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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Sugar Processing 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
48399  Further Education and Training Certificate: Sugar Processing 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
AgriSETA - Agriculture SETA  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation  Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  140  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 does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
This Qualification is aimed at level 4 on the National Qualification Framework. It provides learners with the opportunity to obtain competence in controlling sugar processing operations. It also provides the learner with the opportunity to gain competence in selected specialised fields including extraction, sugar refining or laboratory practice.

The fundamental learning, which learners will acquire, will allow them to be able to compile verbal and written communications and perform essential calculations. The core learning will enable the learner to oversee and control unit operations in a sugar processing factory. This Qualification complies with the objectives of the NQF with regard to facilitating access to, mobility and progression within the sugar processing industry.

The Qualification focuses on the skills, knowledge, values and attitude required to progress in industry. The intention is to release the potential of people, in order for them to grow, develop and become more competent workers in industry and the sugar processing industry in particular. This Qualification will furthermore add value to the individuals, their workplace and the economy as a whole.


Rationale

This Qualification is aimed at people who are working in the sugar processing industry or who would like to start a career in the industry. It provides further learning for learners who have completed the National Certificate in Sugar Processing NQF 2 and therefore facilitates/supports career progression. The Qualification provides learners with access to more advanced learning within the sugar processing industry. It also provides learners with the necessary background knowledge and skills to be portable within other Industries.

Through the above the Qualification will address one of the key priorities of the Department of Labour in the reduction of unemployment and under employment. It will assist in creating job opportunities and to create a better nation at large. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Learners are assumed to:
  • Have attained competence in mathematics and communication skills at NQF 3 or equivalent.
  • Have attained the National Certificate in Sugar Processing NQF 2 or demonstrated competence at that level through recognition of prior learning.

    Recognition of prior learning:

    This Qualification may be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. Where RPL is required the learner will need to prove competence in that specific area in order to obtain recognition of that skill and knowledge.

    Evidence can be presented in a variety of forms, including international or previous local Qualifications, reports, testimonials mentioning functions performed, work records, portfolios, videos of practice and performance records. The assessment methods and tools to be used to assess Prior Learning shall be decided upon jointly by the assessor and the learner. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This Qualification consists of a minimum of 140 credits taken from 57 Fundamental, 72 Core and a minimum of 11 credits from the Elective area of specialisation.

    The learner will have demonstrated an ability to make decisions and consider a range of options after completion of the following Unit Standards in three specified areas:

    Fundamental learning:
    Language
  • Engage in Sustained Oral Communication and Evaluate Spoken Texts (ID No. 8974)
  • Read, Analyse and Respond to a Variety of Texts (ID No 8975)
  • Write for a Wide Range of Texts (ID No 8976)
  • Use the Writing Process to Compose Texts Required in the Business Environment (ID No 12153)

    Second Language
  • Accommodate Audience and Context Needs in Oral Communication (ID No 8968)
  • Interpret and Use Information from Texts (ID No 8969)
  • Write Texts for a Range of Communicative Contexts (ID No 8970)
  • Use the Writing Process to Compose Texts Required in the Business Environment (ID No 8973)
    Mathematics
  • Work with a Wide Range of Patterns and Inverse Functions and Solve Related Problems (ID No 7470)
  • Find the Derivative and Integrals of a Range of Functions Including the Trigonometric Functions and Apply these to Problems (ID No 7481)
  • Find the Derivatives and Antiderivatives of a Range of Simple Functions and Apply these to Problems Involving Curve Sketching, Areas Under Curves, Maxima and Minima and Rates of Change (ID No 7482)
  • Describe, Represent, Analyse and Explain Changes in Shape and Motion in 2- and 3- Dimentional Space with Justification (ID No 7484)

    Core learning:
  • Explain the Sugar Cane Processing Value Chain
  • Apply the Terms Pol, Brix & Purity
  • Monitor Health & Safety Policies
  • Demonstrate Knowledge and Operations of Mechanical and Electrical Systems (ID No 12058)
  • Demonstrate a Knowledge of Fundamental Chemical and Physical Reactions
  • Control Clarification Operations
  • Control Evaporation Operations
  • Control Pan Boiling Operations
  • Control Centrifugation Operations

    Elective learning:
  • Control Cane Yard Operations
  • Control Sugar Extraction Operations
  • Control Refinery Operations
  • Control Laboratory Activities
  • Provide First Aid
  • Assess Pollution and Control Pollution
  • Implement and Maintain a Food Production Quality Control System
  • Operate in a Business
  • Work as a Project Team Member (ID No 10135)
  • Produce and Use Spreadsheets for Business 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Explain the Process Flow of a Sugar Cane Processing Factory Including Typical Pol, Brix and Purity Values for the Major Processing Streams

    2. Monitor Occupational Health & Safety Policies in a Sugar Processing Factory

    3. Demonstrate Knowledge and Operation of Mechanical and Electrical Systems

    4. Demonstrate a knowledge of Fundamental Chemical and Physical Reactions

    5. Control Juice Clarification Operations

    6. Operate and Control Pan Boiling Evaporation Operations

    7. Control Centrifugation and Cane Yard Operations

    8. Monitor and Control Extraction, Sugar Refinery Operations and Laboratory Activities 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • The various unit operations used in a sugar factory are explained and their interrelationships identified
  • The terms Pol, Brix and Purity are explained and related to the co-ordination of sugar processing activities

    2.
  • Information regarding Occupational Health & Safety is provided to the work group
  • The organisation's procedures for monitoring and controlling risks are explained and implemented
  • The organisation's procedures for providing Occupational Health & Safety training are implemented and monitored
  • The organisation's procedures for maintaining occupational health and safety records are implemented and monitored

    3.
  • Basic Mechanical Principles are explained
  • Startup, operation and shutdown of mechanical equipment is demonstrated
  • Maintenance of mechanical equipment is explained
  • Basic principles of electricity are explained
  • The practices and procedures used for managing electrical fires are demonstrated

    4.
  • The fundamental physical reactions are defined, explained and examples given
  • The properties of light are defined and explained
  • Redox reactions and acid-base reactions are described and explained according to standard chemical principles
  • The properties and tests for Oxygen, Hydrogen and Cardon dioxide are described
  • The four types of chemical bonds are described
  • The measurement and factors affecting the rate of chemical reactions are explained

    5.
  • The principles of clarification operations are explained
  • Performance of clarification operations are monitored and assessed
  • Clarification operations are controlled and coordinated
  • The effect of clarification operations on subsequent processes is explained

    6.
  • The principles of evaporation operations are described and explained
  • Performance of evaporation operations are monitored and assessed
  • Evaporation operations are controlled and coordinated
  • The principles of Pan Boiling operations are described and explained
  • Performance of Pan Boiling operations are monitored and assessed
  • Pan Boiling operations are controlled and coordinated
  • The impact of Pan Boiling operations on subsequent processes is explained

    7.
  • The principles of Centrifugation operations are explained
  • Performance of Centrifugation operations are monitored and assessed
  • Centrifugation operations are controlled and coordinated
  • The impact of Centrifugation operations on subsequent processes is explained
  • Cane yard processes are described and explained
  • Performance of cane yard operations are monitored and assessed
  • Cane yard operations are controlled and coordinated

    8.
  • Extraction operations are described and explained
  • Performance of extraction operations are monitored and assessed
  • Extraction operations are controlled and coordinated
  • The principles of sugar refinery operations are described and explained
  • Performance of sugar refinery operations are monitored and assessed
  • Sugar refinery operations are controlled and coordinated
  • The impact of Refinery operations on sugar quality is described and explained
  • Laboratory functions/activities are explained
  • Laboratory activities are monitored and assessed
  • Laboratory activities are controlled and coordinated
  • The role of the laboratory in relation to the process is explained

    Intergrated assessment criteria

    Unit Standards associated with this Qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field outcomes. Assessment should focus in an integrated way on determining the competence of the learner in terms of the overall purpose and title of this Qualification.

    The term integrated assessment also implies that the theoretical and practical components should be assessed together and assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies.

    Assessment activities should be done in real workplace situations and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show that the learner is able to display the competencies to the real work situation.

    All assessments should be conducted in line with the following documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work of learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.

    Learners wishing to be assessed will need to provide evidence of the following:
  • Verbal and written explanations of reasons for adhering to operational and work site procedures as well as statutory requirements, adhering to specific sequence of operations, identifying deviations, taking corrective actions and recording relevant data, and reporting deviations outside the jobholder's responsibility.
  • Documentation and explanation of administrative records completed during the process of sugar processing.
  • Demonstrations of a range of actions in co-ordinating the handling of materials and equipment during sugar processing (i.e. startup, processing, shutdown and shift changeovers) and applying general safety in the workplace. Learners will also demonstrate an understanding of the Sugar Processing industry.
  • A portfolio of evidence is required to prove the practical, applied and foundational competencies of the learner, which may include production and quality data.
    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 assess combinations of practical/applied, foundational (theory) and reflective competencies 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Comparisons were done against Unit Standards and the Australian Sugar Milling Qualification registered at level III with the Australian National Training Authority:
  • Certificate III in Sugar Milling (National Code SUG30102)

    The abovementioned Qualification was used to benchmark this Qualification's Unit Standards. In general the National Certificate in Sugar Processing NQF 4 Qualification and its component Unit Standards were found to be very similar in content and scope in comparison to its international counterpart. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Anyone assessing a learner against these unit standards must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of these unit standards or will assess these unit standards must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

    Therefore anyone wishing to be assessed against these unit standards may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution, which is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Assessors need experience in the following areas:
  • Interpersonal skills, subject matter and assessment.
  • The assessor needs to be competent in the planning and conducting of assessment of learning outcomes and design and develop assessments as described in the relevant Unit Standards. The subject matter experience must be well developed within the field of sugar processing.
  • The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning.
  • Assessors need to be registered with the Education and Training Quality Assurance Body. 

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

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  12768  Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental chemical and physical reactions  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  114302  Apply the terms Pol, Brix and Purity  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  114283  Control centrifugation operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  14 
    Core  114282  Control clarification operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  11 
    Core  114284  Control evaporation operation  Level 4  NQF Level 04  11 
    Core  114287  Control pan boiling operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  14 
    Core  12058  Demonstrate knowledge and operation of mechanical and electrical sytems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  13951  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 (OHSA) (as amended) and the responsibilities of management in terms of the Act  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  114320  Explain the sugar cane processing value chain  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8969  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8973  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8970  Write texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7484  Describe, represent, analyse and explain changes in shape and motion in 2- and 3-dimensional space with justification  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8974  Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7482  Find the derivatives and antiderivatives of a range of sample functions and apply these to problems involving curve sketching, areas under curves, maxima and minima and rates of change  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7481  Find the derivatives and integrals of a range of functions including the trigonometric functions and apply these to problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8975  Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  12153  Use the writing process to compose texts required in the business environment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7470  Work with a wide range of patterns and inverses of functions and solve related problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8976  Write for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  7567  Produce and use spreadsheets for business  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  114330  Control cane yard operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  11 
    Elective  114310  Control laboratory activities  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Elective  114328  Control refinery operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  15 
    Elective  114333  Control sugar extractions operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  11 
    Elective  9043  Implement and maintain a food or beverage production quality assurance system  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  8553  Operate in a business  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  7854  Provide First Aid  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  10135  Work as a project team member  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  12376  Assess and control pollution  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    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. RCL Foods-Sugar & Milling 
    2. Shukela Training Centre 



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