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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|National Certificate: Adventure Based Learning|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|66190||National Certificate: Adventure Based Learning|
|SGB Tourism, Adventure & Guiding|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|CATHSSETA - Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Education and Training Authority||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Certificate||Field 11 - Services||Hospitality, Tourism, Travel, Gaming and Leisure|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||120||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||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 qualification is aimed at individuals already employed or planning to become employed in operational supervision in the Adventure Based Learning sector. Adventure Based Learning (ABL), becomes experience-based when the key element of reflection is added to the activity experience. Activities can range from low, medium to high risk adventures that can create specific experience outcomes during an ABL program. Competent learners will be able to provide effective and efficient support as Adventure Based Learning organisers responsible for the development of programmes used for indoor and outdoor learning experiences.
In addition, the qualifying learner will be in a position to provide operational leadership to facilitators and instructors operating at adventure based learning sites whilst contributing to operations considering environmental impact and in particular the maintaining of safety and effective transfer of learning in accordance with industry standards.
This is critical to support the services offered within the industry from a perspective of professional and safe operation and will help to retain and grow the number of individuals progressing and being retained within the Adventure Based Learning environment as it will enable career progression through positioning of the learner to further their learning, practice and career within the guiding, recreation and tourism industry, either at further NQF levels, or in other areas of practice.
The learner successfully completing this qualification will have gained knowledge and ability to be able to:
In the context of creating a learning pathway for Adventure Based Learning practitioners, this qualification is intended to lead on from the FETC Adventure Based Learning. If this type of learning environment is to become truly accessible for all South Africans, it is essential that practitioners be afforded the opportunity to follow a career path by receiving recognised training to provide accessibility to programmes in this sector offered on higher levels of the National Qualifications Framework.
Adventure Based Learning practitioners at this level should be aware of the unique physical and safety demands of this alternative learning environment. This qualification will provide standards for safe and effective programme planning and implementation, which promote industry standards and benefits to individuals accessing this environment for purposes of personal and team development.
In being made aware of the requirements of Adventure Based Training interventions, practitioners will instil good attitudes, habits and behaviour in facilitators/instructors which will enable them to pursue higher levels of performance. In addition, individuals operating on this level will design and develop Adventure Based programmes and supervise the implementation and application thereof to develop the skills and competencies of volunteers and junior facilitators in support of transformation in the industry.
Adventure Based Learning competencies acquired in this qualification can be applied to positions such as:
The adventure-based industry is advancing rapidly and gaining greater status as a unique learning environment. To ensure its continued progress there is a need to build capacity in this sub-sector and it is essential that structures pertaining strictly to its core business be put in place, to ensure the continued professional development and growth of the industry.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|It is assumed that the learner attempting this qualification is competent in:
Recognition of Prior Learning:
This Qualification and all the fundamental, core and elective Unit Standards associated with it can be achieved by any learner through the recognition of prior learning, which includes learning outcomes achieved through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. Learner and assessor will jointly decide on methods to determine prior learning and competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in the qualification and the associated unit standards.
This Recognition of Prior Learning may allow for:
Access to the Qualification:
|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 120 credits as detailed below.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Administer an Adventure Based Learning organisation or centre.
2. Design an Adventure Based Learning programme.
3. Present an Adventure Based Learning programme.
Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
The qualification addresses the following Critical Cross-Field Outcomes as embedded in the Exit Level Outcomes and Associated Assessment Criteria of the qualification:
Effective communication is enabled through the maintaining of relevant communication as per organisational requirements as it applies to operations and programme implementation in the Adventure Based Learning environment.
Problems are identified and solved in the planning and conducting of Adventure Based Learning activities and /or programmes as it relates to the planning execution and reviewing of all related responsibilities.
Information is collected analysed, organized and evaluated in the planning and preparation of Adventure Based Learning programmes as well as the maintaining of operational effectiveness.
Own activities are managed and organised in the performance of Adventure Based Learning.
Teamwork is supported in the operational environment and the execution of Adventure Based Learning responsibilities including facilitation and the maintaining of a safe operational environment.
Inter-relatedness of systems is supported in the observing and management of group dynamics and the transfer of learning through the conducting of activities in the Adventure Based Learning environment.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
Integrated assessment at this level will evaluate the learner's ability to combine actions and ideas across a range of activities and knowledge areas. The integrated assessment must specifically assess the learner's ability to:
The assessment may require assessment methods, which take evidence generated during on-the job activities into account. Because assessment practices must be open, transparent, fair, valid and reliable; ensuring that no learner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever, an integrated assessment approach is incorporated into the qualification.
A variety of methods must be used in assessment and tools and activities must be appropriate to the context in which the learner is working or will work. Where it is not possible to assess the learner in the workplace, simulations, case studies, role-plays and other similar techniques should be used to provide a context appropriate to the assessment.
The term integrated assessment implies that theoretical and practical components should be assessed together. Whenever possible the assessment of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values shown in the Unit Standards should be integrated and, during integrated assessment, the assessor should make use of a range of formative and summative assessment tools and methods. Combinations of practical, applied, and foundational competencies should be assessed simultaneously.
Assessment should further ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and critical cross-field outcomes are evaluated in an integrated way. Assessors must assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience as the assessment process is capable of being applied to RPL, subject to the rules and criteria of the relevant ETQA.
|The National Certificate: Adventure Based Learning has been compared with similar qualifications and unit standards from Canada, New Zealand and Australia, as they are acknowledged as countries that have developed internationally recognised qualifications in this area of learning and application.
As these countries are identified as some of the areas for best practice in the training and development of Adventure Based Learning, the following qualifications were selected for inclusion in international comparison:
The TAFE Certificate IV in Outdoor recreation incorporates the following main components:
Elective components include:
Apart from the compulsory generic core and stream units, the Australian certificate is structured in such a way as to include "activity" specialisation as well as general specialisation categories.
The envisaged qualification compares well as per the following compulsory unit standards:
The envisaged qualification differentiates itself through the inclusion of the following standards:
In this instance environmental care and protection supports the South African focus on sustainable natural resources utilisation whilst communication supports the application of Adventure based learning in a multi-cultural society where a large number of participants are presently exposed to this learning model for the first time.
In addition, the necessity to fast track and develop previously excluded facilitators in the sector requires effective hands on training and development whilst the handling of financial resources is required to ensure the sustainability of outdoor recreation organisations or centres.
The Undergraduate programme in Outdoor Recreation in Canada includes the following components:
A range of specific adventure based activities is offered which include mountaineering, kayaking, skiing, rafting, canoeing etc and field placement for practical application of skills are compulsory.
The National Certificate: Adventure Based Learning provides a positive comparison in terms of the following components making up the qualification:
The one component within the Canadian programme not clearly aligned to the envisaged qualification is the focus on tourism whilst the envisaged programme also includes a strong communication and time management focus presently not observed in the Canadian qualification. On the job coaching and a focus on interactive styles likewise adds a unique focus in this qualification.
The additional focus areas identified once again provides for the specific South African context of provision and application as communication, coaching and an understanding of the interactive styles of individuals provides for effective application of adventure based learning in a more diverse community.
Comparison with SADC Countries:
Unfortunately searches conducted did not provide information on any Adventure Based Learning qualifications other than those closely associated with ecological training and development associated with nature conservation in SADC countries.
Searches conducted indicated the availing of some tertiary level graduate courses/programmes in Adventure Recreation offered by South African Tertiary institutions but no lower level access qualifications could be sourced. It is thus quite likely that the South African qualification will enable application of skills in Southern Africa in the absence of other formal qualifications in the area of operation.
The National Certificate: Adventure Based Learning seems to be on par with qualifications used for comparison from the Australian and Canadian adventure and recreation environments. In none of these instances were specific components of the qualifications very different, apart from a stronger focus on Tourism in the Canadian qualification than that of its South African counterpart.
It is clear that the main compulsory focus areas provide for a clear alignment, and comparison in this regard leaves no doubt about the envisaged qualifications ability to offer training and development from a similar perspective and focus.
Where the envisaged qualification differs in focus, in particular as it pertains to coaching, a strong communication and interactive style as well as the handling of relevant financial and administration, it serves the transformation and growth realities in the adventure based learning environment well from a South African perspective. It thus rather adds value from a local context than falling short of the focus areas associated with programme development, implementation and provision of leadership expected from a qualification on this level on the qualifications framework.
|This Qualification will provide for horizontal and vertical articulation within the envisaged Learning pathway for the Adventure Based Learning environment. As no similar qualifications are presently registered on the NQF, articulation outside of the ABL environment could possibly include:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|Anyone assessing a learner, against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
For an applicant to register as an assessor or moderator of this Qualification the applicant needs:
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|Groups as understood within the Adventure Based Learning operational environment includes: Group structures, group development, norms, communication, challenges, individual roles, motivation, conflict resolution, ethics, trust, perception of risk, team building, as all of these concepts plays an integral role in the dynamics associated with group facilitation in the ABL environment.
Operational requirements within different Adventure Based Learning settings / organisations may differ due to a specific preference for adventure activities to transfer learning. Regardless of the type of activities utilised, all operational environments will need to pay particular attention to:
It is recommended that a learner should complete 1000 hours of practical experience to give sufficient practice in applying Adventure Based Learning skills. This is within the bounds of completion of a certificate within 1 year of full-time study. It also represents the minimum amount of experience appropriate to the practical application of the required skills both in terms of facilitation but also in terms of activity and equipment related safety and mastery of skills.
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||255914||Minimise and manage safety and emergency incidents||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Core||115855||Create, maintain and update record keeping systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Core||110508||Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of the concept of facilitation and a range of facilitation skills||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Core||252188||Develop a programme for adventure based learning (abl) experiences||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||263399||Facilitate learning through an adventure based learning experience||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||252184||Facilitate participation in an adventure based activity||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Core||263401||Lead and mentor an adventure based learning facilitation team||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||252183||Maintain safety in the conduct of adventure based learning activities||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Core||252187||Plan and conduct leading and mentoring of participants in outdoor adventure experiences||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||252038||Prepare and manage a budget||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Core||252186||Prepare to lead and conduct physical activities||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||252185||Promote sustainable use of the environment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Fundamental||242585||Analyse the dynamics of different interactive styles in client relationships||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Fundamental||15234||Apply efficient time management to the work of a department/division/section||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Fundamental||10622||Conduct communication within a business environment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Fundamental||13927||Utilise personal development training for personal growth||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Elective||242816||Conduct a structured meeting||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||114215||Mentor a colleague to enhance the individual`s knowledge, skills, values and attitudes in a selected career path||Level 4||NQF Level 04||3|
|Elective||242819||Motivate and Build a Team||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Elective||13649||Apply fundamental knowledge of environmental ethics to a field of work or study||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Elective||252189||Deal with sub standard performance in a team||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Elective||254068||Recruit, induct and manage volunteers||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
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