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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Cigarette Production 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
49139  National Certificate: Cigarette Production 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
AgriSETA - Agriculture SETA  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation  Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  121  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 0695/12  2012-07-01  2015-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2016-06-30   2019-06-30  

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 
This Qualification is aimed at level 3 on the National Qualification Framework. It provides learners with the opportunity to obtain competence in specialised cigarette production processes and practices, namely preparing for cigarette production, maintaining the cigarette production processes, shutting down and cleaning thereof as well as quality monitoring and providing opportunity for learners to grow in this specific field.

The fundamental learning, which learners will acquire, will allow them to be able to compile verbal and written communications and perform basic calculations. This Qualification complies with the objectives of the NQF with regard to facilitating access to, mobility and progression within the Tobacco Processing Industry.

The Qualification focuses on the skills, knowledge, values and attitude required to progress further in the industry. The intention is to release the potential of people, in order for them to grow, develop and become more competent workers. This Qualification will furthermore add value to the individuals, their workplace and the economy as a whole.

Rationale for the Qualification

This Qualification will allow persons currently in, or aspiring to enter the tobacco processing environment and others to obtain an integrated practical and theoretical grounding in the operation of cigarette production and the functions thereof. This will ensure a portable, nationally recognized Qualification that will:
  • Improve the quality of safety in the work environment.
  • Optimally utilize resources in the production industry.
  • Lead to transformation in economic growth and social development.

    The typical range of learners is the currently employed, unemployed and other persons, who want to enter a learning programme to obtain a National Certificate in Cigarette Production at NQF Level 3, to continue building a career path in this industry.

    Improved levels of knowledge and skills lead to greater ability to produce at more competitive costs and better quality, which will impact favourably both on the society and the economy of the country. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The learner will have appropriate levels of Communication and Languages, Numeracy and occupational competence equivalent to grade 9 (NQF1) standards.

    Recognition of prior learning
    This Qualification may be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. Where RPL is required the learner will need to prove applied competence in that specific area in order to obtain recognition of that skill and/or knowledge.

    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 assessment methods and tools to be used to assess Prior Learning shall be decided upon jointly by the assessor and the learner. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    To obtain this Qualification, all fundamental and core unit standards are compulsory.

    In addition, a learner must select one of the following combinations from the elective unit standards below:

    1.
  • Laminate tipping material
  • Apply quality control on the final product

    2. OR
  • Apply quality control on filter rods
  • Supply raw material to production machines

    Access to the Qualification
    There are no restrictions placed on learners which may prevent them from gaining access to this Qualification. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Exit Level Outcomes
    1. Recall and explain the basic principles, safety procedures and work ethics in the Tobacco Processing Industry in order to meet industry and work standards.

    2. Describe and perform the functions/duties/responsibilities required in the preparation for the cigarette production process during material supply, tobacco filling of the machines and brand changeover.

    3. Describe and perform the functions/duties/responsibilities required to ensure the cigarette production procedures are maintained throughout the process.

    4. Describe and perform the functions/duties/responsibilities required to ensure the shut-down procedures are adhered to.

    5. Explain and carry-out the functions/duties/responsibilities required to ensure the cleaning of work area and equipment according to requirements.

    6. Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-cultural manufacturing team.

    7. Collect, record and retrieve production related data in accordance with work site procedures. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1:
  • The Tobacco Processing Industry's basic principles are interpreted and explained.
  • The Tobacco Processing Industry's safety procedures are interpreted and explained.
  • The Tobacco Processing Industry's work ethics are interpreted and explained.
  • The Tobacco Processing Industry's quality management principles and practices are interpreted and explained.

    2:
  • Work site preparation procedures are identified and explained.
  • Consequences of not adhering to work site procedures are explained.
  • The relevant supply, filling and changeover activities are performed in accordance with standard operating procedures.
  • Procedures for handling equipment and material correctly and according to safety requirements are explained and implemented.

    3:
  • Work site cigarette production procedures are identified and explained.
  • Consequences of not adhering to work site procedures regarding cigarette rod making, filter attachment and cigarette supply to packaging are explained.
  • The relevant activities are performed in accordance with standard operating procedures and quality requirements.
  • Procedures for handling equipment and material correctly and according to safety requirements are explained and implemented.

    4:
  • Prescribed work site shut-down procedures are explained and implemented according to schedule.
  • Consequences of not adhering to work site shut-down procedures are explained.
  • The relevant shut-down activities are performed in accordance with standard operating procedures and quality requirements.
  • Procedures for handling equipment and material correctly and according to safety requirements are explained and implemented.

    5:
  • Work site cleaning procedures are identified and implemented.
  • Consequences of not adhering to and following work site cleaning procedures are explained.
  • The relevant cleaning activities are performed in accordance with standard operating procedures, environmental, safety, health measures and quality requirements.
  • Procedures for handling equipment and cleaning material correctly and according to safety requirements are explained and implemented.

    6:
  • Own particular team structure and purpose are identified and explained.
  • Roles and responsibilities of each team member are identified and described.
  • External and environmental factors that influence the workings and success of the team are explained and assessed.
  • The ability to perform in a team is achieved and maintained.

    7:
  • Type of data required for processing is identified and explained.
  • Production data is gathered, recorded and extracted according to instructions and within specified time frames.
  • Consequences of not recording and extracting correct production data are explained.

    Integrated Assessment Criteria:

    Unit standards associated with this Qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field outcomes. Assessment should focus in an integrated way on determining the competence of the learner in terms of the overall purpose and title of this Qualification.

    The term-integrated assessment also implies that the theoretical and practical components should be assessed together and assess combinations of practical, foundational and reflective competencies.

    Assessment activities should be done in real workplace situations and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show that the learner is able to display the competencies to the real work situation.

    All assessments should be conducted in line with the following documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, and integration into work of learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.

    Learners wishing to be assessed will need to provide evidence of the following:
  • Verbal and written explanations of reasons for adhering to operational and work site procedures as well as statutory requirements, adhering to specific sequence of operations, identifying deviations, taking corrective actions and recording relevant data, and reporting deviations outside the jobholder's responsibility.
  • Demonstrations of a range of operational actions relating to applying quality control on the cigarettes, preparing for and producing cigarettes, shutting down and cleaning a cigarette maker, conducting a cigarette brand change-over and applying general safety in the work place. Learners will also demonstrate an understanding of the Tobacco Processing Industry.
  • Oral or written questioning regarding the reflexive competencies within the Qualification:

    If the identifying and solving of problems, team work, organising one-self, the using of applied science, the implication of actions and reactions in the world as a set of related systems are not clear from the observation a method of oral questioning or a cases study should be applied to determine the whole person development and integration of applied knowledge and skills.
  • A portfolio of evidence is required to prove the practical, foundational and reflexive competencies of the learner which may include production and quality statistics.
  • 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, foundational and reflexive competencies. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Website benchmarking was done with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and Scotland but none could be found. Furthermore, the International Tobacco Industry was also investigated for relevant Qualification information, but even within the Industry, nothing could be found to make Industry specific comparisons.

    Therefore this could be regarded as one of the first formalized Qualifications in cigarette production. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The generic nature of this qualification and the focus on multi-skilling will provide for portability across various sectors in the processing domain. It is envisaged that learners completing this qualification will be employable in fast moving consumers good industries, amongst others such as the sugar industry, tea processing industry and others.

    It prepares the learner and form the basis for progression towards other qualifications. The qualification will enable learners to acquire recognised qualifications at different levels across a wide cross-section of skills. This will enable the individual to enter a broad spectrum of career paths and address the needs of the industry in terms of skills required for multi-skilling.

    While the qualification will diverge as they progress upwards, there is enough commonality to provide for a solid base of generic skills. The learner will have multiple choices of learning paths and career paths in various technical occupations. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Anyone assessing a learner against these unit standards must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of these unit standards or will assess these unit standards must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

    Therefore anyone wishing to be assessed against these unit standards 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 
    Assessors need experience in the following areas:

    Interpersonal skills, subject matter and assessment.

    The assessor needs to be competent in the planning and conducting assessment of learning outcomes and design and develop assessments as described in the relevant unit standards. The subject matter experience must be well developed within the field of cigarette production.

    The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning.

    Assessors need to be registered with the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body. 

    NOTES 
    As per the SAQA decision, after consultation with the Quality Councils, to re-register all qualifications and part qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework that meet the criteria for re-registration, this qualification has been re-registered from 1 July 2012.
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  117748  Clean a cigarette maker  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114134  Depict basic details of the tobacco processing industry  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  117744  Fill cigarette tray  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114104  Handle production waste  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  8420  Operate in a team  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  114102  Apply quality control on cigarettes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  114152  Capture and retrieve production related data on a production machine`s data processor  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  116962  Conduct a cigarette packer brand change-over  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  117746  Prepare a cigarette maker for production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  117756  Produce cigarettes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  19 
    Core  117749  Shut down a cigarette maker  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    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  117747  Laminate tipping material  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  114107  Supply raw materials to production machines  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  114139  Apply quality control on filter rods  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  116953  Apply quality control on the final product  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 


    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 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.
     
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