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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Strata Control Operations 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
62796  Further Education and Training Certificate: Strata Control Operations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
MQA - Mining Qualifications Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  165  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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 
Purpose:

The purpose of this qualification is to equip learners with the theoretical knowledge, technical skills and practical ability to function as a Strata Control Officer within the mining environment. Strata Control Officers assist personnel engaged in mining operations to ensure:
  • The safety and efficiency of mining operations.
  • Pro-active reduction in Levels of rock related risk in mining operations.
  • The development of awareness regarding rock-related risk among mining personnel.
  • The qualifying learner should be able to assist the Rock Engineer with the design, implementation and monitoring of strategies to reduce rock-related risk, such as mining layouts and support systems.
  • The assessment and interpretation of rockmass behaviour and response

    Seen on a national Level, safe and productive mines operate at optimal Level; with maximum orebody extraction, the lowest possible safety risk and best operating cost. This has spin-off benefits in terms of the sustained production of minerals, with increased generation of revenue for the economy, greater investment in South African mines by particularly overseas investors and sustainable employment opportunities within the mining industry for society in general.

    This qualification will equip the learner with necessary knowledge, skills and ability for promotion to the post of Strata Control Officer. It is also intended to provide the building blocks upon which to build a further career in rock engineering. Attaining this qualification will improve the learner's skills, thus increasing his potential employability.

    Learners credited with this qualification will be able to:
  • Communicate and solve problems in a variety of ways.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of workplace skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of risk management strategies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of factors driving rock mass behaviour.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of strata control principles, and apply these when conducting strata control operations and related activities in mining operations.

    On a practical Level, learners equipped with this qualification will be able to conduct the essential operations associated with:
  • Identification of rock-related hazards, quantification of the associated Level of risk, amelioration of such risk, based on applying risk management strategies.
  • Identification and evaluation of deteriorating ground conditions.
  • Investigating rock-related incidents and accidents.
  • Observation, assessment and reporting of sub-optimal mining practices.
  • Extracting, interpreting and transforming information presented on mine plans.
  • Assessing the stability of excavations, and where necessary recommending appropriate remedial measures, utilising.
  • Knowledge of basic rock mechanics principles.
  • Knowledge of rock strength and rock mass behaviour.
  • Knowledge of support unit and support system behaviour.
  • Knowledge of mining methods and their effects on rock mass behaviour.
  • Knowledge of the local geological environment and its effect on rock mass behaviour.
  • Assessment and monitoring of the performance of support systems, utilising.
  • An understanding of support design methodologies.
  • Knowledge of the various support types commonly used.
  • The ability to install and operate instrumentation sites, and record and process data.
  • Providing data and information used in excavation design and monitoring by executing the following functions:
  • Classifying rock masses based on typical rock mass rating systems.
  • Installing and operating instrumentation sites, recording and processing data.

    Rationale:

    Strata Control forms part of the discipline of Rock Engineering, one of the specialist disciplines within the mining environment. Rock engineering may be defined as technical mine engineering that bridges the gap between mining geology and production engineering. Its application turns geological and geotechnical information into rational mine plans, that facilitate maximum orebody extraction at least safety risk and lowest operating cost for the prevailing rockmass conditions. Rock engineering is concerned with the design of mining strategies, excavation layouts and support systems that ensure safe, stable and productive mining operations.

    Strata Control may be defined as a risk management tool, which in part ensures the proper control of the mining environment to minimise the risk of local instability. Effective strata control ensures that on a local scale, appropriate mining strategies and/or support actions are employed to overcome local and unforeseen or unpredictable changes to the prevailing geotechnical environment. This requires on-site training in the mechanics of, and reasons for, excavation failure and the roles and mechanisms of excavation support.

    The role of strata control also extends to ensuring adherence to mining layout and support standards, as well as the maintenance of quality control in support type selection and support installation. This is emphasised because the value of even the best available rock engineering advice is diminished if recommended standards and systems are not properly understood or implemented underground.

    This Level 4 qualification rounds off the basic foundation of theoretical knowledge, technical skills and practical ability applicable to the discipline of strata control and rock engineering provided by the Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. The Level 4 qualification completes the learner's education regarding the recognition and investigation of strata control-related issues and moves into the areas of interpreting and assessing rockmass behaviour and response. It is intended to assist Junior Strata Control Officers to further their career in rock engineering, as well as serve as the appropriate qualification for a learner to be appointed as a Strata Control Officer.

    Learners registering for this qualification will typically be Junior Strata Control Officers working in a rock engineering department or consultancy, with a Level 3 National Certificate in Strata Control or similar, although learners with other relevant Level 4 qualifications wishing to articulate horizontally will also be considered. While completing the qualification, learners will ideally act or relieve in the position of Strata Control Officer as part of their experiential learning.

    Upon obtaining the qualification, the learner will be eligible for appointment as a Strata Control Officer. As such, he/she will be responsible for managing strata control-related issues for a shaft or mine. The learner may fulfil this function alone or with the assistance of one or more Junior Strata Control Officers and/or Strata Control Observers, in which case he/she will be expected to also play a supervising, coordinating and mentoring role. As the senior member of the strata control section.

    A typical learning pathway for learners with this qualification within the rock engineering discipline begins with the GETC: Mining and Mineral Processes (entrance into discipline), National Certificate: Rock Engineering: Strata Control Level 2, National Certificate: Rock Engineering: Strata Control Level 3. Learners who have achieved this qualification can progress to qualifications at a higher Level on the NQF within the established learning pathways of Rock Engineering. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in the following areas:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Knowledge of the mining method, geological environment, standards and procedures at NQF Level 3.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This qualification can be achieved wholly or in part through recognition of prior learning in terms of the criteria laid out.

    Evidence can be presented in a variety of forms, including international or previous local qualifications, reports, testimonials mentioning functions performed, work records, portfolios, videos of practice and performance records.

    Any other evidence of prior learning should be assessed through formal RPL processes to recognize achievement thereof.

    Learners submitting themselves for RPL should be thoroughly briefed prior to the assessment and will be required to submit a Portfolio of Evidence in the prescribed format to be assessed for formal recognition.

    Access to the Qualification:
  • Access is open; however it is preferable that learners have completed the National Certificate: Engineering: Strata Control, NQF Level 3. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    A minimum of 165 credits is required to complete the full qualification.
  • All Fundamental unit standards totalling 56 credits are compulsory.
  • All Core unit standards totalling 89 credits are compulsory.
  • Elective unit standards totalling 20 credits must be selected to achieve the full qualification. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Communicate and solve problems in a variety of ways.

    2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the strata control environment.

    3. Demonstrate knowledge and application of risk management strategies.

    4. Demonstrate an understanding of factors driving rock mass behaviour.
  • Range: Factors driving rock mass behaviour include the depth at which mining takes place, the mining method used, the geological environment and the strength of the host rock. The interaction between these different factors plays a crucial role in rock mass behaviour.

    5. Demonstrate an understanding of, and apply, strata control principles.
  • Range: Strata control principles refer to the basic mathematical, mechanical, geological and mining-related aspects that affect the stability of excavations in this rock mass.

    6. Conduct strata control operations and related activities in mining operations.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    The Critical Cross-Field Outcomes have been addressed by the Exit Level Outcomes as follows:

    While performing integrated strata control operations, qualifying learners are able to:

    Identify and solve problems in which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Calculating the energy absorption and support resistance for a support system using a suitable support design methodology.
  • Responding to non-conformances in a strata control environment.
  • Responding to emergencies in a strata control environment.
  • Applying preventative or remedial action in accordance with operating procedures.
  • Applying principles and techniques of mathematics, applied mechanics and science in the context of strata control in mining operations.

    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
  • Contributing to team efficiency by supporting other team members in the strata control environment.
  • Contributing to team goals and achievements by adhering to agreed working methods and processes.
  • Adhering to team protocols, codes of conduct and generally promoting a positive team spirit.
  • Coordinating one's work with that of others in the direct surrounding area, internal and external operations.
  • Explaining and adhering to Occupational Health, Safety and environment policies and procedures in accordance with specified organisational requirements.
  • Understanding and applying relevant Human Resources and Industrial Relations principles, techniques and policies.

    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Collating and checking all required materials and equipment before use.
  • Adhering to specified (legal and operational) requirements.
  • Taking preventive and remedial action to solve operating problems relating to strata control.
  • Using instruments and related equipment in accordance with operational requirements and manufacturers specifications.
  • Caring for instruments and equipment during and after use by checking, cleaning and storing them in accordance with requirements.

    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Gathering and applying information and knowledge regarding processes and procedures.
  • Recording and monitoring problems and non-conformances for the purpose of preventing reoccurrence.
  • Extracting, interpreting and transforming Information presented on mine plans where required, to assist with conducting strata control in mining operations.
  • Understanding and applying typical rock mass rating systems in order to assist in excavation design.
  • Classifying a rock mass using typical rock mass rating systems.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the operation, installation and methods of rock engineering instrumentation.

    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
  • Interpreting, recording and reporting strata control data obtained from visual inspections, instrument readings and strata control feedback.
  • Preparing and submitting reports, non-conformance reports and other required documentation.
  • Working with modern communications technology such as computer messaging, cellular phones and radio systems in a strata control environment.

    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Working according to occupational health and safety regulations.
  • Using relevant terminology and adhering to standard protocols such as SI, ISO and other standards applicable in the strata control environment.
  • Working and interpreting technologically advanced instrumentation and computer systems.
  • Using strata control monitoring and testing equipment while conducting strata control in mining operations.
  • Recording, interpreting and reporting data obtained in the appropriate format on written media or as computerised data.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation by:
  • Understanding the impact of upstream, downstream and parallel minerals processing systems upon each other and its own role in each context.
  • Requesting assistance from other team members and support personnel where required.
  • Assisting other team members and working together with support personnel to investigate and resolve problem areas.
  • Explaining the impact of common mining methods on rock mass behaviour.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of mining geology as related to rock engineering.
  • Understanding and applying the relationship between geological structures and mining layouts in the strata control context.
  • Understanding the interaction between rock strength, stress and fracturing with emphasis on how rock behaves under various loading conditions and how rock strength deteriorates.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the effect of various geological, mine layout/design and mining process-related factors on excavation stability. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Effective verbal and written communication is demonstrated while performing the tasks related to conducting strata control in mining operations.
  • Principles and techniques of mathematics, applied mechanics and science are applied in the context of strata control in mining operations.
  • Information and knowledge regarding processes and procedures is gathered, and is applied while performing the tasks related to conducting strata control in mining operations.
  • Problems and solutions are recorded and monitored for reoccurrence.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Occupational Health, Safety and environment policies and procedures are explained and adhered to in accordance with specified organisational requirements.
  • Relevant principles and techniques of Human Resources and Industrial Relations are understood and applied while conducting strata control activities.
  • Information presented on mine plans is extracted, interpreted and transformed where required, to assist with conducting strata control in mining operations.
  • Support design methodologies are understood and applied in assisting with the design, assessing and monitoring of support systems.
    > Range: Support design methodologies refer to industry-accepted techniques of designing a support system for an excavation by following a structured approach. This approach involves specifying design criteria in terms of support resistance and/or energy absorption, then ensuring that these are exceeded by the capability of the support system.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • The terminology, concepts and principles of risk management are understood and applied in a strata control environment.
  • Knowledge of rock-related hazards and consequences due to the geological environment is demonstrated.
  • The purpose of ground control districts and the role of the "code of practice to combat rockfall and rockburst accidents" are explained in the context of rock-related risk management.
  • Rock-related hazards are identified within the strata control environment.
    > Range: These hazards may be identified by physical observation in the workplace or from records such as mine plans, geotechnical data or a local geotechnical plan.
  • Risk assessment methods and process are understood and applied to quantify and rank the risk associated with identified rock-related hazards.
  • Risk management strategies are understood and applied to ameliorate the risks associated with mining operations.
  • The results of observations and assessments are recorded in the appropriate format.
    > Range: This format may include: Completed templates; Written reports; Notes on mine plans.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • An understanding of the characteristics of different depth environments, and the mining strategies applicable to the various depth environments, is demonstrated.
  • Common mining methods are explained, focussing on their impact on rock mass behaviour.
  • An understanding of mining geology as related to rock engineering is demonstrated.
  • An understanding of the relationship between geological structures and mining layouts is demonstrated.
  • The interaction between rock strength, stress and fracturing is explained, with emphasis on how rock behaves under various loading conditions and how rock strength deteriorates.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
  • The terminology, relevant theory and concepts relating to rock mechanics and strata control in mining operations are explained in accordance with specified requirements.
  • Knowledge of the characteristics, behaviour and function of different pillars is applied while conducting strata control in mining operations.
  • The effect of various geological, mine layout/design and mining process-related factors on excavation stability is understood and explained as a strata control function.
  • Excavation stability assessments are conducted, utilising specialist technical knowledge.
    > Range: This specialist technical knowledge includes an understanding of rock mechanics principles, the effect of the mining method and the implication of the local geological environment on rock mass and support behaviour.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:
  • Knowledge and understanding of strata control principles are applied while conducting strata control activities in mining operations.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the causes of falls of ground, and the ability to investigate rock-related incidents in the workplace, is demonstrated as part of strata control in mining operations.
  • The ability to calculate the energy absorption and support resistance for a support system using a suitable support design methodology is demonstrated as part of support system design.
  • The ability to identify and evaluate signs of deteriorating ground conditions during the mining process is demonstrated.
  • Typical rock mass rating systems and the ability to classify a rock mass using such systems is understood and applied to assist in excavation design.
  • An understanding of the operation, installation and data recording methods for rock engineering instrumentation is demonstrated.
  • Strata Control monitoring and testing equipment is used while conducting strata control in mining operations and data obtained is recorded, interpreted and reported in the appropriate format on written media or as computerised data.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Integrated assessment at the Level of the qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show they are able to integrate concepts, actions and ideas achieved across a range of unit standards and contexts.

    Integrated assessment must evaluate the quality of observable performance as well as the thinking behind the performance, and must be based on a summative assessment guide. The guide will spell out how the assessor will assess different aspects of the performance and will include:
  • Observing the learner at work (both in the primary activity as well as other interactions).
  • Asking questions and initiating short discussions to test understanding.
  • Looking at records and reports in the portfolio and reviewing previous assessments.

    In some cases inference will be necessary to determine competence depending on the nature and context within which performance takes place.

    It is necessary to ensure that the fundamental part of the qualification is also targeted to ensure that while the competence may have been achieved in a particular context, learners are able to apply it in a range of other contexts and for further learning. The assessment should also ensure that all the Critical Cross-Field Outcomes have been achieved.
    The learner may choose in which language s/he wants to be assessed. This should be established as part of a process of preparing the learner for assessment and familiarising the learner with the approach being taken.

    While this is primarily a workplace-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the exit-Level outcomes. The assessment process should cover both the explicit tasks required for the qualification as well as the understanding of the concepts and principles that underpin the activities associated with the strata control. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The Southern African mining industry finds itself in a unique situation, in that most mining operations are very labour-intensive, with the workforce generally having a low standard of education. Comparable operations in overseas countries such as the United States, Canada and Australia are highly mechanized, with well-qualified operators. In line with this approach, overseas mines do not have rock engineering departments ,strata control issues are handled by the production personnel, while higher-Level rock engineering is contracted to specialist consultancies.

    The following strategy is followed when conducting research for comparing against other qualifications elsewhere in the world:
  • Countries with a formal Qualifications Framework, such as the United Kingdom (NVQ and SVQ), Australia and New Zealand.
  • Countries who are reputed to be leaders in a particular field.
  • SADEC countries, which are in geographical proximity to South Africa.
  • Countries with emerging economies (particularly in the mining context).

    This is based on an informative summary of world mining regions that was found.

    North America:
  • North America is the major producer of gold and silver.

    Europe:
  • Europe is not a major mining centre. However, it has several established base metal mines in Scandanavia, Ireland and the Iberian Peninsula.

    Asia:
  • Asia is a major producer of base metals, PGE's, ferrous metals and coal. Most major producers are state controlled.

    South America:
  • South America is a major producer of base and ferrous metals, in particular copper and iron ore.

    Africa:
  • Africa is a major producer of cobalt, gold, PGE's and diamonds. Mining accounts for a substantial proportion of several countries GDP's.

    Australasia:
  • Australasia is a leading producer of iron ore, gold and base metals.

    The Southern African mining industry finds itself in a unique situation, in that most mining operations are very labour-intensive, with the workforce generally having a low standard of education. Comparable operations in overseas countries such as the United States, Canada and Australia are highly mechanized, with well-qualified operators. In line with this approach, overseas mines do not have rock engineering departments, strata control issues are handled by the production personnel, while higher-Level rock engineering is contracted to specialist consultancies.

    For this reason, international comparability for Strata Control qualifications from Levels 2 to 4 is extremely difficult. While there may well be study material available for these Levels, it is intended for use by production employees and is not of a specialist nature.

    Qualifications Found:
  • Frameworks consulted were those of Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom (Britain) and Scotland.
  • While conducting the research in this regard, no evidence could be found of a strata control qualification per se comparable to NQF Level 3.

    Unit Standards Found:
  • A number of unit standards (competencies) were found on the Australian framework that was packaged in Underground Coal Operations qualifications:
    > MNCU053A Conduct basic strata control operations.
    > MNCU054A Conduct Advanced Strata control operations.
  • There were also units at Technical Management Level (not related to a qualification).
    > MNCU131A Establish the mining method and strata control system.
    > MNCU132A Implement the strata management plan.
    > MNCU133A Apply and monitor the strata management plan.

    Relevant unit standards were also found on the New Zealand framework (Domain: Metalliferous Mining (Underground):
  • 15662 Evaluate ground conditions and design support methods for underground mines and tunnels.
  • 15666 Demonstrate knowledge of geology of underground extraction sites.

    Courses Found:

    The United States and Canada are considered leaders in the world in terms of mining methodology, equipment and training.
  • Edumine offers professional development courses. Rock Engineering for non-engineers in mining addresses rock engineering (strata control) issues for personnel of mining companies who are not directly involved in mining.
  • The (USA) National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) offer a programme in ground control covering:
    > Using Mines Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) statistics and extensive interactions with the mining community to identify the most critical hazards.
    > Employing state-of-the-art strata control science in a targeted program of research that develops practical solutions.
    > Aggressively transferring research results to end users in the mining community.
    > Serving as the mining community's resource for the best strata control information available, and providing training and technical assistance consistent with this mission.

    In the SADC region officers within the rock engineering supportive services area in mines are taught the skills at the workplace. No generic courses/programmes could be found to perform a comparative analysis. This was confirmed in consultations held with an experienced mining engineer who has worked at mine manager Level in several SADC countries.

    Conclusions:

    International benchmarking in this instance has not revealed comparable qualifications for one or more of the following reasons:
  • The FETC: Strata Control Level 4 is a very specific qualification while the relevant units found internationally are packaged into broader qualifications at this Level or higher.
  • The reason for South African unit standards and qualifications representing a learning path starting at lower Levels is mainly due to the relatively low educational base of the majority of workers in the mining industry. The progression of qualifications from Level 2 through to Level 4 seek to address the education gap and give learners the opportunity to articulate to higher Levels, and hence advance their prospects with regards to career development.
  • The combination of geology, survey and sampling competencies into a single qualification is a unique approach that has not been seen elsewhere.
  • The unique circumstances of the South African mining industry such as diversity, skills shortages etc.
  • Legal requirements, particularly with regards to Occupational Health and Safety.

    The competencies covered by the FETC: Strata Control Level 4 is needed by employers and learners in the mining industry. It is highly motivated that learners should learn towards and be assessed against the relevant standards. Despite lack of any internationally comparable qualifications, it is nevertheless deemed a valuable and relevant qualification. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification allows for both vertical and horizontal articulation.

    Vertical articulation exists with:
  • National Certificate: Engineering at NQF Level 5 (Under construction).

    Horizontal articulation exits with:
  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Mining Operations at NQF Level 4 (Under construction). 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the Unit Standards.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard 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 should be in possession of:
  • An appropriate qualification above the Level of this qualification.
  • Have at least a minimum of 1 year relevant workplace practical experience.
  • Registration as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

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

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  256872  Calculate the energy absorption and support resistance for a support system  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  256895  Conduct a fall of ground incident or accident investigation  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  120399  Conduct a risk assessment using geotechnical data and a local geotechnical plan  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  256900  Conduct a rock mass rating utilising rating systems typically used in mining  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  120341  Conduct a Task Analysis and take appropriate action to address identified risks  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  256838  Demonstrate an understanding of common mining methods  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  256847  Demonstrate an understanding of factors that define a ground control district  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  256858  Demonstrate an understanding of hazards associated with various anomalous conditions and the treatment thereof based on risk level  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  256836  Demonstrate an understanding of mining geology related to rock engineering  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  120406  Demonstrate an understanding of mining strategies applicable to the different depth environments  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  256849  Demonstrate an understanding of Rock Engineering terminology, theory and mensuration  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  256851  Demonstrate an understanding of the causes of falls of ground  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  256845  Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of different depth environments  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  256837  Demonstrate an understanding of the Code of Practice to address rockfall and rockburst accidents  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  256873  Demonstrate an understanding of the operation, installation and data recording methods for rock engineering instrumentation  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  256848  Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between geological structures and mining layouts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  256846  Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical rock mechanics principles  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  256856  Demonstrate knowledge of rock-related hazards and consequences due to the geological environment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  256897  Describe the various rock mass rating systems typically used in mining  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  256861  Draw mining engineering related plans, sections and projections  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  120414  Explain rock behaviour under various loading conditions  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  120415  Explain rock strength deterioration  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  256844  Explain the interaction between rock strength, stress, and fracturing  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  256870  Identify and evaluate signs of deteriorating ground conditions during the mining process  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119467  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119465  Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9015  Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119462  Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119469  Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9016  Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119471  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119459  Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256867  Implement a rock engineering instrumentation programme for strata control  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  120329  Respond to, implement and manage emergencies according to an emergency action plan in a workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  256850  Apply calculations of support resistance and energy absorption capabilities of support units  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  13949  Apply technical knowledge and skill to align business unit performance to business goals  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256871  Conduct a fault tree analysis in accident investigations  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256915  Conduct quality control tests on support units, process results and evaluate against a set standard  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256841  Demonstrate an understanding of bolting as underground in-stope support  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256852  Demonstrate an understanding of pillar failure types, modes and signs of failure  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256869  Demonstrate an understanding of practical aspects relating to mass fill placement  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256896  Demonstrate an understanding of seismology principles  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256863  Demonstrate an understanding of soil mechanics  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256859  Demonstrate an understanding of special areas in ensuring excavation stability  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256855  Demonstrate an understanding of the effect of spoils on the stability of slopes/highwalls  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256835  Demonstrate an understanding of the factors that influence the stability of beams  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256854  Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of mining spans on excavation stability  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256843  Demonstrate an understanding of the process of defining a ground control district  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256839  Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between gully, panel and siding geometry on excavation stability  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256842  Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements for designing highwall or slope face shapes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256853  Demonstrate an understanding of the role of pillars as a support medium, design considerations and principles  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256875  Demonstrate an understanding of the various techniques available to assist in achieving high wall/slope stability  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256865  Demonstrate an understanding of various slope failure modes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256874  Describe the effects of mining in shallow, intermediate and deep environments on stress distribution  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256857  Evaluate conditions in a rock pass  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256899  Evaluate excavation stability when the excavation is re-opened up after a period of time  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256864  Evaluate the effect of face configuration on stress induced fracture patterns and orientations  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256901  Evaluate the stability of pillars in underground mining  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256860  Explain the function of and demonstrate the ability to manage support teams  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256866  Inspect large excavations during the excavating phase  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256868  Inspect production and service excavations to detect abnormalities in ground conditions  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  7873  Manage one`s own development  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256840  Perform geotechnical mapping of a highwall/slope and evaluate the results  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  243951  Plan and conduct a meeting  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256898  Process results of in-situ tests of support installation quality  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  256862  Re-establish stability after highwall/slope failure  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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    1. Adcorp Technical Training 
    2. Palabora Copper Pty Ltd 
    3. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    4. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 



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