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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Yacht and Boat Building 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
78863  National Certificate: Yacht and Boat Building 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
MERSETA - Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  136  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
50543  National Certificate: Small Craft Construction  Level 3  NQF Level 03  122  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

The purpose of this qualification is, to prepare qualifying learners for a career in boatbuilding, to provide an opportunity for people currently employed in the industry to achieve formal recognition for their accumulated knowledge and skills and to enable them to develop a structured career path, as well as to facilitate the economic growth and development of the South African boatbuilding industry.

Qualifying learners will have developed core boatbuilding skills, knowledge and understanding, which include:
  • An understanding of the lines drawing and standards and techniques.
  • A practical understanding of the safe operation and maintenance of woodworking tools and machinery encountered in boatbuilding applications.
  • An understanding of the main on-board systems relevant to boatbuilding and identify their major components.
  • An understanding of the properties of resin, reinforcement and core materials, and their practical application in the construction and repair of composite components.

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

    This qualification reflects the need and demand within the small craft construction sector for skilled employees. Successful learners will be able to manufacture world-class products, improve professionalism and enhance the general quality of service delivery in the industry, thereby contributing positively to investor confidence and the international competitiveness of the South African small craft construction sector.

    Rationale:

    The boat building industry is a complex and specialized sector supplying a vast range of quality boats to customers. The emergence of South Africa as a cost effective supplier to international markets has created a demand for people with the skills to build yachts and boats as well as function within the support processes of a building process. These processes include but not limited to: boat design and construction techniques, installation and maintenance of marine systems, manufacture and installation of marine joinery components, construct and repair composite marine components and understand marine inboard engines.

    This is the second in a series of qualifications in yacht and boat building starting at NQF Level 2 and progressing to NQF Level 4. This series of qualifications will enable learners to:
  • Develop their existing skill level and progress vertically in a selected career path within the yacht and boat building industry.
  • Receive recognition for experience gained in the work place through Recognition of Prior Learning process.
  • Obtain skills and knowledge portable within similar manufacturing industries.
  • Gain access to higher levels of learning and learning provision.
  • Access opportunities to progress in their personal life and career, and add value to the operations in which they function.
  • Contribute to the growth of the South African economy and society.

    This learning pathway addresses the full skills requirements of the boatbuilding sector and will prepare qualifying learners for the broad range of activities that must be undertaken by the competent boat builder, whilst at the same time providing a sound base for further learning.

    People working in the yacht and boat building sector require validation of their skills and experience through access to formal qualifications and standards. The qualification affirms the experiences of boat builders through the recognition of prior learning, credit accumulation and achievement of competencies. It also provides learners with opportunities for professional development and career advancement within the broader manufacturing environment. 

  • 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.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    The structure of this unit standards-based qualification makes the Recognition of Prior Learning possible. This qualification may therefore be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the mechanism to be used and support and guidance should be provided. Care should be taken that the mechanism used provides the learner with an opportunity to demonstrate competence and is not so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the Recognition of Prior Learning option towards gaining a qualification.

    If the learner is able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this qualification the appropriate credits should be assigned to the learner. Recognition of Prior Learning will be done by means of Integrated Assessment as mentioned above.

    This Recognition of Prior Learning may allow:
  • Accelerated access to further learning at this or higher levels on the NQF.
  • Gaining of credits towards a unit standard.
  • Obtaining of this Qualification in part or in whole.

    Access to the Qualification:

    There is open for learners whose mobility on a boat will not be restricted due to any disabilities. It is preferable that learners first complete the National Certificate: Yacht and Boat Building, NQF Level 2 before accessing this qualification. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The Qualification is made up of Fundamental, Core, and Elective unit standards and a minimum of 136credits are required to complete the Qualification.

    In this Qualification the credits are allocated as follows:
  • Fundamental: 36 credits.
  • Core: 85 credits.
  • Electives: 15 credits (minimum).
  • Total: 136 credits.

    The Fundamental Component:

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit standards to the value of 20 credits in Communication in a South African language at Level 2 and Unit standards in Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2 to the value of 16 credits. All the Fundamental unit standards are compulsory.

    The Core Component:

    Yacht and Boat Building, can be differentiated from most other trades by the extremely wide range of core competencies that are required by the technically competent practitioner. A high level of skill and understanding are necessary in activities as diverse as joinery, metalwork, fibreglass fabrication, and electrical, mechanical and plumbing installation for the professional boatbuilder.

    This Core component covers competencies related to boat building practices, health, safety and environmental issues, tools and equipment, manufacturing processes and materials. The unit standards provide the knowledge, values and skills that all learners require in order to engage in boat building practices.

    All the Unit standards to the value of 85 credits in the Core Component are compulsory.

    Elective Component:

    Learners are to choose elective unit standards to the value of at least 15 credits to complete the qualification. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Qualifying learners are able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of lines drawing standards and techniques.

    2. Understand the safe operation and maintenance of the full range of woodworking tools and machinery commonly encountered in boatbuilding applications and use them accordingly.

    3. Install the main on-board systems relevant to boatbuilding and identify their major components.

    4. Understand the properties of resin, reinforcement and core materials, and use them in the construction and repair of composite components.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    Identify and solve problems:
  • Identification of different design features. Evident in Exit Level Outcome 1.
  • Identification of causes of problems. Evident in Exit Level Outcome 1, 3 and 4.
  • Identification of different problems resulting from inappropriate material, tool or finish selection and potential solutions. Evident in Exit Level Outcome 2.
  • Identification of different materials. Evident in Exit Level Outcome 3.
  • Identification of different components. Evident in Exit Level Outcome 4.

    Work effectively with others in teams:
  • Liaising with team members and supervisor. Evident in all Exit Level Outcomes.

    Organise oneself effectively:
  • Plan sequence of operations based on job specification. Evident in Exit Level Outcome 1, 3 and 4.

    Collect, analyse, organise and evaluate information:
  • Examine finished product for non-conformances. Evident in Exit Level Outcome 1, 3 and 4.

    Communicate well orally or in writing:
  • Record information on work performed. Evident in all Exit Level Outcomes.
  • Report outcome of work to supervisor. Evident in all Exit Level Outcomes.

    Use science and technology responsibly:
  • Understanding of three dimensional shapes and their properties. Evident in Exit Level Outcome 1.
  • Understanding of materials. Evident in Exit Level Outcome 2.
  • Understand measuring and calculating techniques. Evident in Exit Level Outcome 1.
  • Understanding of material properties. Evident in Exit Level Outcome 3 and 4.
  • Understand measuring and mixing equipment and techniques. Evident in Exit Level Outcome 3.
  • Understand tension, stress, flow rate and pressure. Evident in Exit Level Outcome 4.

    Understand that the world is a set of related systems:
  • Explain the consequences of incorrect calculation of areas, volumes and their centroids. Evident in Exit Level Outcome 1.
  • Explain the consequences of inappropriately selecting the main features involved in rudder design. Evident in Exit Level Outcome 1.
  • Explain the consequences of inappropriate component selection or incorrect installation and the resulting effects on the installed system. Evident in Exit Level Outcome 4.
  • Explain the consequences of inappropriate material or finish selection and the impact that this may have on related systems. Evident in Exit Level Outcome 2 and 3. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome: 1
  • The design of yachts and boats is identified and explained according to main features and principles.
  • The lines plan features are identified and their inter-relationships explained according to specifications.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome: 2
  • The full range of hand and power tools are correctly used and maintained.
  • The full range of woodworking machinery used in boatbuilding applications is used and maintained.
  • Marine-specific joinery projects are undertaken and finished products comply with specifications and standards.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome: 3
  • Marine systems are identified and their major components described and discussed.
  • Marine systems are installed according to specification and relevant standards.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome: 4
  • The properties of different types of resin, reinforcement and core materials are described with particular reference to their suitability for different applications.
  • Repairs are successfully carried out on damaged composite parts.
  • New composite parts are fabricated that comply with initial specifications and relevant standards requirements.

    Integrated Assessment:
  • Assessment practices must be open, transparent, fair, valid, and reliable and ensure that no learner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever, so that an integrated approach to assessment is incorporated into the qualification.
  • Learning, teaching and assessment are inextricably interwoven. Whenever possible, the assessment of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values shown in the unit standards should be integrated.
  • Assessment of Communication and Mathematical Literacy should be integrated as far as possible with other aspects and should use practical administration contexts wherever possible. A variety of methods must be used in assessment and tools and activities must be appropriate to the context in which the learner is working or will work. Where it is not possible to assess the learner in the workplace or on-the-job, simulations, case studies, role-plays and other similar techniques should be used to provide a context appropriate to the assessment.
  • The term `Integrated Assessment` implies that theoretical and practical components should be assessed together. During integrated assessments, the assessor should make use of a range of formative and summative assessment tool methods and assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies.
  • Assessors must assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.
  • Assessment should ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and critical cross-field outcomes are evaluated in an integrated manner. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification was compared with training offered in countries that are acknowledged leaders in the small boat-building industry; countries whose industry supplies small craft to others. These countries are:
  • USA.
  • Malaysia.
  • Turkey.
  • Australia.
  • New Zealand.
  • UK.

    United States of America:

    The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) have a well developed professional certification process for the majority of core boatbuilding skills. This qualification focuses on the same core knowledge and skills, and the successful student should be well prepared for ABYC certification.

    Malaysia:

    Malaysia is an emerging boat building country. To date they have not developed a formal national qualification. They have however identified future training objectives and are in the process of developing learning programmes for fibreglass boats.

    Turkey:

    The boating industry in Turkey is well developed. A technical high school, Kurucasile, on the Black Sea Coast of Turkey, is devoted to boat building only. This school, in addition to modern techniques, teaches its students, elements and principles of traditional craftsmanship. All the schools and academic institutions, issue diplomas to students who have attended the necessary courses and fulfilled all conditions, including tests and exams. In addition, people attending and successfully finishing the training courses held at various places, such as large yards, and other institutions, are given certificates declaring that the holder has completed a certain program. All these diplomas and certificates are valid nationwide. Diplomas issued by large universities (such as the naval architect diplomas issued by most technical universities) are internationally recognized.

    Australia:

    Australia has a well-established boat-building industry supported by well-defined units of study to be applied by training providers. Their learning programs in boat building do not seem to follow levels of complexity but rather that of completeness. It is very difficult to compare the South African individual boat building qualifications with those in Australia. However, it seems that once South African learners had completed the Further Education and Training Certificate in Boat Building, they will be adequately equipped to compete with their Australian counterparts.

    New Zealand:

    The New Zealand authorities compiled a range of national certificates that can be applied in the boat building industry. Most of these certificates are at level 4 with the exception of one that is registered at level 3. In general the contents of the South African boat building qualifications compares well with the New Zealand boat building qualifications.

    United Kingdom:

    The United Kingdom is renowned for their boat building expertise and similarly displays a well-thought-out capability to train towards that expertise. The UK has several national registered qualifications, however, it does seem as though many training providers still present their own traditional learning programs based on years of experience and specific community needs. It is thought that the South African boat building qualifications are much more comprehensive.

    Africa in General:

    Although many countries in Africa have displayed across the continent the capability to build boats of many shapes and sizes it still lacks the capability to build modern boats. No evidence was found of any boat building training being presented in sub-Saharan Africa. The South African qualifications could help to fill that gap on the continent by making these qualifications available to all those countries that might show an interest in these qualifications. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This Qualification articulates with the following proposed and registered Qualifications:

    Horizontal Articulation:
  • ID 36155: National Certificate in Polymer Composite Fabrication, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 49105: Further Education and Training Certificate: Furniture Making: Wood, NQF Level 3.

    Vertical Articulation:
  • ID 50560: Further Education and Training Certificate: Small Craft Construction, NQF Level 4.
  • ID 36153: Further Education and Training Certificate: Polymer Composite Fabrication, NQF Level 4.
  • ID 49092: Further Education and Training Certificate: Furniture Making: Wood, NQF Level 4.
  • ID 78864: Further Education and Training Certificate: Yacht and Boat Building, NQF Level 4. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with an appropriate Education and Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA) 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 ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA 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 at exit points of the Qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual Unit Standards as well as in the exit level outcomes described in the Qualification. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • To be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body.
  • A relevant qualification at one level higher than the level of the qualification and 12 months experience in the relevant field.
  • Well-developed subject matter expertise within small craft construction. 

  • 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 qualification 50543, "National Certificate: Small Craft Construction", Level 3, 122 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  376541  Apply a range of boat design and construction techniques  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15 
    Core  376560  Construct and repair composite marine components  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15 
    Core  376542  Install and maintain a range of marine systems  Level 3  NQF Level 03  25 
    Core  376544  Manufacture and install marine joinery components  Level 3  NQF Level 03  30 
    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  376543  Demonstrate an understanding of inboard engine systems and maintenance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15 
    Elective  10783  Join of aluminium by means of arc welding  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116714  Lead a team, plan, allocate and assess their work  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  117877  Perform one-to-one training on the job  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116720  Show understanding of diversity in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some (but not all) of their learning programmes are moved to the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replaced qualification.
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Quality Assuring Bodies have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Quality Assuring Body should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 



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