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

Occupational Certificate: Saw Filer 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
103282  Occupational Certificate: Saw Filer 
ORIGINATOR
Development Quality Partner - QCTO (MANU) 
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  Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  239  Not Applicable  NQF Level 02  Regular-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
EXCO 05164/18  2018-09-12  2023-09-12 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-09-12   2027-09-12  

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 the qualification is to enable qualifying learners to operate as Saw Filers.

The Saw Filer refurbishes, sharpens and maintains blades, tooling and tool room equipment.

Rationale:
The Saw Filer trade is a technical competence applicable to and required by the forestry industry but very useful to the meat processing subsector within general manufacturing. The development of a formal qualification, as opposed to the current inadequate skills programmes, will be critical to improve the skills base and performance of various economic sectors that produce various timber products for both local and export markets. The industry has identified a variety of critical and scarce skills needed to address the increasing skills shortages and their impact. Saw Filer-related skills are in scarce and in high demand, and the sector relies on an increasingly smaller pool of experts to service the industry.

The qualification will draw learners from the current pool of employees that individual companies trained in-house, as well as new employees interested to secure jobs within the industry. The current employees will receive the critically important theoretical training and benefit from more structured practical and workplace training. A more trained workforce will enhance productivity, reduce wastage, incidences, as well as improve the quality of the service provided by saw filers. The qualification will ensure job sustainability and employability of qualified learners within a very competitive market.

The majority of qualified Saw Filers are aging; there is a need to attract school-leavers to continue the expertise. This represents the reality of the past and provides significant possibilities to transform the work environment. This transformation is legacy-related as the majority of qualified Saw Filers are White males, but is also related to the restoration of formalised quality standards within a highly technical scarce skill occupation previously ignored. TheRecognition of Prior Learning (RPL) of the skills embedded in the qualification will reward those proficient and capable with a qualification that will ensure the wider scope of employment opportunities in the sectors specified.

The Saw Filer, as a trade, embodies a progression of accumulated skills and expertise, thereby promising career path opportunities and possible articulation. This highlights the need for part-qualifications which would ensure a combination of knowledge and employable skills covering functional areas, such as: Saw Filer, Saw Setter, Profile Grinder, Saw Maintainer and Benchman.

This trade, as the exit qualification, should address the needs of new entrants in the labour market in equally the same way as capacitating current employees already performing the function to aspire to higher job opportunities.

Qualified learners will progress to Management qualifications or cross-sector qualifications as specified in the articulation section. In a sector, which holds the promise of economic growth, the qualified Saw Filer will bring much-needed skills to the industry and also has entrepreneurial opportunities to consult, train and import international services and product into a burgeoning market. 

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:
The entry requirement for this qualification is:
  • NQF Level 1 qualification with Mathematics. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification comprises compulsory Knowledge, Practical Skills and Work Experience Modules at Level 2, 3 and 4 totalling 239 Credits.

    Knowledge Modules:
  • Basic Principles of Health, Safety and Quality, Level 2, 4 Credits.
  • Cutting tooling and blades, Level 2, 25 Credits.
  • Basic Business Principles, Level 3, 7 Credits.
  • Occupational Health, Safety and Environment, Level 3, 3 Credits.
  • Cutting techniques for wood and other materials, Level 4, 30 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 69.

    Practical Skill Modules:
  • Diagnose, repair and maintain cutting tooling, Level 2, 65 Credits.
  • Remove and replace cutting tooling, Level 2, 20 Credits.
  • Transport, storage and record keeping of various cutting tools in a saw shop, Level 3, 20 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 105.

    Work Experience Modules:
  • Cutting tools preparation, installation, transport and storage processes and procedures, Level 2, 65 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 65. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Care for, handle and maintain blades and cutting tools to ensure operational efficiency. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Diagnose blades and cutting tools for faults, care for and maintain them to keep them ready for operation as sharp, balanced cutting tools.
  • Remove and replace cutting tools and blades in compliance with normal industry practice to ensure operational readiness.
  • Transport and store cutting tools, and keep their records to maintain proper inventory and operational efficiency.

    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.

    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 records including the Foundational Learning Competence. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The purpose of this international comparability is to facilitate the development of a meaningful learning path and its associated curriculum incorporating knowledge, practical and work experience modules which will ensure compatibility, comparability, and compliance with existing international qualification specifications. It also enables the development of curriculum to be contextualised within existing international best practices. The desktop research undertaken indicates that the integrated and comprehensive focus of the development of a full trade qualification and part-occupational qualifications for Saw Doctor have similar qualifications or programmes in the following countries:
  • Australia/New Zealand.
  • Canada.
  • African countries: Swaziland; Kenya; Zambia.

    Australia/New Zealand:
    The Australian and New Zealand qualification authority offers a qualification called Saw Maker and Repairer: Specialisation: Saw Sharpener Level 4. Entry into this apprenticeship qualification is ANZSCO skills level 3, and their requirements are: AQF certificate 111 and at least two years of on-the-job training. At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above.

    The curriculum focuses on an integrated structure which provides a sequence of elements designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the apprentice in a manner which enables him/ her to advance in relation to the competency requirements of the occupation. The curriculum content consists of 31 topic areas, set out in the section: "Strategy to achieve course aims." To be awarded the certificate, competency must be achieved in relation to twenty-six (26) units of competency, of which, ten (10) are core units of competency and sixteen (16) are units of competency from the electives.

    The certificates are much more detailed in respect of various types of saws and tools required but such details do not appear too different to the overall composition of the draft South African qualification.

    Canada:
    Forestry and lumber milling remains one of Canada's priority industries for export, particularly in British Columbia. The industry experienced a downturn in the past five years but is rebounding and experiencing a revitalisation of the industry. Canada lists 222 saw mills as viable entities. The Ministry of Forests and Range and various associations ensure standardised delivery and certification of their lumber milling curriculum. The certificate issued is called Saw Doctor Level: 4.

    The Canadian Saw Doctor curriculum is implemented as a 4-year apprenticeship and is based on a similar approach to the three Part-qualifications as developed under the draft South African (SA) curriculum. Theirs is comprised of three certified shorter courses: Saw Filer (1 year); Benchman (1 year); Saw Fitter (2 years). Consecutive delivery of each of the courses leading to the 2-year fitter's course is not clear. Various topics in each of the certified courses include: Structure and Characteristics of Wood, Fundamentals of Wood Machining, Saws and Sawing, Band Sawing, Maintenance and Management of Tooling Machinery.

    Broadly assessed, the curriculum appears to cover the same topics and/or modules addressed in the draft South African (SA) curriculum.

    African Countries: Swaziland; Kenya; Zambia:
    In Swaziland, the National Forest Industries Training Centre ensures standardised implementation of the 4-year apprenticeship programme, which consists of a 1-year theory certificate course and three years of industrial practical training. The subjects include: Introduction to Computers; Wood Technology Fundamentals; Wood Machining Tools Technology; Circular Saw Maintenance Technology; Band Saw Frame Saw Maintenance Technology; Resource Management; National and Strategic Studies; Entrepreneurship Skills Development.

    The above content and delivery are formalised in the following qualifications: Journeyman Class 1 Saw Doctor and National Certificate in Saw Doctoring. Providers of this training attended some sessions of our curriculum development with the hope of updating their curriculum.
    Saw Doctor training is relatively new in Kenya, and the Kenyan Forestry Training Institute has only recently been given a modern saw mill by the Kenya Forest Service and has developed a single course with a number of topic elements pertaining to the development of Saw Doctoring, which is in its infancy of implementation. The areas covered are similar to our draft curriculum but limited in terms of depth and scope.

    Conclusion:
    This qualification is comparable with the above cited international qualifications. The only observable differences are entry requirements and extent of details in the presentation of related topics in the curriculum. These qualifications are emphatic about the importance of practical training and on-the-job training for purposes of acquiring workplace experience. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification offers horizontal and vertical articulation opportunities.

    Horizontal Articulation:
    This qualification articulates horizontally with the following qualification:
  • National Certificate: N2 Engineering Studies, Level 2.

    Vertical Articulation:
    This qualification articulates vertically with the following qualification:
  • Occupational Certificate: Bicycle Repairer, Level 3. 

  • 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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