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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|Occupational Certificate: Chemical Production Machine Operator|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|117307||Occupational Certificate: Chemical Production Machine Operator|
|Development Quality Partner - CHIETA|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|-||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|Occupational Certificate||Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology||Manufacturing and Assembly|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||134||Not Applicable||NQF Level 02||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 Chemical Production Machine Operator. A Chemical Production Machine Operator troubleshoots, monitors and operates equipment to process, handle, transfer, sample and test a wide range of chemical products.
A qualified learner will be able to:
The chemical processing industry is well established in South Africa and its success is dependent upon the efficient processing of chemical products. This qualification reflects the workplace-based needs in the chemical manufacturing industry, and it is largely dependent upon competent personnel to operate processing equipment for efficient chemical manufacturing of materials.
This qualification is typically aimed at new employees or to develop existing workers performing at an operational level in a chemical manufacturing plant to equip them with knowledge, skills and competencies to safely blend, process, package and handle a wide range of quality chemical products. This qualification will contribute to the full development of the learner within the chemical manufacturing industry by providing recognition and portability within the field and sub-fields. The competencies demonstrated within this qualification are essential for job creation which will contribute to social and economic transformation in the chemical manufacturing or process fraternity to boost the economic growth in the country.
This is an entry qualification and will facilitate vertical and horizontal articulation possibilities as well as career progression in the chemical and related manufacturing or processing fields.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|RPL for Access to the 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. Prior learning must be acknowledged by a statement of results.
RPL for Entry Requirements to Access the Qualification:
Accredited providers and approved workplaces may recognise prior learning against the relevant access requirements.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge Modules, Practical Skills Modules and Work Experience Modules.
Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 30.
Practical Skills Modules:
Total number of credits for Practical Skills Modules: 61.
Workplace Experience Modules:
Total number of credits for Workplace Experience Modules: 43.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Apply safety, health and environmental principles and practices in the processing environment.
2. Describe and apply the procedures for monitoring, measuring and transfer of materials in a safe manner.
3. Prepare, operate and control of plant process to manufacture materials.
4. Conduct sampling of materials for process quality control.
|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:
Integrated Formative Assessment:
The skills development providers 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 QCTO Assessment Quality Partner is required to issue this qualification. The external integrated summative assessment will focus on the Exit Level Outcomes and associated assessment criteria.
The external integrated summative assessment for the qualification will be conducted by means of a written exam in decentralised assessment centres and the evaluation of practical tasks by a panel of assessors as well as an evaluation of on-the-job performance in the workplace by workplace assessors registered with the AQP.
|International comparability study was conducted to determine the extent to which the qualification compares with other qualifications offered elsewhere in the world for best practice. The countries compared with include Australia and the United Kingdom as they are acknowledged leaders in the chemical manufacturing.
The Occupational Certificate: Chemical Production Machine Operator, NQF Level 2, compares favourably with the PMA20113: Certificate II in Process Plant Operations which is an entry level training qualification intended for operators who are operating production equipment or undertaking similar production functions. The units covered in this qualification compare favourably with the South African qualification as the training focuses on providing learners with knowledge, skills and competencies to participate in environmentally sustainable work practices by following set procedures including emergency response procedures; work safely; undertake routine operations on plant and equipment; monitor, operate and contribute to start-ups and shutdowns of plant and equipment; do visual and auditive inspection of plant, equipment and processes; and apply safety and environment issues for this industry.
Learners are required to select some units from the elective components to fulfil the requirements of the qualification that compare with the modules in the South African qualification focusing on Good Manufacturing Practice. These are sampling and testing materials and product; application of quality standards; undertaking root cause analysis, contributing to the application of a proactive maintenance strategy; sustaining process improvements; conducting hazard analysis; undertaking first response to non-fire incidents; handling and transfer of goods/loads; processing and recording information; working in accordance with an issued permit; interpreting technical drawings; monitoring chemical reactions in the process; selecting and using utilities and services; operating equipment, using organisation computers or data systems and monitoring process capability. The duration of learning is typically 0.5-1 year which equates to 600-1200 hours and includes face-to-face training and time spent developing competency in the workplace, components.
The Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) Level 2 in Processing Industries Operations (Process Operations) is aimed at individuals who are employed or wish to be employed in processing environments such as chemical, pharmaceuticals and other related industries. The occupational competencies will provide learners with the knowledge and workplace experience to work as a Chemical Plant Process Operator. The qualification contains mandatory and optional units covering generic knowledge and skills focusing on a wide range of processing activities such as shift handover, assessing risks and dealing with hazards and emergencies, process operations, maintaining product quality and identifying improvements; solving process problems; and working in a team.
The South African qualification compares favourably with qualifications from the United Kingdom and Australia in relation to the range and complexity of the set of competencies required of a Chemical Production Machine Operator. Both qualifications have the occupational focus of the South African qualification and the topics and content covered are also similar to that of the South African qualification.
|This qualification allows possibilities for both horizontal and vertical articulation.
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|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, a statement of work experience as well as proof of successful completion of their subjects and modules, or alternative programmes where applicable, 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: 713101-000-00: Chemical Production Machine Operator.
This qualification covers the following trades as recorded on the NLRD:
Assessment Quality Partner:
Chemical Sector Education and Training Authority (CHIETA).
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
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