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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|Occupational Certificate: Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing Technician|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|119434||Occupational Certificate: Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing Technician|
|Development Quality Partner - MERSETA|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|-||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|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||130||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 Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing Technician.
A Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing Technician (NDT Level II) (2) applies a wide range of non-invasive analysis techniques used in science, engineering, and industry to evaluate the properties of a material, component or system. A Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing Technician perform inspections utilising various advanced NDT (Phased Array UT, CR, DR) techniques seeking corrosion, defects, or detrimental conditions in accordance with specific written criteria.
A qualified learner will be able to:
A Non-destructive Eddy Current Testing, a method of non-destructive testing (NDT), is one of the engineering sciences, which is on par with materials sciences, materials engineering, welding sciences and engineering, transport engineering, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering - which includes finite element analysis (FEA), condition monitoring and fracture mechanics. This qualification is one of a suite of seven (7) non-destructive testing qualifications. All these non-destructive testing methods are based on international standards. The other six (6) methods are:
The same Eddy Current Testing methods and technologies, and the same type of codes, standards and procedures are applied in all industrial sectors (e.g. mechanical engineering, welding, materials, construction, mining, transport, chemical and electricity production engineering sectors). Eddy Current Testing spans several occupational levels, i.e. engineering, technologist, technician and operator.
This qualification has a part-qualification, the Occupational Certificate: Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing Operator (NDT Level I). Currently, Eddy Current Testing competencies are found in the Further Education and Training Certificate: Welding Application and Practice (ID 57887) as an elective stream entitled Non-Destructive Testing. However, most of the industry seems to offer Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing qualifications based on international standards and programmes. Some offer ISO 9712 based qualifications, others offer qualifications based on those of the British Standard Institute (BSI, or the European Standard (EN ISO: 9712) or the Training Guidelines in Non-destructive Testing Techniques: 2008 Edition of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) or the standards of the American Society for Non-destructive Testing (ASNT).
With the rapid growth of the NDT industry internationally and locally the industry believes that this qualification would give greater credence to non-destructive eddy current testing training programmes because these would be compared to national standards, which in turn, would be comparable to international standards. This qualification and its part qualification meet all the international requirements. Typical learners are school leavers, qualifying learners from the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges or workers who have been employed in the NDT industry. A learner becomes a Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing Operator (NDT Level I) and then proceed to become a Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing Technician (NDT Level II). Learners will receive a high standard of training and education that is occupationally aligned. Qualifying learners will be able to further their education and obtain access to industry-related non-destructive testing programmes available in the sector.
Employers in the sector will gain access to suitably qualified Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing Operators and Technicians to conduct testing at NDT Levels I and II and this shall bring great benefit to the economy as more qualified Non-Destructive Visual Testing Operators and Technicians will be available in industries while these individuals would be benefiting themselves as recruits into the industry this benefiting their societies. By creating career pathways in the sector, employees will be able to progress from Eddy Current Testing Level I to Eddy Current Testing Level III and beyond. This will create a healthy employment cycle providing employment opportunities to unemployed youth and those interested in non-destructive testing. The manufacturing industries will be dependent on these skills to quality assure their products and maintain those products in operation.
|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.
The minimum entry requirement for this part-qualification is:
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|This qualification consists of the following compulsory Knowledge, Practical Skill and Work Experience Modules:
Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 46.
Practical Skill Modules:
Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 34.
Work Experience Modules:
Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 50
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Apply relevant knowledge to select eddy current testing technique and prepare instructions.
2. Prepare for eddy current testing according to instructions
3. Conduct eddy current testing and then interpret whether indications are relevant or non-relevant, according to prescribed procedures.
4. Evaluate eddy current testing results by applying technical methods to examine materials and evaluating results according to codes.
|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 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 together with work experience leads to entrance in the integrated external summative assessment.
Integrated summative assessment:
An external integrated summative assessment, conducted through the relevant 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.
|The industry offers non-destructive visual testing qualifications based on international standards and programmes. Some offer ISO 9712 based qualifications, others offer qualifications based on those of the British Standard Institute (BSI, or the European Standard (EN ISO: 9712) or the Training Guidelines in Non-destructive Testing Techniques: 2008 Edition of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) or the standards of the American Society for Non-destructive Testing (ASNT). There are four levels of operation in Non-destructive Eddy Current Testing (NDT) which are developed with strict guidance and adherence to the standards alluded to above. These are:
International Standard Organisation (ISO) 9712
Apart for the engineer, training for the other Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing Technician is very clearly spelt out in international documents, the primary one being International Standard Organisation (ISO) 9712. All other standards, documents and all NDT training globally are guided by this document. ISO 9712 covers Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing (ET) for Technicians. The ISO document also spells out the tasks that Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing Technicians need to perform and provides the minimum training requirements in terms of duration. All the other international standards are based on this document.
The American Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT)
The American Society for Non-destructive Testing (ASNT) has its standard SNT-TC-1A 2011 Edition Personnel Qualification and Certification in Non-destructive Testing. In this recommended practice it covers non-destructive eddy current testing for Technicians. Included in the ASNT list are the basic methods covered in ISO 9712. The ASNT document provides guidance similar to the ISO document on the levels of non-destructive eddy current testing qualifications, including training requirements for Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing Technicians.
The Technical Report ISO/TR 25107
The Technical Report ISO/TR 25107 entitled "Non-destructive testing - Guidelines for NDT training syllabuses" is yet another important document against which this South African qualification can be measured. The Technical Report provides recommendations for both the minimum technical knowledge to be acquired by Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing Technicians and the means for evaluating and documenting the competence of personnel whose duties demand the appropriate theoretical and practical knowledge.
TECDOC of the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA)
The TECDOC of the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA), which constitutes significant international guidelines for the development of curriculum for the training of Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing Technicians.
The knowledge and practical skills modules of this South African Qualification were developed using the documents referred to above. Through this endeavour the international comparability for this qualification was achieved.
Every training provider for Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing Technicians globally, including colleges and universities, provide training in line with mainly ISO 9712 and other relevant national standards and documents, based on ISO 9712. Examples of such training centres are:
The Occupational Certificate: Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing Technician has been developed in line with ISO 9712 and other international non-destructive eddy current testing documents. The qualification compares favourably with Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing trainings offered internationally in terms of content and international standards.
|This qualification allows possibilities for both horizontal and vertical articulation.
|Qualifying for External Assessment:
To qualify for an external assessment, learners must provide proof of completion of all required modules by means of a statement of results and statement of work experience as well as proof of successful completion of the following 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 are: Non-Destructive Eddy Current Testing Technician: 311703-004-00-00.
This qualification encompasses the following trades as recorded on the NLRD
Assessment Quality Partner (AQP)
Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA (merSETA).
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