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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Wool and Mohair Handling 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
50228  National Certificate: Wool and Mohair Handling 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
AgriSETA - Agriculture SETA  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation  Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  121  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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:

The qualification provides learners with the opportunity to gain competence in Wool and Mohair handling and will facilitate their securing employment in the industry. For those who are already employed in a Fibre handling facility, the multi-skilling that the qualification offers will open up a career path in the industry.

A learner achieving this qualification will be able to work effectively and productively within the Wool and Mohair handling industry knowing:
  • The structure of the Wool and Mohair fibre industry.
  • The health and safety practices for fibre handling.
  • The receiving and registration of Wool and Mohair.
  • The inspection and sampling of Wool and Mohair fibre bales.
  • The compression and storage of Wool and Mohair bales.
  • The blending of Wool and Mohair fibres.
  • The application of quality assurance in Wool and Mohair handling.
  • The displaying of Wool and Mohair fibre samples for auctioning.

    The qualification will facilitate multiskilling, which in turn, will have a positive impact on the efficiency and productivity of the fibre handling facilities.

    Rationale:

    The qualification addresses the urgent need for the establishment of skills and accompanying standards that the industry required, especially within the SMME sector. This will allow them to operate on a more professional basis.

    The qualification embodies the international requirements for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), which will ensure that producers will be able to export wool and mohair to meet stringent international requirements. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1.

    Recognition of Previous Learning:

    The qualification may be achieved in part or as a whole through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This may include formal, non-formal learning and work experience. Where RPL is required the learner will need to prove competence in the specific area, or areas, in order to obtain recognition of these skills and knowledge. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification consists of a minimum of 121 credits, composed of:
  • Fundamental: 36 - Compulsory for all learners.
  • Core: 66 - Compulsory for all learners.
  • Electives: 19 - Learners to choose unit standards totalling 19 credits from the listed elective standards. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Communicate effectively in the workplace.
    2. Utilise mathematical concepts to solve work related problems.
    3. Apply life skills in personal and community environments.
    4. Conduct the receiving and registration of bulk wool and mohair fibre.
    5. Perform the objective measurement of wool and mohair bales.
    6. Compress and store wool and mohair bales.
    7. Prepare and display wool and mohair samples for pre auction evaluation.
    8. Conduct the despatching and shipping of wool and mohair consignments.

    Critical Cross - Field Outcomes (CCFO's):

    The unit standards in the qualification are structured to contain specific and cross-field outcomes. The integration of the latter is vital to the full development and social upliftment of the learner. The critical cross-field outcomes are intended to guide the providers in developing the learning material.

    The relevant CCFO's include:
  • The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.
  • The learner is able to work effectively with others and demonstrate their willingness to be part of the team.
  • The learner is able to organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
  • The learner is able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation.
  • The learner is able to collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Oral communication and responses to workplace situations are carried out effectively.
  • Texts are written on topics that are relevant to the workplace.

    2.
  • Calculations required in the work environment are performed correctly.
  • Mathematical concepts are used to solve problems in the workplace and in personal life situation.

    3.
  • Self management skills are demonstrated.
  • Preventative measures and implications of HIV/AIDS are explained.

    4.
  • The procedures for offloading and transferring wool and mohair clips to the examination area are demonstrated.
  • The wool and mohair bales are examined according to the standard operating procedures.
  • The function and use of the various types of documentation that is used in the receiving and registration of wool and mohair clips are described.

    5.
  • The procedures for weighing and slitting wool and mohair bales are demonstrated.
  • The coring and grabbing of wool and mohair samples from the bales is described.
  • The documentation for recording the coring and grabbing of samples is explained.

    6.
  • The compression of wool and mohair bales according to the standard operating procedures is conducted.
  • The strapping and securing of the compressed wool and mohair bales is performed.
  • The practices for the stowage of wool and mohair bales are applied.
  • The documentation necessary to record the stowage of bales is explained.

    7.
  • The layout of the sample displays and the mapping out of the area is demonstrated.
  • The sample lot is transferred and positioned according to the documentation.
  • The documentation for the displaying of wool and mohair samples is explained.

    8.
  • The required bales are extracted from their storage in preparation for dispatch.
  • The transference of the located bales to the dispatch area is carried out.
  • The procedures for loading of bales onto road transport and the packing of shipping containers are applied. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Australia and New Zealand are leading exporters of wool and mohair. Both offer wool handling qualifications. Many of their unit standards are similar to those covered by this qualification. The qualifications referred to are:
  • National Qualification in Wool Handling (NZ) - Level 3 Registration No 1057
  • Certificate II in Agriculture (Wool handling) (Aust) - Level 2 Registration No RAU 2 14 98

    The unit standards in these qualifications were looked at, and the notable similarities are:
  • Registration No RUAAG2434WHA - Press wool into bales (Aust):

    > This level 2 unit standard covers the practices and procedures used in the filling and bale pressing.
    > The "Bin and blend wool and mohair fibres" unit standard incorporates the filling and bale pressing. This is undertaken when "splits" (part bales and small deliveries) are received.
  • Registration No RUAAG3402SWA - Load and unload wool (Aust):

    > This level 3 unit standard covers the practices and procedures for the handling of both wool and sheep when loading and unloading.
    > The processes and procedures are comparable with those used in the "Receive and register bulk wool and mohair fibre" unit standard.
  • Registration No LMTPREW02A - Blend and open greasy wool (Aust):

    > This level 2 unit standard concerns the sorting and blending of wool in preparation for baling.
    > The processes and procedures are comparable with those used in the "Bin and blend wool and mohair fibres" unit standard.
    > The importance of monitoring and ensuring quality assurance in their processes, is also a prime function for the South African qualification.
  • Registration No 2448 - Blend and open greasy wool (NZ):

    > This level 2 unit standard is similar to the Australian unit standard mentioned above.
    > The processes and procedures are comparable with those used in the "Bin and blend wool and mohair fibres" unit standard.
  • Registration No 15050 - Wool pressing (NZ):

    > This level 2 qualification covers the practices and procedures used in the filling of bales and the further compression of these.
    > The processes and procedures are comparable with those used in the "Compress wool and mohair bales".
  • Registration No 9100 - Grab, core and weigh wool (NZ):

    > This level 4 qualification covers the practices and procedures for handling of the bales in their inspection departments.
    > The processes and procedures are similar to those used in the "Core and grab wool and mohair samples" unit standard.

    In conclusion it can be stated that this qualification compares favourable with best overseas practice in terms of skills and knowledge. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The qualification is designed to provide a structured learning path for employees in the wool and mohair fibre handling in South Africa, be they in employ of commercial businesses or as entrepreneurs.

    This qualification will enable horizontal articulation, where learners may move within the wool and mohair industry, between the fields of production and processing/textiles.

    The learning areas in the qualification will facilitate horizontal and vertical articulation in the following:
  • National Certificate in Agri Trade processes NQF level 2 (ID 14851)
  • National Certificate in Farming NQF level 3 (ID 20289)
  • National Certificate in Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather NQF level 3 (ID 48973) 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Anyone assessing a learner against these unit standards must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA and have experience or in depth knowledge of the Wool and Mohair fibre industry.

    Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of these unit standards or will assess these unit standards must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the qualification and the agreed ETQA procedure.

    Therefore anyone wishing to be assessed against these unit standards may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution which is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Assessors must:
  • Be registered as an assessor by the relevant ETQA.
  • Have experience or in depth knowledge of the agricultural industry, specifically as it relates to the Wool and Mohair sector.
  • Hold a qualification in Agriculture at NQF Level 3 or higher. 

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

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  123166  Apply health and safety practices in the wool and mohair fibre industry  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  123153  Apply quality assurance in the wool and mohair fibre industry  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Core  123152  Bin and blend wool and mohair fibres  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  123250  Compress wool and mohair bales  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  123150  Core and grab wool and mohair samples  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Core  8494  Demonstrate an understanding of HIV/AIDS and its implications  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  123144  Demonstrate an understanding of the wool and mohair fibre industry  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  123151  Dispatch and ship wool and mohair bales  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  123155  Display wool and mohair samples for pre auction evaluation  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  123168  Receive and register bulk wool and mohair bulk fibre  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  123171  Store wool and mohair bales  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  123147  Weigh and slit wool and mohair bales  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  117867  Managing files in a Graphical User Interface (GUI) environment  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  116932  Operate a personal computer system  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  117902  Use generic functions in a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-environment  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  116820  Drive a tractor  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  14339  Identify and maintain the types of records required in own industry and understand why it is necessary to create evidence and maintain confidentiality  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9599  Lift and move material and equipment by means of a forklift  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  14340  Maintain an existing information system in a business environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  8000  Apply basic business principles  Level 3  NQF Level 03 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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    1. Oos Vrystaat Kaap Bedryf Beperk 
    2. Production Management Institute of Southern Africa - Durban 



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