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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Surface Excavations 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
62869  National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Surface Excavations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY 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  141  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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
57121  National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Quarrying  Level 3  NQF Level 03  160  Complete 
21842  National Certificate: Surface Mining Rockbreaking  Level 2  NQF Level 02  147  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

There is a critical need in the industry to equip people with the required competencies to conduct safe and efficient rockbreaking activities in surface excavation to sustain the future of the surface mining industry.

Rockbreaking operations are often conducted under dangerous and difficult conditions, which have to be managed appropriately in order to preserve lives and protection of equipment working in close proximity, and ensure operational efficiency.

The National Certificate in Rockbreaking for Surface Excavations (NQF Level 3) is a statutory requirement in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act and Regulations for persons conducting rockbreaking operations to be deemed competent.

Learners acquiring this qualification will have an improved understanding of their role and will acquire the applied competencies to consistently and effectively execute their duties by contributing to the surface mining process and adhering to quality, occupational safety and legislative requirements.

The qualification is designed to be flexible and accessible so that people are able to demonstrate the competencies required to work in a safe, healthy and effective manner in a surface mining environment.

Learners credited with this qualification are able to:
  • Communicate and solve problems in a variety of ways.
  • Adhere to occupational safety, health, environmental and legislative requirements.
  • Conduct primary and secondary rockbreaking operations in a safe and proper manner in accordance with legislation requirements.
  • Take control of rockbreaking operations.

    Rationale:

    The National Certificate in Rockbreaking: Surface Excavations NQF Level 3 is designed to contribute to an effective mining operation, in particular rockbreaking competence in surface excavations. Surface excavations refer to surface mines and quarrying and the surface mining of minerals such as:
  • Copper, coal, vermiculite, carbonates.
  • The quarrying of rock, sand, clay and other industrial minerals and dimension stone.

    Rockbreaking activities involve the breaking of rock in a pre-determined sequence to maximise the break of the advancing bench and at the same time minimising damage to the surroundings and to ensure a safe working environment for the production teams. These rockbreaking activities could be undertaken by means of explosives or mechanical means or a combination of both. This qualification provides for both primary and secondary rockbreaking operations in surface excavations in terms of Chapter 4, Explosives Regulations under the Mines Health and Safety Act.

    Persons conducting rockbreaking operations require sound technical knowledge of the type of material being mined and its behaviour during breaking with specific reference to geological disconformities, depth, stress regimes, and protection of machinery, equipment and people working in the vicinity of the operations.

    This qualification will have a positive impact on the production of minerals and contribute significantly to society in general and the South African economy. Furthermore, the mining industry creates opportunity for many secondary and tertiary mining and minerals related business activities.

    The National Certificate in Rockbreaking: Surface Excavations (Level 3) facilitates access for previously disadvantaged groups and other learners to acquire the technical knowledge and skills that are required to conduct rockbreaking operations.

    It will enhance the status and employability of the learner within the mining and minerals industry and contribute significantly to his or her performance in terms of both quality and quantity of work output. The qualification also allows for further access, career progression, portability and mobility within and between the different surface mining industries.

    The majority of the candidates for this qualification are likely to be working in the mining and minerals sector. The qualification will give them the opportunity to balance their practical skills with the essential knowledge needed to earn a formal qualification in rockbreaking operations. This qualification will provide qualifying learners with the necessary knowledge, understanding and competence to conduct rockbreaking operations.

    This is the third in a learning pathway of five qualifications for Surface Mining Operations. The pathway begins with the GETC: Mining and Mineral Processes NQF Level 1 and ends with the National Certificate in Mining Operations NQF Level 5. This qualification series recognises the skills, knowledge and values relevant to a workplace and requires workplace experience.

    Qualifying learners will obtain the National Certificate in Rockbreaking: Surface Excavations NQF Level 3 that will enable them to conduct rockbreaking operations. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Display understanding of the mechanical and electrical engineering discipline processes and procedures Level 2.
  • Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to basic health and safety principles in and around a workplace L1.
  • Understand the kinds of minerals and related products mined in the South Africa Mining & Minerals Sector and their importance to both the local stakeholders and within the global arena L1.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

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

    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.

    All such evidence should be judged according to the general principles of assessment described in the note to assessors.

    Access to the Qualification:

    Access to this qualification is open bearing in mind the learning assumed to be in place. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Fundamental:
  • All the unit standards totalling 36 credits are compulsory and must be achieved.

    Core:
  • All the unit standards totalling 65 credits are compulsory and must be achieved.

    Electives:
  • Any unit standards totalling 40 credits must be chosen as specified below.

    The qualification totals 141 credits.

    For the specialisation stream: Surface Mining and Quarrying:

    A total of 40 credits must be chosen from the specialization stream:

    The following 20 credits must be achieved:
  • ID 230020: Drill small diameter blast holes using a drilling rig and compressor, NQF Level 2, Credits 5.
  • ID 257039: Blast materials in Surface excavations, NQF Level 3, Credits 15.

    An additional 20 credits must be chosen from the list below:
  • ID 257017: Transport and distribute explosives using a heavy duty explosives vehicle NQF Level 2, Credits 2.
  • ID 257056: Remove hazardous ground by means of blasting NQF Level 3, Credit 4.
  • ID 257015: Transport and distribute explosives using a Light Delivery Explosives Vehicle, NQF Level 2, Credits 4.
  • ID 257030: Assist blasting operations, NQF Level 2, Credits 4.
  • ID 257026: Drill blast holes in a Surface Mining Operation, NQF Level 3, Credits 15.
  • ID 257040: Dewater blast holes using vehicle mounted dewatering pump, NQF Level 1, Credits 4.
  • ID 110218: Collect, store and issue explosives from a surface magazine, NQF Level 3, Credits 10.
  • ID 257042: Install and maintain a initiating system in a surface mine, NQF Level 2, Credits 2.
  • ID 257041: Bar down loose rocks using appropriate equipment, NQF Level 3, Credits 4.
  • ID 230011: Drill medium diameter blast holes using an hydraulic or pneumatic drilling rig and compressor, NQF Level 2, Credits 5.
  • ID 230013: Conduct face profiling and blast hole surveys, NQF Level 3, Credits 6.
  • ID 257095: Carry out basic surveying and calculations in surface excavations, NQF Level 3, Credits 8.
  • ID 257075: Design blasts for surface excavations, NQF Level 4, Credits 24.
  • ID 230017: Carry out blasting environmental testing, NQF Level 4, Credits 6.
  • ID 230018: Operate a mixer-placer explosives truck, NQF Level 2, Credits 6.
  • ID 257019: Load, transport and place explosive components into blast holes using mixer-placer truck, NQF Level 2, Credits 6.

    For the specialisation stream: Dimension Stone Operations:

    The following 37 credits must be achieved:
  • ID 116632: Drill holes for blasting and/or splitting dimension stone blocks using a mechanised drill rig, NQF Level 2, Credits 6.
  • ID 116627: Demonstrate basic understanding of dimension stone geology and mineralogy, NQF Level 3, Credits 16.
  • ID 116614: Conduct blasting operations in dimension stone quarries, NQF Level 3, Credits 15.

    An additional 3 credits must be chosen from the list below:
  • ID 116625: Split dimension stone blocks by means of non explosive methods, NQF Level 2, Credits 4.
  • ID 116626: Handle dimension stone blocks by means of front end loader, NQF Level 3, Credits 13.
  • ID 116658: Drill intersecting holes for diamond wire sawing, NQF Level 2, Credits 7.
  • ID 116663: Make saw cuts by means of diamond wire saw, NQF Level 3, Credits 15.
  • ID 230019: Demonstrate and apply knowledge of dimension stone quality and geology to block extraction, NQF Level 3, Credits 21. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Communicate and solve problems in a variety of ways.

    2. Adhere to occupational safety, health, environmental and legislative requirements.

    3. Conduct primary and secondary rockbreaking operations in a safe and proper manner in accordance with legislation requirements.
  • Range: Primary and secondary rockbreaking operations include but are not limited to assessing the geological nature of surface extraction sites.

    4. Take control of rockbreaking operations.
  • Note: The requirements for rockbreaking operations such as marking, drilling and blasting operations in surface mines and quarries are different from those for dimension stone and these will all be determined by the type of operation.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

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

    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical thinking have been made.
  • Related to the application of rockbreaking technology and skills.
  • In preparation and during the execution of job activities.
  • Solving familiar rockbreaking problems.

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

    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Related to planning and preparation of rockbreaking activities and tasks.
  • Adhering to health and safety requirements.

    Collecting, analyzing, organizing and critically evaluating information.
  • Related to planning and preparation in order to execute job activities.
  • Completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Solve familiar problems related to rockbreaking tasks at hand.

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

    Using science and technology effectively and showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • To interact with modern blasting related explosives, accessories and equipment.

    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising the complex and dynamic nature of these systems as well as the inter-relationships and linkages that exist between systems when:
  • To understand the relationship between upstream, downstream and associated processes, and the impact that he may have in each regard. 

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

    1.1 Oral communication is maintained and adapted to facilitate rockbreaking operations in accordance with productivity requirements.
    1.2 Written communication is conducted at an appropriate level for designated target audiences.
    1.3 Mathematical principles and techniques are applied while performing the tasks related to rockbreaking operations.
    1.4 Basic mathematical principles are applied to perform calculations and solve routine problems that occur in the workplace.
    1.5 Problems and solutions are recorded and monitored.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:

    2.1 Occupational health, safety and environmental principles and practices are explained and applied in the workplace.
    2.2 Hazardous conditions in rockbreaking operations are identified and rectified on a continual basis to ensure the health and safety of persons in the workplace.
    2.3 Hazardous conditions in rockbreaking operations are monitored and reported on a continual basis to ensure the safety and health of persons.
    2.4 Explosives and explosive accessories are stored, transported and handled in accordance with mine standards.
    2.5 Basic first aid treatment to be carried out in the workplace in accordance with legislation.
    2.6 Fire extinguishers are used in accordance with site specific requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:

    3.1 Knowledge of explosives and accessory types and applications is demonstrated to reflect legal and site specific requirements.
    3.2 Work areas are prepared and marked for drilling in accordance with legal and site specific requirements.
  • Range: Preparation and marking activities include but are not limited to reading and interpreting surface excavation plans.
    3.3 The workplace is examined and made safe in accordance with legal and site specific requirements.
    3.4 Shot holes are charged with explosives in preparation for rockbreaking operations.
    3.5 Misfires are treated to ensure safety in the workplace.
    3.6 Secondary rockbreaking activities are carried out using explosives and/or mechanical means.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:

    4.1 Marking, drilling and blasting operations are co-ordinated and conducted in surface excavation sites in accordance with set standards.
  • Range: Operations include but are not limited to explosives are transported and distributed using a light delivery vehicle, transported and distributed using a heavy duty explosives vehicle, Blast holes are dewatered using a vehicle mounted dewatering pump. Explosive components are loaded, transported and placed into blast holes using mixer-placer truck.
    4.2 Hazardous ground conditions are identified in surface excavations and appropriate action is taken to safeguard persons, machinery and equipment.
    4.3 Plant, machinery, equipment and people are protected from rockbreaking activities.
    Range: Protection includes but is not limited to rockbreaking fumes and dust, evacuations, barricading, cordoning off.
    4.4 Reports are compiled and submitted in accordance with legal and site-specific requirements.

    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.

    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 should also ensure that all the critical cross-field outcomes have been achieved.

    The learner may choose in which language s/he 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 the quarrying rockbreaking. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The following approach was followed when conducting research for comparing against from qualifications elsewhere in the world:
  • Countries with a formal Qualifications Framework, such as the United Kingdom (NVQ and SVQ), Australia and New Zealand.
  • Countries who are reputed to be leaders in a particular field.
  • SADEC countries, which are in geographical proximity to South Africa.
  • Countries with emerging economies (particularly in the mining context).

    Mining Regions:

    The summary focuses on economic and legal aspects such as mineral rights and licences, but is nevertheless a valuable resource in terms of looking for similar areas to the context in which the International Comparability is being conducted.

    North America:

    North America is the major producer of gold and silver. Raw mineral production in 1998 was valued at approximately US$ 70 billion. The industry employs approximately 1 million people. Major companies include Barrick, Newmont and Industrias Penoles.

    Europe:

    Europe is not a major mining centre. However, it has several established base metal mines in Scandinavia, Ireland and the Iberian Peninsula. Major companies include Boliden and Outokumpu.

    Asia:

    Asia is a major producer of base metals, PGE's, ferrous metals and coal. Most major producers are state controlled, but foreign investment is being encouraged, in particular by China, India and the CIS.

    South America:

    South America is a major producer of base and ferrous metals, in particular copper and iron ore. Major companies include Codelco, Barrick, CVRD, Newmont and Rio Tinto.

    Africa:

    Africa is a major producer of cobalt, gold, PGE's coal, iron ore, and diamonds. Mining accounts for a substantial proportion of several countries GDP's. Major companies include Anglo American, De Beers, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.

    Australasia:

    Australasia is a leading producer of iron ore, gold and base metals. Major companies include BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.

    The training programmes and processes involved in these countries have largely been scrutinised from the perspective of the different models in blasting qualifications and competencies as reflected below.

    Blasting Qualifications and Competencies - Different Models:

    The core competencies in the NC: Rockbreaking Level 3 relate to rockbreaking or blasting, which would include aspects such as explosives handling, safety and environmental.

    The exercise revealed three main models worldwide:
  • Traditionally, blasting licences or tickets are issued to applicants meeting strict requirements. Typically a temporary licence is issued and a permanent licence issued after a qualifying period in operations. An examination (verbal, written and/or practical) will be conducted by an appropriate authority. Countries where this is in place include United States of America, Namibia and India.

    Typical requirements for a blasting ticket or licence under this model for South Africa would be the same as for Namibia.

    Qualifications for Blasting Certificates:
  • 11.3 (1) Subject to the provisions of sub-regulation (3), a blasting certificate shall not be issued to any person, unless such person has, on an application made by him or her in such form as may be determined by the Chief Inspector, been admitted as a candidate for, and has passed such examination as may be determined by the Chief Inspector held in such form as may be so determined.
  • (2) (a) The examinations shall be held at such times and at such centres as may be fixed by the Chief Inspector and shall be conducted by such examiners as may be appointed by the Chief Inspector.
  • (b) The Chief Inspector shall not appoint a person as examiner under paragraph (a), unless such person is the holder of a valid blasting certificate similar to the certificate for which the examination is being conducted.
  • (3) No person shall be admitted as a candidate for any examination referred to in sub-regulation (1), unless such person:
    (a) Has attained the age of 18 years.
    (b) Possesses a valid first aid certificate.
    (c) Has been examined by a medical practitioner and a medical certificate issued certifying that he or she is free from deafness, defective vision or any other infirmity, mental or physical, likely to interfere with his or her work.
    (d) Can read and write English.
    (e) Has had, at least, the following number of shifts experience, namely:
    > 300 shifts for an underground blasting certificate.
    > 120 shifts for an opencast blasting certificate.

    Learners or candidates in these countries (United States of America, Namibia and India) do not achieve formal qualifications, but will undergo workplace-based training either under the auspices of the employer or those of training providers specialising in that particular field. The South African context requires the completion of a formal qualification to be registered as a blaster.

    Malaysia; Training Course for Shotfirers:

    The institute of Quarrying in Malaysia - is a Branch of the Institute of Quarrying United Kingdom and conducts the following course "training course for shot-firers" that ensures fully qualified, skilful and competent shot-firers officially recognised throughout Malaysia.

    Training Modules Include:
  • Receive, Store and Issue Explosive Materials.
  • Obtain and Transport Explosive Materials.
  • Charge Blast Holes to Specification.
  • Blast to Specification.
  • Deal with Misfires.

    In more modern (outcomes based) systems, learners achieve outcomes or vocationally based qualifications which then enable them to be "accredited" as blasters or shotfirers. Due to the legal (and security) implications associated with explosives, there may be other legal requirements relating to individuals, such as criminal records and mental stability. The principles of "currency of competence" and "continuous development" is also generally applied to holders of this qualification.

    Qualifications found in this regard include:
  • New Zealand: NC in Extractive Industries - (Shotfiring-Surface).

    Relevant Standards include:
  • Store explosives for use in extractive industries - Level 4, Credits 10.
  • Design blasting layouts within quarries and aggregate production areas.
  • Carry out shot-firing operations.

    Australia; Australia - Certificate III in Extractive Industries Operations:

    Relevant Standards Include:
  • MNQOPS311A Conduct blast survey.
  • MNQOPS312A Conduct blast hole drilling operations.
  • MNQOPS313A Handle and transport explosives.
  • MNQOPS413A Conduct shotfiring.

    United Kingdom; NVQ Blasting Operations, NVQ Shotfiring Operations - Quarries:

    Relevant Standards Include:
  • U1052394 - PR01 - Contribute to an Efficient and Effective Work Environment.
  • U1052390 - PR02 - Contribute to Health and Safety in the Workplace.
  • U1053349 - SF3 - Receive, Store and Issue Explosive Materials.
  • U1053348 - SF4 - Obtain and Transport Explosive Materials.
  • U1053347 - SF5 - Charge Blast Holes to Specification.
  • U1053346 - SF6 - Blast to Specification.
  • U1053345 - SF7 - Deal with Misfires.

    Transition from the traditional blasting system to the modern system:

    In a number of countries, there is currently a transition from the traditional system to the modern system, in which a dual system is in place or will be in place once the qualifications being developed are registered or endorsed in terms of the relevant bodies.

    Transitional arrangements typically entail a phasing out of the traditional blasting licences in terms of new applicants, and then a cut-off date beyond which no further applications will be accepted. Parallel to this the new qualification will be phased in and from a specific date will then become a prerequisite for the issuing of a blasting licence or permit.

    Holders of current licences are treated in one of the following ways:
  • Expiry of their blasting licences (e.g. New Zealand).
  • "Top-up" training and assessment in order to comply with the requirements of the relevant qualification (e.g. United Kingdom).

    Exemption from the new qualification (i.e. the current licence remains valid (e.g. South Africa). The blasting licence and qualification were subjected to a comparative analysis and deemed to be sufficiently similar in intent and content.

    Conclusion:

    From the above it can be concluded that the envisaged NC: Rockbreaking: Surface Excavations is in line with current international best practice models. Moreover, the qualification effectively provides for both holders of current blasting licences who may wish to convert or top up to the new qualification.

    The NC: Rockbreaking is in line with similar qualifications in other countries in terms of intent and content. 

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

    Vertical Articulation exists with:
  • FETC: Mining Operations (under development).

    Horizontal Articulation exists with:
  • National Certificate: Rockbreaker: Underground Coal NQF Level 3. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against 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 
    Assessors should be in possession of:
  • An appropriate qualification above the level of this qualification and preferably relevant workplace practical experience.
  • Registration as an assessor 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 the following qualifications:
  • 21842, "National Certificate: Surface Mining Rockbreaking", Level 2, 147 credits
  • 57121, "National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Quarrying", Level 3, 160 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  116520  Apply safety, health and environmental principles and procedures in a workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  257036  Demonstrate a basic understanding of explosives and accessories  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  257033  Demonstrate an understanding of support methods in surface mines and quarries  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  116533  Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of emergency preparedness and response  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  257055  Identify and demarcate misfires in a surface excavation  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  257022  Make up primer and charge holes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  244378  Receive, handle, store and issue explosives and accessories at a workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  257058  Time and connect blast initiating systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  116534  Carry out basic first aid treatment in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  257037  Carry out secondary breaking using explosives in surface excavations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  11 
    Core  257023  Co-ordinate drilling and blasting operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  230010  Demonstrate knowledge of the geological nature of surface extraction sites  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  257078  Examine and make safe blasted Surface excavations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  257016  Examine and make safe non-blasted surface excavations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  257059  Prepare and mark off work area for drilling  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  257057  Read and interpret surface excavation plans  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  257030  Assist blasting operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256997  Break rock using a hydraulic rock breaker  Level 2  NQF Level 02  13 
    Elective  10490  Carry out secondary breaking by mechanical means  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  14788  Contribute to maintenance of equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  18 
    Elective  244376  Cut mild steel by means of an Oxy-acetylene cutting torch  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  257040  De-water blast holes using vehicle mounted de-watering pump  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256998  Deliver compressed air using a mobile electrical compressor  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253025  Demonstrate knowledge and ability to work in a surface mine  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  257021  Doze material using a rubber wheel dozer  Level 2  NQF Level 02  14 
    Elective  116632  Drill holes for blasting and/or splitting dimension stone blocks using a mechanised drill rig  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  116658  Drill intersecting holes for diamond wire sawing  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  230011  Drill medium diameter blast holes using an hydraulic or pneumatic drilling rig and compressor  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  230020  Drill small diameter blast holes using a percussion drilling rig and compressor  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  257024  Haul and dump material using a haul truck  Level 2  NQF Level 02  11 
    Elective  257077  Illuminate an area using a lighting plant  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  257042  Install and maintain an initiating system in a surface mine  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  10760  Join a conveyor belt by means of mechanical clips  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253582  Lift and move a load using manual lifting equipment and tackle  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  257034  Load and offload material using a skid steer loader  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  257031  Load, Haul and Dump material using a front end loader  Level 2  NQF Level 02  16 
    Elective  257035  Load, haul and dump material using a scraper  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Elective  257019  Load, transport and place explosives components into blast holes using a mixer-placer truck  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  10458  Mill materials in a dry process mill utilising grinding materials  Level 2  NQF Level 02  22 
    Elective  256995  Move trailing cable using cable reeler  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  230018  Operate a mixer-placer explosives truck  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  10470  Operate Programmable Logic Control (PLC) Systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  14911  Participate in formal meetings  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12484  Perform basic fire fighting  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12208  Perform lubrication on production machinery  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  257029  Pump water using a De-watering Pump  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  257018  Relocate machines and equipment using a lowbed  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  116625  Split dimension stone blocks by means of non explosive methods  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  257060  Suppress dust using a water bowser  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  257015  Transport and distribute explosives by means of a light duty explosives vehicle  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  257017  Transport and distribute explosives using a heavy-duty explosives vehicle  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  257135  Transport and distribute fuel using a Fuel Bowser  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  257020  Transport material and equipment using a flat back truck  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  257025  Transport personnel, material and equipment using Light Delivery Vehicle  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  116937  Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based spreadsheet application to create and edit spreadsheets  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  117924  Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based word processor to format documents  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  257038  Use a track dozer to move material  Level 2  NQF Level 02  14 
    Elective  252234  Work in mineral product silos and bins for operational or maintenance purposes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  13912  Apply knowledge of self and team in order to develop a plan to enhance team performance  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  257041  Bar down loose rocks using appropriate equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  257039  Blast materials in Surface excavations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15 
    Elective  257095  Carry out basic surveying and calculations in surface excavations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  110218  Collect, store and issue explosives from a surface magazine  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  116614  Conduct blasting operations in dimension stone quarries  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15 
    Elective  230013  Conduct face profiling and blast hole surveys  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  230019  Demonstrate and apply knowledge of dimension stone quality and geology to block extraction  Level 3  NQF Level 03  21 
    Elective  116627  Demonstrate basic understanding of dimension stone geology and mineralogy  Level 3  NQF Level 03  16 
    Elective  244422  Demonstrate knowledge of the most common harmful gases and vapours  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  257026  Drill blast holes in a surface mining operation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15 
    Elective  257076  Excavate and load material using hydraulic excavator  Level 3  NQF Level 03  26 
    Elective  257115  Grade material using a motor grader  Level 3  NQF Level 03  14 
    Elective  9719  Grind material by means of a rod mill  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  116626  Handle dimension stone blocks by means of front end loader  Level 3  NQF Level 03  13 
    Elective  257027  Install support in surface mines and quarries  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  257032  Load material using a face shovel  Level 3  NQF Level 03  26 
    Elective  116663  Make saw cuts by means of diamond wire saw  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15 
    Elective  260984  Manufacture explosives on-site for surface excavations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  10459  Operate materials handling plant  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  257028  Operate Tractor Loader Backhoe  Level 3  NQF Level 03  13 
    Elective  117877  Perform one-to-one training on the job  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256996  Relocate material using a dragline  Level 3  NQF Level 03  26 
    Elective  257056  Remove hazardous ground by means of blasting  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  230017  Carry out blasting environmental testing  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  257075  Design blasts for surface excavations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  24 
    Elective  242810  Manage Expenditure against a budget  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


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