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

Further Education and Training Certificate: Lump Ore Beneficiation 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
49049  Further Education and Training Certificate: Lump Ore Beneficiation 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Mining and Minerals   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was MQA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  166  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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  2007-04-03  2009-02-18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2010-02-18   2013-02-18  

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
64889  Further Education and Training Certificate: Mineral Processing  Level 4  NQF Level 04  137  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 /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 in a variety of ways
  • Use mathematics in real life situations
  • Sustain safety and a healthy working environment
  • Control tailings dam operations
  • Supervise a work unit to achieve teams' objectives
  • Monitor and Control a metallurgical plant from a control room
  • Oversee dense medium separation process in a metallurgical plant
  • Oversee a jig concentration process in a metallurgical plant.

    Rationale for the qualification:

    Lump Ore Beneficiation focuses on dense Medium separation and jig concentration in the beneficiation of coal, heavy minerals and diamonds.

    This is the second 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 level 4 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 plant/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 plant/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 (L4) 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 5 in Mineral processing or Metallurgy.

    The National Certificate in Lump Ore Beneficiation: NQF Level 4 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 programme towards this qualification are already competent in the following areas:
  • NQF level 3 lump ore beneficiation certificate or equivalent qualification.

    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 in item 14 above.

    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.

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

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component.

    To be awarded the Qualification, learners are required to obtain a minimum of 166 credits as detailed below.

    Fundamental component:

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at Level 4 to the value of 16 credits.
  • Communication at Level 4 in a First South African Language to the value of 20 credits.
  • Communication in a Second South African Language at Level 3 to the value of 20 credits.

    It is compulsory therefore for learners to do Communication in two different South African languages, one at Level 4 and the other at Level 3.

    All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.

    Core component:
  • The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 85 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Elective component:
  • The Elective Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 70 credits. Learners are to choose Unit Standards to the minimum of 25 credits. 

  • 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 lump ore beneficiation process
    4. Supervise a work unit to run lump ore beneficiation process
    5. Demonstrate a familiarity with a process operation to crush and screen materials.
    6. Demonstrate understanding of how to control a tailings dam operation process.

    SAQA Critical cross-field outcomes-Equivalent Exit Level Outcome
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical thinking have been made.-Exit Level Outcome 1,2,3, 5 and 6
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization and community.-Exit Level Outcome 1, 2, 4 and 6
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively-Exit Level Outcome 1,2, 4 and 6
    Collecting, analyzing, organizing and critically evaluating information.-Exit Level Outcome 1,2, 3, 4 and 6
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills-Exit Level Outcome 1, 4 and 6
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility toward the environment and health of others-Exit Level Outcome 1,2,3,4 and 6
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem contexts do not exist in isolation-Exit Level Outcome 1 and 6
    Contributing to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, by making it an underlying intention of the programme of learning to make an individual aware of:-
    Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively-Exit Level Outcome 1,2,3,4,5 and 6
    participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities-Exit Level Outcome 1,2,3,4, 5 and 6
    being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of contexts-Exit Level Outcome 1,2,3,4, 5 and 6
    exploring education and career opportunities-Exit Level Outcome 1,2,3,4, 5 and 6
    Developing entrepreneurial opportunities-Exit Level Outcome 1,2,3,4,5 and 6

    Learning programmes directed towards this qualification will also contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large, by making individuals aware of the importance of:
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts
  • Exploring education and career opportunities; and developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • 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.
  • Tasks allocated to team members are appropriate to process requirements and level of skill of team members
  • Tasks allocated to team members are allocated in a consistent and timely manner
  • Team members are coached on processes and procedures as they are applied in lump ore beneficiation plant to ensure production targets are met and efficiencies maintained.

    5.
  • Materials are crushed to meet beneficiation process requirements
  • Problems relating to crushing are solved using sector acceptable processes and procedures.

    6.
  • The tailings dam operation is monitored and controlled in accordance with specified requirements
  • Problems relating to slimes dam operations are solved using sector acceptable processes and procedures
  • The legal requirements and the risks associated with a slimes dam operation are understood.

    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 14 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 
    National Qualification sites on the Internet were explored in order to find qualifications related to Lump Ore Beneficiation.
  • Australia: National Training Information Services (www.ntis.gov.au)
  • MNM 20203 certificate II in metallurgical mining operations.
  • New Zealand: The New Zealand Qualification Authority (www.nzqa.govt.nz)
  • Extractive metallurgical processes Metalliferous gold
  • Scotland: The Scottish Qualification Authority (www.sqa.org.uk)
  • USA: The Quality Assurance System of Higher Education (www.cqaie.org.us)

    Although coal beneficiation was mentioned on several countries, no record of a certificate could be found. In Australia no relevant qualification could be found.
    In New Zealand only Gold and Alluvial Gold qualifications could be found. These qualifications have very little in common with Lump Ore Beneficiation because of both process and content differences. 

  • 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 5). The fundamental unit standards should give the learner access to any qualification at NQF level 5, 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 64889, which is "Further Education and Training Certificate: Minerals Processing", Level 4, 137 credits.

    Learners may choose only one of the beneficiation specializations in dense medium or jig concentration.

    Due to the different process options employed in the Lump Ore Beneficiation plants, it is not possible to include the credits towards such processes in the core and provision is therefore made in the electives for these. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  116534  Carry out basic first aid treatment in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  11105  Monitor and control a metallurgical plant from a control room  Level 4  NQF Level 04  20 
    Core  15293  Oversee a crushing and screening operation in a metallurgical plant  Level 4  NQF Level 04  24 
    Core  9732  Supervise tailings dam operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  27 
    Core  10981  Supervise work unit to achieve work unit objectives (individuals and teams)  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8969  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8973  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8970  Write texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9015  Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8974  Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8975  Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9016  Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8979  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8976  Write for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  9735  Demonstrate understanding of the fundamentals of tailings dam - Level two  Level 4  NQF Level 04  25 
    Elective  8978  Motivate judgements on selected literary texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  115578  Oversee a jig operation process in a metallurgical plant  Level 4  NQF Level 04  25 
    Elective  115753  Conduct outcomes-based assessment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 


    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. Kumba Sishen HRD Centre 
    2. Rustenburg Platinum Mines Ltd 



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