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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
59729  National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Generic Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.  SFAP - Sub-framework Assignment Pending 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  127  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  2021-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2022-06-30   2025-06-30  

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 replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
13696  Mechanics: Chemical Rigging  Level 2  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L2  120  Complete 
13699  Electrics: Chemical Instrumentation  Level 2  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L2  120  Complete 

This qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
102856  Occupational Certificate: Rigger  Not Applicable  NQF Level 04  559  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

The purpose of the qualification is to provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to work effectively in various industries making use of mechanical handling (rigging) skills and to meet the challenges of such an environment. The primary focus of this qualification is the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attributes required to supervise the lifting and moving of loads using a variety of lifting equipment and tackle and by co-ordinating the operation of lifting machinery to achieve this.

This is the first in a learning pathway of three qualifications at NQF Level 2; NQF Level 3 and NQF Level 4. This series ends with the Further Education and Training Certificate in Mechanical Handling (Rigging) at NQF Level 4 and provides a developmental pathway for the full range of activities required for mechanical handling. The skills and knowledge required are described in a generic manner so that the changing needs of particular work environments can be met without requiring changes to the qualification or the unit standards.

The primary skills that are recognised in this qualification are:
  • The use of hand and power tools.
  • The application of lifting equipment and tackle, including fibre ropes.
  • The use of overhead cranes to lift and move a load.
  • An understanding of applicable legislation, regulatory and quality assurance criteria.

    These capabilities require an understanding of lifting and mechanical handling principles in terms of the application of mathematical solutions.

    Qualified learners will also understand:
  • The basics of how a business functions.
  • Their role in the business, i.e. in production and related activities.
  • How they are affected by legislation, regulations, agreements and policies related to their particular work environment.

    With this understanding learners will be able to participate effectively in workplace activities.

    This qualification will ensure that the relevant rigging skills are developed according to the requirements of industry. This qualification will also contribute to the social upliftment and development of employees by allowing learners who are active in the industry to gain recognition for the skills and knowledge they have acquired without having to go through a formal apprenticeship process.

    Rationale:

    The need to provide mechanical handling (rigging) skills within various industry sectors and the impact of a growing economy has created a demand for people with the ability to move a wide range of loads (machinery, equipment, goods and structures). In order to meet this demand (example, through learnerships and skills programmes), industry needs a mechanical handling (rigging) qualification which focuses on the lifting and moving of loads using lifting equipment and tackle. This qualification series represents an alignment with the traditional occupation of a rigger, which is characterised by the lifting and moving of loads by using various methods and techniques in accordance with legislative and regulatory requirements.

    The environment in which these skills are practised is characterised by strict codes of safety and high levels of planning and preparation. This qualification spells out the skills needed to operate successfully in this field.

    Typically learners would be new entrants to the industry or existing employees with some experience in rigging. Once qualified, they would be able to prepare lifting equipment and tackle and perform slinging tasks. They would perform tasks under supervision within the context of an overall team. It is possible for this role to represent a recognised position in the organisation (example, slinger's assistant).

    This qualification series recognises skills, knowledge and values relevant to a workplace and requires workplace experience. It is suitable for learners who:
  • Are already workers and have acquired the skills and knowledge without attending formal courses (RPL can be done through the summative assessment and portfolio of evidence).
  • Participate in skills programmes and have the appropriate work experience.
  • Are part of a learnership programme which integrates structured learning and work experience.
  • Acquire their learning through any combination of the above.

    The outcomes of this qualification combine skills and knowledge in the technical, inter-personal and business spheres, enabling the learner to perform the operational aspects of the work, function within a team context and contribute to value-adding processes within the organisation.

    This qualification provides learners who have gained relevant experience in the workplace with an opportunity to obtain credits through an RPL process.

    It also forms the basis for further learning in the field of mechanical handling (rigging) where the learner will be able to lift and move loads using a range of mobile machines.

    Learner achievements will contribute to the ability of South African companies to compete for work in the global economy, thus securing jobs and employment opportunities. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following competencies are assumed for a learner accessing this qualification:
  • Communication at NQF Level 1.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1.

    These skills form the basis for determining the credit allocation in this qualification. The allocation of credits is also based on the assumption that the learner will be working towards this qualification as part of a learning programme, which integrates all the unit standards.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This qualification may be obtained through a process of RPL. The learner should be thoroughly briefed prior to the assessment and support should be provided to assist the learner in the process of developing a portfolio. The guidelines for integrated assessment should be used to develop the RPL assessment process. As with integrated assessment, while this is primarily a workplace-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the Exit Level Outcomes.

    Access to the qualification:

    There is open access to this qualification. It is however, necessary to obtain relevant work experience in order to produce the evidence required for the assessment of the Exit Level Outcomes. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Fundamental Component:

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
  • Communications at NQF Level 2 to the value of 20 credits.
  • Mathematical Literacy at Level 2 to the value of 16 credits.
  • All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.

    Core Component:

    The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 71 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:

    The Elective Component consists of a number of specializations each with its own set of Unit Standards. Learners are to choose a specialization area and must choose Elective Unit Standards to the value of 20 credits from the Elective Unit standards listed under that specialization so as to attain a minimum of 127 credits for this qualification.

    Specialisation Area 1:

    Learning Programme:

    Rigging (Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Industries): (Learning Programme ID 63483):

    Learners must choose Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 20 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 253638; Sling and communicate during crane operations; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253603; Manoeuvre a load using mechanical lifting equipment; Level 3; 7 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 10641; Carry out a detailed inspection on enhanced safety apparatus; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 8420; Operate in a team; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 116235; Operate a pendant-controlled overhead crane; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 242981; Operate defined purpose lift trucks; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253600; Use a sideboom to lift, lower and carry material; Level 2; 5 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 116254; Operate a mobile crane; Level 2; 5 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 12466; Explain the individual's role within business; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 12465; Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment; Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 116253; Operate a truck mounted loader crane; Level 2; 20 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 242976; Operate overhead/gantry cranes; Level 2; 7 Credits.

    Total: 72 Credits.

    Specialisation area 2:

    Learning Programme:

    Rigging (Chemical Industry): (Learning Programme ID 63484):

    Learners must do Unit Standard ID 253374 and choose additional Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 20 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 253374; Describe the chemical industry, its regulatory requirements and communication techniques; Level 2; 2 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253638; Sling and communicate during crane operations E; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253603; Manoeuvre a load using mechanical lifting equipment; Level 3; 7 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 10641; Carry out a detailed inspection on enhanced safety apparatus; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 8420; Operate in a team; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 116235; Operate a pendant-controlled overhead crane; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 242981; Operate defined purpose lift trucks; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 242976; Operate overhead/gantry cranes; Level 2; 7 Credits.

    Total: 34 Credits.

    Specialisation area 3:

    Learning Programme:

    (Rigging) Mining Industry: (Learning Programme ID 63485):

    Learners must choose Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 20 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 253638; Sling and communicate during crane operations E; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253603; Manoeuvre a load using mechanical lifting equipment; Level 3; 7 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 10641; Carry out a detailed inspection on enhanced safety apparatus; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 8420; Operate in a team; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 116235; Operate a pendant-controlled overhead crane; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 242981; Operate defined purpose lift trucks; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 242976; Operate overhead/gantry cranes; Level 2; 7 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 119061; Erect, alter/reposition and dismantle load bearing scaffolding; Level 2; 13 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 243067; Cut materials using the oxy-fuel gas cutting process (manual cutting); Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 243063; Weld carbon steel work-pieces using the shielded metal arc welding process in the down-hand position; Level 2; 15 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 110163; Lift and move a load using a tugger winch; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253674; Install scraper rigs and rig scraper ropes in an underground workplace; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253714; Install scraper ropes onto scraper winch drums; Level 2; 2 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253694; Load and unload persons into and from a shaft conveyance; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253715; Load long material into a shaft conveyance; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253581; Lift and move a load by means of rollers; Level 2; 2 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253659; Make up a steel wire rope specimen for testing purposes; Level 2; 2 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253657; Re-rail rolling stock by means of jacks; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253774; Prepare a conveyance for shaft examination and repairs; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253754; Load and remove rolling stock into and from a shaft conveyance; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253775; Prepare a conveyance for shaft examination and repairs; Level 2; 2 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253635; Replace the bucket assembly of a dragline; Level 2; 2 Credits.

    Total: 102 Credits.

    Specialisation area 4:

    Learning Programme:

    Rigging (Electrical Power Generation): (Learning Programme ID 63486):

    Learners must do Unit Standard ID 9839 and must choose additional Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 20 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 9839; Apply and maintain safety in an electrical environment; Level 1; 5 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253638; Sling and communicate during crane operations E; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253603; Manoeuvre a load using mechanical lifting equipment; Level 3; 7 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 10641; Carry out a detailed inspection on enhanced safety apparatus; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 8420; Operate in a team; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 116235; Operate a pendant-controlled overhead crane; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 242981; Operate defined purpose lift trucks; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 242976; Operate overhead/gantry cranes; Level 2; 7 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 119061; Erect, alter/reposition and dismantle load bearing scaffolding; Level 2; 13 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 116231; Operate a cab controlled overhead crane; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253581; Place and move a load by utilising rollers; Level 2; 2 Credits.

    Total: 60 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Apply mechanical technology applicable to a lifting and mechanical handling environment.
  • Range:
    > Tools: hand tools, measuring, marking off, fastening, power tools, and other basic tools.
    > Processes: drilling, tapping, filing (metal-removal), grinding, cutting, and other basic processes.
    > Skills: read and interpret simple engineering drawings, grinding, sharpening and filing.
    > Basic rigging implements may include tee-needle, marline spike and serving mallet.

    2. Identify and apply rigging equipment.

    3. Lift and move a load using overhead lifting machinery.

    4. Understand and solve problems and communicate in verbal or written form with peers, members of supervisory/management levels and others.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    These are embedded in the unit standards, which make up the qualification and are thus also reflected in the Exit Level Outcomes of the qualification.

    The Critical Cross-Field Outcomes are supported by the Exit Level Outcomes as follows:

    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical thinking have been made:
  • Related to the lifting and moving of loads.
  • In preparation and during the use of overhead lifting machinery.
  • Solving problems during the execution of lifting and moving a load.

    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization and community:
  • All tasks and work-related experience are performed within a team environment.
  • Taking into account, the safety of others.
  • Communicating with production, quality control and supervisory personnel and/or clients.

    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively:
  • Related to planning and preparation during the lifting and moving of loads.

    Collecting, analyzing, organizing and critically evaluating information:
  • Related to planning and preparation in order to lift and move a load.
  • Completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Solve familiar problems during the execution of lifting tasks.

    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills:
  • During planning, preparation and the execution of job activities Completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Communicating as a part of a team.

    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility toward the environment and health of others:
  • During the lifting and moving of loads.
  • Relating to the safety of others.
  • Solving problems and applying science and technology to the rigging activity.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem contexts do not exist in isolation:
  • Integrating the rigging task with the plant installation's functionality.
  • Solving problems through the integration of various sources of information.
  • Demonstrating and understanding of related systems through the use of general and specific channels of communication when dealing with peers, production, quality control and supervisory personnel and/or clients. 

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

    1.1 Mechanical technology, techniques and processes applicable to Mechanical Handling (Rigging) are explained and demonstrated using engineering workshop machinery in a safe manner.
    1.2 The use of hand tools, measuring instruments and engineering materials, are demonstrated by manufacturing rigging hand tools, using appropriate knowledge and skills.
    1.3 Occupational health, safety and environmental legislation issues are explained and safety practices and procedures are applied while using tools, equipment and workshop machinery.
    1.4 Machinery, tools and equipment are cleaned and stored according to standard operating procedures.

    Associated Assessment Criteria Exit Level Outcome 2:

    2.1 Fibre ropes are identified and splicing and joining methods are applied according to standard work-site practice.
    2.2 Manual lifting equipment is selected, inspected and used in terms of safety and regulatory requirements, ensuring that a load is lifted and moved efficiently according to work instructions.
    2.3 Workplace procedures are applied in the handling of the load in order to avoid damage and avoiding danger to others.
    2.4 Quality, safety and environmental procedures are followed in terms of worksite procedures, with specific reference to regulatory and legislative requirements.
  • Range:
    > Operating methods and procedures (characteristics) may include working load limits (WLL) and safe working load (SWL); awareness of defects; correct application (centre of gravity, environment, functions; advantages of one type over the other).
    > Rigging equipment (lifting equipment and tackle) may include rope blocks, snatch blocks, tirfors (hand-winch), chain blocks, ratchet-lever hoists, hydraulic and mechanical jacks, rollers and other lifting equipment.
    > Safe use includes checking and inspection, recognized procedures for recording condition of equipment, due regard for the well-being of others, the rigging equipment.
    > Overhead lifting machinery includes cab-controlled, pendant-controlled and gantry cranes.

    Associated Assessment Criteria Exit Level Outcome 3:

    3.1 A load is lifted and moved by directing the operation of an overhead crane, according to work instructions, paying attention to effective communication through the use of hand signals.
    3.2 Knowledge and application of the regulatory requirements pertaining to crane operations are demonstrated using safe lifting methods in avoiding danger to others and damage to the load.
  • Range:
    > Legislative requirements may include information from the Occupational, Health and Safety Act No. 85 of 1993; Driven Machinery Regulations, Mine Health and Safety Act, No.29 of 1996; South African Maritime Safety Regulations.

    Associated Assessment Criteria Exit Level Outcome 4:

    4.1 Verbal communication is used during the interaction with other role players in the lifting and mechanical handling environment to determine and understand the extent of the lifting task, find and implement solutions and giving and getting feedback.
    4.2 Written communication is used in order to understand, evaluate and report on the completion of the lifting task.
    4.3 Technical reading skills are applied in order to understand task information through the use of work instructions or drawings.
    4.4 Technical writing skills are applied in order to record extraordinary occurrences or related information.

    Integrated Assessment:
  • Assessment practices must be open transparent fair valid and reliable and should ensure that no learner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever, so that an integrated approach to assessment is incorporated into the qualification.
  • Learning teaching and assessment are inextricably interwoven. Whenever possible the assessment knowledge skills attitudes and values shown in the unit standards should be integrated.
  • Assessment of Communication and Mathematical Literacy should be integrated as far as possible with other aspects and should use practical administration contexts wherever possible. A variety of methods must be used in assessment and tools and activities must be appropriate to the context in which the learner is working or will work. Where it is not possible to assess the learner in the workplace or on-the-job, simulations, case studies, role plays and other similar techniques should be used to provide a context appropriate to the assessment.
  • The term "integrated assessment" implies that theoretical and practical components should be assessed together. During integrated assessments, the assessor should make use of a range of summative assessment methods and assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies.
  • Assessors must assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired and could include formal, non-formal learning and work experience.
  • Assessment should ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and critical cross-field outcomes are evaluated in an integrated manner.
  • Integrated assessment instruments may combine practical and theoretical components of assessment with the following unit standards in relation to the exit level outcomes:

    Exit Level Outcomes and Associated Unit Standards:

    1. Use and apply mechanical technology, techniques, processes and skills, applicable to a lifting and mechanical handling environment, according to standard industry practices.

    Category; ID; Title; Credits:
  • Core; ID 12477; Identify engineering materials, their characteristics and applications and common metal tests used in engineering; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13220; Keep the work area safe and productive; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 12215; Read, interpret and produce basic engineering drawings; Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • Core; ID 119744; Select, use and care for engineering hand tools; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 12476; Select, use and care for engineering measuring equipment; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 12219; Select, use and care for engineering power tools; Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13214; Operate and monitor a drilling machine to produce simple components; Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 12444; Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in 2-dimensions in different life or workplace contexts; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253555; Manufacture basic rigging hand tools; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119463; Access and use information from texts; Level 2; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119460; Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes; Level 2; 5 Credits.

    2. Identify and apply rigging equipment, according to appropriate operating methods and procedures, in terms of safety and efficiency.

    Category; ID; Title; Credits:
  • Core; ID 13220; Keep the work area safe and productive; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253575; Use, care and inspect lifting equipment and tackle; Level 2; 5 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253591; Identify and use fibre ropes; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253582; Lift and move a load using manual lifting equipment and tackle.; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253595; Direct the operation of an overhead crane; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Core; ID 116283; Demonstrate knowledge of and apply regulatory requirements pertaining to crane operation; Level 2; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119460; Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes; Level 2; 5 Credits.

    3. Lift and move a load using different overhead lifting machinery by applying an understanding of applicable legislative and regulatory requirements.

    Category; ID; Title; Credits:
  • Core; ID 253582; Lift and move a load using manual lifting equipment and tackle; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253592; Direct the operation of an overhead crane; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Core; ID 116283; Demonstrate knowledge of and apply regulatory requirements pertaining to crane operation; Level 2; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119463; Access and use information from texts; Level 2; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 7480; Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 12444; Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in 2-dimensions in different life or workplace contexts ; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119460; Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes; Level 2; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 9007; Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems; Level 2; 5 Credits.

    4. Understand and solve problems and communicate in verbal or written form with peers, members of supervisory/management levels and others.

    Category; ID; Title; Credits:
  • Core; ID 253582; Lift and move a load using manual lifting equipment and tackle; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253595; Direct the operation of a overhead crane; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119463; Access and use information from texts; Level 2; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 7480; Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 12444; Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in 2-dimensions in different life or workplace contexts; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119460; Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes; Level 2; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 9007; Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems; Level 2; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119456; Write/present for a defined context; Level 2; 5 Credits. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    1. Introduction:

    This qualification: "National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging)" does not use the traditional term "rigger" as used in the South African apprenticeship system and most other countries. However, the knowledge and skills contained within this qualification series at NQF Level 2 to Level 4, are similar to the trade-related occupation of a rigger as it is recognised locally and internationally.

    The National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) Level 2 is the first of a learning pathway for three consecutive qualifications which culminate in the Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) Level 4. Some of the international qualifications investigated, do not lead to three different qualifications, but culminate in one qualification over a four-year period and are commonly called traditional apprenticeships.

    It is only in the vocational context, that we find the tendency to "break up" the traditional trades into different levels of learning and subsequent occupational descriptors. This practice is endemic of those countries which have a close association with outcomes-based methodology and standards-based qualifications development.

    The Mechanical Rigging qualifications (Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 respectively) collectively compare well to similar apprenticeship and vocational education and training (VET) international qualifications.

    In benchmarking the Mechanical Handling (Rigging) qualification series, against international qualifications, examples in different parts of the world were investigated. The country which dominates the international standard for mechanical handling (rigging) is the United Kingdom. For centuries Britain's maritime influence has simultaneously developed best practices in rope-work (the origins of rigging), the application of lifting equipment and the development of a regulatory infrastructure which is still evident today. This influence has cascaded into Commonwealth Countries (examples, Singapore; Malaysia; Australia; New Zealand; India) and includes the United States of America (USA).

    Although countries across the globe have independent regulatory frameworks pertaining to mechanical handling, the lifting and moving of loads and the application of lifting equipment, there is a close resemblance to the British equivalent (The Lloyd's Register: Code for Lifting Appliances, the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations of 1998: LOLER and the applicable British Standards). Currently, this mechanical handling standard is applicable to the maritime, offshore oil and gas exploration, mining, civil engineering and construction and manufacturing and engineering sectors across the globe.

    2. Countries and qualifications investigated:

    United Kingdom (England and Scotland) from www.ecitb.org.uk:

    The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is responsible for overseeing the Scottish system for Vocational Qualifications and Further Education. Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) provide a guarantee that someone can do a real job to the standard required by employers. They have been developed in partnership with industry and are specifically designed to meet the needs of employers and employees alike. SVQs are part of a concept designed to recognise competence in the workplace.

    In engineering, the classification of SVQs are by occupational area and are at 5 distinct Levels:
  • Level 1: Operations.
  • Level 2: Operations and Higher Skills.
  • Level 3: Technicians and Craft Employees.
  • Level 4: Technician Engineer.
  • Level 5: Professional and Chartered Engineers.

    Each SVQ is made up of a number of units of competence, which describe what is expected of a competent candidate. In turn the units are broken down into elements of competence which are the standards the candidate should be able to achieve.

    The qualification from the National and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (N/SVQ) which relates to "Rigging", is the standards-based programme-N/SVQ Moving Loads Apprenticeship Programme. Programme description:

    The apprenticeship programme, run under the NASEC (National Apprenticeship Scheme for Engineering and Construction), combines skills-specific training for rigging & lifting, with engineering VQ's through a Further Education Qualification. Apprentices complete the provider-based ("centre-based") part of the programme and then transfer to employed status for completion of their apprenticeships with stakeholders operating in the offshore oil & gas and engineering construction sectors.

    Apprentices are employed from the outset and follow the SEMTA's (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) Modern Apprenticeship framework:
  • Learners start with a Level 2 programme at a training centre followed by a Level 3 within a company.
  • This vocational programme is combined with a third component, Further Education, which together adds up to two vocational awards (SVQ Level 2 and 3), an educational qualification and the SEMTA Modern Apprenticeship (MA) Certificate. A typical apprenticeship comprises:
    > SVQ Level 2 (minimum of 26 weeks at an accredited training centre).
    > SVQ Level 3 (in the workplace with monitoring and assessments by a training officer).
    > An educational qualification for example, National Certificate (NC) in Engineering Practice (day release at a training centre).

    Entry qualifications vary from company to company but in most cases Standard Grades at Level 3 or above in Maths, Science, English and Craft related subjects are sought by employers.

    United States:

    In the United States model, the "rigger" apprenticeship is achieved over a four-year period and is similar to the traditional apprenticeship system in South Africa. The methodology is competency-based as opposed to outcomes-based.

    The programme content however, is similar to the broad context of Mechanical Handling (Rigging) Levels 2, 3 and 4.

    Conclusion: The National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) qualification Level 2 is in line with the US example for year 1/2 of the apprenticeship programme.

    Australia (www.ntis.gov.au) in terms of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF):

    "Australian Apprenticeships" (formerly "New Apprenticeships"), embrace all apprenticeships and traineeships. They combine time at work with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based.

    The change of name and appearance is the first step in a range of improvements to be introduced in Australian Apprenticeships. The qualifications for "Riggers" are covered within the apprenticeship format, of which the duration is 4 years.

    African Comparability:

    Southern African Development Community (SADC): Zimbabwe and Botswana:

    Alignment with the United Kingdom's model of Vocational Education and Training (VET), through the London City and Guilds qualification framework and the National Vocational Qualification system (NVQ) exists: The Botswana National Qualifications Act was passed in 1998. At this present time, focus on the development of standards-based qualifications through a Botswana Vocation Education and Training System (BVET) has revolved around the Wholesale and Retail and Tourism sectors.

    Currently, Botswana riggers are trained through the apprenticeship system. The length and duration of the practical and theoretical components differ slightly to the South African apprenticeship system, but the learning competencies are similar. The context focuses on the diamond mining sector and small local manufacturing and engineering industries.

    East African Community (EAC):

    The three member states of the EAC; Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, are currently engaged in the harmonisation of education and training systems within the EAC. Currently, no qualification infrastructure exists.

    Canada:

    Information regarding training was also found on the website of the North Alberta Institute of Technology and the College of The Rockies. The full "rigger" qualification is obtained over a four-year period. The "job description" of the "rigger" is similar across the international arena.

    "Riggers" at Certificate Level 1 and 2 are able to select the proper sling; sling loads; and direct and position loads. They can work safely within the capability of the crane and with straightforward loads.

    Conclusion: The Canadian qualifications related to Mechanical Handling (Rigging can be used interchangeably with the qualifications developed for the various South African industry sectors, and serve a similar purpose.

    New Zealand (www.kiwiquals.govt.nz) in terms of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF):

    National Certificate in Rigging with strands in the Certificate in Basic Rigging Level 1 and 2 (selection of the relevant strand from the Certificate in Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Rigging Level 4).

    3. Summary of international comparisons with NC Mechanical Handling (Rigging) Level 2:

    The National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) Level 2 compares well to all the qualifications investigated, with an overarching comparison covering:

    Content:

    The qualifications from the various countries all address the range of mechanical handling competencies included in Level 2, thus attending to the need to fulfil the requirements of being introductory of nature.

    The content of the first/second year (Level) of the mechanical Rigging qualifications across the globe, relates favourably to the content of Mechanical Handling (Rigging) Level 2 and the learning assumed to be in place:

    Progression:

    The international qualifications investigated, all address a progression of competencies, e.g. Level 2: Introduction to mechanical handling technology and the ability to select the proper sling; sling loads; and direct and position loads. They can work safely within the capability of the crane and with straightforward loads.

    The Level 3 strand progresses learners to carry out all basic functions; rig cranes, conveyers, and similar equipment for heavy lifts; handle the associated rope work; and work at heights.

    The Level 4 strand progresses learners to an "Advanced Rigging" strand in which they are able to meet the top equipment usage level in the rigging industry, such as guyed derricks, gin poles, cable ways and fabricated hung scaffolds. They are also able to plan and supervise complex operations. This is the highest level qualification available in this industry.

    Demonstration of Work Practices:

    Level 2: Holders of the National Certificate with the Rigging Level 2 strand are able to select the proper sling; sling loads; and direct and position loads. They can work safely within the capability of the crane and with straightforward loads. Conclusion: These outcomes are covered within the Level 2 certificate developed for South Africa.

    Learning delivery:

    The learning delivery process in all the examples included on-the-job (practical) and off-the-job (theoretical) components. The methodology is predominantly outcomes-based, although there is overwhelming evidence of traditional competency-based practice in the USA.

    Outcomes-Based Methodology:

    All the examples found either directly or indirectly comply with principles of outcomes-based learning, particularly in terms of outcomes representing meaningful units of learning and assessment being conducted continuously (formatively). There is generally a final integrated assessment, typically called a certificate of qualification (trade test certificate), where the candidate is required to demonstrate specific and core (cross-field) knowledge and skills.

    Apprenticeships and VET programme-alignment:

    In the majority of all the examples found, learning is vocational-based. In some countries (England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia) these are called "Modern Apprenticeships" (Cassels Report: 2001). These take the form of two categories, namely a programme-led apprenticeship where learners are able to follow a vocational programme at a college and then seek employment as trainees/apprentices/interns in order to qualify as artisans; and an employer-led apprenticeship, in which learners are engaged in a formal contract of learning and most learning is workplace-based. In most cases learners "earn while they learn".

    Application (Purpose):

    As is the intention with the South African qualifications, the international qualifications all prepare learners for working in a wide variety of industry sectors or contexts.

    Status:

    In all countries researched, rigging apprenticeship numbers have declined, thus making "riggers" sought after across the globe.

    4. Concluding remarks:

    The outcomes of the National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) Level 2 certificate developed for South Africa compares favourably with the rest of the international community and by every indication, is compatible with those countries who engage with outcomes-and standards-based qualifications.

    5. Reference documents:

    5.1 Availability of skilled labour in selected occupations in Western Australia (Shah. Cooney, Long and Burke: 2005).
    5.2 National Guidelines on Cross-Sectoral Qualification Linkages (Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Implementation Handbook: 2002).
    5.3 Lifting and Mechanical Handling Guidelines (Step Change in Safety: ERS Network Off-shore Oil and Gas Industry: UK).
    5.4 Policy Watch: Apprenticeship framework: A Change in Design (Sian Owen: 2005; Authorised by Steve Besley-UK).
    5.5 Training in Engineering Construction Skills: Employers Guide (TECSkills and the ECITB-UK:2007).
    5.6 Modern Apprenticeships: The Way to Work (Cassels Report: 2001): UK.
    5.7 Role of Apprenticeship in VET System: The Case of Botswana (Ahmad: 2003) at Conference on the Reform of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Gaborone, Botswana.
    5.8 Challenges Facing Vet Transformation in the SADC Region (Akoojee and McGrath: 2003 HSRC-Pretoria) at the Conference on the Reform of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Gaborone, Botswana.

    6. Reference Web-sites:

    www.ecitb.org.za; www.ntis.gov.au; www.bota.org.bw; www.kiwiquals.govt.nz; www.bcit.ca; www.nait.ca; www.cotr.bc.ca
    www.edexcel.co.uk; www.tullontraining.co.uk; www.doleta.com; www.tecskills.org.za. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification was designed to enable qualifying learners to move from one engineering context to another and still get recognition for successful learning achievements in the previous context. This means that credit accumulation towards certification could be obtained across industries.

    Vertical articulation:
  • ID 59730: National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging), NQF Level 3.

    Horizontal articulation:

    Fundamental learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for engineering-related qualifications at NQF Level 2.

    Core and Elective learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for some unit standards in most engineering qualifications where applicable, eg.:
  • ID 23254: National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting and Machining, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 57881: National Certificate: Welding Application and Practice, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 48961: National Certificate: Construction: Crane Operations, NQF Level 2. 

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

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The following criteria should be applied by a relevant ETQA as a minimum requirement:

    1. Assessors should be in possession of an appropriate qualification, namely:
  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) at NQF Level 4 and a minimum period of related experience as specified by the relevant ETQA.
  • An artisan qualification - Rigger (Trade test certificate or completed contract of apprenticeship) with a minimum period of related experience as specified by the relevant ETQA.
  • Subject matter experience, which may be established through recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    2. Registration as an assessor with the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body.

    3. Proven inter-personal skills and the ability to:
  • Maintain national and local industry standards.
  • Act in the interest of the learner.
  • Understand the need for transformation to redress the legacies of the past, and respect the cultural background and language of the learner. 

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

    NOTES 
  • In terms of learning and assessment within the chemical industry sector, this qualification replaces qualifications 13696, "Mechanics: Chemical Rigging", Level 2, 120 credits and 13699, "Electrics: Chemical Instrumentation", Level 2, 120 credits.
  • This qualification also replaces other registered and non-registered(in-house) occupational qualifications which are traditionally associated with Rigging and Rope-work. 

  • UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  116283  Demonstrate knowledge of and apply regulatory requirements pertaining to crane operation  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  253595  Direct the operation of an overhead crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  253591  Identify and use fibre ropes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  12477  Identify engineering materials, their characteristics and applications and common metal tests used in engineering  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  253575  Inspect, use and care for manual lifting equipment and tackle  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  13220  Keep the work area safe and productive  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  253582  Lift and move a load using manual lifting equipment and tackle  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  253555  Manufacture basic rigging hand tools  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  13214  Operate and monitor a drilling machine to produce simple components  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  12215  Read, interpret and produce basic engineering drawings  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  119744  Select, use and care for engineering hand tools  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  12476  Select, use and care for engineering measuring equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  12219  Select, use and care for engineering power tools  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  119463  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  119454  Maintain and adapt oral/signed communication  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  12444  Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in 2-dimensions in different life or workplace contexts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  119460  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  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  119456  Write/present for a defined context  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9839  Apply and maintain safety in an electrical environment  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  253774  Adhere to basic occupational health and safety practices pertaining to shaft operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  252373  Apply basic concepts of cargo care  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  10641  Carry out a detailed inspection on enhanced safety apparatus  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  243067  Cut materials using the oxy-fuel gas cutting process (manual cutting)  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253374  Describe the chemical industry's composition, its regulatory requirements and communication techniques  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12465  Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119061  Erect, alter/reposition and dismantle load bearing scaffolding  Level 2  NQF Level 02  13 
    Elective  12466  Explain the individual`s role within business  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253674  Install scraper rigs and rig scraper ropes in an underground workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253714  Install scraper ropes onto scraper winch drums  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  229995  Install, use and perform basic rescues from fall arrest systems and implement the fall protection plan  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  110163  Lift and move a load using a Tugger Winch  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253715  Load and remove long material into and from a shaft conveyance  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253754  Load and remove rolling stock into and from a shaft conveyance  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253694  Load and unload persons into and from a shaft conveyance  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253659  Make up a steel wire rope specimen for testing purposes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  116231  Operate a cab controlled overhead crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  116254  Operate a mobile crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02  20 
    Elective  116235  Operate a pendant controlled overhead crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  116255  Operate a tower crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02  20 
    Elective  116253  Operate a truck mounted loader crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02  20 
    Elective  242981  Operate defined purpose lift trucks  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  8420  Operate in a team  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  242976  Operate overhead/gantry cranes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253581  Place and move a load by utilising rollers  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253775  Prepare a conveyance for shaft examination and repairs  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253635  Replace the bucket assembly of a dragline  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253638  Sling and communicate during crane operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253600  Use a side-boom to lift, lower and carry materials  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  243063  Weld carbon steel work-pieces using the shielded metal arc welding process in the down-hand position.  Level 2  NQF Level 02  15 
    Elective  243072  Weld workpieces using the oxy-acetylene gas welding process in the downhand position  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  253603  Manoeuvre a load using mechanical lifting equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253603  Manoeuvre a load using mechanical lifting equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253657  Re-rail rolling stock by means of jacks  Level 3  NQF Level 03 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some (but not all) of their learning programmes are moved to the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replaced qualification.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Originator Pre-2009
    NQF Level
    NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
    Assurance
    Functionary
    NQF Sub-Framework
    63484  National Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Chemical  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 2  NQF Level 02  127     CHIETA  OQSF 
    63486  National Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Electrical Power Generation  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 2  NQF Level 02  127     EWSETA  OQSF 
    63483  National Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Manufacturing and Engineering  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 2  NQF Level 02  127     MERSETA  OQSF 
    63485  National Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Mining and Minerals  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 2  NQF Level 02  127     MQA  OQSF 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Accredited Provider
    63484  National Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Chemical  1. AOOG EDUCATION AND TRAINING
    2. MATIMBA RIGGING AND TRAINING
    3. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING
    4. SEDIBENG  
    63486  National Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Electrical Power Generation  THUTO YA SETSHABA TRAINING SERVICES (PTY) LTD  
    63483  National Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Manufacturing and Engineering  1. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre
    2. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP)
    3. West Coast Industrial Training Institute  



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