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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|National Certificate: Construction: Geotechnical|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|49602||National Certificate: Construction: Geotechnical|
|SGB Civil Engineering Construction|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|CETA - Construction Education and Training Authority||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Certificate||Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction||Civil Engineering Construction|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||145||Level 3||NQF Level 03||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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 people who work or intend to work within a construction context on a site, and who seek recognition for essential skills in construction operations in the geotechnical field.
Recipients of this qualification will have the knowledge and skills to conduct the essential operations associated with efficient and safe work in the geotechnical field.
The qualification is designed to be flexible and accessible so that people are able to demonstrate the competencies required to work safely in construction generally and more specifically in the geotechnical field.
People credited with this qualification are able to:
And one of
The introduction of a unit standard based National Certificate in Construction:Geotechnical at NQF level 3, will allow learners to develop skills required for geotechnical work conditions. The generic competence contained in the Fundamental and Core learning, enhances portability - enabling learners to transfer this competence to other areas of specialisation within the Construction Industry.
The majority of the candidates learning towards this qualification are likely to be working in the construction sector. The qualification will give them the opportunity to balance their practical skills with the essential knowledge needed to earn a formal qualification in construction without formal education becoming an impassable barrier.
There is also a critical need in the industry to identify people who are able to conduct the essential operations associated with efficient and safe construction work in the geotechnical field.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|It is assumed that candidates embarking on learning towards this qualification are already competent in the following areas:
Recognition of prior learning
This qualification can be achieved wholly or in part through recognition of prior learning .
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?|
|The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, Core and Elective Components.
To be awarded the Qualification learners are required to obtain a minimum of 145 Credits as detailed below.
The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standard in Communication and Mathematical Literacy to the value of 36 credits all of which are compulsory.
The Core Components consists of Unit Standards to the value of 94 credits are compulsory.
Learners are to choose Elective Unit Standard to the value of at least 15 credits so as to attain a minimum of 145 credits for the qualification.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Communicate in a variety of ways.
2. Use mathematics in real life situations.
3. Work safely on a geotechnical construction site.
4. Conduct site administration.
5. Supervise work groups.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of construction materials.
7. Conduct basic setting out.
8. Install geotechnical foundations.
9. Apply trenchless technology procedures.
10. Apply small diameter boring systems.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
This qualification addresses the following Critical Cross-Field Outcomes. The way in which the Critical Cross-Field Outcomes are addressed is presented in detail in the unit standards for this qualification.
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:
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. To be awarded the qualification, learners must demonstrate competence in all the unit standards in the Fundamental, Core and the chosen Elective components as well as in the Exit Level Outcomes of the qualification.
Evidence is further required that the candidate is able to achieve the purpose of the qualification as a whole at the time of the award of the qualification. Evidence of this may be gathered through various assessment activities.
Notes for assessors:
Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments:
Principles of assessment:
|This qualification and the component unit standards have been compared with similar qualifications from Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom. Various African countries such as Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria, where Geotechnical contracts are performed were also looked at but they do not have the expertise within the country. Most Geotechnical contracts in those countries are awarded to European and South African companies who import the required skills, and who may make use of some local labour for the unskilled or semi-skilled work components.
The closest match to this qualification is found in the Australian Certificate in Drilling at level 3. The main differences in these qualifications is that the Australian qualification focuses attention on a smaller component, i.e. drilling, and the South African qualification is broader in terms of its scope of coverage and includes drilling, piling, trenchless technology and foundations.
This qualification will be useful to learners in the SADC countries to enable them to develop their relevant Geotechnical skills and compete on the international market.
|This qualification has been developed as a progression in specialised or skilled work within the Construction Industry and is intended to facilitate progression to other qualifications in construction, construction related sub-fields and construction supervision. Horizontally it articulates with: Construction Material Manufacturing in particular, this qualification builds on the National Certificate in Construction NQF Level 2 and leads to the Further Education and Training Certificate in the supervision of construction processes.|
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|Assessors wishing to assess candidates against this qualification must have:
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
The unit standards provide the details of the ranges within which candidates are required to perform.
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||9964||Apply health and safety to a work area||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Core||9986||Apply quality principles on a construction site||Level 2||NQF Level 02||12|
|Core||116578||Read and interpret reinforcing materials documentation||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Core||119524||Identify different soil types and ground conditions||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Core||119526||Implement safety procedures for open hole or deep excavations||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Core||119527||Lift and move a load on a construction site||Level 3||NQF Level 03||15|
|Core||119531||Maintain production records for plant and equipment on a construction site||Level 3||NQF Level 03||9|
|Core||14580||Read and interpret construction drawings and specifications||Level 3||NQF Level 03||10|
|Core||119533||Supervise and control the use of construction plant and equipment||Level 3||NQF Level 03||9|
|Core||11694||Undertake tape and offset surveying||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Core||15183||Demonstrate knowledge of concrete construction technology||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Core||14417||Lead and supervise construction teams||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Fundamental||8968||Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|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||2|
|Fundamental||9013||Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Fundamental||8969||Interpret and use information from texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9012||Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||8973||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||7456||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||8970||Write texts for a range of communicative contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Elective||116931||Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based web-browser to search the Internet||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Elective||9968||Procure materials, tools and equipment||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Elective||119534||Supervise the application of trenchless technology procedures||Level 3||NQF Level 03||15|
|Elective||119535||Supervise the installation of foundation applications||Level 3||NQF Level 03||15|
|Elective||119536||Supervise the process of small bore drilling||Level 3||NQF Level 03||15|
|Elective||116936||Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based database application to work with simple databases||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Elective||116930||Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based presentation application to enhance presentation appearance||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Elective||119520||Conduct acceptance criteria testing for completed geotechnical work||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|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.