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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Polymer Compound Manufacturing 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
79408  National Certificate: Polymer Compound Manufacturing 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
MERSETA - Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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 replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
23257  National Certificate: Industrial Rubber Manufacturing: Mixing OR Extruding OR Moulding OR Calendaring  Level 2  NQF Level 02  132  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

Compound manufacturing refers to the production of polymeric compounds for the manufacture of rubber, plastics, tyre and related products. This involves the processing of polymer compounds into finished products that are used in the polymer compound manufacturing industry. This qualification contains the knowledge and skills required of people who perform routine functions in support of the manufacturing of polymer compounds as input for stage (in process) or final processing, as per customer requirements.

Polymer Compound Process Workers need to understand the basic processes and practices of production. They also need to be familiar with the basic terminology used in the production/manufacturing plant, including the material, process, tools and equipment used.

Such workers have to respond appropriately to situations in a production setting in the areas of health, safety, quality and production processes.

Competent learners:
  • Are able to describe manufacturing processes in the Polymer Compound Manufacturing sector.
  • Understand the role of the individual in the company in general and in relation to safety and quality processes in particular.
  • Know and understand the production requirements of own operational area.
  • Can apply production process requirements in own area of work.

    This qualification will allow the learner to acquire and develop the following competencies:
  • Apply fundamental processes in a polymer compound manufacturing environment.
  • Monitor the production process of polymer compound products.
  • Carry out own role within a business.
  • Keep the work area safe and productive.
  • Apply bonding agents to a range of surfaces.

    Rationale:

    Plastic, compound and tyre products are used extensively in our everyday lives. Their basic ingredients, in various forms, are key components in many low to high-technology industries in many parts of the world. Their industrial applications require a combination of theory and workplace or practical exposure. This qualification aims to provide that learning for entry level workers in the sector.

    There is a need for entry level Polymer Compound Process Workers to meet the demand for polymer products. There is a need more knowledgeable and skilled workers in the sector to increase capacity at the production line.

    Those standing to benefit from this Qualification are Polymer Compound Process Workers in a small to more established polymer compound processing setting. Learners who are currently working in the industry and new entrants who aspire to pursue a career in Polymer Compound manufacturing will find this Qualification beneficial. Small, Micro and Medium enterprises providing products or services to the major players in the industry stand to benefit from this Qualification as it will professionalize their businesses and entrepreneurial initiatives.

    This is the first in a series of Polymer Compound manufacturing qualifications that will enable competent learners to participate effectively in the Polymer Compound manufacturing industry, whether in micro, small, medium or large operations. The qualification is set within the context of either mixing, extruding, moulding or calendering. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1 or ABET Level 4.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This Qualification can be achieved wholly or in part through the Recognition of Prior Learning. The learner may have attained the knowledge or competencies in the qualification either through formal courses or through informal means or a combination of both.

    Assessors should ensure that learners submitting themselves to Recognition of Prior Learning are thoroughly briefed prior to assessment. Learners will be required to submit a Portfolio of Evidence in the prescribed format to be assessed for formal recognition.

    Access to the Qualification:

    Access to this Qualification is open to learners in possession of:
  • General Education and Training Certificate.
    Or
  • Adult Basic Education and Training Level 4 qualification. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The minimum credits required for this qualification are120. This can be achieved as follows:

    Fundamental Component:

    All fundamental unit standards are compulsory, 36 credits.

    The fundamental Component consists of the following, which is compulsory for all learners:
  • Unit standards at NQF Level 2, totaling 16 credits in Mathematical Literacy.
  • Unit standards at NQF Level 2, totaling 20 credits in Communication.

    Core Component:

    All core unit standards are compulsory, 41 credits.

    Elective Component:

    The Elective component consists of a number of specialisations. The learner must choose one of the specialisations and complete unit standards listed for that specialisation, according to the requirements for the specialisation and to give a minimum of 43 credits.

    Specialisation 1: Industrial Rubber Manufacturing.

    Complete any of the unit standards listed below to give a minimum of 43 credits:
  • Manufacture injection moulding products, NQF Level 2, 6 credits.
  • Manufacture compound lining products, NQF Level 2, 20 credits.
  • Trim, inspect and sort manufactured compound products, NQF Level 2, 8 credits.
  • Prepare industrial rubber manufacturing equipment, NQF Level 2, 12 credits.
  • Respond to changes in industrial rubber manufacturing processes, NQF Level 2, 12 credits.
  • Use and care for services, tools and equipment in the industrial rubber manufacturing process, NQF Level 2, 10 credits.
  • Work with and look after materials in the industrial rubber manufacturing process, NQF Level 2, 12 credits.

    Specialisation 2: New Tyre and/or Retreads.

    Complete any of the unit standards listed below to give a minimum of 43 credits:
  • Trim, inspect and sort manufactured compound products, NQF Level 2, 8 credits.
  • Prepare casings for retreading, NQF Level 2, 16 credits.
  • Apply tread compound to casings, NQF Level 2, 8 credits.
  • Inspect, trim, balance and sort manufactured tyres, NQF Level 2, 19 credits.
  • Repair and buff tyres, NQF Level 2, 8 credits.
  • Transport materials, components or products in the tyre manufacturing process, NQF Level 2, 12 credits.
  • Set and operate equipment with control systems, NQF Level 2, 15 credits.

    Specialisation 3: Plastics.

    Learners are to complete the following two unit standards totalling 23 credits:
  • Monitor the quality of the input material and the manufactured plastic product, NQF Level 2, 19 credits.
  • Identify and process waste, NQF Level 2, 4 credits.

    And

    Additional unit standards totalling a minimum of 23 credits from the following list:
  • Provide risk-based primary emergency care/first aid in the workplace, NQF Level 2, 5 credits.
  • Perform basic fire fighting, NQF Level 2, 4 credits.
  • Participate in work group activities, NQF Level 2, 4 credits.
  • Monitor the quality of the output from a rubber manufacturing process, NQF Level 2, 12 credits.
  • Apply study and learning techniques, NQF Level 2, 3 credits.
  • Develop learning strategies and techniques, NQF Level 2, 3 credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Describe manufacturing processes in the Polymer Compound Manufacturing sector.
  • Range: Understanding of fundamental processes in the Polymer Compound Manufacturing sector is demonstrated in terms of product types.

    2. Understand and perform own role in the company with specific reference to safety and quality processes.

    3. Understand production requirements of own operational area.

    4. Apply production process requirements in own area.

    Critical Cross-field Outcomes:

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes have been addressed as follows:

    1. Identify and solve problems.

    This will be achieved when qualifying learners:
  • Identify and classify product and process in the polymer compound manufacturing sector.

    2. Work effectively with others as a member of a team or organisation.

    This will be achieved when qualifying learners:
  • Contribute to team and operational goals.
  • Adhere to operational procedures.
  • Support team members in adhering to procedures and work roles to be carried out.
  • Adhere to team and organisational protocols.

    3. Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.

    This will be achieved when qualifying learners:
  • Respond appropriately to risk and hazards.
  • Apply work procedures appropriately to meet product and product process requirements.

    4. Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    This will be achieved when qualifying learners:
  • Identify, defect and product deformations and product tooling requirements.
  • Respond appropriately to quality situations.
  • Apply health, safety and quality practices.
  • Choice and use of equipment, tooling and machinery.

    5. Communicate effectively by using mathematical and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations:

    This will be achieved when qualifying learners:
  • Report defects and product deformations.
  • Brief role players on deviations in the production environment.
  • Communicate with team members.

    6. Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    This will be achieved when qualifying learners:
  • Apply occupational health, safety and environmental requirements in the workplace.
  • Adhere to production practices.
  • Use and care for equipment, tooling and machinery properly.

    7 .Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    This will be achieved when qualifying learners:
  • Contributing towards adhering to quality and safety standards.
  • Assist team members.
  • Contribute towards achievement of production deadlines and targets. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Equipment and machinery are listed and described.
  • Safe handling of equipment and machinery is demonstrated.
  • Material used in the production processes using the equipment and machinery is identified.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Safety practices are identified and explained.
  • Quality practices are identified and explained.
  • Quality is monitored for own work area.
  • Quality and safety practices are implemented.
  • Housekeeping for own working area is maintained.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Equipment and tooling requirements are explained per product and process type.
  • The need for care of and safe handling of tooling and machinery is explained in terms of health and safety requirements and cost-effectiveness.
  • Operational practices are explained for each product and process.
  • Product material requirements are identified and explained for each product and process.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Tools and equipment are used correctly during production process according to organisational and manufacturer's requirements.
  • Operational practices are performed according to organisational policy and procedures for each product and process.
  • Product material is checked to ensure compliance with requirements for each product and/or process.

    Integrated Assessment:

    The Qualification and the Unit Standards have been written in such a way that the learning has to be assessed in an integrated way. Assessors will assess evidence to establish what the learners know, understand and can do. Such evidence may be gathered through course related activities and/or through work related activities.

    Integrated assessment evaluates the learner's ability to combine actions and ideas across a range of activities and knowledge areas. The integrated assessment must specifically assess the learner's ability to:
  • Demonstrate competence by means of the practical application of the embedded knowledge in a manner that meets the required performance standards required.
  • Illustrate a clear understanding of the concepts, theory and principles that underpin the practical action taken.

    The assessment will require assessment methods which measure and evaluate evidence generated during learning and on-the-job activities. Because assessment practices must be open and transparent, fair, valid and reliable; ensuring that no leaner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever, an integrated assessment approach is incorporated into the Qualification.

    A variety of methods must be used in assessment tools and activities must be appropriate to the context in which the learner is working or will work. Where it is not possible to assess the learner at the workplace, simulations, case studies role plays and other similar techniques should be used to provide a context appropriate to the assessment.

    The term integrated assessment implies that theoretical and practical components should be assessed together. Whenever possible, the assessment of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values shown in the Unit Standards should be integrated and, during integrated assessment, the assessor should make use of a range of formative and summative assessment tools and methods. Combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies should be assessed. Assessment should further ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and critical cross field outcomes are evaluated in an integrated way.

    Assessors must assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience as the assessment process is capable of being applied to Recognition of Prior Learning, subject to the rules and criteria of the relevant ETQA. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This international comparative review has been done for the suite of qualifications in polymer manufacturing, which includes qualifications from NQF Level 2 to 5. This approach gives a clearer picture of how the South African suite of qualifications and how the individual qualifications that make up that suite compare with what is offered internationally.

    Internationally, the course offerings for polymer manufacturing include post-schooling Certificate, Diploma, and Bachelor programmes. Specialised Advanced Diploma courses for Technicians already in the field are also available. There are also smaller units of study that focus only on specific applications like material moulding and similar processes, at various levels.

    Countries selected below are those from which there is a developed, developing and or advanced compound and plastics industry in terms of product output. Singapore, the USA, Japan and the UK are leading countries in the field of polymer technology. However, this review takes a broader view of practices across the globe.

    New Zealand:

    New Zealand's NQF provides qualifications similar in approach to those of South Africa in terms of content and approach to qualification design. There is a series of qualifications that span from Level 1 to 5 that are equivalent to those in South Africa.

    The New Zealand qualifications in the series are:
  • National Certificate in Plastics Processing Technology (Production) (Level 1) NQF Ref: 1361 with strands in General, Injection Moulding, Extrusion, Blow Moulding, Thermoforming, Blown Film Extrusion, Film Conversion, Injection Stretch-Blow Moulding, Rotational Moulding, Film Slitting, and Expanded Polystyrene Moulding.
  • National Certificate in Plastics Processing Technology (Production) (Level 2) NQF Ref: 1362 with strands in General, Injection Moulding, Extrusion, Blow Moulding, Pressure Thermoforming, Vacuum Thermoforming, Blown Film Extrusion, Film Conversion, Injection Stretch-Blow Moulding, Rotational Moulding, Expanded Polystyrene Moulding, and Polystyrene Pre-expansion.
  • National Certificate in Plastics Processing Technology (Production) (Level 3) NQF Ref: 1363 with strands in General, and Expanded Polystyrene Moulding.
  • National Certificate in Plastics Processing Technology (Technical) (Level 1) NQF Ref: 0260 with strands in Injection Moulding, Extrusion, Blow Moulding, Thermoforming, Blown Film Extrusion, Film Conversion, Injection Stretch-Blow Moulding, and Rotational Moulding.
  • National Certificate in Plastics Processing Technology (Technical) (Level 2) NQF Ref: 0394 with strands in Injection Moulding, Extrusion, Blow Moulding, Pressure Thermoforming, Vacuum Thermoforming, Blown Film Extrusion, Film Conversion, Injection Stretch-Blow Moulding, and Rotational Moulding.
  • National Certificate in Plastics Processing Technology (Technical) (Level 3) NQF Ref: 0395 with strands in Injection Moulding, Extrusion, Blow Moulding, Pressure Thermoforming, Vacuum Thermoforming, Blown Film Extrusion, Film Conversion, Injection Stretch-Blow Moulding, and Rotational Moulding.
  • National Certificate in Plastics Processing Technology (Technical) (Level 4) NQF Ref: 0396 with strands in Injection Moulding, Extrusion, Blow Moulding, Thermoforming, Blown Film Extrusion, Injection Stretch-Blow Moulding Single Stage, Injection Stretch-Blow Moulding Two Stage, and Rotational Moulding.
  • National Diploma in Plastics Processing Technology (Level 5) NQF Ref: 1004.

    Specialisations and supporting unit standards (New Zealand):

    Moulding:

    Supporting these qualifications, there are a number of core unit standards for the various specialisation strands:

    Level 1:
  • 295 4 Credits: Perform basic process operations for blow moulding.

    Level 2:
  • 296 6 Credits: Operate the blow moulding machine.
  • 297 10 Credits: Run and monitor the blow moulding production process.
  • 299 7 Credits: Service simple tooling for blow moulding.
  • 300 8 Credits: Service advanced tooling for blow moulding.
  • 302 8 Credits: Set up simple tooling for blow moulding.
  • 287 4 Credits: Perform basic process operations for blown film extrusion.
  • 288 8 Credits: Operate the blown film extrusion machine.
  • 289 12 Credits: Control and optimise mono-layer production process for blown film extrusion.
  • 291 8 Credits: Operate a blown film co-extrusion machine.
  • 293 9 Credits: Service mono-layer dies and extruder screws for blown film extrusion.

    Level 3:
  • 290 9 Credits: Run complex production processes and trials on mono-layer blown film extrusion machines.
  • 292 10 Credits: Control and optimise a blown film co-extrusion production process.
  • 294 9 Credits: Service co-extrusion dies for blown film extrusion.

    Level 4:
  • 9710 7 Credits: Demonstrate knowledge of the application of advanced processing technology.

    Expanded Polystyrene Moulding Extrusion:

    Level 1:
  • 281 4 Credits: Perform basic extrusion process operations.

    Level 2:
  • 282 8 Credits: Operate the extrusion machine.
  • 283 12 Credits: Run and monitor the extrusion production process.
  • 285 10 Credits: Change dies and set ancillary equipment for extrusion.

    Level 3:
  • 284 8 Credits: Control and optimise the extrusion production process.
  • 286 6 Credits: Demonstrate knowledge of extrusion tooling and change extruder screws.

    Level 4:
  • 9715 7 Credits: Maintain extrusion tooling and demonstrate knowledge of tooling design principles.

    Film Conversion:

    Level 1:
  • 275 3 Credits: Perform basic process operations for film conversion.
  • 279 3 Credits: Perform basic process operations for film slitting.

    Level 2:
  • 276 7 Credits: Operate the machine for film conversion.
  • 277 10 Credits: Set up and control simple operations for film conversion.
  • 280 7 Credits: Set, operate and operate and control the production process for film slitting.

    Level 3:
  • 278 8 Credits: Set up and control advanced operations for film conversion.

    Injection Moulding:

    Level 1:
  • 252 4 Credits: Perform basic process operations for injection moulding.

    Level 2:
  • 253 6 Credits: Operate the injection moulding machine.
  • 254 9 Credits: Run and monitor the injection moulding production process.
  • 256 8 Credits: Set up simple moulds for injection moulding.
  • 258 6 Credits: Service simple moulds for injection moulding.
  • 259 4 Credits: Service advanced moulds for injection moulding.

    Level 3:
  • 255 12 Credits: Control and optimise the injection moulding production process.
  • 257 7 Credits: Set up advanced moulds for injection moulding.
  • 260 10 Credits: Maintain simple and advanced moulds, and service a complex mould for injection moulding.

    Level 4:
  • 9712 6 Credits: Trial an advanced injection mould.
  • 9713 5 Credits: Set up and remove complex injection moulds.

    Injection Stretch-Blow Moulding:

    Level 1:
  • 15206 5 Credits: Perform basic process operations for injection stretch-blow moulding.

    Level 2:
  • 15207 6 Credits: Operate injection stretch-blow moulding equipment.
  • 15208 9 Credits: Set and run the injection stretch-blow moulding production process.
  • 15211 6 Credits: Service tooling for injection stretch-blow moulding.

    Level 3:
  • 15209 8 Credits: Trial and optimise the single stage injection stretch-blow moulding production process.
  • 15210 12 Credits: Trial and optimise the two stage injection stretch-blow moulding production process.
  • 15212 8 Credits: Demonstrate knowledge and carry out routine maintenance of perform injection moulds.
  • 15213 6 Credits: Set up tooling for injection stretch-blow moulding.

    Thermoforming:

    Level 1:
  • 261 4 Credits: Perform basic process operations for thermoforming.

    Level 2:
  • 262 6 Credits: Operate the thermoforming machine.
  • 263 8 Credits: Run and monitor the production process for vacuum thermoforming.
  • 264 8 Credits: Run and monitor the production process for pressure thermoforming.
  • 267 8 Credits: Set up simple tooling for thermoforming.
  • 269 6 Credits: Service simple tooling for thermoforming.

    Level 3:
  • 265 8 Credits: Control and optimise the production process for vacuum thermoforming.
  • 266 10 Credits: Control and optimise the production process for pressure thermoforming.
  • 268 9 Credits: Set up complex tooling for thermoforming.
  • 270 8 Credits: Service complex tooling for thermoforming.
  • 20298: Fill and close containers (level 1).
  • 20299: Label containers manually (level 2).
  • 20300: Set up and operate automated container labelling equipment (level 3).
  • 20301: Set up and operate automated filling equipment (level 3).

    The United Kingdom (UK):

    The National Database of Accredited Qualifications (NDAQ) contains details of qualifications that are accredited by the regulators of external qualifications in England (Ofqual), Wales (DCELLS) and Northern Ireland (CCEA).

    There is an opportunity for learners to also do EDEXCEL qualifications that are recognised all over the UK. Learners can also enrol for a Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Engineering (applied Science). Its distinct feature is that it offers specialist units that have relevance for Plastics and Compound processing: Basic Polymer Technology, Engineering Studies for Polymer Technicians, ICT and MIS in the Polymer Industry, ICT and MIS in the Polymer Industry, Plastics Materials, Plastics Processing, Polymer Process Engineering, Polymer Science, Polymer Technology Investigations, Compound Products and Specialist Elastomers, Compound Technology, Using Science in the Workplace.

    The Diploma in manufacturing and product design is for all learners, and has particular relevance to learners who are 14-19 and who seek to acquire knowledge and develop skills in the broad context of manufacturing industries. Such a diploma will enable learners to, amongst others: acquire relevant personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS) in a manufacturing context, offer progression to other Diplomas, to transfer laterally and progress to further education, apprenticeships and training and aid effective transition to further education, work-based learning or higher education and to working life. The diploma structure has the following components: Principal Learning; Generic Learning and Additional and Specialist Learning. Each Level has three themes: Business and Enterprise, Production Design and Production Systems. Learners have the opportunity to explore the manufacturing sector within their local area.

    There is a specialist learning focus for the Diploma in manufacturing and product design, which outlines the sector requirements for specialist learning.

    Progression across the 3 levels:

    Level 1 Summary of themes and topic titles:

    Theme A Business and enterprise:
  • Topic 1.1: Introduction to manufacturing; 30.
  • Topic 1.2: Dealing with customers and suppliers; 30.
  • Topic 1.3: Introduction to working practices; 30.

    Theme B Product design and materials science:
  • Topic 1.4: Introduction to product design and development; 60.
  • Topic 1.5: Introduction to materials science; 30.

    Theme C Production systems:
  • Topic 1.6: Manufacturing a product; 60.

    Level 2 Summary of themes and topic titles:

    Themes and topics GLH:

    Theme A Business and enterprise:
  • Topic 2.1: Running a manufacturing business; 60.
  • Topic 2.2: The global business world; 60.
  • Topic 2.3: Working in manufacturing; 60.

    Theme B Product design and materials science:
  • Topic 2.4: Designing and developing products; 60.
  • Topic 2.5: Materials science; 60.

    Theme C Production systems:
  • Topic 2.6: Processing systems; 60.
  • Topic 2.7: Product manufacture; 60.

    Level 3 Summary of themes and topic titles:

    Themes and topics GLH:

    Theme A Business and enterprise:
  • Topic 3.1: Manufacturing business principles; 60.
  • Topic 3.2: Customer needs and market requirements; 60.
  • Topic 3.3: Supply chain management; 30.
  • Topic 3.4: Management of resources and working practices; 30.

    Theme B Product design and materials science:
  • Topic 3.5: Research, development and introduction of new products; 90.
  • Topic 3.6: Materials science; 90.

    Theme C Production systems:
  • Topic 3.7: Production and processing systems; 90.
  • Topic 3.8: Management of production and processing operations; 60.
  • Topic 3.9: Quality in manufacturing; 30.

    The London Metropolitan University offers a distance learning University Certificate Preparatory Award over two to three years. The target group is young people new to the industry or those employed as technicians and wishing to develop their careers in the polymer, manufacturing and allied industries. The entry requirement is a minimum of five General Certificate of School Education subjects (including Mathematics, English and a relevant science), or a BTEC/Edexcel First Award in an engineering, science or technology subject. In many cases, suitable industrial experience will be accepted in lieu of academic qualifications. The modules offered are (Year 1): Polymer Materials Overview; Basic Mathematics; Computing; Basic Science; Polymer science; Practical Skills. (Year 2) Polymer Processing Overvier; Polymer Properties and Testing Engineering practices Industry and Communication Practical Skills. Learners are required to have two optional modules from the following: Extrusion Polymer Process Engineering; Composites Compound Technology; Injection Moulding. These practical classes can be completed in the workplace or at designated short courses at the University, depending on the facilities available to learners at their place of work. In, addition, there is a requirement that learners learn and acquire IT skills.

    The United States of America (USA):

    The following is a stand-alone specialist compound qualification that is on offer at a University entry level. The University of Milwaukee School of Continuing Education offers an entry-level Elastomer/Compound Technology Certificate that has the following as core courses: Dynamic Properties of Compound and Product Performance, Compound Adhesion: Principles and Practice Compound Compounding and Mixing for Performance, Compound Extrusion Technology, Moulding of Compound and Design of Compound Moulds Compound Materials Selection, Silicone Elastomers Technology and Fabrication The Elective Courses are: Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancingand Tolerance Stack Up Analysis.

    India:

    Compound Technology is strong in India.

    Anna University offers a BTech Programme Compound and Plastics Technology since 2000 that is recognised by and receives input from trade and industry bodies.

    Mauritius:

    The BSc (polymers) degree offered by the University of Mauritius offers the following topics: Concept of Macromolecules/polymers, history of polymers, terminology, classification and representation of polymers/copolymers, types of interactions, cohesive energy, overview of mechanical properties Molecular structure and Isomerism: stereo chemical, geometrical, tacticity, dashed-wedged and Fischer representations. Polymer morphology. Tutorials on isomerism Molar mass determination. Viscosity measurements, size-exclusion chromatography, universal calibration, NMR Polycondensation: general principles, kinetics, molar mass and DPn, functionality and gelification Free-radical polymerization: general scheme, kinetics, transfer, stereochemistry of polymerization, living free radical polymerization Copolymerization, determination and interpretation of reactivity ratios, Q-e scheme Cationic polymerization: conventional and living Anionic polymerization: conventional and living Tutorials on copolymerization, cationic and anionic polymerization Polymerization techniques: bulk, solution, suspension, emulsion Coordination polymerization: Ziegler-Natta, metallocene, metathesis (ROMP) Structure-property relationship.

    Singapore:

    In 2008, the chemical industry's contribution to the annual manufacturing output of Singapore was 38.6%, maintaining the sector's consistently key role and high growth rates. While the country is already recognised as a global hub for the industry, further growth is anticipated as several world-scale manufacturing facilities come on stream in the next few years. Developments in the newly targeted automotive, lifestyle products & services, natural resources, nanotechnology and intelligent systems sectors will further drive the demand for chemicals, advanced and specialty materials.

    The Diploma in Materials Science aims to equip next generation graduates with the materials science knowledge relevant to this rapidly evolving environment. A distinctive feature of the Diploma will be the inclusion of management skills training that will allow graduates to fully participate in and benefit from the exciting industry developments. While one of the newest offerings from Singapore Polytechnic, the Diploma is nevertheless built on the solid heritage of the Diploma in Chemical Process Technology, which has been widely recognised, both locally and overseas, for its academic excellence and industrial relevance.

    Academically, the Diploma in Materials Science comprises both newly developed and updated modules that are delivered through a comprehensive programme of lectures and tutorials. The Materials Science content is supplemented by extensive laboratory practicals where invaluable experience on a wide range of modern and sophisticated equipment may be gained in the Polymer Characterisation Centre, Polymer Chemistry Laboratory, Polymer Processing Laboratory, Materials Science Laboratory as well as the Advanced Materials Technology Centre. A wide range of local and overseas industrial attachment opportunities as well as a challenging Final Year Project will provide students with real working or research experience.

    National University of Singapore:
  • Advanced Diploma in Plastics Technology renamed to Advanced Diploma in Polymer Technology.

    Similarities:

    The New Zealand and South African qualifications in compound products are similar in the way they are structured. Levels 1 to 4 of New Zealand's Plastics Manufacturing (which incorporates paint, compound and plastics) are closer, though not identical, to South Africa's Levels 2 to 4 compound manufacturing qualifications.

    Qualifications in both countries have a core element, as well as specialist areas where specific knowledge and skills are differentiated. Fundamental learning areas are South Africa's unique feature.

    Areas of similarity between New Zealand's Qualifications and South Africa's compound Qualifications (including similar qualifications from other countries in this survey) is that the content includes: materials science, production and processing systems and quality considerations in product manufacturing.

    Approaches at National Certificate and Diploma Levels have broad similarities that differ in packaging. For example, the UK's Diploma in Manufacturing and Product Design has very strong elements packaged as Principal Learning and Generic Learning, with very nuanced industry specific specialist learning areas. The same approach can also be discerned in Singapore.

    Differences:

    The differences are that South Africa's qualification series starts at Level 2, with New Zealand's equivalent starting at NQF Level 1. New Zealand has an arrangement under which the compound and paint technologies are treated as sub-sets of Plastics, which accounts for the larger breadth of specialist areas.

    Conclusion:

    The structural, product and product process proximity of the qualifications in the area of compound manufacturing argue for clustering together of similarities. This then leaves room for specialisations as determined in the qualification series. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This Qualification articulates both horizontally and vertically.

    The qualification articulates horizontally to:
  • ID 48800: National Certificate: Quality Checking and Finishing of Manufactured Tyres, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 48793: National Certificate: Tyre and Tyre Component Manufacturing, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 57878: National Certificate: CNC Production Machining, NQF Level 2.

    Vertical articulation:

    The qualification articulates vertically to:
  • ID 79407: National Certificate: Polymer Compound Manufacturing, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 48794: National Certificate: Quality Checking of Tyres and Tyre Components, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 48798: National Certificate: Tyre and Tyre Component Manufacturing, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 48795: National Certificate: Tyre Assembly, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 57877: National Certificate: CNC Production Machining, NQF Level 3. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification 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 qualification 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 associated unit standards.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification 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 
    Anyone assessing a learner against this qualification must be registered with the relevant ETQA as an assessor.

    Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA. Assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the policies and guidelines for assessment of that ETQA, in terms of agreements reached around assessment and between various ETQA's (including professional bodies).

    Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA.

    The options as listed above provide the opportunity to ensure that assessment and moderation can be transparent, affordable, valid reliable and non-discriminatory.

    For an applicant to register as an assessor or moderator of this qualification, the applicant needs to:
  • Be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Be in possession of a relevant qualification at NQF Level 3 or higher.
  • Have relevant practical experience in the sector. 

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

    NOTES 
    This qualification replaces Qualification ID 23257, National Certificate: Industrial Rubber Manufacturing: Mixing OR Extruding OR Moulding OR Calendaring, Level 2, 132 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  376921  Apply bonding agent to a range of surfaces  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  376920  Describe and apply fundamental processes in a polymer compound manufacturing environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  15 
    Core  376980  Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  12466  Explain the individual`s role within business  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  13220  Keep the work area safe and productive  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  376922  Monitor the production process of polymer compound products  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  119463  Access and use information from texts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9009  Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life related problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7480  Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  119454  Maintain and adapt oral/signed communication  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  12444  Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in 2-dimensions in different life or workplace contexts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  119460  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7469  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9007  Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  119456  Write/present for a defined context  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  376961  Apply study and learning techniques  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256177  Apply tread rubber to casings  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9909  Identify and process waste  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  115063  Inspect, trim, balance and sort manufactured tyres  Level 2  NQF Level 02  19 
    Elective  376944  Manufacture injection moulding products  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  376927  Manufacture polymer compound lining products  Level 2  NQF Level 02  20 
    Elective  119139  Monitor the quality of the input materials and the manufactured plastic product  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Elective  13164  Monitor the quality of the output from a rubber manufacturing process  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Elective  13258  Participate in work group activities  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12484  Perform basic fire fighting  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  256175  Prepare casings for retreading  Level 2  NQF Level 02  16 
    Elective  13160  Prepare industrial rubber manufacturing equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Elective  120496  Provide risk-based primary emergency care/first aid in the workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  115061  Repair and buff tyres  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  13161  Respond to changes in industrial rubber manufacturing processes  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Elective  115111  Set and operate equipment with simple control systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02  15 
    Elective  115055  Transport materials, components or products in the tyre manufacturing process  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Elective  376941  Trim, inspect and sort manufactured polymer compound products  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  13163  Use and care for services, tools and equipment in the industrial rubber manufacturing process  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  13158  Work with and look after materials in the industrial rubber manufacturing process  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Elective  376943  Develop learning strategies and techniques  Level 3  NQF Level 03 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some (but not all) of their learning programmes are moved to the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replaced qualification.
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    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.
     
    1. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MIDRAND) (TP) 
    2. Plastics Federation of South Africa (WESTMEAD) (TP) 



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