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

National Certificate: Tissue Conversion 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
59019  National Certificate: Tissue Conversion 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Pulp and Paper 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
FPMSETA - Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  130  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "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 is used to recognise the competence of people to perform and control machine operations in a tissue conversion operation. It also provides the basis upon which further related learning and career development can take place.

Through the employment of competent operating personnel, employers have confidence that this critical work in the industry is efficiently carried out. This competence provides the foundation needed to take responsibility for a significant process in the pulp and paper industry.

Social development and economic transformation are enhanced through efficient production, and career development and personal job satisfaction of operating personnel are facilitated through the learning process used to achieve the competency specified.

Qualifying learners will:
  • Have a detailed understanding of each of the processes used in the manufacture of tissue products.
  • Solve operating problems using a problem solving methodology together with own knowledge of process and equipment technology.
  • Understand and use the different types of procedures applicable to an organisation.
  • Implement safety, health, environmental and quality in own area of responsibility.
  • Dismantle, assemble and install the components of tissue conversion equipment.
  • Have mathematical, science, reading, writing and speaking competencies relevant to the pulp and paper industry.
  • Be able to progress to higher qualifications in tissue conversion operations.

    Rationale:

    This qualification is the second in a series for people working in the pulp and paper industry who need to progress beyond NQF Level 2. The qualification reflects the workplace-based common or non-specific needs that a learner requires in the pulp and paper industry before progressing to learning at a higher level. Learning at a higher level enables the learner to follow a career in any one of the diverse process operations within the pulp and paper industry, including the natural progression towards the FET Certificate in Tissue Conversion, but also the FET Certificates dealing with pulp and paper operations which include chemical recovery, pulp manufacturing and paper, board or tissue manufacturing. The needs, as verified by various industry forums, are expressed by employers and employees, for both now and the future. This qualification provides the learner with accessibility to employment and enables the learner to work in various machine operating jobs in the pulp and paper industry.

    While the learning specified within this qualification is contextualised to the tissue conversion industry, the qualification has been constructed in such a way that the learner will be able, with some further learning, to adapt the skills and knowledge to other manufacturing or processing industries. The qualification therefore supports the principle of portability within the South African manufacturing industry and thus provides added value to the qualifying learner (increased employability) and to society and the economy (the creation of a pool of learners with manufacturing skills). 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Specific conversion experience that must be in place upon commencement of the qualification includes:
  • Operation of conversion equipment.

    Embedded knowledge upon commencement of the qualification includes:
  • Language, mathematics, natural science and technology principles at NQF Level 2.
  • Personal and production safety.
  • Computer literacy (basic hardware and operating systems).

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This qualification may be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. A learner wishing to be assessed towards this qualification may arrange to do so without attending any further training or education. The assessor and the learner will jointly decide on the most appropriate method to be taken.

    Access to the Qualification:

    Access to the qualification is open. 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 
  • In the compulsory Fundamental Component of the qualification, a learner must demonstrate his/her competence in the 20 credits in the field of Communication plus 16 credits in the field of Mathematical Literacy.
  • The unit standards in the compulsory Core Component of the qualification reflect the skills and competencies needed for building expertise in the conversion field. In the Core Component, the learner must demonstrate his/her competence in the total of 61 credits.
  • The Elective Component of the qualification requires the learner to pursue one of two specialisation areas - either tissue conversion or pulp conversion by selecting one of these specialisation unit standards. In addition, the learner can select additional general application Unit Standards covering aspects such as operating packaging equipment, life skills, business- or computer skills. In total the learner must demonstrate his/her competence in a minimum of 33 credits selected from the Elective component. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Operate conversion equipment.

    2. Apply safety, health, environmental and quality procedures.

    3. Dismantle, assemble and install conversion equipment components.

    4. Solve operational problems in tissue conversion process operations.

    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:

    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 procedures.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 2.
  • Monitoring and controlling quality assurance practices.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 1, 2 and 3.
  • Applying operating procedures.
    > Evident in all Exit Level Outcomes.
  • Controlling variables impacting on conversion processes.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 1, 2 and 4.

    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
  • Working in a coordinated team during system start-up and shut down.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 1.
  • Co-ordinating one's work with that of others in the direct surrounding area, suppliers of molten glass and receivers of formed products.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 1, 2 and 3.

    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Planning and implementing one's own start-up and shutdown activities.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 1.
  • Planning and implementing one's own routine operational functions.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 1, 2 and 3.
  • Planning and implementing corrective action to maintain product quality.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 3.

    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Monitoring operational parameters.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 1 and 2.
  • Collating and sorting product quality data.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 3.
  • Monitoring and interpreting product quality data and data obtained from product analysis.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 2 and 3.
  • Managing records, reports and stock.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 1, 2 and 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/s 1, 2 and 3.
  • Preparing and presenting reports.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 1, 2 and 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/s 1, 2 and 3.
  • Controlling technologically advanced production equipment according to operating procedures.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 1, 2 and 3.
  • Working and interpreting technologically advanced instrumentation and computer systems.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 1, 2 and 3.

    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/s 2 and 3.
  • Adjusting equipment and machinery while taking cognisance of the downstream impact.
    > Evident in all Exit Level Outcomes.

    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 practices in the production environment.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 1, 2 and 3.
  • Maintaining and applying quality practices in the production environment.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 2 and 3.
  • Performing core operating functions.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 1, 2 and 3.
  • Performing specialised computer functions.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome/s 1, 2 and 3. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of conversion equipment.
  • Perform start-up of conversion equipment.
  • Monitor conversion equipment parameters.
  • Monitor and maintain product quality.
  • Perform shut-down of the process.
  • Maintain operational integrity in conversion equipment.

    Associated assessment criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Explain and discuss statutory rights, responsibilities and liability regarding safety.
  • Explain and discuss safety, health and environmental objectives, standards and regulations.
  • Perform safety and environmental inspections in work area.
  • Identify unsafe conditions and take corrective action.
  • Report on safety conditions in work area.

    Associated assessment criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Plan and prepare for dismantling activity.
  • Dismantle components.
  • Inspect and clean dismantled components.
  • Report out of compliance or unsafe conditions while working.
  • Document occurrences on shift.
  • Discuss and explain incidents and problems related to dismantling process, equipment and components.

    Associated assessment criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Investigate and quantify deviations from the standard.
  • Establish the likely cause of the deviation experienced.
  • Identify and implement corrective action.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of the corrective action.

    Integrated Assessment:

    The unit standards, on which this qualification is based, describe the competent performance in pulp and paper operations. The criteria, by which competence is judged, as well as the range of circumstances in which competence is demonstrated, are found in each unit standard.

    Integrated assessment methods and tools for this qualification must allow the learner to demonstrate the acquired knowledge and the safe and efficient competencies required in pulp and paper operations. For summative assessment the tools include:
  • Written and/or oral tests to determine level of knowledge.
  • On-the-job observation to determine applied competence.

    The tools used for formative assessment during the learning programme include:
  • Written tests.
  • Oral testing.
  • On-the-job observation.

    For each learner a portfolio of evidence of all these assessments must be built up for record-keeping purposes. This portfolio may include, inter alia:
  • Production reports.
  • Journals/logbooks, records of work performance.
  • Work samples.
  • Supervisor and peer reports.
  • Relevant awards or certificates.
  • Previous assessment records.

    The learner's level of prior learning will determine the way an integrated assessment will be conducted. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    International comparison was made with Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Scotland, Canada, the USA, Sweden, Finland, Germany and relevant African countries.

    The "best practice" from the Australian and New Zealand qualifications was used in the generation of the South African qualification. Similar core qualification structures and progressions are therefore evident in the Level 2 to Level 4 qualifications.

    New Zealand:

    The New Zealand "National Certificate in Pulp and Paper Manufacturing (Tissue Converting) (Level 3)" has a small compulsory core component consisting of Unit Standards covering safety, quality and an introduction to tissue manufacturing. The first elective component of the qualification allows learners to select between a range of diaper, tissue and packaging machine Unit Standards. The emphasis of all these Unit Standards is the changeover and adjustment of different mechanical components.

    Australia:

    The new Australian "Certificate III in Pulp and Paper Manufacture (Finishing and Converting)" has a compulsory core consisting of safety, quality, problem solving and setting up tissue equipment for a production run. The elective component consists of a range of communication, training, management and specialist technical skills Unit Standards.

    Africa:

    No relevant qualifications are offered in any African country.

    United States of America, Canada and Scandinavia:

    In addition to a number of pulp and paper related university degrees, TAPPI (a technical association for the pulp, paper and converting industry) offers short, technical courses for operating staff. No comparable qualifications are offered.

    Germany:

    Several German Universities offer a three year Paper Technology Diploma. Although these diplomas also have a strong workplace emphasis, they are more comparable to South African diplomas than vocational training qualifications. Subject content are similar to that contained in the technical part of the South African qualification, namely: industry background, machine operations and components, maintenance functions, computer skills with a technical project to complete the diploma.

    British NVQ or the Scottish SVQ:

    There are no comparable qualifications registered by the British NVQ or the Scottish SVQ.

    The Pulp and Paper Finishing and Converting Qualification compares well with the best international qualifications and training programmes offered. The compulsory technical 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 considerably increase transportability of the qualification. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification follows a vertical progression from the introductory NQF Level 2, Tissue Conversion Qualification. The qualification enables learners to further progress to higher qualifications in Tissue Conversion, namely:
  • FETC in Tissue Conversion (NQF Level 4).

    Vertical articulation can occur within the pulp and paper industry to the reviewed draft NQF Level 4 FETC: Tissue Conversion. Vertical articulation into related industries can occur with the following registered NQF Level 4 qualifications:
  • ID 48915: Further Education and Training Certificate: Manufacturing and Assembly Operations Supervision.
  • ID 48919: Further Education and Training Certificate: Measurement, Control and Instrumentation.

    The generic knowledge and expertise enables the learner to progress horizontally into the reviewed draft National Certificate: Pulp and paper operations NQF Level 3, or to develop a career where knowledge of processing operations is necessary. These include manufacturing qualifications within, amongst others, the engineering, construction, chemical and pulp and paper industries.

    Horizontal articulation within the processing industry can occur with the following registered NQF Level 3 qualifications:
  • ID 22940: Certificate: Process Plant Operation.

    The choice of elective learning components allows the learner to achieve additional competencies in a variety of contexts, for example: a range of mechanical hand skills, basic electrical skills, introductory materials handling skills and basic computer skills. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 3 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Only an assessor with at least 3 years experience in conversion operations will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the following are essential:
  • Be declared competent in all the outcomes of the National Assessor Unit Standards as stipulated by SAQA.
  • Have a recognised technical qualification in pulp and paper such as the NTC in Pulp and Paper (NQF Level 2) or an equivalent qualification.
  • Have worked in the pulp and paper industry and be a subject matter expert in the area of pulp and paper making processes. 

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

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  244083  Solve operating problems using relevant technologies  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  13234  Apply quality procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13223  Apply safety, health and environmental protection procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  244095  Dismantle, assemble and install basic components in a process environment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  12456  Explain and use organisational procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  246595  Operate dust filtration equipment used in the tissue conversion process  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  246603  Operate folding and tucking equipment used in the tissue conversion process  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  246597  Operate glue application equipment used in the tissue conversion process  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  246601  Operate slitting and cutting equipment used in the tissue conversion process  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  246599  Operate unwind and splicing equipment used in the tissue conversion process  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9010  Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9013  Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9012  Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119467  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7456  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119465  Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  110001  Communicate effectively in teams  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12465  Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  116937  Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based spreadsheet application to create and edit spreadsheets  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  117924  Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based word processor to format documents  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9322  Work in a team  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  8000  Apply basic business principles  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  113909  Coach a team member in order to enhance individual performance in work environment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13915  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS in a workplace, and its effects on a business sub-sector, own organisation and a specific workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9530  Manage work time effectively  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  246598  Operate equipment specific to a pulp conversion operation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  18 
    Elective  246602  Operate equipment specific to a tissue conversion operation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  25 
    Elective  246594  Operate packaging equipment used in the tissue conversion process  Level 3  NQF Level 03 


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