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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|Further Education and Training Certificate: Mineral Processing|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|64889||Further Education and Training Certificate: Mineral Processing|
|SGB Mining and Minerals|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|MQA - Mining Qualifications Authority||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|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||137||Level 4||NQF Level 04||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.|
This qualification replaces:
|Qual ID||Qualification Title||Pre-2009 NQF Level||NQF Level||Min Credits||Replacement Status|
|49049||Further Education and Training Certificate: Lump Ore Beneficiation||Level 4||NQF Level 04||166||Complete|
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
This qualification is intended to address the training needs for metallurgical process controllers. This competence provides the skills needed to supervise and coordinate significant processes within metallurgical operations. It also provides the basis upon which further related learning and career development can take place.
Through the employment of competent operating personnel, employers and in turn the field and sub-field have confidence that this critical work in the industry is efficiently carried out.
Social development and economic transformation are enhanced through efficient extraction, and career development and personal job satisfaction of operating personnel are facilitated through the learning process used to achieve the competency specified.
Learners credited with this qualification will be able to:
"Minerals Processing" in this context refers to the extraction of valuable minerals contained in mined ore and the production of related products, or enriched concentrates, for further processing or sale. Processes employed in the recovery of gold, platinum, uranium, base metals, coal, iron ore, diamonds, manganese etc. are provided for in this qualification. Recovery rates and cost implications relating to minerals extraction processes must be optimised to ensure the ongoing viability of the producer. Obtaining this qualification will equip learners to supervise and coordinate the Mineral processing operation in achieving this goal.
End products of these processes are metals or metal compounds that can be used in a wide variety of applications, for example:
Production of these commodities is of tremendous benefit to the economy, as well as society, by way of local and foreign investments and sale of products.
Typical learners are operating personnel working in a metallurgical plant. A learner achieving this qualification will be qualified to monitor and control a mineral processing plant.
This is the third qualification in the learning pathway for Mineral Processing. A learner would proceed from this qualification to a National Diploma or Degree in Extraction Metallurgy or Chemical engineering.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
Recognition of Prior Learning:
This qualification can be achieved wholly or in part through recognition of prior learning.
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.
Access to the Qualification:
Access is open, however it is preferable that learners have completed the National Certificate in Minerals Processing, NQF Level 3.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
1. Communicate and solve problems in the workplace.
2. Maintain Occupational Health, Safety and general housekeeping.
3. Lead a team to work co-operatively to achieve objectives.
4. Control metallurgical operations from a control room.
Critical Cross field Outcomes:
The Critical Cross-Field Outcomes are addressed in the qualification as follows:
While overseeing mineral process operations, qualifying learners are able to:
Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical thinking have been made:
Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation by:
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
1.1 Oral and written communication is maintained and adapted as required to promote effective interaction in a metallurgical plant.
1.2. Mathematical principles are applied while performing the tasks related to mineral processing.
1.3. Process problems are resolved and recorded in accordance with set standards.
1.4. Time and the work processes are managed to achieve effective control of the different operations within a metallurgical plant.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
2.1. Procedures, material requirements and methodologies are employed in compliance with the prescribed Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental standards.
2.2. Plant safety, quality and efficiency maintained at optimal levels in accordance with organisational standards.
2.3. Mechanisms for minimising of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental impacts and risks, as specified in current legislation, are ensured to be in place in place.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
3.1. The principles of leadership are explained and applied within a work unit.
3.2. The budgeting function within a business unit is explained, planned and applied in accordance with set parameters.
3.3. The organisation`s objectives and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are analysed in order to determine the direction of work units.
3.4. Knowledge of group dynamics is applied to build a team.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
4.1. Knowledge of controlling and operating a metallurgical plant from a control room is demonstrated in accordance with standard operating practices.
4.2. Metallurgical processes are monitored and controlled using various automated methods.
4.3. The impact of all processes and material variables on the specific metallurgical operation is integrated as required.
4.4. Corrective action is taken to maintain product quality and process integrity.
4.5. Production results and deviations are reported and logged on a continual basis according to data logging requirements.
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:
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 future learning. The assessment should also ensure that all the critical cross-field outcomes have been achieved.
The learner may choose in which language he/she 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 minerals processing.
|The proposed qualification was compared with qualifications, courses and other learning interventions available elsewhere in the world in order to ensure that the qualification structure and unit standards proposed are comparable in terms of level, scope of qualifications and competencies covered.
In many countries related training is offered at tertiary education level (typically for higher "NQF" levels than the Level 4 of this proposed qualification), or on-the-job training, which is often very site-specific and not formally recognised.
It was interesting to note that as the levels of qualifications increase, the competencies required become broader or more generic. Specific competencies become more specialised, but aspects such as Safety, Environment, and Quality etc. appear in the majority of courses and qualifications.
Relevant formal qualifications were found on the Australian and New Zealand frameworks. The proposed FETC: Minerals Processing compared well with both these qualifications.
Australia: National Training Information Services:
The following programme is offered:
Certificate IV in Metalliferous Mining Operations (Processing):
Numerous competencies from this qualification/programme are within the proposed South African Mining and Minerals SGB qualification or in the learning pathway leading to the qualification.
Some of the competencies in the Australian qualification are:
> Apply, monitor, rectify and report statutory/legal compliance systems.
> Apply and monitor mine emergency preparedness and response systems.
> Apply risk management processes.
> Conduct safety and health investigations.
> Communicate information.
> Apply basic First Aid.
> Apply advanced First Aid.
> Apply and monitor mine services and infrastructure systems.
> Commission/recommission plant.
> Supervise work in confined spaces.
> Manage plant shutdown and restart.
> Decommission plant.
> Analyse data and report results.
> Monitor and coordinate waste and process water treatment.
> Develop work priorities.
> Develop teams and individuals.
> Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies.
> Monitor a safe workplace.
> Promote innovation and change.
> Implement effective workplace relationships.
> Implement operational plan.
> Implement workplace information system.
> Implement continuous improvement.
> Promote team effectiveness.
> Contribute to assessment.
> Plan and organise assessment.
> Assess competence.
> Participate in assessment validation.
> Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills.
New Zealand: The New Zealand Qualification Authority:
The following programme is offered:
National Certificate in Extractive Industries (Mineral Processing - Alluvial Gold), Level 4, Credits 216.
The structure, outcomes and purpose of this qualification compare well with the proposed South African Mining and Minerals SGB qualification.
Some of the competencies in the New Zealand qualification are:
Other courses and programmes:
ASM International runs courses in the USA, Canada as well as the UK.
Elements of Metallurgy:
These items could very well form part of the training for the achievement of the proposed Minerals Processing qualification. However, they are not organised in the same manner as the proposed qualification.
In India the courses offered are pitched well above the level of this proposed certificate. There are also degree courses and hence a comparative analysis was not practical.
Practical Metallurgical Solutions offers courses in various countries all over the world including:
The courses are not as broad as qualifications, but cover the learning that is part of the FETC: Minerals Processing.
The competencies required for Minerals Processing are very similar to those required in the Chemical field. Competencies from the City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ in Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Petro-Chemical Manufacture illustrate this observation:
It can be concluded that the competencies addressed by the FETC: Minerals Processing are in line with courses and qualifications from other parts of the world and represent best practice.
|This qualification allows for both vertical and horizontal articulation.
Vertical articulation exists with:
Horizontal articulation exists with:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|Assessors should be in possession of:
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|This qualification replaces qualification 49049, "Further Education and Training Certificate: Lump Ore Beneficiation", Level 4, 166 credits.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||8016||Maintaining occupational health, safety and general housekeeping||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Core||117877||Perform one-to-one training on the job||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Core||242810||Manage Expenditure against a budget||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Core||261017||Monitor and control a metallurgical plant from a control room||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Core||244105||Participate in a task team in a process environment||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Fundamental||119472||Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119457||Interpret and use information from texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119467||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119465||Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9015||Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||119462||Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||119469||Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||9016||Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Fundamental||119471||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||7468||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||119459||Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||260998||Administer first aid in the event of cyanide poisoning||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Elective||261137||Control a resin adsorption process in a metallurgical plant||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Elective||261003||Control the Biological Oxidation (Biox) Process||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Elective||260989||Control the carbon adsorption process in a metallurgical plant||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Elective||260980||Control the crushing and screening operation in a metallurgical plant||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Elective||261011||Control the de-watering process in a metallurgical plant||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Elective||261010||Control the dense medium separation process in a metallurgical plant.||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Elective||260978||Control the drying operation in a metallurgical plant||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Elective||261013||Control the elution process in a metallurgical plant||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Elective||260988||Control the froth flotation process in a metallurgical plant||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Elective||260983||Control the gravity concentration process in a metallurgical plant||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Elective||260985||Control the jig operation process in a metallurgical plant||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Elective||260999||Control the lump ore beneficiation process||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Elective||260986||Control the milling and classification operation in a metallurgical plant||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Elective||261002||Control the operation of an electric arc furnace||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Elective||261118||Control the process of uranium recovery from solution in a metallurgical plant||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Elective||260987||Control the thickening process in a metallurgical plant||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Elective||120389||Explain and apply the concept, principles and theories of motivation in a leadership context||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||261117||Generate steam by means of a coal-burning boiler||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Elective||261012||Oversee the leaching operation in a metallurgical plant||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
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|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
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