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

National Certificate: Electrical Engineering 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
48473  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction  Electrical Infrastructure Construction 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  143  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
SAQA 0160/05  2007-04-03  2009-02-18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2010-02-18   2013-02-18  

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 replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
20418  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 2  NQF Level 02  120  Complete 

This qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
73313  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 2  NQF Level 02  140  Complete 
91761  Occupational Certificate: Electrician  Not Applicable  NQF Level 04  360  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
This qualification will allow a person to advance through learning to an electrical qualification at NQF level 3. The core- and required elective Unit Standards provide credits that allow access to both vertically and horizontally articulated qualifications. This qualification will enhance the social status, productivity and employability of the learner within the energy sector and contributes to the quality, production rate and growth of the energy sector.

Through the critical cross-field component of the qualification, learners are able to demonstrate vocational skills through which they are able to engage in life skills activities, small business development, health and environmental issues. Through recognition of prior learning adult learners are encouraged to access basic education with an understanding that they already have knowledge and experience.

Hand skills play a vital role in this qualification.

Qualified learners will also understand:
  • The basics of how a business functions
  • Their role in the business, i.e. in construction, maintenance and related activities
  • How they are affected by legislation, regulations, agreements and policies related to their particular work environment.

    With this understanding, learners will be able to participate in workplace activities.


    Rationale of the qualification:

    This is the first occupation based qualification in a series for learners that reflect the workplace-based needs of the electrical field that is expressed by employers and employees, both now and for the future. This qualification provides the learner with accessibility to be employed within the electrical field and provides the flexibility to pursue different careers in the broader energy sector and articulate within the Engineering, Electrical Construction, Generation, Transmission and Distribution specialization contexts.

    For those who have acquired experience in the workplace, this qualification represents part of the RPL process to acknowledge workplace skills acquired without the benefit of former education or training. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    This qualification assumes learners have a General Education and Training Certificate at NQF level 1, or equivalent.


    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This qualification may be obtained through RPL. The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the mechanism to be used and support and guidance should be provided. Care should be taken that the mechanism used provides the learner with an opportunity to demonstrate competence and is not so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the RPL option towards gaining a qualification. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The rules of combination for this Qualification:

    This Qualification`s Fundamental, Core and Elective learning components are broken down as follows:

    Fundamental Unit Standards:
    The "Communication and Language Studies" category contains 20 Credits. The "Mathematics and Science" and other categories in Fundamental contain 38 Credits. This amounts to 58 Credits for the Fundamental component of the Qualification.

    Core Unit Standards:
    This amounts to 75 credits.

    Elective Unit Standards:
    This amounts to 59 Credits of which a minimum of ten Credits must be done.

    The total Credits for this Qualification is 191 Credits of which a minimum 143 Credits must be done to achieve a Certificate. 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of procedures for electrical installations and an ability to use and maintain electrical equipment to meet quality and output requirements, working safely and in an environmentally aware manner.

    2. Demonstrate a basic operational knowledge of mathematical, technological and theoretical concepts during the execution of tasks with an ability to read, interpret technical drawings and sketch basic electrical wiring diagrams.

    3. Apply known solutions to familiar and well-defined problems related to working in the electrical engineering and energy environment with a basic understanding of forms of energy, energy efficiency and environmental awareness. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.1 The procedures for basic technical practices regarding electrical installations is described, explained and conducted in accordance with drawings, plans and specified requirements.
    1.2 The use of hand tools, power tools (fixed and portable) and measuring instruments are explained and maintained in accordance with standard operating procedures.
    1.3 Electrical installations- and equipment are identified and related to in accordance with output requirements.
    1.4 Electrical equipments are inspected, cleaned, maintained and data recorded to meet quality and output requirements.
    1.5 Knowledge and understanding regarding personal and occupational health andsafety practices in a commercial, industrial or domestic energy environment is applied according to standard operating procedures and safety requirements.

    2.1 Knowledge and understanding of technologies applied in the energy environment, alternative forms of energy, energy efficiency and terminology, are demonstrated according to standard industry principles.
    2.2 Knowledge and understanding of mathematical and theoretical concepts, materials and work contexts are identified, explained and demonstrate according to standard energy industry principles.
    2.3 The execution of tasks and technical practices comply with specified requirements to eliminate, minimise or control the risk of injuries.
    2.4 Technical drawings are interpreted according to industry requirements.
    2.5 Basic electrical wiring diagrams are sketched and interpreted according to symbols and components as prescribed by ISO standards.
    2.6 Specified reporting and recording requirements are complied with.
    Range: Specified reporting and recording must include:
    a. Reporting to supervisor
    b. Submitting reports
    c. Logbook entries
    d. Permit documentation

    3.1 Known solutions to familiar and well-defined problems within the electrical construction and maintenance environment are identified, explained and applied according to standard practices.
    3.2 Energy efficiency and related environmental issues are identified, described and discussed that enables a learner to resolve problems in the work environment.



    Integrated Assessment:

    The applied competence (practical, foundational and reflective competencies) of this qualification will be achieved if a learner is able to achieve all exit level outcomes of the qualification.

    The identification and solving of problems, team work, organising self, using of technical diagrams, implication of actions and reactions in the world as a set of related systems must be assessed during any combination of practical, foundational and reflective competencies assessment methods and tools to determine the whole person development and integration of applied knowledge and skills.
  • Certain exit level outcomes are measurable and verifiable through assessment criteria assessed in one application.
  • Applicable assessment tool(s) to establish the foundational, reflective and embedded knowledge to problem solving and application of the world as a set of related systems within the electrical installation and maintenance environment.
  • A detailed portfolio of evidence is required to prove the practical, applied and foundational competencies of the learner.
  • Assessors and moderators should develop and conduct their own integrated assessment by making 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. Summative assessment should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual Unit Standards, exit level outcomes as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification.

    Unit Standards associated with the qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field outcomes. During integrated assessments the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and should assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This Qualification is benchmarked against international standards and Qualifications. The Unit Standards on which this Qualification is based were compared with Unit Standards from New Zealand, Australia and Scotland in terms of their range of electrical Qualifications, Unit Standard titles, specific outcomes, assessment criteria and degree of difficulty.

    This Qualification has been compiled to be more generic to the entire low-and high voltage electrical engineering, construction and renewable energy industries, where-as the Qualifications for the above mentioned countries are subdivided into different domains of the low voltage electrical engineering field. However, the overall scope of the other countries` Unit Standards for the electrical field has been adequately covered in this Qualification. The focus and complexity level of the core Units Standards compares very well, but the upliftment of literacy, numeracy and social skills have been emphasized more in the fundamental requirement of this Qualification to redress the inequalities of the past. More credits are therefore needed for this level than what is required for similar international levels.

    The core-and elective Unit Standards of this Qualification are more focused on the practical application, with the theoretical requirements built into the embedded knowledge. Only a few standards focus on theory, but is written more generically than those of the other countries. The international Qualifications on the other hand, included more knowledge-based Unit Standards with less credits linked to it. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification will allow a person to advance to learning for an engineering qualification at NQF level 3. This qualification provides the learner with the flexibility to pursue different careers in the energy sector and articulation within the engineering industries. The level of flexibility within the range of electives will allow the individual to pursue further learning within life skills for the world of work, supervision/management, quality assurance, health and safety and engineering contexts. 

    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 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 (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, exit level outcomes 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 
    Assessors need experience in the following areas:

    Interpersonal skills, subject matter and assessment.

    The assessor needs to be competent in planning, conducting and providing feedback on assessment of learning outcomes and in the design and development of assessments as described in the Unit Standards. The assessor must also be able to plan, conduct and provide feedback on the assessment of learning outcomes NQF level 2. Subject matter experience must be well developed within the field of electrical installation and maintenance and the quality assurance tests and practices. The assessor must comply with the criteria set by the relevant ETQA.

    The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning.

    Assessors need to be registered with the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body. 

    NOTES 
    This Qualification has been replaced by the following qualifications:
  • ID 91761, "Occupational Certificate: Electrician", Level 4, 360 credits.
  • ID 73313, "National Certificate: Electrical Engineering", Level 2, 140 credits.

    This qualification is the reviewed version of 20418 - National Certificate: Electrical Engineering, Level 2.
    SAQA 2552/04 on 11 February 2004.


    Qualification review and linkages:

    This proposed Qualification is part of a review of four registered ones called "General Education and Training Certificate in Energy - NQF Level 1" and "National Certificates in Electrical Engineering - NQF Level 2-4".

    During the implementation phase it was found that the registered "General Education and Training Certificate in Energy - NQF Level 1" is too specific to the Electrical Engineering and Construction environment, instead of being more generic to the entire energy industry. Its Elective component mainly contains Unit Standards that should be part of the NQF Level 2 Qualification. The registered Qualifications for NQF Levels 1-4 also contain a lot of Unit Standards that are too specific to the Mining industry, of which some are too activity based.

    There shall be a clear link between the currently registered-and the proposed Qualifications in the sense that many of the Unit Standards shall be the same, but shall be placed differently in mainly the Core component of the Qualifications. This is done to achieve a more progressive build-up from an entry level for the electrical industry at NQF 2, single phase installations at NQF 3, through to more complex Unit Standards such as those for three phase installations at NQF 4. Renewable energy shall also be part of these Qualifications.

    The future GETC Qualification for Energy at NQF Level 1 shall be mainly knowledge-based and shall be a generic entry level for the entire energy industry.

    All the activity-based Mining Unit Standards shall be removed from the new Qualifications and shall be replaced with new Elective Unit Standards that are required by the different electrical industries. 

  • UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  9839  Apply and maintain safety in an electrical environment  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  9964  Apply health and safety to a work area  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  113863  Apply soldering techniques  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  11954  Design and construct a single phase circuit  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  113876  Identify, inspect and clean electrical machines  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  10252  Identify, inspect, use, maintain and care for engineering hand tools  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  10253  Install electric wire ways  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  113879  Install luminaires  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  10233  Install or replace electrical metering units or measuring instrument  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  10254  Maintain electrical distribution boards, panels and enclosures  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  113858  Maintain transformers  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  10237  Select, use and care for electrical measuring instruments  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  10255  Select, use and care for power tools  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  113877  Understand fundamentals of electricity  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  9888  Select, use and care for marking off/out equipment: routine shapes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8963  Access and use information from texts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9009  Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life related problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  13217  Collect and use information  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7572  Demonstrate knowledge of and produce computer spreadsheets using basic functions  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7568  Demonstrate knowledge of and produce word processing documents using basic functions  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7480  Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  12465  Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  12466  Explain the individual`s role within business  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8962  Maintain and adapt oral communication  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  12444  Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in 2-dimensions in different life or workplace contexts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7547  Operate a personal computer system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7469  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9007  Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8964  Write for a defined context  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  114669  Carry out basic electric arc welding in an electrical environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  114616  Carry out basic gas welding, brazing and cutting in an electrical environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  113860  Demonstrate an understanding of the uses and safety aspect associated with flammable energy sources  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  13622  Ensure safety at road works in urban areas  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  113868  Handle and care of electrical earthing gear and related equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  113872  Identify, handle and assemble medium / high voltage line hardware and related materials  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  113887  Inspect and clean medium / high voltage yards and enclosures  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  114671  Maintain batteries and battery rooms  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  113861  Maintain servitudes, wayleaves and clearances  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12484  Perform basic fire fighting  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12483  Perform basic first aid  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  113859  Repair and service small gas appliances  Level 2  NQF Level 02 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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