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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Occupational Certificate: Motorcycle Mechanic 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
97591  Occupational Certificate: Motorcycle Mechanic 
ORIGINATOR
Development Quality Partner - MERSETA 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
-   OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Occupational Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  540  Not Applicable  NQF Level 04  Regular-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Registered  IEXC 0002/16  2016-02-17  2019-02-17 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2020-02-17   2023-02-17  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:
The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as a Motorcycle Mechanic.
A Motorcycle Mechanic maintains, tests and repairs the mechanical parts of motorcycles, including scooters. A qualified learner will be able to:
  • Perform preventative and scheduled maintenance on motorcycles and scooters.
  • Dismantle, inspect, assess, repair and assemble motorcycle and scooter engines and related system components.
  • Diagnose and repair faults in motorcycle and scooter engines and related system components.

    Rationale:
    Motorcycles, scooters and quad bikes (also known as four-wheeler, all-terrain vehicles or ATVs) are used by private individuals, motor sport (on and off road), agriculture, forestry, private sector businesses, state entities and government departments for a variety of purposes. Users require that these, often high performance, machines are well-maintained and conform to original equipment manufacturers' (OEM) standards and specifications.
    South Africa is currently experiencing growth in the number of motorcycles, scooters and quad bikes and therefore there is a considerable need to have qualified mechanics to service and repair such vehicles.

    There is no national strategy related to the use of such vehicles but, because of their characteristics (speed, fuel efficiency, mobility and light footprint) these machines do contribute to other strategies, e.g. safety, security, emergency response, law enforcement, defence, protection for VIPs travelling in convoys and related activities. OEMs and their local distributors as well as corporate vehicle companies mostly sell the machines with warranties and maintenance plans. They therefore require the services of such mechanics to deal with this service to customers.

    This qualification also focuses on the technical demands of current machines and requires learners in acquiring fit-for-purpose knowledge, skills and attitudes. Learners entering this qualification will typically be school or TVET College leavers.
    Qualified mechanics will be able to find employment with OEMs, with organisations running fleets of motorcycles and scooters such as local government and the defence force, and with providers of maintenance and repair services including dealerships and independent workshops. They would also be able to set up their own small businesses.

    A qualified learner will be recognised as a skilled artisan. This qualification will also enable qualifying learners to keep abreast of on-going technological developments in motorcycle and scooter maintenance and provide a basis for further career development. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
    RPL for access to the external integrated summative assessment: Accredited providers and approved workplaces must apply the internal assessment criteria specified in the related curriculum document to establish and confirm prior learning. Accredited providers and workplaces must confirm prior learning by issuing a statement of result or certifying a work experience record.

    RPL for access to the qualification: Accredited providers and approved workplaces may recognise prior learning against the relevant access requirements.

    Entry Requirements:
  • NQF Level 1 with a pass in Mathematics. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge and Practical Skill Modules:

    Knowledge Modules:
  • 653103000-KM-01, Workplace fundamentals, at NQF Level 2, Credits 9.
  • 653103000-KM-02, Foundational concepts for mechanics, at NQF Level 2, Credits 14.
  • 653103000-KM-03, Vehicle and equipment fundamentals, at NQF Level 2, Credits 8.
  • 653103000-KM-04, Basic engine systems, at NQF Level 2, Credits 8.
  • 653103000-KM-05, Vehicle, equipment and propulsion systems, at NQF Level 3, Credits 13.
  • 653103000-KM-06, Electrical systems and basic electronic, hydraulic and pneumatic principles, at NQF Level 3, Credits 16.
  • 653103000-KM-07, Advanced vehicle and equipment systems, at NQF Level 4, Credits 30.
  • 653103000-KM-08, Problem solving and engine optimisation, at NQF Level 4, Credits 10.
    Total number of Credits for Knowledge Modules: 108.

    Practical Skill Modules:
  • 653103000-PM-01, Work safely and respond to emergencies, at NQF Level 2, Credits 6.
  • 653103000-PM-02, Use tools and equipment, at NQF Level 2, Credits 10.
  • 653103000-PM-03, Cut and join metals, at NQF Level 2, Credits 6.
  • 653103000-PM-04, Remove and install mechanical components (gaskets, seals, bearings and locking devices), at NQF Level 2, Credits 6.
  • 653103000-PM-05, Work with electric and electronic components, at NQF Level 2, Credits 4.
  • 653103000-PM-06, Work with fluid power components, at NQF Level 2, Credits 4.
  • 653103000-PM-07, Maintain and service motorcycles and motorcycle components, NQF Level 2, Credits 6.
  • 653103000-PM-08, Dismantle, assess and reassemble motorcycle and scooter engines and associated systems, at NQF Level 3, Credits 10.
  • 653103000-PM-09, Dismantle, assess and reassemble motorcycle sub-assemblies, at NQF Level 3, Credits 6.
  • 653103000-PM-10, Remove, test, repair and refit motorcycle and scooter engine components, at NQF Level 3, Credits 8.
  • 653103000-PM-11, Diagnose and repair motorcycle and scooter engine and related systems, at NQF Level 4, Credits 18.
  • 653103000-PM-12, Diagnose and repair electrical systems, at NQF Level 4, Credits 18.
  • 653103000-PM-13, Diagnose and repair electronic motorcycle systems, at NQF Level 4, Credits 18.
    Total number of Credits for Practical Skill Modules: 120.

    Work Experience Modules:
  • 653103000-WM-01, Routine scheduled services, at NQF Level 2, Credits 10.
  • 653103000-WM-02, Removal and replacement of motorcycle and scooter engine sub-systems, at NQF Level 3, Credits 5.
  • 653103000-WM-03, Motorcycle and scooter engine removal and installation processes, at NQF Level 3, Credits 10.
  • 653103000-WM-04, Removal and replacement of motorcycle and scooter sub-systems, at NQF Level 3, Credits 14.
  • 653103000-WM-05, Repair processes (gearboxes, differentials and motorcycle and scooter engines), at NQF Level 3, Credits 34.
  • 653103000-WM-06, Diagnosis and repair of electrical systems (charging, starting, lighting and auxiliary), at NQF Level 4, Credits 40.
  • 653103000-WM-07, Diagnosis and repair of electronically controlled systems, at NQF Level 4, Credits 40.
  • 653103000-WM-08, Diagnosis and repair of motorcycle and scooter engines and engine sub-systems, at NQF Level 4, Credits 40.
  • 653103000-WM-09, Diagnosis and repair of hydraulic and pneumatic systems, at NQF Level 4, Credits 5.
  • 653103000-WM-10, Diagnosis and repair of brake systems, at NQF Level 4, Credits 40.
  • 653103000-WM-11, Diagnosis and repair of drive train systems, at NQF Level 4, Credits 40.
  • 653103000-WM-12, Diagnosis and repair of steering and suspension systems, at NQF Level 4, Credits 34.
    Total number of Credits for Work Experience Modules: 312. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Perform preventative and scheduled maintenance on motorcycles and scooters.
    2. Dismantle, inspect, assess, repair and assemble motorcycle and scooter system components.
    3. Diagnose and repair faults in motorcycle and scooter systems and their components. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Motorcycles or scooters are serviced and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's schedules and specifications within the stipulated timeframes.
  • All requirements, including parts, special tools and the relevant technical information and standards for the service are obtained.
  • Service activities are planned and performed to meet the relevant standards and timeframes.
  • All maintenance activities are carried out confidently with due care for the tools and equipment.
  • Workmanship that meets the accepted industry standards is demonstrated to the workshop facilities, the parts and related materials, and the customer's machinery.
  • All relevant personal protective equipment is used, and all relevant health and safety precautions and environmental requirements are observed.
  • The work area is restored according to workplace standards and health, safety and environmental requirements.
  • The maintenance reports are completed accurately and comprehensively as per the manufacturer's requirements.
  • Understanding of the operating principles of motorcycle and scooter systems and their components is demonstrated by answers to written and oral questions.
  • Understanding of the general principles and critical issues relating to performing scheduled maintenance on motorcycles and scooters according to accepted industry standards is demonstrated by answering written and oral answers to questions.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Motor cycle or scooter systems and components are dismantled, inspected, assessed, repaired and assembled to the manufacturer's standards and specifications.
  • The requirements, including parts, special tools and the relevant technical information and standards for the system and its components are obtained, and the activities are planned and performed to meet the relevant standards and timeframes.
  • All relevant activities are carried out confidently with due care for the tools and equipment, workshop facilities, system components and related materials, and the customer's machinery, to demonstrate workmanship that meets accepted industry standards.
  • The assessment and repair reports are completed accurately and comprehensively as per the manufacturer's requirements.
  • Understanding of the general principles and critical issues relating to dismantling, inspecting, assessing, repairing and assembling engine and machine system components according to accepted industry standards are demonstrated.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Faults are repaired according to the manufacturer's standards and specifications and within stipulated timeframes.
  • The repair work is systematically planned, relevant technical information is obtained and the work area is prepared according to task requirements.
  • Diagnostic equipment is operated according to the manufacturer's standards, and error codes are obtained, examined, interpreted and recorded correctly.
  • The repair reports are completed accurately and comprehensively as per the manufacturer's requirements.
  • General principles and critical issues relating to diagnosing and repairing faults in motorcycle and scooter systems and their components according to accepted industry standards are demonstrated.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Integrated formative assessment:
    Accredited providers will use the curriculum to guide them on the stipulated internal assessment criteria and weighting. They will also apply the scope of practical skills and applied knowledge as stipulated by the internal assessment criteria. This formative assessment leads to entrance into the integrated external summative assessment.

    Integrated summative assessment:
    An external integrated summative assessment, conducted through the relevant QCTO Assessment Quality Partner is required for the issuing of this qualification. The external integrated summative assessment will focus on the exit level outcomes and associated assessment criteria. The external integrated summative assessment will be conducted through a trade test as prescribed under Section 26 D of the Skills Development Act and defined by the Trade Test Regulations. It will be conducted through an evaluation of written and practical tasks covering critical aspects of the trade in a simulated environment at an assessment centre accredited by QCTO and conducted by an assessor registered by the National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB). The assessment will take place over a minimum of 3 days. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    International comparison for the Occupational Certificate: Motorcycle Mechanic at NQF Level 4, was conducted against qualifications from countries known for the provision of motorcycle maintenance or technician. These countries include; India, Zimbabwe and Australia.

    The Motorcycle Technician Training qualification offered by the Institute (MMI) in India offers training on street bikes, sport bikes, dirt bikes. Learners will learn motorcycle theory, engine troubleshooting and diagnosis, driveability, and performance testing on the best brands in the industry. Once learners have the core training in place, they will build on it with the completion of one or more elective programs with MMI's key manufacturer alliances.

    Learners will also have the opportunity to learn on ATVs, personal watercraft, snowmobiles and generators. The qualification will assist to polish the professionalism aspect of learners with soft skill training in order to leave an MMI campus as a highly trained entry-level technician. MMI is recognised as the best training institute wherein best world's top brands choose technicians from. Employers want to hire technicians who are ready to work, and MMI's factory-authorised training ensures that you train on the latest vehicles, tools and equipment supplied by the world's best manufacturers.
    MMI will assist potential learners during and after studying with the following:
  • Professional resume development.
  • Part-time employment assistance during school.
  • Interview training techniques.
  • A nationwide job database.
  • On-campus interviews.
  • Career development classes.
  • Employer recruitment.
  • Ongoing employment services.

    Similarities were identified with modular content which relates more to the practical component in the current qualification and also on the purpose.

    Companies training apprentices in Zimbabwe make use of the UK systems of City and Guilds run by local colleges and NVQ programmes for the theoretical and some of the practical training. The Motor Vehicle Systems Certificate offered by Speciss College is one such qualification from City and Guilds. Once a learner has completed study with College and passed both the theory and the practical exams, the learner will be awarded the City & Guilds Motor Vehicle Systems Certificate. This is the foundation for the future career of the learner. Learners can move on to the City & Guilds Diploma in Motor Vehicle Systems if they wish to improve their qualifications.

    All City & Guilds qualifications are designed to provide learners with the skills and knowledge that are sought after by employers worldwide. They are acknowledged as a global benchmark of excellence.

    Learners in the Motor Vehicle Systems Certificate will learn courses such as Chassis Systems 1and Engine Systems 1. Furthermore, they will attend theory and practical work classes conducted in a fully fledged workshop as part of the assessment. Similarities were found on the purpose of the qualifications.

    The Certificate lll in Automotive Motorcycle Mechanical Technology offered by the Canberra Institute of Technology in Australia is a qualification that provides you with the skills and knowledge required to perform a broad range of tasks on a variety of motorcycles within the automotive service and repair industry. The job outcome after having studied this qualification is to become a Motorcycle Mechanic.

    In addition to the outcome of the qualification, it is required that at all times learners must wear appropriate protective clothing and equipment when in the automotive workshops. Electives will be chosen according to specific specialisations and have been developed in consultation with local industry automotive representatives. Comparison similarities were also found on modules and purpose of these qualifications.

    Conclusion:
    This qualification is comparable with other similar qualifications and trades in other countries in terms of content and duration. In general terms, content is determined by what motorcycles, scooters and related equipment need in terms of diagnostics, maintenance, repair and interaction with the customer. As part of the conclusion it is worth noting that in some, mostly first-world countries, the title Motorcycle Mechanic has been changed to Motorcycle Maintenance Technician with a corresponding increase in learning time. This is a clear indication of the increasing complexity of current machines. In South Africa this higher level of specialisation and sophistication is generally dealt with after the apprentice has qualified and is done through on-going manufacturer- and model-specific training. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Horizontal articulation:
  • Certificate Diesel Mechanic, at NQF Level 4.
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic, at NQF Level 4 (To be registered).

    Vertical Articulation:
  • National Certificate: N4 Engineering Studies, at NQF Level 5. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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