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

National Certificate: Industrial Rubber Manufacturing: Mixing OR Extruding OR Moulding OR Calendaring 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
23258  National Certificate: Industrial Rubber Manufacturing: Mixing OR Extruding OR Moulding OR Calendaring 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
MERSETA - Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  138  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
SAQA 0480/09  2009-07-01  2011-02-16 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2012-02-16   2015-02-16  

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
79407  National Certificate: Polymer Compound Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  145   

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
The purpose of the qualification is to provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to satisfy the challenges of participating effectively in the industrial rubber manufacturing industry.

For those who have been in the workplace for a long time, this qualification can be used in the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process to assess and recognise workplace skills acquired without the benefit of formal education or training.

For the new entrant, this qualification describes the learning outcomes (the skills, knowledge and values) required by industrial rubber manufacturers to effectively participate in a structured workplace.

For education and training providers, this qualification provides guidance for the development of appropriate learning programmes. For employers, the qualification allows skills gaps to be identified and programmes to close those skills gaps to be developed. The qualification also acts as an external benchmark for fulfilling the criteria of national and international quality standards such as ISO 9000:2000.

This qualification recognises the skills, knowledge and values acquired by learners involved in adjusting and maintaining industrial rubber manufacturing processes and influencing decisions in enterprises that use such processes.

The chief skills that are recognised in this qualification are those of approaches to using and looking after machinery and equipment, how to implement procedures related to various aspects of the production process, and how to relate principles and concepts to workplace activities, materials and equipment. Hand skills play a minor role in this qualification.

Qualified learners will also understand:
  • How to relate what they see and experience to scientific and technological principles and concepts
  • How to maintain and support the various policies and procedures related to the safety, health, environment and quality systems that govern their workplace

    With this understanding learners will be able to participate actively in workplace activities.

    What learners achieve in this qualification will also serve as a basis for further learning where they will engage more directly in controlling rubber-manufacturing processes and troubleshoot non-conformances experienced.

    Rationale for the qualification:

    People working in the industrial rubber industry, whether involved in mixing, extruding, moulding or calendaring processes, require a range of skills and knowledge to help them respond to the exacting quality requirements and ongoing change.

    The industrial rubber manufacturing industry is characterised by sophisticated manufacturing processes that include mixing, extruding, moulding and calendaring, within a competitive and challenging environment. The manufactured rubber products have to respond to a wide variety of exacting customer and consumer quality requirements. In addition the industry has to respond to competition in export and domestic markets and ensure the on-going development of new products required by changing customer needs.

    This is the second qualification in a series for industrial rubber manufacturing within the context of either mixing, extruding, moulding or calendaring, that will enable competent learners to participate effectively in the industrial rubber manufacturing industry, whether in micro, small, medium or large operations. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners entering a programme towards this qualification have achieved an Industrial Rubber Manufacturing NQF level 2 qualification or have the relevant experience.

    Recognition of prior learning:

    This qualification may be obtained through the process of RPL. The learner should be thoroughly briefed prior to the assessment and support provided to assist in the process of developing a portfolio. While this is primarily a work-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the exit level outcomes. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    N/A 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Perform routine operations on industrial rubber manufacturing equipment using related information .

    2. Change, install and set up required tooling and start up the manufacturing process, ensuring the efficiency of the process and the quality of the manufactured product.

    3. Understand, use and apply policies and procedures to maintain materials, equipment, work-place relations, safety, quality and environment.

    4. Understand organisational structures and relationships and participate actively in workgroup discussions, in workgroup problem solving activities and in the implementation of solutions.

    5. Demonstrate an understanding of options for further learning in this or a related field of learning and of preparation requirements for such learning. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.1 Materials, manufacturing equipment, instruments, moulds, dies and forming devices are safely and effectively prepared and inspected against operational requirements.
    1.2 Routine operations are carried out safely and effectively, together with other team members.
    1.3 The nature of routine operations and the related information required to operate and monitor such equipment can be discussed and explained.

    2.1 Ensure that the manufacturing process and the manufactured products conform to specifications.
    2.2 The installation, set up and start up processes are planned, organised and carried out efficiently, safely and within standard times.
    2.3 The tooling set up process and its impact on the quality of the produced product can be discussed and explained.

    3.1 Explain and apply routine procedures effectively.
    3.2 Appropriate procedures are selected to solve problems in an efficient and effective manner.
    3.3 Recording and reporting of conditions, outputs and incidents is done accurately and timeously.

    4.1 Relationships with peers and supervisory. and /or management levels are established and function.
    4.2 Issues related to the learners own role and purpose in the organisation can be discuss relative to the level of the qualification.
    4.3 Problems are timeously identified and appropriate corrective action is taken problems are accurately reported and discuss with the appropriate personnel.

    5.1 Options for further learning are explained.
    5.2 Preparation for further learning requirements are explained.
    5.3 Learning plan is developed.

    Integrated Assessment:

    The integrated assessment must be based on a summative assessment guide. The guide must spell out how the assessor will assess different aspects of the performance and will include:
  • Observing the learner at work (both in primary activities as well as other interactions) or by relevant simulations
  • Asking questions and initiating short discussions to test understanding
  • Looking at records and reports

    The learner may choose in which language s/he wants 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 being taken.

    While this is primarily a workplace-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the exit level outcomes.

    The assessment process should cover both the explicit tasks required for the qualification as well as the understanding of the concepts and principles that underpin the activities required for industrial rubber manufacturing. The assessment process should also establish how the critical outcomes have been advanced by the learning process. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    As a starting point, this series of qualifications in industrial rubber manufacturing (NQF levels 2 to 5), of which this qualification forms a part, was compared to other, similar outcomes-based qualifications, certifications or skills standards in the United States, New Zealand and Australia. It was found to be difficult to compare the New Zealand and Australian narrow focus qualifications with these broad-based qualifications that also include fundamentals and generic core standards. It was further difficult to undertake such comparisons given that the New Zealand and Australian qualifications, although they are in the field of manufacturing and cover the same areas of specialisation (thus containing a large degree of similar content) are conceptualised as three year qualifications without exit level outcomes at the intermediate levels (NQF levels 2 and 3). This notwithstanding, the technical content of this series of qualifications does correspond with the equivalent level of qualification in manufacturing in Australia and New Zealand.

    This qualification was also compared to manufacturing skills standards in the United States and this qualification broadly corresponds to these, with the same proviso that the United States skills standards do not make provision for exit levels below the equivalent of NQF level 4. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The qualification has been designed and structured so that qualifying learners can move from one context to another. Learners are able to move to either a polymer composite fabrication or thermoplastic environment and structure top up learning may need to be arranged for learner coming into this environment. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderators for the qualification should be qualified and accredited with an appropriate ETQA and have a qualification in engineering.
    To assure the quality of the assessment process the moderation should cover one of the following:
  • Assessor credentials
  • The assessment instrument
  • The assessment process

    Where assessment and moderation are taking place in sectors other than the MERSETA, assessment and moderation should be in terms of a memorandum of understanding negotiated with the MERS ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The following criteria should be applied by the relevant ETQA:

    The following criteria should be applied by the relevant ETQA:

    1. Appropriate qualification in the field of manufacturing - with a minimum of 6 months in industrial rubber manufacturing environment. The subject matter expertise of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning.

    2. Appropriate experience and understanding of assessment theory, processes and practices

    3. Good interpersonal skills and ability to balance the conflicting requirements of:
  • Maintaining national standards
  • The interests of the learner
  • The need for transformation and redressing the legacies of the past
  • The cultural background and language of the learner
    Registration as an assessor with the relevant ETQA

    4. Any other criteria required by relevant ETQA 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by Qualification ID 79407, National Certificate: Polymer Compound Manufacturing, Level 3, 145 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  13234  Apply quality procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13223  Apply safety, health and environmental protection procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13170  Change and set tooling  Level 3  NQF Level 03  16 
    Core  12457  Develop learning strategies and techniques  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  12456  Explain and use organisational procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9526  Manage basic business finance  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9530  Manage work time effectively  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13173  Operate and monitor industrial rubber manufacturing equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03  20 
    Core  13168  Prepare materials for industrial rubber production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Core  116720  Show understanding of diversity in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9533  Use communication skills to handle and resolve conflict in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9357  Develop and use keyboard skills to enter text  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9528  Communicate with clients  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9529  Compile feasibility and commissioning reports  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9010  Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9013  Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8969  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9012  Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7456  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8970  Write texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  12484  Perform basic fire fighting  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  8039  Operating cranes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  8038  Operating lift trucks  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  12455  Perform the role of a safety, health and environmental protection representative  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13175  Test industrial rubber product  Level 3  NQF Level 03  20 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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