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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Occupational Certificate: Soils, Gravels and Crushed Stone Base Materials Tester 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
112828  Occupational Certificate: Soils, Gravels and Crushed Stone Base Materials Tester 
ORIGINATOR
Development Quality Partner - SABITA 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
-   OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Occupational Certificate  Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction  Physical Planning, Design and Management 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  139  Not Applicable  NQF Level 04  Regular-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Registered  SAQA 08127/19  2019-12-05  2024-12-05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2025-12-05   2028-12-05  

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 qualification provides learners with the required knowledge, skills and work experience to operate as a soils, gravels and crush stone base materials tester. The Soils, Gravels and Crush Stone Base Materials Tester will:
  • Executes sampling and field and laboratory testing of soils, gravels and crushed stone materials to predefined standards for civil engineering construction works.

    Rationale:
    There is currently a critical shortage of qualified Soils, Gravels and Crushed Stone Base Materials Testers in the Construction Industry. The existing qualification is outdated and needs alignment to new technologies. This qualification intends to meet the industry's demands for the skills required as well as meeting the industry requirements of a complete qualification per occupation.

    Quality control during the construction process and the manufacturing of products used in construction are dependent on the accurate execution of laboratory tests by competent materials testers.

    The qualification's contribution to socio-economic transformation is that learners will be able to receive recognition for previous learning and experience. Employability and career prospects are also enhanced.
    Before approval, the qualified and competent Soils, Gravels and Crushed Stone Base Materials Testers test civil engineering materials for quality. The testing will contribute to infrastructure constructed with lower maintenance costs, longer life spans and increased safety factors.

    Learners will work in the construction or manufacturing sectors. Learners will focus on the manufacturing of construction material products using soils, gravels and crushed stone materials.

    The combination of learning outcomes in this qualification will provide learners with applied competence in the execution of field sampling and testing, laboratory sample preparation and laboratory testing of soils, gravels and crushed stone materials as civil engineering construction materials. 

  • 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 2 with Mathematics.
    Or
  • Five years assessed experience in testing in a civil engineering laboratory facility. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge, Practical Skill and Work Experience modules.

    Knowledge Modules:
  • 311201-001-00-KM-01, Basic Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Level 3, 5 Credits.
  • 311201-001-00-KM-02, Introduction to the Civil Engineering Construction Industry and Construction Works, Level 2, 4 Credits.
  • 311201-001-00-KM-03, Introduction to Geology and Engineering Geology, Level 3, 4 Credits.
  • 311201-001-00-KM-04, Introduction to Construction Materials, Level 3, 4 Credits.
  • 311201-001-00-KM-05, Principles of Specifications, Level 4, 3 Credits.
  • 311201-001-00-KM-07, Health and Safety Applicable to Field and Laboratory Testing, Level 3, 6 Credits.
  • 311201-001-00-KM-09, Theories and Principles of Environmental Protection in Materials Testing Facilities, Level 3, 6 Credits.
  • 311201001-00-KM-10, Aggregates, Soils, Gravels and Crushed stone Base Materials Test Methods, Level 4, 7 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 39.

    Practical Skill Modules:
  • 311201-001-00-PM-01, Draw from Storage and Assemble Testing Apparatus for the Relevant Test, Level 3, 3 Credits.
  • 311201-001-00-PM-02, Check Compliance of Apparatus to Specifications of Test Method, Level 4, 3 Credits.
  • 311201-001-00-PM-03, Execute Laboratory and Housekeeping Activities, Level 4, 4 Credits.
  • 311201-001-00-PM-04, Organise Samples, Data Information and Documentation, Level 5, 5 Credits.
  • 311201-001-00-PM-06, Conduct Sampling of Soils, Gravels and Crushed Stone Materials, Level 3, 5 Credits.
  • 311201-001-00-PM-07, Conduct Field Testing of Compacted and Uncompacted Fill and Pavement Layers, Level 3, 5 Credits.
  • 311201-001-00-PM-11, Extract a Representative and Sized Test Sample, Level 2, 3 Credits.
  • 311201-001-00-PM-14, Determine Particle Size Distribution and Atterberg Limits of Soils, Gravels and Crushed Stone Materials, Level 4, 5 Credits.
  • 311201-001-00-PM-15, Determine the Density of Soils, Gravels and Crushed Stone Materials, Level 4, 5 Credits.
  • 311201-001-00-PM-16, Determine Compaction and Strength Characteristics of Untreated Soils, Gravels and Crushed Stone Materials, Level 4, 5 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 43.

    Work Experience Modules:
  • 311201-001-00-WM-01, Processes and Procedures for Conducting Laboratory Activities, Housekeeping and Organising Data, Level 2, 10 Credits.
  • 311201-001-00-WM-02, Processes and Procedures of Executing Field Sampling and On-site Testing, Level 3, 20 Credits.
  • 311201-001-00-WM-04, Processes and Procedures of Executing Sample Preparation Activities and Conducting Physical Testing of Soils, Gravels and Crushed Stone Materials, Calculating and Submitting Results, Level 4, 27 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 57. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Conduct laboratory activities, housekeeping and organise data.
    2. Execute field sampling and on-site testing of soils, gravels and crushed stone materials, calculate and submit results.
    3. Execute sample preparation activities and conduct physical testing of soils, gravels and crushed stone materials, calculate and submit results. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Testing apparatus is drawn from storage and assembled as required by the relevant test.
  • Check compliance of apparatus against specifications reflected in the specific test method for the relevant test.
  • Laboratory activities and housekeeping, including verification of calibration, cleanliness, maintenance of equipment, health and safety issues and environmental considerations, are executed following laboratory requirements.
  • Samples, data information and documentation, are organised, including receiving, recording and storing samples, and reporting and filing tests results following laboratory requirements.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the key terms, rules, concepts, established principles and theories about conducting laboratory activities, housekeeping, and organising data.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Conduct sampling of soils, gravels and crushed stone following test method requirements.
  • Conduct field testing on compacted fill and pavement layers by determining in situ density following test method requirements.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the key terms, rules, concepts, established principles and theories about field sampling and on-site testing of soils, gravels and crushed stone, including calculations and submission of results.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Undertake basic soils, gravels and crushed stone materials tests following test method requirements.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the key terms, rules, concepts, established principles and theories about sample preparation, physical testing, calculations and submission of results for soils, gravels and crushed stone material.

    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:
    The relevant QCTO Assessment Quality Partner must conduct an external integrated summative assessment before issuing of this qualification. The external integrated summative assessment will focus on the exit level outcomes and associated assessment criteria. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification is comparable with outcomes-based programmes in New Zealand and Australia.
  • The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has a Certificate in Civil Engineering Laboratory (Level 4) (NZQA 2692) registered on its National Qualifications Framework. It has a maximum of 85 Credits and delivered over 18 months by Connexis Infrastructure Industry Training Organisation.

    The programme covers the following:
  • Operate, maintain and calibrate civil engineering laboratory and test equipment;
  • Plan, prepare and conduct daily civil engineering laboratory activities; apply quality standards and material specifications to civil engineering laboratory testing activities;
  • Quantify and validate the uncertainty in measurement in test results; complete aggregate sampling and perform aggregate source property, or aggregate production tests;
  • Complete asphalt sampling, bitumen and concrete, and perform asphalt, bitumen and concrete tests;
  • Perform field investigations tests, Complete soil sampling and perform soil classification, soil testing and compaction or soil strength tests.
  • An Australian training provider, Kase Enterprises Pty Ltd, offers Certificate IV in Construction Materials Testing (soils and concrete) (ref: 10545NAT):
    The institution received accreditation from the Australian Skills Quality Authority.
    The programme covers the following:
  • Project Scope Management techniques, Team effectiveness, Continuous improvement, Conflict resolution strategies, Analyse and report results, Supervise sampling, inspections and testing at construction sites, Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan, Conduct field-based acceptance tests for construction materials, Carry out inspections for civil structures, Perform construction material computations, Conduct commercial investigation, Monitor quality of product, Apply soil mechanics, Conduct rock core logging, Classify sites, Identify rocks and minerals, Conduct advanced concrete tests.

    Conclusion:
    The competencies covered in the both the New Zealand Certificate: Civil Engineering Laboratory (Level 4) and Australian Certificate IV in Construction Material Testing show overlap of the content and are both on Level 4. As such, the two certificates compare well with the South Africa's Occupational Certificate in Civil Engineering Material Tester, NQF Level 4 in terms of purpose, content, competencies and NQF level. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Horizontal Articulation:
  • National Vocational Certificate (NCV) (Civil Engineering and Building Construction), Level 4.

    Vertically Articulation:
  • National Certificate: N4 Engineering Studies, Level 5. 

  • 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 employing a statement of results and work experience including Foundational Learning Competence.
  • Additional legal or physical entry requirements 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: 311201-001-00-02: Soils, Gravels and Crushed Stone Base Materials Tester. 

  • LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
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