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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Industrial Rubber Manufacturing: Mixing OR Extruding OR Moulding OR Calendaring 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
23259  National Certificate: Industrial Rubber Manufacturing: Mixing OR Extruding OR Moulding OR Calendaring 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Plastics Manufacturing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
MERSETA - Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  121  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
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 
The purpose of the qualification is to provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to satisfy the challenges of participating effectively in the industrial rubber manufacturing industry.

For those who have been in the workplace for a long time, this qualification can be used in the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process to assess and recognise workplace skills acquired without the benefit of formal education or training.

For the new entrant, this qualification describes the learning outcomes (the skills, knowledge and values) required by industrial rubber manufacturers to effectively participate in a structured workplace.

For education and training providers, this qualification provides guidance for the development of appropriate learning programmes. For employers, the qualification allows skills gaps to be identified and programmes to close those skills gaps to be developed. The qualification also acts as an external benchmark for fulfilling the criteria of national and international quality standards such as ISO 9000:2000.

This qualification recognises the skills, knowledge and values acquired by learners to initiate and maintain industrial rubber manufacturing processes by, setting up manufacturing equipment for production, solving common problems to produce quality products to meet customer needs, interacting with others to achieve manufacturing objectives.

Qualified learners will also understand:
  • how to plan, schedule and evaluate own work
  • how to interact with and develop the capacity of team members to maintain and support quality, safety and health systems.

    What learners achieve in this qualification will also serve as a basis for further learning where they will engage in maintaining production efficiencies and optimising production processes.

    Rationale for the qualification:

    The industrial rubber manufacturing industry is characterised by sophisticated manufacturing processes that include mixing, extruding, moulding and calendaring, within a competitive and challenging environment. The manufactured rubber products have to respond to a wide variety of exacting customer and consumer quality requirements. In addition the industry has to respond to competition in export and domestic markets and ensure the on-going development of new products required by changing customer needs.

    This means that people working in the industrial rubber industry, whether involved in mixing, extruding, moulding or calendaring processes, require a range of skills and knowledge to help them respond to the exacting quality requirements and ongoing change.

    This is the third qualification in a series for industrial rubber manufacturing within the context of either mixing, extruding, moulding or calendaring, that will enable competent learners to participate effectively in the industrial rubber manufacturing industry, whether in micro, small, medium or large operations. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners entering a programme towards this qualification have achieved an Industrial Rubber Manufacturing NQF level 3 qualification or have the relevant experience.

    Recognition of prior learning:

    This qualification may be obtained through the process of RPL. The learner should be thoroughly briefed prior to the assessment and support provided to assist in the process of developing a portfolio. While this is primarily a work-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the exit level outcomes. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    N/A 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Exit level outcomes:

    1. Set industrial rubber manufacturing equipment and maintain the efficiency of the process and the quality of the manufactured product.

    2. Understand, use and apply rubber technology principles in order to identify, formulate and recommend solutions to common manufacturing process problems and areas for improvement.

    3. Lead workgroup and workgroup members` activities relating to materials, equipment and workplace relations.

    4. Maintain a safe, effective and efficient workplace, developing the skills and performance of workgroup members in this regard.
  • Range: Safety also includes issues of health and issues relating to reducing negative impacts on the environment.

    5. Understand and work with internal customers and partners.
  • Range: Internal customers and partners include those with roles relating to material preparation and supply, quality assurance, safe, health and the environment, sales and marketing, management, unions or worker representatives and any others who interact with the manufacturing environment.

    6. Demonstrate an understanding of options for further learning in this or a related field of learning and preparation requirements for such learning. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria:

    1.1 Ensure that the manufacturing process and the manufactured products conform to specifications
    1.2 Set-up equipment for a new or modified lines are planned and carried out efficiently and safely
    1.3 Perform continuous quality checks and review settings
    1.4 Issues related the manufacturing process and the materials used to run a new or modified product line is discussed and resolved

    2.1 Identify problems and formulate solutions and propose ways to minimize reoccurrence of such problems
    2.2 Problems are recorded and monitored for reoccurrence and solutions are implemented,
    2.3 Problems, solutions and opportunities for improvement are discussed and resolved with workgroup members and internal customers and partners
    2.4 Discuss are explain the underlying scientific and technological causes and related issues for problems

    3.1 Work is organized and planned
    3.2 Manage interpersonal team processes to achieve required outputs
    3.3 Evaluate achievements of work unit objectives and suggest and implement improvements

    4.1 Ensure that the workplace including tools, equipment, safety equipment and services are safe and free of hazards
    4.2 Coach, influence and support workgroup members to work effectively, efficiently and safely

    5.1 Key issues actions, responsibilities, and timeframes are identified, discussed and resolved and reporting issues clarified
    5.2 Colleagues opinions, suggestions, ideas are listened to and decisions and plans are recorded and implemented

    6.1 Options for further learning are explained
    6.2 Preparation requirements for further learning are explained
    6.3 Learning plan is developed

    Integrated Assessment:

    The integrated assessment must be based on a summative assessment guide. The guide must spell out how the assessor will assess different aspects of the performance and will include:
  • Observing the learner at work (both in primary activities as well as other interactions) or by relevant simulations
  • Asking questions and initiating short discussions to test understanding
  • Looking at records and reports

    The learner may choose in which language s/he wants to be assessed. This should be established as part of a process or preparing the learner for assessment and familiarising the learner on the approach being taken.

    While this is primarily a workplace-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the exit level outcomes.

    The assessment process should cover both the explicit tasks required for the qualification as well as the understanding of the concepts and principles that underpin the activities required of mechatronics. The assessment process should also establish how the critical outcomes have been advanced by the learning process

    Assessors should also evaluate evidence that the learner has been performing consistently over a period of time. The assessment can include a small project or projects that need more time to complete than is practical in a live assessment session. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    As a starting point, this series of qualifications in industrial rubber manufacturing (NQF levels 2 to 5), of which this qualification forms a part, was compared to other, similar outcomes-based qualifications, certifications or skills standards in the United States, New Zealand and Australia. It was found to be difficult to compare the New Zealand and Australian narrow focus qualifications with these broad-based qualifications that also include fundamentals and generic core standards. It was further difficult to undertake such comparisons given that the New Zealand and Australian qualifications, although they are in the field of manufacturing and cover the same areas of specialisation (thus containing a large degree of similar content) are conceptualised as three year qualifications without exit level outcomes at the intermediate levels (NQF levels 2 and 3). This notwithstanding, the technical content of this series of qualifications does correspond with the equivalent level of qualification in manufacturing in Australia and New Zealand.
    This qualification was also compared to manufacturing skills standards in the United States and this qualification broadly corresponds to these, with the same proviso that the United States skills standards do not make provision for exit levels below the equivalent of NQF level 4. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The qualification has been designed and structured so that qualifying learners can move from one context to another. 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. Equally, holders of other qualifications may be evaluated against this qualification for the purpose of RPL. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderators for the qualification should be qualified and accredited with an appropriate ETQA and have a qualification in engineering.

    To assure the quality of the assessment process the moderation should cover one of the following:
  • Assessor credentials
  • The assessment instrument
  • The assessment process

    Where assessment and moderation are taking place in sectors other than the MERSETA, assessment and moderation should be in terms of a memorandum of understanding negotiated with the MERS ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The following criteria should be applied by the relevant ETQA:

    1. Appropriate qualification in the field of manufacturing - with a minimum of 2 years in industrial rubber manufacturing environment. The subject matter expertise of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning.

    2. Appropriate experience and understanding of assessment theory, processes and practices.

    3. Good interpersonal skills and ability to balance the conflicting requirements of:
  • 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

    4. Registration as an assessor with the MERS ETQA or any other relevant ETQA.

    5. Any other criteria required by the MERS ETQA or any other ETQA. 

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

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  9527  Lead a team, plan, allocate and assess their work  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13254  Contribute to the implementation and maintenance of business processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  13198  Formulate and recommend solutions to common industrial rubber manufacturing problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04  20 
    Core  13195  Lead workgroup activities relating to material preparation processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  13235  Maintain the quality assurance system  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  13224  Monitor the application of safety, health and environmental protection procedures  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  13196  Set industrial rubber manufacturing equipment  Level 4  NQF Level 04  14 
    Fundamental  9850  Communicate and liaise with internal departments and external sales support structures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7794  Communicate verbally  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9960  Communicate verbally and non-verbally in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9528  Communicate with clients  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  12429  Develop a personal financial plan  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9015  Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9506  Communicate in an assertive manner with clients and fellow workers  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8974  Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9505  Manage basic business and personal finance  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  12417  Measure, estimate & calculate physical quantities & explore, critique & prove geometrical relationships in 2 and 3 dimensional space in the life and workplace of adult with increasing responsibilities  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8975  Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  116389  Write a technical report  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8976  Write for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  12484  Perform basic fire fighting  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12455  Perform the role of a safety, health and environmental protection representative  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13194  Perform statistical process control  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    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.
     
    1. Bridgestone South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Brits Plant (BRITS) (TP) 
    2. Rema Tip Top SA (Pty) Ltd (BENONI) (TP) 



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