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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
59731  Further Education and Training 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
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  136  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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
13693  Mechanics: Chemical Rigging  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  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 this qualification is to conclude the progression along a trade-related career path towards obtaining a Further Education and Training Certification in Mechanical Handling (Rigging).

Qualifying learners at NQF Level 4 will therefore be able to work as skilled artisans ("riggers") in lifting and mechanical handling. It must also be noted however, that an additional licensing requirement may be required by the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body or industry sector in order to gain artisan status.

In this qualification, the knowledge, skills and values in order to display competency (applied competence) is recognised by showing the ability to:
  • Understand advanced lifting and mechanical handling theory, principles and concepts which includes the interpretation of detailed work instructions, in order to meet the requirements of mechanical handling projects.
  • Manage/supervise/perform lifting and mechanical handling projects/tasks using a reference framework which includes the view of the operating environment as a system within a wider context.
  • Demonstrate integrated organisational skills in order to manage personnel in the supervision of lifting tasks.
  • Apply and carry out actions by interpreting information from text and operational symbols or representations.
  • Use knowledge of the mechanical handling (rigging) field of expertise to solve common problems within a familiar context, making adjustments or small changes to the application of common solutions within known parameters.

    Qualifying learners will also demonstrate autonomy in learning through:
  • Taking responsibility for their own learning within a supervised environment by planning, scheduling and evaluating own work according to given criteria.
  • Interacting with and developing, the capacity of team members to maintain and support legislative, regulatory, quality, safety and health systems.
  • Taking the initiative by addressing problems arising from the supervision of lifting and moving tasks.

    Rationale:

    The field of Mechanical Handling (Rigging) is characterised by the provision of support services within a broader engineering environment and across a variety of industry sectors, namely within the:
  • Manufacturing and Engineering (Metals, Plastics, Tyre and Rubber, Automotive Manufacturing).
  • Chemical and Petrochemical.
  • Mining.
  • Transport (Maritime, Road, Rail and Aviation).
  • Civil Engineering and Construction.
  • Other engineering-related industry sectors.

    Mechanical Handling (Rigging) includes the lifting, handling, moving and positioning of commercial goods, machines, equipment, components or fabricated structures using manual and mechanised lifting equipment and machinery (includes mobile machines). Learners at NQF Level 4, performing rigging work, require:
  • Highly developed mechanical orientation with associated diagnostic skills.
  • Specialised organisational skills (evaluating, planning and scheduling work).
  • Communication skills.
  • Team and leadership skills.

    Qualifying learners will obtain a Further Education Certificate in Mechanical Handling (Rigging) NQF Level 4. This qualification focuses on developing the skills, knowledge and values necessary to complete the range of competencies required to work as a skilled worker or artisan.

    The qualification also provides:
  • Opportunities for further learning in the field of Mechanical Handling.
  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL) opportunities to learners who have gained relevant experience in the workplace. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    This qualification assumes that learners have a National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) at NQF Level 3 or an equivalent qualification.

    Access to the Qualification:

    Access to this qualification is open. However, it is preferred that learners have completed a National Certificate at NQF Level 3 (in trade-related sub-field) or equivalent. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Fundamental Component:

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
  • Communications at Level 4 to the value of 46 credits.
  • Mathematics Literacy at Level 4 to the value of 10 credits.
  • All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.

    Core Component:

    The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 68 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 12 credits from the Elective Unit standards listed under that specialization so as to attain a minimum of 136 credits for this qualification.

    Specialisation area 1:

    Learning Programme:

    Rigging (Chemical Industry) (Learning Programme ID 63491):

    Learners must do Unit Standard ID 14783 and must choose additional Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 12 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 14783; Conform to and apply legislation and operational instructions in chemical processing; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253656; Communicate with clients; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253578; Inspect, prepare and use a man-lift carriage for work at elevated heights; Level 4; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253583; Inspect, prepare and use a tube bundle machine on a petrochemical plant; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 116986; Sling complex loads and communicate during crane operations; Level 3; 12 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253586; Perform a boom conversion; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253590; Lift and move a load in suspension using a mobile crane; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 113851; Manage the transportation of dangerous goods; Level 5; 6 Credits.

    Total = 44 Credits.

    Specialisation area 2:

    Learning Programme:

    Rigging (Electrical Power Generation) (Learning Programme ID 63492):

    Learners must do Unit Standard ID 113873 and must choose additional Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 12 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 113873; Understand basic electrical and mechanical engineering principles; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253656; Communicate with clients; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253578; Inspect, prepare and use a man-lift carriage for work at elevated heights; Level 4; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 116986; Sling complex loads and communicate during crane operations; Level 3; 12 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253590; Lift and move a load in suspension using a mobile crane; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 14920; Participate in groups and/or teams to recommend solutions to problems; Level 4; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 116691; Plan, organise and control the erection, alteration/repositioning and dismantling of load bearing scaffolding; Level 4; 12 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253589; Transfer a load by means of snatching and anchoring; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253594; Manoeuvre a load by utilising a temporary construction; Level 4; 5 Credits.

    Total = 54 Credits.

    Specialisation Area 3:

    Learning Programme:

    Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Industries.

    Rigging (Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Industries) (Learning Programme ID 63493):

    Learners must choose Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 12 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 253656; Communicate with clients; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 116986; Sling complex loads and communicate during crane operations; Level 3; 12 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253590; Lift and move a load in suspension using a mobile crane; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 14920; Participate in groups and/or teams to recommend solutions to problems; Level 4; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 116691; Plan, organise and control the erection, alteration/repositioning and dismantling of load bearing scaffolding; Level 4; 12 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253589; Transfer a load by means of snatching and anchoring; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253594; Manoeuvre a load by utilising a temporary construction; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 113851; Manage the transportation of dangerous goods; Level 5; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 115333; Repair, replace and/or adjust helicopter cargo suspension hooks and rescue joists; Level 4; 4 Credits.

    Total = 63 Credits.

    Specialisation area 4:

    Learning Programme:

    Rigging (Mining Industry) (Learning Programme ID 63494):

    Learners must choose Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 12 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 253656; Communicate with clients; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 116986; Sling complex loads and communicate during crane operations; Level 3; 12 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253590; Lift and move a load in suspension using a mobile crane; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 14920; Participate in groups and/or teams to recommend solutions to problems; Level 4; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 116691; Plan, organise and control the erection, alteration/repositioning and dismantling of load bearing scaffolding; Level 4; 12 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 116692; Plan, organise and control the erection, alteration/repositioning and dismantling of access scaffolding; Level 4; 12.
  • Elective; ID 116690; Plan, organise and control the erection, alteration/repositioning and dismantling of suspended scaffolding; Level 4; 18 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253589; Transfer a load by means of snatching and anchoring; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253594; Manoeuvre a load by utilising a temporary construction; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253655; Examine winder rope attachments; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253614; Transport material and equipment in a shaft barrel; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253641; Terminate a rope end by means of capping; Level 3; 2 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253580; Replace a winder rope; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253636; Pilot material and equipment in a shaft; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253598; Terminate and secure back ends of a winder rope; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253584; Replace a winder rope sheave wheel; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253602; Examine a winder rope; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253557; Conduct a routine inspection on an elevator; Level 4; 2 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253576; Replace the boom sheave wheel of a dragline; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 113851; Manage the transportation of dangerous goods; Level 5; 6 Credits.

    Total = 120 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Demonstrate the skills and ability to supervise the lifting, moving and placing of complex loads by using lifting machinery.

    2. Demonstrate an ability to plan and schedule work.

    3. Apply procedures to solve a variety of problems within a mechanical handling context.

    4. Demonstrate leadership through effective interaction and communication with clients, peers and members of supervisory and management levels.

    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 complex loads using mechanical lifting equipment and a range of mechanical handling devices.
  • Related to supervising the mechanical handling project.
  • Related to the application of specialised methods during mechanical handling activities.
  • 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.
  • Acting in a leadership role.

    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 managing/supervising people and the lifting activity.
  • Completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Solve familiar problems during the execution of lifting tasks.
  • During the planning and preparation of the mechanical handling activity.

    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills:
  • During supervision and the execution of job activities.
  • Execution of commands and completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Communicating as a team leader or supervisor.

    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility toward the environment and health of others:
  • During the lifting and moving of loads by implementing methods and techniques based on advanced knowledge of mechanical handling.
  • 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 Lifting and mechanical handling tasks are demonstrated by using specialised lifting machinery in accordance with worksite practice and manufacturers' prescribed guidelines and specifications.
    1.2 The technique/s for lifting and mechanically handling a complex load is demonstrated by using a combination of methods, lifting machinery and equipment with due care for personnel and the environment.
    1.3 Procedures for safe lifting and mechanical handling are followed in terms of work instructions with specific attention to applicable regulatory standards.
  • Range:
    > Loads may include machines, components or fabricated structures.
    > Lifting and mechanical handling machinery and equipment may include but is not limited to winches, mobile crane/s and other forms of power-driven machinery.
    > Techniques may include the use of guyed derricks, gin poles, cable ways, types of scaffolding and complex tandem lifting techniques.
    > Legislative and regulatory standards may refer but not be limited to OHS Act, local authority requirements, Code of Safe Working Practices (Marine), Driven Machinery, General Safety and Construction Regulations.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:

    2.1 Planning and scheduling of lifting and mechanical handling work is demonstrated in terms of available or pre-requisite resources, the nature of the task, productivity, safety, health and the environment.
    2.2 Personnel (lifting team) are consulted and the lifting task is evaluated according to work instructions and prevailing conditions.
    2.3 Work flow is explained and demonstrated, based on job information, in terms of standard worksite practices.
    2.4 The documentation is completed according to organisational policies and all procedures are finalised and checked according to standard operating procedures.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:

    3.1 Solutions to lifting and mechanical handling problems are based on a clear analysis of information gathered through standard work-site procedures.
    3.2 Procedures are modified to respond to familiar problems in terms of changes in prevailing conditions, the application of machinery and equipment and certain unforeseen events.
    3.3 Questions are answered and familiar problems are discussed with respect to typical worse case scenarios.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:

    4.1 Relationships with peers, supervisors and management are established and leadership is demonstrated by assertive communication and behaviour within the workplace.
    4.2 Technical information is communicated using written reports as required in terms of organisational procedures.
    4.3 Learning opportunities and preparation requirements are identified and a learning plan is developed in order to map a personal development plan for oneself.

    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. Demonstrate the skills and ability to supervise the lifting, moving and placing of complex loads by using lifting machinery according to legislative and regulatory standards.

    Category; ID; Title; Level; Credits:
  • Core; ID 9406; Manage a team; Level 5; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13224; Monitor the application of safety, health and environmental protection procedures; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13254; Contribute to the implementation and maintenance of business processes; Level 4; 10 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253883; Lift and move a complex load using a winch; Level 4; 6 Credits.

    Category; ID; Title; Level; Credits:
  • Core; ID 116583; Perform tandem lifting; Level 4; 12 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253596; Perform a pre-engineering study in order to undertake rigging activities; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119471; Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119467; Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119472; Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119469; Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts, Level 4; 5 Credits.

    2. Demonstrate the ability to plan and schedule work according to work instructions and standard industry and organisational procedures.

    Category; ID; Title; Level; Credits:
  • Core; ID 9406; Manage a team; Level 5; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13224; Monitor the application of safety, health and environmental protection procedures; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13254; Contribute to the implementation and maintenance of business processes; Level 4; 10 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253883; Lift and move a complex load using a winch; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253660; Supervise advanced mobile crane operations; Level 4; 20 Credits.
  • Core; ID 116583; Perform tandem lifting; Level 4; 12 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253596; Perform a pre-engineering study in order to undertake rigging activities; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • Core; ID 113855; Manage the transportation of abnormal loads; Level 5; 6 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119457; Interpret and use information from texts; Level3; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 9016; Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119471; Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119459; Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119467; Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119472; Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119469; Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts, Level 4; 5 Credits.

    3. Apply procedures to solve a variety of problems within a mechanical handling context, in terms of the application of advanced lifting theory, the ability to read and interpret manufacturer's assembly drawings and routine inspection.

    Category; ID; Title; Level; Credits:
  • Core; ID 9406; Manage a team; Level 5; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13224; Monitor the application of safety, health and environmental protection procedures; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13254; Contribute to the implementation and maintenance of business processes; Level 4; 10 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253883; Lift and move a complex load using a winch; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253660; Supervise advanced mobile crane operations; Level 4; 20 Credits.
  • Core; ID 113855; Manage the transportation of abnormal loads; Level 5; 6 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119457; Interpret and use information from texts; Level3; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119471; Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119467; Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119472; Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119469; Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts, Level 4; 5 Credits.

    4. Demonstrate leadership through effective interaction and communication with clients, peers and members of supervisory and management levels.

    Category; ID; Title; Level; Credits:
  • Core; ID 13224; Monitor the application of safety, health and environmental protection procedures; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253883; Lift and move a complex load using a winch; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253596; Supervise advanced mobile crane operations; Level 4; 20 Credits.
  • Core; ID 113855; Manage the transportation of abnormal loads; Level 5; 6 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119457; Interpret and use information from texts; Level3; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 9016; Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119471; Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119459; Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119467; Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119472; Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119469; Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts, Level 4; 5 Credits. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    1. Introduction:

    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.

    During this investigation into international comparability, a variety of examples in different parts of the world were evaluated.

    2. Qualifications investigated and countries of origin:

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

    In order to perform a comparative study on S/NVQs, it is necessary to understand the qualifications framework and the classification of S/NVQs for the field of engineering and construction.

    The S/NVQF by occupational areas are at 5 distinct Levels:
  • Level I: Operations.
  • Level 2: Operations and Higher Skills.
  • Level 3: Technicians and Craft Employees.
  • Level 4: Technician Engineer.
  • Level 5: Professional and Chartered Engineers.

    National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) Level 4, compares well to the Scottish and English (UK) qualifications. However, the UK's qualification content is pitched at S/NVQ Levels 2 and 3. This means that an equivalent and parallel level does not truly exist in the same form as the South African NQF.

    In comparing the Level 3 programme, apprentices should progress to the S/NVQ Level 3 within a company after having completed Level 2 in a centre-based environment.

    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.

    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): 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, riggers in Botswana 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, with a focus which predominant within 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 in the process of the harmonisation of education and training systems within the EAC. Currently, no qualification infrastructure exists.

    United States:

    In the United States model, the "rigger" qualification 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) for the entire duration of apprenticeship programme.

    Canada (Manitoba Province http://www.gov.mb.ca/iedm/):

    Information regarding training was also found on the website of the Manitoba Provincial Government in Canada. The full "rigger" qualification is obtained over a four-year period. The "job description" of the "rigger" is similar to most countries investigated.

    "Riggers" at certificate level 4 are able to carry out functions, similar its South African counterpart.

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

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

    National Certificate in Industrial Rope Access Level 4:

    National Certificate in Rigging with strands in Advanced Rigging Level 4 (on selection of appropriate strand).

    Learning content within the Level 4 strand are:
  • Use sophisticated and complex equipment in the rigging industry, such as guyed derricks, gin poles, cable ways and fabricated hung scaffolds.
  • Plan and supervise complex operations.

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

    The following information was obtained on the website: http://www.ntis.au (National Information Training System) with regards to qualifications in "Rigger" training streams in Australia.

    "Australian Apprenticeships" is the new name for the scheme formerly known as 'New Apprenticeships'.

    "Australian Apprenticeships" encompass all apprenticeships and traineeships. They combine time at work with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based1. The qualifications investigated for "Riggers" are only covered within the apprenticeship format.

    3. Summary of comparisons with National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) Level 4:

    Content:

    The qualifications from the various countries all address the range of mechanical handling competencies included in Level 3, thus attending to the need to fulfil the requirements of being introductory by nature.

    Progression:

    The international qualifications all address a progression of competencies, e.g. demonstration of the ability 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.

    A typical progression is found in the Scottish apprenticeship (Moving Loads) and in England (Off-shore Oil & Gas Industry):
  • SVQ Level 2 (minimum 26 weeks at an accredited training centre).
  • SVQ Level 3 (in the workplace with monitoring and assessments by a training officer).
  • An educational qualification e.g. National Certificate (NC) in Engineering Practice (day release at a training centre).

    The off-shore oil and gas industry has progression indicators for mechanical handling which depict the following descriptors, namely:
  • The responsible person.
  • The competent person (at least 3 years' operational experience of lifting operations).
  • The competent lifting team.
  • Technical support.

    The content of the third/fourth year of a typical "Rigging" programme in most countries, relates favourably to the content of Mechanical Engineering (Rigging) Level 4.

    Demonstration of work practices:

    Investigation into international comparability produces overarching similarities in the outcomes of the various "rigger" training programmes in all the countries above. They are:

    Outcomes which are common to most countries (Level 4):
  • Plan and prepare advanced rigging work.
  • Complete advanced rigging.
  • Dismantle structures and/or plant at advanced rigging level work.
  • Identify and apply industrial rope access.
  • Select and safely use industrial rope access equipment access legislation.
  • Plan and prepare for advanced industrial rope access work.
  • Set up, alter, and dismantle industrial rope access.
  • Carry out advanced industrial rope access techniques systems.

    Learning delivery:

    The learning delivery process in all the examples included on-the-job (practical) and off-the-job (theoretical) components.

    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 - red seal), where the candidate is required to demonstrate specific and core (cross-field) knowledge and skills.

    Apprenticeships and VET programmes:

    In all the examples found, learning is vocational-based. In some countries (England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia) these are called "modern apprenticeships". 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/apprentice/interns in order to qualify as artisans; and an employer-led apprenticeship, in which learners are engaged in a formal contract of workplace-based learning. In most cases learners "earn while they learn".

    Application (Purpose):

    As is the intention with the South African Further Education and Training Certificate Level 4 qualification, the international qualifications all prepare learners for working as skilled artisans within the field of Lifting and Mechanical Handling.

    4. Concluding remarks:

    The Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) developed for South Africa compares favourably with the international qualifications mentioned above and there is no doubt concerning the portability of the Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) qualification for migration purposes.

    It must be stated though that certain countries do require an indigenous certification of qualification (trade test certificate). This may mean that individuals may need to be re-assessed in the selected target country.

    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 Conference on the Reform of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) 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 
    Horizontal articulation:

    Horizontal articulation within the core learning component at this level, applies partially to equivalent credit accrual for some unit standards in the following engineering qualifications, e.g.:
  • ID 49053: National Certificate: Supervision of Construction Processes, NQF Level 4.
  • ID 48439: Further Education and Training Certificate: Road Transport Supervision, NQF Level 4.

    The Qualification has been designed and structured so that qualifying learners can move from one mechanical handling context to another. This can be achieved by the appropriate selection of credits in the elective category.

    Fundamental learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for most engineering qualifications at NQF Level 4.

    Vertical Articulation:

    Stakeholders are urged to investigate specialist areas of expertise beyond NQF Level 4 which may allow for vertical articulation.

    Possible articulation currently exists for progress to NQF Level 5 through:
  • Specialisation as an Approved Inspection Authority (Lifting Machinery Inspection).
  • Certificate: Engineering Management, NQF Level 5.
  • Access Certificate: Business, NQF Level 5; or similar Business Administration Certificates.
  • Certificate: Construction Project Management, NQF Level 5.
  • Certificate: Project Management, NQF Level 5. 

  • 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:
  • Mechanical Handling (Rigging) at NQF level 4 including a minimum period of work-related experience as specified by the relevant ETQA.
  • An artisan qualification in Rigging (Trade test certificate or completed contract of apprenticeship) including a minimum period of work-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 qualification 13693, "Mechanics: Chemical Rigging", Level 4, 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  13254  Contribute to the implementation and maintenance of business processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  253883  Lift and move a complex load using a winch  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  13224  Monitor the application of safety, health and environmental protection procedures  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  253596  Perform a pre-engineering study in order to undertake rigging activities  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  116583  Perform tandem lifting  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Core  253660  Supervise advanced mobile crane operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  20 
    Core  9406  Manage a team  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  113855  Manage the transportation of abnormal loads  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  119471  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119459  Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  10195  Apply Engineering Principles and concepts in a Power Generation Process Plant  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253656  Communicate with clients  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  14783  Conform to and apply legislation and operational instructions in chemical processing  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253590  Lift and move a load in suspension using a mobile crane  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13275  Perform heat treatment processes on engineering metals  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253636  Pilot material and equipment in a shaft  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  12814  Remove metals using air-carbon arc gouging processes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  258196  Replace ropes on a dragline  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253576  Replace the boom sheave wheel of a dragline  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116986  Sling complex loads and communicate during crane operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  258195  Sling material and equipment in a shaft  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253641  Terminate a steel wire rope by means of capping  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253614  Transport material and equipment in a shaft barrel  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253557  Conduct a routine inspection on an elevator  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  114194  Demonstrate understanding of regulations codes and drawing office practices for structural steel detailing  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  14473  Develop and produce computer aided drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  253602  Examine a winder rope  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  253655  Examine winder rope attachments  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  253592  Identify, interpret and produce working pipe drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  253578  Inspect, prepare and use a man-lift carriage for work at elevated heights  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  253583  Inspect, prepare and use a tube bundle machine on a petrochemical plant  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  253594  Manoeuvre a load by utilising a temporary construction  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  14920  Participate in groups and/or teams to recommend solutions to problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  253586  Perform a boom conversion  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  116692  Plan, organise and control the erection, alteration/repositioning and dismantling of access scaffolding  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Elective  116691  Plan, organise and control the erection, alteration/repositioning and dismantling of load bearing scaffolding  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Elective  116690  Plan, organise and control the erection, alteration/repositioning and dismantling of suspended scaffolding  Level 4  NQF Level 04  18 
    Elective  115333  Repair, replace and/or adjust helicopter cargo suspension hooks and rescue hoists  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  253580  Replace a winder rope  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  253584  Replace a winder rope sheave wheel  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  253598  Terminate and secure the back-end of a winder rope  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  253589  Transfer a load by means of snatching and anchoring  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  113873  Understand basic electrical and mechanical engineering principles  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  113851  Manage the transportation of dangerous goods  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 


    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
    63491  Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Chemical  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 4  NQF Level 04  136     CHIETA  OQSF 
    63492  Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Electrical Power Generation  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 4  NQF Level 04  136     EWSETA  OQSF 
    63493  Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Manufacturing and Engineering  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 4  NQF Level 04  136     MERSETA  OQSF 
    63494  Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Mining and Minerals  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 4  NQF Level 04  136     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
    63491  Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Chemical  1. AOOG EDUCATION AND TRAINING
    2. MATIMBA RIGGING AND TRAINING
    3. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING
    4. SEDIBENG  
    63493  Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Manufacturing and Engineering  1. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre
    2. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP)  



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