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

National Diploma: Automotive Diagnostics and Repair 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
57450  National Diploma: Automotive Diagnostics and Repair 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Vehicle Maintenance 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Diploma  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  240  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
SAQA 0368/06  2006-11-16  2009-02-18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2010-02-18   2014-02-18  

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
64789  National Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  144   

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

The purpose of the qualification is to provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the competencies and the range of learning required to work effectively in various industries making use of automotive repair and maintenance skills and to meet the challenges of the automotive industry and related environments.

The primary competencies in this qualification focus on the diagnosis and repair vehicle systems and to take responsibility for work in a workshop. This includes a detailed understanding of how to develop subordinates, understand business operation principles and the cost of non-conformance.

Hand and business skills play an important role in this qualification. Recipients of one of the specialisations of this qualification are able to conduct the essential diagnosis and related repair associated with the range of vehicles available today, and efficient and safe operational practices.

With this understanding learners will be able to participate in operational activities. What learners achieve in this qualification will also serve as a basis for further learning where they will engage in more complex management and related engineering activities in the field of automotive technology.

Rationale:

This qualification in automotive repair and maintenance NQF Level 5 has been developed as a progression from qualifications in automotive repair and maintenance at NQF Level 4. The development was necessary due to automotive repair and maintenance technology and serves as the introductory qualification for further automotive industry related management skills.

The field of automotive maintenance and repair is characterised by the overall diagnosis and repair of vehicle systems as well as the reconditioning of components where required. This in turn provides support and job opportunities to a variety of small businesses in the retail motor and related industries. The qualification also equips entrepreneurs with basic business and management skills to manage a business.

People working in the automotive repair and maintenance field require technical knowledge and well developed hand skills.

There is also a critical need in the industry to identify people who are able to conduct the essential maintenance and related operations associated with the range of vehicles available today, and apply efficient and safe operational practices in at least one of the following specialisation areas:
  • Passenger and Light Delivery Vehicles.
  • Earthmoving Equipment.
  • Commercial Vehicles.

    This is the fourth qualification in a series for learners who want to follow a career in the field of automotive repair and maintenance. This qualification focuses on developing skills and knowledge necessary to perform as a competent person in the automotive industry.

    It also provides learners who have gained relevant experience in the workplace with an opportunity to obtain credits through an RPL process. The qualification also forms the basis for further learning in the field of vehicle technology. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners have attained the outcomes described in the FETC in Automotive Repair and Maintenance or learners are already competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This qualification may be obtained through a 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 workplace-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the exit-level outcomes.

    Access to the qualification:

    Access to the qualification is open bearing in mind learning assume to be in place. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
  • All the Fundamental unit standards totalling 36 credits are compulsory.
  • All the Core unit standards totalling 94 credits are compulsory.
  • Candidates may select a specialisation area of their choice as indicated below, and all the unit standards in that specialisation area must be completed. Additional unit standards may be selected from any of the other specialisation areas, or from the generic Elective category to supplement credits to achieve a minimum total of 240 credits.

    > Specialisation area 1: Passenger and Light Delivery Vehicles:

    > 12232: "Diagnose and repair vehicle stability, traction and drive control (VSTDC) systems", Level 5, 20 Credits.
    > 12227: "Trace and repair faults on advanced auto electrical circuits", Level 4, 16 Credits.
    > 230465: "Diagnose and repair hydraulic systems", Level 5, 10 Credits.
    > 230463: "Diagnose and repair drive train systems", Level 5, 8 Credits.
    > Total: 54 Credits.

    > Specialisation area 2: Earthmoving Equipment:

    > 230467: "Diagnose and repair hydrostatic systems", Level 5, 10 Credits.
    > 230464: "Diagnose and repair engine and exhaust braking systems", Level 5, 6 Credits.
    > 230465: "Diagnose and repair hydraulic systems", Level 5, 10 Credits.
    > 230463: "Diagnose and repair drive train systems", Level 5, 8 Credits.
    > 230468: "Assess and report on earthmoving equipment undercarriage condition", Level 5, 8 Credits.
    > Total: 42 Credits.

    > Specialisation area 3: Commercial Vehicles:

    > 12232: "Diagnose and repair vehicle stability, traction and drive control (VSTDC) systems", Level 5, 20 Credits.
    > 230464: "Diagnose and repair engine and exhaust braking systems", Level 5, 6 Credits.
    > 230465: "Diagnose and repair hydraulic systems", Level 5, 10 Credits.
    > 230463: "Diagnose and repair drive train systems", Level 5, 8 Credits.
    > Total: 44 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Communicate and solve problems in a variety of ways.

    2. Manage work in an automotive context.

    3. Diagnose and repair vehicles in a specialised area.
    > One of: Passenger and Light Delivery Vehicles; Earthmoving Equipment or Commercial Vehicles.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    This qualification addresses the following generic outcomes in an integrated manner through the application of various unit standards:
  • Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group.
  • Organise and manage oneself and one's activities.
  • Communicate using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in modes of oral and/or written presentation.
  • Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.
  • Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • Understand the world as a set of related systems. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1:
  • Oral communication is maintained and adapted as required to promote effective interaction in a work context.
  • Information is accessed from instructions, visual information and a range of other workplace texts and responses where required are appropriate to the context.
  • Written communication is clear and unambiguous and at an appropriate level for designated target audiences.
  • Mathematical functions are used correctly to solve routine workplace problems and tasks.
  • The financial aspects of personal, business and national issues are investigated.

    2:
  • Work is conducted in accordance with agreed time schedules.
  • Work is conducted efficiently with a minimum of wastage.
  • Quality is managed in accordance with customer requirements.

    3:
  • Work area and vehicle is prepared for diagnosis and repair.
  • Appropriate test equipment is connected in accordance with set procedures.
  • System faults are identified and appropriate data collected in accordance with set procedures.
  • System faults identified and repaired in accordance with set specifications.
  • System repair is confirmed in accordance with organisational requirements.
  • Safety procedures are adhered to during the diagnosing and repairing task.

    Integrated assessment:

    Integrated assessment at the level of the qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show they are able to integrate concepts, actions and ideas achieved across a range of unit standards and contexts.

    Integrated assessment must evaluate the quality of observable performance as well as the thinking behind the performance. Some assessment aspects will demand practical demonstration while others may not. In some case inference will be necessary to determine competence depending on the nature and context within which performance takes place.

    In order to ensure that the candidate is able to work within various contexts of the automotive industry, it is necessary to conduct assessments that will provide evidence that learners are able to apply their knowledge and skills in a range of other contexts and for further learning. The assessment should also ensure that all the critical cross-field outcomes have been achieved. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    As a starting point, this qualification which is part of a series of qualifications in the field of vehicle technology including, servicing, maintenance, repairs and diagnostics, was compared to other, similar outcomes-based qualifications, certifications or skills standards in English speaking countries of the world.

    It was found to be difficult to compare the New Zealand and Australian narrow focus qualifications with this broad-based qualification that also include fundamentals, however the generic core and specialisation areas` unit standards did compare favourably to both the Australian (AUR99) Automotive Industry, Service and Repair unit standards and the NVQ qualification in the United Kingdom.

    An example of the exact multi specialisation area approach used in this qualification was found in Australia under Automotive Retail Service Repair Training (www.automotivetraining.org.au). The range of unit standards used in Australia that relate similarly to core unit standards in this qualification may be found at (www.ntis.gov.au).

    It was further difficult to undertake specific comparisons given that the New Zealand and Australian qualifications, although they are in the same field of vehicle technology 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.

    This notwithstanding, the technical content of this qualification for automotive repair and maintenance (with the various specialisations) corresponds with the equivalent level of qualification in vehicle servicing (with the various specialisations) in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

    Elements of the Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) in the UK have been used in benchmarking best practice procedures in some of the unit standards used in this qualification. The NVQ qualifications offered in the UK cover all the same objectives of this series of qualifications at various levels of complexity. The qualifications are offered as an internship wherein the learner enrols with a college or training centre for the theoretical component, and achieves the practical component in-house. The qualifications are all based on specific levels of performance, and lead to progressive levels of complexity, but are identified as separate qualifications. The learning towards these qualifications is offered through long-term learner-employer relationships, with short-term stints at a training centre. Qualification titles in the UK include:
  • Vehicle Mechanical & Electronic Systems, Maintenance and Repair - Level 3 (Q1015915).
  • Vehicle Mechanical & Electronic Systems, Maintenance and Repair - Level 3 (Q1015916).
  • Motorcycle Mechanical & Electronic Systems, Maintenance and Repair - Level 3 (Q1015918).
  • Vehicle Refinishing - Level 3 (Q1017590).
  • Vehicle Body Repair - Level 3 (Q1015917).
  • Vehicle Body Fitting - Level 2 (Q1015913).
  • Vehicle Mechanical & Electronic Systems, unit Replacement - Level 2 (Q1015914).

    The qualifications offered in other European countries, such as Germany, are also predominantly vocational qualifications with theoretical components being achieved through a specified period at a training centre. The qualifications are aimed at achieving complete competence in all aspects of vehicle maintenance through the progressive series of qualifications and includes mechanical, electrical and coach works. The training programmes are progressive qualifications of one-year duration each and include ongoing training through workbooks in which the trainee is required to complete evidence of understanding for each month of the registered year of learning. Germany has a requirement that competent people be licensed to operate under the meister (master craftsman) programme, and this licence is valid for a period of two years. The qualification titles offered in Germany include:
  • Auto Fachman - Level 1.
  • Auto Fachman - Level 2.
  • Auto Fachman - Level 3.
  • Auto Fachman - Meister.

    America uses a system of specialisation areas, with a master technician being identified as a person who is competent in all areas and will be able to perform on almost any part of a vehicle. The learning is conducted through apprenticeships and has specialisation areas for engine technicians, transmission technicians, steering and suspension technicians, brake technicians, electrical system technicians, heating and air conditioning technicians, driveability and performance technicians and lubrication technicians.

    None of the SADC countries have their own qualifications relating to vehicle maintenance, but use the British City and Guilds Standards for training learners in the automotive field. Namibia has indicated interest in the South African qualifications and may implement this qualification once it has been registered. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification allows for both horizontal and vertical articulation.

    Horizontal articulation can occur with:
  • 22861: "National Certificate: Autotronics", NQF Level 5.

    Vertical articulation can occur with:
  • 49744: "National Diploma: Engineering Technology", NQF Level 6.
  • 49060: "National Degree: Master Craftsmanship (Electrical)", NQF Level 6. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the Unit Standard. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The following criteria should be applied by the relevant ETQA:
  • Appropriate qualification and a minimum of 3 years experience in the field of vehicle servicing or a similar environment.
  • Registration as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 64789, which is "National Diploma: Automotive Repair and Maintenance", Level 5, 144 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  12230  Diagnose, test and repair electronic automobile fuel injection systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04  16 
    Core  117701  Address safety, health and environmental requirements and hazards in a technical context  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  230462  Analyse failure of vehicle parts  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Core  15234  Apply efficient time management to the work of a department/division/section  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  7876  Conduct on-the-Job-Training  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  12231  Diagnose and repair engine management systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  20 
    Core  10066  Establish customer needs and relationships  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  16 
    Core  230466  Recondition automatic transmissions  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Fundamental  115821  Apply business financial practices  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  15236  Apply financial analysis  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  12433  Use communication techniques effectively  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  12432  Use mathematical and statistical techniques effectively  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  20 
    Elective  12225  Construct and test advanced electronic circuits  Level 4  NQF Level 04  16 
    Elective  12227  Trace and repair faults on advanced auto electrical circuits  Level 4  NQF Level 04  16 
    Elective  230468  Assess and report on earthmoving equipment undercarriage condition  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  115753  Conduct outcomes-based assessment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
    Elective  15217  Develop an organisational training and development plan  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  15219  Develop and implement a strategy and action plans for a team, department or division  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  230463  Diagnose and repair drive train systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  230464  Diagnose and repair engine and exhaust braking systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  230465  Diagnose and repair hydraulic systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  230467  Diagnose and repair hydrostatic systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  12232  Diagnose and repair vehicle stability, traction and drive control (VSTDC) systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  20 
    Elective  114226  Interpret and manage conflicts within the workplace  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  10053  Manage customer requirements and needs and implement action plans  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  15230  Monitor team members and measure effectiveness of performance  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  15235  Prepare and conduct staff selection interviews  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  114879  Promote a productivity improvement strategy  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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