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Occupational Certificate: Lamproom Supervisor 
101550  Occupational Certificate: Lamproom Supervisor 
Development Quality Partner - MQA 
-   OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
Occupational Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Fabrication and Extraction 
Undefined  114  Not Applicable  NQF Level 03  Regular-ELOAC 
Registered  EXCO 04168/19  2019-09-11  2024-09-11 
2025-09-11   2028-09-11  

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. 

The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners with the required knowledge, skills and practical experience to operate as a Lamproom Supervisor. A Lamproom Supervisor ensures that all legal requirements for the operation of a lamproom are observed and that the equipment supplied by the manager (selfrescuers, portable lamps and gas detection devices) is in proper working condition and provided to employees before they go on shift.

The qualified learner will be able to:
  • Oversee the processes for making equipment available for use by employees in a designated lamproom.
  • Maintain electronic and manual records and reports for the lamproom.
  • Oversee the maintenance of a safe and healthy lamproom environment.
  • Perform testing and maintenance in order to ensure that all equipment comply with regulated and Original Equipment Manufacturer's standards.
  • Oversee the operations of the lamp-room and lamp-room staff.

    Every mine and mining related operation in South Africa is legally required to establish and effectively operate a lamproom. The purpose of a lamproom is to issue all people entering the operations area with safety and related equipment that is functioning properly.

    Lamproom operations are becoming more sophisticated and this operation within the Mine Health and Safety value chain is increasingly being recognised as key to the ongoing improvement of the health and safety of employees. If the lamproom operation does not function according to legal requirements, mines are prevented from continuing their operations.

    The mining industry is continually striving towards the improvement of occupational health and safety standards. Because of this focus, the role of the lamproom supervisor is becoming increasingly important.

    The need for an occupational qualification for the role of the Lamproom Supervisors and their support staff was identified by the industry because of the critical role that the lamproom plays in the occupational health and safety value chain. Operators in the lamproom are appointed in terms of the mining regulations and they are licensed to practice by the mines and minerals regulator. Each and every mine in the country requires competent lamproom operators.

    This qualification also creates opportunities for entry into the industry and opens up opportunities for articulation into technical mining and engineering environments. It also opens opportunities to progress to occupations in mining stores and warehousing. 

    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 results or by 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:
  • Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) Level 3.
  • National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 2 qualification. 


    This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge, Practical Skills and Work Experience Modules:

    Knowledge Modules:
  • 432105-000-00-KM-01, Fundamentals of maintenance and tool use, Level 2, 10 Credits.
  • 432105-000-00-KM-02, Fundamentals of lamproom operations, Level 2, 6 Credits.
  • 432105-000-00-KM-03, Fundamentals of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Wellness, Level 3, 11 Credits.
  • 432105-000-00-KM-04, Administration and Supervision, Level 3, 6 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 33.

    Practical Skill Modules:
  • 432105-000- 00-PM-01, Ensure the availability of sufficient equipment to meet the needs of the operation, Level 3, 8 Credits.
  • 432105-000-00-PM-02, Allocate equipment and maintain appropriate records of allocations, Level 3, 3 Credits.
  • 432105-000-00-PM-03, Continuously inspect equipment to detect defects and initiate actions to correct, Level 2, 8 Credits.
  • 432105-000-00-PM-04, Maintain all legally required lamproom records manually and electronically, Level 3, 6 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 25.

    Work Experience Modules:
  • 432105-000-00-WM-01, Make equipment available for use by employees, Level 3, 10 Credits.
  • 432105-000-00-WM-02, Maintain records and reports for the lamproom, Level 3, 10 Credits.
  • 432105-000-00-WM-03, Maintain a safe and healthy work environmental wellness in the lamproom, Level 2, 10 Credits.
  • 432105-000-00-WM-04, Perform testing and maintenance of equipment, Level 2, 16 Credits.
  • 432105-000-00-WM-05, Oversee the activities in the lamproom, Level 3, 10 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 56. 

    1. Describe the function and process of the lamproom, indicating all the equipment required and how it functions.
    2. Describe the full process flow relating to document and information control in the lamproom and how it relates to legislation.
    3. Describe the application of the hazard and risk assessment process in the lamproom.
    4. Identify and describe all the possible unplanned events (emergencies) that could occur in a lamproom and what the Lampman must do to deal with such events.
    5. Identify and explain the legislative requirements related to the lamproom.
    6. Identify faults on key equipment issued through the lamproom and demonstrate how the faults must be corrected.
    7. Plan, implement and control the daily activities in a lamproom and deal with deviations. 

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Draw a rough sketch of an operating lamproom indicating the position and purpose of the following elements in the lamproom - Entrance and exit from the lamproom, Emergency exit, Positioning of the equipment racks, Testing points, Calibration points, Different storerooms, Repair bays, Notice boards, Emergency equipment, Gas cylinder store, Ventilation processes and requirements, and legal exemptions.
  • Describe operating principles of cap lamps, self-contained self-rescuer and gas detecting instruments accurately indicating, the power sources and how the power sources are maintained (cap lamps and gas detection/monitoring/measuring instruments), the processes for calibrating the equipment, the testing process to ensure functionality and the associated parameters that will indicate the functionality of the equipment, the purpose and limitations of the equipment when using it in the workplace, and how the equipment must be used and cared for in the work environment. All the descriptions comply with the approved manufacturers standards and requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Generate an accurate and complete list of all the legal reports that must be generated in the lamproom according to the relevant regulations and indicate the purpose of each of these reports.
  • List and describe all the information that is generated in the lamproom in terms of how the information is collected, in which documents the information is captured, what the information is used for, how the information is incorporated into legal reports, requirements related to the storage of the information, how the information can be retrieved and consequences of not maintaining the information or maintaining incorrect information.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Use appropriate practical examples to describe the difference between hazards and risks.
  • Describe the process of doing hazard and risk assessments in a lamproom using practical examples.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Identify a range of possible unplanned events that could occur in a lamproom and the consequences of these events on the health and safety of people in the lamproom and accurately describe the lamproom processes that reflect at least the following events power failure, fire, gas leaks, explosions, slip, trip and fall, electrocution, medical emergencies, unhappy/difficult clients.
  • Use various scenarios of possible unplanned events to describe the actions that must be taken to prevent these events from happening and the contingency actions that must be taken to deal with the consequences of such events and the controls that must be put in place.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
  • Identify the specific regulation that covers the appointment of the lampman and explain, giving practical examples, the duties and responsibilities of the lampman.
  • Explain the process and criteria for the legal appointment of the lampman as set out in the legislation and the consequences of not following this process is outlined in relation to the individual and the organisation.
  • Generate a list and description of all the legislated documents that must be displayed in a lamproom that includes at least the following: regulator reports, competency certificates, lampman licence to practice and appointment letter, national standard documents, diagram of the equipment, exceptions, details of the approved equipment for the site, validity certificates and calibration tests.
  • Provide examples of the consequences when the relevant regulations are not adhered to reflect the potential implications for individuals and the organisation as set out in the legislation and industry case examples.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:
  • Given a range of equipment that is issued from a lamproom (personal illumination equipment, self-contained self-rescuers and gas detection/measuring/monitoring equipment):
    > Test/inspect the equipment and determine their functionality.
    > Determine the faults on equipment that is not functional.
    > Conduct practical repairs to correct problems within the scope of work of the lampman (assemble and disassemble, replace spare parts/key components).
    > Describe the actions to be taken to deal with problems outside the scope of the lampman.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 7:
  • Given a description of an industrial operation where a lamproom is required and the typical operational conditions:
    > Develop an activity plan and delegate work to team members.
    > Explain how the delegated work will be controlled and what actions must be taken to deal with deviations from the planned work.
    > Develop a contingency plan to deal with emergency situations.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Integrated Formative Assessment:
    The skills development 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 Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (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 Occupational Certificate: Lamproom Supervisor were compared to the qualifications and programmes used to capacitate lamproom staff in other countries.
    A study was conducted for information pertaining to mining and related qualifications, courses and programmes from several countries around the world with specific reference to Australia and Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, specifically Botswana and Zambia.

    Lamprooms, also known as Lamp Cabins or Lamp Stations, are defined as: rooms or buildings at the surface of a mine for charging, servicing and issuing all cap, hand and flame safety lamps. Lamprooms are fixed places in the intake airway of a mine where the miners' safety lamps are externally examined by a deputy before the workers proceed to their working places. In a safety lamp mine, the lamp station is the only place where flame safety lamps may be opened and re-lighted.

    The only reference to a lamproom that could be found was in an Australian Qualification, where lamproom operations are listed as an elective unit of competency (unit standard). The content of the Australian unit standard correlates well with the Occupational Certificate: Lamproom Supervisor.

    Despite the absence of a specific qualification, an Australian learner electing the Lamp Cabin Operations unit of competence will be able to structure a qualification (Certificate II in Underground Coal Mining) which was compared with the South African occupational certificate and found to be very similar in content.

    SADC Countries:
    People working in lamprooms in SADC countries are trained informally at operational level and will not have any qualification other than an in-company certificate.

    This is in keeping with international practice where statutory compliance is still determined by means of examinations of competence over a broad spectrum of topics, and not as specific as entertained in qualifications such as the proposed Occupational Certificate: Lamproom Supervisor. The in-house training provided for certification covers the same topics as set out in the modules of the occupational certificate.

    Whilst there are no exactly similar qualifications or programmes internationally, the curriculum components in the occupational certificate compares favourably with the training that is provided internationally. The qualification is structured to meet the specific South African requirements and is totally aligned to our regulatory requirements. 

    This qualification has the following articulation possibilities.

    Horizontal Articulation:
  • Occupational Certificate: Mining Technician (Strata Control Observer: Underground Hardrock), Level 3.
  • Occupational Certificate: Mining Technician (Mine Ventilation Observer), Level 3.

    Vertical Articulation:
  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Carbonate Materials Manufacturing Processes National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 4. 



    Qualifying for external assessment:
    In order to qualify for an external assessment, learners must provide proof of completion of all required modules by means of statements of results and work experience including Foundational Learning Competence.

    Additional legal or physical entry requirements:
  • None.

    Criteria for the accreditation of providers:
  • Accreditation of providers will be done against the criteria as reflected in the relevant curriculum on the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) website.

    The curriculum title and code is:
  • Lamproom Supervisor: 432105-000-00-00.

    Encompassed Trades:
  • This is not a trade qualification.

    Assessment Quality Partner (AQP): National Artisan Moderating Body (NAMB).

    Derived Qualifications Registered As Part-Qualifications:
  • 432105-000-00-01, Lamproom Assistant, Level 2. 


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