funeral Services|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|SERVICES - Services Sector Education and Training Authority||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Certificate||Field 11 - Services||Personal Care|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||121||Level 4||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|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 is for any individual who is or wishes to be involved in the Funeral Services Industry, will have access to this qualification. It also serves as a more advanced qualification into Funeral Service operations. This qualification will be registered at NQF Level 4.
A learner can complete the qualification specialising in Embalming and Restoration, Marketing and Merchandising or Disaster Management. The core unit standards are common to all three areas of specialisation. Portability across these areas of specialisation is therefore ensured.
Learners working towards this qualification will find that the acquisition of competence in the unit standards, which make up the qualification, will add value to learner`s job. This qualification is intended to enhance the provision of a higher level service within the Funeral Service Industry.
Learners will be able to present information to clients in difficult circumstances and ensure that the funeral provisions meet the client`s needs. They will also improve their supervisory capacity and be able to conduct funeral ceremonies in a professional manner.
The learner will be able to apply the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure human remains are dealt with ethically, using competencies in this area.
It will provide the broad knowledge, skills and values needed in the Funeral Services Industry and will facilitate access to, and mobility and progression within, education, training and to progress along a learning path for learners who:
The qualification has building blocks that can be developed further and will lead to a more defined Funeral Services learning path at various NQF levels. It also focuses on the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes required to progress further. The intention is:
Rationale for the qualification:
The National Certificate in Funeral Services Practice: Level 4 is designed to meet the needs of those learners who are already involved in the field of Funeral Services and now wish to progress in a career in the Funeral Service Industry. The Funeral Service Industry is an essential industry and by its very nature a constant supply of customers is ensured. This means there is a need to develop career paths in this field, and it is an industry constantly in need of skilled people.
The Funeral Services Practice National Certificate at NQF Level 4 supports the objectives of the NQF in that it gives the learner access to a National Qualifications Framework register. It will therefore ensure that the quality of education and training is enhanced and be of a world class standard.
The National Certificate in Funeral Services Practice: NQF Level 4 allows the learner to work towards a nationally recognised qualification. The qualification will allow both those in formal education and those already employed in organisations in the funeral business access to a qualification that can be used as a benchmark to gauge their competence against local and international standards.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|The following is the learning assumed to be in place:
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 Funeral Services Practice Qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning will be done by means of an Integrated Assessment (see Assessment Criteria).
This Recognition of Prior Learning may allow:
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.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|Motivation for number of credits assigned to fundamental, core and elective
SAQA stipulates that a minimum of 20 compulsory credits are allocated to Communication Studies and Languages and 16 compulsory credits are allocated to Physical, Computer Mathematical and Life Sciences.
36 credits have been allocated to each of these two fundamental competences.
Seventy credits have been allocated to the Core Unit Standards. This is to ensure that the qualification has a strong Funeral Services focus.
The Core Unit Standards offer a broad contextual understanding and will enable the learners to gain an all round picture of the Funeral Service Industry.
Between 15 and 21 credits have been allocated to the selected Elective Unit Standards. There are 15 credits for the Elective area of Embalming and Restoration, 21 credits for the Elective area of Marketing and Merchandising and 15 credits for the Elective area of Disaster Management. They also allow for progression to the next level of learning.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|On achieving this qualification, the learner will be able to:
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|In particular assessors should check that the learner must demonstrate an ability to consider a range of options and make decisions about:
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 use authentic Funeral Services 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.
|Benchmarking was done by comparison to Unit Standards/Outcomes of learning against:
A direct comparison of the title, specific outcomes, assessment criteria and embedded knowledge was undertaken with each 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.
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.
|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||14139||Administrating the exhumation of human remains||Level 4||NQF Level 04||7|
|Core||14149||Co-ordinating and monitoring the transportation of human remains, the bereaved and equipment||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Core||14148||Conducting funeral ceremonies||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Core||14147||Inspecting and monitoring human remains, coffining and finished product||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Core||14150||Maintaining and controlling funeral logistics and administration||Level 4||NQF Level 04||9|
|Core||14153||Monitoring and co-ordinating the preparation of the funeral site||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||14138||Presenting information to clients to enable informed decisions to be made||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Core||14145||Preparing and presenting funeral products and services to groups||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||14146||Presenting funeral provision options to groups||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Core||14151||Providing funeral product and service training to individuals and relevant parties||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||11|
|Fundamental||9015||Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||8974||Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||8975||Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||9016||Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Fundamental||8979||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||7468||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||8976||Write for a wide range of contexts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||14142||Co-ordinating and monitoring sales in a funeral business||Level 4||NQF Level 04||7|
|Elective||14143||Interacting with special interest groups||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||14141||Setting up product displays and monitoring housekeeping||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Elective||14144||Assessing and using data, and liasing with relevant stakeholders to ensure required resources are in place for a disaster||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||15|
|Elective||14140||Embalming human remains without complications and/or trauma||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||15|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|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.