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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Grain Milling 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
48648  National Certificate: Grain Milling 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
AgriSETA - Agriculture SETA  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation  Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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 
This qualification provides learners with the opportunity to obtain competence in broad milling specialising in either maize or wheat milling processes and practices, such as conditioning of grain, blending of grain, processing of impurities in grain, reduction of grain and endosperm and sieve and grading of grain mill stocks. The qualification will provide learners with the opportunity to grow in these milling fields.

This qualification is an entry level qualification and has building blocks that can be developed further and will lead to a more defined milling learning path at NQF level 4.

The qualification focuses on the skills, knowledge, values and attitude to ensure competence at this level of learning. The intention is to release the potential of people, in order for them to grow and develop. This qualification will furthermore add value to the individuals, their workplace and the economy as a whole.

Rationale

This qualification is aimed at people who are working in the milling industry or who would like to start a career in the industry. It is aimed at formalising the skills required in the milling industry to facilitate career-pathing and to provide access to new entrants. The qualification provides learners with access to advanced learning in specialised areas within the milling industry. It also provides learners with the necessary background knowledge and skills to enhance the NQF's principle of portability with other industries.

Through the above the qualification will address one of the key priorities of the Department of Labour in the reduction of unemployment and under employment. It will assist in creating job opportunities and to create a better nation at large. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
The learner will have appropriate levels of written Communication, English proficiency, Numeracy and occupational competence equivalent to grade 9 (NQF1) standards.

Recognition of prior learning

This qualification may be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. Where RPL is required the learner will need to prove competence in that specific area in order to obtain recognition of that skill and knowledge.

Evidence can be presented in a variety of forms, including international or previous local qualifications, reports, testimonials mentioning functions performed, work records, portfolios, videos of practise and performance records. The assessment methods and tools to be used to assess Prior Learning shall be decided upon jointly by the assessor and the learner. 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

QUALIFICATION RULES 
  • All Fundamental unit standards are compulsory (56 credits)
  • All Core unit standards are compulsory (49 credits)
  • A minimum of 15 credits must be chosen from the Elective component
  • A minimum of 120 credits is required to obtain this qualification. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Clean, blend, mill, condition wheat and maize, and process impurities.
    2. Process wheat and maize based product (Wheat and Maize Mill Operator). 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Implications of impurities in the raw material and its influence on the final product are identified and explained.
  • Consequences of not blending correctly are explained.
  • Equipment to clean, blend and condition wheat for milling processes are used according to work site procedures.
  • Milling quality of conditioned wheat is assessed according to quality requirements.
  • Principles of safety requirements and hygiene factors are explained.
  • Implications of impurities in the raw material and its influence on the final product are identified and explained.
  • Consequences of not blending correctly are explained.
  • Equipment to clean, blend and condition maize for milling processes are used according to work site procedures.
  • Milling quality of conditioned maize is assessed according to quality requirements.
  • Principles of safety requirements and hygiene factors are explained.

    2.
  • Gradual reduction of wheat and endosperm processes are explained and applied.
  • Standard operating procedures for sieving mill stocks are explained and adhered to.
  • Standard operating procedures for purifying mill stocks are explained and adhered to.
  • Quality of finished products is assessed according to quality requirements.
  • Hygienic procedures are adhered to and applied according to instructions.
  • Standard operating procedures for degerminating maize are explained and adhered to.
  • Gradual reduction of maize and endosperm processes are explained and applied.
  • Standard operating procedure to sieve and grade mill stocks are explained and adhered to.
  • Consequences of not adhering to standard operating procedures for classifying maize stocks are explained.
  • Quality of final product is assessed according to quality requirements.
  • Hygienic procedures are adhered to and applied according to instructions.

    Integrated Assessment Criteria

    Unit standards associated with this qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field outcomes. Assessment should focus in an integrated way on determining the competence of the learner in terms of the overall purpose and title of this qualification.

    The term integrated assessment also implies that the theoretical and practical components should be assessed together and assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies.

    Assessment activities should be done in real workplace situations and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show that the learner is able to display the competencies to the real work situation.
    All assessments should be conducted in line with the following documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work of learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.

    Learners wishing to be assessed will need to provide evidence of the following:
  • Verbal and written explanations of reasons for adhering to operational and work site procedures as well as statutory requirements, adhering to specific sequence of operations, identifying deviations, taking corrective actions and recording relevant data, and reporting deviations outside the jobholder's responsibility.
  • Documentation and explanation of administrative records completed during the process of milling wheat and maize.
  • Demonstration of a range of skills required to prepare, operate and carry out running maintenance of milling equipment.
  • Demonstrate a range of skills in applying general safety and hygiene practises at the work site.
  • A portfolio of evidence is required to prove the practical, applied and foundational competencies of the learner, which may include production and quality data.

    Assessors and moderators should develop and conduct their own integrated assessment by making 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. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Comparisons were done against qualifications in the United Kingdom and America.

    These were:
  • Advanced Certificate in Flour Milling (Namibia).
  • Diploma in Flour Milling (AOM).

    A comparison of the above qualifications was undertaken and the best practice points were incorporated and used in the generation of this qualification's unit standards.

    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 qualifications seem to contain more detail and therefore are slightly more complex in their presentation and execution. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification lends itself to both vertical and horizontal articulation possibilities. These possibilities ensure both mobility and progression for the learner in other fields of learning such as the grain handling, feed milling and baking industries.

    Vertical articulation possibilities:
  • National Certificate in Grain Milling NQF 4 (Draft).
  • National Certificate in Grain handling processes NQF 4 (ID 21722).
  • National Certificate in Agricultural machinery technician NQF 2 (ID 14891).
  • National Certificate in Grain handling NQF 3 (ID 14872). 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against these unit standards must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of these unit standards or will assess these unit standards must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.
  • Therefore anyone wishing to be assessed against these unit standards may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution, which is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

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

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  8182  Care for handtools, utensils and protective equipment  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  8186  Conduct routine maintenance of technical- and site equipment  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  8190  Demonstrate an understanding of the grain handling industry  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  114360  Blend grain  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114386  Classify / purify grain endosperm  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114347  Condition grain  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114387  Convey grain milling stocks  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114369  Process impurities in grain  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114384  Reduce grain and endosperm  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114385  Sieve and grade grain mill stocks  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8963  Access and use information from texts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9009  Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life related problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7480  Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8962  Maintain and adapt oral communication  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  12444  Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in 2-dimensions in different life or workplace contexts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8965  Respond to literary texts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8966  Respond to selected literary texts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8967  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7469  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9007  Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8964  Write for a defined context  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    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 
    Elective  120403  Apply good manufacturing practices as part of a food safety system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  116520  Apply safety, health and environmental principles and procedures in a workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  244080  Apply standard operating procedures in a process environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  8166  Clean grain  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  114382  Degerm maize  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  123370  Demonstrate knowledge of hygiene awareness in a food production facility  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  114337  Prepare wheat for milling  Level 2  NQF Level 02 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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