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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Audit quality documentation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253996  Audit quality documentation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Plastics Manufacturing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard reflects the skills required to perform effectively in the field of inspection and assessment of non-metallics.

Qualifying learners will be able to:
  • Examine quality documentation and inspection and testing processes, identify inadequacies or inconsistencies and take action to correct these.
  • Perform audits, compile audit reports and present recommendations.

    Qualifying learners will also know and understand:
  • Mandatory and legal requirements and how to apply them.
  • The quality assurance process and related concepts and principles.
    Key quality issues related to the particular non-metallic manufacturing process.

    This unit standard can be assessed in the context of polymer composite fabrication, thermoplastic fabrication or any other non-metallic fabrication.

    The skills, the knowledge and the values reflected in this unit standard form part of the exit level outcomes required for the National Certificate in Inspection and Assessment (Non-Metallic) NQF Level 5. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following competencies are assumed:
  • Communication and Literacy at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4.

    In addition, learners are assumed to have a Further Education and Training Certificate: Inspection and Assessment (Non-Metallics) or an equivalent qualification at NQF Level 4.

    This assumption forms the basis for the allocation of credits for this unit standard. If a learner does not have such experience or qualifications, the learning time will be increased. The allocation of credits is also based on the assumption that the learner will be following a learning programme which integrates the required unit standards. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Approve means to formally validate or confirm the validity of the documentation relating to the manufacturing process.

    Audit refers to a formal, planned, systematic and documented process conducted by an independent person to determine whether agreed upon requirements are being met. In this context it relates to assessing compliance with the quality documentation and is generally conducted as part of a larger process for the quality system as a whole.

    At this NQF level an audit is generally conducted on the operational aspects and not on the overall management system.

    The inspection of thermoplastic and polymer composite fabrications includes inspection not only of the equipment but also of liners, coatings, insulation, attachments and repairs.

    Component/s cover any aspect of fabrication or installation.

    Quality documentation refers to all quality related documents and includes activity plans, quality controls plans, standard operating procedures, working instructions, forms, reports, pressure test certificates, weld procedures, certificate of compliance, control sheets, etc.

    Further information on the scope and level of this unit standard is indicated by range statements related to the specific outcomes. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Understand applicable mandatory and legal requirements and verify that they have been met. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Requirements include legislation, government and industry standards and regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Government and industry standards and regulations which relate to the manufacture and repair of non-metallic components and assemblies are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The application of government and industry standards and regulations to the manufacture and repair of non-metallic components and assemblies in various contexts is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relevance of government and industry standards and regulations to the quality documentation is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Examine quality documentation against requirements and determine level of conformance. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Examine includes checking drawings, calculations, material specification, work instructions, manufacturing process.
  • Requirements include relevant legislation, government and industry standards, key criteria for the particular non-metallic manufacturing process, and regulations and client specifications. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The quality documentation is examined for completeness and applicability and any inadequacies or inconsistencies are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Corrective action is taken to rectify inadequacies and inconsistencies in the quality documentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Where applicable, approval of quality documentation is obtained from relevant parties. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Relevant parties include manufacturer or repairer, client and inspection authority.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The quality documentation is evaluated to ensure commercial viability. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Examine inspection and testing processes and determine level of conformance. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Examine includes identification of characteristics, frequency, tolerances, statistical process controls, documentation, work instructions, inspection and testing processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Inspection and testing requirements are determined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The inspection and testing processes are analysed and aspects that do not conform to requirements are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Corrective action is taken to rectify inadequacies and inconsistencies in the proposed inspection and testing processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The validity of the inspection and testing processes is confirmed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform audits on aspects of the manufacturing process, compile audit reports and present recommendations. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Perform audits includes setting audit objectives, planning the process, preparing the necessary documents, conducting visual inspections. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Report contains relevant information in the appropriate format. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Relevant information:
  • Requirements, analysis results, corrective action taken, recommendations.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Report is technically and legally correct. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information is accurate, pertinent and sufficiently detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Ethics and standards of conduct for auditors are explained and discussed in relation to audits performed and problems encountered. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Structure and language of report meets communication objectives and audience requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Recommendations are valid and relevant. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Provide advice, guidance, mentoring and coaching as appropriate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Provision of advice, guidance, mentoring and coaching is appropriate to the situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Advice, guidance, mentoring and coaching achieves continuous improvement in meeting standards of quality. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of a relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA), which has jurisdiction over this field of learning. The policies and procedures of the relevant ETQA will also determine:
    > How the assessment is moderated.
    > How a learner can appeal against the outcome of the assessment.
  • Any institution or company which offers learning to achieve the purpose of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
  • 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:
    > Evaluating evidence in a portfolio of evidence, particularly projects which integrate various aspects of the unit standard and which demonstrate the integration of knowledge, skills and values, and the development of the critical outcomes.
    > Observing and listening to the learner at work, both in primary activities as well as in other interactions, or in relevant simulations.
    > Asking questions and initiating short discussions to test understanding and to verify other evidence.
    > Looking at records and reports.
    > Formative assessment.
  • Assessment of competence for this unit standard is based on experience acquired by the learner in the workplace, within the particular non-metallic manufacturing context. The assessment process should cover the explicit tasks required for the unit standard as well as the understanding of the concepts and principles that underpin the process of auditing quality documentation.
  • 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.
  • Assessors should also evaluate evidence that the learner has been performing consistently over a period of time.
  • The assessment for this unit standard can be done in conjunction with the assessment of other unit standards related to a qualification, and in conjunction with the assessment for the qualification as a whole. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following items reflect the type of knowledge that the assessor will evaluate:

    Names & functions of:
  • Terminology and concepts related to quality documentation operations, manufacturing operations, polymers and other materials associated with the manufacturing process.

    Purpose of:
  • Quality assurance system.
  • Quality documentation.
  • Protocols, checklists guides.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Quality assurance system.
  • Quality documentation.
  • Government and industry standards and regulations.
  • Corrective action to rectify inadequacies and inconsistencies.
  • Reporting requirements.
  • Potential areas of weakness associated with a particular manufacturing process or the materials used.

    Processes and events:
  • Audit planning.
  • Audit management.
  • Auditing quality documentation operations.
  • Approval of quality documentation.
  • Determining corrective actions.

    Causes and effects, implications of:
  • Issues related to quality production, poor ratification and auditing processes.
  • Key quality issues related to the particular non-metallic manufacturing process and products.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • For verifying information and processes.
  • For conducting audits of quality documentation.
  • For compiling reports and presenting information.

    Sensory cues:
  • Related to conducting the audit.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Applicable codes of practice.
  • Mandatory and legal requirements.
  • Relevant safety, health and environmental legislation.
  • Confidentiality and conflicts of interest.

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Auditing principles and practices.

    Categories:
  • Quality documents.

    Relationships, systems:
  • The role of the audit in ensuring the quality of the manufactured components. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Inadequacies or inconsistencies are identified in the quality documentation and corrective action is taken to rectify these. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others:
  • Interact with others in performing audit activities.
  • Mentor and coach team members or associated personnel where appropriate. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • Work systematically to perform auditing activities.
  • Manage own work programme.
  • Complete work timeously and efficiently. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Gather and analyse information, draw conclusions to determine recommendations and compile audit report.
  • Read and evaluate technical and legal issues related to the manufacturing process and the installations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • Compile report and present recommendations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • Apply knowledge of science and technology to analyse the inspection and testing processes and identify aspects that do not conform to requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • Explain the relationship between the audit, the effectiveness of the quality documentation and the quality of the manufactured components.
  • Balance the needs in terms of quality and commercial viability. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    The assessor will be registered and have a qualification relevant to the field of non-metallics fabrication at NQF Level 5 (Diploma) or above. The assessor could also be a person registered by a relevant inspection authority. The assessor should be active in the industry and be familiar with the materials, machinery, products and level of technology in which the learner has contextualised his/her skills and knowledge. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  60070   National Certificate: Inspection and Assessment (Non-Metallics)  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    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.
     
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