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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|Further Education and Training Certificate: Cable Jointing and Termination|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|58204||Further Education and Training Certificate: Cable Jointing and Termination|
|SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|EWSETA - Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|Further Ed and Training Cert||Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology||Manufacturing and Assembly|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||228||Level 4||NQF Level 04||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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|
The purpose of this qualification is to recognise the skills and knowledge required to:
For the purposes of this qualification, medium voltage is defined as not exceeding 33 kV.
These capabilities require an understanding of:
The skills and understanding acquired by learners will contribute to the development of the economy, the supply of essential services, the expansion of services to those who previously did not have electricity, and the maintenance of current services to industry and private citizens.
Although electrical power cable jointers perform a critically important role in the economy, there has to date been no formal recognition of their skills. Cable jointing and termination as an activity is captured within electrical qualifications but specialist cable jointers have had to rely on informal training acquired over a period of many years. It has become important to recognise this occupation and the related skills and knowledge for the following reasons:
The outcomes of this qualification combine skills and knowledge in the technical, inter-personal and business spheres, enabling the learner to perform the operational aspects of the work, function within a team context and contribute to value-adding processes within the organisation, for the benefit of customers and thus for the economy and society at large.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|The following competencies are assumed for a learner embarking on this qualification:
These skills form the basis for determining the credit allocation in this qualification. These skills may be acquired through a National Certificate at NQF Level 2 or 3. If a learner does not have such experience, the learning time will be increased. The allocation of credits is also based on the assumption that the learner will be working towards this qualification as part of a learning programme which integrates the unit standards.
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 should be provided to assist the learner in the process of developing a portfolio. The guidelines for integrated assessment should be used to develop the RPL assessment process. As with integrated assessment, while this is primarily 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:
There is open access to this qualification. Employers or training institutions may however require the learner to have had experience in another occupation such as fitter or electrician. A workplace and learner support in the workplace is, however, a prerequisite to obtaining the relevant work experience and evidence required for the assessment of the Exit Level Outcomes.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component.
To be awarded the Qualification, learners are required to obtain a minimum of 228 credits as detailed below.
The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
It is compulsory therefore for learners to do Communication in two different South African languages, one at NQF Level 4 and the other at NQF Level 3
All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|The Exit Level Outcomes for this qualification reflect a combination of Specific Outcomes and Critical Cross-field Education and Training Outcomes. The way in which the Critical Outcomes have been advanced through the learning required for this qualification is embedded in the way in which the unit standards have been constructed. Critical Outcomes form the basis for acquiring the skills and knowledge and values. The application of these in a specific context results in the achievement of Specific Outcomes. The integration of Specific Outcomes from a variety of unit standards results in the ability to achieve the Exit Level Outcomes.
1. Terminate, joint, upgrade and install medium voltage cables.
2. Plan and prepare for cable jointing operations.
3. Develop the skills and performance of team members.
4. Manage the quality and safety of cable jointing and termination.
Critical Cross Field Outcomes:
The Critical Cross-Field Outcomes are embedded in the unit standards which make up the qualification and are thus also reflected in the Exit Level Outcomes of the qualification. While performing cable jointing and termination functions and related activities qualifying learners will exhibit the following in relation to the Exit Level Outcomes.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
The integrated assessment should be based on a summative assessment guide. The guide will specify how the assessor will assess different aspects of the performance and will include:
Assessment of competence for this qualification is based on experience acquired by the learner in the workplace, within the particular cable jointing and termination context. The assessment process should cover the explicit tasks required for the qualification as well as the understanding of the underlying concepts and principles. The assessment process should also establish how the learning process has advanced the Critical Cross-Field Outcomes.
The learner may choose in which language he/she 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 presented if pertinent to any of the Exit Level Outcomes.
Assessors should also evaluate evidence that the learner is able to perform consistently over a period of time.
|Comparison with cable jointing qualifications was carried out in two stages:
A cable jointer is a recognised trade/occupation in a wide range of countries ranging across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Antipodes. The International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO, 1988) classifies it as 72451 Cable worker, electric power, underground cables.
The occupational profile is described by the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (Second Edition) as:
An Australian AQF Certificate III is equivalent to the South African NQF level 4 which is a standard for engineering trades and occupations. Energex, a private Australian company which distributes and retails electricity, amongst other sources of energy, describes the responsibility of the cable jointer as follows:
This occupational profile has been quoted to emphasise that:
These broad occupational descriptors accord, explicitly and implicitly, with those in other countries, eg New Zealand, United Kingdom, Germany and Hong Kong.
In the United States of America and other countries in the new world, the occupation is classified as Electrical Line Installer and Repairer and the profile includes other duties such as installing overhead cables. This component of the qualification is not included in the usual role descriptions of cable jointers.
The occupational profiles, in general, do not specify voltages or cable types and the definitions of low, medium and high voltage vary quite widely. Voltage is an indication of complexity and determines specific jointing and quality requirements. The exception is New Zealand. where cable jointing qualifications are described in some detail:
The New Zealand cable jointing qualifications describe three stages:
Stage 1: National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Cable Jointer- Low Voltage) (Level 3).
Stage 2: National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Cable Jointer - High Voltage) (Level 4) with an optional strand in Cable Jointer Advanced
The qualification covers the jointing and terminating of high voltage cables in the following cable categories:
The optional strand allows the trainee to further develop these skills for working on the following cable categories:
Joint electricity supply power cables up to and including 11kV using transition jointing methods.
Stage 3: National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Cable Jointer - Specialist) (Level 5).
The qualification covers the specialist jointing and terminating of high voltage cables in the following cable categories:
Occupational Profile Compared to Qualification
The exit level outcomes and the unit standards included in the South African qualification can be compared satisfactorily to the occupational profile in general and the requirements of the level 4 New Zealand qualification in particular.
Courses and Standards
Education and training for cable jointers is generally described in the following forms:
Typical courses include the following from a private training company in the United Kingdom:
> Total course days: 61.
The courses essentially only cover jointing and termination techniques but also include low voltage jointing and termination. The courses do not cover welding techniques, the management of sites and resources, or team management and development skills. Note the course detailing the duties of jointer's mate. This implies:
Another example, from Africa, illustrates a slightly different approach. The Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre in Zambia, which focuses largely on developing skills for hydroelectric power generation, offers a 3 week training course for cable jointers.
Learning Objectives (sic)
At the end of the course, the participant shall be able to:
This course illustrates the broad framework of knowledge and skills required by a cable jointer. However, given that the 11 modules are spread over 15 days, a considerable degree of depth is unlikely to be achieved, and, at best, this course serves as an introduction. A deepening of knowledge and understanding through application in context would be needed to develop the level of competence expected in the occupational profile.
Course Comparison to Qualification and Unit Standards
The difficulty in comparing training modules and courses to a competency-based qualification is that they only describe one part of the learning process. The workplace epistemologies or epistemologies of practice (ways of acquiring knowledge) are not explicit. All that can be stated is that the titles of the courses or modules are embedded in the qualification as:
The contents of the courses would be embedded in the unit standards and assessed as that part which probes the learner's understanding.
Summary of the comparison
Comparison was done in two stages:
The occupational profile is reflected in the exit level outcomes and the choice of unit standards and the course titles and content are embedded in the unit standards.
|This qualification has been designed and structured so that qualifying learners can move from one context within the cable jointing and termination environment to another. They would have to acquire the specific knowledge related to the new context and adjust their skills and values accordingly.
Employers or institutions should be able to evaluate the outcomes of this qualification against the needs of their context and structure top-up learning appropriately. Holders of other qualifications may be evaluated against this qualification for the purpose of RPL and placement in learning programmes.
|Moderators for the qualification should be qualified and accredited with an appropriate ETQA.
To assure the quality of the assessment process, the moderation should cover the following:
Moderators should be qualified assessors in their own right.
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|The following criteria should be applied by the relevant ETQA:
> 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.
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||10621||Identify the correct phase sequence on high voltage transformers and cables||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Core||116714||Lead a team, plan, allocate and assess their work||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Core||119915||Manage personal expenditure||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Core||9885||Read and interpret engineering drawings||Level 3||NQF Level 03||12|
|Core||11775||Test, diagnose and locate a fault on a high voltage electrical cable||Level 3||NQF Level 03||9|
|Core||243667||Co-ordinate activities and manage the cable jointing site||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Core||13254||Contribute to the implementation and maintenance of business processes||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Core||113862||Install and terminate Medium/High Voltage cables||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Core||243668||Joint and terminate a range of 11-33kV cables in a range of settings||Level 4||NQF Level 04||72|
|Core||13235||Maintain the quality assurance system||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Core||243669||Manage cable jointing resources||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Core||242810||Manage Expenditure against a budget||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Core||13224||Monitor the application of safety, health and environmental protection procedures||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||10981||Supervise work unit to achieve work unit objectives (individuals and teams)||Level 4||NQF Level 04||12|
|Fundamental||119472||Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119457||Interpret and use information from texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119467||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119465||Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||12155||Apply comprehension skills to engage written texts in a business environment||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||9015||Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||119462||Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||9016||Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Fundamental||119471||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||7468||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||12153||Use the writing process to compose texts required in the business environment||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||10810||Join metals by means of Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Elective||12455||Perform the role of a safety, health and environmental protection representative||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Elective||116292||Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of manufacturing and assembly logistics planning||Level 4||NQF Level 04||12|
|Elective||114877||Formulate and implement an action plan to improve productivity within an organisational unit||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Elective||116692||Plan, organise and control the erection, alteration/repositioning and dismantling of access scaffolding||Level 4||NQF Level 04||12|
|Elective||119257||Produce and maintain work activity reports||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|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.