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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
23260  National Certificate: Industrial Rubber Manufacturing: Mixing OR Extruding OR Moulding OR Calendaring 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
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  122  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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 maintain all aspects of an efficient production system by implementing new products, materials or technology, maintaining production efficiencies, optimising current processes and practices, interacting with the workgroup, customers, suppliers in order to achieve the above.

Qualified learners will also understand:
  • how to maintain and influence relationships in a complex manufacturing environment
  • how to achieve change
  • how to work with a range of information sources to optimise performance and quality

    What learners achieve in this qualification will also serve as a basis for further learning where they will engage with issues of management and advanced technology.


    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 fourth 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 4 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 
    The qualification is composed of Fundamental, Core and Elective learning components:
  • Fundamental: 32 credits
  • Core: 72 credits
  • Elective: a minimum of 18 credits must be selected from Elective unit standards.
    Total: a minimum of 122 credits 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Exit level outcomes:

    1. Maintain and optimise all aspects of the manufacturing process and determine processing conditions for new moulds or dies or materials.

    2. Monitor and enforce systems relating to quality and safety, health and the environment.

    3. Counsel, lead, guide and develop the workgroup and workgroup members.

    4. Discuss and resolve issues with external customers and suppliers. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Current efficiencies are maintained.
  • Improvements and new settings or procedures are documented and result in products that meet and continue to meet customer needs.
  • Information on all aspects of the manufacturing process is collected, summarised and recorded.
  • Changes and improvements are reported, recorded in operating procedures and communicated to workgroup members.
  • Any changes or recommendations are based on systematic analysis and the effects of implementation are recorded and reported.

    2.
  • Responses to deviations and non-conformance are appropriate and speedy.
  • The workplace is clean, safe, ordered and operating without bottlenecks or hazards.
  • Records and reports document conditions and incidents.
  • All workgroup members apply appropriate procedures and use appropriate protective equipment.
  • Issues and problems are discussed and decisions made and implemented.

    3.
  • Problems are identified and resolved.
  • Support, training and motivation of workgroup members is appropriate to the needs to their needs.
  • Issues raised by workgroup members are listened and responded to according organisational policies and agreements.

    4.
  • Key issues are identified, discussed and documented.
  • Resolutions are agreed and documented with clear actions, responsibilities, timeframes and reporting issues.
  • Views, suggestions and alternatives are listened to and considered.
  • Implementation and progress are reported internally and externally.


    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 of preparing the learner for assessment and familiarising the learner with 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 for industrial rubber manufacturing. 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 4 years in an 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  13200  Conduct mould or material trials in industrial rubber manufacturing processes  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Core  9904  Coordinate work group to produce product  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  13256  Maintain business processes  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Core  13201  Maintain production efficiencies in industrial rubber manufacturing processes  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Core  13199  Optimise an industrial rubber manufacturing process  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  24 
    Core  12459  Optimise the safety, health and environmental protection system  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  9405  Analyse work requirements and plan ahead  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  12433  Use communication techniques effectively  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  12432  Use mathematical and statistical techniques effectively  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  20 
    Elective  13235  Maintain the quality assurance system  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  13203  Counsel workgroup members in respect of HIV/AIDS  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  12671  Determine requirements for rubber applications  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  60 
    Elective  12458  Develop the skills of a work team  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  12669  Implement new projects in a rubber manufacturing and assembly process  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  30 
    Elective  116785  Manage requirements related to quality and other standards  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  12674  Perform auditing activities  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Elective  12670  Test and analyse rubber materials, components and products  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  45 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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