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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|Occupational Certificate: Commercial Diver|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|110371||Occupational Certificate: Commercial Diver|
|Development Quality Partner-TETA|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|-||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|Occupational Certificate||Field 11 - Services||Transport, Operations and Logistics|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||107||Not Applicable||NQF Level 04||Regular-ELOAC|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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|
The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as a Commercial Diver. The Commercial Diver enters water or other liquid or a pressurised environment at a pressure exceeding 100mb above atmospheric pressure, using breathing apparatus, in order to carry out a range of tasks underwater either inshore or offshore depending on the type of diving industry they work in to depths of not more than 50 metres.
A qualified learner will be able to:
There is currently no SAQA registered qualification for Commercial Diving. However, Commercial Diving is an important subsector of the South African maritime industry, regulated by the Department of Labour in line with international legislative and regulatory frameworks.
Commercial divers are used across a multitude of subsectors including:
Commercial diving provides services in support of Operation Phakisa in the areas of:
This qualification provides for the following regulated diving categories:
Typical learners will generally be unemployed, recent high school graduates with a practical aptitude, who enjoy being in the water, who are fit and healthy and who are comfortable using numerical reasoning. Qualifying learners will generally be employed by local and international commercial diving companies, South African Police Services, South African Navy, Scientific institutions, Diamond Diving Companies and the like who carry out diving services across a variety of industries.
The learning pathway for this qualification is vertically from Class 4 Commercial Scuba Diver, to Class 3 Inshore Diver to Commercial Diver. Learners are required to complete knowledge and practical skills training against the criteria for each category prior to being granted access to the next category.
|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.
Occupational Certificate: Class 3 Inshore Diving, Level 4.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge, Practical Skill and Work Experience Modules.
Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 34.
Practical Skill Modules:
Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 34.
Work Experience Modules:
Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 39.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Conduct commercial diving operations in compliance with established safety requirements and regulations.
2. Interpret the commercial dive plan and set up, prepare and test job related equipment on site.
3. Execute the commercial dive plan using a variety of methods for routine diving duties and for emergencies.
4. Ensure safe commercial diving processes at support level on the surface.
5. Complete the commercial post-dive activities by completing the relevant documentation, performing post-checks and maintenance.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
Associated Assessment Criteria Exit Level Outcome 5:
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.
|South Africa is compliant with the standards of the Association of Diving Contractors (ADC)'s "International Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations".
The standards are comparable with the Knowledge- and Practical components for divers in countries having similar maritime training systems to South Africa such as:
Australia (Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme):
New Zealand (Work-safe New Zealand):
The Commercial Diver qualification was developed to meet the requirements of the above agreements in terms of complexity, duration, and content.
|The qualification offers the following horizontal articulation possibility:
There is no vertical articulation as the qualification is written in such a manner that the parent qualification represents the highest level required by industry.
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|Qualifying for External Assessment:
In order to qualify for the external summative assessment learners must have a copy of a completed and signed Statement of Work Experience as well as proof of successful completion of the following modules including the Foundational Learning Competence.
Additional Legal or Physical Entry Requirements:
The biometric requirements are prescribed by the Department of Labour Diving Regulations, Code of Practice Commercial Diver Training and the Department of Labour Diver Training Standards.
Criteria for the Accreditation of Providers:
Accreditation of providers will be done against the criteria as reflected in the relevant curriculum on the QCTO website. The curriculum title and code is 684101-000-00-00: Commercial Diver: 684101-000-00-00.
This qualification encompassed the following trades as recorded on the National Learners' Records Database (NLRD).
This is not a trade qualification.
Assessment Quality Partner (AQP):
Transport Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) Transport Education Training Authority (TETA).
Part Qualifications related to this Qualification:
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.