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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Electronics 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
80306  Further Education and Training Certificate: Electronics 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Electronics   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Quality Assuring Body for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.  The individual NQF Sub-framework for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of the qualification report. 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 10 - Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences  Information Technology and Computer Sciences 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  122  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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 does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

This Qualification is intended for persons who are working or intending to study in the electronics field as Electronics Technicians. Learners accessing this Qualification will be provided with knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to diagnose faults, repair and maintain electronics equipment. Learners will be able to interpret electronic circuits in order to do component level repairs. This Qualification comprise of Unit Standards that will serve as the building blocks towards progression to a NQF Level 5 Qualification in Electronics as part of career advancement.

It will also provide opportunities for those persons who do not have formal education in electronics currently working in the field of electronics for formal recognition of work experience through Recognition of Prior Learning.

Rationale:

Currently the electronics industry is proliferated with individuals who are trained on the job without formal Qualification. Hence the need for a formal Qualification at this level that is targeted for people who wish to join the electronics field or those that are working as general operators performing duties related to fault-finding, repair and maintenance of electronic equipment.

The general perception in the electronics field is that most general operators lack the necessary knowledge and technical skills to meet the global trends regarding repairing and maintaining of newly introduced electronic equipment due to the growing supply of advanced technology competencies that will enable such individuals to perform quality repair and maintenance work. Thus this Qualification will provide learners with the theoretical and practical experience related to electronic environment in order to satisfy client's needs and expectations.

Electronics plays an important role in the national economy in that the majority of industries in the country use technology in order to be productive to sustain economic growth. Therefore, this Qualification will create employment opportunities for general operators to deal with electronics related matters. The Qualification represents the work based needs of employers within the electronics industry in order to develop a pool of qualified electronics operators who progress through learning towards a Qualification as Chief Engineering Technicians at NQF Level 6. This Qualification will facilitate articulation to other Qualifications which include amongst others, mechatronics and autotronics thus facilitating mobility and personal growth within the electronics field and improve productivity in general. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Learners are assumed to be competent in:
  • Communication skills at NQF Level 3, or equivalent.
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 3, or equivalent.
  • Computer literacy at NQF Level 3, or equivalent.

    Access to the Qualification:

    This Qualification is open to learners who have achieved a Qualification at NQF Level 3 or equivalent. Learners who demonstrated competence at NQF Level 3 through recognition of prior learning can also access this Qualification.

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

    This Qualification can be achieved wholly or in part through recognition of prior learning. Learners able to demonstrate competency through the formative and summative assessment processes attached to this Qualification will receive recognition of prior learning. It is assumed that candidates may have been performing duties that reflect competencies contained in this Qualification at the workplace any formal Qualification. 

  • 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 122 credits as detailed below.

    Fundamental Component:

    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 in a First South African Language to the value of 20 credits.
  • Communication in a Second South African Language 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:

    The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 56 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:

    The Elective Component consists of a number of specialisations each with its own set of Unit Standards. Learners are to choose a specialization area and must choose Elective Unit Standards to the value of 10 credits from the Unit standards listed under that specialisation so as to attain a minimum of 122 credits.

    Electronics Specialisation (Learning Programme ID 63849 - ISETT SETA):

    Electrical Cluster:
  • ID 115242: Draw and interpret electrical diagram.
  • ID 119256: Inspect and test electrical circuit.
  • ID 115245: Fabricate aircraft electrical harnesses and looms.
  • ID 14057: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of electrical systems and related concepts.

    Mechanical Cluster:
  • ID 244663: Conduct advanced tests on electro-mechanical components.

    Electronic Cluster:
  • ID 259163: Use software to design and simulate electronics circuits.
  • ID 120228: Demonstrate an understanding of the process of design.

    Telecommunication Cluster:
  • ID 246680: Demonstrate an understanding of Telecommunications Transport concepts and principles.
  • ID 246665: Perform operational activities on digital microwave radio systems.
  • ID 246670: Demonstrate an understanding of the value added services platforms used in a telecommunications environment.
  • ID 246656: Demonstrate an understanding of the basic equipment and components used in a telecommunications environment.

    Automotive Cluster:
  • ID 12229: Fit and wire up auxiliary auto-electrical equipment.
  • ID 259144: Perform industrial repair inspections.

    Generic Cluster:
  • ID 9532: Demonstrate basic knowledge of computers.
  • ID 117499: Demonstrate entrepreneurial competence.
  • ID 114598: Demonstrate an understanding of entrepreneurial profile.
  • ID 259138: Apply soldering techniques for thru-hole and surface mount technologies.

    Electronics Manufacturing Specialisation (Learning Programme ID 80307 - MERSETA):

    Electronic Manufacturing and Assembly Cluster:
  • ID 252384: Demonstrate knowledge of the physics of sound.
  • ID 116280: Demonstrate understanding of warehouse manufacturing and inventory assembly.
  • ID 244614: Describe and explain the physical, emotional and psychological impact of noise on social well being.
  • ID 259166: Rework and repair electronics assemblies.
  • ID 244101: Use a panel or a computer interface to control a process.
  • ID 244106: Use standard operating procedures to control a process from a panel or computer interface. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Communicate in a variety of ways to achieve personal and workplace objectives.

    2. Apply mathematics and physics principles to determine the specific values in electronics circuits.

    3. Operate electronics equipment and instruments.

    4. Apply knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts of electronics circuits.

    5. Rework and repair electronic circuits and systems.

    6. Demonstrate entrepreneurial skills in the electronics environment.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes (CCFOs):

    This Qualification promotes, in particular, the following Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    Unit standard CCFO Identifying:
  • Identifying and solving problems related to damages and malfunctioning of the electronics equipment by using relevant test instruments for repair purposes in order meet the Occupational Health and Safety regulations.

    Unit standard CCFO Working:
  • Working effectively with others by coordinating activities pertaining to the repair work and when referring repaired equipment for quality assurance purposes.

    Unit standard CCFO Organising:
  • Planning and preparing oneself by organising time and resources needed to be used for repairing electronic equipment.

    Unit Standard CCFO Science:
  • Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and others by understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately to retrieve, manage information and solve problems as well as facilitating communication.

    Unit standard CCFO Understanding the world as a set of related systems:
  • Recognise that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation by using electrical, mechanical and electronics knowledge and skills to repair electronic equipment. 

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

    1.1 Verbal and non-verbal communication skills are applied when interacting with team members, supervisors and clients in the working environment.
    1.2 The role of feedback is explained in terms of its effect on the team members and the client.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:

    2.1 Calculations are performed in order to determine specific unknown values.
    2.2 Laws of Physics are applied in order to determine specific values in electronics circuits.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:

    3.1 Different equipments are identified and explained in term their uses for measuring, power supply and signal injection.
  • Range: Different equipment included but is not limited to oscilloscope, multi meter, logic probe, function generator, RF generator, spectrum analyser, logic analyser, a.c and d.c variable power supply.
    3.2 Measuring results are explained in terms of their impact in fault-finding activities.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:

    4.1 Circuits and diagrams are reproduced in accordance with design standards.
    4.2 Values of components in circuits are determined to ensure operation.
    4.3 The operation of circuits is explained in terms of specific functions.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:

    5.1 Trouble-shooting of circuits is performed safely and in accordance with manufacturer's specifications.
    5.2 Faulty components are replaced without damage to the PC Board and adjacent components according to soldering and de-soldering procedures.
    5.3 PC boards are checked for short/open circuits to ensure that repairs are done in accordance with design specifications.
    5.4 Standard maintenance procedures are followed in order to determine the functioning of the system.
    5.5 Calibration is carried out on systems in order to ensure the functioning of the system.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:

    6.1 The importance for creating a business venture in the electronics environment is explained with examples.
    6.2 The need to develop, interpret and utilise a business plan is explained for the purpose of starting a new business venture.
    6.3 The need to conduct a business analysis in order to establish the viability of a market of electronics products and services is explained with examples.
    6.4 The process of managing and controlling stock activities is explained to ensure compliance with procedures.
    6.5 The importance of developing a business promotion plan is explained with examples.
    6.6 The characteristics of a successful entrepreneur are identified and explained in the context of skills, personality and values.
    6.7 The strategies required for a successful entrepreneurship is explained in order to identify strengths, weaknesses and ways to improve.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Assessment should be focused on the candidate's ability to apply their theoretical knowledge and understanding in authentic contexts. Assessors should use a range of strategies, which will allow candidates to demonstrate applied competence. Applied competence (practical, foundational and reflective) competencies regarding electronics knowledge and skills will be achieved if a candidate can integrate the various outcomes of the Unit Standards of this Qualification. Assessment strategies and procedures should be aligned with the purpose and exist level outcomes of the Qualification. They should consists of projects, written assignment, tests and examinations and also include a variety of problem solving assignments, portfolios of learning, materials and projects. The Qualification should be assessed on the basis of evidence of demonstrated performance in the workplace or in simulated work situations designed to draw upon similar performance to that required at the workplace.

    All Exit Level Outcomes, Critical Cross-Field Outcomes, and Essential Embedded Knowledge required by the component Unit Standards are to be assessed. Evidence of the achievement of the Critical Cross-Field Outcomes should be found both in performance and in explaining and applying the essential embedded knowledge. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The electronics industry is a highly recognized sector in that the modern world relies on electrical and electronics devices which impact considerably on the domestic and business world. Due to the fact that the electrical and electronic engineering field is broad and vibrant and interfacing with physics, computer science and engineering, the comparison was made on Qualifications that deal with basic electronics and electrical engineering, which include electronic components.

    The leaders in the field for this subject field in terms of Qualifications and provision are Japan, United States of America (USA) and Germany. In addition, other countries such as New Zealand, United Kingdom, Australia, India, China and Southern African Developing Countries (SADC) regions also offer short courses in this field. Countries such as China and India are considered to be leading in electronics products, but unfortunately such information could not be accessed. The research revealed that most countries offered qualifications in engineering qualifications of which electronics forms part, and they were pitched at a Degree, Honours and Masters including PhDs levels. Although the USA, Japan and Germany were recommended to be the leading countries in electronics, unfortunately such information was not accessible.

    United States of America (USA):

    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -USA (IEEE-USA) is an organisational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers international, Inc., that is created to promote the careers and public policy interests of the more than 235 000 electrical, electronics, computer and software engineers including the promotion of engineering awareness and encouraging technological literacy reaching out to two different segments of the public - from nine-13 year-olds and to adults. The IEEE-USA produces a range of distance-learning packs for training and educational use in the electrical engineering, electronics, and manufacturing and computer software industries. However, most of the Qualifications accessed that are recognized by the IEEE in the USA are predominantly offered at a degree level thus making it difficult to find compare with the South African Qualification at NQF Level 3.

    Electronics Supply Centre, USA:

    Basic Electronics for schools:

    The search has identified a certificate course that compares favourably with the South African Qualification as it provides basic knowledge packaged for beginners in the electronics field. The course is divided into four modules comprised of different lessons in each module. These modules can be benchmarked against the Unit Standards contained in the South African Qualification that provides learners with key competencies contained in the lessons provided in each module. The modules are depicted as follows:

    Basic Electronics DC (direct Current):
  • Lesson 1: Basic electronics theories and principles.
  • Lesson 2: Series Circuits.
  • Lesson 3: Parallel Circuits.
  • Lesson 4: Combination Circuits.
  • Lesson 5: Rheostats, symbols of variables and potentiometers.

    Basic Electronics AC (Alternating Current):
  • Lesson 1: Magnetism.
  • Lesson 2: Sine Wave Voltages.
  • Lesson 3: Basic principles of Capacitors.
  • Lesson 4: Capacitors (reactance and various types of capacitors).
  • Lesson 5: Inductors (self induced voltages and calculation of inductors in series).
  • Lesson 6: Inductors (Autotransformers).
  • Lesson 7: RLC Circuits.

    Basic Electronics (Semiconductors):
  • Lesson 1: The Atom.
  • Lesson 2: Diodes.
  • Lesson 3: Bipolar Junction Transistors (NPN and PNP).
  • Lesson 4: Field Effect Transistors.
  • Lesson 5: Specialty Devices (Semiconductor devices).

    Basic Electronics (Power Supplies):
  • Lesson 1: Rectifying circuits.
  • Lesson 2: Filtering.
  • Lesson 3: Regulators (I.C Regulator circuits, switch mode regulators).
  • Lesson 4: UPS System (uninterruptible power supplies).

    Skagit Valley College, USA:

    Short Courses:
  • Electronics Fundamentals I [5 credits]:
    > Departmental standards on laboratory conduct, reporting, and safety.
    > Ohm's law.
    > Watt's law.
    > Series circuits.
    > Parallel circuits.
    > Series-parallel circuits.
    > Computer solutions.
    > Voltage and current dividers.
    > Resistance, voltage and current meters.
    > Conductors and insulators.
    > Kirchoff's voltage law.
    > Kirchoff's current law.
    > Network theorems.
  • Electronic Fundamentals II [5 credits]:
    > Organisational standards on laboratory conduct, reporting and safety.
    > Review of DC concepts.
    > Introduction to AC Theory.
    > Inductors and Capacitors.
    > Reactance and Impedance.
    > RL, RC and RLC circuit analysis and characteristics.

    Penn Foster Career College, USA:

    Electronics Technician Certificate:

    This course is a distance learning course which provides skills and techniques needed to begin a career as an Electronics Technician. Due to the fact that this course is distance learning, it may be completed between a few months or two years depending of the choice and circumstances of the learner. Learners completing this course will be able to:
  • Work as a service technician in the growing field of computers and office machinery.
  • Work for an existing electronics services business, or begin one of your own.

    The course content includes:

    Instruction Set 1:
  • Learning Strategies.
  • Introduction to Electronics.

    Instruction Set 2:
  • Nature of Electricity.
  • Practical Exercise 1.

    Instruction Set 3:
  • Conductors, Insulators, and Batteries.
  • Circuit Analysis and Ohms Law.
  • Multi-meter Usage Manual.
  • Practical Exercise 2.

    Instruction Set 4:
  • Basic Measuring Instruments.
  • Electronics Hardware.
  • Switches.
  • Practical Exercise 3.

    Instruction Set 5:
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetism.
  • Capacitors and Inductors.
  • Basic Semiconductor Components: Diodes.
  • Basic Semiconductor Components: Transistors.
  • Practical Exercise: 4.

    Instruction Set 6:
  • Alternating Current.
  • Capacitors in AC Circuits.
  • Inductors in AC Circuits.
  • Transformers.
  • Practical Exercise 5.

    Instruction Set 7:
  • Reactance and Impedance.
  • Resonant Circuits.
  • Applications of Resonant Circuits.
  • Practical Exercise 6.

    Instruction Set 8:
  • Rectifiers and Power Supplies.
  • Amplifiers.
  • Oscillators.
  • Fiber Optic and Optoelectronic Components.
  • Practical Exercise 7.

    Instruction Set 9:
  • Electronic Sensors.
  • Modulation and Detection Circuits.
  • Electronic Devices and Amplifiers.
  • Using Basic Oscilloscopes.
  • Practical Exercise 8.

    Instruction Set 10:
  • Audio and RF Circuits.
  • Oscillator and Feedback Waveforms.
  • Electronic Power Supplies.
  • Practical Exercise 9.

    Instruction Set 11:
  • Resonant Circuits.
  • Applications of Resonant Circuits.
  • Pulse Generators and Techniques.
  • Waveshaping Circuits.
  • Timing and Synchronization.
  • Pulse Circuit Applications.
  • Troubleshooting Pulse Circuits.

    Instruction Set 12:
  • Logic Circuit Fundamentals.
  • Introduction to Number Systems.
  • Logic Devices and Diagrams.
  • Logic Families.
  • Applications of Logic Circuits.
  • Troubleshooting Logic Circuits.

    Instruction Set 13:
  • Linear and Digital Integrated Circuits.
  • Integrated Circuit Techniques.
  • Linear Integrated Circuits.
  • Digital Integrated Circuits.
  • Linear and Digital Principles.
  • Integrated Circuit Logic Systems.
  • Troubleshooting Linear and Digital IC Systems.

    Instruction Set 14:
  • Experiments with Pulse Circuits.
  • Experiments with Logic Circuits.
  • Experiments with Linear Integrated Circuits.

    Instruction Set 15:
  • Industrial Computer Fundamentals.
  • Digital and Analogy Systems.
  • Software and Programming Systems.
  • Computer Aided Control.
  • Interfacing Principles.

    Canada, Toronto:

    George Brown College:

    Electronics Technician Certificate:

    George Brown College offers the Electronics Technician Certificate programme that is targeting technicians who work in the field of consumer, commercial and industrial electronics. Many schools and organisations, which have adopted it as part of their training programmes, use the programme. People who intend to work within the electronics environment thus preparing them for employment can also access the programme. The programme offered on a modular basis with at least 23 Modules and most of the Modules offered here above are comparing favourably with the South African Qualification. The duration of the programme is 32 weeks. The Modules are as follows:
  • Introduction to Electronics.
  • Current, Voltage and Resistance.
  • Ohm's Law, Power and Energy.
  • Series Circuits.
  • Parallel Circuits.
  • Series Parallel Circuits.
  • DC Measuring Instruments.
  • Network Theorems.
  • Magnetism.
  • Magnetic Circuits.
  • Alternating Voltage and Current.
  • Digital Electronics.
  • AC Measuring Instruments.
  • Capacitance and Capacitors.
  • Inductance and Inductors.
  • Transformers.
  • Alternating Current Circuits.
  • Resonance.
  • Semiconductor Fundamentals.
  • Coupling and Filter Circuits.
  • Transistors and Thyristors.
  • Amplifier Circuits.
  • Integrated Circuits.

    Fiji Islands - South Pacific:

    Fiji Institute of Technology: School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering:

    Trade Certificate in Electronics Engineering:

    Fiji is a highly recognized institution that is registered as an Academy that offers very dynamic comprehensive programmes to school leavers who wish to pursue training in electrical and electronics engineering and their allied industries. The above programme compare favourably with the South African Qualification (Introductory Electronics, NQF Level 3) in terms of the units offered except Applied Mathematics unit although the level of the Qualification is not known. The certificate is comprised of the following units:
  • Basic electronics.
  • Applied Mathematics.
  • Electrical Principles.
  • Electronics fundamentals.
  • Electrical Measurements.
  • Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Digital Electronics.
  • Analogue Electronics.
  • Components and Measurements.
  • Computer Applications.
  • Technical communication.
  • Workshop Practice.
  • Electronics Project.

    Japan (Japan Qualifications Authority):

    Tasmanian Secondary Assessment Board:

    The following programme is offered:
  • EL772 C, EL770 B: Introduction to Electronics.

    The syllabuses are designed particularly for students with an interest in Electronics. The opportunity to develop a knowledge and understanding of Electronics through practical experience is offered. Syllabus is designed to be taught and assessed as either a 150 hour 'C' Course or a two 100 hours 'B' Courses.

    Learners who complete the course are able to:
  • Understand and apply fundamental concepts of electronics.
  • Plan, construct and test circuits.
  • Undertake electrical measurements.
  • Demonstrate safe working practices.
  • Research, record and recall information.
  • Solve problems.
  • Communicate ideas and information in a variety of ways.

    The course outline is as follows:
  • Electrical Safety.
  • Fundamental Aspects.
  • Basic Electrical Concepts.
  • Transistors as Switches.
  • Transistors as Amplifiers.
  • Timing Circuits.
  • Switching Circuits.
  • Audio/Radio.
  • Power Supplies.
  • Semiconductor Logic Circuits.
  • Combination of Gates.
  • Introduction to the 555 Timer.
  • Negotiated Project (possibly related to the 555 Timer).

    United Kingdom (UK):

    The comparison was done using the National Database of Accredited Qualifications (Qualification and Curriculum Authority) in which electronics related Qualifications found were at NVQ Level.

    Edexcel: BTEC National Certificate in Electrical/Electronic Engineering (4322):

    Edexcel is known to be the largest awarding body in the United Kingdom, which develops a diverse range of vocational and academic Qualifications including courses. The 'BTEC National Certificate in Electrical/Electronic Engineering is at the UK NQF Level 3, which has an equivalence level between our NQF Levels 4 and 5. The comparison was done focusing on the level, content and outcomes of the Qualification that is equivalent to our Level 3 Qualification. Although this is a 12-unit Qualification which is made up of six core Unit Standards and six specialist Unit Standards which compare slightly with few of our Unit Standards as follows:
  • Electrical and Electronic principles.
  • Digital electronics.
  • Analogue electronics.
  • Electronic fault finding.
  • Further Electrical Principles.
  • Health, Safety and Welfare.

    New Zealand:

    Electro Technology Industry Training Organisation: National Certificate in Electronics Technology (Level 3):

    This Qualification is designed for people who are interested in electronics who may wish to pursue further training and employment in this field. The Qualification has been developed for people interested in electronics who may wish to pursue further raining and employment in this field and is offered in high schools. Some of the units standards contained in this Qualification compares favourably with the South African Qualification as it addresses basic knowledge and skills of electronics although it is comprised of 43 credits as follows:
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of basic semiconductor devices.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of basic digital and analogue electronic concepts.
  • Describe the development of a new electronic product.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of signals and the transmission of information.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of electronic product quality and reliability.
  • Demonstrate and apply basic knowledge of microcontrollers.

    In addition, there are Unit Standards identified which do not form part of any Qualification within the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, pegged at level 3 which are core electronics for electronics technicians that compare favourably with the South African Qualification. These are:
  • Demonstrate and apply introductory knowledge of d.c. principles for electronics technicians.
  • Demonstrate and apply introductory knowledge of a.c. principles for electronics technicians.
  • Demonstrate and apply introductory knowledge of digital electronics for electronics technicians.
  • Demonstrate and apply introductory knowledge of analogue electronics for electronics technicians.

    Universal College of Learning, New Zealand:

    Certificate in Electronics and Electrical Technology, Level 3:

    This programme is designed to provide new entrants with knowledge and skills in the field of electronics. The programme is targeting individuals who are interested in a career in the electrical and electronics industries as well as offering the stepping-stone to gain broad education and training in this field. The programme compares favourably with our Qualification in terms of the content, duration and level as well as covering the fundamental component in relation to mathematical and communication literacy, including computer skills. The course content is as follows:
  • Communication.
  • Digital electronics.
  • Introduction to measurement and fault diagnosis.
  • Introductory physics.
  • Electronics theory.
  • Electrical theory.

    Zimbabwe:

    In relation to South African developing countries (SADC), it has been discovered that countries in the SADC region tend to benchmark their Qualifications against the South African Qualifications. The only country found to provide a programme in the subject field is Zimbabwe through SIRDC (Electronics and Communications Institute) which offers technology transfer and training services in specialized areas of electronics, electronics circuit design and electronic instrumentation which does not compare fairly well with the standards offered by the South African Qualification in that the content/modules of their programme that is partly relevant to our Qualification but not addressed at this level are:
  • Electronic circuit design fundamentals.
  • Electronic instrumentation and control.

    Conclusion:

    The South African Qualification compares with the aspects of other qualifications identified but not in heir entirety. Our Qualification falls well within the occupational profiles and training standards of the other relevant countries that we have investigated. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This Qualification articulates horizontally with the following registered Qualifications:
  • ID 48978: Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Network Control, NQF Level 4.
  • Certificate: Electrical Engineering, NQF Level 4.
  • National Certificate: Electrical Technology: FET Phase, NQF Level 4.
  • ID 48978: Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Network Control, NQF Level 4.
  • ID 58861: Further Education and Training Certificate: Electro-Mechanical Winding, NQF Level 4.
  • ID 59731: Further Education and Training Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance, NQF Level 4.

    This Qualification articulates vertically with the following Qualification:
  • National Certificate: Electronics Engineering Technology, NQF Level 5. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments. Moderation of assessments will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and agreed ETQA procedures. This Qualification can be internally assessed by assessors of the provider and moderated by a moderator registered with the relevant ETQA. Moderation shall comply with SAQA requirements. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Assessors for this Qualification will hold a NQF Level 5 Qualification in Electronics or equivalent Qualification in related disciplines within the field of electronics, or will be competent in the outcomes of this Qualification and have at least two years experience in the field. The Assessor must include both internal and external moderation of assessments.

    Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification or its Unit Standards must be a constituent registered assessor with the relevant accredited ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant accredited ETQA. 

    NOTES 
    As per the SAQA decision, after consultation with the Quality Councils, to re-register all qualifications and part qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework that meet the criteria for re-registration, this qualification has been re-registered from 1 July 2012.
    Knowledge of basic computer is essential therefore it is encouraged that learners must choose from the elective components any Unit Standards together with a computer unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  253094  Perform electronic fault-finding  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  14939  Assemble a personal computer or handheld computer and peripherals from modules  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  246659  Demonstrate an Understanding of basic electrical and electronic principles  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  259139  Demonstrate and apply knowledge of basic digital electronic principles  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  259142  Demonstrate knowledge of applied communications technology  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  259170  Operate electronic test instruments  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  113873  Understand basic electrical and mechanical engineering principles  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  259137  Analyse fault reports and make decisions according to work policies and procedures  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  259169  Construct DC power supplies  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    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  246680  Demonstrate an understanding of Telecommunications Transport concepts and principles  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  120228  Demonstrate an understanding of the process of design  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9532  Demonstrate basic knowledge of computers  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  115242  Draw and interpret electrical diagrams  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  115245  Fabricate aircraft electrical looms and harnesses  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  259138  Apply soldering techniques for thru-hole and surface mount technologies  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  244663  Conduct advanced tests on electro-mechanical components  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  114598  Demonstrate an understanding of an entrepreneurial profile  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  246656  Demonstrate an understanding of the basic equipment and components used in a telecommunications environment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  246670  Demonstrate an understanding of the value added services platforms used in a telecommunications environment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  117499  Demonstrate entrepreneurial competence  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Elective  14057  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of electrical systems and related concepts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  116280  Demonstrate understanding of warehouse manufacturing and inventory assembly  Level 4  NQF Level 04  20 
    Elective  244614  Describe and explain the physical, emotional and psychological impact of noise on social well being  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  12229  Fit and wire up auxiliary auto-electrical equipment  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Elective  119256  Inspect and test electrical circuits  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259144  Perform industrial repair inspection for quality control  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  246665  Perform operational activities on-Digital Microwave Radio systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04  15 
    Elective  244101  Use a panel or a computer interface to control a process  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259163  Use software to develop and simulate electronic circuit  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  244106  Use standard operating procedures to control a process from a panel or computer interface  Level 4  NQF Level 04  15 
    Elective  252384  Demonstrate knowledge of the physics of sound  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  259168  Inspect and design of looms and harnesses  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  259166  Rework and repair electronics assemblies  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Provider Pre-2009
    NQF Level
    NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
    Assuring
    Body
    NQF Sub-Framework
    63849  Further Education and Training Certificate: Electronics  Generic Provider - Field 10  Level 4  NQF Level 04  122     MICTS  OQSF 
    80307  Further Education and Training Certificate: Electronics: Electronics Manufacturing  Generic Provider - Field 10  Level 4  NQF Level 04  122     MERSETA  OQSF 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES: 
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