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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

National Certificate: Construction: Concrete Reinforcing 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
49012  National Certificate: Construction: Concrete Reinforcing 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Civil Engineering Construction   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was CETA until Last Date for Achievement  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  120  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
SAQA 0160/05  2008-05-13  2009-05-13 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2010-05-13   2013-05-13  

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 is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
65709  National Certificate: Construction: Steelwork  Level 3  NQF Level 03  120  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Learners found competent against this qualification will be able to erect / install concrete reinforcing in a safe, cost effective manner and in compliance with project specifications.

This Qualification is intended to assist all relevant stakeholders and role-players.

For those who have been in the workplace for a long time, this Qualification can be used in the recognition of prior learning process to assess and recognise workplace skills acquired without the benefit of formal education and training.

For the new entrant, this Qualification describes the learning outcomes required to participate effectively in a structured workplace.

For education and training providers, this Qualification provides guidance for the development of appropriate learning programmes and assessment documentation.

For employers, this Qualification enables skills gaps to be identified and addressed ensuring that productivity levels are increased and business objectives achieved.

This Qualification has been developed to assist with the advancement of the learner across the Civil Engineering and Construction Industry and is aimed at Construction Concrete Reinforcing practitioners in the Industry, ensuring the upliftment of standards in general.

The combination of learning outcomes will provide the qualifying learner with vocational knowledge and skills appropriate to the context of Construction Concrete Reinforcing in the Civil Engineering and Construction environment. It will also equip learners with a foundation for further intellectual development, opportunities for gainful employment and reward for contributions to society.

This Qualification will provide the Industry with qualified Construction Concrete Reinforcing practitioners, thereby facilitating social and economic transformation, empowerment and upliftment in the Industry and country in general.

The relationship between this Qualification and the principles of the NQF is outlined in the following:

NQF Principle - National Certificate in Construction: Concrete Re-Inforcing - NQF Level 3

Recognition of Prior learning - Allows for Recognition of Prior Learning, especially as a means of career advancement
Credibility - Learning Outcomes are a result of consensus by the Industry
Relevance - Consulting workshops indicated a demand for a unit standard based Qualification in Construction Concrete Reinforcing at NQF Level 3
Access - Removes traditional barriers to Higher Education
Articulation/Progression - Forms part of a Learning Pathway for Construction Concrete Reinforcing practitioners, spanning NQF Levels 1 - 7

Rationale for the Qualification:

This Qualification has been developed for the Construction Concrete Reinforcing occupational area within the Civil Engineering and Construction Industry.

The rationale for the introduction of a unit standards based Qualification in Construction Concrete Reinforcing is to provide a qualification for persons who perform construction concrete reinforcing activities on Civil Engineering and Construction sites, whether in micro, small, medium or large operations.

In the past many practitioners in the Civil Engineering and Construction area were denied career advancement and possible professional registration. The introduction of a unit standards based National Certificate in Construction: Concrete Reinforcing, will allow learners, both unemployed and employed, to reach their full potential of advancement and will allow for Recognition of Prior Learning.

This qualification will facilitate the development of a professional community of Construction Concrete Reinforcing practitioners.

The competencies contained in this Qualification are essential for social and economic transformation, empowerment and upliftment within the construction concrete reinforcing environment, whilst simultaneously improving the skills base of the country.

The combination of learning outcomes will provide qualifying learners with applied competence in the integration of general construction site work and technical competencies, areas of specialisation in construction concrete reinforcing, first level supervision of construction concrete reinforcing activities and basic computer literacy.

This Qualification lays the basis for further learning towards the National Certificate in the Supervision of Construction Processes: - NQF Level 4. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Learners should have acquired the language competencies of NQF level 2 and mathematical literacy competencies of NQF Level 2, prior to embarking on learning towards this qualification.

Recognition of Prior Learning:

The qualification may be obtained through the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Learners who have met the requirements of any unit standard in this qualification may apply for recognition of prior learning to the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA), and will be assessed against the assessment criteria and specific outcomes for the relevant unit standard/s. ETQA bodies are responsible to facilitate the implementation of the RPL. The ETQA body registers trained assessors against specific unit standards. Learners are prepared for assessment and assessed against the unit standard by these registered assessors. Moderation and also an appeals process are in place. Learners declared competent against a specific unit standard, receives an ETQA certificate indicating this achievement. This information is also recorded on the National Record Learner Database (NLRD) 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

QUALIFICATION RULES 
Rules of combination:

Fundamental: 36 compulsory
Core: 70 compulsory
Elective: A minimum of 14 credits from list must be taken

Additional Elective Unit Standards could be added to the Qualification over time. 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
On completion of this Qualification learners are able to:

Perform a range of general construction sitework and construction concrete reinforcing activities in the Civil Engineering and Construction context by:

Core Competence:

1. Describe and interpret the composition, role-players, processes, and role of the construction Industry
2. Identify, describe, procure and use materials, tools and equipment in Civil Engineering Construction
3. Establish, set out and prepare a work area.
4. Read and interpret reinforcing materials documentation.
5. Assemble, tie and fix reinforcing cages.
6. Interpret and apply reinforcing drawings
7. Monitor and control cost and production of construction work activities and implement a quality management system.

Elective Competence related to area of specialization.

8. Calculate Construction quantities to develop a work plan.
9. Operate and maintain a steel cutting machine.
10. Tension bonded or unbonded tendons
11. Operate a personal computer system 

ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
On completion of this Qualification learners are able to:

Perform a range of general construction sitework and construction concrete reinforcing activities in the Civil Engineering and Construction context by:

Core Competence:

1. > The composition, role-players, processes and legislation governing the construction industry impact on his/her role as an employee within the industry and how these different elements are to be applied in his/her specific work context to enhance performance and promote career development are identified.
  • Health and safety hazards are identified for a safe and healthy work environment for self and others
  • Measures to mitigate hazards are identified
  • Basic First Aid assistance is rendered to fellow workers in the event of an emergency

    2. > A range of materials used in Civil Engineering Construction are identified.
  • The correct methods for selecting and rejecting materials is applied
  • Materials are measured and ordered according to organizational procedures
  • Required tools and equipment are identified, selected and maintained

    3. > Work site infrastructures that meet job requirements is set up and work areas are set out using basic survey equipment
  • All necessary precautions for working in confined spaces as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act for the protection of the public and safety of construction workers are adhered to

    4.> The requirements of reinforcing drawings are interpreted to locate and determine reinforcing requirements for structures on-site and plan work sequences.
  • Time and log sheets are maintained and records related to construction processes are completed in accordance with site requirements

    5. > Reinforcing materials required for the task are identified, prepared for use and stacked for safe and efficient use at the work area.
  • Shortages and damaged materials are reported to designated personnel for corrective action
  • The erected reinforcing is neat and true within SABS tolerances, and matches all design specifications in accordance with given instructions.

    6. > Functions in terms of intended use for reinforcing on a construction site are identified from the drawing descriptions.
  • Abbreviations and symbols are identified and explained in accordance with project requirements
  • A cutting list is produced in accordance with the Bending Schedule

    7. > Activity production and resource costs are measured and reported on.
  • Decisions in regard to the implementation of productivity improvement measures are made.
  • Quality improvement processes are implemented,
  • Project quality plans are implemented and monitored.
  • Appropriate measures are identified to reduce deviations in accordance with quality improvement processes.

    Elective Competence related to area of specialization.

    8. > Material quantities are calculated for job costings
  • Calculations are used to develop work plans

    9. > Steel cutting and bending machines are operated, maintained and shut-down in accordance with manufacturer's specifications and legislative and workplace safety requirements

    10.> Tendons are tensioned to within specified tolerances in accordance with work place procedures and manufacturer's operating procedures
  • Post-tensioning operations are carried out in accordance with safety legislation and workplace requirements

    11. > Personal computer hardware and software are operated in accordance with software instructions and manufacturer's specifications

    Integrated Assessment:

    Formative assessments conducted during the learning process will consist of written tests, demonstrations and a number of self-assessments. The purpose of formative assessment is to diagnose learner strengths and weaknesses and to determine readiness for summative assessment.

    Summative assessment would consist of written tests and accompanying assignments, case studies and practical demonstrations. Summative assessments would only be conducted once the learner has indicated that he/she is ready to undergo summative assessment.

    Before qualifying, learners will be expected to demonstrate competence in a practical situation that integrates the assessment of all specific outcomes, for all Unit Standards.

    Integrated assessment provides learners with an opportunity to display an ability to integrate practical performance, actions, concepts and theory across Unit Standards to achieve competence in relation to the purpose of this Qualification.

    In particular assessors should check that the learner is able to demonstrate the ability to consider a range of options and make decisions about:
  • The quality of the observed practical performance as well as the theory and underpinning knowledge behind it.
  • The different methods that can be used by the learner to display thinking and decision making in the demonstration of practical performance.
  • Reflexive competencies 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    New Zealand Qualifications Authority:

    The National Certificate in Construction: Concrete Reinforcing was benchmarked against the following New Zealand Qualifications:
  • Concrete Construction with strands in Sitework, Pre-Cast Concrete and Placing and Finishing at Levels 2 or 3
  • Concrete Construction (Specialist) with strands in Sitework and Pre-Cast Concrete.

    The New Zealand Qualification, Concrete Construction with strands in Sitework, Pre-Cast Concrete and Placing and Finishing at Levels 2 or 3 has been designed with a core compulsory section, which recognises the core skills and knowledge required by industry for concrete construction workers.

    This same principle has been applied in the structuring of the Core category of the National Certificate in Construction: Concrete Reinforcing.

    The New Zealand qualification has three strands that recognise the specialised concrete skills in sitework, pre-cast concrete and placing and finishing activities.

    This same principle has been applied in the structuring of the Elective category of the National Certificate in Construction: Concrete Reinforcing.

    The New Zealand Qualification, Concrete Construction (Specialist) with strands in Sitework and Pre-Cast Concrete, Level 3 is for people wishing to specialise in the concrete construction industry in either sitework or pre-cast concrete construction activities.

    The unit standards contained in the Elective category of the National Certificate in Construction: Concrete Reinforcing include competencies for specialisation in sitework or construction concrete reinforcing activities. In addition, this Qualification includes unit standards for the development of First Line Supervisory skills and basic computer literacy.

    This approach has not been incorporated in the design of the New Zealand Level 3 qualifications.

    National Training Information Service - Australia

    A training package "General Construction" is listed on the NTIS (Australia) database. The following Unit of Competency is linked to this training package: "Apply reinforcement schedule".

    The following Specific Outcomes are contained in this Unit of Competency:

    1. Plan and prepare for concrete construction
    2. Read and interpret schedule
    3. Check contents of identified bundles
    4. Locate reinforcement for element construction

    Critical aspects of evidence are listed as:
  • Demonstrate compliance with Occupational Health and Safety regulations applicable to workplace operations
  • Apply organisational quality procedures and processes within the context of constructing reinforced concrete
  • Identify coding and numbering related to a reinforcement schedule
  • Identify structural details of reinforced concrete elements
  • Use safe and effective procedures to handle materials
  • Identify relevant drawings and specifications
  • Interactively communicate with others to ensure effective operations

    Pre-Requisite Relationship of Units are listed as:
  • Read and interpret plans
  • Carry out steel fixing
  • Carry out concrete work

    These competencies are incorporated in the Core and Elective categories of the National Certificate in Construction: Concrete Reinforcing.

    Scottish Qualifications Authority

    No match was found for Level 3 qualifications listed in the Construction and Civil Engineering Services domain. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This Qualification will allow learners access to a National Certificate in the Supervision of Construction Processes:.

    The learning pathway for Construction Concrete Reinforcing practitioners, consists of the following Qualifications:

    NQF Level 1 National Certificate in Construction:
    NQF Level 2 National Certificate in Construction:
    NQF Level 3 National Certificate in Construction: Concrete Reinforcing
    NQF Level 4 National Certificate in the Supervision of Construction Processes:
    NQF Level 5 National Diploma in the Management of Civil Engineering Construction Processes
    NQF Level 6 National First Degree in Construction Management
    NQF Level 7 Professional Degree in Construction Management

    Horizontal articulation is possible to the following qualifications at NQF Level 3 since the fundamentals and a large portion of the core is common:
  • National Certificate in Construction : Concreting
  • National Certificate in Construction : Structural Steel Erecting

    Learners who have successfully demonstrated applied competence in this Qualification will be equipped with a foundation for further intellectual development, opportunities for gainful employment and reward for contributions to society. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by the relevant body (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programmes that result in the outcomes specified for the National Certificate in Construction: Concrete Reinforcing - NQF Level 3.

    The relevan, or other ETQAs who have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant - ETQA, are responsible for the moderation of learner achievements for those learners who meet the requirements of this Qualification.

    Anyone assessing a learner, or moderating the assessment of a learner, against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.

    Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation; in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between ETQA's and in terms of the moderation guideline detailed immediately below.

    Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the Qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual Unit Standards as well as the integrated competence described in the Qualification.

    Anyone wishing to be assessed against this Qualification 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 
    Persons who apply to register as an Assessor for this Qualification, must meet the following criteria:
  • A recognized assessor Qualification
  • Compliance with the relevant ETQA's requirements for assessor registration
  • Detailed documentary proof of educational Qualification, subject matter expertise as well as experience gained (Portfolio of Evidence)
  • A minimum of three years practical relevant occupational experience at NQF level 3 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 65709, which is "National Certificate: Construction: Steelwork", Level 3, 120 credits.

    Demonstrate the ability to integrate the following critical cross-field competencies when performing a range of general construction sitework and concrete reinforcing activities in the Civil Engineering and Construction context by:

    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by:
  • Contributing to a safe and healthy work environment for self and others and rendering basic First Aid assistance to fellow workers in the event of an emergency
  • Identifying a range of materials used in Civil Engineering Construction and applying the correct methods for selecting and rejecting materials
  • Measuring and ordering materials, identifying, selecting and maintaining required tools and equipment
  • Working in confined spaces on construction sites and ensuring that all necessary precautions as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act for the protection of the public and safety of construction workers are adhered to
  • Implementing quality management systems and quality improvement processes, implementing and monitoring project quality plans and identifying appropriate measures to reduce deviations in accordance with quality improvement processes

    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
  • Contributing to a safe and healthy work environment for self and others and rendering basic First Aid assistance to fellow workers in the event of an emergency
  • Supervising the procurement, receipt, use and storage of construction materials in accordance with site procedures, safety and manufacturer specifications
  • Working in confined spaces on construction sites ensuring that all necessary precautions as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act for the protection of the public and safety of construction workers are adhered to
  • Measuring and reporting on activity production and resource costs and making decisions regarding the implementation of productivity improvement measures

    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Identifying how the composition, role-players, processes and legislation governing the construction industry impact on your role as an employee within the industry and how these different elements are to be applied in your specific work context to enhance performance and promote career development
  • Maintaining time and log sheets and completing records related to construction processes in accordance with site requirements
  • Measuring and reporting on activity production and resource costs and making decisions regarding the implementation of productivity improvement measures

    Collect, analyse and critically evaluate information by:
  • Accessing, interpreting and using information from texts to communicate in writing for defined contexts
  • Maintaining time and log sheets and completing records related to construction processes in accordance with site requirements
  • Reading and interpreting abbreviations and symbols contained in reinforcing materials documentation and determining the types and quantities of reinforcing materials required for construction projects
  • Calculating material quantities for job costings and using these calculations for developing work plans
  • Applying keyboard skills and accurately entering data for electronic storage and retrieval

    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion by:
  • Using, adapting and maintaining oral communication to accommodate audience needs for a range of communicative contexts
  • Accessing, interpreting and using information from texts to communicate in writing for defined contexts
  • Supervising the procurement, receipt, use and storage of construction materials in accordance with site procedures, safety and manufacturer specifications
  • Measuring and reporting on activity production and resource costs and making decisions regarding the implementation of productivity improvement measures
  • Implementing quality management systems and quality improvement processes, implementing and monitoring project quality plans and identifying appropriate measures to reduce deviations in accordance with quality improvement processes

    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Setting up work site infrastructures that meet job requirements and setting out work areas using basic survey equipment
  • Operating, maintaining and shutting-down steel cutting and bending machines in accordance with manufacturer's specifications and legislative and workplace safety requirements
  • Assembling and tie-ing reinforcing cages and using the correct materials and methods for fixing reinforcing in a safe and efficient manner
  • Tensioning bonded and unbonded tensions to within specified tolerances and carrying out post-tensioning operations in accordance with safety legislation and workplace requirements
  • Operating personal computer hardware and software in accordance with software instructions and manufacturer's specifications

    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation by:

    Identifying how the composition, role-players, processes and legislation governing the construction industry impact on your role as an employee within the industry and how these different elements are to be applied in your specific work context to enhance performance and promote career development 

  • UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  9964  Apply health and safety to a work area  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  116573  Assemble, tie and fix reinforcing cages  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  9966  Establish and prepare a work area  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  13972  Identify describe and use materials in civil engineering construction  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  14336  Maintain records on a constuction site  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  116578  Read and interpret reinforcing materials documentation  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  9965  Render basic first aid  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  15034  Work in confined spaces on construction sites  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  110095  Interpret the composition, construction sequence and processes of the construction industry  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9968  Procure materials, tools and equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  14416  Implement a quality management system, project quality plan and a quality improvement process on a construction project  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  116556  Interpret and apply reinforcing drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14418  Monitor and control cost and production of construction work activities and implement productivity improvements  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Core  14428  Set out construction work areas  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9010  Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9013  Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8969  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9012  Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8973  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7456  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8970  Write texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  7547  Operate a personal computer system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9962  Calculate construction quantities to develop a work plan  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116569  Operate and maintain a steel bending machine  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116566  Operate and maintain a steel cutting machine  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116592  Tension bonded tendons  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  116593  Tension unbonded tendons  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some of their learning programmes are moved to being recorded against the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replacement.
     
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    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 Quality Assuring Bodies 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 Quality Assuring Body should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 
    2. TSK Projects 



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