SAQA 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.
SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Dry Pet Food Advanced Processing Technology 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
48893  Further Education and Training Certificate: Dry Pet Food Advanced Processing Technology 
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
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation  Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  131  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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 qualification and the level of flexibility within the range of electives will allow the individual to pursue a specialised career of processing, packaging and quality control, including process artisan and manufacturing supervision in the industries of dry pet food, animal feeds and foods.

The fundamental learning, which learners will acquire, will allow them to be able to compile verbal and written communications and perform basic calculations. The core learning will enable the learner to obtain competence in Dry Pet Food processing operations. This qualification complies with the objectives of the NQF with regard to facilitating access to, mobility and progression within the Dry Pet Food Processing Industry.

The qualification focuses on the skills, knowledge, values and attitude required to progress in industry. The intention is to release the potential of people, in order for them to grow, develop and become more competent workers in industry and the manufacturing industry in particular.
A person acquiring this qualification will be able to supervise and manufacture technically advanced safe, quality assured and packaged dry pet foods from raw materials until the final manufactured product is ready to be distributed to the market.

This qualification will enable the qualifying learner to progress to a national diploma in Food and Beverage and Secondary Agriculture- Animal Feeds / Dry Pet Food.

Rationale for the qualification

This qualification reflects the workplace-based needs of the dry pet food industry that are expressed by employers, employees and members of the Pet Food Institute (PFI) both now and for the future. This qualification affords the learner the opportunity to advance from the dry pet food processing NQF level 3 qualification and to specialise further within the dry pet food industry.

This qualification further provides the flexibility to articulate at the same level in the animal feeds and food manufacturing industry. The level and flexibility within the range of electives will allow the individual to pursue a career within Secondary Agriculture - Animal Feeds and Food and Beverage manufacturing management and manufacturing supervision. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that learners wishing to enter a programme leading to this qualification have demonstrate competence in mathematical literacy, communication and languages at NQF level 3.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

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 practice and performance records. The assessor and the learner shall decide upon the assessment methods and tools to be used to assess Prior Learning jointly. 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

QUALIFICATION RULES 
  • All Fundamental unit standards are compulsory (56 credits). This includes 20 credits in the field of Communication in a first language at NQF Level 4, 20 credits in the field of Communication in a second language at NQF Level 3 plus 16 credits in the field of Mathematical Literacy.
  • All Core unit standards are compulsory (55 credits).
  • A minimum of 20 credits must be chosen from the Elective component.

    A minimum of 131 credits is required to obtain this qualification. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of the manufacture of dry pet food kibbles.
    2. Prepare for extrusion of a dry pet food or treat.
    3. Operate equipment and machinery related to Dry Pet Food manufacturing.
    4. Analyse and evaluate process and product data related to Dry Pet Food. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Basic principles, processes and operations of pre-batching, mixing and milling of raw materials followed by extrusion, drying, coating cooling and packing are identified and explained.
  • Different types of equipment used in the dry pet food manufacturing process are identified and described.
  • Functions of raw materials are identified.
  • The data capturing procedure relating to equipment operation and product are explained
  • Reasons and consequences of not adhering to statutory, operational requirements, safety and hygiene are identified and explained.
  • Stock level and stock control is adjusted according to worksite procedures and statutory requirements

    2.
  • Knowledge of start up routine maintenance procedures are understood and implemented
  • Sound knowledge of theoretical principles of advanced dry or semi-moist pet food extrusion is interpreted and implemented.
  • Knowledge of advanced extruded treat manufacturing techniques is interpreted for implementation.

    3.
  • Reasons and consequences of not adhering to principles, processes and operations are identified and explained.
  • Machinery and equipment related to Dry Pet Food manufacturing are operated according to manufacturers specifications and standard operating procedures.
  • Principles of safety requirements and hygiene factors are explained and applied.
  • Process conditions are monitored and maintained according to standard operating procedures.
  • Sound knowledge of different types of advanced extruders and associated equipment used in the manufacture of dry and semi-moist pet foods is interpreted and implemented.

    4.
    Samples, information and reporting results in accordance with work site procedures are collected and analysed.

    Integrated Assessment Criteria

    The practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies demonstrated for the group of unit standards in this qualification must proof that the whole competence is more than the sum of the parts of the competencies.

    An assessor will observe the manufacturing and packaging of dry pet food. Oral or written questioning regarding the reflective competencies within the qualification is essential. If the identifying and solving of problems, team work, organising one-self, the using of applied science, the implication of actions and reactions in the world as a set of related systems are not clear from the observation through a method of oral or written questioning, a case study can also be used to determine the person's development and integration of applied knowledge and skills.

    The preparation to processing, cleaning and sanitation, first line maintenance and quality assurance related to processing in the workplace can be assessed in one application.
    Applicable assessment tool(s) must be used to establish the foundational, reflective and embedded knowledge to problem solving and application of the world as a set of related systems within the processing environment.
    A detailed portfolio of evidence is required to proof the practical, applied and foundational competencies of the learner.

    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.

    Unit standards in the qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field outcomes. During integrated assessments the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and should assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Comparisons were done against unit standards and the only qualification registered at level 3 and 4 with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority:
  • National Certificate in Food and Related Products Processing (Level 4)
  • National Certificate in Dairy Manufacturing (Level 3)
  • National certificate in Dairy Manufacturing - workplace safety- (Level 3)
    A comparison of the above qualification was undertaken and the best practice points were highlighted and used to benchmark this qualification's unit standards.
    Because of the difference in levels and types of qualifications across the 2 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 
    The generic nature of this qualification and the focus on multi-skilling will provide for portability across various sectors in the processing domain.

    It prepares the learner and forms the basis for progression towards other qualifications such as National Certificate in Tobacco Processing at NQF Level 5 and Food and Beverage manufacturing qualification.

    While the qualification will diverge as they progress upwards, there is enough commonality to provide for a solid base of generic skills. The learner will have multiple choices of learning paths and career paths in various technical occupations namely, training supervisor and factory manager. 

    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 
    Assessors need experience in the following areas:
    Interpersonal skills, subject matter and assessment.
    The assessor needs to be competent in the planning and conducting of assessment of learning outcomes and in the design and development of assessments as described in the unit standards Plan and conduct assessment of learning outcomes NQF level 5, and Design and develop assessment NQF level 6. Subject matter experience must be well developed within the field of processed cheese manufacturing. The assessor must have completed a similar qualification with a minimum of 6-12 months field experience after he/she has completed the qualification or a food science and technology qualification on level 5 or higher. The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning.
    Assessors need to be registered with the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body. 

    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  8902  Monitor quality control practices in a food-manufacturing environment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9047  Receive food raw materials  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  116048  Take stock of commodities in bulk  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  116044  Control raw material and final product stock  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  116041  Demonstrate an understanding of dry pet food extrusion principles  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Core  9058  Maintain a food safety programme  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  116049  Operate and control advanced pet food kibble coating equipment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  116043  Operate and control dry pet food extrusion equipment using advanced extrusion technologies  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    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  8975  Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9016  Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  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  13949  Apply technical knowledge and skill to align business unit performance to business goals  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  8870  Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between micro-organisms and food spoilage  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  13952  Demonstrate basic understanding of the Primary labour legislation that impacts on a business unit  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  120344  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant current occupational health and safety legislation  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  242970  Implement good manufacturing practices in food processing  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  10981  Supervise work unit to achieve work unit objectives (individuals and teams)  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 


    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.
     
    NONE 



    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.