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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE:|
|National Certificate: Construction Material Testing: Soils and Aggregates|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|23974||National Certificate: Construction Material Testing: Soils and Aggregates|
|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|
|National Certificate||Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction||Physical Planning, Design and Management|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||159||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"
|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 is replaced by:
|Qual ID||Qualification Title||Pre-2009 NQF Level||NQF Level||Min Credits||Replacement Status|
|48817||Further Education and Training Certification: Construction Materials Testing||Level 4||NQF Level 04||142||Complete|
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
|Learners found competent against this qualification will be able to safely execute the sampling and laboratory testing required for designs, quality control during construction and acceptance testing of completed construction works where soils and aggregates are used.
For those with extensive experience in the workplace, this qualification can be used in the recognition of prior learning process to assess and recognise workplace skills acquired without the benefit of formal education and training.
For the new entrant, this qualification describes the learning outcomes required to effectively participate in a structured workplace.
For education and training providers, this qualification provides guidance for the development of appropriate learning programmes and assessment documentation.
For employers, this qualification enables skills gaps to be identified and addressed ensuring that productivity levels are increased and business objectives achieved.
This qualification has been developed to provide flexibility and mobility across the construction materials testing industry. This will allow for future career advancement across the various streams of construction materials testing.
The following qualifications provide a learning pathway for Construction Materials Testers
NQF level 2:
National Certificate in Construction Materials Testing - various streams
NQF level 4:
National Certificate in Construction Materials Testing - various streams
NQF level 5:
National Diploma in Construction Materials Technology
NQF level 6:
National Degree in Construction Materials Technology
Rationale for the qualification:
The rationale for the introduction of a unit standard based - "National Certificate in Construction Materials Testing - Soils and Aggregates - NQF Level 4 "- is to provide a specialist qualification for persons executing laboratory testing on soils, gravels and aggregate construction materials.
Road surfacing designs, quality control during construction, acceptance of road surfacing and pavement layers is totally dependent on the accurate execution of laboratory test by competent materials testers.
Learners will mostly be employed in the road construction industry where specialization in bulk earthworks, layer-works and surfacing occurs.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|Learners should have acquired the language competencies of NQF level 3 and mathematical literacy competencies of NQF Level 3, prior to embarking on learning towards this qualification.
Furthermore, a learner will have to undertake the Unit Standards below to meet the requirements of the industry for in case they were not covered before:
Transport personnel, material and equipment using a light delivery vehicle (10567) Render basic first aid (9995). These Unit Standards will be registered concurrently with the Qualification.
Recognition of Prior Learning:
The qualification may be obtained through the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Learners who have met the requirements of any Unit Standard in this qualification may apply for recognition of prior learning to the Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA), and will be assessed against the assessment criteria and specific outcomes for the relevant Unit Standard/s.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|On completion of this qualification learners are able to:
Demonstrate the following generic technical competence:
Demonstrate the following specific technical competence for the stream - soils and aggregates:
Demonstrate the following competence depending on the elective unit standard chosen to complement the qualification:
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Exit level outcomes will be judged by the following criteria:
Learners who have completed this qualification would be able to progress to the "National Diploma in Construction Materials Technology" - NQF Level 5.
Formative assessments conducted during the learning process will consist of written tests, demonstrations and a number of self-assessments. The purpose of formative assessment is to diagnose learner strengths and weaknesses and to determine readiness for summative assessment.
Summative assessment would consist of written tests coupled with assignments, case studies and practical demonstrations. Summative assessments would only be conducted once the learner has indicated that he/she is ready to undergo summative assessment.
Before qualifying, the learners will be expected to demonstrate competence in a practical situation that integrates the assessment of all specific outcomes, for all Unit Standards.
Integrated assessment provides learners with an opportunity to display an ability to integrate practical performance, actions, concepts and theory across unit standards in order to achieve competence in relation to the purpose of this Qualification.
In particular, assessors should check that the learner is able to demonstrate the ability to consider a range of options and make decisions about:
|The contextual model for the qualifications " National Certificate in Construction Materials Testing (Stream) - NQF levels 2 & 4 is unique to South Africa. The contextual model is however comparable to the - "strand" - concept in qualifications registered on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.
No information could be found on the New Zealand National Qualifications Framework for qualifications in Construction Materials Testing.
One Training provider in Australia does offer a post certificate/diploma/degree course in Construction Materials Testing (soils and concrete). The course has a duration of 108 hours.
By comparison, the National Certificates in Construction Materials Testing in South Africa all have a minimum of 120 credits - that is 1200 hours of training. The stream - Cementitious materials - that includes concrete - is a much more comprehensive training program if the number of training hours is considered.
|This Qualification has been developed for mobility across various streams of construction materials testing for the construction industry as well as horizontal articulation.
This is possible because the fundamental learning and the core Unit Standards dealing with Occupational Health and Safety and Transport of personnel, equipment and materials are the same for all the streams.
The core unit standards of streams also become electives in other streams. The information technology electives are the same for all the streams.
Vertical articulation is also possible. Learners can progress from level 2 to level 6 in the learning field of materials testing/materials technology.
Equally, holders of other qualifications may be evaluated against this Qualification for the purpose of RPL.
|Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by CETA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for the National Certificates in Construction Materials Testing. CETA- ETQA, or other ETQA`s who have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with CETA - ETQA, is responsible for the moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification.
Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. 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 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, which is accredited by the relevant ETQA.
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
|This qualification has been replaced by 48817, which is "National Certificate: Construction Materials Testing", Level 4, Minimum Credits 142.
Two of the unit standards linked to this qualification before it expired, were later withdrawn by the SGB. These were 15018, "Execute laboratory testing to cement and lime binders" and 15020, "Execute sampling of cement and lime binder materials for testing". Thus, their IDs but no other details are shown in the unit standards table for this qualification.
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||14540||Execute laboratory testing pertaining aggregates||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Core||14542||Execute laboratory testing pertaining to soils and gravels||Level 4||NQF Level 04||30|
|Core||14543||Execute sampling of aggregates for testing||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Core||14546||Execute sampling of soils and gravels for testing||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Core||14547||Implement Occupational Health and Safety measures in a construction materials testing laboratory||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Fundamental||8968||Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||8969||Interpret and use information from texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||8973||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||8970||Write texts for a range of communicative contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9015||Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||14539||Demonstrate an understanding and apply physical science and chemistry in construction materials testing||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Fundamental||8974||Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|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||4|
|Fundamental||8975||Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||8979||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||7468||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||8976||Write for a wide range of contexts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||10567||Transport personnel, material and equipment using Light Delivery Vehicle||Level 1||NQF Level 01||4|
|Elective||7572||Demonstrate knowledge of and produce computer spreadsheets using basic functions||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Elective||7568||Demonstrate knowledge of and produce word processing documents using basic functions||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Elective||9965||Render basic first aid||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Elective||7576||Demonstrate the ability to use a database for business purposes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Elective||7567||Produce and use spreadsheets for business||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Elective||7575||Produce presentation documents for business||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Elective||7570||Produce word processing documents for business||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Elective||14541||Execute laboratory testing pertaining to bituminous materials||Level 4||NQF Level 04||30|
|Elective||15019||Execute laboratory testing pertaining to concrete||Level 4||NQF Level 04||20|
|Elective||14544||Execute sampling of asphalt materials for testing||Level 4||NQF Level 04||12|
|Elective||14545||Execute sampling of bituminous binder material for testing||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||15021||Execute sampling of concrete material for testing||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|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.
|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.