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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Shipping 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
49155  Further Education and Training Certificate: Shipping 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
TETA - Transport Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 11 - Services  Transport, Operations and Logistics 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  138  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 10105/14  2015-07-01  2018-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

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 
The purpose of this qualification is to build a foundation of competence in the field of the Ships Agency environment, which will provide learners with the conceptual framework to perform routine and non-routine functions. This qualification is intended to equip learners to function effectively within the operations or freight aspects of the Ships Agency environment and is designed to
  • Provide learners with an entry level in the Ships Agency environment, as well as for initial employment in the shipping industry, and serve as a foundation for further study in the Ships Agency environment.
  • Provide learners with a Further Education and Training exit level qualification, providing an opportunity particularly for previously disadvantaged learners to obtain a vocational qualification equivalent to a Grade 12 / Matric level qualification.
  • Provide the opportunity for those who have worked in the industry for a number of years to obtain recognition for their knowledge and experience through the access to a nationally recognised qualification.

    The introduction of this unit standard based qualification will allow learners to accumulate the required credits via skills programmes, workplace experience or both, as well as recognition of prior learning and/or a learnership.

    Rationale
    The qualification has been designed so that it reflects the workplace-based needs of the Ships Agency environment as expressed by its stakeholders. The input has been used to ensure that the qualification provides the learner with accessibility to be employed within the Ships Agency industry. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners should be competent in Language/Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 3.

    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. 

    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 138 credits as detailed below.

    Fundamental Component:

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF 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 NQF Level 4 and the other at NQF Level 3.

    All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.

    Core Component:
  • The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 71 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:
  • The Elective Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 42 credits. Learners are to choose Unit Standards to the minimum of 11 credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Display understanding and demonstrate application of maritime geography as it relates to the shipping industry.
    2. Display understanding through demonstration and explanation of the basics of international maritime trade.
    3. Demonstrate understanding of the application of different ship types, various cargoes, cargo-handling equipment, the physics of the ship during cargo work and at sea and the principles of ship cargo operations and control.
    4. Demonstrate understanding, implication and application of legal principles applied to the shipping industry.
    5. Demonstrate ability to process and control documentation as used in the shipping industry
    6. Demonstrate understanding and application of the principles of local and international trade
    7. Demonstrate understanding and application of bookkeeping fundamentals, disbursement accounts and agency remuneration
    8. Demonstrate understanding and application of the principles, statutory requirements and best practice with regard to occupational health and safety. Demonstrate understanding of the principles and practices of housekeeping in an organisational context.
    9. Demonstrate understanding and application of the overall container logistics cycle as it applies to the maritime industry.
    10. Demonstrate understanding, and ability to work with, the basics of Marine Insurance. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Application of maritime geography as it pertains to the shipping industry is demonstrated.
  • The relative position of the continents, seas and oceans, waterways and ports is known and demonstrated
  • The effect of tides, currents, climate, seasons, and weather is known and demonstrated
  • Global positioning in terms of latitude and longitude is demonstrated.

    2.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to work with, the basics of international maritime trade is demonstrated.

    3.
  • Knowledge and application of different ship types is demonstrated.
  • Ability to identify the various cargoes dealt with in maritime shipping is demonstrated.
  • Knowledge and application of cargo-handling equipment is demonstrated.
  • Understanding and practical application of the physics of the ship during cargo work and at sea is demonstrated.
  • Knowledge and application of the principles of ship cargo operations and control is demonstrated.

    4.
  • Understanding, implication and application of legal principles applied to the shipping industry is demonstrated.

    5.
  • Basic application, use and control of documentation relating to the import of goods by sea is demonstrated.
  • Basic application, use and control of documentation relating to the export of goods by sea is demonstrated.
  • Basic application, use and control of documentation relating to arrival, berthing and departure of ships from the port is demonstrated.

    6.
  • Understanding and application of the principles of local trade as it applies to the maritime industry is demonstrated
  • Understanding and application of the principles of international trade as it applies to the maritime industry is demonstrated

    7.
  • Application of basic bookkeeping principles is demonstrated
  • Calculation and application of basic disbursement accounts is demonstrated
  • Calculation and application of basic agency remuneration is demonstrated.

    8.
  • Understanding and application of statutory health and safety practices is demonstrated.
  • Understanding and application of best practice with regard to health and safety is demonstrated.
  • Understanding of the principles and practices of good organisational housekeeping is demonstrated.

    9.
    Ability to work with the processes and documentation associated with container tracking, from discharge through terminals and depots to the reverse export cycle, is demonstrated.
  • Ability to work with the processes and documentation associated with container leasing is demonstrated.
  • Ability to work with the processes and documentation associated with container repairs is demonstrated.
  • Ability to work with the processes and documentation associated with container stock control is demonstrated.
  • Ability to work with the processes and documentation associated with empty container positioning, both locally and internationally, is demonstrated.

    10.
  • Ability to work with the basic principles and practice of Marine Insurance in terms of legislation, maritime practice and claims handling.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Integrated assessment at the level of qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show that they are able to integrate concepts, ideas and actions across unit standards to achieve competence that is grounded and coherent in relation to the purpose of the qualification

    Integrated assessment must judge the quality of the observable performance, and the quality of thinking and understanding that underpins it. This applies to both formative and summative assessment, although the ratio between assessment of application/ understanding of theory and values may be weighted towards the latter in formative assessment activities.

    Assessment tools must encourage learners to give an account of the thinking and decision-making that forms the basis for their demonstrated performance. In other words, learners must provide an interpretation of their actions. This is especially important with regard to this qualification considering that part of its purpose is to provide a foundation for the learner who is entering or has just entered the industry. In the case of current employees seeking recognition of prior learning or employees who have been a short while in the industry, assessors must be particularly vigilant to ensure that justification and explanation for actions are provided. An integrated mix of task-orientated and theoretical assessment tools may be used with the ultimate focus being on the assessment of applied competence.

    In particular when assessing the applied competence (practical, foundational and reflective competencies) of this qualification, assessors must assess the ability of the learner to:
    1. Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions, using critical thinking, have been made
    2. Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community
    3. Organise and manage his/herself and his/her activities responsibly and effectively
    4. Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information
    5. Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical, and/or language skills in the modes of written and/or oral presentation
    6. Utilise the computer effectively in their areas of functioning.

    Specific examples of demonstration of the above critical cross-field outcomes are described in each Unit Standard

    Integrated assessment should provide learners with the opportunity 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. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The qualifications listed in this document have been determined using a set of unit standards developed for the Ships Agency industry, by representative stakeholders of that industry, after determination of what the industry requires in order to function effectively.

    The development of the unit standards was thus done on the basis of ensuring effective satisfaction of the industry's needs. This required that the industry was analysed in order to determine what knowledge, skills and expertise were required by those functioning in the various areas of the industry. The approach was thus bottom-up as follows:
    1. Determine the industry requirements.
    2. Develop unit standards based on those requirements.
    3. Combine the unit standards into relevant and appropriate qualifications.
    Development of the Core and Elective Unit Standards was done with reference to various bodies, including:
  • The Australian Qualifications Authority
  • NZQA - The New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  • NICATS - Northern Ireland Credit Accumulation and Transfer System
  • NVQ - The National Vocational Qualification in the UK. (Investigated during a visit by the facilitator to Newcastle in the UK.)
  • ICS - The London based, and locally represented, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

    In terms of specific, internationally recognised qualifications, the best known of these is the Qualifying Requirement for registration as a Chartered Shipbroker with the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. This programme is offered internationally (including South Africa) and is recognised as a degree level qualification in numerous countries. The curriculum for this qualification is as follows:
    GROUP 1:
  • Introduction to Shipping
  • Legal Principles in Shipping Business
  • Economics of Sea Transport and International Trade
  • Shipping Business (Compulsory in Year 1)

    GROUP 2:
  • Dry Cargo Chartering
  • Ship Operations and Management
  • Tanker Chartering
  • Ship Sale and Purchase
  • Liner Trades
  • Port Agency

    GROUP 3:
  • Shipping Law
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Multi-modal Transport and Logistics
  • Marine Insurance

    In the development of the Unit Standards and qualifications for the Ships Agency industry in South Africa, cognisance was taken of the curriculum and content of the above qualification. It was, in fact, used as a benchmark for some of the Unit Standards in terms of content and level, taking into account adjustment of content for the South African context. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    In order to ensure compliance with the SAQA principle of minimal duplication of Unit Standards, Fundamental Unit Standards, have, where applicable been "imported" from existing registered qualifications and registered unit standard clusters. The qualification articulates with several of the Forwarding and Clearing and Freight handling qualifications, particularly with the overlap in the fundamental and generic unit standards.

    An example of vertical articulation would be:
  • The National Diploma in Freight Handling and Logistics - Level 5 - ID No 14574
    An example of horizontal articulation would be:
  • The National Certificate in Freight Forwarding - Level 4 - ID NO 22443 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderation shall be at the discretion of the relevant ETQA, so long as it complies with SAQA requirements. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Assessors shall be qualified at the level above in the qualification or relevant other qualification, and shall have achieved an assessor qualification as required by the relevant ETQA. 

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

    NOTES 
    This Qualification will be replaced by Qualification 93792, which is "Occupational Certificate: Deck Hand (Able Seaman)", Level 3, 123 credits, as soon as 93792 is registered. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  116940  Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based spreadsheet application to solve a given problem  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  116942  Use a GUI-based word processor to create merged documents  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  117685  Apply Maritime Geography  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  13941  Apply the budget function in a business unit  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  117668  Demonstrate an understanding of the basics of local and international trade  Level 4  NQF Level 04  15 
    Core  117667  Demonstrate the basic legal principles applied to shipping  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  117156  Interpret basic financial statements  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  117655  Know and understand the basics of marine insurance  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  117638  Understand the basics of Ships Design and Cargo operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  10135  Work as a project team member  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    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  8977  Evaluate literary 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  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  8016  Maintaining occupational health, safety and general housekeeping  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  8035  Processing and controlling documentation  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  117632  Work with container control administration.  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  117683  Complete financial, statutory and operational shipping documentation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  117650  Know and understand the basics of maritime liner trades  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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    2. SA Maritime School and Transport College 



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