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

Further Education and Training Certificate: Laboratory Analysis 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
58952  Further Education and Training Certificate: Laboratory Analysis 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
Chemical Industries SGB   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Quality Assuring Body for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.  The individual NQF Sub-framework for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of the qualification report. 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
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  140  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
SAQA 0273/07  2007-10-18  2008-08-05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-08-05   2012-08-05  

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 is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
64950  Further Education and Training Certificate: Laboratory Analysis  Level 4  NQF Level 04  140  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

This qualification is aimed at the learner who wants to obtain the skills in laboratory analysis and will contribute/comply with quality control processes in the laboratory. It is also aimed at the learner who already has the mentioned skills, but wants to obtain national recognition for these competencies through a process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

The qualification provides the learner with accessibility to be employed in a laboratory environment and provides the flexibility to pursue a further career in quality assurance with broad articulation within the different areas of manufacturing and assembly, fabrication and extraction, physical sciences life sciences, environmental sciences, earth and space sciences sub-fields.

The qualification will allow the learner to gain an understanding of the implication that the laboratory test results have on the operation. And will therefore enhance the status, productivity and employability of the learner within industry as well as contribute to quality, production rate and growth. This would allow for access, progression, portability and mobility within and between the different industrial sectors.

The FETC: Laboratory Analysis will produce competent learners who are able to contribute to improved productivity and efficiency within industry. Through the employment of competent personnel, employers and the industry have confidence that this critical work in the industry is efficiently carried out.

The qualification also provides the basis upon which further related learning and career development can take place. Learners are expected to benefit by enhanced career opportunities and earning potential that will also benefit the local community and the economy.

Qualifying learners will:

Have an understanding of laboratory practice and analysis:
  • Maintain and apply safety and quality practices in the relevant laboratory.
  • Perform relevant routine analysis in the laboratory.
  • Plan and organise own tasks and activities in relation to the laboratory's schedules and requirements.

    Rationale:

    The F.E.T.C. Laboratory Analysis qualification is the result of needs expressed by industry stakeholders. There is a definite need from industry (employers and employees) for a higher-level qualification in laboratory analysis to address training needs in laboratory techniques and quality assurance as well as a qualification that would provide access to the Higher Education Band and specifically laboratory analysis on NQF Level 5.

    This qualification reflects the workplace-based need regarding laboratory practices, specifically towards analytical techniques in the laboratory environment. There is also a critical need in industry to identify people who are able to comprehend and conduct the essential operations associated with:
  • Sample preparation and processing.
  • Analysis of samples using different analytical techniques.
  • Data processing, the evaluation and reporting of results within laboratories.
  • Understanding and complying with laboratory occupational safety, health and environment requirements.
  • Understanding the impact of the results on the business process.

    The laboratory analysis industry is well established in South Africa and its success is dependant upon efficient laboratory practices. Achievement of this objective is largely dependant upon the competence, recognised by this qualification, of the people who perform laboratory analysis using a range of sophisticated instruments and equipment. An adequate number of people with these skills are needed to ensure that the production units in South Africa operate productively. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Specific laboratory skills that should be in place upon commencement of the qualification include:
  • Preparation of glassware for use in analysis.
  • Handling of hazardous materials
  • Personal and laboratory safety, including fire fighting and first aid
  • Storage of chemicals in a laboratory
  • Fundamental chemical and physical reactions
  • Computer literacy (spreadsheets or word processing)
  • Laboratory techniques and procedures:
    > Preparation of basic reagents.
    > Basic instrumental techniques and procedures
    > Use of vacuum systems (ovens, vacuum desiccators and Buchner flasks).
    > Basic non-instrumental (physical) testing using tubes.
    > Heating and cooling principles for the laboratory
    > Knowledge of purpose and function of the laboratory

    Embedded knowledge upon commencement of the qualification includes:
  • Literacy, mathematical literacy, natural science and technology principles at NQF level 3.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    Recognition of prior learning must be carried out in accordance with the policy and rules specified and used by the ETQA responsible for evaluation of people seeking RPL for a part of the whole qualification.

    Access to the qualification:

    Access is open to anyone with access to learning opportunities and work experience on an appropriate selection of systems. The learning assumed to be in place is essential to the learning specified in this qualification. If the learner is not yet competent in this regard the shortfalls must be addressed prior to commencing with learning specified in this qualification. This is necessary to ensure the safety of the learner, co-workers, the production process and the environment.

    Access for learners with disabilities is dependant on the:
  • Type and severity of the disability.
  • Nature of the operational processes and requirements of the equipment. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    FUNDAMENTAL COMPONENT

    In the compulsory Fundamental Component of the qualification, a learner must demonstrate his/her competence in the 20 credits in the field of Literacy in a first language at NQF level 4, 20 credits in the field of Literacy in a second language at NQF level 3 plus 16 credits in the field of Mathematical Literacy. In the Fundamental Component the learner must therefore demonstrate his/her competence in a total of 56 credits.

    CORE COMPONENT

    The unit standards in the compulsory Core Component of the qualification reflect the skills and competencies needed for building expertise in the laboratory environment where skills in analytical techniques, quality assurance and occupational health and safety and environment requirements are necessary. In the Core Component, the learner must demonstrate his/her competence in the total of 60 credits.

    ELECTIVE COMPONENT

    A minimum of 24 credits is to be chosen from the Elective Unit Standards so as to attain a minimum of 140 credits to complete the Qualification.

    Mining and Minerals specialisation (Learning Programme ID 61329):

    The Elective component of the qualification consists of Group A and B; each with its own set of Unit Standards.

    Learners must choose at least 2 unit standards from Group A.

    Group A: Instrumentation Elective Unit Standards (Choose at least 2 Unit standards):
  • 246435: Analyse samples quantitatively by means of the X-ray Spectrometry (Aztec), Level 4, 5 credits
  • 246439: Quantify analyte concentrations in prepared samples by means of Hydride Generation Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, Level 4, 11 credits
  • 9630: Quantify analyte concentrations in prepared samples by means of a Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, Level 3, 15 credits
  • 9750: Quantify analyte concentrations in samples in Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, Level 4, 3 credits
  • 9748: Quantify analyte concentrations in samples by mean of Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy, Level 4, 12 credits
  • 9749: Quantify analyte concentrations in samples by mean of X Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry, Level 4, 9 credits
  • 9743: Quantify analyte concentrations in prepared solid samples by means of Emission Spectroscopy, Level 4, 12 credits
  • 110378: Determine the composition of a substance by Gas Chromatography [GC], Level 4, 13 credits
  • 110201: Determine the concentration of a substance by Ion Chromatography [IC], Level 4, 13 credits
  • 110388: Quantify analyte concentrations in prepared samples by High Performance Liquid Chromatography [HPLC], Level 4, 13 credits
  • 9751: Quantify analyte concentrations in prepared samples by means of Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrophotometry, Level 3, 6 credits

    Learners are to choose Elective Unit Standards from Group B to complete the minimum credits required to achieve the Qualification.

    Group B: General Elective Component:
  • 246434: Validate and verify analytical data, Level 4, 6 credits
  • 246456: Perform intermediate non-instrumental (physical) testing in a laboratory environment, Level 4, 8 credits
  • 246462: Determine the microbiological quality of samples in a laboratory environment, Level 4, 8 credits
  • 246444: Reduce samples or material by means of hydrogen reduction, Level 5, 3 credits
  • 246432: Quantify analyte concentrations in prepared samples by means of Infrared Spectrophotometry, Level 4, 3 credits
  • 9742: Dissolve solid samples for analyses, Level 3, 5 credits
  • 11033: Quantify analyte concentration by precipitation gravimetry, Level 4, 5 credits
  • 110425: Demonstrate knowledge required to effectively monitor water quality, Level 5, 4 credits
  • 11038: Identify and quantify the petrographic characteristics of coal macerals by means of a microscope, Level 4, 13 credits
  • 9636: Determine the pH of a liquid by means of a pH meter, Level 3, 2 credits
  • 9637: Determine the conductance of a liquid by means of a Conductivity meter, Level 3, 2 credits
  • 9628: Determine the gold fineness of gold bullion by the re-inquartation and parting procedure, Level 3, 4 credits
  • 9747: Determine the precious metal content of an assayed sample by high temperature cupellation and weighing, Level 3, 7 credits
  • 110431: Determine the presence of bacteria in samples, Level 3, 3 credits
  • 110119: Quantify Sulphur and /or carbon by means of a combustion furnace and titration method, Level 3, 5 credits
  • 110382: Determine the calorific value of a substance, Level 3, 5 credits
  • 110009: Manage administration records, Level 4, 4 credits
  • 115753: Conduct outcomes-based assessment, Level 5, 15 credits
  • 117877: Perform one-to-one training on the job, Level 3, 4 credits 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    When the exit level outcomes for the qualifications were developed, each critical cross-field outcome and the specific skills covered by the qualification was considered and included in the exit level outcomes for the qualification so that these outcomes reflect both in an integrated manner. In terms of process, the exit level outcomes were established first and were based on a skills profile of an operator in that field at that level.

    1. Maintain and apply safety and quality practices in the relevant laboratory.

    2. Perform relevant routine analysis in the laboratory.

    3. Plan and organise own tasks and activities in relation to the laboratory's schedules and requirements.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    Each critical cross-field outcome was considered in terms of its applicability to each of the specific outcomes for each unit standard. Where it was found to be applicable, the nature of the skills being developed was specified by the working group and captured in the standard.

    Critical cross-field outcomes are assessed per unit standards and are part of all exit level outcomes.

    Critical cross-field outcomes have been addressed by the exit level outcomes as follows:

    While performing integrated laboratory analyses qualifying learners can:

    Identify and solve problems in which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Applying knowledge and comprehension of safety and quality practices.
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 1.
  • Monitoring and controlling quality assurance practices.
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 1.
  • Identifying and solving problems while performing laboratory analyses.
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 2.

    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
  • Applying team-work to monitor and control quality assurance practices.
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 1.
  • Co-ordinating one's work with that of others in the direct surrounding area.
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 2.

    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Planning and implementing one's own routine functions.
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 2, 3.

    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Monitoring and controlling quality assurance practices.
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 1.
  • Analysing samples and evaluating the results.
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 2.
  • Validating and verifying analytical data.
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 1.
  • Managing records, reports and stock.
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 3.

    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
  • Recording and interpretation of instrument readings.
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 2.
  • Keeping records and noting results
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 2, 3.
  • Preparing and presenting reports.
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 3.

    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Working according to health and safety regulations.
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 1, 3.
  • Working with analytical instrumentation according to Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 2.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation by:
  • Monitoring and controlling quality assurance practices.
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 1.
  • Identifying and solving problems while performing laboratory analyses.
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 1, 2.

    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large by:
  • Maintaining and applying safety and quality practices in the laboratory.
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 1.
  • Performing routine analyses in the laboratory.
  • Evident in Exit Level Outcome 2, 3. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Apply procedures to ensure occupational safety, health and environmental protection according to the organisation's quality management and safety policy.
  • Validate and verify input elements (e.g. equipment, reagents, procedures, etc.) for analytical procedures.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Apply chemical and physical principles during analytical procedures in the laboratory in accordance with standard operating procedures.
  • Perform routine analysis according to standard operating procedures and report the results.
  • Prepare and verify analytical or reference standard material for quantitative analytical measurements in the laboratory according to applicable legislation and company specifications.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role and processes of the laboratory in the related industry.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Maintain administrative records according to the organisation's quality management system.
  • Prepare and present reports on laboratory analyses according to the organisation's quality management system.
  • Maintain consumable stock levels for own routine analyses in accordance with organisational requirements.
  • Maintain operational levels of equipment for own area of responsibility in accordance with organisational requirements.

    Integrated assessment:

    The applied competence (practical, foundational and reflexive competencies) of this qualification will be achieved if a candidate is able to achieve all the exit level outcomes of this qualification.

    Appropriate methods and tools must be used to assess practical, foundational and reflexive competence of the learner in all the exit level outcomes listed above, as well as to determine a learner's ability to solve problems, work in a team, organize him/herself, use applied science, and understand the implications of actions and reactions in the world as a set of related systems. Such an assessment process will determine development of the whole person, and the integration of applied knowledge and skills.

    Assessors should develop, conduct, and ensure integration of, assessment by making use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods against the unit standards that make up the qualification. Combinations of applied, foundational and reflective competencies, including critical cross-field outcomes, should be assessed wherever possible.

    Moderators should ensure that assessment is valid, consistent and integrated into work or learning, and that there is sufficient and authenticated evidence of learner competence against the whole qualification. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    An extensive international comparability was done which included the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Britain and relevant African countries.

    Africa:

    African countries with laboratory facilities (including SADC countries) were scanned for applicable qualifications or training programmes and the chairperson of the CISGB, Delysia Timm, contacted a range of laboratory-related people in the context of Africa as a whole. The only response received was from Dr Rhonest Ntayia, Head of KEPHIS Analytical Laboratories in Nairobi, Kenya (laboratories@kephis.org.).

    From his response and further research it has been found that the training offered to learners in Eastern and Central Africa by KEPHIS Analytical Laboratories in Nairobi, Kenya is regarded as world-class and the organisation has a good reputation for training delivery. The training programmes offered by KEPHIS include training on equipment repair, servicing and maintenance, analytical sampling techniques, health and safety, quality assurance. The content and purpose of the F.E.T.C: Laboratory Analysis compares well with what is offered by KEPHIS.

    Britain:

    A comparison with the British qualification was included, because the British laboratory systems are very well developed and the NVQ is an educational structure comparable to the NQF. An internet search revealed that the NQF Level 4 NVQ in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities consists of mandatory and optional units.

    The mandatory units include occupational health and safety, teamwork, quality and work organisation. The learner is allowed to choose from optional units that range from self-management, financial management, writing technical reports, investigations and small scale processing to running technical projects and teaching activities. It is clear that the emphasis of this qualification is not on laboratory analysis and practice using advanced instrumentation as is the case with the new South African qualification.

    Australia:

    A comparison with the Australian qualification was included because the AQF is an educational structure comparable to the NQF and the Australian approach to laboratory practice seems to be similar to the South African approach. An internet search of the AQF revealed that the Australian Certificate Ill and IV (Laboratory Skills and Laboratory Technology respectively) are registered on the AQF. There are no relevant registered qualifications in the lower levels. In each level there are 5 compulsory core units in communication, safety, quality and work procedures and the learner is allowed a choice of between 7 (level 3) and 11 (level 4) elective unit standards in domains comparable to the local qualification, e.g. laboratory practice, performing basic tests, calibrations, a range of sampling units, medical and pathological laboratory procedures, maintaining and controlling stocks, routine instrumentation units, etc.

    From this analysis it is clear that the proposed South African qualification places a greater emphasis on the use of advanced instrumentation in the laboratory environment, although the unit standards in the core component are similar to those of the NQF Level IV Australian qualification.

    New Zealand:

    A comparison with the New Zealand qualification was included because the NZQA is an educational structure comparable to the NQF. The research in the NZQA showed that the New Zealand Qualifications Authority has registered the following related qualifications:
  • NC Dairy Manufacturing (Lab Technology) NQF Level 4.
  • National Diploma in Lab Animal Care.

    Certain generic unit standards in both qualifications relating to laboratory techniques compare well with the choice of generic standards in this qualification e.g. coaching, basic principles of High Performance Liquid Chromatography, chromatography, and wastewater monitoring. Other standards were too specific with regard to the context and scope for comparisons to be done.

    The following unit standards registered by the NZ authority also relates directly to this qualification:
  • ID 8440: "Comply with laboratory quality management systems" NQF Level 5, (4 credits) compares well with SAQA Unit standard 110464 at level 5 (8 credits), "Monitor the quality system in the laboratory".
  • ID 8436 "Perform laboratory solvent and distillation separation techniques" at NQF Level 4, (3 credits) has procedures and competencies contained in a number of standards in the core of this qualification.

    The majority of the other standards on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority apply directly to dairy, electrical, film, animal and food laboratories.

    USA:

    An internet search of USA sites revealed a number of courses and programmes, which are not outcomes based. They are:
  • Acid fast Direct Smear Microscopy.
  • Use of flurochrom staining for detecting acid fast mycobacteria, a programme designed for public health and clinical laboratory personnel.
  • Assuring the quality of laboratory testing in countries fighting an HIV/AIDS epidemic.

    A course called, Laboratory Training Experience, was found during the USIDNET search. The programme however is for learning in the field of Primary Immune Deficiency Diseases, so is not applicable.

    The above courses and programmes contain similar laboratory process content as this South African qualification, but they were applicable to various other unrelated contexts.

    Summary:

    The F.E.T.C. Laboratory Analysis Qualification compares well with the best international qualifications and training programmes offered. The core and elective content incorporated in the qualification will serve to support qualifying learners to make better informed, autonomous decisions within a more compact timeframe than international learners and will increase transportability of the qualification considerably.

    It can be stated that this qualification includes much of the learning that is offered in all similar courses, programmes/qualifications offered internationally. It would be fair to say therefore that this qualification compared favourably with those chosen in this benchmark exercise. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Horizontal articulation can occur with the following registered NQF Level 4 qualifications:
  • Certificate: Chemical Laboratory Assistant.

    The generic knowledge and expertise enables the learner to progress vertically in a range of other laboratory and quality assurance-related qualifications or to develop a career where knowledge of laboratory practice is necessary.

    Vertical articulation is possible with:
  • Certificate: Quality Management, NQF Level 5.
  • ID 50334: National Diploma: Occupationally Directed Education, Training and Development Practices NQF Level 5.
  • National Certificate: Analytical Chemistry, NQF Level 5.
  • National Higher Certificate: Analytical Chemistry, NQF Level 5.
  • Diploma: Analytical Chemistry, NQF Level 5. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone moderating the assessment of learners against this Qualification must be registered as a moderator with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Qualification must be accredited or recognised as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA`s policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation; in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between ETQAs (including professional bodies); and in terms of the moderation guideline detailed immediately below.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards, exit level outcomes as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this Qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    In order to assess this qualification, the assessor needs:
  • Well developed interpersonal skills.
  • Assessors to meet the requirements of the generic assessor standards.
  • Competence against the unit standard "Conduct outcomes-based assessments".
  • Detailed documentary proof of educational qualification, practical training undergone, and/or experience gained at an appropriate level in the work concerning laboratory practice. This must meet the relevant ETQA policies and guidelines. The subject matter expertise of the assessor can be established through the recognition of prior learning.
  • Registration with, or recognition by, the relevant ETQA as specified through an appropriate memorandum of understanding. 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by 64950, which is the Further Education and Training Certificate: Laboratory Analysis, NQF Level 4, 140 credits.

    This qualification was registered with the old Laboratory Practice unit standards, which no longer reflect current practice. The incorrect unit standards have been replaced by ones that reflect current practice, and are now used in the replacement qualification.
  • This qualification addresses the theoretical and practical knowledge required by learners in laboratory analysis.
  • Knowledge relating to laboratory practice includes industry-specific instruments and technology, communication, mathematics, applied science, and SHEQ.
  • This qualification may be applicable to other laboratory applications. This is subject to its acceptance by appropriate subject matter experts. 

  • UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  110421  Maintain stock levels of equipment, reagents and consumbles required by the laboratory  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Core  13224  Monitor the application of safety, health and environmental protection procedures  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  246451  Perform gravimetric analyses  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  9627  Perform titrimetric analysis  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  110204  Prepare and verify standards for quantitative analytical measurements  Level 4  NQF Level 04  11 
    Core  246436  Understand and apply chemical principles  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  246438  Understand and apply principles of physics  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  110464  Monitor the quality system in the laboratory  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    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  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  12153  Use the writing process to compose texts required in the business environment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119459  Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  110382  Determine the calorific value of a substance  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9637  Determine the conductance of a liquid by means of a Conductivity meter  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9628  Determine the gold fineness of gold bullion by the re-inquartation and parting procedure  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9636  Determine the pH of a liquid by means of a pH meter  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9747  Determine the precious metal content of an assayed sample by high temperature cupellation and weighing  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  110431  Determine the presence of bacteria in samples  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9742  Dissolve solid samples for analysis  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  117877  Perform one-to-one training on the job  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9630  Quantify analyte concentrations in prepared samples by means of Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15 
    Elective  9751  Quantify analyte concentrations in prepared samples by means of Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrophotometry  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  110119  Quantify Sulphur and /or carbon by means of a combustion furnace and titration method  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  246435  Analyse samples quantitatively by means of X-ray spectrometry (Aztec)  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  110378  Determine the composition of a substance by Gas Chromatography [GC]  Level 4  NQF Level 04  13 
    Elective  110201  Determine the concentration of a substance by Ion Chromatography [IC]  Level 4  NQF Level 04  13 
    Elective  246462  Determine the microbiological quality of samples in a laboratory environment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  123281  Evaluate the microbiological quality of a food product as indicated by the presence of the pathogens Staphylococcus aureus(S. aureus) and Salmonella  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  11038  Identify and quantify the petrographic characteristics of coal materials by means of a microscope  Level 4  NQF Level 04  13 
    Elective  110009  Manage administration records  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  246456  Perform intermediate non-instrumental (physical) testing in a laboratory environment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  110388  Quantify analyte concentrations in prepared samples by high performance liquid chromatography [HPLC]  Level 4  NQF Level 04  13 
    Elective  9750  Quantify analyte concentrations in prepared samples by means of Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  246439  Quantify analyte concentrations in prepared samples by means of hydride generation atomic absorption spectroscopy  Level 4  NQF Level 04  11 
    Elective  9748  Quantify analyte concentrations in prepared samples by means of Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Elective  246432  Quantify analyte concentrations in prepared samples by means of Infrared Spectrophotometry  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  9743  Quantify analyte concentrations in prepared solid samples by means of Emission Spectroscopy  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Elective  9749  Quantify analyte concentrations in samples by means of X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  11033  Quantify analyte content by precipitation gravimetry  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  246434  Validate and verify analytical data  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  115753  Conduct outcomes-based assessment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
    Elective  10631  Demonstrate an understanding of manufacturing, principles, methodologies and processes  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  110425  Demonstrate knowledge required to effectively monitor water quality  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  246433  Perform advanced instrumental techniques in a laboratory environment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  246444  Reduce samples or material by means of hydrogen reduction  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some of their learning programmes are moved to being recorded against the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replacement.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Provider Pre-2009
    NQF Level
    NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
    Assuring
    Body
    NQF Sub-Framework
    61329  Further Education and Training Certificate: Laboratory Analysis: Mining and Minerals  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 4  NQF Level 04  140     MQA  OQSF 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES: 
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