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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
59730  National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Generic Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.  SFAP - Sub-framework Assignment Pending 
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  121  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2021-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2022-06-30   2025-06-30  

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 replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
13694  Mechanics: Chemical Rigging  Level 3  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L3  120  Complete 

This qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
102856  Occupational Certificate: Rigger  Not Applicable  NQF Level 04  559  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

This trade-related qualification will allow a learner in the engineering industry to obtain national certification in mechanical handling. It is a stepping stone between the NQF Level 2 and the Further Education and Training Certificate in Mechanical Handling (Rigging). The learning outcomes build on the knowledge, skills and attributes of the Level 2 qualification and prepare learners for the pathway to artisanship at NQF Level 4.

Typical entrants to this qualification could be:
  • Learners who have completed the Level 2 qualification and who are engaged on a learning path towards the Level 4 qualification. While work experience after achieving the Level 2 qualification may be advisable, this is not necessarily a requirement.
  • Individuals currently working in an industry sector, who have acquired lifting and mechanical handling knowledge and skills at the appropriate level and who have the potential to complete this qualification successfully (RPL candidates).

    This Level 3 qualification enables the learner to work with a degree of responsibility during the performance of lifting/moving tasks without working under direct supervision. The status and relevance of this qualification will attract and retain an acceptable calibre of learners and employees, and is the second step along a recognised and meaningful career path.

    This qualification can also be attained by means of RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning), thus acknowledging existing knowledge, skills and experience. RPL will not only allow an individual to gain credits towards this qualification, but will also allow movement across different occupational areas where it applies.

    People credited with this qualification contribute to the rendering of lifting and mechanical handling tasks by the application of knowledge and skills. They are able to:
  • Understand and use steel wire ropes and mechanical lifting equipment.
  • Use specialized methods and techniques to perform lifting and mechanical handling tasks by using lifting machinery (mobile crane/s) and mechanical lifting equipment.
  • Conduct routine maintenance and inspections on lifting machinery (overhead cranes) and equipment.
  • Display a leadership role in the directing of lifting and mechanical handling tasks.
  • Secure loads/cargo for transportation.

    The Unit Standards in this unit standards-based qualification are intended as building blocks for the further development of skills that will make the learner a more fulfilled, informed, efficient and cost effective worker in the industry. This should result in more efficient service to the customer and make the industry more competitive in the global market.

    After completing this qualification and gaining appropriate working experience, a learner will then be able to progress to the Level 3 qualification, and later to the Level 4 qualification.

    Rationale:

    This qualification serves the needs of society and the economy by providing support services in the mechanical handling of machinery, structures, goods and equipment.

    Mechanical handling is vital to the existence, performance and growth of the South African economy. A healthy economy is in turn vital to the upliftment of the country, its industrial infrastructure and its population.

    Stakeholders within the various industry sectors invest considerable sums of money in plant, equipment, processes, raw materials and other resources. These investments can only be justified if there is an assurance that the goods, machinery, equipment and structures are lifted, moved and placed with the utmost efficiency by individuals who are trained and qualified to do so.

    Similarly, maintenance shutdowns on process plant installations, the moving of goods at a shipping container terminal and the haulage of materials in the mining industry, all need a degree of efficiency in lifting and mechanical handling which will ensure a minimum impact on costs and productivity.

    For this purpose, competent artisans are required to meet the exacting legislative and hazardous nature of most lifting and mechanical handling projects.

    Through its design, this qualification will meet the needs of existing learners in the lifting and mechanical handling sector who require technical expertise and essential knowledge needed to earn a formal qualification relevant to the occupation. The qualification facilitates access from previously disadvantaged groups and other learners to acquire the technical knowledge and skills that are required.

    The National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) Level 3 will produce competent learners who are able to contribute to improved productivity and efficiency within the engineering support environment. They will be able to work according to legislative, regulatory and quality assurance requirements.

    This qualification will enhance the status, productivity and employability of the learner within the engineering sector as well as contribute to quality and productivity. This allows for greater access, progression, portability and mobility within and between the different sectors for which the engineering sector provides support services. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    This qualification assumes learners obtained a National Certificate in Mechanical Handling (Rigging) NQF Level 2 or an equivalent qualification. If the learner does not already have such a qualification, learning in preparation for this qualification would also have to include:
  • Language and Maths at NQF Level 2.
  • Introductory concepts of Science and Technology.
  • An ability to apply manual lifting methods.
  • An understanding of procedures related to workplace relationships, roles and responsibilities.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This qualification can be obtained wholly or in part through the recognition of prior learning (RPL). The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the process. Support and guidance should be provided. The process should not be so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the RPL option in obtaining the qualification.

    Access to the Qualification:

    Access to this qualification is open. However, it is preferred that learners would have completed a National Certificate in Mechanical Handling (Rigging) NQF Level 2 or an equivalent qualification. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Fundamental Component:

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
  • Communications at NQF Level 3 to the value of 20 credits.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3 to the value of 16 credits.
  • All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.

    Core Component:

    The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 55 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:

    The Elective Component consists of a number of specializations each with its own set of Unit Standards. Learners are to choose a specialization area and must choose Elective Unit Standards to the value of 30 credits from the Elective Unit standards listed under that specialization so as to attain a minimum of 121 credits for this qualification.

    Specialisation area 1:

    Learning Programme:

    Rigging (Chemical Industry) (Learning Programme ID 63487):

    Learners must do Unit Standard ID 244077 and must choose additional Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 30 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 244077; Demonstrate understanding of chemicals in a processing environment; Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253615; Lift and move a load using the pick and carry method; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253880; Adapt to working in a client's work environment; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 113981; Arrange and complete lifts on-site using lifting equipment; Level 4; 15 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253597; Lift and turn a load; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 14920; Participate in groups and/or teams to recommend solutions to problems; Level 4; 3 Credits.

    Total: 34 Credits:

    Specialisation area 2:

    Learning Programme:

    Rigging (Electrical Power Generation) (Learning Programme ID 63488):

    Learners must do Unit Standard ID 10195 and must choose additional Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 30 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 10195; Apply Engineering Principles and concepts in a Power Generation Process Plant; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253615; Lift and move a load using the pick and carry method; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253880; Adapt to working in a client's work environment; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 113981; Arrange and complete lifts on-site using lifting equipment; Level 4; 15 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253597; Lift and turn a load; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 14920; Participate in groups and/or teams to recommend solutions to problems; Level 4; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 10893; Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of electrical power generation; Level 3; 5 Credits.

    Total = 33 Credits.

    Specialisation Area 3:

    Learning Programme:

    Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Industries.

    Rigging (Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Industries) (Learning Programme ID 63489):

    Learners must choose Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 30 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 253615; Lift and move a load using the pick and carry method; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 14920; Participate in groups and/or teams to recommend solutions to problems; Level 4; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253880; Adapt to working in a client's work environment; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 113981; Arrange and complete lifts on-site using lifting equipment; Level 4; 15 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 116981; Conduct advanced tower crane operations; Level 3; 20 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 9526; Manage basic business finance; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 242977; Operate ship cargo lifting appliances; Level 3; 10 credits.
  • Elective; ID 113998; Carry out rigging operations on a vessel; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 113995; Work with fibre ropes, wire ropes and chains on a vessel; Level 3 ; 8 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 113994; Transfer and secure cargo and stores; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253597; Lift and turn a load; Level 3; 4 Credits.

    Total = 88 Credits.

    Specialisation area 4:

    Learning Programme:

    Rigging (Mining Industry) (Learning Programme ID 63490):

    Learners must choose Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 30 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 253615; Lift and move a load using the pick and carry method; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253880; Adapt to working in a client's work environment; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 119042; Erect, alter/reposition and dismantle access scaffolding; Level 2; 13 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 14920; Participate in groups and/or teams to recommend solutions to problems; Level 4; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 113981; Arrange and complete lifts on-site using lifting equipment; Level 4; 15 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 117033; Demonstrate knowledge of wire rope, rigging accessories, anchor systems and rigging in cable yard operations; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 256304; Demonstrate an understanding of the functions and the operation of signalling arrangements and safety devices in a shaft; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253637; Replace steelwork in a shaft; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253639; Replace a conveyance in a shaft; Level 2; 2 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253585; Apply lubrication to a steel wire rope; Level 2; 2 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253597; Lift and turn a load; Level 3; 3 Credits.

    Total = 54 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Perform lifting and mechanical handling tasks by using techniques involving steel wire ropes and mechanical lifting equipment.

    2. Supervise the lifting, moving and placing of loads according to work instructions using lifting machinery and equipment.

    3. Demonstrate an understanding of mechanical handling equipment maintenance.

    4. Solve problems by communicating in verbal or written form with peers, members of supervisory/management levels and others.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    These are embedded in the unit standards, which make up the qualification and are thus also reflected in the Exit Level Outcomes of the qualification.

    The critical cross-field outcomes are supported by the exit level outcomes as follows:

    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical thinking have been made:
  • Related to the lifting and moving of loads using steel wire ropes and mechanical lifting equipment and tackle.
  • Related to the maintenance of mechanical lifting machinery, equipment and tackle.
  • Solving problems during the execution of lifting and moving a load.

    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization and community:
  • All tasks and work-related experience are performed within a team environment.
  • Taking into account, the safety of others.
  • Communicating with production, quality control and supervisory personnel and/or clients.

    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively:
  • Related to planning and preparation during the lifting and moving of loads.

    Collecting, analyzing, organizing and critically evaluating information:
  • Related to supervision of lifting activities.
  • Completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Solve familiar problems during the execution of lifting tasks.

    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills:
  • During supervision and the execution of job activities.
  • Execution of commands and completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Communicating as a part of a team.

    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility toward the environment and health of others:
  • During the lifting and moving of loads.
  • Relating to the safety of others.
  • Solving problems and applying science and technology to the rigging activity.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem contexts do not exist in isolation:
  • Integrating the rigging task with the plant installation's functionality.
  • Solving problems through the integration of various sources of information.
  • Demonstrating and understanding of related systems through the use of general and specific channels of communication when dealing with peers, production, quality control and supervisory personnel and/or clients. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:

    1.1 Steel wire ropes are identified and splicing and joining methods are applied according to a pre-arranged instruction/s, in order to use them for a lifting and mechanical handling task. Range: Joining methods includes splicing and clamping (wire rope clamps, u-and double bolt types).
    1.2 Mechanical lifting equipment is selected, inspected and used to lift and move a load according to a given task by applying floating techniques.
    1.3 Lifting procedures are applied in the handling of the load in order to avoid damage to the load and according to safe load and working load limits to ensure the safety of personnel.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:

    2.1 The supervision of the lifting task is performed according to worksite practice and project specifications, with particular focus on lifting procedures related to the use of a crane.
    2.2 A powered lifting machine (mobile crane) is directed in order to lift, move and place the load according to standard work-site practice, by making the necessary calculations and taking into account, ground and other lifting conditions.
    2.3 The lifting task is supervised according to work instructions and leadership is demonstrated in terms of the coordination of the lifting team and the available resources.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:

    3.1 Lifting machinery and equipment is inspected, maintained and routine lubrication procedures are performed by demonstrating knowledge of the location of potential faults and applicable corrective action.
    3.2 Lifting machinery and equipment are maintained according to manufacturers' specifications, by showing an ability to read and interpret diagrams in order to identify lubrication areas.
    3.3 Fault-finding of mechanical handling equipment and machinery is done in relation to the overall condition.
    3.4 Various options are explained and solutions are considered before an appropriate solution is chosen in relation to the maintenance history.
    3.5 Routine problems on various lifting and mechanical handling machinery and equipment are explained as they are encountered in operational circumstances.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:

    4.1 Verbal communication is used in the interaction with other role players in the lifting and mechanical handling process to determine and understand the extent of problems, find and implement solutions and giving and getting feedback.
    4.2 Written communication is used in order to understand, evaluate and report on lifting and mechanical handling problems.
    4.3 Technical reading skills are applied in order to understand engineering and related information.
    4.4 Technical writing skills are applied in order to record engineering and related information.

    Integrated Assessment:
  • Assessment practices must be open transparent fair valid and reliable and should ensure that no learner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever, so that an integrated approach to assessment is incorporated into the qualification.
  • Learning teaching and assessment are inextricably interwoven. Whenever possible the assessment knowledge skills attitudes and values shown in the unit standards should be integrated.
  • Assessment of Communication and Mathematical Literacy should be integrated as far as possible with other aspects and should use practical administration 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 or will work. 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 a range of summative assessment methods and assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies.
  • Assessors must assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired and could include formal, non-formal learning and work experience.
  • Assessment should ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and critical cross-field outcomes are evaluated in an integrated manner.
  • Integrated assessment instruments may combine practical and theoretical components of assessment with the following unit standards in relation to the exit level outcomes:

    Exit Level Outcomes and Associated Unit Standards:

    1. Perform lifting and mechanical handling tasks by using techniques involving steel wire ropes and mechanical lifting equipment according to manufacturers' specifications and work instructions.

    Category; ID; Title; Level; Credits:
  • Core; ID 13223; Apply safety, health and environmental protection procedures; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Core; ID 9530; Manage work time effectively; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Core; ID 9322; Work in a team; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253654; Perform pre-use maintenance and inspection on lifting machinery and equipment; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253658; Perform a lifting task by means of a mobile crane; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253640; Perform a lifting task using floating method; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253554; Identify and use steel wire ropes; Level 3; 12 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253603; Manoeuvre a load using mechanical lifting equipment; Level 3; 12 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253601; Secure a load for transportation; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 119472; Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication ; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Core; ID 9528; Communicate with clients; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Core; ID 12488; Complete feasibility and commissioning reports; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 9010; Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations; Level 3; 2 Credits.

    2. Supervise the lifting, moving and placing of loads according to work instructions using lifting machinery and equipment.

    Category; ID; Title; Level; Credits:
  • Core; ID 13223; Apply safety, health and environmental protection procedures; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Core; ID 9530; Manage work time effectively; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Core; ID 9322; Work in a team; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253654; Perform pre-use maintenance and inspection on lifting machinery and equipment; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253658; Perform a lifting task by means of a mobile crane; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253640; Perform a lifting task using floating method; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253603; Manoeuvre a load using mechanical lifting equipment; Level 3; 12 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253601; Secure a load for transportation; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 9528; Communicate with clients; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Core; ID 12488; Complete feasibility and commissioning reports; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 9010 ; Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations; Level 3; 2 Credits.

    3. Demonstrate an understanding of mechanical handling equipment maintenance and respond to equipment maintenance requirements, in terms of increased levels of safety, health, quality and efficiency.

    Category; ID; Title; Level; Credits:
  • Core; ID 13223; Apply safety, health and environmental protection procedures; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Core; ID 9530; Manage work time effectively; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Core; ID 9322; Work in a team; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253654; Perform pre-use maintenance and inspection on lifting machinery and equipment; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253658; Perform a lifting task by means of a mobile crane; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253640; Perform a lifting task using floating method 3; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253554; Identify and use steel wire ropes; Level 3; 12 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253603; Manoeuvre a load using mechanical lifting equipment; Level 3; 12 Credits.
  • Core; ID 9528; Communicate with clients; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Core; ID 12488; Complete feasibility and commissioning reports; Level 3; 3 Credits.

    4. Solve problems by communicating in verbal or written form with peers, members of supervisory/management levels and others.

    Category; ID; Title; Level; Credits:
  • Core; ID 9530; Manage work time effectively; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Core; ID 9322; Work in a team; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253654; Perform pre-use maintenance and inspection on lifting machinery and equipment; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253658; Perform a lifting task by means of a mobile crane; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253640; Perform a lifting task using floating method 3; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253554; Identify and use steel wire ropes; Level 3; 12 Credits.
  • Core; ID 253603; Manoeuvre a load using mechanical lifting equipment; Level 3; 12 Credits.
  • Core; ID 119472; Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Core; ID 9528; Communicate with clients; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Core; ID 12488; Complete feasibility and commissioning reports; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 9010; Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations; Level 3; 2 Credits. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    1. Introduction:

    In benchmarking the Mechanical Handling (Rigging) qualification series, against international qualifications, examples in different parts of the world were investigated. The country which dominates the international standard for mechanical handling (rigging) is the United Kingdom. For centuries Britain's maritime influence has simultaneously developed best practices in rope-work (the origins of rigging), the application of lifting equipment and the development of a regulatory infrastructure which is still evident today. This influence has cascaded into Commonwealth Countries (examples, Singapore; Malaysia; Australia; New Zealand; India) and includes the United States of America (USA).

    Although countries across the globe have independent regulatory frameworks pertaining to mechanical handling, the lifting and moving of loads and the application of lifting equipment, there is a close resemblance to the British equivalent (The Lloyd's Register - Code for Lifting Appliances, the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations of 1998: LOLER and the applicable British Standards). Currently, this mechanical handling standard is applicable to the maritime, offshore oil and gas exploration, mining, civil engineering and construction and manufacturing and engineering sectors across the globe.

    During this investigation into international comparability, a variety of examples in different parts of the world were evaluated.

    2. Countries and qualifications investigated:

    United Kingdom (England and Scotland): From www.ecitb.org.uk:

    The qualification from the National and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (N/SVQ) which relates to standards-based programme is the N/SVQ Maintaining Plant and Systems: The "Rigging" strand at SVQ Level 3 is usually completed within a workplace context, with monitoring and assessments performed by a training officer).

    The National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) Level 3 is not in alignment with the N/SVQF owing to the differences in level description. However, the South African National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) Level 3 appears to straddle the N/SVQ (Moving Loads) between Levels 3 and 4.

    African Comparability:

    Southern African Development Community (SADC): Zimbabwe and Botswana:

    Alignment with the United Kingdom's model of Vocational Education and Training (VET), through the London City and Guilds qualification framework and the National Vocational Qualification system (NVQ): The Botswana National Qualifications Act was passed in 1998. At this present time, focus on the development of standards-based qualifications through a Botswana Vocation Education and Training System (BVET) has revolved around the Wholesale and Retail and Tourism sectors.

    Currently, Riggers in Botswana are trained through the apprenticeship system. The length and duration of the practical and theoretical components differ slightly to the South African apprenticeship system, but the learning competencies are similar. The primary context is the diamond mining sector and small local manufacturing and engineering industries.

    East African Community (EAC):

    The three member states of the EAC; Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, are in the process of the harmonisation of education and training systems within the EAC. Currently, no qualification infrastructure exists.

    United States:

    In the United States model, the "rigger" qualification is achieved over a four-year period and is similar to the traditional apprenticeship system in South Africa. The methodology is competency-based as opposed to outcomes-based.

    The programme content however, is similar to the broad context of Mechanical Engineering (Rigging) Levels 2, 3 and 4.

    Conclusion: The mechanical handling (rigger) qualification Level 3 is in line with the US example for year 3/4 of the apprenticeship programme.

    Canada:

    Information regarding training was also found on the website of the Manitoba Provincial Government's web-site. The full "rigger" qualification is obtained over a four-year period. The "job description" of the "rigger" is similar in content in the international arena for all levels of learning.

    Conclusion: The Canadian qualifications related to mechanical Rigging can be used interchangeably with the qualifications developed for the South African manufacturing and engineering industries, serving a similar purpose.

    New Zealand (www.kiwiquals.govt.nz) in terms of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF):
  • National Certificate in Industrial Rope Access (Elementary Rope Skills) (Level 3).
  • National Certificate in Rigging with strands in Intermediate Rigging Level 3 (on selection of appropriate strand).

    Australia (www.ntis.gov.au) in terms of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF):

    The following information was obtained on the website: http://www.ntis.au (National Information Training System) with regards to qualifications in "Rigger" training streams in Australia.

    "Australian Apprenticeships" is the new name for the scheme formerly known as 'New Apprenticeships'.

    Australian Apprenticeships encompass all apprenticeships and traineeships. They combine time at work with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based.

    The qualifications investigated for "Riggers" are only covered within the apprenticeship format.

    3. Summary of comparisons with National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging) Level 3:

    Content:

    The qualifications from the various countries all address the range of mechanical handling competencies included in Level 3, thus attending to the need to fulfil the requirements of being intermediately of nature.

    Progression:

    The international qualifications all address a progression of competencies, from the basic functions (Level 2) to:

    Level 3:
  • Rigging cranes, conveyers, and similar equipment for heavy lifts.
  • Handling the associated rope work.
  • Working at heights.

    Level 4:
  • Using sophisticated and complex equipment in the rigging industry, such as guyed derricks, gin poles, cable ways and fabricated hung scaffolds.
  • Planning and supervising complex operations.

    The content:

    The content of the second/third year of a typical mechanical Rigging programme in most countries, relates favourably to the content of Mechanical Handling (Rigging) Level 3:

    Demonstration of work practices:

    Investigation into international comparability produces overarching similarities in the outcomes of the various mechanical fitter (maintenance or production) training programmes in all the countries above. They are:

    Level 3 outcomes common to most countries:
  • Apply mechanical handling knowledge and skills in order to perform lifting and mechanical handling tasks.
  • Perform a lifting task by means of a mobile crane.
  • Inspect and conduct routine maintenance on an overhead crane.
  • Perform a lifting task using floating techniques.
  • Identify and use steel wire ropes.
  • Lift and move a load using mechanical lifting equipment.
  • Secure a load for transportation equipment.

    The above outcomes are replicated within the South African equivalent qualification.

    Learning delivery:

    The learning delivery process in all the examples included on-the-job (practical) and off-the-job (theoretical) components.

    Outcomes-Based Methodology:

    All the examples found either directly or indirectly comply with principles of outcomes-based learning, particularly in terms of outcomes representing meaningful units of learning and assessment being conducted continuously (formatively). There is generally a final integrated summative assessment, typically called a certificate of qualification (trade test), where the candidate is required to demonstrate specific and core (cross-field) knowledge and skills.

    Apprenticeships and VET programmes:

    In all the examples found, learning is vocational-based. In some countries (England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia) these are called "modern apprenticeships". These take the form of two categories, namely a programme-led apprenticeship where learners are able to follow a vocational programme at a college and then seek employment as trainees/apprentice/interns in order to qualify as artisans; and an employer-led apprenticeship, in which learners are engaged in a formal contract of learning and most learning is workplace-based. In most cases learners "earn while they learn".

    Application (Purpose):

    As is the intention with the South African qualifications, the international qualifications all prepare learners for lifting and mechanical handling across a wide variety of industry sectors.

    4. Concluding remarks:

    The Level 3 certificate developed for South Africa compares favourably with the international qualifications mentioned above.

    5. Reference documents:

    5.1 Availability of skilled labour in selected occupations in Western Australia (Shah. Cooney, Long and Burke: 2005).
    5.2 National Guidelines on Cross-Sectoral Qualification Linkages (Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Implementation Handbook: 2002).
    5.3 Lifting and Mechanical Handling Guidelines (Step Change in Safety: ERS Network Off-shore Oil and Gas Industry-UK).
    5.4 Policy Watch: Apprenticeship framework: A Change in Design (Sian Owen: 2005; Authorised by Steve Besley-UK).
    5.5 Training in Engineering Construction Skills: Employers Guide (TECSkills and the ECITB-UK: 2007).
    5.6 Modern Apprenticeships: The Way to Work (Cassels Report: 2001): UK.
    5.7 Role of Apprenticeship in VET System: The Case of Botswana (Ahmad:2003) at Conference on the Reform of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Gaborone, Botswana.
    5.8 Challenges Facing Vet Transformation in the SADC Region (Akoojee and McGrath: 2003 HSRC-Pretoria) at Conference on the Reform of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Gaborone, Botswana.

    6. Reference Web-sites:

    www.ecitb.org.za; www.ntis.gov.au; www.bota.org.bw; www.kiwiquals.govt.nz; www.bcit.ca; www.nait.ca; www.cotr.bc.ca; www.edexcel.co.uk; www.tullontraining.co.uk; www.doleta.com; www.tecskills.org.za. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification was designed to enable qualifying learners to move from one engineering context to another and still get recognition for successful learning achievements in the previous context. This means that credit accumulation towards certification could be obtained across industries.

    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. Holders of other qualifications may be evaluated against this qualification for the purpose of RPL and placement in learning programmes.

    Vertical articulation:
  • ID 59731: Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging), NQF Level 4.

    Horizontal articulation:

    Fundamental learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for engineering-related qualifications at NQF Level 3.

    Core and Elective learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for unit standards in some engineering qualifications, namely:
  • ID 48535; National Certificate: Maritime Operations, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 49080; National Certificate: Construction: Advanced Crane Operations, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 49015; National Certificate: Construction: Structural Steel Erecting, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 48988; National Certificate: Forestry: Timber Harvesting, NQF Level 3. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered with an appropriate Education and Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA) or with an ETQA which has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a Training Provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the relevant ETQA according to that ETQA's guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation-includes both internal and external moderation of assessment/s at the 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 in exit level outcomes described in this Qualification. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The following criteria should be applied by the relevant ETQA as a minimum requirement:

    1. Assessors should be in possession of an appropriate qualification, namely:
  • Mechanical Handling (Rigging) at NQF Level 4 including a minimum period of work-related experience as specified by the relevant ETQA.
  • An artisan qualification in Rigging (Trade test certificate or completed contract of apprenticeship) including a minimum period of work-related experience as specified by the relevant ETQA.
  • Subject matter experience, which may be established through recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    2. Registration as an assessor with the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body.

    3. Proven inter-personal skills and the ability to:
  • Maintain national and local industry standards.
  • Act in the interest of the learner.
  • Understand the need for transformation to redress the legacies of the past, and respect the cultural background and language of the learner. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    In terms of learning and assessment within the chemical industry sector, qualification replaces qualification 13694, "National Certificate: Chemical Rigger (Interim-registered)", Level 3, 120 credits.

    This qualification also replaces other registered and non-registered (in-house) occupational qualifications which are traditionally associated with Rigging and Rope-work. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  253601  Secure a load for transportation  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  9322  Work in a team  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  13223  Apply safety, health and environmental protection procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  253554  Identify and use steel wire ropes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Core  9530  Manage work time effectively  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  253603  Manoeuvre a load using mechanical lifting equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  253658  Perform a lifting task by using a mobile crane  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  253640  Perform a lifting task using a floating method  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  253654  Perform pre-use maintenance and inspection on lifting machinery and equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9010  Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9013  Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9012  Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119467  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7456  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119465  Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253585  Apply lubrication to a steel wire rope  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  244077  Demonstrate understanding of chemicals in a processing environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119042  Erect, alter/reposition and dismantle access scaffolding  Level 2  NQF Level 02  13 
    Elective  253615  Lift and move a load using the pick and carry method  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253639  Replace a conveyance in a shaft  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253880  Adapt to working in a client's work environment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  10195  Apply Engineering Principles and concepts in a Power Generation Process Plant  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  113998  Carry out rigging operations on a vessel  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116981  Conduct advanced tower crane operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  20 
    Elective  256304  Demonstrate an understanding of the functions and the operation of signalling arrangements and safety devices in a shaft  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  10893  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of electrical power generation  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  117033  Demonstrate knowledge of wire rope, rigging accessories, anchor systems and rigging in cable yarding operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253597  Lift and turn a load  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9526  Manage basic business finance  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  242977  Operate ship cargo lifting appliances  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  253637  Replace steelwork in a shaft  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  113994  Transfer and secure cargo and stores  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  113995  Work with fibre ropes, wire ropes and chains on a vessel  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  113981  Arrange and complete lifts on site using lifting equipment  Level 4  NQF Level 04  15 
    Elective  14920  Participate in groups and/or teams to recommend solutions to problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some (but not all) of their learning programmes are moved to the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replaced qualification.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Originator Pre-2009
    NQF Level
    NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
    Assurance
    Functionary
    NQF Sub-Framework
    63487  National Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Chemical  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 3  NQF Level 03  121     CHIETA  OQSF 
    63488  National Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Electrical Power Generation  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 3  NQF Level 03  121     EWSETA  OQSF 
    63489  National Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Manufacturing and Engineering  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 3  NQF Level 03  121     MERSETA  OQSF 
    63490  National Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Mining and Minerals  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 3  NQF Level 03  121     MQA  OQSF 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES: 
    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.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Accredited Provider
    63487  National Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Chemical  1. AOOG EDUCATION AND TRAINING
    2. MATIMBA RIGGING AND TRAINING
    3. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING
    4. SEDIBENG  
    63488  National Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Electrical Power Generation  TRY EASY ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD  
    63489  National Certificate: Mechanical Handling: Rigging: Manufacturing and Engineering  1. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre
    2. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP)  



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