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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

GETC: Wood Products Processing 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
49082  GETC: Wood Products Processing 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Wood Products 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
FPMSETA - Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation  Forestry and Wood Technology 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  138  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
A learner acquiring this qualification will be able to operate as a knowledgeable and appropriately skilled general worker, in an effective and efficient manner, either as a member of a working team or an individual when required, performing the operations prescribed for this level in the unit standards for Wood Products Processing.

The learner will know and understand the general basics of wood processing and the relevant details of the process in his/her workplace. He/she will be able to perform the relevant tasks in this workplace to the prescribed standards, while correctly following the prescribed work procedures, and the health and safety and environmental protection measures applicable to the specific workplace. The learner will be able to interpret and comply with the prescribed aspects of certain legislation impacting on his/her work situation. The learner will be able to communicate verbally, with co-workers and responsible persons in this workplace. Competent learners will be able to demonstrate the required levels of knowledge and skills to achieve the outcomes described below.



Rationale

The typical learner identified to benefit from this qualification will be an individual who is currently employed within the field of Wood Products and any unemployed persons who wishes to enter a learning programme to obtain a National Certificate in Wood Products Processing at an NQF Level 1 with the intention of building a career in this industry. This Certificate offers electives in the following areas of Wood Products Processing: Match Manufacturing; Fibre and Chipboard Manufacturing; Nail plated Truss Manufacturing; Charcoal Manufacturing; Tannin Extraction; Veneer and Plywood Manufacturing; Bulk Bin, Box and Pallet Manufacturing and Repair; and Wood Preservation.

Currently there are no formal qualifications at this level and therefore this qualification will address this issue and provide the first very much needed qualification in the area of Wood Products. This qualification will provide the basis for national recognition of the skills involved in wood processing at a general worker's level. It is perceived that the qualification will improve the credibility and general public's awareness of the wood product sector. International unit standards were reviewed during the research process undertaken to develop this qualification. As such, learners who obtain this qualification are expected to contribute to the effectiveness and productivity of the Wood Products Industry in South Africa. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is generally accepted that individuals entering this qualification should be literate at an ABET Level 3.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

This qualification may be achieved in part or whole through the Recognition of Prior Learning process and after being assessed by a registered assessor. 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

QUALIFICATION RULES 
This qualification offers flexibility to the learner across the field of Wood Products. In order to achieve the minimum 120 credits required for this qualification, the rules of combination are as follows:
  • Fundamentals: 36 credits - 20 from Language and Communications and 16 from Mathematical Literacy
  • Core: 62 credits
  • Electives: Select specialised area of Wood Products e.g. Wood Preservation and then choose 40 credits from that section
  • Total Credits: min of 138 credits

    Bulk Bin Electives:
  • Operate machinery in a wood products environment
  • Manufacture bulk bins, boxes and/or pallets
  • Inspect and repair bulk bins and/or pallets
  • Spray and/or label bulk bins, boxes and/or pallets
  • Select and use basic hand tools and materials

    Tannin Extraction Electives:
  • Collect and prepare wattle bark and "spents" for laboratory analysis
  • Supply wattle bark to the bark chopping machine
  • Operate a wattle bark chopper machine

    Charcoal Manufacturing Electives:
  • Fold, cut and fill bags
  • Issue starch
  • Receive, open & decant polybags
  • Operate boiler, dryer and mixer
  • Fill charcoal and/or briquette bag
  • Load and offload kilns
  • Sew crepe
  • Weigh and check weigh bags

    Trusses Electives:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of timber roof truss manufacturing environment
  • Identify, collect and move timber for roof truss manufacturing
  • Receive, sort and store incoming material into grades and sizes in a roof truss manufacturing environment
  • Perform basic lubrication in wood products production plant

    Wood Preservation Electives:
  • Assist with the setting up and operation of the log yard of a wood preservation plant
  • Receive, sort and store incoming material into grades and sizes in a wood preservation plant
  • Perform basic lubrication in wood products production plant

    Fireboard and Chipboard Electives:
  • Receive, offload, store and prepare for infeed of timber into the fibreboard and chipboard plant
  • Prepare dry flakes in the chipboard manufacturing process
  • Receive, store and test bulk chemicals in the fibreboard and chipboard manufacturing process
  • Monitor trimming and quality of fibreboard and chipboard after the pressing process
  • Grade product in the fibreboard and chipboard manufacturing process
  • Wash chips in the fibreboard manufacturing process
  • Store melamine papers in the melamine faced board manufacturing process
  • Lay-up paper in the melamine faced board manufacturing process
  • Grade product in melamine faced board manufacturing process

    Match Manufacturing (Board processing and packaging) Electives:
  • Supply ignition paint and pack skillets
  • Transfer composition from the compo room to VPO storage pots and supply to VPO on demand (side pots)
  • Ensure continuous supply of quality match boxes to wrapping process.
  • Apply ignition paint onto skillets
  • Ensure VPO box band cleats are full for production
  • Maintain supply line of match boxes to VAT machine
  • Ensure continuous flow of inner operate bar machine to form outer boxes
  • Operate match skillet printing machine
  • Ensure continuous supply of quality matchboxes to wrapping process
  • Operate machine to form inner boxes
  • Prepare ignition paint
  • Operate wrapping machine

    Match Manufacturing (Timber Processing) Electives:
  • Operate peeling machine
  • Monitor drying and polishing process
  • Debark timber
  • Cut poplar and pine logs into billets
  • Prepare impregnation solution
  • Lay-up and lace veneer

    Veneer and Plywood Electives:
  • Sort and stack graded veneer / plywood / block board within a veneer / plywood / block board plant
  • Demonstrate understanding of the relevant details of saw doctor shop
  • Perform basic lubrication in relevant workplace in veneer / plywood / block board plant
  • Grade veneer / plywood / block board in veneer / plywood / block board plant 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    On achieving this qualification, the learner will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the general basics of the relevant Wood Products Processing environment and carry out the tasks prescribed with regards to production operations, general cleaning operations, manual handling, details of equipment, processes and procedures as stipulated in the unit standards for an NQF Level 1 qualification.

    2. Demonstrate the level of knowledge and understanding of the prescribed work procedures, health and safety and environmental standards, as stipulated in the unit standards for an NQF Level 1 qualification.

    3. Demonstrate the ability to operate in a team, to use basic communication skills, and show an understanding of the impact teamwork has on the operation, as required at the stipulated NQF Level.

    4. Demonstrate the ability to carry out the operations of their specific work environment with knowledge and understanding, as stipulated in their elective unit standards. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • The learner demonstrates that he/she has an understanding of the general basics of the relevant Wood Products Processing environment by correctly explaining the main purpose of the organisation's operation, the general layout of the plant, the sequence of the production phases in the production process and the general functions of the major production equipment and stages in the operation as per the relevant organisation's work instructions.
  • The learner demonstrates his/her skill by carrying out the relevant production, general cleaning and manual handling tasks as per the relevant organisation's work instructions.
  • The learner correctly explains the purpose and lay out of the relevant workplace, the general functions of the major production equipment and stages, the sequence of the production phases as per the relevant organisation's work instructions.

    2.
  • The learner correctly explains his/her relevant work procedures, safety and health measures and environmental requirements pertaining to the stipulated NQF Level requirements for this workplace as per the relevant organisation's work instructions.
  • The learner demonstrates his/her knowledge by adhering to the relevant work procedures, safety and health measures and environmental requirements pertaining to the stipulated NQF Level as per the relevant organisation's work instructions.

    3.
  • The learner communicates effectively in the workplace, using basic communication skills, to achieve his/her job outcomes.
  • The learner uses effective communication skills to operate effectively in a team.
  • The learner demonstrates his/her understanding of the importance and impact of teamwork on the achievement of organisational goals by communicating effectively, by co-operating with team members, by showing tolerance and by good time keeping.

    4.
  • The learner demonstrates his/her ability to carry out the operations of his/her specific work environment by meeting his/her job outcomes.
  • The learner demonstrates his/her knowledge and understanding of his/her operations by explaining the importance of carrying out his/her operations as prescribed in the relevant organisation's work instructions.
  • The learner demonstrates competence in his/her workplace through good performance and understanding of his/her job role.


    Integrated Assessment

    The unit standards on which this qualification is based, describe the competent performance in the various areas of Wood Products Processing, and lay down the criteria by which competence should be judged, as well as the range of circumstances in which competence should be demonstrated. For each unit standard there are corresponding performance assessment criteria, which describe the evidence an assessor should use to determine a learner's competence.

    Assessors should design assessment tools and conduct assessment against the unit standards specified in the qualification, that take into account established assessment principles and makes use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods. Integrated assessment methods and tools for this qualification must allow the learner to demonstrate that he/she has acquired the knowledge of and can safely and efficiently apply competence in the relevant aspects of Wood Products Processing, as described in the Purpose of this Qualification, and the Exit-level Outcomes. A portfolio of evidence of the outcomes of all these assessments for each learner must be built up for record purposes.

    Assessors should specifically check for the following:
  • Demonstration of competence of the specific outcomes in context. The context is within a Wood Products Processing environment.
  • Ability to ensure the efficient and effective utilisation of all materials, tools and equipment.

    The following formative and summative assessment methods are recommended:
  • Observation
  • Oral questioning
  • Simulation
  • Demonstration and questioning
  • Peer assessment

    Written Statements from e.g. current or previous employer, colleagues, peers, managers, i.e. persons who can supply relevant references
  • Relevant awards or certificates
  • Previous assessment records
  • Journals/logbook, records of work performance
  • Checklists
  • Safety Procedures

    The currently unemployed, who followed a learning programme to achieve this qualification, as well as persons seeking recognition of prior learning, must be assessed in the same manner. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    An International search of Australian, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom was conducted to ascertain if our unit standards and qualifications were of the same or similar quality. Our research discovered that there are currently no national qualifications at level 1 i.e. National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 1. However, comparable unit standards were found at levels 1 to 4 in most of the Wood Products Processing areas.

    Furthermore, various Websites were investigated for relevant information on training and development best practice in Global Wood Products and Processing, the outcome was found that South Africa had a practice that could serve as a benchmark to the whole of the Wood Products and Processing World.

    Below is a list of the main site addresses that were searched. From these addresses we search any areas that looked viable:
  • www.Dfes.gov.uk
  • www.Nvq.org.uk
  • www.Qca.org.za
  • www.Anta.gov.au
  • www.Ntis.gov.au
  • www.Nzqa.org.nz 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The choice of elective unit standards for this qualification, can earn credits, which will be valid for learning pathways in the Wood Products sector.

    This qualification allows the learner flexibility and portability in that the fundamental and industry specific core unit standards will provide a platform for the learner to cross over into one of the other areas of Wood Products other than his/her elective. The fundamental and non-industry specific core unit standards will also equip the learner with credits which will be useful in other fields of learning should the learner wish to pursue a complete change of industry at a later stage.

    There is possible articulation with qualifications from the Forestry and Lumber Milling industries. 

    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 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 that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • A minimum of 2 (two) years' practical, relevant occupational experience in Wood Products Processes such as Match Manufacturing; Fibre and Chipboard Manufacturing; Nail plated Truss Manufacturing; Charcoal Manufacturing; Tannin Extraction; Veneer and Plywood Manufacturing; Bulk Bin, Box and Pallet Manufacturing and Repair; and Wood Preservation.
  • Declared competent in all the outcomes of the registered Assessor Unit Standards.
  • Detailed documentary proof of educational qualification, practical training undergone, and experience gained by the applicant must be provided (Portfolio of evidence) 

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

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    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  13998  Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of supply and demand, and the concept: production  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  14664  Demonstrate knowledge of diversity within different relationships in the South African society  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  117222  Demonstrate understanding of basic production operations in a wood products environment  Level 1  NQF Level 01  10 
    Core  117226  Keep work area and equipment clean and safe in a wood products plant  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  14792  Maintain basic safety, health and environmental issues  Level 1  NQF Level 01  10 
    Core  117228  Perform manual handling in a wood products plant  Level 1  NQF Level 01  10 
    Core  15092  Plan and manage personal finances  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  117231  Demonstrate understanding of details of equipment, processes and procedures in a wood products plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02  15 
    Core  8420  Operate in a team  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7464  Analyse cultural products and processes as representations of shape, space and time  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  7451  Collect, analyse, use and communicate numerical data  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  7449  Critically analyse how mathematics is used in social, political and economic relations  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  14084  Demonstrate an understanding of and use the numbering system  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  7463  Describe and represent objects and the environment in terms of shape, space, time and motion  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  12462  Engage in a range of speaking and listening interactions for a variety of purposes  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  12471  Explore and use a variety of strategies to learn (revised)  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  12469  Read and respond to a range of text types  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  7461  Use maps to access and communicate information concerning routes, location and direction  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  7447  Working with numbers in various contexts  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  12470  Write for a variety of different purposes  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  117245  Apply ignition paint onto skillets  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  117255  Collect and prepare wattle bark and "spents" for laboratory analysis  Level 1  NQF Level 01  12 
    Elective  117268  Cut poplar and pine logs into billets  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  117265  Debark timber  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  117261  Demonstrate an understanding of timber roof truss manufacturing environment  Level 1  NQF Level 01  10 
    Elective  117605  Demonstrate understanding of details of equipment, processes and procedures in saw doctor shop in lumber mill  Level 1  NQF Level 01  15 
    Elective  117254  Ensure continuous flow of inner and outer boxes for VPO machine  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  117251  Ensure continuous supply of quality match boxes to wrapping process  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  117250  Ensure VPO box band cleats are full for production  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  117206  Fold, cut and fill bags  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  117194  Inspect and repair bulk bins and/or pallets  Level 1  NQF Level 01  10 
    Elective  117203  Issue starch  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  117242  Lay-up and lace veneer  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  117252  Maintain supply line of matchboxes to vat machine  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  117193  Manufacture bulk bins, boxes and/or pallets  Level 1  NQF Level 01  10 
    Elective  117262  Monitor drying and polishing process  Level 1  NQF Level 01  10 
    Elective  117248  Operate peeling machine  Level 1  NQF Level 01  10 
    Elective  117238  Prepare impregnation solution  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  117198  Receive, open and decant polybags  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12209  Select and use basic hand tools and materials  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  117293  Sort and stack graded Veneer/ Plywood/ Block Board in Veneer/ Plywood/ Block Board plant  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  117192  Spray and/or label bulk bins, boxes and/or pallets  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  117239  Supply ignition paint and pack skillets  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  117257  Supply wattle bark to the bark chopping machine  Level 1  NQF Level 01  12 
    Elective  117249  Transfer composition from the compo room to vpo storage pots and supply to vpo on demand (side pots)  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  117281  Assist with the setting up and operation of the log yard of a wood preservation plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02  15 
    Elective  117253  Ensure continuous supply of quality matchboxes to wrapping process  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  117195  Fill charcoal and or briquette bag  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  117221  Grade product in melamine faced board manufacturing process  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  117217  Grade product in the fibreboard, chipboard manufacturing process  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  117288  Grade Veneer/ Plywood/ Block board in veneer/ Plywood/ Block board plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02  20 
    Elective  117264  Identify, collect and move timber for roof truss manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  15 
    Elective  117220  Lay-up paper in the melamine faced board manufacturing process  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  117199  Load and offload kilns  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  117213  Monitor trimming and quality of fibreboard and chipboard after the pressing process  Level 2  NQF Level 02  15 
    Elective  117259  Operate a wattle bark chopper machine  Level 2  NQF Level 02  16 
    Elective  117234  Operate bar machine to form outer boxes  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  117197  Operate boiler, dryer and mixer  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  117237  Operate machine to form inner boxes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  117230  Operate machinery in a wood products environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  11 
    Elective  117236  Operate match skillet printing machine  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  117246  Operate wrapping machine  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  117300  Perform basic lubrication in relevant workplace in veneer/plywood/block board plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  117225  Perform basic lubrication in wood products production plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02  15 
    Elective  117210  Prepare dry flakes in the chipboard manufacturing process  Level 2  NQF Level 02  20 
    Elective  117240  Prepare ignition paint  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  117207  Receive, offload, store and prepare for infeed of timber into the fibreboard and chipboard plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02  18 
    Elective  117267  Receive, sort and store incoming material into grades and sizes in a roof truss manufacturing environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  15 
    Elective  117276  Receive, sort and store incoming material into grades and sizes in a wood preservation plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02  15 
    Elective  117211  Receive, store and test bulk chemicals in the fibreboard and chipboard manufacturing process  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  117201  Sew crepe  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  117216  Store melamine papers in the melamine faced board manufacturing process  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  117223  Wash chips in the fibreboard manufacturing process  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  117204  Weigh and check-weigh bags  Level 2  NQF Level 02  15 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Chep Sa Pty Ltd 
    2. ENB Training Service(PTY)Ltd 
    3. Longata Consultant 
    4. New Business Initiative Management Consultancy 
    5. Nikwe Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    6. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    7. VEB CELE & Associates (Pty) Ltd 
    8. Vicmat Consultants 



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