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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|Further Education and Training Certificate: Optical Manufacturing Processes|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|50040||Further Education and Training Certificate: Optical Manufacturing Processes|
|SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|MERSETA - Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|Further Ed and Training Cert||Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology||Manufacturing and Assembly|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||154||Level 4||NQF Level 04||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 provides learners with access to such employment opportunities through providing them with the required applied competencies that are formalised and recognised in the optical manufacturing sector, and to remain nationally and internationally comparable. Through the achievement of this qualification qualified learners can contribute to this sector in the manufacturing of lenses and optical appliances. This qualification reflects the need of the sector to provide formal, recognised and registered qualifications and unit standards where this was not available previously. The qualification also provides the learner with the essential skills needed at a technical level and will facilitate a pathway for further learning and will give recognition for existing skills and knowledge. This qualification aims to promote professionalism and work ethics in the sector whilst providing portable skills into other areas and areas of specialisation. It provides learners with opportunities for further education and training at higher levels as well as continued professional development.
A person acquiring this qualification will be able to:
The current optometrist/technician ratio of 2:1 falls far short of the ideal of 1:3 resulting in the need for learners who are qualified and have the necessary applied competencies to operate as an optical technician. This growing demand for qualified, competent optical technicians is evident as a result of a number of important factors. Firstly, optical manufacturing has become a scarce skill. Secondly, the development and implementation of new technologies that have a current and future impact on the discipline. Thirdly, exploring the export potential of the discipline. Fourthly, the need to align this discipline with other related sectors thereby creating opportunities for portability and career opportunities for qualifying learners through improved employability.
The range of typical learners that will benefit from this qualification are ophthalmic/optical technicians, precision opticians and employees working behind the scenes that are responsible for surfacing, glazing, coating and repair of lenses, repair and manufacture of spectacle frames; metrology, optical metrology; as well as those who apply mechanical knowledge of optical components and who work with optical materials and instruments, etc.
Since this optical discipline has not previously had formal qualifications or training, people who have worked in this field require validation by being given access to formal qualifications and standards. The qualification will therefore be able to affirm the experiences of optical technicians through the recognition of prior learning, credit accumulation and achievement of competencies.
The qualification aims at developing a competent and professional sector for the effective delivery of services. The applied competencies demonstrated within this qualification are essential for a positive impact on ophthalmic, social, economic and political transformation within the South African democracy.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
Recognition of prior learning:
The structure of this unit standards-based qualification makes the Recognition of Prior Learning possible. If the learner is able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this qualification the appropriate credits should be assigned to the learner. Recognition of Prior Learning will be done by means of Integrated Assessment.
This Recognition of Prior Learning may allow for:
Access to the Qualification
Open access bearing in mind learning assumed to be in place.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|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 154 credits as detailed below.
The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
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.
The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 78 credits all of which are compulsory.
The Elective Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 212 credits. Learners are to choose Unit Standards to the minimum of 20 credits.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|Qualifying learners are able to:
1. Communicate effectively using a range of strategies to identify and solve optical manufacturing related problems.
2. Use optical materials and instruments to manufacture lenses.
3. Apply thin films and coating processes to ophthalmic lenses.
4. Fit ophthalmic lenses and/or optical appliances into spectacle frames.
5. Contribute to quality practices during optical manufacturing through tolerance and troubleshooting activities.
6. Promote, implement and maintain procedures that support safety, health and the environment.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|The qualification has been compared with the following similar ABDO (Association of British Dispensing Opticians) Training courses and qualifications offered in the United Kingdom and the USA.
No such a qualification exists in Optical Manufacturing Processes in Africa and the relevant providers may adopt this qualification.
The qualification contains more mechanical competencies than clinical when compared with the above-mentioned qualifications. This is because the Further Education and Training Certificate in Optical Manufacturing Processes is a more specialised qualification aimed specifically for Optical Laboratory Technicians.
|This Qualification articulates horizontally and vertically with the following proposed and registered Qualifications:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|Assessors registered with the relevant ETQA must carry out the assessment of candidates for any of the unit standards that make up this qualification. The following criteria are specified for an applicant to register as an assessor for this Qualification, the applicant should:
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||120269||Apply different lens treatments/Tinted and protective lenses||Level 4||NQF Level 04||18|
|Core||10022||Comply with organisational ethics||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||120267||Cut and fit lens according to frame shape||Level 4||NQF Level 04||7|
|Core||7791||Display cultural awareness in dealing with customers and colleagues||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||120262||Layout and surface a lens to a prescribed specification||Level 4||NQF Level 04||20|
|Core||13235||Maintain the quality assurance system||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Core||13224||Monitor the application of safety, health and environmental protection procedures||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||110023||Present information in report format||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Core||120265||Select appropriate lens material and lens blank as prescribed||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Fundamental||8968||Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||8972||Interpret a variety of literary texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||8969||Interpret and use information from texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||8970||Write texts for a range of communicative contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9015||Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||8974||Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||8975||Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||9016||Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Fundamental||8979||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||7468||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||8976||Write for a wide range of contexts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||116714||Lead a team, plan, allocate and assess their work||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Elective||117877||Perform one-to-one training on the job||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Elective||114600||Apply innovative thinking to the development of a small business||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Elective||9905||Change and set tooling||Level 4||NQF Level 04||16|
|Elective||13254||Contribute to the implementation and maintenance of business processes||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Elective||13331||Diagnose and repair faults on tooling during the production run||Level 4||NQF Level 04||24|
|Elective||114591||Implement an action plan for business operations||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Elective||110009||Manage administration records||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Elective||114586||Manage finances of a new venture||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||13314||Produce complex components using lathes||Level 4||NQF Level 04||20|
|Elective||13305||Produce complex components using milling machines||Level 4||NQF Level 04||29|
|Elective||9749||Quantify analyte concentrations in samples by means of X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry||Level 4||NQF Level 04||9|
|Elective||115753||Conduct outcomes-based assessment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||15|
|Elective||12665||Control production and resource scheduling and planning in a manufacturing environment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||9904||Coordinate work group to produce product||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||10631||Demonstrate an understanding of manufacturing, principles, methodologies and processes||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||7|
|Elective||117874||Guide learners about their learning, assessment and recognition opportunities||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Elective||110464||Monitor the quality system in the laboratory||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||10604||Manage skills, training and development within a team in a manufacturing unit||Level 6||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6||8|
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|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
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