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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Diploma: Power Plant Process Control Operations 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
61570  National Diploma: Power Plant Process Control Operations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Power Plant Operations 
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
National Diploma  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  241  Level 5  NQF Level 05  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   2023-06-30  

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
23736  National Diploma: Hydro Power Plant Process Control  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  241  Complete 
23679  National Diploma: Fossil Power Plant Process Control  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  248  Complete 
23734  National Diploma: Nuclear Power Plant Process Control  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  295  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

Learners obtaining this qualification will be recognised on a national level for performing process control activities on a power plant. This qualification will ensure professionalism, proficiency and excellence in the control of Power Plant Generation Units. It will also assist in changing perceptions on the status and functional levels of process controllers in Power Plant Generation. The qualification will provide the incumbents with pride, self worth and enhance their morale.

Worth to the employer will be manifested in the competence of the employee in terms of safe, sound and efficient operations performed by the process controller. This qualification will provide standards for recognition of prior learning of existing process controller competence throughout the industry and allow credits to be obtained in cross-functional learning fields.

On acquiring this qualification they will have skills, knowledge and behavioural competence to perform the following:
  • To objectively recognise what is happening in or across situations with people, plant and materials.
  • To recognise the direct impact of decisions and actions and the effects on plant and people in the direct work environment.
  • To decide upon the most appropriate action after problems were recognised, analysed and the options evaluated.
  • To listen, question, observe, describe accurately and align with the senders` needs.
  • To order resources, ideas, events, people and plant to enable required events, to operate at organisation and system level.
  • To know the energy flow through the conversion process and the key conversion process concepts are understood.
  • To know the theory of application of mechanical, electrical and instrumentation plant components and their interrelationship to the plant is known and understood.
  • To know Interrelated plant processes and safety equipment are operated and controlled safely and efficiently.
  • To complete and process relevant documentation correctly according to operating procedures, service notifications and authorisation requirements.
  • The trends / incidents related to the specific plant are understood.
  • Concepts, terms and theory of the specified technical field as for the prescribed subjects are known.
  • To control the operation of the plant to stay within the set limits for environmental impact.
  • Process chemistry fundamentals applicable to the process plant and the implications of operating outside of chemical specifications are known and understood.
  • To train and control subordinates in their adherence to the Regulations.
  • To lead staff in accordance with the organization's purpose, values and vision.
  • To utilize the computer to manage / control the plant processes and analyse plant and conditions.
  • Production targets by planning, organising, leading and controlling of staff, and motivating and influencing their behaviour create effective working relationships.

    Rationale:

    This qualification is designed for learners who will be responsible for controlling integrated processes on a specific Power Plant from remote located control centres.

    This qualification is based on the power generation industry needs in building competence in the workplace for the specific Power Plant Process Control Operations. The qualification therefore sets national standards for Power Plant Control Operators in a specific Power Plant Process Control Operations environment.

    This qualification is a direct outcome of the revision of the ND: Power Plant Operations, NQF Level 5 suite of qualifications with ID. No. 23679, 23734 and 23736 the demand for which was based on the transformation of the existing qualifications into a qualification with specializations that meets the needs of the relevant industry, supporting the principles of the NQF and providing the flexibility of bridging into a management qualification with a strong customer focus.

    This qualification provides the learner with accessibility to be employed within the process control function on a specific Power Plant Unit.

    Other considerations in the national interest addressed by this Qualification are:
  • Setting national standards of practice in these specific learning fields building individual capacity in these specialized professions.
  • Ensuring entry, progression and mobility into Life Long Learning in these specific learning fields addressing Power Plant Operations.
  • Adhering to industry specific employment requirements.
  • Enhancing of professional competence on a national level providing an avenue of upliftment for the previously disadvantaged into this professional discipline.
  • Providing qualifications to be used in learnerships in these fields.
  • Enhancing social and economic development. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy, NQF Level 4.
  • Computer Literacy, NQF Level 4.
  • Electrical Engineering Fundamentals, NQF Level 3 with the following unit standards:
    > ID 10893: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of electrical power generation.
    > ID 14204: Interpret basic electronic theories in Power Plant Process Control.
    > ID 10894: Interpret electrical circuits.
    > ID 10677: Interpret electrical theories.
    > ID 10719: Understand the operating principles of transformers.
    > ID 10707: Understanding the principles of magnetism.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:
  • These qualifications will be achieved in part or in whole through the RPL processes.
  • Evidence of prior learning must be assessed through formal RPL processes through recognised methods.
  • Any other evidence of prior learning should be assessed through formal RPL processes to recognise achievement thereof.

    Access to the Qualification:

    Access is open to all learners in possession of an FETC or equivalent NQF Level 4 qualification. It is preferable that learners have completed the:
  • FETC: Power Plant Operations. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
  • All the Fundamental Unit Standards totalling 27 credits are compulsory.
  • All the Core Unit Standards totalling 81 credits are compulsory.
  • Learners are to choose an Elective Specialization and complete the required unit standards as designated for each specialization.

    Specialization Area 1: Hydro Power Plant Process Control Operations:

    Choose unit standards totalling a minimum of 145 credits from the Elective Unit Standards listed below:
  • ID 13519: Control Load Variation on a Hydro Power Generating Unit in Pumping Mode from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 4 Credits.
  • ID 13520: Control Load Variations on a Hydro Power Generating Unit in Generating and Synchronous Compensation Mode from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 4 Credits.
  • ID 13523: Monitor and Sustain Plant Operability of a Hydro Power Generating Unit from the Control Room; NQF Level 5; 7 Credits.
  • ID 13525: Monitor and Sustain Plant Operability on Hydro Power Generation Auxiliary Systems from Control Centres; NQF Level 5; 10 Credits.
  • ID 10899: Shutdown Hydro Power Generation Auxiliary Systems from Control Centres; NQF Level 5; 10 Credits.
  • ID 13521: Shutdown Hydro Power Generation Unit from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 12 Credits.
  • ID 13526: Stabilise Out of Normal and or Emergency Condition on Hydro Power Generation Unit from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 15 Credits.
  • ID 13527: Stabilise Out of Normal and or Emergency Conditions on Hydro Power Generation Auxiliary Systems; NQF Level 5; 11 Credits.
  • ID 13517: Start-up Hydro Power Generating Auxiliary Systems from Control Centres; NQF Level 5; 13 Credits.
  • ID 10898: Start-up Hydro Power Generating Unit from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 32 Credits.
  • ID 14053: Demonstrate Knowledge Of Corrosion Control; NQF Level 5; 7 Credits.
  • ID 116434: Control electrical networks from a control centre; NQF Level 4; 10 Credits.
  • ID 116453: Perform operations on high voltage integrated systems; NQF Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 14057: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of electrical systems and related concepts; NQF Level 4; 6 Credits.

    Total Elective Credit Component = 145 Credits.

    Specialization Area 2: Fossil Power Plant Process Control Operations:

    Choose unit standards totalling a minimum of 133 credits from the Elective Unit Standards listed below:
  • ID 14057: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of electrical systems and related concepts; NQF Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 14055: Understand water chemistry in a power plant environment; NQF Level 4; 3 Credits.
  • ID 13562: Control load variation on a fossil fired steam generator from a control room; NQF Level 5; 7 Credits.
  • ID 13596: Control load variations on a fossil fired power generation unit from a control room; NQF Level 5; 9 Credits.
  • ID 13564: Control load variations on a steam driven turbo-generator from a control room; NQF Level 5; 6 Credits.
  • ID 13572: Monitor and Sustain Plant Operability of a Steam Driven Turbo-Generator System from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 7 Credits.
  • ID 255874: Demonstrate Knowledge and Understanding of Pulverised Fuel Firing Regulations (PFFR) as applied on fossil fired power generating plants; NQF Level 5; 3 Credits.
  • ID 14053: Demonstrate Knowledge Of Corrosion Control; NQF Level 5; 7 Credits.
  • ID 13566: Shut down a fossil fired steam generator from a control room; NQF Level 5; 12 Credits.
  • ID 13597: Shutdown a fossil fired power generating unit from a control room; NQF Level 5; 22 Credits.
  • ID 13568: Shutdown a steam driven turbo-generator system from a control room; NQF Level 5; 11 Credits.
  • ID 13599: Stabilise Out of Normal Emergency Conditions on a Fossil Fired Power Generating Unit from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 28 Credits.
  • ID 13573: Stabilise Out of Normal Emergency Conditions on a Fossil Fired Steam Generator from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 15 Credits.
  • ID 13575: Stabilise Out of Normal Emergency Conditions on a Steam Driven Turbo-Generator System from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 12 Credits.
  • ID 13558: Start up a fossil fired steam generator from a control room; NQF Level 5; 32 Credits.
  • ID 13561: Start up a Steam Driven Turbo-Generator from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 21 Credits.
  • ID 255895: Start up a fossil fired power generating unit from a control room; NQF Level 5; 55 Credits.
  • ID 13571: Monitor and Sustain Plant Operability on a Fossil Fired Steam Generator from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 8 Credits.
  • ID 255894: Monitor and sustain plant operability on a fossil fired power generating unit from a control room; NQF Level 5; 16 Credits.

    Total Fossil Power Credits = 280 Credits.

    Specialization Area 3: Nuclear Power Plant Process Control Operations:

    Choose unit standards totalling a minimum of 198 credits from the Elective Unit Standards listed below:
  • ID 13816: Control Load Variations on a Nuclear Steam Supply Plant from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 11 Credits.
  • ID 13817: Control Load Variations on a Turbo-Generator Plant from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 7 Credits.
  • ID 14907: Describe the Regulatory Nuclear Safety requirements as applied in nuclear power generating plant; NQF Level 5; 2 Credits.
  • ID 14227: Monitor and Sustain Nuclear Steam Supply Plant from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 5 Credits.
  • ID 13572: Monitor and Sustain Plant Operability of a Steam Driven Turbo-Generator System from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 7 Credits.
  • ID 14232: Preserve Nuclear Steam Supply Plant; NQF Level 5; 4 Credits.
  • ID 14233: Preserve Steam Driven Turbo-Generator Plant; NQF Level 5; 4 Credits.
  • ID 13819: Shutdown a Nuclear Steam Supply Plant from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 26 Credits.
  • ID 13568: Shutdown a steam driven turbo-generator system from a control room; NQF Level 5; 11 Credits.
  • ID 14230: Stabilise Out of Normal and or Emergency Condition on a Nuclear Steam Supply Plant from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 57 Credits.
  • ID 14231: Stabilise Out of Normal and or Emergency Conditions on Nuclear Power Plant Turbo Generating Unit; NQF Level 5; 6 Credits.
  • ID 13804: Start up Nuclear Steam Supply Plant from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 32 Credits.
  • ID 13811: Start up Turbo-Generator Plant from a Control Room; NQF Level 5; 14 Credits.
  • ID 16434: Control electrical networks from a control centre; NQF Level 4; 10 Credits.
  • ID 16453: Perform operations on high voltage integrated systems; NQF Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 13710: Explain thermodynamic principles and concepts as applied in nuclear power generating plant; NQF Level 4; 9 Credits.
  • ID 13706: Describe fundamental material science related to brittle fracture and vessel thermal stress in nuclear power plants; NQF Level 4; 3 Credits.

    Total Nuclear Power Credits = 212 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Demonstrate understanding of leadership concepts related to the function of first line supervision.

    2. Demonstrate understanding of the fundamentals of Power Plant Engineering Concepts related to the control of power generating units.

    3. Demonstrate knowledge of regulatory requirements associated with the control of power plant generating units.

    4. Control power generating processes within safe operating parameters.

    5. Perform continuous improvement activities on Power Plant Processes.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    This qualification addresses the following Critical Cross-Field Outcomes, as detailed in the assessment criteria for each exit level outcome and within the unit standards associated with each exit level outcome:
  • Identifying and solving problems in which responses indicate that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.
  • Working effectively with others as a member of a group, organisation or community.
  • Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information.
  • Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral/written persuasion.
  • Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • Demonstrating and understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
  • Learning programmes directed towards this qualification will also contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large, by making individuals aware of the importance of:
    > Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
    > Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
    > Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
    > Exploring education and career opportunities; and developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • The role of self-management is described within the context of first line supervision.
  • The role of management practices is explained within the context of first line supervision.
  • Leadership attributes are integrated to meet the strategic intent within the organisation.
  • Understanding of leadership concepts contributes to the safe, efficient and effective control of power plants.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Knowledge is demonstrated of the application of power plant engineering concepts within the context of power plant process control operations.
  • Applications of knowledge are suited for solving control problems in the process plant.
  • Equipment design and application theories are described within the context of their application.
  • Thermal and cycle efficiency are interpreted correctly within power generating processes.
  • Knowledge is demonstrated of the technology associated with the control of power generating plants.
  • Theories related to the generation of electricity and related apparatus are interpreted within the context of their application.
  • Water treatment principles are described within power plant thermal processes.
  • Explanations provided of Power Plant Engineering concepts are consistent with established literature and engineering conventions.
  • Applications of knowledge contribute towards the safe and effective control of power plant processes.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Regulatory requirements in workplace procedures are described and interpreted within the context of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Non-compliance to statutory requirements is described in terms of the potential impact on the micro-environment.
  • Interrelations between related regulatory requirements are described in terms of standard operating procedures.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Plant operations and control activities are performed according to operating standards.
  • Out of normal emergency conditions are identified and acted upon using Power Plant Engineering Principles.
  • Interrelation of Steam and Turbo generator processes are interpreted and contextualised within a Power Generating unit.
  • Teamwork activities are facilitated to meet operational requirements.
  • Power generating processes are controlled to meet system demand.
  • Thermal efficiency attained meets design specifications.
  • Tasks assigned to respective staff meet operational requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
  • Corrective actions identified and suggested for improvement of activities on Power Plant Processes.
  • Corrective actions disseminated to appropriate individuals.
  • Corrective actions implemented to improve quality of activities on Power Plant Processes.

    Integrated Assessment:
  • The applied competence (practical, foundational and reflective competencies) of this qualification will be achieved if a learner is able to achieve all exit level outcomes of the qualification as per the rules specified.
  • Applicable Critical Cross-Field Outcomes must be assessed during any combination of practical, foundational and reflexive competencies.
  • Assessment methods and tools to determine the whole person development and integration of applied knowledge and skills.
  • Certain Exit Level Outcomes are measurable and verifiable through Assessment Criteria assessed in one application.
  • Applicable assessment tools to assess the foundational, reflective and practical competencies within the power plant control environment. A detailed portfolio of evidence is required of the practical, foundational and reflective competencies of the learner.
  • Assessors and moderators should develop and conduct integrated assessment by making use of the range of formative and summative methods.
  • Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through any form of learning. Unit standards associated with this qualification must be used to assess specific and Critical Cross-Field Outcomes.
  • During integrated assessment, the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and should assess combinations of practical, foundational and reflective competencies.

    Formative Assessment:

    Assessment criteria for formative assessment are described in the various unit standards. Formative assessment takes place during the process of learning and assessors should use a range of appropriate assessment methods and tools that assess competence holistically. These methods include but are not limited to the following:
  • On-the-job observations.
  • Role-play simulations.
  • Knowledge tests, exams, case studies, projects, logbooks, workbooks.
  • Verbal report backs (presentations).
  • Portfolios of evidence (RPL).
  • Working in teams (360 degrees evaluations).
  • Scenario sketching.
  • Incident reports.

    The assessment tools and methods used by the assessor must be:
  • Fair, not to hinder or disadvantage the learner in any way.
  • Valid, to measure what is intended to measure.
  • Reliable, consistent and delivers the same output across a range of learners and Assessors.

    Summative Assessment:

    Summative assessment is carried out at the end of each competence level to assess the achievement of the learner. A detailed portfolio of evidence is required to prove the practical, foundational and reflective competencies of the learner.

    Assessors and Moderators:
  • Work place assessors should develop and conduct integrated assessments by using appropriate methods and techniques.
  • Moderation to be done according to laid down requirements. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Introduction:

    The Nuclear Power Plant qualifications are based on a study conducted by the Power Plant Standards Generating Body working groups on the qualifications available in various countries with leading power producers. From the countries reviewed it was concluded that the UK model (with minor changes) was the most applicable to the South African context and as such adopted as the basis for these qualifications. This qualification was further reviewed and developed taking into account the USA training programmes and content. A final review was done to ensure that it met the SAQA requirements for registration.

    Benchmark Background

    The USA has the most utilities and structured training programmes but they do not have a structured national qualifications network similar to the NQF, however, the same principles apply as far as analysis, design, development and evaluation of the training programmes is concerned.

    The USA nuclear industry standard is governed by the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission). The standard of training is ensured by accrediting all training programmes to requirements as set out and evaluated by Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). The Systematic Approach to Training (SAT) is applied throughout all the US nuclear programmes resulting in a structured training curriculum (task list) consisting of main objectives and specific outcomes similar to the core and electives as laid out in this qualification. The tasks are given a rating based on knowledge and ability required to perform the task and from this the frequency of the training is determined. The task list does not have credits coupled to the learning components.

    INPO award accreditation status to a utility based on documented proof of the training programmes meeting the INPO standard. The accreditation status gets renewed every four years based on an evaluation report compiled by an audit team and presented at an accreditation board meeting. INPO award recognition to the candidates completing the nuclear training programmes in a similar fashion by awarding a certificate once an accredited programme is completed by a learner.

    It can be concluded that although not the same, the INPO practices are similar to the principles applicable to this qualification.

    The core elements are the same for a similar type nuclear facility. The main difference is seen in the elective and fundamental elements. Major differences noted are soft skills and generic fossil elements are not covered in the INPO task list. The USA takes credit for the elective and fundamental elements in the national education system.

    Benchmark Matrix: Nuclear Power Plant Operations:

    Criteria; SA; USA; UKL:
  • Utility; Eskom; Westinghouse, Exelon, WANO, Entergy, Dominion; British Energy.
  • Roles; Operator-Controller; Operator-Controller; Operator-Controller.
  • Framework Levels; 1-7; n/a; 1-5.
  • NQF/NVQ levels; 3-6; n/a; 2-3.
  • Credits; Total 882; n/a; n/a.
  • Accreditation/Quality Assurance; SETA, INPO/WANO, IAEA; INPO/WANO; C&G/ETA.
  • Entry level; NQF 3; n/a; NVQ 1.
  • Operators in Fields; 1250; Not available; Not available.
  • Number of Unit Standards; 174; +-140; 18.

    Matrix Information

    Utility:

    Internationally the USA has the most utilities and the best structured training programmes. It is recommended that the USA should be utilised as the main country to benchmark nuclear qualifications against. The main differences encountered were the fact that the USA does not have a National structured qualification framework similar to South Africa. The South African training programme content was developed, implemented and maintained in accordance with their nuclear training programmes. The programmes were found to be well developed and tested to meet the industry demand and SAQA requirements.

    In terms of the qualification model completeness, the UK model was the one chosen and eventually used as the benchmark.

    Roles:

    The role of Operator is defined as the person performing duties as a field operator. The role of Controller is the person controlling integrated, interrelated processes from a control room. The only country using the operator to perform maintenance duties is Germany. In the nuclear field the maintenance duties are normally not performed by the operating staff but by specialist maintenance personnel.

    Framework Levels:

    Qualifications obtained in this learning field for Nuclear, Fossil and Hydro Power Plants consist of five certificates, three diplomas and one first degree.

    NQF/NVO Levels and Credits:

    NQF Level 3-209 Credits, NQF Level 4-293 Credits and NQF Level 5-380 Credits.

    Accreditation/Quality Assurance:

    In South Africa with Eskom as the only Nuclear utility, Koeberg power station achieved a fully fledged INPO accreditation. Quality in terms of best practices is assured worldwide by the International Organisation, WANO.

    In conclusion it was decided that in terms of the qualification model completeness, the UK model was regarded as the best to benchmark this qualification against, with the content of the United States of America (USA) qualifications also playing a prominent role in it. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification provides the learner with the flexibility to pursue different careers in the power generation industry. The level of flexibility within the range of elective utilities (hydro, nuclear, fossil and electrical control) will allow the individual to pursue further learning within those development areas.

    This Qualification allows for vertical articulation with:
  • Bachelors Degree: Power Plant Process Management, Level 6. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of 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 ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation; in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between ETQA's (including professional bodies).
  • A learner wishing to be assessed for this Qualification can be assessed through an accredited assessment provider/centre. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The assessor must be:
  • Registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Have at least a minimum of 1 year relevant practical experience.
  • Have a similar qualification above the level of the qualification. 

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

    NOTES 
    This qualification replaces the following qualifications:
  • 23736, "National Diploma: Hydro Power Plant Process Control", Level 5, 241 credits;
  • 23679, "National Diploma: Fossil Power Plant Process Control Operations", Level 5, 248 credits;
  • 23734, "National Diploma: Nuclear Power Plant Process Control Operations", Level 5, 295 credits.

    Computer Literacy where applicable must cover topics concerning word processing, spreadsheets and electronic mail. 

  • UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  14048  Apply Self Management Concepts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14045  Apply Transformational Leadership by Interacting with Key Stakeholders  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  116407  Control frequency and voltages in an Islanding condition on electrical networks  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  116084  Demonstrate an understanding of the Principles of Process Control Loops  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  14056  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of earthing practices on alternating current power systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14058  Describe instrumentation control within a process control system  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  10897  Explain transformer characteristics applied on power systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  120377  Identify, suggest and implement corrective actions to improve quality of project work  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  13803  Phasing and or synchronising on high voltage intergrated systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  10689  Understand electrical protection systems associated with power generating processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  10933  Understand the principles of alternating current (AC) motor operation and application in a process plant  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14049  Understands, Applies and Displays Constructive Thinking  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  115753  Conduct outcomes-based assessment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
    Fundamental  242766  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of operating regulations for high voltage systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  14041  Demonstrate Knowledge and Understanding of the Electrical Technology Associated with the Control of Electrical Energy on a Power Generating Unit in the Power Plant  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  114470  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of thermal efficiency in a power plant  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  13600  Demonstrate knowledge of regulatory requirements for permit to work systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  13709  Apply fundamental reactor engineering principles and theories related to nuclear power generating plant  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Elective  116434  Control electrical networks from a control centre  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  14057  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of electrical systems and related concepts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  254096  Demonstrate knowledge of corrosion control  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  13706  Describe fundamental material science related to brittle fracture and vessel thermal stress in nuclear power plants  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  13710  Explain thermodynamic principles and concepts as applied in nuclear power generating plant  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  116453  Perform operations on high voltage integrated systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  14055  Understand water chemistry in a power plant environment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  13806  Code a web page layout  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  13562  Control load variation on a fossil fired steam generator from a control room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  13519  Control Load Variation on a Hydro Power Generating Unit in Pumping Mode from a Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  13596  Control load variations on a fossil fired power generation unit from a control room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  13520  Control Load Variations on a Hydro Power Generating Unit in Generating and Synchronous Compensation Mode from a Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  13816  Control Load Variations on a Nuclear Steam Supply Plant from a Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  11 
    Elective  13564  Control load variations on a steam driven turbo-generator from a control room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  13817  Control Load Variations on a Turbo-Generator Plant from a Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  255874  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Pulverised Fuel Firing Regulations (PFFR) as applied on fossil fired power generating plants  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  14907  Describe the Regulatory Nuclear Safety requirements as applied in nuclear power generating plant  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  14227  Monitor and Sustain Nuclear Steam Supply Plant from a Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  13523  Monitor and Sustain Plant Operability of a Hydro Power Generating Unit from the Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  13572  Monitor and Sustain Plant Operability of a Steam Driven Turbo-Generator System from a Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  255894  Monitor and sustain plant operability on a fossil fired power generating unit from a control room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  16 
    Elective  13571  Monitor and Sustain Plant Operability on a Fossil Fired Steam Generator from a Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  13571  Monitor and Sustain Plant Operability on a Fossil Fired Steam Generator from a Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  13525  Monitor and Sustain Plant Operability on Hydro Power Generation Auxiliary Systems from Control Centres  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  14232  Preserve Nuclear Steam Supply Plant  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  14233  Preserve Steam Driven Turbo-Generator Plant  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  13566  Shut down a fossil fired steam generator from a control room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Elective  13597  Shutdown a fossil fired power generating unit from a control room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  22 
    Elective  13819  Shutdown a Nuclear Steam Supply Plant from a Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  26 
    Elective  13568  Shutdown a steam driven turbo-generator system from a control room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  11 
    Elective  10899  Shutdown Hydro Power Generation Auxiliary Systems from Control Centres  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  13521  Shutdown Hydro Power Generation Unit from a Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Elective  14230  Stabilise Out of Normal and or Emergency Condition on a Nuclear Steam Supply Plant from a Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  57 
    Elective  13526  Stabilise Out of Normal and or Emergency Condition on Hydro Power Generation Unit from a Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
    Elective  13527  Stabilise Out of Normal and or Emergency Conditions on Hydro Power Generation Auxiliary Systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  11 
    Elective  14231  Stabilise Out of Normal and or Emergency Conditions on Nuclear Power Plant Turbo Generating Unit  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  13599  Stabilise Out of Normal Emergency Conditions on a Fossil Fired Power Generating Unit from a Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  28 
    Elective  13573  Stabilise Out of Normal Emergency Conditions on a Fossil Fired Steam Generator from a Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
    Elective  13575  Stabilise Out of Normal Emergency Conditions on a Steam Driven Turbo-Generator System from a Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Elective  13804  Start up Nuclear Steam Supply Plant from a Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  32 
    Elective  13811  Start up Turbo-Generator Plant from a Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  14 
    Elective  255895  Startup a fossil fired power generating unit from a control room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  55 
    Elective  13558  Startup a fossil fired steam generator from a control room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  32 
    Elective  13561  Startup a Steam Driven Turbo-Generator from a Control Room.  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  21 
    Elective  13517  Startup Hydro Power Generating Auxiliary Systems from Control Centres  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  13 
    Elective  10898  Startup Hydro Power Generating Unit from a Control Room  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  32 


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