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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
72052  Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.  SFAP - Sub-framework Assignment Pending 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction  Electrical Infrastructure Construction 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  130  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
SAQA 0695/12  2012-07-01  2013-11-07 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2014-11-07   2017-11-07  

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 is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
91761  Occupational Certificate: Electrician  Not Applicable  NQF Level 04  360  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to work effectively within various industries, making use of electrical engineering knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of such an environment.

Qualifying learners will also be able to relate their learning to scientific and technological principles and concepts. They will also be able to maintain and support the various policies and procedures related to the safety, health, environment and quality systems that govern their workplace. This qualification will enable the learner to find employment as a skilled worker to perform Artisan duties in the electrical field.

Qualifying learners at NQF Level 4 will be able to:
  • Understand electrical equipment and protection technology and interpret integrated system schematics.
  • Install and commission electrical equipment on integrated electrical systems.
  • Maintain and repair electrical equipment on integrated electrical systems.
  • Evaluate and solve familiar problems pertaining to electrical equipment, integrated electrical systems and related processes.
  • Accept responsibility for utilising and maintaining equipment without working under direct supervision.

    The FETC Electrical Engineering (NQF Level 4) is the culmination of a learning path spanning three qualifications and is intended to produce a highly competent person who will be able to meet the challenges of a competitive and demanding environment.

    Rationale:

    This is the third of a three-level qualification series that reflect the workplace-based needs of the electrical field that is expressed by employers and employees, both now and for the future. This electrical engineering qualification provides the advanced competencies required to work on integrated electrical systems and installations. This qualification provides the learner with accessibility to be employed within the electrical engineering field and provides the flexibility to pursue different careers across various industry sectors and articulate within industries such as:
  • Manufacturing and Engineering.
  • Energy Sector.
  • Mining.
  • Chemical.
  • Transport.
  • Other related engineering industry sectors.

    This qualification will enhance the status and productivity of the learner as well as contribute to improved quality, production rate and growth within the engineering sector. The range of typical learners at this level could include individuals preparing to qualify as an Electrician. Qualifying learners will obtain a Further Education Certificate in Electrical Engineering which places the learner in a position to investigate requirements for advancement to qualified artisan status or progress to a National Certificate or Diploma at NQF Level 5.

    This qualification could assist with the achievement of national government and industrial development policies and strategies to grow a pool of scarce and other related skills in support of sustainable economic growth. People working in the electrical engineering fields require specialized technical skills and knowledge in order to meet the requirements of continually changing environment of the various industries. Through its design, this qualification will meet the needs of learners within the electrical engineering sectors who require technical expertise and essential knowledge needed to earn formal qualifications. This qualification facilitates access for previously disadvantaged groups and other learners to acquire the technical knowledge and skills that are required as well as provide access and mobility into higher-level more specialised occupations. This will allow the learner greater employability and support the development of small, medium enterprises (SME). 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    This qualification assumes learners obtained a National Certificate in Electrical Engineering NQF Level 3 or an equivalent qualification. If the learner does not already have such a qualification, learning in preparation for this qualification would also have to include:
  • Language and Maths at NQF Level 3.
  • Advanced concepts of Science and Technology related to electrical engineering, materials and tools used in installation processes.
  • An ability to install integrated electrical equipment and circuits.
  • Occupational health, safety and environmental practices within the electrical environment.
  • An understanding of procedures related to workplace relationships, roles and responsibilities.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This qualification can be obtained wholly or in part through the recognition of prior learning (RPL) The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the process. Support and guidance should be provided. The process should not be so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the RPL option in obtaining the qualification.

    Access to the Qualification:

    Access to this qualification is open. However learners must have completed a National Certificate at NQF Level 3 (in trade-related sub-field) or equivalent. The learner must be physically able to perform the outcomes as specified in the unit standards and be able to differentiate between various colours applicable to the industry. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Fundamental Component:

    In the Fundamental Component of the qualification, learners must demonstrate their competence in:
  • Languages and Communication: 40 credits, 20 of these credits must be at NQF Level 4 and 20 credits may be at NQF Level 3 in a second South African language.
  • Mathematical Literacy: 16 credits.

    Core Component:

    The compulsory unit standards in the Core Component of this qualification reflect the generic competencies required in the field of Electrical Engineering for all industrial environments. The learner must demonstrate competence in the Core Component for the total of 54 credits.

    Elective Component:

    This component consists of several specialisations each with its own set of unit standards. Learners are to choose a specialisation area and complete a minimum of 20 credits from the unit standards listed under that specialisation area so as to attain a minimum of 130 credits required for certification purposes.

    Specialisation Area 1:

    Mining (Learning Programme ID 72069):

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • ID 259218: Carry out work on energized Medium voltage networks; Level 4; 16 Credits.
  • ID 259207: Inspect, record and report condition of Medium/High Voltage station apparatus and related equipment; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259202: Inspect, test and maintain High voltage isolators; Level 4; 12 Credits.
  • ID 259205: Inspect, test and maintain Medium/High Voltage earthing systems; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259191: Inspect, test and maintain Medium/High Voltage transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259206: Install/replace Medium/High voltage equipment and hardware; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259188: Install and commission direct current (DC) machines; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259187: Install and terminate Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259189: Joint Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259201: Maintain Direct Current (DC) machines; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 13818: Maintain Low voltage switchgear; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259204: Operate on Medium Voltage networks; Level 4; 20 Credits.
  • ID 113897: Troubleshoot on programmable logic controllers; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 259192: Maintain unit protection devices on transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 10639: Advance or retreat electrical reticulation in an underground coal section; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 116434: Control electrical networks from a control centre; Level 4; 14 Credits.
  • ID 259180: Fault-find and repair a DC powered machine; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259183: Fault-find and repair the electrical system of winder installations; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259185: Fault find and repair the electrical system of a conveyor installation; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 259193: Fault find and repair the electrical system of a surface mining production machine; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259179: Fault find a Medium voltage reticulation system; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259186: Maintain and repair Medium Voltage Switchgear; Level 4; 7 Credits.
  • ID 259184: Construct, maintain and dismantle HV overhead lines; Level 4; 20 Credits.

    Specialisation Area 2:

    Electrical Construction (Learning Programme ID 72070):

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • ID 113898: Complete certificate of compliance for a single phase domestic installation; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 13818: Maintain Low voltage switchgear; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 113897: Troubleshoot on programmable logic controllers; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 259182: Select a back-up generator for a stand-alone renewable energy system; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 113892: Design a solar pump system; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259218: Apply the principles of energy efficiency; Level 4; 4 Credits.

    Specialisation Area 3:

    Chemical (Learning Programme ID 72072):

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:

    Learners must do unit standard ID 14783 and choose additional Elective unit standard from the list below to give a minimum of 20 credits from the unit standards listed under that specialisation area so as to obtain a minimum of 130 credits required for certification purposes.
  • ID 117156: Interpret basic financial statements; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 13334: Install, test and configure variable speed control drives; Level 4; 10 Credits.
  • ID 259201: Maintain Direct Current (DC) machines; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 13818: Maintain Low voltage switchgear; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259192: Maintain unit protection devices on transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259180: Fault-find and repair a DC powered machine; Level 4; 6 Credits.

    Specialisation Area 4:

    Electrical Distribution (Learning Programme ID 72075):

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • ID 259237: Carry out work on energized Medium voltage networks; Level 4; 16 Credits.
  • ID 259207: Inspect, record and report condition of Medium/High Voltage station apparatus and related equipment; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259202: Inspect, test and maintain High voltage isolators; Level 4; 12 Credits.
  • ID 259205: Inspect, test and maintain Medium/High Voltage earthing systems; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259191: Inspect, test and maintain Medium/High Voltage transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259206: Install/replace Medium/High voltage equipment and hardware; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259187: Install and terminate Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259189: Joint Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259192: Maintain unit protection devices on transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259204: Operate on Medium Voltage networks; Level 4; 20 Credits.
  • ID 259178: Spray-wash energized Medium/High voltage networks; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259179: Fault find a medium voltage reticulation system; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259186: Maintain and repair Medium Voltage Switchgear; Level 4; 7 Credits.
  • ID 259218: Apply the principles of energy efficiency; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259184: Construct, maintain and dismantle High Voltage overhead networks; Level 4; 20 Credits.

    Specialisation Area 5:

    Electrical Generation (Learning Programme ID 72076):

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • ID 259202: Inspect, test and maintain High voltage isolators; Level 4; 12 Credits.
  • ID 259191: Inspect, test and maintain Medium/High Voltage transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259188: Install and commission direct current (DC) machines; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259187: Install and terminate Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259189: Joint Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259201: Maintain Direct Current machines and control gear; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 13818: Maintain Low voltage switchgear; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259192: Maintain unit protection devices on transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 113897: Troubleshoot on programmable logic controllers; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 259185: Fault find and repair the electrical system of a conveyor installation; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 259186: Maintain and repair Medium Voltage Switchgear; Level 4; 7 Credits.
  • ID 259218: Apply the principles of energy efficiency; Level 4; 4 Credits.

    Specialisation Area 6:

    Transport (Learning Programme ID 72078):

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • ID 116434: Control electrical networks from a control centre; Level 4; 14 Credits.
  • ID 259195: Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC high-speed circuit breaker(HSCB) in traction sub-stations; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259194: Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC rectifiers and associated equipment in traction sub-stations; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259198: Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC busbar chamber and associated equipment in traction sub-stations; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259199: Inspect, test and maintain earthing and negative return systems on 3-kV DC traction substations; Level 3; 7 Credits.
  • ID 259190: Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC regeneration equipment in traction sub-stations; Level 5; 8 Credits.
  • ID 113884: Fault find and repair a stand-alone battery charging wind turbine; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 113881: Inspect, maintain, repair and do faultfinding on Medium/High Voltage networks; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259207: Inspect, record and report condition of Medium/High Voltage station apparatus and related equipment; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259187: Install and terminate Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259189: Joint Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 13818: Maintain Low voltage switchgear; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259192: Maintain unit protection devices on transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 113897: Troubleshoot on programmable logic controllers; Level 4; 5 Credits.

    Specialisation Area 7:

    Electrical Engineering (Learning Programme ID 63889):
  • ID 10639: Advance or retreat electrical reticulation in an underground coal section; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 13818: Maintain low voltage switchgear; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 113884: Fault find and repair a stand-alone battery charging wind turbine; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 113885: Lower, inspect service and maintain a stand-alone battery charging wind turbine; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 113888: Design a stand alone renewable energy system; Level 4; 10 Credits.
  • ID 113890: Design a wind/solar hybrid system; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 113892: Design a solar pump system; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 113897: Troubleshoot on programmable logic controllers; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 113898: Complete certificate of compliance for a single phase domestic installation; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 113901: Demonstrate an understanding of process communication systems; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 116434: Control electrical networks from a control centre; Level 4; 10 Credits.
  • ID 259178: Spray-wash energised Medium/High Voltage networks; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259179: Fault find a medium voltage reticulation system; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259180: Fault-find and repair a DC powered machine; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259181: Operate on High Voltage networks; Level 4; 20 Credits.
  • ID 259182: Select a back-up generator for a stand-alone renewable energy system; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259183: Fault-find and repair the electrical system of winder installations; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259184: Construct, maintain and dismantle High Voltage overhead networks; Level 4; 20 Credits.
  • ID 259185: Fault find and repair the electrical system of a conveyor installation; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 259186: Maintain and repair Medium Voltage Switchgear; Level 4; 7 Credits.
  • ID 259187: Install and terminate Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259188: Install and commission direct current (DC) machines; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259189: Joint Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259190: Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC regeneration equipment in traction sub-stations; Level 5; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259191: Inspect, test and maintain Medium/High Voltage transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259192: Maintain unit protection devices on transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259193: Fault find and repair the electrical system of a surface mining production machine; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259194: Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC rectifiers and associated equipment in traction sub-stations; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259195: Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC high-speed circuit breaker(HSCB) in traction sub-stations; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259196: Install, connect and commission a stand-alone battery charging wind turbine; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259198: Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC busbar chamber and associated equipment in traction sub-stations; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259199: Inspect, test and maintain earthing and negative return systems on 3-kV DC traction substations; Level 4; 7 Credits.
  • ID 259201: Maintain Direct Current machines and control gear; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 259202: Inspect, test and maintain high voltage isolators; Level 4; 12 Credits.
  • ID 259204: Operate on Medium Voltage networks; Level 4; 20 Credits.
  • ID 259205: Inspect, test and maintain Medium/High Voltage earthing systems; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259206: Install/replace medium/high voltage equipment and hardware; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259207: Inspect, record and report condition of Medium/High Voltage station apparatus and related equipment; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259218: Apply the principles of energy efficiency; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259237: Carry out work on energised medium voltage networks; Level 4; 16 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Install and commission electrical equipment in integrated systems.

    2. Demonstrate the ability to test, fault find, maintain and repair electrical equipment and installations in integrated systems.

    3. Demonstrate operational knowledge of mathematical, technological and theoretical concepts during the execution of tasks with an ability to read, interpret technical drawings, sketch electrical/electronic wiring diagrams applicable to integrated systems.

    4. Demonstrate the ability to gather and interpret information from a range of sources and apply solutions to familiar problems related to working in the electrical engineering field with some scope for personal decision-making and responsibility.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    These are embedded in the unit standards, which make up the qualification and are thus also reflected in the Exit Level Outcomes of the qualification.

    The critical cross-field outcomes are supported by the exit level outcomes as follows:

    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical thinking have been made:

    Solving problems related to the installation and maintenance of electrical machinery, components and circuits.

    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization and community:
  • All tasks and work-related experience are performed within a team environment.
  • Taking into account, the safety of others.
  • Communicating with production, quality control and supervisory personnel and/or clients.

    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively:
  • Related to planning and preparation for installation and maintenance activities.
  • Developing best practice behaviour in work performance and adhering to standard operating procedures.
  • Focussing on housekeeping, safe practices and care and storage of tools and equipment.

    Collecting, analyzing, organizing and critically evaluating information:
  • Completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Interpret findings to solve familiar problems during the execution of electrical tasks.

    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills:
  • Execution of commands and completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Communicating as a part of a team.

    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility toward the environment and health of others:
  • Application of science and technology during the installation and maintenance of electrical machinery, components and circuits.
  • Relating to the safety of others and paying attention to environmental issues.
  • Solving problems and applying science and technology to the job activity.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem contexts do not exist in isolation:
  • Integrating the task with the functionality of electrical installations.
  • Solving problems through the integration of various sources of information.
  • Demonstrating and understanding of related systems through the use of general and specific channels of communication when dealing with peers, production, quality control and supervisory personnel and/or clients. 

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

    1.1 Skills and ability to install and commission integrated systems are demonstrated according to work instructions and manufacturers' operational specifications.
    1.2 Cables and conductors are installed, joined, terminated and tested for integrated systems.
    1.3 Components and equipment are joined in integrated systems.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit-Level-Outcome 2:

    2.1 Integrated systems are isolated and made secure.
    2.2 Solutions to problems are demonstrated during the fault finding, testing and commissioning processes and are based on a clear analysis of information gathered through the use of diagnostic procedures.
    2.3 Skills and ability to test, overhaul and commission integrated systems are demonstrated according to work instructions and manufacturers' operational specifications.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit-Level-Outcome 3:

    3.1 Advanced principles of electricity are applied.
    3.2 Integrated system, electrical drawings and diagrams are read and interpreted.
    3.3 Understanding of the principle and operation of electrical components utilised in integrated systems is demonstrated.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit-Level-Outcome 4:

    4.1 Own work is planned and scheduled in terms of productivity, safety, health and the environment.
    4.2 A variety of common problems, both familiar and unfamiliar are solved by applying knowledge of advanced electrical theory and practice.
    4.3 Responsibility for own actions is demonstrated within sphere of operation.
    4.4 Effective interaction and communication is conducted with clients, colleagues and management.
    4.5 Knowledge of and application of statutory requirements is demonstrated as they relate to integrated systems.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Integrated assessment during the implementation of this qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show that they are able to integrate knowledge, skills and values integral to a range of unit standards and practical contexts. Some assessment aspects will demand practical demonstration.

    Assessors will be required to collect evidence of the learner's competence by:
  • Observing the learner at work (both in primary activities, as well as other interactions) or by relevant simulations.
  • Asking questions and initiating formative discussions to assess understanding.
  • Evaluating records and reports.

    Learners may choose in which language they want to be assessed. This should be established as part of a process of preparing the learner for assessment and familiarising the learner with the approach. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification forms part of a progression across the three levels of the Further Education and Training band. The international comparability section for the field of Electrical Engineering applies to Levels 2, 3 and 4 of the qualification series.

    The qualification series was compared to similar outcomes-based qualifications in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, and to some African countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC); Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, as well as countries in the East African Community (EAC); Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

    SADC:

    Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia:

    Amongst the Southern African Development Community (SADC) there are countries which align with the United Kingdom's model of Vocational Education and Training (VET), through the London City and Guilds qualification framework and the National Vocational Qualification system (NVQ). Despite the fact that SADC countries are not as industrialised as the United Kingdom, it could be concluded that countries using the British qualifications compare favourably to similar South African qualifications as discussed under the U.K. section. In all SADC countries researched, none currently have an active training infrastructure in electrical engineering.

    Botswana:

    The Botswana Training Authority website provides information on the development and co-ordination of an integrated and standards-based vocational training system. At this present time, focus on the development of standards-based qualifications through a Botswana Vocation Education and Training System (BVET) has focused on the Wholesale and Retail and Tourism sectors.

    Currently, electricians in Botswana are trained through the apprenticeship system. The length and duration of the practical and theoretical components differ slightly to the South African apprenticeship system, but the learning competencies are similar, with a focus on the predominant diamond mining and small local manufacturing and engineering industries.

    Namibia:

    Electrical training student in Namibia are able to do One-year certificate and two-year Diploma training coupled with three and two year practical experience respectively which allows them to register as electrical technicians. Electrical Engineers are required to do BSc: Engineering degrees through South African University for registration as Engineers.

    EAC:

    In Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, the three member states of the East African Community (EAC), prospective engineers and engineering technicians are required to complete South African BSc: Engineering degrees or qualification offered in the UK. In house training is also offered by large multi-nation companies employing engineers and engineering technicians.

    New Zealand:

    The South African 'National Certificate: Electrical Engineering NQF Level 2 has elements of both Levels 2 and 3 of the NZ 'National Certificate in Electrical Engineering'. Although NZ qualifications are also unit standard based, the focus of the NZ unit standards at Level 2 [NQF Ref:0174] and 3 [NQF Ref:0223] is largely on knowledge acquisition whereas the practical competencies are assessed only at Level 4.

    In New Zealand, a learner could register for the Level 4 qualification over a 3-4 year period and be awarded the Level 2 and 3 certificates as well because the Level 4 NZ qualification shares credit/unit standards with both levels 2 and 3 qualifications. Holders of the NZ National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Electrician for Registration) (Level 4) [NQF Ref: 1195] can apply to the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) for electrical registration and practising license. The SA Electrical.

    Engineering qualifications in comparison require competencies achieved at levels 2 and 3 or through RPL processes to gain entry to Level 4 and a further trade test before full licensing is achieved. The NZ Level 5 qualification [NQF Ref: 0951] focuses mainly on management skills and business skills in the elective component but the core electrical unit standards are similar to the level of those in the SA Level 4 qualification.

    United Kingdom:

    To qualify as an electrician in the U.K. the learner must have the Electrotechnical Services NVQ at Level 3, which is awarded by City and Guilds (2356) and EMTA Awards Limited. As another option in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, an apprentice between the ages of 16-19 may sign up with an electrical contractor or building company. An alternative for those not eligible for apprenticeship or direct access into the NVQ is the City and Guilds (2330) Technical Certificate in
    Electrotechnical Technology Levels 2 and 3 at a college. Graduates would then need to gain employment in the industry to complete the NVQ. These technical certificates would compare with the SA National certificates: Electrical Engineering Levels 2 and 3. The NVQ (Level 3) compares with the SA Level 4 qualification.

    Australia:

    The following information was obtained on the website: http://www.ntis.au (National Information Training System) with regards to qualifications in electrical engineering training streams in Australia.

    "Australian Apprenticeships" is the new name for the scheme formerly known as `New Apprenticeships`.

    Australian Apprenticeships encompass all apprenticeships and traineeships. They combine time at work with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based. The change of name and appearance is the first step in a range of improvements to be introduced in Australian Apprenticeships. The qualifications for electricians cover:
  • ASCO4311-11: General Electrician.
  • ANZSCO341111: Electrician (General).

    Comments:
  • Apprenticeships and VET programmes: In all the examples found, learning is vocational-based. In some countries (England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia) these are called "modern apprenticeships". These take the form of two categories, namely a programme-led apprenticeship where learners are able to follow a vocational programme at a college and then seek employment as trainees/apprentice/interns in order to qualify as artisans; and an employer-led apprenticeship, in which learners are engaged in a formal contract of learning and most learning is workplace-based. In most cases learners "earn while they learn".
  • International qualifications researched, do not lead to three different qualifications, but in most cases culminate in one qualification over a four-year period. It is only in the vocational context, that we find the tendency to "break up" the traditional trades into levels of learning. This practice is endemic of those countries which have a close association with outcomes-based methodology and standards-based qualifications development. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The Qualification has been designed and structured so that qualifying learners can move from one engineering context to another. This can be achieved by the appropriate selection of credits in the elective category. Equally, holders of other similar fitting Qualifications may be evaluated against this Qualification for the purpose of RPL.

    Vertical articulation may exist (wholly or in part) in the HET band on application by the individual.

    Horizontal articulation:

    Fundamental learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for most engineering qualifications at NQF Level 4.

    Core learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for some unit standards in the following qualification:

    SAQA ID No: 50371: National Certificate in Domestic Appliance Repair at NQF Level 4.

    Other horizontal articulation options may exist and need further investigation in cases where recognition of prior learning is sought. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution or learning provider offering learning towards the achievement of this qualification should be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment should be overseen by a relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines provided for in this qualification as well as the agreed ETQA guidelines. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The following criteria should be applied by a relevant ETQA as a minimum requirement:

    Assessors should be in possession of an appropriate qualification, namely:
  • Electrical Engineering at NQF level 4 and a minimum of 2 years related experience.
  • An artisan qualification in Electrical Engineering (Trade test certificate or completed contract of apprenticeship) with a minimum of 2 years related experience.
  • Subject matter experience of at least five years, which may be established through recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Evidence of competency in a unit standard related to assessment theory, processes and practices. 

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

    NOTES 
    This Qualification has been replaced by Qualification 91761, which is "Occupational Certificate: Electrician", Level 4, 360 credits.

    .
    This qualification replaces qualification 48474, "National Certificate: Electrical Engineering", Level 4, 134 credits.

    A generic qualification was developed to give meaning to NQF objectives to provide articulation possibilities, enable learners to get recognition for learning achievements across economic sub-sectors and to support the notion of life long learning. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  113899  Demonstrate an understanding of basic programmable logic controllers  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  259200  Design, construct and commission three phase electrical circuits  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  259217  Install and commission AC machines and control gear  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  259177  Maintain, test and repair AC machines and control gear  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Core  259197  Test and inspect a three phase industrial/commercial installation  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  113873  Understand basic electrical and mechanical engineering principles  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    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  10639  Advance or retreat electrical reticulation in an underground coal section  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  264997  Assemble switchgear assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  14783  Conform to and apply legislation and operational instructions in chemical processing  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  265007  Demonstrate knowledge of legislation and standards relevant to the switchgear assembly industry  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  265034  Demonstrate knowledge of switchgear assembly components and their representation on drawings  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  265002  Fabricate and install busbars  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  264999  Install earthing systems and shrouding on switchgear assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  265008  Modify installed switchgear assemblies  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  265014  Perform production testing of switchgear assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  259218  Apply the principles of energy efficiency  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259237  Carry out work on energised medium voltage networks  Level 4  NQF Level 04  16 
    Elective  113898  Complete certificate of compliance for a single phase domestic installation  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259184  Construct, maintain and dismantle High Voltage overhead networks  Level 4  NQF Level 04  20 
    Elective  116434  Control electrical networks from a control centre  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  113901  Demonstrate an understanding of process communication systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  265015  Demonstrate knowledge of busbar design  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  113892  Design a solar pump system  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  113888  Design a stand alone renewable energy system  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  113890  Design a wind/solar hybrid system  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259179  Fault find a medium voltage reticulation system  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  113884  Fault find and repair a stand-alone battery charging wind turbine  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259185  Fault find and repair the electrical system of a conveyor installation  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259193  Fault find and repair the electrical system of a surface mining production machine  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259180  Fault-find and repair a DC powered machine  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259183  Fault-find and repair the electrical system of winder installations  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  113881  Inspect, maintain, repair and do faultfinding on Medium / High Voltage networks  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259207  Inspect, record and report condition of Medium/High Voltage station apparatus and related equipment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259198  Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC busbar chamber and associated equipment in traction sub-stations  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259195  Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC high-speed circuit breaker(HSCB) in traction sub-stations  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259194  Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC rectifiers and associated equipment in traction sub-stations  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259199  Inspect, test and maintain earthing and negative return systems on 3-kV DC traction substations  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259202  Inspect, test and maintain high voltage isolators  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Elective  259205  Inspect, test and maintain Medium/High Voltage earthing systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259191  Inspect, test and maintain Medium/High Voltage transformers  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259188  Install and commission direct current (DC) machines  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259187  Install and terminate Medium Voltage cables  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259196  Install, connect and commission a stand-alone battery charging wind turbine  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  13334  Install, test and configure variable speed control drives  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  259206  Install/replace medium/high voltage equipment and hardware  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  117156  Interpret basic financial statements  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259189  Joint Medium Voltage cables  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  113885  Lower, inspect service and maintain a stand-alone battery charging wind turbine  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259186  Maintain and repair Medium Voltage Switchgear  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259201  Maintain Direct Current machines and control gear  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  13818  Maintain low voltage switchgear  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259192  Maintain unit protection devices on transformers  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259181  Operate on High Voltage networks  Level 4  NQF Level 04  20 
    Elective  259204  Operate on Medium Voltage networks  Level 4  NQF Level 04  20 
    Elective  259182  Select a back-up generator for a stand-alone renewable energy system  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259178  Spray-wash energised Medium/High Voltage networks  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  113897  Troubleshoot on programmable logic controllers  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259190  Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC regeneration equipment in traction sub-stations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  13683  Issue certificate of compliance for a domestic/commercial/industrial installation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some of their learning programmes are moved to being recorded against the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replacement.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Originator Pre-2009
    NQF Level
    NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
    Assurance
    Functionary
    NQF Sub-Framework
    63889  Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Generic Provider - Field 12  Level 4  NQF Level 04  130  2013-11-07  EWSETA  OQSF 
    72072  Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Chemical  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 4  NQF Level 04  130  2013-11-07  CHIETA  OQSF 
    72070  Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Construction  Generic Provider - Field 12  Level 4  NQF Level 04  130  2013-11-07  CETA  OQSF 
    72075  Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Distribution  Generic Provider - Field 12  Level 4  NQF Level 04  130     EWSETA  OQSF 
    72076  Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Generation  Generic Provider - Field 12  Level 4  NQF Level 04  130     EWSETA  OQSF 
    72069  Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Mining  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 4  NQF Level 04  130     MQA  OQSF 
    72078  Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Transport  Generic Provider - Field 11  Level 4  NQF Level 04  130  2012-06-30    OQSF 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES: 
    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.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Accredited Provider
    63889  Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering  1. CIRCLEWAY TRAINING (PTY) LTD
    2. CYPRESS CREEK INVESTEMENTS 68
    3. ESKOM KOEBERG - RADIATION PROTECTION
    4. MOVING AHEAD DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
    5. PHAKGAMANG MATSIANA BUSINESS ENTERPRISE
    6. SALA-UKULANDELWA WOMENS TRAINING
    7. The Water Training Institute of South Africa  
    72072  Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Chemical  1. ATHOL MUNDAY TRAINING CENTRE (UMBOGINTWINI OPERATIONS SERVICES)
    2. COASTAL KZN TVET COLLEGE- CENTRAL ADMIN OFFICE
    3. FLAVIUS MAREKA
    4. KHOSITHI CLEARING AND CONSULTANT T/A KHOSITHI TRAINING INSTITUTE
    5. NORTHLINK COLLEGE- BELHAR CAMPUS
    6. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING
    7. SASOL SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD : SASOLBURG SITE
    8. SCAW SOUTH AFRICA (PTY)LIMITED
    9. SEDIBENG
    10. THE DEVINE INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD  
    72070  Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Construction  1. BELCOMEC TRAINING
    2. Ergo-Maphelong Institute
    3. Mohlaje Solutions (Pty) Ltd
    4. MSC ARTISAN ACADEMY
    5. P AND T TECHNOLOGY (PTY) LTD
    6. Protech Training (Pty) Ltd  



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