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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Mineral Processing 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
62769  National Certificate: Mineral Processing 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Mining and Minerals   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
MQA - Mining Qualifications Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  130  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 0695/12  2012-07-01  2015-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2016-06-30   2019-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
49046  National Certificate: Lump Ore Beneficiation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  120  Complete 
49044  National Certificate: Mineral Processing, Gold Extraction  Level 3  NQF Level 03  124  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

Mineral processing plants are mostly located near rural areas. Many previously disadvantaged individuals from the rural areas are employed to work in these plants. This qualification will help improve their employability, e.g. in smaller mineral processing plants that cannot afford to do their own training as well as benefit the learner through the fundamental knowledge and life skills included in the qualification.

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

Learners credited with this qualification are able to:
  • Communicate and solve problems in the workplace.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental standards with regard to hazards and risks in the workplace.
  • Conduct materials handling and transport activities within the mineral processing context.
  • Control process control activities within set parameters.
  • Perform minor maintenance on process equipment.
  • Separate materials using various techniques.

    Rationale:

    "Mineral processing" refers to the extraction of valuable minerals contained in mined ore and the production of related products, or an enriched concentrate, for further processing or sale.

    Recovery rates and cost implications relating to minerals extraction processes must be optimised to ensure the ongoing viability of the producer.
    This qualification will equip operating personnel with these competencies.

    End products are metals or metal compounds that can be used in a wide variety of applications, for example:
  • Gold, jewellery, currency, electronic components, dentistry.
  • Uranium, fuel for nuclear power stations, nuclear powered ships and submarines, isotopes for instrumentation.
  • Base metals, copper and aluminium for conductors, zinc for anti-corrosion coatings, cobalt for paint, lead for battery poles.
  • Platinum group metals for jewellery and catalysts.
  • Mineral sand products (titanium etc.) for steel hardening, paint pigments and special alloys.
  • Lump Ore Beneficiation, done to increase grade of the ore in order to minimize the cost of subsequent transport and further processing.

    This qualification will benefit society and the economy by earning foreign currency and producing the necessary products mentioned above for use in the industry.

    Learners entering this qualification will be qualified workstation attendants (operators) on a particular section within a Mineral Processing Plant. By obtaining this qualification such a learner will be able to operate diverse plant equipment throughout the plant without close supervision.

    This is the second qualification in the learning pathway for Mineral Processing. Learners would proceed from this qualification to the National Certificate, NQF Level 4: Mineral Processing (Gold, Platinum Metals, Uranium, Mineral Sands, Base Metals Extraction and Lump Ore Beneficiation) which encompasses Supervisory, Management and Leadership competencies. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learners are already competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This qualification can be achieved wholly or in part through recognition of prior learning in terms of the set criteria.

    Evidence of prior learning must be assessed through formal RPL processes through recognized methods.

    Evidence can be presented in a variety of forms, including international or previous local qualifications, reports, testimonials mentioning functions performed, work records, portfolios, videos of practice and performance records.

    Any other evidence of prior learning should be assessed through formal RPL processes to recognize achievement thereof.

    Access to the Qualification:

    Access to the qualification is open, however it is preferable that learners have completed the National Certificate: Minerals Processing, NQF Level 2. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    A minimum of 130 credits is required to complete the full qualification.

    All Fundamental unit standards totaling 36 credits are compulsory.

    All Core unit standards totaling 36 credits are compulsory.

    The Elective unit standards totalling 58 credits must be achieved in one of the following specialization areas.

    There are six specialization areas possible:
  • A: National Certificate in Mineral Processing-Gold.
  • B: National Certificate in Mineral Processing-Platinum.
  • C: National Certificate in Mineral Processing-Uranium.
  • D: National Certificate in Mineral Processing-Base Metals.
  • E: National Certificate in Mineral Processing-Mineral Sands.
  • F: National Certificate in Mineral Processing-Lump Ore Beneficiation.

    Specialization Area A: Gold:

    The following unit standards totaling 38 credits are compulsory:

    Title; Level; Credits:
  • Grind material in a metallurgical plant; NQF Level 3; 11 Credits.
  • Adsorb a dissolved metal into an adsorbing agent; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Elute a metal from an adsorbing agent; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Regenerate carbon by means of a rotary kiln; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Make up a cyanide solution in a metallurgical plant; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Handle acids safely in a metallurgical plant; NQF Level 2; 6 Credits.

    A further 20 credits are to be chosen from the rest of the electives to make up a minimum of 130 credits for the full qualification.

    Specialization Area B: Platinum:

    The following unit standards totaling 30 credits are compulsory:

    Title; Level; Credits:
  • Grind material in a metallurgical plant; NQF Level 3; 11 Credits.
  • Recover a mineral from ore by means of froth flotation; NQF Level 3; 10 Credits.
  • Crush material in a metallurgical plant; NQF Level 3; 9 Credits.

    A further 28 credits are to be chosen from the rest of the electives to make up a minimum of 130 credits for the full qualification.

    Specialization Area C: Uranium:

    The following unit standards totaling 30 credits are compulsory:

    Title; Level; Credits:
  • Adsorb a dissolved metal into an adsorbing agent; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Elute a metal from an adsorbing agent; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Extract metal from solution by means of solvent extraction; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Regenerate organic solvent; NQF Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Produce de-mineralized water by means of a DEMIN plant; NQF Level 3; 10 Credits.

    A further 28 credits are to be chosen from the rest of the electives to make up a minimum of 130 credits for the full qualification.

    Specialization Area D: Base metals:

    The following unit standards totaling 34 credits are compulsory:

    Title; Level; Credits:
  • Separate material by means of a magnetic separator; NQF Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Recover a mineral from ore by means of froth flotation; NQF Level 3; 10 Credits.
  • Grind material in a metallurgical plant; NQF Level 3; 11 Credits.
  • Control an ore storage and transport system; NQF Level 3; 10 Credits.

    A further 24 credits are to be chosen from the rest of the electives to make up a minimum of 130 credits for the full qualification.

    Specialization Area E: Mineral Sands:

    The following unit standards totaling 31 credits are compulsory:

    Title; Level; Credits:
  • Mine fine granular material by means of hydraulic monitoring; NQF Level 3; 7 Credits.
  • Separate material by means of a magnetic separator; NQF Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Separate material by means of a wet high intensity magnetic separator; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Separate material by means of an electrostatic separator; NQF Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Separate material by means of a dry high intensity magnetic separator; NQF Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Control an ore storage and transport system; NQF Level 3; 10 Credits.

    A further 27 credits are to be chosen from the rest of the electives to make up a minimum of 130 credits for the full qualification.

    Specialization Area F: Lump Ore:

    The following unit standards totaling 31 credits are compulsory:

    Title; Level; Credits:
  • Crush material in a metallurgical plant; NQF Level 3; 9 Credits.
  • Stack material onto a blending stockpile by means of a stacker; NQF Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Separate material by means of a magnetic separator; NQF Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Control medium density in a dense medium separation process; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Control an ore storage and transport system; NQF Level 3; 10 Credits.

    A further 27 credits are to be chosen from the rest of the electives to make up a minimum of 130 credits for the full qualification. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Communicate and solve problems in the workplace.

    Range:
  • Workplace refers to the Minerals Processing environment.
  • Minerals processing refers to the processing of:
    > Gold, Uranium, Base metals, Platinum, Minerals Sands, Lump Ore.

    2. Demonstrate an understanding of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental standards with regard to hazards and risks in the workplace.

    3. Conduct materials handling and transport activities within the mineral processing context.

    4. Control process control activities within set parameters.

    5. Perform minor maintenance on process equipment.

    Range: Minor maintenance refers to maintenance performed by operations personnel not qualified as artisans.

    6. Separate materials using various techniques.
    Range: Separation techniques include but not limited to filtration, gravity concentration, screening and/or cycloning.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    The following Critical Cross-Field Outcomes have been addressed by the Exit Level Outcomes as follows:

    While performing integrated chemical process operations, qualifying learners are able to:

    Identify and solve problems in which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Monitoring plant, equipment and processes in a minerals processing environment in terms of physical condition and operation.
  • Monitoring plant, equipment and processes in a minerals processing environment in terms of compliance with operational procedures and quality assurance requirements.
  • Responding to non-conformances in a minerals processing environment.
  • Responding to emergencies in a minerals processing environment (plant, buildings, process).
  • Applying preventative or remedial action in accordance with operating procedures.

    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
  • Contributing to team goals and achievements by adhering to agreed working methods and processes.
  • Contributing to team efficiency by supporting other team members in the minerals processing environment.
  • Adhering to team protocols, codes of conduct and generally promoting a positive team spirit.
  • Co-ordinating one`s work with that of others in the direct surrounding area, internal and external operations.

    Organize and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Conducting shift take-over and hand-over activities effectively in order to ensure typical continuous operations in a minerals processing plant.
  • Applying operating instructions to control and respond to process plant conditions.
  • Taking preventive and remedial action to solve operating problems in a process plant.
  • Maintaining product quality by adhering to quality assurance requirement in a minerals processing environment.

    Collect, analyze, organize and critically evaluate information by:
  • Monitoring operational parameters in a minerals processing environment.
  • Collating and sorting quality assurance data.
  • Monitoring and interpreting quality assurance data against the requirements.
  • Managing records, reports and stock.

    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
  • Interpreting, recording and reporting of minerals processing plant data obtained from visual inspections, instrument readings and process control feedback.
  • Completing reports, log sheets, shift handover activities and other process control activities effectively, ensuring that all other team members are aware of critical information.
  • Preparing and submitting reports, non-conformance reports and other required documentation.
  • Working with modern communications technology such as computer messaging, cellular phones and radio systems in a process control environment.

    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Working according to health and safety regulations.
  • Using relevant terminology and adhering to standard protocols such as SI, ISO and other standards applicable in the minerals processing environment.
  • Controlling technologically advanced production equipment according to operating procedures.
  • Working and interpreting technologically advanced instrumentation and computer systems.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation by:
  • Understanding the impact of upstream, downstream and parallel minerals processing systems upon each other and his own role in each context.
  • Requesting assistance from other team members and support personnel.
  • Assisting other team members and working together with support personnel to investigate and resolve problem areas.
  • Adjusting equipment and machinery while taking cognizance of the impact on other processes. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit-Level-Outcome 1:
  • Oral communication is maintained and adapted as required to promote effective interaction in a mineral processing context.
  • Written communication skills are used effectively in the workplace.
  • Basic computer skills are used effectively for process control and spreadsheets.
  • Mathematical principles and techniques are applied while performing the tasks related to mineral processing.
  • Mathematical calculations are utilized for the solution of routine process problems.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit-Level-Outcome 2:
  • Occupational Health and Safety and environmental principles and practices are understood and applied in accordance with workplace requirements.
  • The impact of risks and hazards are explained and applied within mineral processes in order to minimize/eliminate risks/hazards.
  • Preventative and corrective measures are explained and applied within mineral processing activities.
  • Hazardous conditions are monitored and reported on a continual basis to ensure the safety and health of persons.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit-Level-Outcome 3:
  • Elementary principles, operating factors and factors affecting the operating performance in materials handling and transport operations are explained within the mineral processing context.
  • Materials handling and transfer activities are performed effectively in accordance with specified requirements.
  • Materials handling and transport activities are recorded and reported on as per accepted procedures.
    Range: Accepted procedures include: Safe work procedures, legal, environmental and manufacturer's requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit-Level-Outcome 4:
  • Principles and factors affecting the process control activities are explained within the minerals processing context.
  • Process controlling activities are conducted according to specified requirements.
  • Operating parameters are adhered to and the impact of non-adherence is explained in accordance with specified requirements.
  • Standard Operating Procedures are applied according to given procedures.
  • Process plant and equipment are monitored to detect any operational deviations according to operating schedules, procedures and prevailing operational requirements.
  • Production results and deviations are reported and logged on a continual basis to meet the data recording requirements.
  • Time and the work process are managed within the business unit.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit-Level-Outcome 5:
  • The purpose and importance of proper maintenance of the equipment is explained and applied in accordance with specified requirements.
  • Minor maintenance is conducted on metallurgical process equipment.
  • Instruments on process control equipment are read and adjusted to maintain continued smooth and efficient operation.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit-Level-Outcome 6:
  • Separation techniques are explained and applied within the mineral processing context.
  • Separation methods prescribed are applied within the mineral processing context.
  • Separation processes are monitored and controlled within standard operating parameters.

    Integrated 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, and must be based on a summative assessment guide. The guide will spell out how the assessor will assess different aspects of the performance and will include:
  • Observing the learner at work (both in the primary activity as well as other interactions).
  • Asking questions and initiating short discussions to test understanding.
  • Looking at records and reports in the portfolio and reviewing previous assessments.

    In some cases interference will be necessary to determine competence depending on the nature and context within which performance takes place.

    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 future learning. The assessment should also ensure that all the critical cross-field outcomes have been achieved.

    The learner may choose in which language he/she wants to be assessed. This should be established as part of a process of preparing the learner for assessment and familiarising the learner with the approach being taken.

    While this is primarily a workplace-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the exit-level outcomes. The assessment process should cover both the explicit tasks required for the qualification as well as the understanding of the concepts and principles that underpin the activities associated with minerals processing. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The proposed qualification was compared to qualifications and other learning interventions from other countries in terms of level, scope of qualifications and competencies covered in order to ascertain to what extent the qualifications and components (unit standards) are comparable.

    A number of relevant websites sites were searched from countries such as:
  • Mali (a West African country with a metals/minerals history dating back to well before the 14th century).
  • Ghana (a West African country with a well developed education system and strong mining and minerals industry).
  • Tanzania (a developing country with a growing infrastructure).
  • Australia and New Zealand (Both of which have outcomes-based national qualifications systems similar to that of South Africa).
  • Canada (a global leader in the field of minerals extraction and processing).
  • India (developing into one of the strongest economies in the world and having made massive investments in South Africa).

    In some cases (e.g. Mali and Tanzania) no references to Minerals Processing (or Metallurgical) training and/or qualifications could be found.

    Ghana:

    Although Ghana has access to International Vocational Qualifications through the British Council and City and Guilds Qualifications, a qualification related to metallurgy was not found. However, Ghana has 4 universities and offer related education and training at a higher level.

    Australia: National Training Information Services:

    The following programme was found:
  • Certificates II and III in Metalliferous Mining Operations (Processing).
  • Numerous competencies from this qualification/programme are within the proposed South African Mining and Minerals SGB qualification.

    The contents of the Certificate III are listed in the table below:
  • General processing; MNMPGP303A Conduct drying activities.
  • MNMPGP309A Perform process control room operations; MNMPGP310A Monitor and operate auxiliary plant and equipment.
  • UTPNEG162A Operate and monitor boiler steam/water cycle; SUGPOTB2A Operate a turbine.
  • PMAOPS330A Communicate and monitor pipeline activities; PMASUP340A Conduct pipeline pigging.
  • PMLOHS301B Work safely with instruments that emit ionising radiation; MNM05 Metalliferous Mining Training Package Qualification Framework.
  • 62 MNM05 Metalliferous Mining Training Package to be reviewed 31 January 2008, Version 1.1; PMLORG300A Follow established work plan.
  • PMLTEST302A Calibrate testing equipment and assist with its maintenance; Handling and pre-treatment.
  • MNMPHA302A Conduct crushing and screening; MNMPHA303A Conduct milling/grinding.
  • MNMPHA307A Operate and monitor filter processes; Beneficiation.
  • MNMPBE302A Conduct calcination activities; MNMPBE307A Conduct bacterial oxidation.
  • MNMPBE308A Conduct filtering process; MNMPBE309A Conduct floatation processes.
  • MNMPBE310A Conduct heavy media separation; MNMPBE311A Conduct high tension separation.
  • MNMPBE312A Conduct leaching process; MNMPBE313A Conduct magnetic separation.
  • MNMPBE314A Conduct pressure oxidation; MNMPBE315A Conduct thickening and clarifying process.
  • MNMPBE316A Conduct wet gravity separation; Refining.
  • MNMPRE301A Conduct electro-winning/electro-refining operations; MNMPRE302A Conduct elution processes.
  • MNMPRE303A Conduct gold room operations; MNMPRE310A Monitor casting quality.
  • PMAOPS307A Transfer bulk fluids into/out of storage facility; Smelting.
  • MNMPSM207A Tap furnaces; MNMPSM301A Cast a blast furnace.
  • MNMPSM302A Cast ingots; MNMPSM303A Operate a blast furnace.
  • MNMPSM304A Operate furnaces; MNMPSM305A Operate converters.
  • MNMPSM306A Supply molten metal and additives to furnaces; MNMPSM308A Control molten metal in holding furnace vessel.
  • MNMPSM313A Monitor and maintain furnace gas efficiency; MNMPSM314A Monitor and maintain flue gas efficiency.
  • UTPNEG154A Operate electrostatic precipitator dust collection plant.

    New Zealand: The New Zealand Qualification Authority.

    The following programme was found:
  • National Certificate: Extractive Industries (Mineral Processing, Alluvial Gold), Level 4, Credits 216.
  • This qualification contains components which compare well with the proposed South African Mining and Minerals SGB qualification.
  • The NZ unit standards seem much broader than the South African ones, seeming to represent ELO's rather than individual unit standards.

    Unit No.; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credit:
  • 8908; Inspect and maintain conveyors and screens; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • 8911; Operate a static primary crushing plant; Level 2; 12 Credits.
  • 12628; Operate a metalliferous gold mill processing plant; Level 5; 120 Credits.
  • 12631; Strip and process gold; Level 4; 45 Credits.

    The ASM International Organisation runs courses in the USA, Canada as well as the UK.

    Found Course "Elements of Metallurgy". The following item is in the course outline:
  • Steps in processing common ores to metals.
  • Beneficiating and reducing methods.
  • Types of furnaces.
  • Refractories.

    These items could very well form part of the training for the achievement of the proposed Mining and Minerals Sector qualification. However, they are not organised in the same manner as the proposed qualification.

    Metallurgical Services International:

    This organization runs Practical Metallurgical Solutions courses in various countries all over the world:
  • North and South America.
  • India.
  • China.
  • Europe.
  • Japan.
  • South Korea.

    Certain syllabus items from the course outline above may be used in training learners in order for them to achieve the proposed Mining and Minerals Sector qualification.

    Conclusions:

    The closest fit to the proposed NC: Minerals Processing NQF Level 3 is the Australian qualification (Certificate III in Extractive Industries).

    However a general conclusion was that the competencies addressed by the proposed qualification were in line with courses and qualifications from other parts of the world apart from Australia.

    Holders of the NC: Minerals Processing NQF Level 3 will thus have a meaningful qualification in comparison to learners from other countries. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification allows for both vertical and horizontal articulation.

    Vertical articulation exists with:
  • ID 49042: Further Education and Training Certificate in Mineral Processing (Mineral Sands Extraction), NQF Level 4.
  • ID 49050: Further Education and Training Certificate: Mineral Processing (Platinum Extraction), NQF Level 4.
  • ID 40951: Further Education and Training Certificate: Mineral Processing (Gold Extraction), NQF Level 4.

    Horizontal articulation can occur between the various mineral processing specialisation areas, and on a unit standard level within the different NQF Level 3 qualifications, such as:
  • ID 58537: National Certificate: Chemical Operations NQF Level 3.
  • National Certificate: Metals Refining NQF Level 3. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding 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 Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
  • Have a similar qualification at above the level of the qualification.
  • Have at least a minimum of 1 year on the job relevant and preferably relevant workplace practical experience.
  • Registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

  • NOTES 
    As per the SAQA decision, after consultation with the Quality Councils, to re-register all qualifications and part qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework that meet the criteria for re-registration, this qualification has been re-registered from 1 July 2012.
    This qualification replaces the following qualifications:
  • ID 49046: National Certificate: Lump Ore Beneficiation, Level 3, 120 credits.
  • ID 49044: National Certificate: Mineral Processing, Gold Extraction, Level 3, 124 Credits. 

  • UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  115101  Address workplace hazards and risks  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  14342  Manage time and work processes within a business environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  115091  Monitor compliance to safety, health and environmental requirements in a workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  116534  Carry out basic first aid treatment in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  115093  Control workplace hazardous substances  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  120331  Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to fires in working places  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  256657  Perform minor process maintenance on metallurgical process equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  256656  Prepare for maintenance in a metallurgical plant  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  120329  Respond to, implement and manage emergencies according to an emergency action plan in a workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9010  Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9013  Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9012  Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119467  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7456  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119465  Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256705  Calcine metal bearing concentrate  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256681  Clarify a solution  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256725  Condition material for further processing  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256666  Dewater solids in a metallurgical plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256695  Dispatch platinum group metals  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256660  Generate hot gas  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  252335  Handle acids safely in a metallurgical plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256655  Handle hydrogen peroxide safely in a metallurgical plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256736  Make up sulphurous acid in a metallurgical plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256723  Make-up a Hydrochloric acid solution in a metallurgical plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256703  Manufacture starter sheets for an electro-winning process  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256756  Mix material for pelletizing  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256776  Move equipment by means of an electric winch  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256677  Neutralize plant tailings for final disposal  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256777  Neutralize waste acid in a metallurgical plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256665  Press liquids from solids in a metallurgical plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256755  Pull electrodes in an electro-winning process  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256701  Recover luminescent material by means of an x-ray sorter  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256668  Recover organic solvent from an aqueous metal compound solution, by means of a distillation process  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256675  Recover precious metals from combustible waste by means of an incinerator  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  252342  Regenerate organic solvent  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256694  Remove impurities from PGM bearing liquor by means of a hydrolysis process  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256678  Remove redundant combination liner from an arc furnace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256726  Remove solid impurities from a liquid by means of a Funda filter  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256679  Replace filter bags of a cyanide storage silo  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256658  Straighten cathodes by means of a hydraulic press  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256706  Transfer material by means of a metal-type conveyor  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256667  Transfer material by means of pneumatic conveying system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256676  Adsorb a dissolved metal onto an adsorbing agent  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256700  Adsorb a dissolved precious metal onto resin  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256688  Construct a tailings dam catwalk  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256704  Control an ore storage and transport system  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  256722  Control medium density in a dense medium separation process  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256818  Control Proportioning of raw material  Level 3  NQF Level 03  11 
    Elective  256817  Control slipping and baking of electrodes in an electric arc furnace  Level 3  NQF Level 03  14 
    Elective  256672  Convert the platinum group metal salt to a sponge form  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253339  Crush material in a metallurgical plant  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256719  De-aerate a solution by means of a Crowe tower  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  256691  Deposit tailings onto a paddock-type dam  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256689  Dissolve precious metals in a chemical  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256795  Dry and preheat green pellets  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  256671  Dry material by means of a thermal process  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256670  Elute a metal from an adsorbing agent  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256687  Extract a metal from a solution by means of solvent extraction  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256724  Extract a specific platinum group metal from a solution by means of a chemical process  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  256659  Generate airflow  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256662  Grind material in a metallurgical plant  Level 3  NQF Level 03  11 
    Elective  256683  Increase hydrochloric acid concentration by means of chlorine gas absorption  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256685  Increase redox potential of hydrochloric acid by means of chlorine gas absorption  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256815  Install electrode casings of an arc furnace  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  256721  Leach gold from a gravity concentrate by means of an inline leach reactor  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256717  Leach gold-bearing material by means of chlorine  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256664  Leach metal bearing material in a metallurgical plant  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256686  Load material into railway trucks by means of an automated loading station  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256697  Maintain grinding medium load in a rod mill  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256696  Maintain routine tailings dam performance records  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256716  Make-up a cyanide solution in a metallurgical plant  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256699  Mine fine granular material by means of hydraulic monitoring  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256663  Neutralize cyanide spillage  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256727  Oxidise concentrates by means of the Biox® process  Level 3  NQF Level 03  14 
    Elective  256693  Produce bullion by means of a furnace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256739  Produce copper bar by means of a continuous casting process  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256735  Produce demineralised water by means of a DEMIN plant  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  256775  Produce pellets by means of a pelletizer  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  256690  Produce platinum ingots by means of a furnace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256741  Pulverise Material by means of a Vertical Ball Type Pulveriser  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  256718  Recover a metal from a solution by means of electrolytic precipitation  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256661  Recover a mineral from ore by means of froth flotation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  256702  Recover diamonds by means of a grease belt  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256674  Recover uranium from solution by means of chemical precipitation  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256737  Reduce metal bearing material in a pressure vessel  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256682  Regenerate carbon by means of a rotary kiln  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256669  Reline a mill  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  256720  Reline a mill by means of a hydraulic relining machine  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256698  Remove impurities from molten metal by means of a converting process  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  252301  Separate material by means of a dry high intensity magnetic separator  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256715  Separate material by means of a magnetic separator  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256684  Separate material by means of a wet high intensity magnetic separator (WHIMS)  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  252307  Separate material by means of an electrostatic separator  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256680  Separate precious metals by means of an hydrolysis process  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256816  Shut down a furnace for maintenance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  256673  Stack material onto a blending stockpile by means of a stacker  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256738  Tap molten material from an ASARCO furnace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256740  Transfer a gas by means of a gas transfer pump  Level 3  NQF Level 03 


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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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    1. Adcorp Technical Training 
    2. DE BEERS CONSOLIDATED MINES 
    3. De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd - Kimberley 
    4. DE BEERS CONSOLIDATED MINES LTD FINSCH MINE OFFICE 
    5. FOSKOR Pty Ltd 
    6. MESSINA PLATINUM MINES 
    7. Metals Mining Training Intervention 
    8. MODIKWA PLATINUM MINE 
    9. NKOMATI MINE 
    10. Palabora Copper Pty Ltd 
    11. Rustenburg Platinum Mines Ltd 
    12. SAMANCOR EASTERN CROME MINES 
    13. Thusang Metallurgical Engineering Training and Consulting 
    14. VENETIA MINE 
    15. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 



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