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

National Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
49689  National Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Vehicle Maintenance 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
SAQA 0763/05  2005-11-30  2008-11-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-11-30   2012-11-30  

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 replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
24455  National Certificate: Servicing Vehicles  Level 2  NQF Level 02  120  Complete 

This qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
64810  National Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance  Level 2  NQF Level 02  125  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose of the qualification

The purpose of the qualification is to provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to work effectively in various industries making use of automotive repair and maintenance skills and to meet the challenges of the automotive industry and related environments.

The primary skill that is recognized in this qualification is the ability to apply the fundamentals of basic automotive repair and maintenance technology and to recognize and respond to typical repair and maintenance defects.

This capability requires an understanding of basic repairing and maintenance theory, names and functions of fluids and lubricants, automotive components and how to read and interpret workshop manuals and workshop procedures.

A thorough knowledge of automotive components and systems, workshop equipment and an ability to read, interpret and understand task instructions and job cards is required.

Hand skills play an important role in this qualification. Successful learners of one of the variations of this qualification are able to conduct the essential servicing and related operations associated with the range of vehicles on the road today and to apply efficient and safe operational practices in the following specialization areas:
  • Passenger, Light Delivery and Commercial Vehicles.
  • Earthmoving Equipment
  • Fork lift maintenance
  • Automotive body repair
  • Spray painting

    With this understanding learners will be able to participate in operational activities.

    What learners achieve in this qualification will also serve as a basis for further learning where they will engage in more complex automotive maintenance and repair activities in the field of vehicle technology.

    Rationale of the qualification

    The qualification National Certificate in Servicing Vehicles Level 2 has been revised and this qualification replaces the Servicing Vehicles qualification. The revision was necessary due to the inclusion of three additional specialization areas. The field of automotive maintenance and repair is characterized by the overall servicing of vehicles as well as the removal, dismantling and replacement of components and minor adjustments to vehicle systems. This in turn provides support and job opportunities to a variety of small businesses in the retail motor and related industries.

    This qualification recognizes the skills, knowledge and values relevant in the workplace and will cater for learners who:
  • Have attended courses and need to apply the knowledge gained to activities in the workplace.
  • Are already workers and have acquired skills and knowledge without having attended formal training.
  • Are part of a learnership programme which integrates structured learning and operational experience.

    People working in the automotive repair and maintenance field require technical skills and knowledge, and well developed hand skills.

    There is also a critical need in the industry to identify people who are able to conduct the essential servicing and related operations associated with the range of vehicles on the road today and apply efficient and safe operational practices in at least one of the following specialization areas:
  • Passenger, Light Delivery and Commercial Vehicles
  • Earthmoving Equipment
  • Fork lift maintenance
  • Automotive body repair
  • Spray painting

    This is the first qualification in a series for learners who want to follow a career in the field of automotive repair and maintenance. This qualification focuses on developing skills and knowledge necessary to begin such a career.

    It also provides learners who have gained relevant experience in the workplace with an opportunity to obtain credits through an RPL process. The qualification also forms the basis for further learning in field of vehicle technology 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    This qualification assumes learners have a General Education and Training Certificate at NQF level 1, or alternatively, an ABET level 4 qualification

    If the learner does not already have such a qualification, learning in preparation for this qualification should include:
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Basic concepts of science and technology

    Recognition of prior learning

    This qualification may be obtained through a process of RPL. The learner should be thoroughly briefed prior to the assessment and support provided to assist in the process of developing a portfolio.

    While this is primarily a workplace-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavor may be introduced if pertinent to any of the exit-level outcomes. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Rules of combination for this qualification (five specialization areas)
  • All Fundamental unit standards are compulsory (36 Credits)
  • All Core unit standards are compulsory (26 Credits)
  • All elective unit standards in one specialization area which are:
  • Specialization area 1 - Passenger, Light Delivery and Commercial Vehicles unit standards are compulsory (31 Credits) for learners specializing in this field
    > 119738 - Remove automotive components
    > 119748 - Install automotive components
    > 119752 - Adjust headlights
    > 15123 - Select and use vehicle lifting equipment
    > 119746 - Balance a wheel
    > 119751 - Carry out a service
    > 119735 - Remove, test, fit and service automobile batteries
  • Specialization area 2 - Earthmoving Equipment unit standards are compulsory (28 Credits) for learners specializing in this field
    > 119738 - Remove automotive components
    > 119748 - Install automotive components
    > 119739 - Take fluid samples
    > 119751 - Carry out a service
    > 119745 - Conduct an inspection
    > 119743 - Dismantle automotive components
  • Specialization area 3 - Forklift unit standards are compulsory (26 Credits) for a learner specializing in this field
    > 119738 - Remove automotive components
    > 119748 - Install automotive components
    > 119751 - Carry out a service
    > 119745 - Conduct an inspection
    > 119735 - Remove, test, fit and service automobile batteries
  • Specialization area 4 - Automotive body repairer unit standards are compulsory (34 Credits) for a learner specializing in the body repair field
    > 119736 - Understand the body construction and safety features of a vehicle
    > 119741 - Remove replace and align body parts
    > 119747 - Repair minor dents on ferrous body shell parts
    > 119753 - Perform basic welding/joining of metals
    > 119749 - Cut materials using the oxy-fuel gas cutting process (manual cutting)
  • Specialization are 5 - Spray Painter unit standards are compulsory (30 Credits) for a learner specializing in the field of automotive spray painting
    > 119740 - Identify the various types of paint, primers, material and their uses
    > 119734 - Perform surface preparation on a body panel
    > 119742 - Perform masking and de-masking on a vehicle
    > 119737 - Perform basic spray painting

    In addition, a selection of Individual Elective unit standards must be completed to achieve a total of 120 credits for this qualification.
  • A minimum of 27 Credits for Specialization Area 1
  • A minimum of 30 Credits for Specialization Area 2
  • A minimum of 32 Credits for Specialization Area 3
  • A minimum of 24 Credits for Specialization Area 4
  • A minimum of 28 Credits for Specialization Area 5 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1.Communicate and solve problems in a variety of ways.

    2.Conduct essential servicing and related operations associated with a range of vehicles.
    Range: > Passenger, Light Delivery and Commercial Vehicles.
    > Earthmoving Equipment
    > Fork lift

    3.Demonstrate an understanding of automotive body construction and repair.

    4.Select and use the paint application equipment and apply paint to body panels.

    5.Demonstrate safe working practices that are required by operational and SHE procedures and achieve high levels of safety consciousness and an improved productive environment.

    6.Demonstrate the ability to use and operate a computer system. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Regular and on-going communication is conducted.
  • Problems are identified and solved to indicate critical and creative thinking.
  • Daily work schedules are on a regular basis with other team members.
  • Information relevant to own work context is gathered, recorded and reported when required and in an appropriate manner.
  • Establish functioning relationships with team members and supervisory / management levels.

    2.
  • The fundamentals of basic automotive repair and maintenance technology are applied.
  • Typical repair and maintenance defects are recognized and responded to.
  • Minor adjustments to vehicle systems are made and components are removed, dismantled and replaced.

    3.
  • Body trim and accessories are identified, repositioned and removed in accordance with workplace procedures.
  • List of body components, vehicle construction safety features and materials used is compiled for the repair process.
  • Procedure to repair minor dents on ferrous body shell and panels are applied according to automotive specifications.
  • The damage and scope of repairs are assessed, determined and repaired in accordance with the job and workplace requirements.
  • Welding equipment and metal joining procedures are set up and performed.
  • Basic and major components of the oxy-fuel cutting process and equipment are identified and the explanation of function and purpose is correct in terms of the cutting standards.

    4.
  • Various paints, primers and materials are identified, selected and applied to correct use in accordance with the suppliers and manufacturers manuals.
  • Correct surface preparation equipment is selected prepared for paint application.
  • Masking and de-masking techniques are demonstrated in accordance with best workplace best practices.

    5.
  • Equipment is prepared, used and operated according to procedures.
  • A clean safe work area is maintained.
  • Prepared materials are handled and cared for.
  • Safety, health, environmental, quality and risk management policies and procedures are applied and adhered to.

    6.
  • Computer, software and peripherals are used to process information.
  • Basic troubleshooting techniques are applied on a computer system. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    As a starting point, this qualification which is part of a series of qualifications in the field of vehicle technology including, servicing, maintenance, repairs and diagnostics, was compared to other, similar outcomes-based qualifications, certifications or skills standards in English speaking countries of the world.

    It was found to be difficult to compare the New Zealand and Australian narrow focus qualifications with this broad-based qualification that also include fundamentals, however the generic core and specialisation areas` unit standards did compare favourably to both the Australian (AUR99) Automotive Industry, Service and Repair unit standards and the NVQ qualification in the United Kingdom.

    An example of the exact multi specialisation area approach used in this qualification was found in Australia under Automotive Retail Service Repair Training (www.automotivetraining.org.au). The range of unit standards used in Australia that relate similarly to core unit standards in this qualification may be found at (www.ntis.gov.au).

    It was further difficult to undertake specific comparisons given that the New Zealand and Australian qualifications, although they are in the same field of vehicle technology and cover the same areas of specialisation (thus containing a large degree of similar content) are conceptualised as three year qualifications without exit level outcomes at the intermediate levels.

    This notwithstanding, the technical content of this qualification for automotive repair and maintenance (with the various specialisations) corresponds with the equivalent level of qualification in vehicle servicing (with the various specialisations) in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

    Elements of the Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) in the UK have been used in benchmarking best practice procedures in some of the unit standards used in this qualification. The NVQ qualifications offered in the UK cover all the same objectives of this series of qualifications at various levels of complexity. The qualifications are offered as an internship wherein the learner enrols with a college or training centre for the theoretical component, and achieves the practical component in-house. The qualifications are all based on specific levels of performance, and lead to progressive levels of complexity, but are identified as separate qualifications. The learning towards these qualifications is offered through long-term learner-employer relationships, with short-term stints at a training centre. Qualification titles in the UK include:
  • Vehicle Mechanical & Electronic Systems, Maintenance and Repair - Level 3: (Q1015915)
  • Vehicle Mechanical & Electronic Systems, Maintenance and Repair - Level 3: (Q1015916)
  • Motorcycle Mechanical & Electronic Systems, Maintenance and Repair - Level 3: (Q1015918)
  • Vehicle Refinishing - Level 3: (Q1017590)
  • Vehicle Body Repair - Level 3: (Q1015917)
  • Vehicle Body Fitting - Level 2: (Q1015913)
  • Vehicle Mechanical & Electronic Systems, unit Replacement - Level 2: (Q1015914)

    The qualifications offered in other European countries, such as Germany, are also predominantly vocational qualifications with theoretical components being achieved through a specified period at a training centre. The qualifications are aimed at achieving complete competence in all aspects of vehicle maintenance through the progressive series of qualifications and includes mechanical, electrical and coach works. The training programmes are progressive qualifications of one-year duration each and include ongoing training through workbooks in which the trainee is required to complete evidence of understanding for each month of the registered year of learning. Germany has a requirement that competent people be licensed to operate under the meister (master craftsman) programme, and this licence is valid for a period of two years. The qualification titles offered in Germany include:
  • Auto Fachman - Level 1
  • Auto Fachman - Level 2
  • Auto Fachman - Level 3
  • Auto Fachman - Meister

    America uses a system of specialisation areas, with a master technician being identified as a person who is competent in all areas and will be able to perform on almost any part of a vehicle. The learning is conducted through apprenticeships and has specialisation areas for engine technicians, transmission technicians, steering and suspension technicians, brake technicians, electrical system technicians, heating and air-conditioning technicians, driveability and performance technicians and lubrication technicians.

    None of the SADC countries have their own qualifications relating to vehicle maintenance, but use the British City and Guilds Standards for training learners in the automotive field. Namibia has indicated interest in the South African qualifications and may implement this qualification once it has been registered. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The qualification allows for vertical articulation with the National Certificate: Servicing Vehicles: NQF Level 3.The qualification also allows for horizontal articulation with other related engineering qualifications at NQF Level 2. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has an MOU with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution or learning provider offering learning towards the achievement of this qualification should be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment should be overseen by relevant ETQA or any other relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines provided for in this qualification as well as the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The following criteria should be applied by the relevant ETQA:
  • An appropriate qualification and in vehicle, servicing, repair or manufacturing at NQF level 3 or higher.
  • Registration as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 64810, which is "National Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance", Level 2, 125 credits.

    This qualification replaces qualification 24455, National Certificate: National Certificate: Servicing Vehicles, Level 2, 120 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  117867  Managing files in a Graphical User Interface (GUI) environment  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  116932  Operate a personal computer system  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  117902  Use generic functions in a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-environment  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  13220  Keep the work area safe and productive  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  119744  Select, use and care for engineering hand tools  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8963  Access and use information from texts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9009  Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life related problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7480  Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9008  Identify, describe, compare, classify, explore shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional shapes in different contexts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8962  Maintain and adapt oral communication  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8965  Respond to literary texts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7469  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9007  Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8964  Write for a defined context  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119752  Adjust headlights  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12212  Assemble, fit and repair automobile auxiliary harnesses  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Elective  119746  Balance a wheel  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12211  Build basic auto electrical circuits  Level 2  NQF Level 02  16 
    Elective  119751  Carry out a service  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  13217  Collect and use information  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119745  Conduct an inspection  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119749  Cut material with oxy-fuel gas cutting process (Manual cutting)  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12465  Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119743  Dismantle automotive components  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12466  Explain the individual`s role within business  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119740  Identify the various types of paint, primers, material and their uses  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119750  Inspect and lubricate an automotive system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119748  Install Automotive components  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9268  Manage basic personal finance  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  13258  Participate in work group activities  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119737  Perform basic spray painting  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  119753  Perform basic welding/joining of metals  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119742  Perform masking and de-masking on a vehicle  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119734  Perform surface preparation on a body panel  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12214  Remove and fit automobile mechanical and electrical components  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Elective  119738  Remove automotive components  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119741  Remove, replace and align body parts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119735  Remove, test, fit and service automobile batteries  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119747  Repair minor dents on ferrous body shell and parts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  15123  Select and use vehicle lifting equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12476  Select, use and care for engineering measuring equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119739  Take fluid samples  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12463  Understand and deal with HIV/AIDS  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119736  Understand the body construction and safety features of a vehicle  Level 2  NQF Level 02 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some (but not all) of their learning programmes are moved to the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replaced 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. Golden Arrow Bus Services 
    2. The Automobile Association of South Africa NPC T/A The AA Technical College(MIDRAND) (TP) 



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