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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|Occupational Certificate: Community Development Practitioner|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|97691||Occupational Certificate: Community Development Practitioner|
|Development Quality Partner - ETDPSETA (Community)|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|-||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|Occupational Certificate||Field 07 - Human and Social Studies||People/Human-Centred Development|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||212||Not Applicable||NQF Level 05||Regular-ELOAC|
|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 prepare a learner to operate as a Community Development Practitioner.
A Community Development Practitioner acts as a change agent to add value to community development practice by exploring and coordinating networks and partnerships. Conducts community-based research to inform interventions, aligned to relevant legal and regulatory frameworks. Plans, designs and manages community interventions through the application of appropriate leadership and management styles; all of which are done to promote ethical and professional community development practice.
A qualified learner will be able to:
The aims of community development, as embodied by the South African Presidency's Intergovernmental Relations and Service Delivery (IRSD), includes the need for the development of a seamless and integrated approach to community development that is driven by the national development plan.
In order to achieve this there is an enormous task of managing the processes of mobilising people within the diverse communities throughout the nation and ensuring that the mobilisation is adequately focused on the key objectives of the National Development Plan.
There is ongoing evidence of community frustrations relating to poor service delivery.
It is for this reason that there is a desperate need for ensuring that community development practitioners are focused and that they work together in achieving optimum synergy within the communities.
There is currently a shortage of the key and scarce skills required to do this important work. The work is being done by volunteers and public servants who have mainly learnt through trial and error or who have high academic qualifications but lack the hands on practice.
The Occupational Certificate: Community Worker (Community Development Practitioner) has been designed to meet the needs and interests of the public and private sector relating to community development and will provide the means through which this level of leadership can be built.
The qualification will provide opportunities for people to progress to supervisory and mid management levels in the Department of Social Development and with a range of Non - Governmental organisations. It will also create opportunities for the successful learners to enter the private sector in organisations where they are doing community work in terms of the various industry charters.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
RPL for access to the external integrated summative assessment: Accredited providers and approved workplaces must apply the internal assessment criteria specified in the related curriculum document to establish and confirm prior learning. Accredited providers and workplaces must confirm prior learning by issuing a statement of result or certifying a work experience record.
RPL for access to the qualification: Accredited providers and approved workplaces may recognise prior learning against the relevant access requirements.
The minimum requirement for entry into this qualification is:
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge and Practical Skill Modules:
Total number of Credits for Knowledge Modules: 61.
Practical Skill Modules:
Total number of Credits for Practical Skill Modules: 74.
This qualification also requires the following Work Experience Modules:
Total number of Credits for Work Experience Modules: 77.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Compile and present community profile reports.
2. Manage community development information and data (Gathering, analysis and storing).
3. Establish, identify and coordinate community development structures.
4. Assess the performance of and provide support to community development structures.
5. Monitor the progress and achievements of community development initiatives.
6. Mobilise and manage volunteers and support staff.
|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:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:
Integrated formative assessment:
The skills development provider will use the curriculum to guide them on the stipulated internal assessment criteria and weighting. They will also apply the scope of practical skills and applied knowledge as stipulated by the internal assessment criteria. This formative assessment leads to entrance into the integrated external summative assessment.
Integrated summative assessment:
An external integrated summative assessment, conducted through the relevant QCTO Assessment Quality Partner is required for the issuing of this qualification. The external integrated summative assessment will focus on the exit level outcomes and associated assessment criteria.
|A comparative exercise was conducted regarding the content and structure of the Occupational Certificate with equivalent qualifications from two countries. The comparison showed that two countries do have education, training and development organisations that offer learning interventions in the field of community development. These countries were Australia and Canada.
Training Qualifications referred to in this international comparability were:
Institution: Chisholm Institute (TAFE Qualification) in Australia.
Qualification Title: Diploma of Community Development. Although the title states a Diploma, but this level is similar to South Africa's NQF Level 5.
Core Topics Covered:
Elective Topics Covered:
Institution: Davis Campus in Ontario Course Code: PCWOD
Qualification Title: Vancouver Island University Diploma (Community Development).
This diploma provides learners with the essential skills necessary to empower others within their local and/or international community to work for social justice by facilitating and influencing meaningful and sustainable change in working for social justice through grassroots involvement and participatory planning.
The Occupational Certificate: Community Worker (Community Development Practitioner) compares favourably with the international qualifications reviewed. The Diploma of Community Development offered by Chisholm Institute, is very compatible with the Occupational Certificate: Community Worker (Community Development Practitioner). As far as content is concerned there are significant overlaps. It also caters for the supervision and management of volunteers and it covers a large chunk of the skills as set out in the Occupational Certificate. Also the qualification cited from Canada shares a high Degree of comparability with the Occupational Certificate: Community Worker (Community Development Practitioner). However the theoretical modules do not cover the in-depth inputs that are present in the Occupational Certificate.
|Horizontal articulation could be possible to:
Vertical articulation could be possible to:
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|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.