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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Firearms Maintenance 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
49739  Further Education and Training Certificate: Firearms Maintenance 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Combat Weapons Maintenance   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
SAS SETA - Safety and Security SETA  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security  Safety in Society 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  130  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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 
Purpose:

This qualification will allow a learner in the Firearms Maintenance Industry and Statutory Forces to obtain a nationally recognised qualification for maintaining firearms. It will also contribute to the upliftment of the Firearms Maintenance and Statutory Forces personnel (i.e. armourers, gunsmiths, weapon fitters and armament fitters, etc.) by setting a professional standard within this industry. Qualifying learners will be able to:
  • Communicate with internal and external clients by compiling technical reports and perform related administration.
  • Use mathematical knowledge to read and interpret engineering drawings.
  • Maintain, repair and inspect firearms according to manufacturer's specifications.
  • Adhere to safety regulations and laws pertaining to firearms and ammunition.

    Rationale:

    This qualification reflects the workplace-based needs of the Firearms Maintenance Industry that relates to maintaining firearms as expressed by employers, employees and education, training and development providers. This qualification will standardise firearms maintenance across the different sectors of the Firearms Maintenance Industry and contribute to the safety and security of society. It also provides the learner with access to employment within the Firearms Maintenance Industry and provides qualifying learners with the flexibility to pursue different careers in the broader Firearms Maintenance Industry and Statutory Forces. This qualification, whilst referring to firearms maintenance, starts by providing the theoretical understanding of how firearms work. This qualification is generic, it is premised on the fact that firearms operate on the same basic principles and therefore a learner who achieves this qualification will be able to understand the operating principles of any firearm. For firearm specific maintenance, learners will undergo training in various short courses and or skills programmes that are product and type specific for particular organisations. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy NQF Level 3.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This qualification may be achieved in part or whole through the recognition of prior learning gained in the Firearms Maintenance Industry. For the purposes of recognizing prior learning, providers are required to develop structured means of assessment of individual candidates against the exit level outcomes and unit standards of the qualification on a case by case basis. Such procedures and assessment of individual candidates must be moderated by the relevant ETQA.

    Access to the Qualification:

    Learners embarking on study towards this qualification must meet all the criteria that are set in the firearm legislation pertaining to persons who may maintain firearms and must also have completed the unit standard Select use and care for engineering hand tools at NQF level 2 or its equivalent. 

  • 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 130 credits as detailed below.

    Fundamental Component:

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

    All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.

    Core Component:

    The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 65 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:

    The Elective Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 24 credits. Learners are to choose Unit Standards to the minimum of 9 credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Communicate with internal and external clients by compiling technical reports and perform related administration.
    2. Use mathematical knowledge to read and interpret engineering drawings.
    3. Maintain, repair and inspect firearms according to manufacturer's specifications.
    4. Adhere to safety regulations and laws pertaining to firearms and ammunition.

    Critical Cross-field Outcomes:

    The way in which the critical cross-field outcomes are addressed in this qualification is presented in detail in the unit standards. (See unit standards) The qualification addresses the following Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
  • Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.
  • Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community.
  • Organizing and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
  • Using science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Communication skills are demonstrated within the context of client service.
  • Technical reports are compiled in order to facilitate communication with internal and external clients.
  • Administrative procedures are adhered to, to expedite service delivery to clients.

    2.
  • Engineering drawings are read in order to establish maintenance requirements on firearms.
  • Engineering drawings are analysed using mathematical principles in the planning of maintenance repairs to firearms.
  • Engineering drawings are interpreted in order to affect maintenance on firearms according to manufacturer's specifications.

    3.
  • Firearms are inspected in order to determine whether repairs, and subsequently which repairs, are necessary in order to maintain the firearm.
  • Firearms are maintained to ensure its continued safe operation.
  • Firearms are repaired in accordance with manufacturer's specifications.

    4.
  • Firearms and ammunition are handled in accordance with accepted safety regulations.
  • Firearms and ammunition are handled in accordance with legal prescripts.

    Integrated Assessment

    Assessment should focus on the candidates' ability to apply theoretical knowledge and understanding to practical application. Assessors should use a range of strategies to allow candidates to demonstrate applied competence. Assessment strategies and procedures should be in alignment with the purpose and exit level outcomes of the qualification. These should primarily consist of practical assessments supported by written assignments, tests and/or examinations, case studies, problem solving assignments, portfolios of learning and projects. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification is modelled on the New Zealand certificate, the Arms Maintenance Diagnostics Advisor Certificate. The content of this level 4 qualification compares well with the knowledge, understanding, skills and value orientations covered in the New Zealand certificate.

    A search of United States of America qualifications revealed that courses in Firearms Maintenance were too specialised to compare with what the SGB wanted to cover. In the USA the Firearms Maintenance industry does not cover firearms in general as this qualification intends to. One specialises in pistols, shotguns, semi-automatic carbines, automatic carbines, etc. In fact most programmes in the USA are weapon specific and this was found not to be suitable for the South African context as there was a need in South Africa for a generic qualification.

    A search of Canadian comparable courses revealed that the FETC in Firearms Maintenance compares quite well with the Diemaco Operator Instructor Course that is offered to the Nato Military personnel. Whilst the Diemaco course is a short course for military personnel and focuses specifically on the C7 and C8 family of weapons and goes beyond what the FETC in Firearms Maintenance does, it cover the same ground in terms of Safety Precautions, Sighting and Zeroing, Ammunition and the Basic Theory of Application as covered by the unit standards Apply safety precautions in the maintenance of firearms, Maintain optical and non-optical firearm sighting systems, Demonstrate an understanding of small arms ammunition and Demonstrate an understanding of the operating principles in the maintenance of firearms in the FETC in Firearms Maintenance.

    A search of United Kingdom comparable revealed that the FETC in Firearms Maintenance whilst not being weapon specific covers the same skills as the British International Defence Training Armourer Class 1 Course. A look at British course especially the modules on Instruments and Small Arms shows that the content covers much the same as covered by the unit standards Demonstrate the use and care of firearm measuring equipment (which also looks at equipment to test functionality, safety and wear of small arms) and Demonstrate an understanding of the operating principles in the maintenance of firearms (which also looks at how small arms work).

    A search of a number of African countries did not produce any comparable courses in Firearms Maintenance. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification is equivalent to other FETC's at NQF level 4 in the Engineering, Mechanical and Maintenance field. Learners qualifying with this qualification may proceed to the level 5 National Certificate in Firearms Maintenance. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers offering this qualification must be accredited by the relevant ETQA. Accredited providers must establish moderation procedures and systems in line with the requirements of the ETQA.

    One or more external moderators should moderate results of assessments. External moderators should provide reports not only on the fairness and consistency of assessment, but also on the validity of the assessment design in terms of the specified outcomes. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Anyone assessing learners against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. Assessors should have a level 5 qualification in Firearms Maintenance or its equivalent and an additional three years experience in the Firearms Maintenance Industry (as an Armourer, Gunsmith, Weapon Fitter or Armament Fitter etc). 

    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.
    For reasons of safety, providers are advised to commence training with the following unit standards:
  • 119777: Apply safety precautions in the maintenance of firearms, Level 4, 6 credits.
  • 119783: Demonstrate an understanding of the operating principles of firearms, Level 4, 18 credits. 

  • UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  119777  Apply safety precautions in the maintenance of firearms  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  119778  Demonstrate an understanding of basic internal and external ballistics  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  119782  Demonstrate an understanding of firearm surface treatments  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  119780  Demonstrate an understanding of small arms ammunition  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  119783  Demonstrate and understanding of the operating principles in the maintenance of firearms  Level 4  NQF Level 04  18 
    Core  119781  Demonstrate the use and care of firearm measuring equipment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  119775  Explain and understand the legislation related to handling and storage of ammunition and firearms during maintenance  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  119776  Maintain optical and non-optical firearm sighting systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04  18 
    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  12155  Apply comprehension skills to engage written texts in a business environment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    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  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  12255  Weld workpieces with the gas metal arc welding process in all positions  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15 
    Elective  119779  Explain the construction of firearm stocks  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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