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

Occupational Certificate: Materials Recycler (Paper and Packaging Collector) 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
103283  Occupational Certificate: Materials Recycler (Paper and Packaging Collector) 
ORIGINATOR
Development Quality Partner - PAMSA (HUMAN) 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
-   OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Occupational Certificate  Field 07 - Human and Social Studies  Environmental Relations 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  138  Not Applicable  NQF Level 03  Regular-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
SAQA 12124/19  2019-03-08  2024-03-08 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2025-03-08   2028-03-08  

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 Paper and Packaging Collector. A Paper and Packaging Collector establishes micro, small and medium sized business operations through the salvaging of materials from industrial commercial and private establishments and re-selling the materials.

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the learner with the necessary knowledge and skills in respect of paper recycling as well as introductory business management to potential entrepreneurs so that they can venture into the business environment as Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs). The focus is in promoting a culture of recycling and job creation by providing learners with the necessary knowledge and skills to:
  • Start their own small business.
  • Create efficiency in the collection, recycling and disposal of waste paper.
  • Ensure best practice in recycling.
  • Ensure that good quality paper is recovered.

    The qualification will also assess and recognise workplace skills acquired without the benefit of formal education and training for those who have been operating as a collector for a long time and for new entrants to effectively participate in the business of paper and packaging collector.

    Learners who are assessed as competent against this qualification will be competent to act as business owners (small business), manage and organise resources, plan and market their businesses, sort, collect and distribute recyclable material on Recycling projects focused on Materials collections of paper, plastic, metal cans, plastic bottles and glass in the packaging industry. Learners will be able to manage small recycling businesses i.e. understand, direct and coordinate pre-project planning; understand general contract documentation; implement administrative systems and be able to co-ordinate, direct and guide activities in their SMME subcontracts in a safe and cost-effective manner.

    A qualified learner will be able to:
  • Collect, sort and transport recyclable materials.
  • Establish a micro business for the effective collection and sale of recyclable materials.
  • Build a small business employing other collectors.

    Rationale:
    Recycling generally is viewed within government as an opportunity for job creation. The paper sector recognised that to accelerate job creation, small businesses, run by entrepreneurs had to be created so that those businesses could create jobs. The Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA) Entrepreneurship Course was initiated to encourage collectors of recycling materials to improve their status from that of collector to entrepreneur running his or her own micro or small business.

    This qualification represents a specific context of management, i.e. Paper and Packaging Collector, in this case the larger part of the life cycle of recycling and packaging industry.

    The qualification contributes to the development of a professional community of Paper and Packaging Collector in the Paper and Packaging Industry. 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 learners would be able to undergo RPL-assessment and thereby receive recognition for previous learning and experience. 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:
  • NQF Level 1 qualification. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Knowledge Modules (Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 44):
  • 524901-009-KM-01, Recycling as a Business, Level 1, 3 Credits.
  • 524901-009-KM-02, Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Level 1, 4 Credits.
  • 524901-009-KM-03, Legal and Regulatory Requirements, Level 2, 2 Credits.
  • 524901-009-KM-04, Environment, Energy Efficiency and Ethics, Level 2, 2 Credits.
  • 524901-009-KM-05, Supply Chain in the Paper and Packaging Recycling Environment, Level 3, 10 Credits.
  • 524901-009-KM-06, Supply Chain Operations in a Paper and Packaging Recycling Environment, Level 3, 5 Credits.
  • 524901-009-KM-07, Supply Chain Workflow in a Paper and Packaging Collection Environment, Level 3, 5 Credits.
  • 524901-009-KM-08, Introduction to the Paper and Packaging Recycling industry, Level 3, 3 Credits.
  • 524901-009-KM-09, Business Essentials, Level 3, 5 Credits.
  • 524901-009-KM-10, Maintenance of Tools, Equipment and Materials, Level 3, 5 Credits.

    Practical Skill Modules (Total number of credits for Practical Skills Modules: 58):
  • 524901-009-PM-01, Develop a Basic Business Plan for a Micro Recycling Business, Level 1, 3 Credits.
  • 524901-009-PM-02, Obtain Agreement to Access Recyclable Materials, Level 1, 3 Credits.
  • 524901-009-PM-03, Maintain Basic Business Records for a Micro Recycling Business, Level 1, 2 Credits.
  • 524901-009-PM-04, Establish and Prepare for Storage of Different Materials, Level 2, 10 Credits.
  • 524901-009-PM-05, Transport Activities of Paper and Packaging Material, Level 2, 5 Credits.
  • 524901-009-PM-06, Manage Collection, Quality, Sorting at Source, Packaging and Delivery of Recyclable Material, Level 2, 10 Credits.
  • 524901-009-PM-07, Plan and Prepare for Collection of Recyclable Material, Level 3, 10 Credits.
  • 524901-009-PM-08, Consult with Different Industries of Recyclable Materials, Level 3, 10 Credits.
  • 524901-009-PM-09, Manage and Organise Resources, Level 3, 5 Credits.

    Work Experience Modules (Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 36):
  • 524901-009-WM-01, Exposure to the Business Processes within the Micro Recycling Environment, Level 1, 11 Credits.
  • 524901-009-WM-02, Process and Procedures for Managing the Collection and Distribution of Recyclable Material, Level 2, 5 Credits.
  • 524901-009-WM-03, Process and Procedure of Pplanning and Preparing Recyclable Ppaper and Packaging material, Level 3, 10 Credits.
  • 524901-009-WM-04, Process and procedure of sorting and packaging of recyclable material for sale, Level 3, 10 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Earn a living from collecting and selling recyclable materials.
    2. Co-ordinate a re-cycling collection operation making use of a few operators working in collaboration to improve the efficiency of revenue generation.
    3. Build a small business through capitalizing on the potential opportunities offered by collecting and re-selling recyclable materials. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Recyclable materials are identified accurately and the risks associated with collecting and handling these materials are described.
  • The processes for sorting the materials are described and the potential value adding of correctly packing the materials is explained.
  • Basic financial record keeping is correctly applied.
  • The need for and fundamental principles of marketing within the context of generating consistent. revenue is explained.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Planning and preparation for the collection of recyclable materials are applied according to industry norms.
  • The procedure for establishing and the preparation for the storing of different materials are according to industry requirements.
  • Transportation activities of paper and packaging materials in the industrial, commercial and private sectors are according to business requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Consultation with relevant industries regarding different recyclable materials are complied with.
  • Management of recyclable materials and organizational structures in the collection operation are according to industry norm.

    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 (EISA), conducted through the relevant Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) Assessment Quality Partner is required for the issuing of this qualification. The EISA will focus on the Exit Level Outcomes and Associated Assessment Criteria. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This International Comparability study was undertaken to examine the Paper and Packaging Collector qualification, in terms of the level of qualification, duration and contents of the related curriculum offered in other countries and whether a similar qualification is offered. If offered, at what level, similarities and differences thereof.

    The purpose is to facilitate the development of a meaningful learning path and its associated curriculum incorporating both theoretical and practical skills, which will ensure compatibility, comparability and compliance with international qualification specification and regulation.

    A preliminary literature review considered as many countries as possible. It was found that no country offers a qualification like the one envisaged here. Australia has a similar name and code, but there are no tasks listed and it is not offered as a qualification nor are there prescribed international standards.

    Countries included in the final comparability review were Australia and New Zealand. In Africa, and United Kingdom (UK) the materials recycler or collector is integrated into waste management. Although no codes or formal training were offered, both countries could not differentiate waste management from recycling, and there were no codes allocated for this stream either.

    Many industry sectors in Australia and New Zealand are defined in terms of an Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) that is relevant to the industry. There is no ANZSIC code for the recycling sector. There are ANZSIC codes for the waste sector that are likely to capture some recycling sector participants, however these codes cannot be used as a mechanism to define the recycling sector as they are neither exclusive to or exhaustive of the recycling sector. Recycling in these countries is often associated with recycling companies and not individuals.

    In Australian study, the following was found:

    The Materials Recycler with a code 6219-11 and the following description:
    Salvages materials from industrial, commercial and private establishments for resale. (Description similar to the Paper and Packaging Collector qualification) there was no level and tasks defined, their Specialisations included:
  • Automotive dismantler.
  • Bottle Dealer.
  • Waste Recycler.
  • No data was given for minimum requirements.

    There were no tasks listed and no proof of level or qualification that was offered. This was not specific to materials collector, but as part of waste management and recycling.

    Conclusion:
    It is evident from this study that South Africa is leading in the formalisation of recycling and training of individual collectors in the Paper and Packaging Industry and small businesses that are entering this stream, who will then contribute to growth and development of the economy of South Africa.

    Many countries including those mentioned above do not separate recycling of paper and packaging from waste management and that recycling as part of waste management is mostly operated by big companies situated in urban cities. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Horizontal Articulation:
    This qualification articulates horizontally with the following qualification:
  • National Certificate: Pulp and Paper Operations, Level 3.

    Vertical Articulation:
    This qualification articulates vertically with the following qualification:
  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Small Business Advising (Information Support), Level 4. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    Qualifying for External Assessment:
    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.

    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: Paper and Packaging Collector: 524901-009.

    Encompassed Trades:

    This qualification encompasses the following trades as recorded on the National Learners' Records Database (NLRD):
  • This is not a trade qualification.

    Assessment Quality Partner (AQP):
    Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP&M SETA).

    Registered As Part Qualifications.
    Curriculum Code Title:
  • 524901-009-01, Self-employed re-cycling materials collector, Level 1, 26 Credits.
  • 524901-009-02, Collaborative Recycler, Level 2, 34 Credits.
  • 524901-009-03, Small re-cycling business owner, Level 3, 78 Credits. 

  • LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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