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

National Certificate: Lump Ore Beneficiation 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
49045  National Certificate: Lump Ore Beneficiation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was MQA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  163  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 "Registered" 
SAQA 0857/04  2004-12-02  2007-11-28 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2008-11-28   2011-11-28  

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
59305  National Certificate: Mineral Processing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  129  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
This qualification is aimed at persons who work or intend to work within a lump ore beneficiation plant and who seek recognition for essential skills in this area.

The key skills, knowledge and understanding reflected in this qualification are that of conducting the essential operations associated with efficient and safe operation of the lump ore beneficiation plant/metallurgical plant. This qualification is designed to be flexible and accessible and empowers the learner to acquire and demonstrate knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to work safely and effectively in a lump ore beneficiation plant.

It is intended that qualifying learners are able to:
  • Communicate effectively in the workplace and a variety of other contexts
  • Apply mathematical principles in practical applications
  • Sustain Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace
  • Conduct materials handling and transport operations
  • Conduct process control operations
  • Separate minerals

    Rationale

    Lump Ore Beneficiation focuses on Dense Medium separation and jig concentration in the beneficiation of Coal, Heavy Minerals and Diamonds.

    This is the first qualification in a learning pathway designed for learners in the mining and minerals sector who want to follow a career in Lump Ore Beneficiation in the areas of Dense Medium and Jig Concentration. The learning pathway commences with the National Certificate in Lump Ore Beneficiation: NQF level 2 and progresses to NQF level4 for candidates learning and working in a Lump Ore Beneficiation plant. The qualification reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding required to function effectively within Lump Ore Beneficiation metallurgical plant.

    Lump Ore Beneficiation operations require a sound knowledge of materials transporting and handling, process control and separating materials associated with dense medium and jig concentration operations. The mining sector put emphasis on safety and healthy working environment within Lump Ore Beneficiation metallurgical plant. Workers are appointed based on their technical knowledge, experience and potential supervisory ability.

    This qualification will enhance the status, productivity and employability of the learner within the Mining and Minerals industry as well as contribute to the quality, production rate and growth. This allows for access, progression, portability and mobility within and between the different Mineral processing areas in the Mining and Minerals industry.

    In the Mining and Minerals sector, employees are appointed on technical knowledge (operations), experience and potential supervisory ability. It is therefore assumed that learners attempting this qualification are competent in numeric and communication skills and/or technically competent on a specific aspect of metallurgical operations or related fabrication and extraction field.

    The National Certificate in Lump Ore Beneficiation (L2) is designed to meet the needs of learners in the Mining and Minerals sector (or those who wish to enter the Mining and Minerals sector) who require technical expertise and essential knowledge needed to earn a formal qualification in mineral operations. The qualification facilitates access from previously disadvantaged groups and other learners to acquire the technical knowledge and skills that are required.
    The qualification adds value to a learner, enriches the learner by giving the learner status, recognition, licensing and improves their marketability and employability. The qualification opens access to additional learning at NQF level 3 in Mineral processing or Metallurgy.

    The National Certificate in Lump Ore Beneficiation: NQF Level 2 provides benefit to society and economy through enhanced citizenship, increasing social and economic productivity, providing specifically skilled people and transforming and redressing the legacies of inequity. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that candidates embarking on learning programmes towards this qualification are already competent in:

    National Introductory Certificate in Minerals Processing level 1 or equivalent.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    This qualification can be achieved wholly or in part through recognition of prior learning in terms of the criteria laid out.

    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 learner and the assessor will jointly decide on how prior learning will be demonstrated.

    All such evidence should be judged according to the general principles of assessment described in the note to assessors. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Fundamentals:
    All Fundamentals unit standards are compulsory.

    Core:
    All core unit standards are compulsory.

    Electives:
    Specialisation 1:
    Dense Medium Separation with options: Coal/Heavy Minerals/Diamonds.
    Candidates selecting one option must achieve all the credits under that option.

    Specialisation 2:
    Jig concentration
    Candidates selecting this option must achieve all of the credits under jig concentration.

    Additional Electives:
    The balance of credits must be chosen from the additional list of elective unit standards provided considering the competencies required at the applicable workplace. 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Communicate and solve problems in a variety of ways.

    2. Demonstrate an understanding of how to control a lump ore beneficiation process and an ability to meet safety, health and environmental specifications

    3. Separate materials in a dense medium process

    4. Transport and Handle materials in a dense medium process 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Oral and written communication is successfully engaged in a business environment
  • Problems are understood and solved to indicate critical and creative thinking
  • Business principles are understood and applied as they apply to a business environment

    2.
  • The process is monitored and controlled according to lump ore beneficiation specifications
  • A clean and safe work environment is maintained
  • Problems relating to the lump ore beneficiation process are solved using sector acceptable processes and procedures

    3.
  • Materials are classified and separated according to lump ore beneficiation specifications
  • Problems relating to the lump ore beneficiation process are solved using sector acceptable processes and procedures

    4.
  • Materials are transported and handled according to lump ore beneficiation specifications
  • Problems relating to the lump ore beneficiation process are solved using sector acceptable processes and procedures

    Integrated Assessment

    Integrated assessment provides a requirement for learners 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. For award of the qualification, a candidate must achieve each unit standard as per item 12 above.

    The applied competence (practical, foundational and reflexive competencies) of this qualification will be achieved if a candidate is able to achieve all the exit level outcomes of this qualification.

    Identifying and solving of problems, working in a team work, organising one-self, using applied science and implication of actions and reactions in the world as a set of related systems must be assessed during any combination of practical, foundational and reflexive competencies assessment methods and tools to determine the whole person development and integration of applied knowledge and skills.

    Applicable assessment tool(s) to establish the foundational, reflexive and embedded knowledge to problem solving and application of the world as a set of related systems within the manufacturing and maintenance field.
    A detailed portfolio of evidence is required to prove 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 reflexive competencies.

    To qualify, a candidate must achieve the combination of unit standards defined for each exit level outcome as per the given rules of combination. The assessment criteria for each unit standard are defined within each unit standard. Integration of skills will be demonstrated through the achievement of the core decorating standards.

    Assessment should be in accordance with the following general and specific principles:

    The initial assessment activities should focus on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcomes expressed in the titles of the unit standards to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then the assessment can focus on each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes. Take special note of the need for integrated assessment.

    Evidence must be gathered across the entire range specified in each unit standard, as applicable. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-players are used, there should be supporting evidence to prove that the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.

    All assessments should be conducted in accordance with the following universally accepted principles of assessment: use appropriate, fair manageable methods, that are integrated into real work or learning situations; judge evidence on the basis of its validity, currency, authenticity and sufficiency; ensure assessment processes are systematic, open and consistent. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    NC: IN lump Ore beneficiation has been compared to:
  • Australia: National Training Information Services (www.ntis.gov.au)
    MNM 20203 certificate II in metallurgical mining operations. Lump Ore Beneficiation does not compare favourably with this qualification.
  • New Zealand: The New Zealand Qualification Authority (www.nzqa.govt.nz)
    Extractive metallurgical processes metalliferous gold.
    The Gold and Alluvial Gold qualifications found have very little in common with Lump Ore Beneficiation because of both process and content differences.
  • Scotland: The Scottish Qualification Authority (www.sqa.org.uk) No relevant qualification could be found.
  • USA: The Quality Assurance System of Higher Education (www.cqaie.org.us). No relevant qualification could be found.

    Although coal beneficiation was mentioned on several countries, no record of a relevant certificate/qualification could be found. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The qualification allows for both horizontal (persons with qualifications at the same or higher levels can pursue this qualification for career orientation) and vertical (persons completing this qualification can proceed to a relevant National Certificate: Mineral processing/Metallurgy NQF Level 3) The fundamental unit standards should give the learner access to any qualification at NQF level 3, subject to entry requirements of the individual provider offering such learning. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    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 ETQAs policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation; in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between ETQAs (including professional bodies); and in terms of the moderation guideline detailed immediately below.

    Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards, exit level outcomes 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 that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments:
  • Focus the initial assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcomes expressed in the titles of the unit standards to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. The aim is to declare the person competent in terms of the qualification purpose. Where assessment at across titles or at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes. Take special note of the need for integrated assessment.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment as defined below:

    Principles of assessment:
  • Appropriate: The method of assessment is suited to the performance being assessed.
  • Fair: The method of assessment does not present any barriers to achievements, which are not related to the evidence. In particular, the method of assessment is sensitive to language diversity.
  • Manageable: The methods used make for easily arranged, cost-effective assessments that do not unduly interfere with learning.
  • Integrated into work or learning: Evidence collection is integrated into the work or learning process where this is appropriate and feasible.
  • Valid: The assessment focuses on the requirements laid down in the Standard; i.e. the assessment is fit for purpose.
  • Direct: The activities in the assessment mirror the conditions of actual performance as closely as possible
  • Authentic: The assessor is satisfied that the work being assessed is attributable to the person being assessed.
  • Sufficient: The evidence collected establishes that all criteria have been met and that performance to the required Standard can be repeated consistently.
  • Systematic: Planning and recording is sufficiently rigorous to ensure that assessment is fair.
  • Open: Learners can contribute to the planning and accumulation of evidence. Assessment candidates understand the assessment process and the criteria that apply.
  • Consistent: The same assessor would make the same judgement again in similar circumstances. The judgement made is similar to the judgement that would be made by other assessors. 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 59305, which is National Certificate: Mineral Processing, Level 2, 129 credits.

    Range statements

    The unit standards provide the details of the ranges within which candidates are required to perform. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  14656  Demonstrate an understanding of sexuality and sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  13167  Identify potential hazards and critical safety issues in the workplace  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  9823  Perform basic life support and/or first aid procedures in emergencies  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  9964  Apply health and safety to a work area  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  9565  Control feed distribution by means of a mobile system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  11664  Control feed rate by means of a feeder  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  11650  Control the water reticulation in a metallurgical process  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  9571  De-water material by means of a vibrating screen  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  11655  Determine relative density by means of a density scale  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  11106  Handle flocculant safely in a metallurgical plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114104  Handle production waste  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  15323  Make-up a flocculent solution in a metallurgical plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  9024  Separate liquid from solids by means of a thickener  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  10571  Separate material by means of a cyclone  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  10576  Separate material by means of a vibrating screen  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  9022  Transfer a fluid by means of a centrifugal pump  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  11662  Transfer fluid by means of a positive displacement pump  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  9737  Transfer material by means of a belt conveyor  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  9008  Identify, describe, compare, classify, explore shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional shapes in different contexts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8962  Maintain and adapt oral communication  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 
    Elective  15292  Control a blending and reclaiming process in a benefication plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9716  Crush material by means of a jaw crusher  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  11068  Crush material by means of a rotary breaker  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  11652  De-sliming material by means of a screen  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  115592  De-water material by means of a de-watering screen  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9728  Deposit tailings onto an impoundment-type dam  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  15296  Deposit waste rock onto a waste dump by means of a belt conveyor system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  10541  Direct the operation of an overhead crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  11657  Generate compressed air  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  11102  Handle organic reagents safely in a metallurgical plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9573  Maintain a cyclone  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9722  Maintain inter-stage screens in an absorption process  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9572  Maintain screen decks  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  110426  Make-up a Ferro-silicon suspension in a metallurgical plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  15329  Make-up a magnetite suspension in a metallurgical plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  110155  Re-cloth a drum filter  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9578  Reclaim material by means of a brigde-type reclaimer  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  15290  Reclaim material from a tailings dam by means of high pressure monitoring  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  11074  Recover diamonds by means of hand sorting  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12172  Remove airborne dust by means of a bag filter  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  11654  Remove airborne dust by means of a scrubber  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  110117  Remove ferromagnetic material from a belt conveyor by means of an over belt magnet  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  10578  Separate liquid from solids by means of a belt filter  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  11653  Separate liquid from solids by means of a centrifuge  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9566  Separate liquid from solids by means of a filter press  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  10580  Separate liquid from solids by means of a pressurised drum filter  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9568  Separate liquid from solids by means of a vacuum disc filter  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  10577  Separate liquid from solids by means of a vacuum drum filter  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  110195  Separate material by means of a centrifugal gravity concentration process  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  10535  Separate material by means of a hydrosizer  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9635  Take a representative sample of solid material in a metalurgical process  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9624  Take representative samples of slurries and liquids in a metallurgical process  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9721  Crush material by means of a cone-type crusher  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9562  Crush material by means of an impact-type crusher  Level 3  NQF Level 03 


    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 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.
     
    1. FOSKOR Pty Ltd 
    2. Kumba Sishen HRD Centre 



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