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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Certificate in Telecommunications for Customer Premises Equipment 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
21799  Certificate in Telecommunications for Customer Premises Equipment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Telecommunications 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
MICTS - Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  135  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-ELOAC 
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 does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Learners assessed competent against this qualification will be able to Install and Maintain Complex Customer Premises Equipment within the Telecommunications Industry. Depending on the selection of the electives, they will be able to provide support and train customers, organise resources, schedule activities, conduct periodic quality testing and recover customer equipment. The learners will be able to perform work in the fixed-line and wireless telecommunications environment.


Rationale for the qualification

This qualification reflects the workplace-based needs of the Telecommunications Industry as expressed by stakeholders. This qualification provides the learner with accessibility to be employed within the Telecommunications Industry. The qualification also provides the learner with flexibility to articulate in the Telecommunications environment with a wide variety of specialisation options and articulation within the Telecommunications Industry, Information Technology and Electronic Industry.

The level of flexibility within the range of electives will allow the individual to pursue a career as a specialist as an installer and maintainer of complex CPE. The competencies achieved from the electives will serve as foundational knowledge and skills relevant to other disciplines.

The most important need for this qualification is to provide recognition for prior learning. There are no registered CPE qualifications for the industry on NQF level 3. CPE equipment is installed, maintained, upgraded and programmed on a daily basis. Training is currently not provided against nationally recognised qualifications.

This qualification will promote portability and accessibility within the Telecommunications, Electronic and Information Technology environment. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Knowledge, comprehension and application of language, mathematics, and natural science at NQF level 3. Cabling and wiring of telecommunications networks for CPE, installation & maintenance knowledge of complex customer premises equipment, principles of electronics / electricity, occupational health & safety practices and computer literacy.


Recognition of prior learning

This qualification may be achieved in part or whole through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. RPL will be conducted according to the guidelines and policies as stipulated by SAQA and the relevant ETQA. Point 13 (moderation) explains further. 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

QUALIFICATION RULES 
  • All Fundamental unit standards are compulsory (36 Credits)
  • All Core unit standards are compulsory ( 78 Credits)
  • A selection of Elective unit standards (minimum of 10 Credits)

    The level assigned to this qualification is appropriate as it is done according to SAQA's level descriptors. The following is illustrated about the qualification:
  • The process requires familiarity with the main areas of a discipline/subject.
  • A basic understanding of the discipline's key terms.
  • Familiarity with basic procedures and operations.
  • An ability to use the above to select appropriate procedures to solve familiar routine problems within given frameworks.
  • An ability to summarise, interpret and take a position on available information.
  • Well-developed literacy and numeracy skills in the required medium of instruction.

    This qualification will enable the qualifying learner to articulate to other Telecommunication specialisation domains at NQF level 3 and will allow progress to the Certificate in Telecommunication for Customer Premises Equipment NQF 4.

    The qualification consists of fundamental, core and elective components.

    Fundamental
    A learner must achieve or demonstrate his/her competence in the field of Communication Studies and Language (20 credits), and Science & Mathematical (16 credits).

    Core & Elective
    The unit standards in Appendix A reflect the skills and competencies needed in order to be transportable in the Telecommunication environment.

    The following embedded knowledge is applicable to this qualification:
  • Apply oral and written communication when liaising with the industry.
  • Complete documentation when preparing and conducting work within the industry.
  • Apply decision making and problem solving skills before and during work performed within the industry.
  • Demonstrate understanding of product facilities and operations within the industry.
  • Follow the industry's employer's policies and procedures.
  • Reach agreement with the industry through negotiation.
  • Facilitate co-operation between industry role-players.
  • Apply light current electrical principles when work is performed within the industry.
  • Apply faultfinding procedures when work is performed within the industry.
  • Utilise test equipment when work is performed within the industry.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the correct use of tools when work is performed within the industry.
  • Demonstrate computer literacy when work is performed within the industry.

    In the core component of the qualification a learner must achieve or demonstrate his/her competence in the 78 credits within the core group of unit standards.

    The elective component of the qualification enables the person to pursue a learning path with interests of his/her own that can contribute to other learning pathways, such as providing training, installing information technology software and customer service.

    A minimum of10 credits must be chosen from the electives in order to achieve the minimum 123 credits of the qualification.

    An average learner is currently taking 880 notional hours in order to achieve the learning outcomes as described within the core and elective group of the unit standards. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Install, maintain and recover complex Customer Premises Equipment.

    2. Provide customer training and support on complex Customer Premises Equipment.

    3. Organise resources in terms of installation and maintenance of complex Customer Premises Equipment.

    4. Conduct quality testing and inspection on installations and maintenance of complex Customer Premises Equipment.

    5. Cut over and commission complex Customer Premises Equipment.

    6. Install antenna & antenna feeder for telecommunication equipment and PC based Customer Premises Equipment.

    7. Operate complex test equipment and perform a functional equipment test. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Installation is planned and prepared according to job requirements, test procedures, customer specifications and needs.
  • Installation is conducted and concluded according to technical, job, equipment specifications, quality practice, test procedures and employer's policies and procedures.
  • Maintenance is planned, conducted and concluded according to employer's policies and procedures, job requirements, equipment specifications and the maintenance process.
  • Recovery is planned and prepared according to employer's policies and procedures, job requirements, customer relation guidelines, equipment specifications and Health and Safety regulations.
  • Recovery is executed and concluded according to job and equipment specifications, customer requirements, and employer's policies and procedures.


    2.
  • Customer training is planned and prepared according to employer's policies and procedures, customer needs and requirements and health & safety regulations.
  • Customer training is conducted and concluded according to product specifications, customer need, employer's policies and procedures and industry practice.
  • Customer support is provided according to employer's policies and procedures, job requirements, customer need and requirements.


    3.
  • Resources are identified and obtained according to job requirements and employer's policies and procedures.
  • Resources are validated and controlled according to employer's policies and procedures and job requirements.


    4.
  • Quality testing is planned and prepared according to job, site and equipment specifications and employer's policies and procedures.
  • Quality testing is conducted and concluded according to employer's policies and procedures, customer requirements, manufacturer's and equipment specifications.
  • Quality inspection is planned and prepared according to customer specifications, job order, equipment specifications and employer's policies and procedures.
  • Quality inspection is conducted and concluded according to employer's policies and procedures, customer requirements, manufacturer's and equipment specifications and Health and Safety regulations.


    5.
  • Cut over is planned and prepared according to employer's policies and procedures, customer and job requirements and job instruction.
  • Cut over is executed and concluded according to employer's policies and procedures, customer and job requirements and job specification.
  • Commissioning is planned and prepared according to employer's policies and procedures, equipment specifications, job requirements and electrical regulations / standards.
  • Commissioning is conducted and concluded according to employer's policies and procedures, equipment and manufacturer specifications, job and customer requirements and electrical regulations / standards.


    6.
  • Antenna installation is planned and prepared according to employer's policies and procedures, job order and requirements, manufacturer specifications, IEC standards, equipment specifications, signal strength, customer requirements and coverage.
  • Antenna installation is conducted and concluded according to equipment specifications, statutory regulations, health and safety regulations and signal strength requirements.
  • PC Based customer equipment installation is planned and prepared according to employer's policies and procedures, job requirements, role-player's and customer requirements, equipment and manufacturer specifications and work instructions.
  • PC Based customer equipment installation is conducted and concluded according to employer's policies and procedures, job requirements, role-player's and customer requirements, equipment and manufacturer specifications work instructions and health and safety regulations.


    7.
  • Operation of test equipment is planned and prepared according to job requirements, to employer's policies and procedures, manufacturer specifications and job specifications.
  • Operation of test equipment is conducted and concluded according to employer's policies and procedures and manufacturer specifications.

  • Functional equipment test is planned and prepared according to employer's policies and procedures, job requirements, equipment and manufacturer specifications.
  • Functional equipment test is conducted and concluded according to employer's policies and procedures, job specifications, equipment and manufacturer specifications.


    Integrated Assessment Criteria:

    The practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies demonstrated for the group of unit standards in this qualification must proof that the whole competence is more than the sum of the parts of the competencies.

    Oral or written questioning regarding the reflective competencies within the qualification is essential. If the identifying and solving of problems, team work, organising one-self, the using of applied science, the implication of actions and reactions in the world as a set of related systems are not clear from the observation through a method of oral or written questioning, a case study can also be used to determine the person's development and integration of applied knowledge and skills.

    The preparation, planning, conducting and concluding telecommunications related installations, maintenance, planning & design, and quality assurance can be assessed in one application.

    Applicable assessment tool(s) must be used to establish the foundational, reflective and embedded knowledge to problem solving and application of the world as a set of related systems within the Telecommunications environment.

    A detailed portfolio of evidence is required to proof the practical, applied and foundational competencies of the learner.

    Assessors and moderators should develop and conduct their own integrated assessment by making 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.

    Unit standards in the qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field outcomes. During integrated assessments the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and should assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The following facets were the focus of international (and national) benchmarking, which occurred continually throughout the Project:
  • The standards writing approach
  • Contents of the standards themselves
  • Appropriateness of the chosen standard format
  • The type of unit standards developed by the Telecommunications Industry within countries like Australia and New Zealand. The Unit standard titles are similar but the content of the standard is different because of the business culture in the South African Telecommunications Industry.

    Standards and qualifications that have been used for benchmarking thus far:
  • Australian's and New Zealand's qualifications and standards.

    It is the TSGB's intent to continue benchmarking with other countries and other relevant unit standards within South Africa. Benchmarking with the United Kingdom will be pursued.

    Benchmarking with international qualifications becomes difficult because the methodology of how they developed qualifications is not known. The content does not apply to the NQF. Australia has similar qualifications. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification has been developed for professional practice across the Telecommunications Industry. The intent is to ensure professionalism within the Telecommunications Industry and ensuring the increase of occupational performance standards in general.

    It is applicable to micro and macro businesses. The qualification builds on other certificates from a range of sub-sectors and will provide articulation with a range of qualifications in both management, information technology and service areas of practice. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderation must include internal and external moderation of assessments. Internal and external moderation systems must ensure that all assessors produce assessments that are credible, fair, reliable and practicable.

    Internal and external moderation systems must provide learning opportunities that are transparent, affordable and enhancing development in the field and sub-field of the Framework.

    The accredited provider with the relevant ETQA must be able to provide internal moderation.

    External moderation will be done by the relevant ETQA according to the particular ETQA's policies and guidelines (now in process to be developed and finalised at the different ETQA's) for assessment and moderation. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against unit standards:
  • Assessment activities should focus on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then assessment should be focused around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Ensure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Ensure that the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, in order for the candidate to achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they are confident that the performance is reproducible.
  • Assessment should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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