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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Autotronics 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
78883  Further Education and Training Certificate: Autotronics 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
MERSETA - Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  134  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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
22860  National Certificate: Autotronics  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  135  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

This Qualification is for any individual who is, or wishes to be, involved in an autotronics environment. The Qualification contains all the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes required by a learner who needs mainly to be able to perform a range of activities and thereby meet the challenges within a specific autotronics environment at this level. An individual acquiring this Qualification will be able to contribute towards the efficient operation of a number of processes within this sector as described in the Core component of the qualification.

The main competencies in this qualification are communication and mathematical literacy competencies at this level, diagnosing, servicing and maintaining automobile air conditioning systems, fitting and wiring-up auto-electrical equipment, diagnosing and repairing faults on advanced auto-electrical circuits, diagnosing and repairing networking and communications systems and diagnosing and repairing engine management systems.

These competencies will enable the learner to work in different industries within the diverse autotronics sector.

The Qualification ensures progression of learning, enabling the learner to perform optimally within the autotronics field of learning and provide access to a higher Qualification within the same or a related sector. The Qualification will facilitate access to, and mobility within, education and training for learners who:
  • Would like to achieve this Qualification through the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and/or formal study.
  • Wish to extend their range of skills and knowledge and hence their competencies in the autotronics environment.

    The Qualification also intends to:
  • Release the potential of people.
  • Provide opportunities for people to explore related activities within the autotronics sector.

    Rationale:

    This is the third Qualification in a series of four autotronics qualifications that range from NQF Levels 2 to 5. These qualifications constitute a learning pathway that takes the learners from basic/simple competencies in autotronics at NQF Level 2 to high level autotronics competencies at NQF Level 5. Typical learners will be persons who have completed the National Certificate Autotronics at NQF Level 3 who wish to further their career in autotronics.

    The automobile is subject to ever increasing technological advances. These advances are continuously being incorporated into the electrical systems of automobiles. They represent the integration of mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electronic and electrical systems and are managed by microelectronic control known as Computer Integrated Auto Management (CIAM) Systems. Consequently, the auto-electrical skills required to maintain such automobiles are changing to incorporate more electronic skills.

    The field of autotronics deals with the installation, diagnosis and repair of CIAM systems. People working in the field of autotronics require specialised technical skills and knowledge and well as highly developed analytical skills to enable them to install, diagnose and repair CIAM systems.

    This series will reflect the skills, knowledge and understanding required to perform effectively in industry, whether in micro, small, medium or large enterprises.

    For those who have been in the work place for a long time, this qualification represents part of the RPL process that acknowledges workplace skills acquired without the benefit of formal education and training.

    This qualification forms the basis for further learning in the field of autotronics at NQF Level 5.

    The autotronics sector falls within the ambit of South Africa's large motor industry. There are huge motor assembly plants in several parts of the country, primarily in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Kwa Zulu Natal provinces. There are also many automotive related sectors like the automotive components manufacturing and assembly industries, automotive sales and service sector, repairs (including panel beating and spray painting) industries. It's a sector that employs a large number of people. Companies and/or industries within this sector operate in a global competitive and challenging environment.

    The highly developed autotronics sector is well-established and economically powerful. In terms of transformation in the country, learners will require skills and competencies to gain access to positions within management structures by completing other qualifications and training. It will be in the interest of the country and the sector to ensure that those who operate in the autotronics environment are trained according to this Qualification to improve productivity and efficiency.

    This national Qualification and its related Unit Standards were developed to standardize the accreditation of learning programmes, resulting in improved quality management in terms of programme delivery. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners wishing to study towards this Qualification are assumed to have:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This Qualification may be achieved in part (or whole) through the recognition of relevant prior knowledge and/or experience. The learner must be able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this Qualification. As part of the provision of recognition of prior learning providers are required to develop a structured means for the assessment of individual learners against the Unit Standards of the Qualification on a case-by-case basis. A range of assessment tools and techniques during formative and summative assessment procedures should be used which have been jointly decided upon by the learner and the assessor. Such procedures, and the assessment of individual cases, are subject to moderation by independent assessors. The same principles that apply to assessment of this Qualification also apply to Recognition of Prior Learning.

    Learners may provide evidence of prior learning for which they may receive credit towards the Unit Standards and/or the Qualification by means of portfolios or other forms of appropriate evidence as agreed to between the relevant provider and relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.

    Recognition of Prior Learning is particularly important, as there are people in the autotronics sector with a variety of skills and competencies of differing quality and scope. It is important that Recognition of Prior Learning process be available to assist in making sense of existing competencies and skills, and helping to standardize these competencies and skills towards a common standard.

    Access to the Qualification:

    There is an open access to this Qualification. However learners should first have completed the National Certificate: Autotronics, NQF Level 3. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component.

    To be awarded the Qualification learners are required to obtain a minimum of 134 Credits as detailed below.

    Fundamental Component: 56 Credits.

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 to the value of 16 Credits.
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 to the value of 20 Credits.
  • Communication at NQF Level 3 to the value of 20 Credits.

    It is compulsory therefore for learners to do Communication in two different South African languages, one at NQF Level 4 and the other at NQF Level 3.

    All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.

    Core Component: 58 Credits.

    The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 58 Credits, all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component.

    Learners are to choose Elective Unit Standards totaling a minimum of 20 Credits to attain a minimum of 134 Credits for this Qualification. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Diagnose and repair faults on advanced auto electrical circuits.

    2. Fit and wire-up auxiliary auto-electrical equipment.

    3. Diagnose and repair networking/data transfer systems on automobiles.

    4. Diagnose, service and maintain automobile air-conditioning systems.

    5. Test and repair integrated fuel injection and engine control systems.

    6. Implement occupational health and safety requirements.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes

    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Recognizing situations that require action and correct when necessary.
  • Testing and diagnosing problems in the air-conditioning system, networking/data transfer systems and with fitted auto-electrical equipment.
  • Reading and interpreting electrical circuit diagrams for air-conditioning and networking/data transfer diagrams.
  • Problem solving is developed when human error and medical emergencies unrelated to the facility have been considered and are adequately catered for.
  • Differentiating between the main types of injection systems.
  • Testing and repairing common rail fuel injection/combined ignition and engine control systems on petrol and diesel vehicles.

    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization, community to:
  • Trace and repair faults.
  • Repair automobile air-conditioning and networking/data transfer system.
  • Test and repair common rail fuel injection/combined ignition and engine control systems on petrol and diesel vehicles.

    Organize and manage oneself and one's activities responsively and effectively when:
  • Applying the correct procedures for using, storing and looking after equipment, tools, test equipment, components and chemicals.
  • Explaining the basic operating principles of the refrigeration cycle and the operation of auxiliary auto-electrical equipment and harnesses of an automobile.
  • Reading and interpreting electrical circuit diagrams.
  • Servicing and maintaining automobile air-conditioning systems.
  • Investigating the handling of the incident within a relevant time frame and authority.
  • Fitting, wiring-up and commissioning auto-electrical component.
  • Sourcing information from manufacturer's manuals.
  • Explaining the purpose, variants and common causes of failure with networking/data transfer systems.
  • Using wiring and technical diagrams/information to obtain information on these systems.
  • Explaining the purpose/functions of sub-systems of combined fuel injection/ ignition systems.

    Collect, analyze, organize and critically evaluate information to:
  • Diagnose and repair automobile air conditioner problems.
  • Diagnose problems related to fitted auto-electrical equipment.
  • Interpret an automobile networking/data transfer block diagram.
  • Determine the cause of a fault or system failure.
  • Differentiate between the main types of injection systems.

    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation to:
  • Use common names for tools and equipment.
  • Fill in and use fault reports, requisition forms and job cards.
  • Prepare reports on the air-conditioning system, the auxiliary auto-electrical equipment and harnesses of an automobile and on the failure of networking systems, as per company procedure.

    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others by:
  • Using tools and equipment according to manufacturer's instructions and Workplace procedure.
  • Using electrical technology wit care.
  • Applying Kirchhoff's current and voltage laws.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
  • Relating the functioning of automobile electric systems to that of other related electrical systems.
  • engaging with problems to do with the air-conditioning system, the auxiliary auto-electrical equipment and harnesses of an automobile and the networking/data transfer system.
  • explaining that faults on other vehicle systems can affect the functioning of the engine management system. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Advanced auto electric circuit diagrams are interpreted using symbols to determine structure and sequence of circuit.
  • Test equipment is selected and used to locate and identify faults on auto electric circuits.
  • Components are removed and fitted according to procedure and manufacturer's specifications and with due regard to safety practices of the workplace.
  • Fault finding reports are completed in accordance with workplace procedures.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • The operation of auxiliary auto-electrical equipment and harnesses of an automobile is explained in terms of their functions and components.
  • Auxiliary auto-electrical equipment is fitted, wired-up and commissioned according to manufacturer's specifications and workplace procedures.
  • Auxiliary auto-electrical equipment is tested and problems are diagnosed as per manufacturer's specifications.
  • Repairs to auxiliary auto-electrical equipment are performed as per workplace procedure.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Automobile networking/data transfer diagram is interpreted using its key components, symbols and terminology.
  • Faults on networking/data transfer systems are located and diagnosed using appropriate test equipment.
  • Faulty networking components/wiring is repaired or replaced using the appropriate tools and procedures.
  • The purpose and variants of networking/data transfer systems are explained in terms of their types and the common causes of failure with these systems are discussed using examples.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • The basic operating principles of the refrigeration cycle is explained using scientific terminology.
  • The components of the automobile air-conditioning system are described in terms of their functions.
  • Air-conditioning electrical circuit diagrams are read and interpreted using circuit symbols and standard procedure.
  • Automobile air-conditioning systems are serviced and maintained according to manufacturer's specifications.
  • Automobile air conditioner problems are diagnosed and repaired as per manufacturer's specifications and workplace procedures.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
  • The main types of injection systems including combined ignition and injection systems/diesel/petrol common rail systems are identified in terms of their differences.
  • Wiring and technical diagrams/information are used to obtain information on injection systems.
  • Common components for combined ignition and injection systems are identified and explained in terms of their purpose and functions.
  • The sub-systems of combined fuel injection/ignition systems are explained in terms of their purpose/functions.
  • Common rail fuel injection/combined ignition and engine control systems on petrol and diesel vehicles are tested and repaired as per procedure.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:
  • A safe environment is maintained for team members to work.
  • Policy is implemented to promote the prevention of safety and emergency incidents.
  • Incidents (including emergency incidents) which affect the safety of an individual, group or crowd are managed according to procedure.
  • The reaction of an individual, group or crowd to a safety or emergency incident is managed according to procedure including crowd control.

    Integrated Assessment:

    The importance of integrated assessment is to confirm that the learner is able to demonstrate applied competence (practical, foundational and reflexive) and ensure that the purpose of this Qualification is achieved. Both formative and summative assessment methods and strategies are used to ensure that the Exit Level Outcomes and the purpose of the Qualification are achieved through achieving the Unit Standards. Learning, teaching and assessment are inextricably linked.

    Learning and assessment should be integrated and assessment practices must be fair, transparent, valid and reliable. A variety of assessment strategies and approaches must be used. This could include tests, assignments, projects, demonstrations and/or any applicable method. Evidence of the acquisition of competencies must be demonstrated through the Unit Standards, which enhance the integration of theory and practice as deemed appropriate at this level.

    Formative assessment is an on-going process which is used to assess the efficacy of the teaching and learning process. It is used to plan appropriate learning experiences to meet the learner's needs. Formative assessments can include a mix of simulated and actual (real) practice or authentic settings. Feedback from assessment informs both teaching and learning. If the learner has met the assessment criteria of all the Unit Standards then s/he has achieved the Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification.

    Summative assessment is concerned with the judgement of the learning in relation to the Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification. Such judgement must include integrated assessment(s) which test the learners' ability to integrate the larger body of knowledge, skills and attitudes, which are represented by the Exit Level Outcomes. Summative assessment can take the form of oral, written and practical examinations as agreed to by the relevant ETQA.

    Integrated assessment must be designed to achieve the following:
  • An integration of the achievement of the Exit Level Outcomes in a way that reflects a comprehensive approach to learning and shows that the purpose of the Qualification has been achieved.
  • Judgement of learner performance to provide evidence of applied competence or capability.

    Assessors and moderators should make use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods. Assessors should 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 assessed. The assessment of the critical cross-field outcomes should be integrated with the assessment of specific outcomes and embedded knowledge. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification is part of a series of qualifications in the field of Autotronics and was compared to similar qualifications-some outcomes-based-in various countries. The following countries were used to compare this qualification with:
  • United States - The US has one of the most extensive and very highly-developed car manufacturing industries in the world.
  • United Kingdom - The UK also has a highly-developed car manufacturing industry. It also has a number of institutions that offer training courses in the automotive/autotronics field.
  • New Zealand and Australia - They have qualification frameworks similar to the South African NQF; this facilitates comparison.
  • Malaysia-Malaysia works closely with training partners in the automotive industry. These include vehicle brands such as BMW, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Mazda, Ssangyong, Citroen, Fiat, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Audi and Volvo.
  • India - India has a thriving car manufacturing industry.
  • Northern Ireland - A relevant qualification in this country was found.

    International comparability with the following car manufacturing countries was attempted, with little success, as there was very little or no information available:
  • Japan.
  • Korea.
  • Sweden.
  • France.
  • Germany.
  • Italy.
  • China.

    There was also a paucity of information on training offered by car manufacturers to their employees; in other words, vehicle or company-specific training. Some information is available on training by car manufacturers, namely, Volvo. This is described later.

    Comparability with the following countries was possible and the comparisons are listed below:

    New Zealand:

    Within New Zealand any programme leads to a qualification such as a degree, diploma or certificate and usually consists of a number of courses/unit standards. When a course/unit standard in the programme is completed, the credits for that course/unit standards count towards the total credits one requires to complete the programme. A course/unit standard is a module of study within a programme, and is therefore usually taken over one semester. In some qualifications all courses/unit standards are compulsory, while in others there may be elective courses/unit standards.

    Current certificates which are presented in New Zealand include the following:

    Certificate: Applied Technology (Autotronics) Level 4, 120 credits:

    The Certificate: Applied Technology (Autotronics) provides learners with an in-depth understanding of electronic control systems and componentry in motor vehicle sub-systems. They gain an insight into motor vehicle mechanical systems and sub-systems, along with electrical and electronic principles. They learn to find faults and diagnose automotive electronic problems, and develop a sound knowledge of engine management, fuel injection, electronics, transmission and ABS controls. Topics covered by this qualification include but are not limited to automotive electronics, electrical and electronic fuel injection and emission controls. Learners who completed this qualification can follow careers in ignition and engine management systems, mechanical, transmission, brakes and suspension controls, apprentice auto electrician, auto electronics technician or vehicle service technician.

    Certificate: Applied Technology (Automotive Engineering) Level 4, 120 credits:

    The Certificate: Applied Technology (Automotive Engineering) provides learners with a solid grounding for any career in the automotive industry. Topics covered by these qualifications are but not limited to general repairs on engines, transmissions, brakes, steering and suspension, and fuel and electronic control systems. Learners gain an understanding of basic principles and concepts in automotive ignition systems, the function and operation of a vehicle braking system, security, and the identification and repair of transmissions, drivelines and final drives. They develop the skills to interpret general servicing schedules, and carry out customer and administrative services. The qualification also includes critical thinking skills and problem-solving ability. Other topics include chassis, electrical, engine and drive as well as mechanical.

    The following competencies/unit standards are addressed in this qualification:
  • Electrical.
  • Mechanical.
  • Chassis.
  • Engine and drives.

    Once a learner completes the Certificate: Applied Technology (Automotive Engineering) they can apply for cross-credits for unit standards from the National Certificate: Motor Industry (Automotive Engineering) and become an apprentice mechanic working alongside an industry employer, to complete all remaining unit standards. Learners can also choose to continue to the Bachelor of Applied Technology, specializing in Automotive Engineering.

    National Certificate: Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical Engineering) Level 4, 244 credits.

    This qualification is a progression from the National Certificate: Motor Industry (Entry Skills). This qualification include topics such as testing auto-electrical circuits, overhauling automotive starter motors, testing and rectifying faults within electronic ignition systems.

    The following competencies/unit standards are addressed in this qualification:
  • Pick up and deliver a customer's vehicle, machine, or equipment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safe working practices in an automotive workshop.
  • Attend to customer inquiries.
  • Carry out general engineering tasks to repair, manufacture or modify components.
  • Select and use hand tools and equipment.
  • Identify locations/functions of motor vehicle systems/components.
  • Two and Four stroke petrol and diesel engines.
  • Test an automotive electrical unit.

    National Certificate: Motor Industry (Automotive Engineering) Level 4: 271 credits:

    This certificate is a progression from the National Certificate: Motor Industry (Entry Skills).
    Topics within this certificate include but are not limited to the diagnosis and repair of emission system fault, servicing automotive cooling systems, identifying wiring diagrams and circuits, rectifying faults in clutch systems, servicing automatic transmission, inspecting and overhauling brakes and replacing engine cam belts. Learners can combine these certificates with their apprenticeship. Learners who achieved this certificate can be employed as an automotive engineer. Automotive technician, heavy equipment technician, powerboat engineer or small engine technician.

    The following competencies/unit standards are addressed in this qualification:
  • Attend to customer inquiries.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safe working practices in an automotive workshop.
  • Carry out general engineering tasks to repair, manufacture or modify components.
  • Select and use hand tools and equipment.
  • Identify locations/functions of motor vehicle systems/components.
  • Two and Four stroke petrol and diesel engines.
  • Service automotive battery.
  • Test an automotive electrical unit.

    Various automotive engineering skills programmes (short courses) also exist and are based on unit standards. These programmes include automotive Air Conditioning (Installation and Servicing), Basic Car Maintenance, Introduction to Multiplexing and CAN Bus, Oscilloscope for Automotive Diagnosis, Vehicle Emission Testing, Vehicle Inspector's Preparatory Course or Vehicle Wheel Alignment.

    Malaysia:

    The following qualifications exist in Malaysia and compared with the South African Qualification it is clear that the content is similar to the South African Qualifications.

    Although it was difficult to determine and compare the levels of these qualifications it is clear that the content and progression are similar as the South African Qualifications.

    Malaysia works closely with partners in the automotive industry to expose students to real-life conditions in the automotive industry. Their training partners include companies involved in the distribution and servicing of vehicle brand such as BMW, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Mazda, Ssangyong, Citroen, Fiat, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Audi and Volvo.

    The Otomotif College (TOC) offers the following qualification, some of whose competencies resonate with this Qualification:
  • Diploma: Modern Automotive Technology:

    TOC offers the Technician Apprenticeship Programme or TAP over a period of 2.5 years to develop the learner into a competent automotive technician to handle demands of increasingly sophisticated vehicles.

    TAP is a comprehensive programme where students work towards a Diploma: Modern Automotive Technology awarded by TOC. In addition, students will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to fulfill the requirements of City and Guilds International Diploma in Motor Vehicle Engineering 3905 as well as the MLVK certification Level 1 and 2 under the Ministry of Human Resources.

    The programme combines basic principles of automotive technology with extensive hands-on-training both at the college and on-job-training at designated service centres. The ratio of theory to practical training is 30:70. The backbone of the training is electrics and electronics so students are given a very strong foundation to master their fault diagnosis and troubleshooting skills.

    The programme also incorporates Communication, Mathematics and Science so that students can further their studies upon completion of the Diploma.

    Areas covered in the programme.

    Health and Safety practices.

    Construction, operating principles, maintenance, diagnosis and repair of the following vehicle systems:
  • Petrol/Diesel Engines and Fuel Systems.
  • Ignition and Electrical Systems.
  • Cooling and Lubrication Systems.
  • Braking, Steering and Suspension Systems.
  • Gearbox and Transmission Systems.
  • Spark Ignition and Electrical/ Electronic Systems.
  • Vehicle Bodywork.
  • Engine Auxiliary Systems.
  • Air-conditioning Systems.

    Associated studies include measurements, calculations, properties and materials in automotive engineering and technical drawing. Other subjects include Communication, Mathematics and Science.

    As a graduate of TOC, the learner can secure job placements with reputable companies in the automotive industry. As a fresh graduate, the learner can start off as a service technician with the dealership of a particular brand. As the learner masters the skills, s/he could advance to become a senior technician or master technician with a number of years of working experience and continuous professional development.

    Students will be able to immediately adapt to the working environment thanks to the unique concept of closely monitored and extensive on-the-job-training as well as familiarization with the latest automobile models in the market.

    Students can be employed as:
  • Automotive Service Technician.
  • Diagnostic Technician/ Specialist.
  • Technical Advisor.
  • Motorsport Technician.
  • Service Adviser/Consultant.
  • Service Manager.
  • Spare Parts Executive/Manager.
  • Workshop Owner/Operator.
  • After-sales Manager.
  • Insurance Claim Assessor.
  • Collision Estimator.
  • Warranty Executive/Manager.
  • Vehicle Accessories.
  • Vehicle Component Supplier/Manufacturer.

    Internships are a unique feature of this qualification and are built in as a compulsory requirement for students to gain working experience within exciting automotive industry. It gives students the competitive edge in post-qualification employment. Students will also gain a strong foundation in business management and up-to-date knowledge on automotive retail operations. They will also be familiarized with the latest technologies associated with modern automobiles.

    It is clear that the Malaysian qualification compares well with the South African Level 4 Autotronics qualification to Level 5 articulates well with the qualification in Malaysia. Although South Africa presented four qualifications from Level 2 to Level 5, the Malaysia qualification is presented over 2.5 years and 2.5 years in management. The learners in South Africa, after completing all these qualifications will acquire the same competencies as included in the Malaysia qualifications.

    United States:

    Within Dallas, Texas programmes/courses lead towards credits for a certificate and usually consist of a number of courses/programmes. When a course/programme is completed, the credits for that course/programme count towards the total credits one requires to complete the certificate. A course/unit standard is a module of study within a programme, and is therefore usually taken over one or two semesters depending on the credit value of the programme. In some qualifications all courses/unit standards are compulsory, while in others there may be elective courses/unit standards. The following courses/programmes are offered in Texas.

    Advanced Certificate: Electrical System Troubleshooting:

    This certificate covers competencies such as generator (alternator) circuits, generator interfaces with the electrical system, computer control of generators (alternators), analysis of the charging voltage value, systematic troubleshooting procedures, testing the charging system on the vehicle, troubleshooting a vehicle's complete primary 14V electrical system, systematic troubleshooting procedure, ignition key-off battery drain, troubleshoot key-off battery drain problems, multiple battery systems and troubleshooting techniques to find battery problems in multiple battery systems.

    Advanced Certificate: Auto/truck: Electrical Troubleshooting Training:

    This qualification covers competencies such as troubleshoot auto/truck electrical circuits, troubleshoot electrical problems and Auto/truck/heavy equipment electrical - electronics troubleshooting.

    Certificate: Electric Motor and Switch Assemblers and Repairers:

    Competencies which are addressed in this certificate: Lifts units or parts, such as motors or generators, using crane or chain hoist; Measures velocity, horsepower, r.p.m., amperage, circuitry, and voltage of unit or parts, using electrical meters and mechanical testing devices; Repairs and rebuilds defective mechanical parts in electric motors, generators, and related equipment, using hand tools and power tools; Replaces defective parts, such as coil leads, carbon brushes, and connecting wires, using soldering equipment, Rewinds coils on core while core is in slots, or makes replacement coils, using coil-winding machine, Cuts and forms insulation and inserts insulation into armature, rotor, or stator slots; Records repairs required, parts used, and labor time; Tests charges and replaces batteries; Refaces, reams, and polishes commutators and machine parts to specified tolerances, using machine tools; Installs, secures, and aligns parts, using hand tools, welding equipment, and electrical meters; Assembles electrical parts, such as alternators, generators, starting devices, and switches, following schematic drawings, using hand, machine, and power tools; Rewires electrical systems and repairs or replaces electrical accessories; Adjusts working parts, such as fan-belt tension, voltage output, contacts and springs, using hand tools, and verifies corrections, using gauges; Scrapes and cleans units or parts, using cleaning solvent, and lubricates moving parts; Inspects parts for wear or damage, or reads work order or schematic drawings to determine required repairs; Cuts and removes parts, such as defective coils and insulation; Tests for overheating, using speed gauges and thermometers; Disassembles defective unit, using hand tools; Reassembles repaired electric motors to specified requirements and ratings, using hand tools and electrical meters.

    Certificate: Electro-Mechanical Technicians:

    Competencies which are addressed in this certificate include: Operates metalworking machines to fabricate housings, jigs, fittings, and fixtures; Aligns, fits, and assembles component parts, using hand tools, power tools, fixtures, templates, and microscope; Installs electrical and electronic parts and hardware in housing or assembly, using soldering equipment and hand tools; Tests performance of electromechanical assembly, using test instruments such as oscilloscope, electronic voltmeter, and bridge; Analyzes and records test results and prepares written documentation; Reads blueprints, schematics, diagrams, and technical orders to determine method and sequence of assembly; Inspects parts for surface defects; Verifies dimensions and clearances of parts to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments; Repairs, reworks, and calibrates assemblies to meet operational specifications and tolerances.

    Certificate: Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment:

    Competencies which are addressed in this certificate include: Adjusts, repairs, or replaces defective wiring and relays in ignition, lighting, air-conditioning, and safety control systems, using electrician's tools; Installs electrical equipment, such as air-conditioning, heating, or ignition systems, generator brushes, and commutators, using hand tools; Measures, cuts, and installs framework and conduit to support and connect wiring, control panels, and junction boxes, using hand tools; Cuts openings and drills holes for fixtures, outlet boxes, and fuse holders, using electric drill and router; Visually inspects and tests electrical system or equipment, using testing devices such as oscilloscope, voltmeter, and ammeter, to determine malfunctions; Confers with customer to determine nature of malfunction; Repairs or rebuilds starters, generators, distributors, or door controls, using electrician's tools; Installs fixtures, outlets, terminal boards, switches, and wall boxes, using hand tools; Estimates cost of repairs based on parts and labor charges; Splices wires with knife or cutting pliers, and solders connections to fixtures, outlets, and equipment.

    Autotronics at the Arizona Automotive Institute:

    The Arizona Automotive Institute not only offers high-quality career training to help prepare their students for successful careers in Automotive Technology; Autotronics; Diesel Technology; and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC), AAI also provides students with added services.

    Automotive Technology Program in Exton, PA:

    Today's cars are complex machines run by sophisticated computer systems. And the people who fix those cars are highly paid automotive technicians.

    The Automotive Technology program provides the knowledge and skills a learner needs to become a successful entry-level automotive technician. The learner will learn: how to diagnose, service, and repair domestic and foreign cars; troubleshoot problems using the latest equipment; build high-performance engines; essential business skills that will make his/her careers a long and successful one.

    Plus, the learner can choose from among the following programmes:
  • BMW Fast Track.
  • Ford Accelerated Credential Training (FACT).
  • Nissan Advanced Technician Training (NATT).
  • Toyota Professional Automotive Training (TPAT) elective programs to make him/her even more sought after in the workforce.

    Program Length:
  • Automotive Technology core program 51 weeks.
  • Automotive Technology with BMW Fast Track 63 weeks.
  • Automotive Technology with Ford FACT 66 weeks.
  • Automotive Technology with Toyota TPAT 60 weeks.
  • Automotive Technology with Nissan NATT 60 weeks.

    Northern Ireland:

    Various certificate courses are offered. To become automotive electrician learners need to complete an apprenticeship and gain a National Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering.

    Certificate: Automotive Electrical Engineering:

    The qualification covers: Electrical values, Multimeters and electrical measurement; Identification of typical circuit symbols and use of wiring diagrams; Test methods for circuit continuity, insulation and resistance; The electrical properties and testing of series and parallel circuits; Battery, starting, charging and body electrical systems operation, testing and diagnosis; Test methods volt drop measurement.

    United Kingdom:

    Various courses/programmes and qualifications are presented in the United Kingdom. Some of these qualifications are also presented in New Zealand. The City of Guilds qualifications are presented and accepted in some African countries and are presented to their students in Autotronics. Many of the Level 3 NVQ qualifications contain the competencies taught in the South African Level 4 qualification.

    These qualifications may include:

    Diploma: Vehicle Maintenance and Repairs - Auto Electrical Level 3 (The Manchester College, Manchester):
  • This Level 3 qualification covers the technical needs for today's motor vehicle repair industry, including the diagnosis of complex system faults and advanced systems operation. It provides essential knowledge for service technicians working on heavy commercial vehicles in all types of garages, dealerships and maintenance depots. It is a learning programme which involves students studying both the theory and practical aspects of the diagnosis and rectification of a range of faults. Students also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace and other skills associated with working in a garage.
  • The course covers the following: Engine and component faults - Chassis system faults - Auxiliary equipment electrical faults.

    Certificate: Motor - Fundamental of Electricity (Paragon Skills for Industry, Bournemouth and Paragon Skills for Industry, Bangor):

    This course is aimed at helping experienced technicians who need to update their skills or who have identified areas of weakness. It covers the knowledge that will enable participants to consider other topics such as engine management, ignition systems and diagnostics.
    Participants should be qualified to NVQ level 3 or above or have a minimum of 4 years' experience of working with vehicle electrical or electronic systems.

    This Qualification is aimed at helping experienced technicians who need to update their skills or who have identified areas of weakness.

    Certificate: Refrigerant Handling for Mobile Air Conditioner - Vehicle Level 3 (HTC Business and Enterprise, Huddersfield):

    This is a City and Guilds' certificate. It is a short intensive course covering competencies around motor vehicle air-conditioning which is an integral part of this Qualification. The certificate has been designed specifically to provide the essential practical knowledge in air conditioning fundamentals and Refrigerant handling. This enables technicians to carry out servicing procedures, component identification, leak checking and refrigerant handling in a professional, safe and legal manner. It also ensures technicians; employers and employees meet their duty of care under COSHH regulations.

    Senior MET Technician Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) (Training 2000 Limited, Blackpool and Training 2000 Limited, Lancashire):

    With the increasing complexity and sophistication of vehicles and a shortage of skilled individuals, there has never been a greater need for competent technicians. Properly trained technicians are highly skilled professionals. Automotive Technician Accreditation has been developed to enable identification of them. ATA is a voluntary assessment programme for technicians working in the retail motor industry.
    For MET technicians there are two competency levels:
  • MET Technician.
  • Senior MET Technician.

    MET Technician:

    The six practical assessments at Technician level will measure competence in the following:
  • Mechanical Electrical and Trim (remove and refit).
  • Cosmetic panel alignment.
  • Cooling systems.
  • Supplementary Restraint Systems (SRS).
  • Mechanical components (non structural components).
  • Vehicle electrical - simple diagnosis.

    Senior MET Technician:

    The eight practical assessments at Senior Technician level will measure competence in the following:
  • Mechanical Electrical and Trim (remove and refit).
  • Cosmetic panel alignment.
  • Cooling systems.
  • Supplementary Restraint Systems (SRS).
  • Mechanical components (structural components).
  • Vehicle electrical - complex diagnosis.
  • Wheel alignment and steering.
  • Air Conditioning (ATA Refrigerant Handler).

    The Air Conditioning assessment meets the minimum requirements set out in EC Regulation (EC) No. 307/2008.

    NVQ Level 3 Vehicle Mechanics.

    This course is offered by Greenwich Community College. It is a one year part-time course.

    The course is designed to enable students to become competent in a variety of skills. There is an increasing use of IT in motor vehicles and an IT session is included each week as well as tutorial technology sessions. The course leads to Qualified Vehicle Mechanic status.

    Certificate: Vehicle Electrical/Electronic in Leeds:

    The aim of this course is to provide the technician with the necessary knowledge to test and repair electrical circuits in modern vehicles. It also includes the use of equipment such as multi-meters and oscilloscopes. The competencies covered in this certificate include but is not limited to: Electricity, Tools and Equipment, Type of circuit, Electrical and Electronic Components and Introduction to complex electronic systems.

    Vehicle Maintenance and Repair - Auto Electrical Level 3 Diploma (IMI Awards Ltd):

    This one-year full-time course provides the essential knowledge for auto-electricians working on vehicles in all types of garages, dealerships and maintenance depots. It focuses on faults involving the interaction of more than one auto-electrical system and accurate diagnosis.

    Motor Vehicle - Auto Electrical - Level 3:

    This Level 3 qualification provides the essential knowledge for auto-electricians working on vehicles in all types of garages, dealerships and maintenance depots. It focuses on faults involving the interaction of more than one auto-electrical system and accurate diagnosis.

    The learner will learn about diagnosis and rectification of:
  • Engine Electrical Faults.
  • Transmission and Chassis Electrical Faults.
  • Auxilliary Equipment Electrical Faults.

    The learner will also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace and other skills associated with working in a garage.

    The learner's time will be split between classroom sessions where s/he will learn the underpinning theory and practical workshop sessions where you will apply the theory and develop your skills.

    Australia:

    Certificate IV: Automotive Technology is offered by the South Western Sydney Institute, TAFE NSW:

    The following subjects are part of the qualification:

    Core: Carry out diagnosis of complex system faults. Electives: Implement and monitor environmental regulations in the marine repair industry; Plan and manage compliance with environmental regulations in the mechanical repair industry; Provide technical guidance; Repair instruments and warning systems; Repair starting systems; Service and repair electronic spark ignition engine management systems; Test and service 240V portable generators; Water test vessels; Recondition cylinder heads; Install hydraulic systems to specific applications; plus more.

    India:

    School: EmbiTech India in Chennai, Tamil Nadu:

    This school offers a course entitled Automotive Embedded Systems. It offers the following courses:
  • Controller Area Network(CAN).
  • Transport protocol.
  • MISRA C.
  • UDS protocol (Diagnostic).
  • KWP200 protocol (Diagnostic).

    Some of these competencies are in line with the networking data competencies of this Qualification.

    School: The Hindustan Group of Institutions in Chennai:

    This school offers a course entitled Automotive Engineering. However, details about the course are sketchy.

    Training at Volvo:

    I-CAR Training for Volvo Level 4:

    20% (or a minimum of 1 technician for small body shops):
  • Wheel Alignment and Diagnostic Angles (STE04).
  • Electrical Circuits and DVOM Usage (ELE01).
  • Diagnosis, Testing, and Repair Of Common Electrical Loads (ELE02).
  • Volvo Damage Analysis and Electromechanical Repair (VLV04).
  • Frontal Impact Analysis (DAM02).
  • Mechanical Systems Analysis (DAM03).
  • Restraints, Interior, Glass, Side and Rear Impact Analysis (DAM04).
  • Air Conditioning (AIR01).
  • Restraints (RES01).
  • Advanced Restraints Systems (RES02).
  • Brakes (BRA01).
  • Anti-Lock Brakes and Traction Control Systems (ABR01).
  • Fault Code Retrieval, Diagnosis, and Testing Electronic Systems (ELE03).
  • Lighting, Starting, and Charging Systems (LSC01).

    SADC:

    None of the SADC countries have their own qualifications relating to Autotronics, but use the British City and Guilds Standards for training learners in the automotive field. Namibia has indicated interest in the South African qualifications and may implement this qualification once it has been registered. Namibia is currently in the process of developing vocational certificates for registration on the Namibia Qualifications Framework. Various initiatives are in place to ensure that their qualifications are inline with the South African Qualifications.

    Conclusion:

    The competencies covered in the Further Education and Training Certificate: Autotronics: Autotronics, NQF Level 4 are either similar to or have some or substantial overlap with some of the qualifications that are offered in countries investigated here. While direct and complete comparisons are rarely possible-given the very different contexts in the countries investigated-there are overlaps between this qualification and those internationally. Because it is difficult to figure out the levels of the international qualifications and courses, the comparison was made on the basis of the competencies in this Qualification.

    While this Qualification enjoys significant similarity with the New Zealand qualifications cited here, it is closest to the Certificate: Applied Technology (Autotronics) Level 4, 120 credits. This Qualification also shares many competencies with the Malaysian qualification even though that qualification is taught over a period of 2.5 years.

    The qualifications from the USA cited here focus on troubleshooting of auto-electrical problems at a higher level. A number of auto-electrical related qualifications are also discussed. There is some similarity between this qualification and those from the USA even though the qualifications from the USA go into very specific detail regarding auto-electrical competencies. Perhaps the qualification offered by the Arizona Automotive Institute comes closest to this qualification.

    The Northern Ireland qualification focuses heavily on auto-electrical circuits and circuitry and the competencies therein coincide with those of this Qualification.

    A variety of qualifications from the UK has been cited here. Each one contains some competencies that resonate with this Qualification. The same applies to the Australian qualification cited in this comparability exercise.

    On the whole this qualification compares very favourably with international qualifications/courses or aspects contained therein. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This Qualification lends itself to both vertical and horizontal articulation possibilities.

    Horizontal articulation is possible with the following Qualifications:
  • ID 71949: Further Education and Training Certificate: Automotive Components: Manufacturing and Assembly, NQF Level 4, 138 Credits.
  • ID 78525: Further Education and Training Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance, NQF Level 4, 159 Credits.
  • ID 64549: Further Education and Training Certificate: Automotive Body Repair, NQF Level 4, 135 Credits.
  • ID 64411: Further Education and Training Certificate: Automotive Spray Painting, NQF Level 4, 140 Credits.

    Vertical articulation is possible with the following Qualifications:
  • ID 71969: National Certificate: Automotive components: Manufacturing and Assembly, NQF Level 5, 125 Credits.
  • National Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance, NQF Level 5, 144 Credits. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, and Assurance (ETQA) Body.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation; in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between ETQA's (including professional bodies); and in terms of the moderation guideline detailed immediately below.
  • 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, the integrated competence described in the Qualification and will include competence within core sales and the elective standards relevant to the economic sector.
  • 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 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • A minimum of 4 (four) years' practical, relevant occupational experience.
  • A relevant Qualification at NQF Level 5 or higher.
  • To be registered 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 qualification 22860, "National Certificate: Autotronics", Level 4, 134 credits.
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    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  260677  Diagnose and repair faults on advanced auto electrical circuits  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  376622  Diagnose and repair networking/data transfer systems in automobiles  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  376605  Fit and wire-up auxiliary auto-electrical equipment  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Core  243301  Manage safety and emergency incidences  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  244140  Repair and maintain vehicle air conditioning systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  376640  Test and repair integrated fuel injection and engine control  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  16 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119467  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119465  Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9015  Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119462  Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119469  Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9016  Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119471  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119459  Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  376604  Construct simple electro-pneumatic/hydraulic circuits  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  123258  Foster and maintain customer relations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    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  242816  Conduct a structured meeting  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  12225  Construct and test advanced electronic circuits  Level 4  NQF Level 04  16 
    Elective  260639  Diagnose and repair fuel system components  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  260737  Diagnose and repair vehicle ignition systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  242813  Explain the contribution made by own area of responsibility to the overall organisational strategy  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  114877  Formulate and implement an action plan to improve productivity within an organisational unit  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  335875  Implement and maintain business processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  114589  Manage time productively  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  242819  Motivate and Build a Team  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  116389  Write a technical report  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  376620  Diagnose and repair climate control systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  376660  Diagnose and repair supplementary restraint systems (SRS)  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  376642  Diagnose and repair vehicle convenience systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  16 
    Elective  376623  Diagnose and repair vehicle stability, traction and drive control (VSTDC) systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  16 


    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 Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries 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 Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. BMW SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    2. Dawsons Training Academy (Pty) Ltd (DURBAN) (TP) 
    3. Imperial Technical Training Academy (WADEVILLE) (TP) 
    4. McCarthy Academy Cape Town (BLACKHEATH) (TP) 
    5. McCarthy Automotive Artisan Academy (MIDRAND) (TP) 
    6. McCarthy Automotive Artisans Academy (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    7. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (EAST LONDON) (TP) 
    8. Northlink College - Bellville Campus 
    9. Qualitas Training cc (SELBY) (TP) 
    10. SG Coal (Pty) Ltd (TP) 
    11. The Automobile Association of South Africa NPC T/A The AA Technical College(MIDRAND) (TP) 
    12. The Automobile Association of South Africa T/A AA Training Academy (MO 
    13. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (SANDTON) (TP) 
    14. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT 



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