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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Quantity Surveying 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
58780  Further Education and Training Certificate: Quantity Surveying 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Quantity Surveying   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
CETA - Construction Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction  Physical Planning, Design and Management 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  145  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 
Rationale and Purpose:

Quantity Surveying is the impartial management of all financial and contractual matters related to Built Environment projects, from preliminary planning and inception through to completion of those projects, based on comprehensive knowledge of various financing method, construction systems, forms of contract and the costs of alternative design proposals, construction methods, and materials and is acknowledged as an independent profession within the context of the built environment worldwide. Registered Quantity Surveying Assistants, i.e. persons who have been awarded this Further Education and Training Certificate in Quantity Surveying and who are registered with the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession in terms of the Quantity Surveying Profession Act 2000 (Act No 49 of 2000) enjoy due recognition and financial reward in terms of their specialised skills and competence in the application of basic technical knowledge related to quantity surveying in the Built Environment, including:
  • Planning for Construction Projects.
  • Project Cost Management, Procurement and Administration.
  • Specialised Management Services.
  • Support Competencies.

    Qualifying learners are:
  • Equipped to apply basic quantity surveying skills as employees, under the direction and supervision of a competent person who possesses appropriate skills and experience, and are not entitled to practise for their own account.
  • Eligible for employment in numerous spheres of the economy, which include private sector consultancies and professional firms, public sector employment (State, provincial and local authorities), tertiary/adult basic/further education and training, financial institutions, property development enterprises, research organisations, and construction companies.
  • Empowered to build their personal career paths through undertaking further learning programmes with a view to articulation towards obtaining additional qualifications associated with the built environment.

    While demand for quantity surveying skills in the construction industry is influenced by economic factors, for example, capital investment in property development projects, the skills and knowledge-base acquired by holders of this Further Education and Training Certificate affords opportunities for entry into sectors of the economy other than the construction, for example, manufacturing industries, retailing, and maintenance (structures of all types).

    Learners will be able to:
  • Interact with relevant stakeholders in the construction industry, e.g. working with plumbers for the on-site re-measurement of plumbing.
  • Measure and report on construction activity production and resource costs.
  • Interpret construction drawings and specifications.
  • Implement and monitor an on-site Health and Safety Plan.
  • Compile price determination documents and utilise the information in project administration applications.
  • Understand well-defined and frequently-encountered problems related to the built environment.
  • Understand basic commercial and management issues.
  • Communicate effectively on all matters to which their skills and competencies have been applied.
  • Use and apply information technology.
  • Understand fundamental economic and legal principles.
  • Execute tasks requiring elementary descriptive quantification skills.
  • Apply basic technical knowledge related to the Built Environment.

    The principal purpose of this qualification is to:

    Provide learners with basic technical vocational knowledge, skills and competencies related to quantity surveying in the construction and property industries. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 3.
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Physical Science at NQF Level 3.
  • Technical Drawing at NQF Level 3.

    It is important to note that learners who do not have a clear understanding of Mathematics and Science may have difficulty in successfully completing this qualification.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This Qualification may be achieved in part or completely through RPL, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.

    Persons desiring entrance to the programme leading to the award of this qualification are:
  • Advised, assisted and supported (portfolio compilation, orientation to required levels of competence, substantiation of their claims regarding prior skills/experience, planning of progression).
  • Evaluated and assessed in accordance with their claims regarding prior skills and experience gained (portfolio review, implementation of assessment/evaluation methods, recommendations arising from the assessment/evaluation processes).
  • Provided with quality management/assurance objectives to support the achievement of competence leading to the award of the qualification (assessment of competence in respect of required outcomes, auditing, approval, recommendation, reporting).

    Access to the Qualification:

    Access to this qualification is open bearing in mind learning assumed to be in the place. 

  • 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 145 credits as detailed below.

    Fundamental Component:

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 to the value of 16 credits.
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 in a First South African Language to the value of 20 credits.
  • Communication in a Second South African Language at NQF 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 NQF Level 4 and the other at NQF Level 3.

    All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.

    Core Component:

    The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 85 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:

    The Elective Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 52 credits. Learners are to choose Unit Standards to a minimum of 4 credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Demonstrate familiarity with content and theory related to documents required and processes related to construction project planning and development.

    2. Demonstrate competence related to core quantity surveying practice and technical and construction knowledge and skills.

    3. Analyse and locate the principles and performance of their own work within current practice related to the built environment professions and the construction industry.

    4. Communicate in a variety of ways within the quantity surveying environment.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    This qualification promotes, in particular, 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 when:
    > Identifying and developing component shapes for a quantity surveying activity.
    > Obtaining information where instructions or information on drawings is insufficient.
    > Identifying and pro-actively reporting on non-availability of resources and materials.
  • Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
    > Activities involving clients, co-workers and other trades on site.
    > Communicating and receiving advice from supervisor.
  • Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
    > Setting out the work area and preparing to fabricate and install components.
    > Performing activities in accordance with industry standards.
    > Selecting quantity surveying tools and equipment in accordance with the requirements of the task.
    > Ensuring tools, equipment and quantity surveying materials are securely stored· Maintaining minimum quantities of quantity surveying materials in accordance with task requirements.
    > Safety equipment and clothing is selected and prepared in accordance with legislative requirements.
  • Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain by:
    > Carrying out written site instructions issued by the client, correctly and efficiently.
    > Correctly interpreting information contained in drawings.
    > Setting out work areas from provided control positions and levels in accordance with instructions and drawings.
  • Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
    > Issuing clear verbal instructions to team members.
    > Actively listening to feedback received from team members.
    > Evaluating and reporting problem situations to the client.
  • Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
    > By applying the appropriate tools and materials for different quantity surveying activities.
    > Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
    > The inter-relatedness of the fabrication and installation of components to quantity surveying systems. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1.

    1. Documents and reports used on construction projects are identified and explained.
    2. The benefits of doing estimates of cost for construction projects are explained.
    3. Construction drawings and specifications are correctly interpreted.
    4. The purpose and content a tender and contractual/legal documents for construction projects are understood.
    5. Basic setting-out of construction works, using appropriate survey equipment is demonstrated.
    6. Monitoring, evaluating and communicating simple project schedules are applied.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2.

    1. Estimates of costs and budgets for elements of work are prepared.
    2. Monitoring/methods to control actual costs against budgets are explained.
    3. Measurement and reporting processes on construction activity production versus resource costs are demonstrated.
    4. Site administrative functions, including the maintenance of records and the implementation of personnel administration systems are demonstrated.
    5. Elementary descriptive quantification skills in compilation of price determination documents and utilisation of the information in project administration applications are demonstrated.
    6. Management of information contained in project documentation is applied.
    7. Procurement, administration and utilisation of construction resources is explained.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3.

    1. The roles of various consultants and stakeholders involved in the procurement and delivery of Built Environment projects are described.
    2. The benefits of interaction with other role-players encountered within the Built Environment, are explained and illustrated, with examples.
    3. Awareness of ethics in the workplace and the need to adhere to codes of professional conduct are demonstrated.
    4. Implementation procedures and monitoring processes of an on-site Health and Safety Plan are described.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4.

    1. Effective speaking skills are demonstrated.
    2. An ability to prepare correspondence and reports is demonstrated.
    3. Construction drawings and specifications are explained clearly.
    4. Price determination documents and technical information related to all matters to which their skills and competence have been applied, are explained using correct terminology.
    5. Computer Software packages are used within the Quantity Surveying environment.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Learning and assessment are integrated throughout the programme. Continuous formative assessment is applied to ensure that learners receive feedback on their progress towards the achievement of specific learning outcomes. Summative assessment is concerned with the evaluation of the learning achievements relative to the exit-level outcomes of the qualification and includes "overall integrated assessment" which evaluates the learner's ability to combine the various components and modules of the broader scope of knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes represented by the exit-level outcomes, as a whole or as individual component-processes of the overall learning experience leading to the qualification.

    Assignments, designed to meet the requirements of integrated assessment, accomplish/deliver:
  • Integration of exit-level outcomes in a way that demonstrates that the purpose of the qualification as a whole has been achieved, either totally or within the components of the study programme.
  • Demonstration of learner competence through evaluation.
  • Criterion-referenced assessment which:
    > Has been clearly explained to and is understood by the learners.
    >Can be applied in the Recognition of Prior Learning.

    In the assessment of whether the desired outcomes have been achieved (or not), recognition is given to criteria and evaluation methods that adequately and appropriately achieve such assessment. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This Qualification was compared with many countries both in Africa and abroad. The following countries were chosen because that is where best practice is. This Qualification is ranked among similar sought-after qualifications offered by tertiary and other institutions in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kenya, Nigeria and the United Kingdom which were all analysed prior to the formulation of this Certificate in Quantity Surveying at NQF Level 4.

    The Australian equivalent was considered to be an appropriate guide in developing the South African Certificate, a process which followed prescribed processes of broad and narrow consultation with Knowledge Experts operating in the construction industry, commerce, Built Environment professions, State Departments, Tertiary and Further Education and Training (FET) institutions.

    This Furher Education and Training Certificate meets prerequisite standards comparable with international benchmarks established for similar qualifications in the built environment professions, in keeping with the demands and quality assurance processes related to accreditation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (represented in all Commonwealth member states) and the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Completion of the Certificate in Quantity Surveying and subject to institutional entrance requirements having been met, provides both horizontal and vertical options leading to a variety of other qualifications in quantity surveying:

    This Qualification articulates horizontally with the following Qualifictions:
  • Further Education and Training Certificate in Construction Management.

    This Qualification articulates vertically with the following Qualifictions:
  • Diploma: Quantity Surveying, Level 5.
  • ID 3969: Bachelor's Degree: Quantity Surveying, Level 6. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with an appropriate Education, Training, and Quality Assurance (ETQA) Body or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA`s policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the Qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should alsoencompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as in the exit level outcomes described in the qualification. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • Well-developed subject matter expertise within Quantity Surveying.
  • A Qualification in Quantity Surveying at or above the level of the qualification.
  • To be registered with the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body as an assessor. 

  • 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.
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  263267  Analyse the nature and scope of the construction industry  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14414  Calculate construction quantities and develop a work plan  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  120373  Contribute to project initiation, scope definition and scope change control  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  120372  Explain fundamentals of project management  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  262844  Monitor and control cost and productivity of a construction project  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Core  120387  Monitor, evaluate and communicate simple project schedules  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  120375  Participate in the estimation and preparation of cost budget for a project or sub project and monitor and control actual cost against budget  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  262864  Read, interpret and use construction drawings and specifications  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  263266  Set out construction work areas  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  262884  Supervise health and safety on a construction project  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  244490  Undertake elementary descriptive quantification  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  120379  Work as a project team member  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119467  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119465  Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    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  119462  Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119469  Read/view, 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  119471  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  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  119459  Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  120134  Apply technical knowledge and understanding of Contract Works Insurance  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  120376  Conduct project documentation management to support project processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  120374  Contribute to the management of project risk within own field of expertise  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  14425  Perform site administration functions  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  120386  Provide procurement administration support to a project  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  15141  Manage construction resources  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  15140  Understand and apply building construction methods  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
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