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

National Certificate: Metals Production 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
49018  National Certificate: Metals Production 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
MERSETA - Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  126  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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  2007-07-17  2008-11-26 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-11-26   2012-11-26  

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 replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
21008  National Certificate: Iron and Steel manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  126  Complete 

This qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
64189  National Certificate: Metals Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  120  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
It is intended that qualifying learners will be able to work in a metals production environment and be able to perform a range of activities to support a particular process within a specific metals production environment.

The key skills, knowledge and understanding that are reflected in this qualification are those of preparing, using and operating metals production equipment used to support a process.

Qualified learners will also understand how they should operate within the legislative, safety, health, environmental, quality and risk management systems that govern their workplace and how to apply the various policies and procedures related to these systems.

Qualifying in the exit level outcomes will allow learners to participate in workplace activities.

What learners achieve in this qualification will also serve as a basis for further learning where they will engage more directly in metals production processes.

Learners will also have foundational competence in mathematics, science, reading, writing and speaking relevant to industries within the metals production sector.


Rationale for the qualification:

Metals production can be defined as the conversion of raw materials into primary product, including value adding processes.

The metals production sector is characterised by sophisticated production processes. Companies within this sector operate in a competitive and challenging environment. The products produced have to respond to a wide variety of exacting customer requirements. In addition the sector has to respond to global competition, ongoing development of new products as a result of changing customer needs, and safety, health, environmental, quality and risk management issues.

This is the first qualification in a series designed for learners who want to follow a career in a ferrous or non-ferrous metals production working environment. The series outlines a learning progression from NQF level 2 to NQF level 4 for learners learning and working in for example, the iron and steel, tin, aluminium, graphite, copper, and zinc production industries. It reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding required to participate effectively in processes within the above-mentioned industries, whether in small, medium or large operations.

For those who have been in the workplace for a long time, this qualification represents part of the RPL process to acknowledge workplace skills acquired without the benefit of formal education or training.

For the new entrant, this qualification recognises the applied competence needed by a productive person in a metals production working environment.

The qualification also forms the basis for further development. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This qualification assumes learners have a General Education and Training Certificate at NQF level 1, or alternatively, ABET level 4 qualifications.

If the learner does not already have such a qualification, learning in preparation for this qualification would also have to include:
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Basic concepts of science and technology.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This qualification may be obtained through a process of RPL. The learner should be thoroughly briefed prior to the assessment and support provided to assist in the process of developing a portfolio. While this is primarily a workplace-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the exit-level outcomes. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The qualification is composed of Fundamental, Core and Elective learning components:
  • Fundamental: 56 credits (compulsory)
  • Core: 58 credits (compulsory)
  • Elective: A minimum of 12 elective credits is required for this qualification. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Qualifying learners will be able to:

    Exit level outcome 1:
    Demonstrate an understanding of a range of activities supporting metals production processes and an ability to prepare, use and operate equipment, working safely with due care for self and fellow workers.

    Exit level outcome 2:
    Recognise and respond to routine maintenance and operational problems related to the preparation, use and operation of metals production equipment during the process.

    Exit level outcome 3:
    Understand and use appropriate tools, services and equipment to:
  • Make simple adjustments or changes to equipment
  • Convey (move, lift) materials or components

    Exit level outcome 4:
    Communicate with team members and members of supervisory/management levels by demonstrating the ability to summarise information and express opinions on given information in spoken or written form.

    Exit level outcome 5:
    Demonstrate an understanding of options for further learning in this or a related field of learning and preparation requirements for such learning. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Equipment is prepared, used and operated according to procedures
  • A clean safe work area is maintained
  • Consumables required are checked according to quality assurance requirements
  • Prepared materials are handled and cared for
  • Safety, health, environmental, quality and risk management policies and procedures are applied and adhered to
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to supporting activities within metals production processes relevant to the outcomes

    2.
  • Responses are appropriate to the nature of the problem
  • Routine first line maintenance is performed regularly and consistently
  • Problems are accurately reported to relevant personnel in a timely manner
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to routine problems

    3.
  • Adjustments or changes are appropriate
  • No materials or components are damaged or quality compromised
  • Quality, safety and environmental procedures are followed

    4.
  • Communication is regular and ongoing
  • Daily work schedules and production issues in work area are discussed on a regular basis with other team members
  • Information relevant to own work context and production process in area of work is gathered, recorded and reported when required in an appropriate manner.
  • Relationships with team members and supervisory/management levels are established and functioning

    5.
  • Options are explained
  • Preparation requirements are explained.
  • Learning plan is developed

    Integrated assessment:

    The integrated assessment must be based on a summative assessment guide. The guide will spell out how the assessor will assess different aspects of the performance and will include:
  • Observing the learner at work (both in the primary activity as well as other interactions)
  • Asking questions and initiating short discussions to test understanding
  • Looking at records and reports in the portfolio and reviewing previous assessments

    The learner may choose in which language s/he wants to be assessed. This should be established as part of a process or preparing the learner for assessment and familiarising the learner with the approach being taken.

    While this is primarily a workplace-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the exit-level outcomes.

    The assessment process should cover both the explicit tasks required for the qualification as well as the understanding of the concepts and principles that underpin the activities and metals production processes. The assessment process should also establish how the critical outcomes have been advanced by the learning process. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification was compared to other, similar outcomes- based qualifications, certifications or skills standards in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the United States. Its outcomes correspond. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The qualification has been designed and structured so that qualifying learners can move from one context to another. Employers or institutions should be able to evaluate the outcomes of this qualification against the needs of their context and structure top-up learning appropriately.

    Equally holders of other qualifications may be evaluated against this qualification for purpose of RPL. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderators for the qualification should be qualified and accredited with an appropriate Education, Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA) and have an appropriate qualification in metals production.

    To assure the quality of the assessment process the moderation should cover one of more of the following:
    1. Assessor credentials
    2. The assessment instrument
    3. The assessment process (including preparation and post-assessment feedback)

    Where assessment and moderation are taking place in sectors other than the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services, assessment and moderation should be in terms of a Memorandum of Understanding negotiated with the MERS ETQA. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The following criteria should be applied by the relevant ETQA:

    1. Appropriate qualification in the relevant metals production industry - with a minimum of 1 year's relevant working experience post-qualification. The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning.
    2. Appropriate experience and understanding of assessment theory, processes and practices
    3. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to balance the conflicting requirements of:
  • Maintaining national standards
  • The interests of the learner
  • The need for transformation and redressing the legacies of the past
  • The cultural background and language of the learner
    4. Registration as an assessor with the MERS ETQA or any other relevant ETQA
    5. Any other criteria required by the MERS ETQA or any other relevant ETQA 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 64189 which is "National Certificate: Metals Production", Level 2, 120 credits.

    This qualification replaces qualification 21008, "National Certificate: Iron and Steel manufacturing", Level 2, 126 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  12466  Explain the individual`s role within business  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  116604  Handle and care for prepared materials  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  12484  Perform basic fire fighting  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  12483  Perform basic first aid  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114881  Prepare, use and operate equipment to support a manufacturing process  Level 2  NQF Level 02  32 
    Core  9322  Work in a team  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  9443  Work safely and use safety equipment  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  13217  Collect and use information  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  12461  Communicate at work  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7480  Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  12465  Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8962  Maintain and adapt oral communication  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9268  Manage basic personal finance  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  12463  Understand and deal with HIV/AIDS  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 
    Elective  9878  Complete post-production and finishing operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Elective  13222  Deal with safety, health and environmental emergencies in the workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some (but not all) of their learning programmes are moved to the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replaced qualification.
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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    1. Columbus Stainless (Pty) Ltd (MIDDELBURG) (TP) 



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