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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Sanitation Project Co-ordination 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
48908  National Certificate: Sanitation Project Co-ordination 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Water Sector 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
EWSETA - Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction  Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  149  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 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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 
A person acquiring this Qualification will be able to effectively manage team performance, co-ordinate sanitation project implementation, control a quality assurance system and manage project related documentation. This Qualification will contribute to the full development of the learner within the sanitation environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the sector. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this Qualification are essential for social and economic transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth of sanitation personnel.

This Qualification will enable the learner to define core competencies required for sanitation project managers to co-ordinate an integrated approach to sanitation improvement, which addresses hygiene awareness, behaviour and infrastructure. The qualified learner will be able to competently complete a range of project tasks relating to the improvement of sanitation and hygiene in a professional manner that ensures consistency of performance and sustainability of interventions.

The qualifying learner will be able to:
  • Explain sanitation and the sanitation environment in the context of a development-oriented approach to planning and implementing sanitation improvement;
  • Co-ordinate sanitation-related health and hygiene promotion activities at sanitation project level;
  • Develop a sanitation project implementation plan according to accepted practices
  • Develop a reporting framework for sanitation projects according to current best practice;
  • Implement and co-ordinate a sanitation project;
  • Develop a quality management system for a sanitation improvement projects;
  • Develop contracts for sanitation projects;
  • Implement and monitor project activities in accordance with the project implementation plan; and
  • Prepare supporting documents for monitoring and evaluation of the project.

    This Qualification has been developed to assist with standardisation in the implementation and co-ordination of sanitation projects. This will allow learners to lay a foundation for future career advancement and access to other community based Qualifications within the water sector. This Qualification has been developed to enhance the sustainability of sanitation projects, which will contribute towards improved health and reduce sanitation and water related diseases within communities. This competence will contribute to assisting the individual with the capacity to advance and gain skills, which are portable, and in so doing gain self-respect.

    The intention is:
  • To promote the development of knowledge, skills and values that are required for service excellence within the field of administration;
  • To release the potential of people; and
  • To provide opportunities for people to progress.


    Rationale of the Qualification

    This Qualification reflects the needs of the water and sanitation sector for a Project Manager with a sound knowledge base and experience, implementing primarily on-site, dry sanitation projects. A generic project management Qualification in the past did not satisfy the needs of the sector. A Sanitation Project Co-ordination Qualification contextualised within the sanitation sector is a need expressed by employers and employees, both now and for the future. This Qualification provides the learner with a career path and progression within the water and health sectors. It is applicable to employed and unemployed learners. This Qualification will enable learners to reach their full potential of advancement without formal education becoming an impassable barrier and in addition will allow for the recognition of prior learning.

    There is an on-going need for highly skilled, Sanitation Project Co-ordinators/ Managers and a need for a well developed learning pathway to cater for these personnel at the various levels at which they operate. The Qualification provides learners with access to tertiary Qualifications such as diplomas and degrees. This will enable learners to pursue different careers within the water and health sectors, enhance productivity and employability and contribute towards the ecological sustainability and improvement of the water environment. This Qualification reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding required to participate effectively in the water and health sectors, whether in micro, small, medium or large operations.

    The National Certificate in Sanitation Project Co-ordination at NQF level 5 is the third Qualification in a learning pathway that starts with the National Certificate In Community Water, Health And Sanitation Promotion NQF level 2, progresses to the National Certificate in Sanitation Project Facilitation NQF Level 4 and currently ends in the National Certificate in Sanitation Project Co-ordination at NQF level 5.

    The National Certificate in Sanitation Project Co-ordination at NQF Level 5 supports the objectives of the NQF in that it gives the learner access to a registered Qualification. It will ensure that the quality of education and training in the sub-field is enhanced and of a world-class standard. The Qualification will allow learners to develop their knowledge and skills in the field of sanitation project o-ordination and management. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    A knowledge, comprehension and application of language and mathematics at NQF level 4.

    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. Any learner wishing to be directly assessed may arrange to do so, without attending further training or education. The assessor and learner will decide together on the most appropriate assessment route to be taken. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The certificate is made up of a planned combination of learning outcomes that have a defined purpose and will provide qualifying learners with applied competence and a basis for further training. The Qualification is made up of Unit Standards that are classified as Fundamental, Core and Elective for the purpose of this Qualification. A minimum of 149 credits are required to complete the Qualification.

    In this Qualification the credits are allocated as follows:
  • Fundamental - 42 credits: 28%
  • Core - 82 credits: 55%
  • Electives - 25 credits: 17%
  • TOTAL - 149 credits: 100%

    Note that 55% of the credits, therefore, relate directly to sanitation project co-ordination and management. The elective component allows the learner to select Unit Standards that are:
  • Directly related to the work done by the learner in an organisation; and
  • Related to specialist areas of sanitation project related work that the learner might be interested in.

    This is to ensure that while there is a strong sanitation project focus, there is scope for learners to select additional Unit Standards that are relevant to their own situations.


    Motivation for number of credits assigned to fundamental, core and elective

    1. Allocation of Fundamental credits

    Unit Standards to the value of 20 credits in Communication, 8 credits in Mathematical Literacy, 10 credits in computer literacy and 4 credits in life skills (managing conflict) have been selected for the Fundamental Component. These Unit Standards will add value to learners both socially and economically in terms of their ability to operate and communicate as literate and numerate workers in a global economy. All these Unit Standards are compulsory.

    2. Allocation of Core credits

    Eighty two credits have been allocated to Unit Standards in the Core Component of this Qualification. This is to ensure that the Qualification has a strong sanitation project co-ordination focus. The Unit Standards classified as Core describe sanitation knowledge and skills that are generic to sanitation project co-ordination. They provide an opportunity to develop knowledge of sanitation project co-ordination and management through case studies, formal learning and workplace practice and/or simulated situations. The Unit Standards encourage application of knowledge and skills in real situations. The Core Unit Standards provide the basic knowledge and skills that all practitioners need to know about sanitation project co-ordination and management. All Unit Standards are compulsory.

    3. Allocation of Elective credits

    There are Unit Standards totalling 65 credits in this component. Learners are required to select electives that add up to at least 25 credits from the Elective Component of the Qualification. The elective Unit Standards will enhance the learner's work performance. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Exit level Outcomes

    In particular assessors should check that the learner can demonstrate an ability to apply learned competencies, skills and knowledge in an integrated way, as well as an ability to consider a range of options and make decisions.

    On achieving this Qualification the qualifying learner will be able to:
    1. Interpret and explain sanitation and relevant policy.
    2. Co-ordinate the promotion of health and hygiene improvement in sanitation projects.
    3. Plan a sanitation project.
    4. Implement and manage a sanitation project.
    5. Evaluate and improve the project team's performance


    Critical Cross Level Outcomes

    Learners exiting this Qualification before completion, retain the credits for Unit Standards successfully completed and may carry them over to other Qualifications to which they are applicable. Learners may also retain the credits until a later stage should studies be recommenced, provided the Unit Standards are still relevant to the Qualification.

    The spread of Critical Cross-field Outcomes across the Unit Standards that are classified as Core for sanitation project facilitation for the purpose of this Qualification:

    Demonstrate integrated knowledge of sanitation & the sanitation environment.
  • Solve problems
  • Organisation
  • Information
  • Communicate
  • Technology
  • Related systems

    Undertake and co-ordinate sanitation-related health and hygiene promotion activities at sanitation project level.
  • Solve problems
  • Team work
  • Organisation
  • Information
  • Communicate
  • Technology
  • Related systems

    Plan a sanitation project.
  • Solve problems
  • Team work
  • Organisation
  • Information
  • Communicate
  • Technology
  • Related systems

    Implement And Co-ordinate A Sanitation Project.
  • Solve problems
  • Team work
  • Organisation
  • Information
  • Communicate
  • Technology
  • Related systems

    Plan an integrated school sanitation project.
  • Organisation
  • Information
  • Communicate
  • Technology
  • Related systems

    Monitor dry on-site construction in order to recognise & report problems.
  • Solve problems
  • Team work
  • Organisation
  • Information
  • Communicate
  • Technology
  • Related systems 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Knowledge and comprehension of sanitation improvement in the context of sustainable development is demonstrated.
  • Sanitation and why sanitation matters to people is explained.
  • Knowledge and comprehension of relevant sanitation policy and legislative framework is demonstrated.
  • The factors that influence the sustainability of sanitation interventions including the principles of technological, social, environmental and financial sustainability are discussed.
  • A development-oriented approach to planning and implementing sanitation improvement is described.
  • Demand-responsive and supply-driven approaches to sanitation improvement are compared and explained.

    2.
  • Required health and hygiene processes are identified.
  • Appropriate tools to conduct water and sanitation-related health and hygiene promotion and education activities are used.
  • Support is provided to team members promoting health and hygiene education activities.
  • A health and hygiene monitoring and data collection system is set up.
  • Indicators are monitored and progress/ problems are reported.

    3.
  • Sanitation improvement interventions required in a given settlement are identified.
  • The most viable and sustainable sanitation technical options are identified.
  • Effective group participation is facilitated using participatory methodologies.
  • A sanitation project implementation plan that indicates the outputs, costings and sequencing of processes is developed.
  • A reporting framework is developed for the sanitation project.

    4.
  • A quality management system is developed for a sanitation improvement project.
  • Contracts for sanitation projects are developed.
  • Necessary supporting documents for monitoring and evaluation of the project are developed.
  • A reporting system is developed for sanitation projects.
  • All aspects of sanitation projects are implemented, co-ordinated and monitored.
  • Project progress is reported to relevant role players.

    5.
  • Best practices relevant to operational human resource responsibilities are identified.
  • Strengths and areas for improvement in team members are identified and appropriate interventions and support are provided.
  • Team performance is monitored and reported to relevant role players.
  • Strengths and areas for improvement in own learning are identified through self-reflection.


    Integrated Assessment

    Integrated assessment at the level of Qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show that they are able to integrate concepts, ideas and actions across Unit Standards to achieve competence that is grounded and coherent in relation to the purpose of the Qualification. Integrated assessment should show how already demonstrated competence in individual areas can be linked and applied for the achievement of a holistic outcome.
    Integrated assessment must judge the quality of the observable performance, and also the quality of the thinking that lies behind it. Assessment tools must encourage learners to give an account of the thinking and decision-making that underpin their demonstrated performance. Some assessment practices will demand practical evidence while others may be more theoretical, depending on the type of outcomes to be assessed, and the nature and level of the Qualification. The ratio between action and interpretation is not fixed, but varies according to the demands of the Qualification.

    While the generic component (literacy, communication and life skills) of this Qualification at NQF Level 3 and 4 can be assessed through occupational contexts and activities relating to community sanitation projects, care must be taken in both the learning programme and the assessment to ensure that these foundational skills are truly portable. The primary aim of this Qualification is to ensure that learners have a sound base of general education to prepare them for further learning, whatever career path they may choose. Learners must be able to transfer generic skills such as language, computation and learning skills etc across a number of different contexts, and apply them within a number of learning areas.

    A broad range of task-orientated and theoretical assessment tools may be used, with the distinction between practical knowledge and disciplinary knowledge maintained so that each takes its rightful place. 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 reflexive competencies. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The core and elective components have been developed taking into account South Africa's unique context. The working group has used GHK Search and Training Limited (London UK) to do an international search for a project co-ordination and management Qualification. No existing Qualifications have been found on NQF level 4 or 5. The search revealed that only sanitation courses exist in the international arena. The fundamental components, reflecting foundational learning and generic skills and knowledge have been derived from registered, local adult education Unit Standards. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This Qualification allows for vertical articulation to a tertiary Qualification such as a diploma in sanitation or a degree. This Qualification will also provide articulation with a range of Qualifications in both technical and management areas in water and other related sectors. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against these 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 this Qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA or by any other ETQA that has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • To be competent at the same level or be at a level above this level 4 Qualification /Unit Standards;
  • A minimum of two years sanitation practical, relevant occupational experience.
  • Declared competent in all the outcomes of the generic assessor standard, and certificated by the relevant ETQA or by any appropriate ETQA that has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).
  • Detailed documentary proof of educational qualification, practical training undergone, and experience gained by the applicant must be provided (Portfolio of evidence).
  • Meet any other additional requirements laid down by their constituent ETQA.

    The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning. The status of registered assessors can be checked on the appropriate ETQA database or website. 

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

    NOTES 
    A note on the compilation of standards in this Qualification
  • In line with the SAQA principle of avoiding duplication, existing registered standards were used where possible. 

  • UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  115905  Monitor dry on-site construction in order to recognise and report problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  115899  Demonstrate integrated knowledge of sanitation and the sanitation environment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  14214  Evaluate and improve the project team`s performance  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  115895  Implement and co-ordinate a sanitation project  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  16 
    Core  115953  Plan a sanitation project  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  115951  Plan an integrated school sanitation project  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  10146  Supervise a project team of a developmental project to deliver project objectives  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  14 
    Core  10149  Support the project environment and activities to deliver project objectives  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  14 
    Core  115939  Undertake and co-ordinate sanitation-related health and hygiene promotion activities at sanitation project level  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  7567  Produce and use spreadsheets for business  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7570  Produce word processing documents for business  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    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  15148  Manage financial aspects of a construction project  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  14609  Participate in management of conflict  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  10055  Present data to stakeholders  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  7575  Produce presentation documents for business  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  7818  Conduct on-the-job coaching  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  116484  Evaluate a specified code of ethics and/or code of conduct  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  9932  Guide and support learners  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Elective  10148  Supervise a project team of a business 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  7859  Lead and manage teams of people  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Elective  7881  Manage workplace diversity  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 


    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.
     
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