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

National Certificate: Electrical Engineering 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
72051  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction 
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 12 - Physical Planning and Construction  Electrical Infrastructure Construction 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  133  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
SAQA 0695/12  2012-07-01  2013-11-07 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2014-11-07   2017-11-07  

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 is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
91761  Occupational Certificate: Electrician  Not Applicable  NQF Level 04  360  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to work effectively within various industries, making use of electrical engineering knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of such an environment.

Qualifying learners will also be able to relate their learning to scientific and technological principles and concepts. They will also be able to maintain and support the various policies and procedures related to the safety, health, environment and quality systems that govern their workplace. This qualification will enable the learner to find employment as a skilled worker or become self employed as a single phase worker in the electrical field.

Qualifying learners at NQF Level 3 will be able to:
  • Understand electrical equipment and protection technology and interpret integrated circuit schematics.
  • Install and commission electrical equipment on integrated electrical circuits.
  • Maintain and repair electrical equipment on integrated electrical circuits.
  • Evaluate and solve familiar problems pertaining to electrical equipment, integrated electrical circuits and related processes.
  • Accept responsibility for utilising and maintaining equipment without working under direct supervision.

    The status and relevance of this qualification will attract and retain quality learners and employees, and is the second step along a recognised and meaningful career path. Qualifying learners will be able to relate the tasks and processes to scientific and technological principles and concepts. They will also be able to maintain and support the various policies and procedures integral to safety, health and the environment. Learner achievements in this qualification will also serve as a basis for further learning to engage in more complex installation, maintenance and repair activities and processes.

    Rationale:

    This is the second of a three-level qualification series that reflect the workplace-based needs of the electrical field that is expressed by employers and employees, both now and for the future. This electrical engineering qualification provides the intermediate competencies required to work on integrated electrical circuits and installations. This qualification provides the learner with accessibility to be employed within the electrical engineering field and provides the flexibility to pursue different careers across various industry sectors and articulate within industries such as:
  • Manufacturing and Engineering.
  • Energy Sector.
  • Mining.
  • Chemical.
  • Transport.
  • Other related engineering industry sectors.

    This qualification will enhance the status and productivity of the learner as well as contribute to improved quality, production rate and growth within the engineering sector. The range of typical learners at this level could include individuals preparing to qualify in occupations or trades such as:
  • Electrician.
  • Domestic Appliance Repair.

    This intermediate set of skills acquired at NQF Level 3 enables the learner to work on integrated circuits and installations. Further learning at NQF Level 4 will enable the learner to work on integrated systems and installations and operate as a skilled worker performing Artisan duties in the electrical field.

    This qualification could assist with the achievement of national government and industrial development policies and strategies to grow a pool of scarce and other related skills in support of sustainable economic growth. People working in the electrical engineering fields require specialized technical skills and knowledge in order to meet the requirements of continually changing environment of the various industries. Through its design, this qualification will meet the needs of learners within the electrical engineering sectors who require technical expertise and essential knowledge needed to earn formal qualifications. This qualification facilitates access for previously disadvantaged groups and other learners to acquire the technical knowledge and skills that are required as well as provide access and mobility into higher-level more specialised occupations. This will allow the learner greater employability and support the development of small and medium enterprises (SME). 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    This qualification assumes learners obtained a National Certificate in Electrical Engineering 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 related to electrical engineering, materials and tools used in installation processes.
  • An ability to install designated electrical equipment and circuits.
  • Occupational health, safety and environmental practices within the electrical environment.
  • 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 and the learner must be physically able to perform the outcomes as specified in the unit standards and be able to differentiate between various colours applicable to the industry. The learner must also have skills related to and knowledge of designated electrical circuits and equipment at NQF Level 2 or equivalent. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Fundamental Component:

    The fundamental component consists of 20 credits in the field of Communication and 16 credits in the field of Mathematical Literacy. All unit Standards in the fundamental component are compulsory.

    Core Component:

    The compulsory unit standards in the Core Component of this qualification reflect the generic competencies required in the field of Electrical Engineering for all industrial environments. The learner must demonstrate competence in the Core Component for the total of 77 credits.

    Elective Component:

    This component consists of several specialisations each with its own set of unit standards. Learners are to choose a specialisation area and complete a minimum of 20 credits from the unit standards listed under that specialisation area so as to attain a minimum of 133 credits required for certification purposes.

    Specialisation Area 1: Mining (Learning Programme ID 72071):

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • ID 259037: Design and Install Electrical Wire Ways; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 258924: Fault Find, Test and Repair Domestic Appliances; NQF Level 3; 6 Credit.
  • ID 113875: Inspect, operate and maintain high mast lighting structures; NQF Level 3; 7 Credits.
  • ID 258958: Install/replace mini substations and ring-main units/switches; NQF Level 3; 6 credits.
  • ID 258997: Install batteries; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • ID 114660: Install or replace Medium Voltage transformers; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259058: Perform work on energised Low voltage networks; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 113900: Operate on MV radial networks; NQF Level 3; 20 Credits.
  • ID 258969: Construct, maintain and dismantle MV overhead lines; NQF Level 3; 14 Credits.
  • ID 259117: Maintain electrical mini substations; NQF Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • ID 259097: Carry out a detailed inspection and repair defects on explosion prevention apparatus; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 262924: Use and care for medium voltage electrical test instruments; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • ID 258933 Test, diagnose and locate a fault on a MV/HV electrical cable; NQF Level 3; 9 Credits.
  • ID 258930: Isolate a 3 phase transformer and carry out tap changes; NQF Level 3; 2 Credits.
  • ID 259057: Maintain the electrical system of a surface mining production machine; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • ID 258940: Maintain the electrical system of winder installations; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • ID 259018: Maintain the electrical system of conveyor installations; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • ID 258963: Install and maintain an electrical supply unit in a production section; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.

    Specialisation Area 2: Electrical Construction (Learning Programme ID 72073):

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • ID 259037: Design and Install Electrical Wire Ways; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259058: Perform work on energised Low voltage networks; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 116678: Install and maintain a solar hot water system; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • ID 116674: Demonstrate an understanding of energy efficiency; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • ID 113885: Lower, inspect, service and maintain a stand - alone battery charging wind turbine; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • ID 113884: Fault find and repair a stand - alone battery charging wind turbine; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • ID 113900: Operate on MV radial networks; NQF Level 3; 20 Credits.
  • ID 116937: Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based spreadsheet application to create and edit spreadsheets; NQF Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • ID 113898: Complete certificate of compliance for a single phase domestic installation; NQF Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 114592: Produce business plans for a new venture; NQF Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 114586: Manage finances of a new venture; NQF Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 114593: Tender to secure business for a new venture; NQF Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 114594: Apply the principles of costing and pricing to a business venture; NQF Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 114598: Demonstrate an understanding of an entrepreneurial profile; NQF Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 117156 Interpret basic financial statements; NQF Level 4; 3 Credits.

    Specialisation Area 3: Chemical (Learning Programme ID 72074):

    Learners must do unit standard ID 244077 and choose additional Elective unit standard from the list below to give a minimum of 20 credits from the unit standards listed under that specialisation area so as to obtain a minimum of 133 credits required for certification purposes.

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • ID 114598: Demonstrate an understanding of an entrepreneurial profile; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 258997: Install batteries; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259037: Design and Install Electrical Wire Ways; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259058: Perform work on energised Low voltage networks; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259097: Carry out a detailed inspection and repair defects on explosion prevention apparatus; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.

    Specialisation Area 4: Electrical Distribution (Learning Programme ID 72077):

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • ID 10244: Maintain and repair a high voltage security fence system; NQF Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • ID 258924: Fault Find, Test and Repair Domestic Appliances; NQF Level 3; 6 Credit.
  • ID 258969: Construct, maintain and dismantle MV overhead lines; NQF Level 3; 14 Credits.
  • ID 258958: Install/replace mini substations and ring-main units/switches; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 114660: Install Medium Voltage transformers; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259058: Perform work on energised Low voltage networks; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259117:Test and maintain electrical mini sub stations; NQF Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • ID 258918: Select, use and care for electrical measuring and testing instruments; NQF Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • ID 258933: Test, diagnose and locate a fault on a high voltage electrical cable; NQF Level 3; 9 Credits.
  • ID 258930: Isolate a 3 phase transformer and carry out tap changes; NQF Level 3; 2 Credits.
  • ID 116674: Demonstrate an understanding of energy efficiency; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • ID 113900: Operate on MV radial networks; NQF Level 3; 20 Credits.

    Specialisation Area 5: Electrical Generation (Learning Programme ID 72079):

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • ID 10244: Maintain and repair a High voltage security fence system; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • ID 258924: Fault Find, Test and Repair Domestic Appliances; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 258997: Install batteries; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • ID 114660: Install Medium Voltage transformers; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259117: Test and maintain electrical mini sub stations; NQF Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • ID 258933: Test, diagnose and locate a fault on a high voltage electrical cable; NQF Level 3; 9 Credits.
  • ID 258930: Isolate a 3 phase transformer and carry out tap changes; NQF Level 3; 2 Credits.
  • ID 259018: Maintain the electrical system of conveyor installations; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • ID 116674: Demonstrate an understanding of energy efficiency; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits.

    Specialisation Area 6: Transport (Learning Programme ID 72080):

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • ID 259037: Design and Install Electrical Wire Ways; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 113869: Fault find a photovoltaic supplied system; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 258924: Fault Find, Test and Repair Domestic Appliances; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 113875: Inspect, operate and maintain high mast lighting structures; NQF Level 3; 7 Credits.
  • ID 258969: Construct, maintain and dismantle MV overhead lines; NQF Level 3; 14 Credits.
  • ID 258958: Install/replace mini substations and ring-main units/switches; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 258997: Install batteries; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits.

    Specialisation Area 7: Renewable Energy (Learning Programme ID 72081):

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • ID 113869: Fault find a photovoltaic supplied system; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 116678: Install and maintain a solar hot water system; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • ID 116674: Demonstrate an understanding of energy efficiency; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • ID 113885: Lower, inspect, service and maintain a stand - alone battery charging wind turbine; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • ID 113884: Fault find and repair a stand - alone battery charging wind turbine; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.

    Specialisation Area 8: Switchgear Manufacturing (Learning Programme ID 82966):

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • ID 265014: Perform production testing of switchgear assembly, NQF Level 3, 4 Credits.
  • ID 265007: Demonstrate knowledge of legislation and standards relevant to the switchgear assembly industry, NQF Level 3, 3 Credits.
  • ID 265008: Modify installed switchgear assemblies, NQF Level 3, 4 Credits.
  • ID 265002: Fabricate and install busbars, NQF Level 3, 8 Credits.
  • ID 265034: Demonstrate knowledge of switchgear assembly components and their representation on drawings, NQF Level 3, 8 Credits.
  • ID 264999: Install earthing systems and shrouding on switchgear assembly, NQF Level 3, 4 Credits.
  • ID 264997: Assemble switchgear assembly, NQF Level 3, 12 Credits.
  • ID 265015: Demonstrate knowledge of busbar design, NQF Level 4, 4 Credits.
  • ID 265005: Demonstrate an understanding of switchgear assembly, NQF Level 2, 3 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Install and commission electrical equipment in integrated circuits.

    2. Demonstrate the ability to test, fault find, maintain and repair electrical equipment and installations in integrated circuits.

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

    4. Apply safety procedures as embedded in each unit standard.

    5. Demonstrate the ability to gather and interpret information from a range of sources and apply solutions to familiar problems related to working in the electrical engineering field with some scope for personal decision-making and responsibility.

    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:
  • Solving problems related to the installation and maintenance of electrical machinery, components and circuits.

    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 for installation and maintenance activities.
  • Developing best practice behaviour in work performance and adhering to standard operating procedures.
  • Focussing on housekeeping, safe practices and care and storage of tools and equipment.

    Collecting, analyzing, organizing and critically evaluating information:
  • Completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Interpret findings to solve familiar problems during the execution of electrical tasks.

    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills:
  • 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:
  • Application of science and technology during the installation and maintenance of electrical machinery, components and circuits.
  • Relating to the safety of others and paying attention to environmental issues.
  • Solving problems and applying science and technology to the job 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 task with the functionality of electrical installations.
  • 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 Components and equipment relating to the installation of integrated electrical circuits are identified and installed according to specifications.
    1.2 Components and equipment in integrated electrical circuits are connected according to diagrams.
    1.3 Relevant control/protection devices are selected and applied according to safe operating parameters.
    1.4 Integrated circuit installations are commissioned according to statutory requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:

    2.1 Integrated electrical circuits to be worked on are isolated and secured according to work procedures.
    2.2 Integrated electrical circuits and components are inspected for non-conformance.
    2.3 Correct operation of equipment in integrated electrical circuits is tested and verified according to requirements.
    2.4 Faults are identified and faulty equipment in integrated electrical circuits is repaired or replaced according to work procedures.
    2.5 Electrical equipment and installations are maintained and repaired according to work procedures.
    2.6 Conditions in integrated electrical circuits are monitored and recorded according to work procedures.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:

    3.1 Principles of electrical engineering are applied in the interpretation and problem solving of integrated circuit electrical drawings and diagrams.
    3.2 The principles and operation of protection in integrated electrical circuits are demonstrated in accordance with circuit and equipment specifications.
    3.3 Basic electronic circuits are interpreted and constructed according to circuit diagrams and components provided.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:

    4.1 Oral and written instructions are interpreted and carried out as required by relevant electrical and safety procedures.
    4.2 Communication with superiors, peers and clients is conducted effectively according to industry procedures.
    4.3 Knowledge of statutory requirements pertaining to integrated installations and equipment is applied in accordance with relevant codes.
    4.5 Relevant on-site health and safety requirements are demonstrated as required.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:

    5.1 Known solutions to familiar and simple unfamiliar problems within the electrical construction and maintenance environment are identified and applied according to standard practices.
    5.2 Energy efficiency and related environmental issues that enable the learner to resolve problems in the work environment are identified and discussed.
    5.3 Written reports on basic problems and hazards are drafted according to work procedures.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Integrated assessment during the implementation of this qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show that they are able to integrate knowledge, skills and values integral to a range of unit standards and practical contexts. Some assessment aspects will demand practical demonstration.

    Assessors will be required to collect evidence of the learner's competence by:
  • Observing the learner at work (both in primary activities, as well as other interactions) or by relevant simulations.
  • Asking questions and initiating formative discussions to assess understanding.
  • Evaluating records and reports.

    A detailed portfolio of evidence is required to prove the practical, applied and foundational competencies of the learner. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification forms part of a progression across the three levels of the Further Education and Training band. The international comparability section for the field of Electrical Engineering applies to Levels 2, 3 and 4 of the qualification series.

    The qualification series was compared to similar outcomes-based qualifications in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, and to some African countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC); Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, as well as countries in the East African Community (EAC); Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

    SADC:

    Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia:

    Amongst the Southern African Development Community (SADC) there are countries which align 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). Despite the fact that SADC countries are not as industrialised as the United Kingdom, it could be concluded that countries using the British qualifications compare favourably to similar South African qualifications as discussed under the U.K. section. In all SADC countries researched, none currently have an active training infrastructure in electrical engineering.

    Botswana:

    The Botswana Training Authority website provides information on the development and co-ordination of an integrated and standards-based vocational training system. At this present time, focus on the development of standards-based qualifications through a Botswana Vocation Education and Training System (BVET) has focused on the Wholesale and Retail and Tourism sectors.

    Currently, electricians 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, with a focus on the predominant diamond mining and small local manufacturing and engineering industries.

    Namibia:

    Electrical training student in Namibia are able to do One-year certificate and two-year Diploma training coupled with three and two year practical experience respectively which allows them to register as electrical technicians. Electrical Engineers are required to do BSc: Engineering degrees through South African University for registration as Engineers.

    EAC:

    In Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, the three member states of the East African Community (EAC), prospective engineers and engineering technicians are required to complete South African BSc: Engineering degrees or qualification offered in the UK. In house training is also offered by large multi-nation companies employing engineers and engineering technicians.

    New Zealand:

    The South African 'National Certificate: Electrical Engineering Level 2 has elements of both Levels 2 and 3 of the New Zealand 'National Certificate in Electrical Engineering'. Although NZ qualifications are also unit standard based, the focus of the NZ unit standards at Level 2 [NQF Ref: 0174] and 3 [NQF Ref: 0223] is largely on knowledge acquisition whereas the practical competencies are assessed only at Level 4.

    In New Zealand, a learner could register for the Level 4 qualification over a 3-4 year period and be awarded the Level 2 and 3 certificates as well because the Level 4 NZ qualification shares credit/unit standards with both Levels 2 and 3 qualifications. Holders of the NZ NC in Electrical Engineering (Electrician for Registration) (Level 4) [NQF Ref: 1195] can apply to the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) for electrical registration and practising license. The SA Electrical Engineering qualifications in comparison require competencies achieved at Levels 2 and 3 or through RPL processes to gain entry to Level 4 and a further trade test before full licensing is achieved. The NZ Level 5 qualification [NQF Ref: 0951] focuses mainly on management skills and business skills in the elective component but the core electrical unit standards are similar to the level of those in the SA Level 4 qualification.

    United Kingdom:

    To qualify as an electrician in the U.K. the learner must have the Electrotechnical Services NVQ at Level 3, which is awarded by City & Guilds (2356) and EMTA Awards Limited. As another option in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, an apprentice between the ages of 16-19 may sign up with an electrical contractor or building company. An alternative for those not eligible for apprenticeship or direct access into the NVQ is the City & Guilds (2330) Technical Certificate in Electrotechnical Technology Levels 2 and 3 at a college. Graduates would then need to gain employment in the industry to complete the NVQ. These technical certificates would compare with the SA National certificates: Electrical Engineering Levels 2 & 3. The NVQ (Level 3) compares with the SA Level 4 qualification.

    Australia:

    The following information was obtained on the website: http://www.ntis.au (National Information Training System) with regards to qualifications in electrical engineering 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 change of name and appearance is the first step in a range of improvements to be introduced in Australian Apprenticeships. The qualifications for electricians cover:
  • ASCO4311-11 General Electrician.
  • ANZSCO341111 Electrician (General).

    Comments:
  • 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".
  • International qualifications researched, do not lead to three different qualifications, but in most cases culminate in one qualification over a four-year period. It is only in the vocational context, that we find the tendency to "break up" the traditional trades into levels of learning. This practice is endemic of those countries which have a close association with outcomes-based methodology and standards-based qualifications development. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The 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.

    Vertical Articulation:
  • ID 63889: Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering.

    Horizontal Articulation:
  • ID 49056: National Certificate: Domestic Appliance Repair NQF Level 3.
  • Fundamental learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for engineering-related qualifications at NQF Level 3. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution or learning provider offering learning towards the achievement of this qualification should be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment should be overseen by a relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines provided for in this qualification, as well as the agreed ETQA guidelines. 

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

    1. Assessors should be in possession of an appropriate qualification, namely:
  • Electrical Engineering at NQF Level 4 and a minimum of 2 years related experience.
  • An artisan qualification in Electrical Engineering (Trade test certificate or completed contract of apprenticeship) with a minimum of 2 years related experience.
    OR
  • Subject matter experience, which may be established through recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    2. Evidence of competency in a unit standard related to assessment theory, processes and practices.

    3. Good 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.
  • Respect the cultural background and language of the learner.

    4. Registration as an assessor with a relevant ETQA. 

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

    NOTES 
    This Qualification has been replaced by Qualification 91761, "Occupational Certificate: Electrician", Level 4, 360 credits.

    .
    This qualification replaces qualification 48475, "National Certificate: Electrical Engineering", Level 3, 127 credits.

    This qualification is the result of the combined review process which considered the following qualifications and replaces the following:
  • ID 48475: National Certificate: Electrical Engineering NQF Level 3.
  • ID 13640: Chemical Electrical NQF Level 3.

    A generic qualification was developed to give meaning to NQF objectives to provide articulation possibilities, enable learners to get recognition for learning achievements across economic sub-sectors and to support the notion of life long learning. 

  • UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  259078  Install and commission electrical metering units, measuring instruments and control devices  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  10270  Construct Basic Electronic Circuits  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  258966  Inspect and test a single phase domestic installation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  259077  Install and commission direct-on-line AC rotating machines and control gear  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  259038  Maintain and repair direct-on-line AC rotating machines and control gear  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  258965  Maintain lighting systems  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9530  Manage work time effectively  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  258959  Operate on Low Voltage networks  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Core  258961  Repair and maintain electric power tools  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  258977  Understand basic electronic theory and components  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  258968  Wire and commission domestic or commercial electrical circuits  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  265005  Demonstrate an understanding of switchgear assembly  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  244077  Demonstrate understanding of chemicals in a processing environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  10244  Maintain and repair a high voltage security fence system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  258918  Select, use and care for electrical measuring and testing instruments  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  116937  Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based spreadsheet application to create and edit spreadsheets  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  264997  Assemble switchgear assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  259097  Carry out a detailed inspection and repair defects on explosion prevention apparatus  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  258969  Construct, maintain and dismantle Medium Voltage overhead networks  Level 3  NQF Level 03  14 
    Elective  116674  Demonstrate an understanding of energy efficiency  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  265007  Demonstrate knowledge of legislation and standards relevant to the switchgear assembly industry  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  265034  Demonstrate knowledge of switchgear assembly components and their representation on drawings  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  259037  Design and install electrical wire ways  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  265002  Fabricate and install busbars  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  113869  Fault find a photovoltaic supplied system  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  258924  Fault Find, Test and Repair Domestic Appliances  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  113875  Inspect, operate and maintain high mast lighting structures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  258964  Inspect, test and maintain earthing and negative return systems on 3-kV DC traction substations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116678  Install and maintain a solar hot water system  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  258963  Install and maintain an electrical supply unit in a production section  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  258997  Install batteries  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  264999  Install earthing systems and shrouding on switchgear assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  114660  Install Medium Voltage transformers  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  258958  Install or replace mini substations and ring-main units/switches  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  258930  Isolate a three-phase transformer and carry out tap changes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  259057  Maintain the electrical system of a surface mining production machine  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  259018  Maintain the electrical system of conveyor installations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  258940  Maintain the electrical system of winder installations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  265008  Modify installed switchgear assemblies  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  265014  Perform production testing of switchgear assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  259058  Perform work on energised Low Voltage networks  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  259117  Test and maintain electrical mini substations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  258933  Test, diagnose and locate a fault on a high voltage electrical cable  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  262924  Use and care for medium voltage electrical test instruments  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  114594  Apply the principles of costing and pricing to a business venture  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  113898  Complete certificate of compliance for a single phase domestic installation  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  114598  Demonstrate an understanding of an entrepreneurial profile  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  265015  Demonstrate knowledge of busbar design  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  113884  Fault find and repair a stand-alone battery charging wind turbine  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  117156  Interpret basic financial statements  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  113885  Lower, inspect service and maintain a stand-alone battery charging wind turbine  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  114586  Manage finances of a new venture  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  113900  Operate on Medium Voltage radial networks  Level 4  NQF Level 04  20 
    Elective  114592  Produce business plans for a new venture  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  114593  Tender to secure business for a new venture  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some of their learning programmes are moved to being recorded against the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replacement.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Originator Pre-2009
    NQF Level
    NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
    Assurance
    Functionary
    NQF Sub-Framework
    63790  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Generic Provider - Field 12  Level 3  NQF Level 03  133  2013-11-07  EWSETA  OQSF 
    72074  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Chemical  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 3  NQF Level 03  133  2013-11-07  CHIETA  OQSF 
    72073  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Construction  Generic Provider - Field 12  Level 3  NQF Level 03  133  2013-11-07  CETA  OQSF 
    72077  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Distribution  Generic Provider - Field 12  Level 3  NQF Level 03  133     EWSETA  OQSF 
    72079  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Generation  Generic Provider - Field 12  Level 3  NQF Level 03  133     EWSETA  OQSF 
    72071  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Mining  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 3  NQF Level 03  133  2013-11-07  MQA  OQSF 
    72081  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Renewable Energy  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 3  NQF Level 03  133     EWSETA  OQSF 
    82966  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Switchgear Manufacturing  Generic Provider - Field 12  Level 3  NQF Level 03  133  2015-06-30  MERSETA  OQSF 
    72080  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Transport  Generic Provider - Field 11  Level 3  NQF Level 03  133  2012-06-30    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
    63790  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  1. CIRCLEWAY TRAINING (PTY) LTD
    2. CYPRESS CREEK INVESTEMENTS 68
    3. Eskom Hendrina Power Station - Maintenance
    4. ESKOM KOEBERG - RADIATION PROTECTION
    5. Eskom Majuba Power Station - Maintenance Training
    6. GERT SIBANDE TVET COLLEGE
    7. IQRM TRAINING CC
    8. Izibuko The bridge Training Consultancy
    9. JOSMAP TRAINING INSTIUTE
    10. Kgabo Engineering & Projects
    11. KHANYISA PROJECTS
    12. LEKGATHLE INVESTMENTS
    13. MADZ ELECTRICAL
    14. Majoncar Projects & Training Academy Pty Ltd
    15. MATHOTHA THE INCINERATOR AND PLASTICS
    16. MOVING AHEAD DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
    17. PHAKGAMANG MATSIANA BUSINESS ENTERPRISE
    18. REGEN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
    19. SALA-UKULANDELWA WOMENS TRAINING
    20. SCHOOL OF APPLIED NON-DESTRUCTIVE EXAMS
    21. SOUTH AFRICA ADVANCED SKILLS INSTITUTE
    22. The Water Training Institute of South Africa
    23. THUTO YA SETSHABA TRAINING SERVICES (PTY) LTD
    24. WESTVOLT ELECTRICAL SUPPLIERS
    25. ZAKWANTU SOLUTIONS  
    72074  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Chemical  1. ATHOL MUNDAY TRAINING CENTRE (UMBOGINTWINI OPERATIONS SERVICES)
    2. FLAVIUS MAREKA
    3. KHOSITHI CLEARING AND CONSULTANT T/A KHOSITHI TRAINING INSTITUTE
    4. KLAND INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE
    5. NORTHLINK COLLEGE- BELHAR CAMPUS
    6. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING
    7. SASOL SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD : SASOLBURG SITE
    8. SEDIBENG
    9. THE DEVINE INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD  
    72073  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Construction  1. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE
    2. Mopani South East FET College - Central Office
    3. P AND T TECHNOLOGY (PTY) LTD  
    72077  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Distribution  1. Eskom Hendrina Power Station - Maintenance
    2. Eskom Majuba Power Station - Maintenance Training
    3. TEPT (PTY) LTD  
    72079  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Generation  1. Eskom Hendrina Power Station - Maintenance
    2. Eskom Majuba Power Station - Maintenance Training  
    72081  National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Renewable Energy  1. IMPILONHLE TRADING & PROJECTS 8
    2. MMANAPE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
    3. MOTLA CONSULTING ENGINEERS
    4. SASALETHU CONSULTING AND ASSOCIATES
    5. UV POWER TRAINING (PTY) LTD
    6. WESTVOLT ELECTRICAL SUPPLIERS  



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