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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Wastewater and Water Reticulation Services 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
60189  Further Education and Training Certificate: Wastewater and Water Reticulation Services 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Water Sector 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
EWSETA - Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction  Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  135  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 10105/14  2015-07-01  2018-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

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
23476  National Certificate: Supervision of Water Reticulation Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  136  Complete 
48906  Further Education and Training Certificate: Supervision of Wastewater Reticulation Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  149  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

The Qualification will provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to work in a water and wastewater reticulation services department. The competencies developed through this qualification will enable the learner lead a team in the maintenance, operation and construction of water and wastewater reticulation systems. The core and elective sections of this qualification accommodates for learners to specialise in water or wastewater reticulation services or both.

Qualifying learners are able to:
  • Demonstrate communication skills at supervisory level.
  • Ensure the implementation and assurance of health, safety and environmental systems.
  • Lead a team in the operation and maintenance of water and waste water reticulation systems.
  • Lead a team in the construction of water and waste water reticulation systems.

    Rationale:

    The SGB has established that there is a need for these Qualifications throughout the water services sector. The qualification, in addition, will satisfy the needs of both small and large water services providers. This qualification is aimed at learners who wish to further their career in the water and/or wastewater reticulation services industry, and at learners who have gained experience in related industry sub fields and now wish to receive formal recognition for their experience and knowledge. This qualification also serves as a basis for post certification development and more particularly to progress to the NQF Level 5 Certificate in Water and Wastewater Reticulation Services. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in the following:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • National Certificate: Water and Waste Water Reticulation service at NQF Level 2.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This Qualification may be achieved in part through skills programmes or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. Any learner wishing to be directly assessed may arrange to do so, without attending further training or education. The assessor and learner will decide together on the most appropriate assessment route to be taken.

    Access to the Qualification:
  • National Certificate: Water and Waste Water Reticulation service at NQF Level 3. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification consists of Fundamental credits totalling 56, Core credits totalling 60, all of which are compulsory. The qualification also has Electives totalling 72.

    Learners have to choose a minimum of 19 credits from the Electives to be awarded the qualification. Total credits for this qualification will therefore be 135. 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Demonstrate communication skills at supervisory level.

    2. Implement and assure health, safety and environmental systems.

    3. Lead a team in the operation and maintenance of water and wastewater reticulation systems.

    4. Lead a team in the construction of water and wastewater reticulation systems.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    The learner is able to:

    This qualification addresses the following critical cross-field outcomes, within the indicated context of the associated Exit Level Outcomes and Assessment Criteria.

    Identifying and solving problems in which responses indicate that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made:
  • Solving problems arising in the selection and sourcing of tools, equipment and materials for maintenance and construction tasks and problems arising in leading a team in the execution of maintenance and construction tasks .
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcomes 3 and 4.

    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community:
  • All tasks are performed through leading a team and within a team environment, taking into account the health and safety of others.
    > Evident in Assessment Criteria 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 and 4.2 and the executing of tasks with and through a team.

    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively:
  • Relating to leading a team in the planning and preparation of reticulation tasks, adhering to best practices and standard operating procedures, and focussing on housekeeping, safety and care and storage of tools and equipment.
    > Evident in Exit Assessment Criteria 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2.

    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information:
  • Relating to the planning and executing of tasks and the solving of problems based on site conditions and information received, in the form of verbal and written reports.
    > Evident in Exit Assessment Criteria 2.3,3.2,3.3,4.2,4.3.

    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral/written persuasion:
  • Communicating with the team during the planning , preparation and the execution of job activities and the completion of related technical reports.
    > Evident in Exit Level Outcome 1.

    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others:
  • Apply science and technology effectively during the maintenance and installation of reticulation systems, paying attention to the health of team members, members of the public and respecting environmental issues.
    > Evident in Exit Level Assessment Criteria 2.2, 3.1, 4.1.

    Demonstrating and understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation:
  • Solving problems through the integration of various sources of information, the integration of various workplace structures, team member abilities and through taking cognisance of impact of various solutions on the environment and the health and safety and quality of life of team members and members of the public.
    > Evident in Exit Level Assessment Criteria 2.3, 3.2, 4.2. 

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

    1.1 Information is to be accessed and used in the context of team leader tasks and activities.
    1.2 Interpret and communicate workplace policies and procedures for the reticulation industry.
    1.3 Language and communication to be used for accessing and navigating learning programmes.
    1.4 Liaise with contractors and members of the public regarding water and wastewater reticulation issues.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:

    2.1 Ensure the implementation of the most update personal safety, health and environmental management systems and legislative requirements on a wastewater and water reticulation system.
    2.2 Act proactively to prevent incidents by ensuring compliance with safety, health and environmental policies and procedures.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:

    3.1 The team tasks and activities are done in accordance with sound team leader practices.
    3.2 Tasks and processes involved in leading a team maintenance of wastewater and water reticulation systems are executed in accordance with organisational policies and procedures.
    3.3 Equipment and materials are confirmed to comply with national specifications and codes of practices.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:

    4.1 Tasks and activities involved in the construction are lead in accordance with sound supervisory practices.
    4.2 Tasks and processes involved in the leading a team of the construction of wastewater and water reticulation systems are executed in accordance with organisational policies and procedures.
    4.3 Equipment and materials used for construction comply with national specifications and Codes of practices.

    Intergrated Assessment:

    Integrated assessment at the level of the qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show they are able to integrate concepts, actions and ideas achieved across a range of unit standards and contexts. Integrated assessment must evaluate the quality of observable performance as well as the thinking behind the performance.

    Some assessment aspects will demand practical demonstration while others may not.

    Since this is one of a series of qualifications in a framework, it is necessary to ensure that the fundamental part of the qualification is also targeted to ensure that while the competence may have been achieved in a particular context, learners are able to apply it in a range of other contexts and for further learning. The assessment is to also ensure that all the critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge has been achieved, by assessing through integrated assessment. 

    INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    International qualifications were examined to ensure that the qualification model and associated unit standards proposed are comparable in terms of qualification levels, scope and competencies covered. However, the core and elective components have been developed and/or revised taking into account South Africa's unique context, but also looking at international best practice.

    Qualifications form the following countries were examined:

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF):
  • NWP05: Water Industry and the Certificate Course in Water and Wastewater Reticulation.

    New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA):
  • National Certificate in Water and Wastewater Reticulation and its associated unit standards (Level 2; 3 and 4).
  • National Certificate in Water and Wastewater reticulation: Site Operator (Level 2; 3 and 4).

    Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SQA):
  • H7HE: Water Distribution: Water Level 2.
  • D2 XK: Construction Practice: Substructures.
  • D5 XY: Construction Technology: Substructure and Remedial works.

    United Kingdom (QCA):
  • City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Water Engineering, 500/1698/2.
  • Certificate in Process Plant Operations Level 2.
  • Cambridge University: Module 4D15: Sustainable Water Engineering.
  • Modelling Water Distribution Networks MODULE CODE: CIV.

    United States of America:
  • SD Association of Rural Water Systems Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57106, Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Board.

    Findings Concerning Comparability:

    A substantial degree of similarity was found in most of the qualifications examined. Although the South African qualification combines both water and wastewater reticulation services due to the similarities found in the core components of both qualifications, the revised qualification provides a mix of mandatory unit standards to cover both water and wastewater core competencies and electives as optional units that enable learners to choose from to address their particular roles in their respective work areas and specialization.

    The South African qualification and its associated unit standards is generally comparable to the Scottish, Australian, New Zealand in terms of degree of complexity, scope and range of competencies covered but are offered and structured differently with the United Kingdom qualification. The UK refers to reticulation as distribution and the implementation of training takes place differently to the system employed by South Africa.

    New Zealand being an OECD country, offered many similarities to the environment and structure of the South African Industry and the way their courses and curricular is structured. Unit standard content would often combine concepts differently to what is done locally and the analysis of these often provided new insight into best practice. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This is the first qualification in a series from NQF Level 2 through to NQF Level 5. This series of qualifications can articulate directly to learning programmes and qualifications in the water and wastewater sector. It also opens the possibility for further learning in the sub-field of Civil Engineering Construction. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • A person assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement if this Qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQAs policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation, in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between ETQAs (including professional bodies), and in terms of the moderation guideline.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards, exit level outcomes as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    All assessors need to be Subject Matter Experts, qualified one level higher and registered with the relevant ETQA. 

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

    NOTES 
    This qualification replaces qualification 23476, "National Certificate: Supervision of Water Reticulation Operations", Level 4, 136 credits.
    This qualification replaces qualification 48906, "Further Education and Training Certificate: Supervision of Wastewater Reticulation Operations", Level 4, 149 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  254096  Demonstrate knowledge of corrosion control  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  254121  Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of water flow  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  14417  Lead and supervise construction teams  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14425  Perform site administration functions  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  254119  Plan and organize maintenance and construction tasks for water and wastewater reticulation services  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Core  254099  Supervise personal safety practices in the workplace  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  254098  Supervise the procurement, use and storage of equipment and materials for construction and maintenance  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    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  254124  Plan team work functions and complete reports  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  254102  Demonstrate basic knowledge of different types of trenchless technologies in water and wastewater environments  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  254122  Demonstrate knowledge of leak detection and leak detection programmes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  254104  Demonstrate knowledge of the operation and maintenance of flow control and air valves in pipelines  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  254100  Demonstrate knowledge of wastewater composition, odours, and odour control  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  254115  Demonstrate sound environmental practices in wastewater operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  254095  Maintain water quality in water supply reticulation systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  254094  Manage water resources  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Elective  254120  Prepare and set up Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) for the inspection of a pipeline  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  254118  Apply water loss control principles  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  115753  Conduct outcomes-based assessment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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