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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

National Certificate: Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
23773  National Certificate: Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was CETA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction  Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  146  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
SAQA 0146/03  2003-02-19  2006-02-09 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2007-02-09   2010-02-09  

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 is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
50018  Further Education and Training Certificate: Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice  Level 4  NQF Level 04  120  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Any individuals, who are or wish to be involved in the Computer Aided Drawing, will have access to this qualification. This qualification will be registered at NQF Level 4 and is intended to serve the architectural, engineering and construction industries by providing skilled draftspersons who can produce design drawings which address the need to move from traditional manual drafting to the current need of the high technology development, necessitated by the shift to Computer Aided Drawing and Draughting.

Portability across other National Qualifications in Engineering and Draughting is therefore ensured.

Rationale for the qualification:

The National Certificate in Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice: Level 4 is designed to meet the needs of those learners who enter the field of Computer Aided Drawing.

The Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice at NQF Level 4 will provide a broad knowledge and skills needed in the industry and to progress along a career path for learners who:
  • Were previously disadvantaged or who were unable to complete their schooling and were therefore denied access to Further Education and Training
  • Have worked in Computer Aided Drawing for many years, but have no formal qualification in Computer Aided Drawing
  • Wish to extend their range of skills and knowledge of the industry so that they can become knowledgeable workers in Computer Aided Drawing and Draughting
  • Wish to take up a learnership in Computer Aided Drawing

    The National Certificate in Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice: Level 4 allows the learner to work towards a nationally recognised qualification. The qualification will allow both those in formal educations and those already employed in architectural, engineering and construction organisations access, due to its flexibility. It aims to develop individuals who are informed and skilled in Computer Aided Drawing and Draughting


    The qualification focuses on the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes required to progress further in this field of learning. The intention is:
  • To prove the development of knowledge and skills that are required in all sub-sectors of Computer Aided Drawing
  • To release the potential of people
  • To provide opportunities for people to move up the value chain

    The National Certificate in Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice level 4 should produce knowledgeable, skilled Computer Aided Draughts persons who are able to contribute to improved productivity and efficiency within the draughting industry. It should provide the means for current individuals in the Computer Aided Drawing field to receive recognition for prior learning and to upgrade their skills and knowledge base. The qualification is structured in such a way that exposes individuals to a set of core competencies to give a broad understanding of Computer Aided Drawing and the electives, which will allow for specific competence in a selected area of drawing specialisation. It will also promote the notion of life-long learning. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification, will have demonstrated competence in numeracy and literacy at Level 3 on the NQF or equivalent.

    Recognition of prior learning

    The structure of this Unit Standard based Qualification makes the Recognition of Prior Learning possible, if the learner is able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this Civil Engineering Construction qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning will be done by means of an Integrated Assessment

    This Recognition of Prior Learning may allow:
  • For accelerated access to further learning
  • Gaining of credits towards a unit standard

    All recognition of Prior Learning is subject to quality assurance by the relevant accredited Education, Training, Quality, Assurance Body and is conducted by a registered workplace assessor. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    On achieving this qualification, the learner will be able to:
  • Operate and use a computer and it`s associated peripherals together with the required computer operating system
  • Communicate with both clients and work colleagues to enhance the quality of work and service produced
  • Undertake to create computer aided drawings for electrical, building, piping, mechanical and structural steel areas of draughting
  • Use a wide variety of measuring instruments to improve the quality and end result of computer aided drawings
  • Plan and layout accurately a computer aided drawing
  • Conduct research t collect data for the desired design requirements
  • Display an understanding of workflow and administration procedures pertaining to a drawing office
  • Display an understanding of the various types of engineering materials, heat treatments and machining processes
  • Create a free hand drawing in preparation for a computer aided drawing
  • Display an understanding of a wide variety of mechanical components in support of computer aided drawing 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    In particular assessors should check that the learner must demonstrate the ability to consider a range of options and make decisions about:
  • The practical use of a computer, it`s software and the computer peripherals
  • Communicating with clients in order to obtain the necessary and required information to plan and produce a computer aided drawing
  • Producing a computer aided drawing which meets the needs of the client and the organisation
  • The measurable quality and quantity of the engineering materials required on a computer aided drawing
  • The process and production of free-hand drawings
  • The procedures and processes used in a drawing office to plan the workflow and to administer the documentation in a drawing office


    Integrated Assessment

    Because assessment practices must be open, transparent, fair, valid, and reliable and ensure that no learner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever, an integrated assessment approach is incorporated into the qualification.

    Learning, teaching and assessment are inextricably lined. Whenever possible, the assessment of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values shown in the unit standards should be integrated.

    Assessment of the communication, language, literacy and numeracy should be conducted in conjunction with other aspects and should use authentic Funeral Services contexts wherever possible.
    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. Where it is not possible to assess the learner in the workplace or on-the-job, 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. During integrated assessments the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies.

    Assessors and moderators should make use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods. Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.

    Assessment should ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and critical cross-field outcomes are evaluated. The assessment of the critical cross-field outcomes should be integrated with the assessment of specific outcomes and embedded knowledge. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The Computer Aided Drawing Industry is a discipline with globally recognised best practices, standards and qualifications. This qualification and set of unit standards utilises international and locally recognised best practice and standards in Computer Aided Drawing practice.

    Benchmarking was done by comparison to Unit Standards / Outcomes of learning against:
  • The New Zealand qualifications - National Certificate in Design (Draughting) (Level 2) total credit value 70
  • New Zealand Unit Standards in Design - Computer Graphics:
  • Produce orthographic, scale working drawings using computer aided draughting (CAD) programs
  • Produce scale production drawings using computer aided draughting (CAD) programmes
  • Produce scale production drawings using computer aided draughting (CAD) programmes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of numerical data used in the draughting industry
  • Technical And Further Education Authority (TAFEA) New South Whales was also used as a resource for international benchmarking

    A direct comparison with each unit standard was undertaken and the best practice points were highlighted and incorporated into each unit standard. However the points incorporated were written in a South African context.

    Because of the difference in levels across the different countries, difficulty was found in making actual direct comparisons, level to level. It was found that the South African unit standards seem to contain more detail and therefore are slightly more complex and the qualification is longer in duration as they only have 70 credits.

    The work groups also referred to other facets of national and international benchmarking, which occurred continuously throughout the qualifications and unit standard writing process.

    These facets were:
  • The methods and techniques for writing standards
  • The contents of the unit standards
  • The levels in other countries compared to South Africa

    It is the Computer Aided Drawing standard generating workgroup`s intent to benchmark on a continuous basis with other unit standards both locally and internationally. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    A learner could follow a career in:
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Piping Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Instrumentation Engineering
  • Engineering and design draughting
  • The road, rail and marine design engineering

    Note: The above is an indication rather than an exhaustive listing 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body.

    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 ETQA`s policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation; in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between ETQA`s (including professional bodies); and in terms of the moderation guideline detailed immediately below.

    Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at 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.

    Anyone wishing to be assessed against this Qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • A minimum of 2 (two) years` practical, relevant occupational experience
  • To be declared competent in all the outcomes of the National Assessor Unit Standards as stipulated by South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
  • Detailed documentary proof of educational qualification, practical training undergone, and experience gained by the applicant must be provided (Portfolio of evidence) 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 50018, which is "Further Education and Training Certificate: Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice", Level 4, 120 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  7547  Operate a personal computer system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  7566  Operate personal computer peripherals  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  7548  Use personal computer operating system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  14476  Apply drawing office administration procedures  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14478  Demonstrate an understanding of drawing office orientation  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14486  Demonstrate an understanding of measuring instruments and produce free-hand drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14473  Develop and produce computer aided drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14467  Establish client requirements and gather and apply required design information  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14474  Plan and schedule workflow  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14471  Plan drawing layout  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14485  Demonstrate an understanding of engineering materials, heat treatment and machinery  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  14469  Demonstrate an understanding of production, manufacturing and construction processes as it affects the drawing  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  14488  Demonstrate an understanding of various mechanical components  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8969  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8973  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8970  Write texts for a range of communicative contexts  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  8558  Collate, understand and communicate workplace data  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7784  Communicate in a business environment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8556  Interact orally and in writing in the workplace  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Fundamental  7822  Prepare written communications  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9016  Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  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 
    Elective  14489  Identify, interpret and produce electrical working drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  14490  Identify, interpret and produce working building drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  14495  Identify, interpret and produce working mechanical drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  14492  Identify, interpret and produce working piping drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  14497  Identify, interpret and produce working structural steel drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some of their learning programmes are moved to being recorded against the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replacement.
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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