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

Occupational Certificate: Packaging Rotary Printing and Re-reeling Flexographic Machine Minder 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
101708  Occupational Certificate: Packaging Rotary Printing and Re-reeling Flexographic Machine Minder 
ORIGINATOR
Development Quality Partner - Printing SA 
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  544  Not Applicable  NQF Level 04  Regular-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "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 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 Packaging Rotary Printing and Re-reeling Flexographic Machine Minder. A Packaging Rotary Printing and Re-reeling Flexographic Machine Minder sets up, operates and maintains web-fed flexographic printing presses to print specified quality printing jobs on a variety of substrates.

A qualified learner will be able to:
  • Set up flexographic printing presses.
  • Operate flexographic printing presses to specify quality standards for printing jobs on a variety of substrates.
  • Conduct first-line machine maintenance on flexographic printing presses.

    Rationale:
    The shared purpose of this qualification is to assess and recognise workplace skills acquired with the benefit of formal education and training.

    Learners who are assessed as competent against this qualification will be competent to act as a Rotary Flexographic Machine Minder within the printing industry. Learners will be able to prepare, operate and maintain rotary flexographic presses i.e. understand and interpret job instructions, maintain production and control waste, whilst maintaining quality. This qualification represents a specialised skill within a printing trade or industry.

    The qualification contributes to the development of qualified artisans in the flexographic industry. The career pathway is open to all youth labour, school leavers and any technical minded individual that has a flair for design and print and is subject to any physical disabilities, which could hinder the minders performance and safety. The contribution to The National Skills Development Strategy is the key developmental interface between learners and new competencies to be achieved.

    Its contribution to socio-economic transformation is that previously experienced individuals would be able to undergo RPL-assessment and thereby receive recognition for previous learning and experience (minimum of 5 years). The employability and career prospects of learners can therefore be enhanced by this qualification. 

  • 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:
  • Level 4 with Mathematics. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

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

    Knowledge Modules:
  • 662212000-KM-01, Preparation of Print Proofs, Level 3, 12 Credits.
  • 662212000-KM-02, Image Carriers in Flexographic Pre-press, Level 2, 6 Credits.
  • 662212000-KM-03, Introduction to Flexographic Printing, Level 4, 15 Credits.
  • 662212000-KM-04, Concepts, Theories and Principles of Equipment and Machinery, Level 3, 23 Credits.
  • 662212000-KM-05, Concepts, Theories and Principles of Flexographic Plate Making/Mounting, Level 3, 15 Credits.
  • 662212000-KM-06, Properties, Characteristics, Functions and Uses of Substrates in Flexographic Printing, Level 4, 20 Credits.
  • 662212000-KM-07, Properties, Characteristics, Functions and Uses of the Ink System in Flexographic Printing, Level 4, 15 Credits.
  • 662212000-KM-08, Introduction to the Printing and Packaging Industry, Level 3, 6 Credits.
  • 662212000-KM-09, Legal and Regulatory Requirements, Level 3, 21 Credits.
  • 662212000-KM-10, Printing Science and Chemistry, Level 3, 9 Credits.
  • 662212000-KM-11, Quality Studies in the Printing Industry, Level 4, 6 Credits.
  • 662212000-KM-12, Productivity and Economics, Level 3, 11 Credits.
  • 662212000-KM-13, Workplace Fundamentals, Level 3, 11 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 170.

    Practical Skill Modules:
  • 662212000-PM-01, Mount and proof printing plates, Level 4, 23 Credits.
  • 662212000-PM-02, Pre-make ready, Level 4, 15 Credits.
  • 662212000-PM-03, Identify press components and handle substrates, plates and inks, Level 3, 23 Credits.
  • 662212000-PM-04, Set-up unwind, rewind and web-up printing press, Level 4, 15 Credits.
  • 662212000-PM-05, Resolve problems associated with reel stand and substrate, Level 3, 15 Credits.
  • 662212000-PM-06, Set up and run printing press (automatically/manually), Level 4, 75 Credits.
  • 662212000-PM-07, Maintain the quality requirements of the product, Level 4, 15 Credits.
  • 662212000-PM-08, Perform basic maintenance, Level 4, 8 Credits.
  • 662212000-PM-09, Comply with safety, health and environmental best practices and procedures for a printing environment, Level 2, 8 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 197.

    Work Experience Modules:
  • 662212000-WM-01, Processes and procedures for mounting print plates for the flexographic printing press, Level 4, 45 Credits.
  • 662212000-WM-02, Processes and procedures for pre-press/make-ready activities in setting up a flexographic printing press, Level 4, 30 Credits.
  • 662212000-WM-03, Processes and procedures for operating a flexographic printing press, Level 3, 87 Credits.
  • 662212000-WM-04, First-line machine maintenance, processes and procedures within a flexographic printing environment, Level 2, 15 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 177. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Set up flexographic printing presses.
    2. Operate a flexographic printing press.
    3. Conduct first-line machine maintenance on flexographic printing press. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Printing plates are mounted and proofed according to job specifications.
  • Press components and handling substrates, plates and inks, are identified and assessed according to job specification.
  • The printing press is set-up to unwind and re-wind delivery systems according to job requirements.
  • Printing presses are webbed up according to specification.
  • Mounting and proofing operations are associated with reel stand and substrates.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • The printing press is set up and run according to job specifications.
  • Quality checks of products and final proofing are according to job specifications.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Safety requirements of the printing press are in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (85 of 1993).
  • The maintenance schedule and reporting procedures are as per the standard operating procedures.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Integrated Formative Assessment:
    The skills development provider 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. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    City and Guilds was chosen for international comparability purposes in light of the fact that they are the United Kingdom's leading provider of vocational qualifications. They offer over 500 awards across a wide range of industries, progressing from entry level to the highest levels of professional achievement. City and Guilds have over 8 500 centres in 100 countries and is recognised by employers worldwide for providing quality qualifications.

    For purposes of comparability the proposed qualification was compared with the Level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Machine Printing Flexography (5158-31) qualification.

    To achieve the Level 3 NVQ in Machine Printing - Flexography (5158-31), candidates must complete all four mandatory common units, plus two optional technical units.

    Mandatory common units:
    301 Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety in the workplace.
    302 Improve individual and organisational performance.
    323 Control flexographic printing machines.
    348 Maintain equipment in working order.

    Optional technical units:
    215 Maintain the condition of plates for printing.
    316 Control in-line converting machinery.
    317 Control ink drying machinery.
    318 Control auxiliary equipment.
    321 Control reel handling equipment.
    324 Test flexographic printing machines.

    The occupational tasks detailed in the Rotary Re-reeling Flexographic Machine Minder: Packaging qualification more than adequately cover all the afore-mentioned mandatory common units and the optional technical units, which are covered in the South African knowledge and practical modules. It is generally accepted that the United Kingdom (UK) Level 3 NVQ qualifications are equivalent to the South African Level 4 qualifications.

    Conclusion:
    The Packaging Rotary Printing and Re-reeling Flexographic Machine Minder qualification compares favourably to what is found in the chosen international best practice, in terms of what the qualification covers and the level of skills, knowledge and experience that learners have to acquire. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Horizontal articulation is possible with the following qualification currently being developed:
  • Occupational Certificate: Heatset Rotary Offset Lithography Printing Technician, Level 4.

    Vertical articulation is possible with the following qualification:
  • National N Diploma: Engineering Studies, Level 6, SAQA ID: 67043. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    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 a statement 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: Packaging Rotary Printing and Re-reeling Flexographic Machine Minder: 662212000.

    This qualification encompasses the following trades as recorded on the NLRD:
  • None. 

  • LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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