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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Occupational Certificate: Heatset Rotary Offset Lithography Stacker Operator 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
119439  Occupational Certificate: Heatset Rotary Offset Lithography Stacker Operator 
ORIGINATOR
Development Quality Partner - PIFSA 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
-   OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Occupational Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  163  Not Applicable  NQF Level 03  Regular-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Registered  EXCO 0710/22  2022-08-04  2027-08-04 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2028-08-04   2031-08-04  

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 Heatset Rotary Offset Lithography Stacker Operator within the heatset printing environment. A Heatset Rotary Offset Lithography Stacker Operator sets-up and maintains a stacker and delivery conveyor.

A qualified Learner will be able to:
  • Set-up and maintain stacker and delivery system conveyor and solve stacker and delivery conveyor-related problems.

    Rationale:
    Printing SA engaged with the printing industry to address the concerns regarding the competitiveness of the industry against international markets during which the Printing Trades and Occupations were identified as scarce and critical skills in the industry.

    The existing FETC: Printing and Manufacture of Packaging (ID57898) is outdated and does not cater for skills progression in the various occupations associated with Lithographic Printing trades. The lack of skilled operators with up-to-date technological skills has placed the Sector in a precarious position in so far as international competitiveness is concerned.

    Learners will benefit by receiving a high standard of training and education that is occupationally aligned. Once qualified, Learners may progress to obtain additional associated qualifications on their path to becoming an artisan.

    Printing and Packaging employers will benefit by gaining access to suitably qualified operators to operate and maintain costly printing presses, equipment, and machinery.
    By creating career pathways in the sector, employees will be able to progress from general factory workers to qualified Artisans. This qualification will create a healthy employment cycle in providing employment opportunities to unemployed youth.

    The work of skilled printing operators is critical to the economy because of the fundamental role printing and print products play in the lives of every South African.

    Paper making, waste efficiency and recycling are subjects covered in this curriculum. The efficient and responsible use of paper, adhesives and other materials is of critical importance to the industry as it forms a significant component of printing costs within a green economy. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

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

    Knowledge Modules
  • 662210-002-00-KM-01, Introduction to the Printing and Packaging Industry, Level 3, 4 Credits.
  • 662210-002-00-KM-02, Printing Science and Chemistry, Level 3, 7 Credits.
  • 662210-002-00-KM-03, Productivity and Economics, Level 3, 11 Credits.
  • 662210-002-00-KM-04, Workplace Fundamentals, Level 3, 7 Credits.
  • 662210-002-00-KM-05, Printing Presses and Auxiliary Equipment, Level 2, 8 Credits.
  • 662210-002-00-KM-06, Delivery System (Stacker and Delivery Conveyor), Level 3, 5 Credits.
  • 662210-002-00-KM-07, Basic Maintenance and Problem-Solving in Heatset and Coldset Printing Environments, Level 2, 11 Credits.

    Total Number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 53

    Practical Skill Modules
  • 662210-002-00-00-PM-01, Identify Press Components and Handle Substrates, Plates and Inks in a Heatset Printing Environment, Level 3, 5 Credits.
  • 662210-002-00-PM-02, Set-Up and Maintain a Stacker and Delivery Conveyor and Solve Stacker and Delivery Conveyor-Related Problems, Level 3, 10 Credits.
  • 662210-002-00-PM-03, Conduct Basic Maintenance in a Heatset Printing Environment, Level 2, 22 Credits.
  • 662210-002-00-PM-04, Conduct Planned Maintenance of the Printing Press in a Heatset Printing Environment, Level 3, 4 Credits.
  • 662210-002-00-PM-05, Comply with Safety, Health and Environmental Protection Best Practices and Procedures for a Heatset Printing Environment, Level 3, 4 Credits.

    Total Number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 45

    Work Experience Modules
  • 662210-002-00-WM-01, Structured Planning and Communication Processes in the Workplace, Level 3, 3 Credits.
  • 662210-002-00-WM-02, Processes to Set-Up Stacker and Delivery Conveyor and Maintain the Heatset Delivery System, Level 3, 36 Credits.
  • 662210-002-00-WM-03, Processes to Perform Basic Maintenance on Heatset Printing Press, Level 3, 16 Credits.
  • 662210-002-00-WM-04, Processes to Comply with Safety, Health and Environmental Protection Best Practices and Procedures for a Heatset Printing Environment, Level 3, 10 Credits.

    Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 65 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Set-up and maintain stacker and delivery system conveyor and solve stacker and delivery conveyor-related problems. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Set-up stacker according to product size requirements and procedures.
  • Set-up delivery conveyor according to product requirements.
  • Perform visual inspection of delivery conveyor according to procedure.
  • Maintain stacker and delivery conveyor according to procedures.
  • Resolve stacker and delivery conveyor -related problems using problem-solving techniques.
  • Apply safety and environmental standards.

    Integrated Assessment Formative Assessment:
    The skills development provider will use the curriculum to guide them on the stipulated assessment criteria and the weighting. They will also apply the scope of practical skills and applied knowledge as stipulated by the internal assessment criteria. The formative assessment leads to entrance into the integrated summative external assessment.

    Integrated Assessment 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. An external integrated summative assessment, conducted through the relevant QCTO Assessment Quality partner is required for the issuing of this qualification. The external summative assessment will be a trade test conducted in terms of Section 26 D of the SDA through an evaluation of written and practical tasks covering critical aspects at an assessment centre accredited by QCTO and conducted by an assessor registered by NAMB. The assessment will take place over a minimum of 2 days. No recognition will be granted to candidates for those trade test tasks in which they were found competent, if all tasks were not passed and the candidate will be re-tested on all trade test categories in all trade test attempts. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The qualification was compared with qualifications in the following countries:
  • The United Kingdom
  • United States
  • New Zealand

    United Kingdom
    The GQA Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Machine Printing (QCF) offered by various colleges including AYRSHIRE COLLEGE is aimed at aimed at those who work as machine operatives (minders) on single and multi-unit production printing presses.

    Some of the competencies shared with the South African qualification are:
  • Maintain Health and Safety within a Print Related Working Environment.
  • Communicating and working with others in the Print Working Environment.
  • Keep equipment clean and in working order for use in the Print Industry.
  • Set up and run machinery within the Print Industry.
  • Prepare inks and coatings for printing.
  • Set and run ancillary printing machine equipment.
  • Set and run over-printing machinery.
  • Set and use ink drying equipment.
  • Set and use reel handling equipment.
  • Set and run in-line converting or enhancing equipment.
  • Set and run in-line folding equipment
  • Materials handling, transportation and storage within the print working environment.
  • Set and run slitting and re-reeling equipment - adhesive label production.

    United States
    In the United States, printing machine operators learn skills through on-the-job training or apprenticeships. Community colleges and technical schools offer vocational training, such as 2-year programs in printing technology or graphic communications technology, which may be preferred by employers. These programs prepare students for entry-level positions in the modern printing industry through courses in design, typography, digital media, and binding.

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, completing a certification program by professional organizations such as the Gravure Association of America (GAA) and the Flexographic Technical Association can attest to an operator's abilities to improve print machine efficiency and productivity as well as product quality and customer satisfaction.

    Fullerton College offers a Printing Technology Associate in Science Degree which provides the skills needed to enter the printing industry at entry level and teaches skills in digital imaging systems, offset lithographic presswork, prepress for offset and flexography, screen printing, flexographic presswork, package production, and applications of graphic design. This degree requires a total of 24-29 units from their listed of courses.

    The following units compare favourably with this qualification:
  • PRNT 101 F, Introduction to Printing.
  • PRNT 171 F, Offset Presswork.

    New Zealand
    The Certificate in Print (Level 3) offered by Competent offers the following Graduate Profile:
  • Maintain personal safety around machinery in the workplace.
  • Prepare job components and make ready, under limited supervision, the machinery required to undertake production for simple print jobs as per customer specifications.
  • Run, with limited supervision, the machinery required to produce simple print jobs.
  • Take some responsibility for maintaining quality standards through communication with colleagues and undertake postproduction tasks to meet customer and workplace requirements.
  • Carry out routine and preventive maintenance in the workplace, according to the maintenance schedule, and including gauges and instruments.
  • Implement a range of basic technical production skills to support print production requirements, while embedding relevant industry knowledge for terminology, machinery, equipment and production processes.
  • Apply workplace practices required of a printer's assistant, which may include communication skills, teamwork, and business skills.

    Conclusion
    The South African qualification compares favourably with the GQA Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Machine Printing in terms of content, complexity, and duration. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification allows possibilities for both vertical and horizontal articulation.

    Horizontal Articulation:
  • Occupational Certificate: Heatset Rotary Offset Lithography Assistant Printer, NQF Level 3.

    Vertical Articulation:
  • Occupational Certificate: Heatset Rotary Offset Lithography Printing Technician, NQF Level 4. 

  • 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.

    Additional Legal or Physical Entry Requirements:
  • Colour vision and acuity

    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: Heatset Rotary Offset Lithography Stacker Operator: 662210-002-00-00.

    Encompassed Trades:
    This qualification encompasses the following trades as recorded on the NLRD:
  • None.

    Assessment Quality Partner:
  • National Artisan Moderating Body (NAMB). 

  • LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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