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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Lift Inspection 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
49511  National Certificate: Lift Inspection 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Engineering 
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  Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  150  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 
This qualification is aimed at people who work or intend to work within the lift industry, and who seek recognition for essential skills in lift and escalator inspection.

Recipients of this qualification know about and are able to conduct lift inspections to ensure user safety in lift and escalator operations.

The qualification is designed to be flexible and accessible so that people are able to demonstrate the competencies required to work safely in the lift industry.

People credited with this qualification are able to:
  • Communicate in a variety of ways.
  • Use mathematics in real life situations.
  • Conduct electrical measurements.
  • Conduct mechanical measurements.
  • Release entrapped passengers from immobile lift.
  • Inspect and test lifts and escalators.
  • Produce and maintain administrative reports.
  • Manage projects.

    Rationale:

    The South African legislation specifies that all lifts must be inspected at least every three years by a registered lift inspector, and that new installations must also be inspected prior to being commissioned for use. This qualification provides a learner with all the skills and knowledge required of a lift inspector and may be seen as a pathway towards registration as a lift inspector.

    The majority of the candidates for this qualification are likely to be working in the lift industry. This qualification will give them the opportunity to balance their practical skills with the essential knowledge needed to earn a formal qualification in lift inspection without formal education becoming an impassable barrier.

    There is a critical need in the industry to identify people who are able to conduct the essential operations associated with efficient and safe lift inspection. This will lead to competence in the field of work and thereby add value to the industry and improve the economy of the country. It will also lead to a balanced society in that learners will understand how the work they do fits into the greater engineering industry. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that candidates embarking on learning towards this qualification are already competent in the following areas:
  • Working at heights and in confined spaces.
  • Mathematics at NQF level 4.
  • Safe working practices.
  • Basic knowledge of electrical theory.
  • Basic knowledge of engineering practices.
  • The ability to select, use and care for electrical measuring instruments.
  • The ability to select, use and care for engineering measuring equipment.
  • The ability to read and interpret engineering drawings.

    Recognition of prior learning:

    This qualification can be achieved wholly or in part through recognition of prior learning in terms of the defined exit level outcomes and/or individual unit standards.

    Evidence can be presented in various ways, including international and/or previous local qualifications, products, reports, testimonials mentioning functions performed, work records, portfolios, videos of practice and performance records.

    All such evidence will be judged in accordance with the general principles of assessment described above and the requirements for integrated assessment. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Fundamental:
  • Candidates are required to achieve all 52 credits listed in the fundamental category, as these will enhance the learner's ability to learn towards the core unit standards.

    Core:
  • Candidates must achieve all 72 credits listed in the core category in Exit Level Outcomes.

    Elective:
  • Candidates must achieve at least 26 credits of their choice from any of the available elective credits in Exit Level Outcomes. In order to achieve an Exit Level Outcome, candidates must achieve all of the credits for that particular ELO. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Communicate at work.

    2. Use mathematics and statistics in real life situations.

    3. Release entrapped passengers from immobile lift.

    4. Inspect and test lifts and escalators.

    5. Produce and maintain administrative reports.

    6. Manage projects.

    Exit Level Outcome; Possible credits F*; C*; E*:
  • Communicate at work; 18; ;
  • Use mathematics and statistics in real life situations; 26; ;
  • Release entrapped passengers from immobile lift; ; 4;
  • Inspect and test lifts and escalators; ; 46;
  • Produce and maintain administrative reports; ; 22; 13
  • Manage projects;8 ; ; 20
  • Totals; 52; 72; 33
  • Credits required; 52; 72; 26

    *Note: F = Fundamentals; C = Core; E = Elective

    Critical cross-field outcomes:

    This qualification addresses the following critical cross-field outcomes, as detailed in the unit standards:
  • Identifying and solving problems in which responses indicate that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.
    > Use mathematics and statistics in real life situations.
    > Release entrapped passengers from immobile lift.
    > Inspect and test lifts and escalators.
    > Produce and maintain administrative reports.
    > Manage projects.
  • Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community.
    > Communicate at work.
    > Release entrapped passengers from immobile lift.
    > Produce and maintain administrative reports.
    > Manage projects.
  • Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
    > Inspect and test lifts and escalators.
    > Produce and maintain administrative reports.
    > Manage projects.
  • Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information.
    > Inspect and test lifts and escalators.
    > Produce and maintain administrative reports.
    > Manage projects.
  • Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral/written persuasion.
    > Communicate at work.
    > Use mathematics and statistics in real life situations.
    > Produce and maintain administrative reports.
    > Manage projects.
  • Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
    > Release entrapped passengers from immobile lift.
    > Inspect and test lifts and escalators.
  • Demonstrating and understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
    > Inspect and test lifts and escalators.
    > Produce and maintain administrative reports.
    > Manage projects.

    Learning programmes directed towards this qualification will also contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, by making individuals aware of the importance of:
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities; and developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Oral communication is maintained and adapted as required to promote effective interaction in a work context.
  • Information is accessed from standing instructions, visual information and a range of other workplace texts and responses where required are appropriate to the context.
  • Written communication is clear and unambiguous and at an appropriate level for designated target audiences.

    2.
  • Mathematical functions are used correctly to solve routine workplace problems and tasks.
  • Findings on life related problems are interrogated in terms of their cause and solution.
  • Mathematical techniques are effectively and accurately applied in real life situations.

    3.
  • Entrapped passengers are safely released from an immobile lift.
  • Unsafe conditions are identified and corrective actions are taken.
  • Access to workplace is limited to involved personnel only.

    4.
  • Inspections comply with manufacturers standards and statutory requirements.
  • Understanding of the relevant OHS and SANS requirements is demonstrated.
  • Unsafe conditions are identified and corrective actions are taken.
  • Access to workplace is limited to involved personnel only.
  • Electrical circuits are tested in accordance with manufacturer standards.

    5.
  • Reports are generated, stored and retrieved.
  • Different paths are used for obtaining information for schedules.
  • Corrective action is implemented to improve quality of project work.
  • Reports are used in providing administrative and financial control of the business.

    6.
  • Tasks are prioritised to meet project deadlines.
  • Analyses of work requirements are compared with relevant business plans and microenvironment.
  • Potential risks that may affect project performance are recognised and appropriate actions are taken.
  • Legislation that may impact on the work environment is identified and actions are taken to direct work activities to comply with the legislation.
  • Requirements are ordered and procured in advance of being required.

    For award of the whole qualification, candidates must achieve the required number of credits as specified in the rules of combination in point 15 as well as the criteria specified for integrated assessment in point 18 below.

    Should candidates exit the qualification without completing the whole qualification, recognition may be given for each Exit Level Outcome achieved. For award of a particular Exit Level Outcome, candidates must achieve:
  • All the Core and Elective unit standards associated with the particular Exit Level Outcome as per the specifications contained within each unit standard.
  • The criteria specified for integrated assessment in point 18 below.

    Integrated assessment:

    Assessment will take place according to the detailed specifications indicated in the unit standards associated with each exit level outcome.

    Over and above the achievement of the specified unit standards, evidence of integration will be required as per the following broad criteria, all within the context of workplace activities.

    Assessors should note that the evidence of integration (as below) could well be presented by candidates when being assessed against the unit standards - thus there should not necessarily be separate assessments for each unit standard and then further assessment for integration. Well designed assessments should make it possible to gain evidence against each unit standard while at the same time gain evidence of integration.

    Candidates must demonstrate the ability to engage in the operations selected in an integrative way, dealing with divergent and "random" demands related to these work operations, effectively. Evidence is required that the candidate is able to achieve the purpose of the qualification as a whole at the time of the award of the qualification. Integration of skills will be demonstrated through the achievement of the core operational standards.

    Assessment principles:

    Assessment should be in accordance with the following general and specific principles:
  • The initial assessment activities should focus on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcomes expressed in the titles of the unit standards to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then the assessment can focus on each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes. Take special note of the need for integrated assessment.
  • Evidence must be gathered across the entire range specified in each unit standard, as applicable. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to prove that the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • All assessments should be conducted in accordance with the following universally accepted principles of assessment:
    > Use appropriate, fair and manageable methods that are integrated into real work-related or learning situations.
    > Judge evidence on the basis of its validity, currency, authenticity and sufficiency.
    > Ensure assessment processes are systematic, open and consistent. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification and the component unit standards have been compared with similar qualifications from the following countries:
  • New Zealand.
  • Australia.

    The New Zealand qualification, "National certificate in Lifts and Escalators - level 4" has strands in installation and servicing. Installation strand consists of a total of 265 credits, and servicing strand consists of 283 credits.

    The Australian qualification, "National Diploma in Lift Systems (Technician)" has 70 credits and is geared towards a lift mechanic.

    Neither of these unit standards based qualifications represent the requirements of the lifts industry in South Africa, therefore this qualification was developed from scratch. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification has been designed and structured so that qualifying learners can move from one context to another. It builds on the National Certificate in Lift Mechanics (Level 4) and acts as a springboard from which learners may progress to other qualifications in the engineering industry.

    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.

    The following table shows the location of this qualification in terms of other qualifications within the engineering field.

    NQF Level; Mechanical Engineering; Lifts; Electrical Engineering:
    6; ND Mechanical Engineering; ; ND Electrical Engineering
    5; NC Mechanical Engineering; NC Lift Inspection; NC Electrical Engineering
    4; ; NC Lift Mechanics; ;

    Learners can move vertically or horizontally by using this qualification as the basis for any of the qualifications indicated at or above level 5. This qualification comprises some engineering based unit standards and learners will be able to enter either mechanical or electrical engineering programmes.

    Structure of the qualification:

    The qualification has the following general structure:

    The rationale and purpose provides, among other things, a broad description of what holders of the qualification can do.

    The qualification is further defined by means of a number of Exit Level Outcomes. These ELOs provide a means for candidates to exit the qualification with recognition for clusters of competencies, even if they do not achieve the whole qualification. The ELOs also provide a means to organise the unit standards into coherent clusters, thus facilitating integrated assessment.

    Each ELO is further defined by means of the associated unit standards. Some of these unit standards may be indicated as core (compulsory), while others may be identified as electives, with rules of combination provided. Assessment criteria are provided for each ELO where required, mainly to address the need for evidence of integration of competencies.

    Each unit standard contains details of specific outcomes, range statements and assessment criteria, thus making it possible for assessors to judge competence in terms of each unit standard, while at the same time providing possible evidence of integration of competencies. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Providers offering learning towards achievement of any of the unit standards that make up this qualification must be accredited through the relevant ETQA.
  • Internal moderation of assessment must take place at the point of assessment with external moderation provided by the relevant ETQA in conjunction with the Lift Industry, according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Assessors registered with the relevant ETQA and/or the Lifts Industry must carry out the assessment of candidates for any of the unit standards that make up this qualification. The following criteria are specified for assessors concerning the technical aspects of the qualification:
  • An appropriate qualification with at least eight years experience in a lift environment.
  • Appropriate experience and understanding of assessment theory, processes and practices.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to balance the conflicting requirements of the interests of the learner, the provider and the employer. 

  • 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  9015  Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  10144  Identify, suggest and implement corrective actions to improve quality  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  119256  Inspect and test electrical circuits  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  119257  Produce and maintain work activity reports  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  13781  Release entrapped passengers from immobile lift  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  10133  Schedule project activities to facilitate effective project execution  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  119246  Inspect and test escalator and passenger conveyor equipment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Core  119249  Inspect and test lift car and counterweight equipment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  119268  Inspect and test lift machine room equipment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
    Core  119270  Inspect and test lift pit equipment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  119269  Inspect and test lift well equipment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  8647  Apply workplace communication skills  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Fundamental  15225  Identify and interpret related legislation and its impact on the team, department or division and ensure compliance  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  7866  Plan, organise and monitor work in own area of responsibility  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  13941  Apply the budget function in a business unit  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  10141  Contribute to the management of project risk within own field of expertise  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  10142  Fulfill procurement activities and supervise procurement administration  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  114592  Produce business plans for a new venture  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  15234  Apply efficient time management to the work of a department/division/section  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  15231  Create and use a range of resources to effectively manage teams, sections, departments or divisions  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 


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