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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Governance and Administration 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
50222  National Certificate: Governance and Administration 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Administration 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
SERVICES - Services Sector Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies  Office Administration 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  130  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Regular-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

The qualification provides the learner with a level of knowledge and competence that can be applied in a practical workplace environment, involving elements of management, administration and governance. The qualification provides the learner with the knowledge and skills that can be applied in a variety of entities as well as an understanding of their philosophy and operational requirements. It also provides a step to a higher level of learning in governance, administration and finance, and widens the learner's opportunities for advancement.

The learner will be equipped with the primary skills to handle a variety of administrative functions within the scope of management, management information systems, taxation and financial accounting.

Rationale:

The Certificate addresses the needs of staff from supervisory to junior managerial level (for example, assistant manager) The qualification remains broadly focused but it introduces elements of management.

It is aimed at providing a relevant qualification at a junior management level. Since there is a dearth of qualified people at this level, there is a definite demand for this qualification from the formal sector of the economy. Despite the unstructured nature of the informal sector of the economy, it is anticipated that a demand will also arise from this sector. It also aims to provide recognition to staff with relevant experience but without a recognised qualification by giving them a registered qualification which can be obtained in a number of ways including through the RPL process.

The qualification offers a planned combination of learning outcomes, which have a defined purpose, which includes reading a balance sheet, completing a tax return and understanding legal and Information and Communication Technology issues.

There is a large demand for qualified staff and the qualification goes some way in addressing this shortfall. Qualified learners will be able to enter the market as entrepreneurs, doing their own tax returns and books of account. In the government, NGO and business world, the successful learner will become more confident, given the acquisition of further theoretical knowledge which will prepare him/her for potential promotion. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication, Mathematical Literacy and Accounting at NQF Level 4. Learners should also be computer literate at NQF Level 3.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL):

This qualification can be achieved wholly or in part through the Recognition of Prior Learning. The individual should be thoroughly briefed prior to the assessment, and will be required to submit a Portfolio of Evidence in the prescribed format to be assessed for formal recognition.

The approach taken to RPL in this qualification reflects the objectives of the NQF in that it will allow access to a qualification for a large section of previously disadvantaged persons who were marginalised from mainstream education and training. RPL will also provide access for the youth and unemployed to embark on learning and career path progression. RPL will provide recognition of experience acquired over many years in the workplace for those already employed. RPL will allow these persons to accumulate credits for experiential learning gained.

Access to the qualification:

It is preferable for learners to first have completed a qualification in management and/or administration at level 4 or equivalent before accessing this qualification. 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

QUALIFICATION RULES 
The 130 credits for the qualification are made up as follows:
  • Fundamental learning Component: 50
  • Core learning component: 70
  • Elective Component: 10
  • Total: 130 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Fundamental learning component (Compulsory for all learners)

    1. Understand basic principles of business information systems and apply them to a range of different work contexts.

    Core learning component (Compulsory for all learners)

    2. Understand basic business management principles and be able to apply them in a range of work contexts.
    3. Complete and submit to SARS, individual and corporate tax returns timeously and accurately in accordance with the Income Tax Act.
    4. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of financial accounting principles and their applications, and a basic knowledge of corporate financial accounting.

    Elective Learning Component (Learners are to choose one of the electives listed below)

    5.1 Understand basic business management principles and be able to apply them in a range of work contexts.
    5.2 Identify and explain the typical success factors for SMME promotion and a range of other local economic development strategies and tools.

    6. Contribute to the management of costs and the enhancement of value. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Fundamental learning component (Compulsory for all learners)

    1.
  • A clarification is given of the types of information needed within an organisation.
  • An outline is given of the responsibilities of an ICT Department in managing the organisational ICT resources.
  • End users are supported to facilitate service delivery.
  • An outline is given of the structure and functions of various hardware and software technologies available for an organisation.
  • Application is made of suitable selection criteria and acquisition processes.
  • A demonstration is given of how the database and communications resources can be used in controlling and distributing information.
  • An explanation is given of the basic functionality of different types of business software applications and uses where appropriate.

    Core learning component (Compulsory for all learners)

    2.
  • The business structure and its organising features are identified and quantified for the intended market.
  • Basic management functions and techniques are applied to assess the performance (or planned performance) of a business.
  • Areas within the business flow where constraints or bottlenecks can occur are identified and solutions to solving or preventing them are provided.
  • An analysis is provided of ways to apply alternative management and marketing structures and strategies.
  • An outline is provided of the roles and importance of Human Resource Management and Labour Relations within the organisation.

    3.
  • An explanation is given of the tax concept of "income".
  • Tax returns are handled correctly.
  • Corporate issues related to taxation are identified and examples used to relate them to a specific organisation.

    4.
  • The principles of partnership accounting are applied in a practical context.
  • The principles of accounting applicable to limited companies are applied in a practical context.
  • The principles of accounting applicable to close corporations are applied in a practical context.
  • A cash flow statement is prepared to reconcile net profit before tax with cash flows generated from operations.
  • Group financial statements are prepared in compliance with the provisions of the Companies Act.
  • Financial statements are carefully analysed and correctly interpreted for the benefit of management and/or investors.

    Elective Learning Component (Learners are to choose one of the electives listed below)

    Elective 1:

    5.1
  • The business structure and its organising features are identified and quantified for the intended market.
  • Basic management functions and techniques are applied to assess the performance (or planned performance) of a business.
  • An analysis is provided of ways to apply alternative management and marketing structures and strategies.
  • An outline is provided of the roles and importance of Human Resource Management and Labour Relations within the organisation.

    Elective 2:

    5.2
  • The concept of success is defined in the local economic development environment together with the factors that contribute to the success.
  • The link between the factors and a successful outcome are discussed using an example of a local economic development project or programme.
  • A decision is made of the way in which the success factors can be measured, both qualitatively and quantitatively, in terms of their contribution to the project is determined.
  • A success factor analysis process is applied to a local economic development strategy.
  • A development plan for taking corrective action to achieve greater success is compiled using the results of the analysis.

    6.
  • The business environment is defined in relation to generally accepted accounting practice.
  • Various accounting techniques are described and utilised to collect, analyse and disseminate cost information.
  • The principles and theory underpinning accounting are explained in relation to costing systems within the framework of GAAP/GRAP.
  • External and internal sources are utilised to obtain information about costs
  • Trends in prices are monitored for movements and analysed on a regular basis to identify potential implications for the organisation.
  • Budgeted costs are compared with actual costs and variances are analysed with a view to suggesting remedial action.
  • Recommendations are made to reduce costs and enhance value using cost information and performance indicators.

    Integrated assessment

    The assessment of this qualification is through a programme of formative and summative assessments, which can take the form of a written examination.

    The learner needs to:
  • Demonstrate competence by means of the practical application of the embedded knowledge in a manner that proves competence.
  • Illustrate a clear understanding of the concepts, theory and principles that underpin the practical action taken by means of explanation and/or examination.

    The assessments are designed to indicate not only the knowledge gaps and skills deficits of the learner, but also highlight the learner's strengths and weaknesses related to the other elements of applied competence, namely:
  • Information processing and the power of analysis.
  • Problem solving and a decision making capacity.
  • Communication skills.

    The assessment process is capable of being applied to RPL, subject to the rules and criteria of the relevant ETQA. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification is in every way equivalent to the ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators) international qualification offered in the following countries: United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malawi, Canada, Nigeria, Kenya, Botswana, Swaziland, India and Ghana.

    The Exit Level Outcomes and Associated Assessment Criteria of this qualification match those of the qualifications offered in each of the above-mentioned countries. The degree of difficulty and notional learning time are comparable to the offerings in those countries as well. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Since this qualification is the second step in a qualification-set from NQF 5 to NQF 7, there is articulation with the Certificate at NQF Level 6 that follows. Additionally, components of this qualification should provide the learner with credits towards part of a qualification such as a diploma at levels 5 or 6 in management and administration, as well as towards a BCom.

    It also articulates horizontally with the National Certificate: Management and Administration, Level 5 (ID 49126). 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation of that ETQA, in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between various ETQAs (including professional bodies), and in terms of the moderation guideline detailed immediately below.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at all exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual Unit Standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Assessors wishing to assess learners against this qualification should:
  • Be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA.
  • Be in possession of a qualification in accounting, administration or management al NQF level 6 or above. 

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

    NOTES 
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    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
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