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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

National Certificate: Pulp and Paper Woodyard Operations 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
35939  National Certificate: Pulp and Paper Woodyard Operations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Pulp and Paper 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was FPMSETA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
SAQA 2152/04  2004-02-01  2007-02-01 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2008-02-01   2011-02-01  

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 is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
61971  National Certificate: Pulp and Paper Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  130  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
This qualification is aimed at learners who work or intend to work in woodyard operations and who seek recognition for essential skills. Qualifying learners will be capable of:
  • Understanding the process and variables in woodyard operations.
  • Receiving and storing logs.
  • Producing and storing wood chips.
  • Applying basic business concepts, quality procedures and safety, health and environmental procedures.
  • Demonstrating competence in mathematical literacy, science, reading, writing and speaking relevant to the pulp and paper industry.
  • Progressing to higher level qualifications in pulp and paper operations.

    The qualification is designed to be flexible and accessible so that learners are able to achieve the competencies required for working safely and efficiently in a woodyard.

    Rationale of the qualification

    This is a further qualification in a series for learners to progress beyond the National Certificate in Pulp and Paper Manufacturing: NQF level 2. The qualification reflects the workplace-based needs of woodyard operators. The needs, as verified by various Industry forums, are expressed by employers and employees, for both now and the future. This qualification is intended as an exit level qualification for the FET band for learners working in woodyard operations. The level of flexibility within the range of electives enables the learner to work in various jobs, for example: debarking logs, handling and storing bark for further processing.

    While the learning specified within this qualification is contextualised to woodyard operations, the qualification has been constructed in such a way that the learner will be able, with some further learning, to adapt the skills and knowledge to other manufacturing industries. The qualification therefore supports the principle of portability within the manufacturing industry as a whole in South Africa and thus provides added value to the qualifying learner (increased employability) and to society and the economy (the creation of a pool of learners with manufacturing skills). 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    National Certificate Pulp and Paper Manufacturing NQF Level 2.
    If the learner does not have this qualification, this does not preclude him/her from starting the qualification. It will, however, require an increase in learning time.

    Recognition of prior learning

    By a process of recognition of prior learning, the leaner will be able to gain credits and thus this qualification may be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning.

    Assessment for the recognition of prior learning is, as for any assessment, subject to the following principles:
  • The application of NQF and credible assessment principles
  • The assessment being planned and designed on the basis of understanding the requirements of the unit standard, part qualification or qualification that the learner is seeking credit for
  • Collection of different types of evidence and quality of evidence
  • The application of the correct assessment process and moderation requirements. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
  • All fundamental unit standards are compulsory (46 credits)
  • All core unit standards are compulsory (54 credits)
  • A selection of elective unit standards (minimum 20 credits)
    Total credits: 120 (minimum) 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Apply quality, safety, health and environmental procedures according to standard operating procedures.
    2. Understand and explain the basic processes, relevant equipment and raw materials used in woodyard operations.
    3. Engage in woodyard operational processes and procedures within standard time, following all safety and hygiene principles and according to workplace procedures.
    4. Receive, produce and store logs and woodchips in a woodyard within standard time, following all safety and hygiene principles and according to workplace procedures.

    Critical cross-field outcomes

    The way in which the critical cross-field outcomes are addressed is presented in detail in the unit standards outlined. This qualification addresses the following critical cross-field outcomes:
  • Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made
  • Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community
  • Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively
  • Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information
  • Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion
  • Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation

    Learning programmes directed towards this qualification will also contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, by making individuals aware of the importance of:
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts
  • Exploring education and career opportunities, and developing entrepreneurial opportunities 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1. > Quality procedures are explained and applied in wood yard operations.
  • Safety, health, environmental and fire prevention procedures within wood yard operations are adhered to and explained, using appropriate examples and descriptions.
    2. > The origin, use and properties of raw materials are understood and explained.
  • The fundamental principles of the woodyard processes are understood and explained.
  • The main components of the woodyard process are described and explained.
  • Utilities are described and explained.
    3. > Pre-checks are carried out, the process is started up, monitored and controlled and shut down.
  • Basic business principles (level 2) with regards to woodyard operations are understood and implemented.
    Range:
    Fixed and variable costs relating to transport, raw materials, chip production and waste.
    4. > Logs are received and stored in a wood yard.
  • Woodchips are produced and stored.
  • The process and variables in wood yard operations are understood and described, using appropriate examples and descriptions.

    Integrated Assessment

    The unit standards, on which this qualification is based, describe the competent performance in woodyard operations. The criteria, by which competence is judged, as well as the range of circumstances in which competence is demonstrated, are found in each unit standard.

    Integrated assessment methods and tools for this qualification must allow the learner to demonstrate the acquired knowledge and the safe and efficient competencies required in woodyard operations. For summative assessment the tools include:
  • Written and/or oral tests to determine level of knowledge and
  • On-the-job observation to determine applied competence.

    The tools used for formative assessment during the learning programme include:
  • Written tests
  • Oral testing
  • On-the-job observation
  • Role-play situations.

    For each learner a portfolio of evidence of all these assessments must be built up for record-keeping purposes. This portfolio may include, inter alia:
  • Poduction reports
  • Journals/logbooks, records of work performance.
  • Work samples
  • Supervisor and peer reports
  • Relevant awards or certificates.
  • Previous assessment records.
    The learner's level of prior learning will determine the way an integrated assessment will be conducted. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The core and elective components have been developed, taking into account South Africa's unique context, but also looking at international best practice. Benchmarking was done by comparison to Unit Standards/ Outcomes of learning against:

    New Zealand and Australian Qualifications
  • Woodyard unit standards

    National Vocational Qualifications from Britain (City and Guilds):
  • Woodyard operations are not common to Britain and thus no comparison could be made for woodyard unit standards

    The unit standards compare favourably with the above international unit standards in terms of outcomes, assessment criteria and degree of difficulty.
    The fundamental components, reflecting foundational learning and generic skills and knowledge have been derived from South African NQF unit standards. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification allows a learner to progress to higher qualifications in pulp and paper operations namely:

    National Certificate in Chemical Pulp Manufacturing (level 4)
    National Certificate in Pulp and Paper Chemical Recovery (level 4)
    National Certificate in Paper, Board or Tissue Manufacturing (level 4)
    National Diploma in Pulp and Paper Technology (level 6)

    Any other higher pulp and paper qualification still to be developed for the pulp and paper industry.
    The fundamental and generic core learning components will equip the learner with credits which will be useful in other fields of learning that the learner might wish to change to at any future stage.
    The choice of elective learning components allows the learner to achieve additional competencies in a variety of contexts for example: debarking logs, handling and storing bark for further processing, operating overhead cranes and lift trucks. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
    Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
    Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments:
  • Special note of the need for integrated assessment should be taken.
  • Evidence should be gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close as possible to the real performance. Where simulations are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the learner is able to perform in the real situation.

    All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment as defined below:
  • Appropriate: The method of assessment is suited to the performance being assessed.
  • Fair: The method of assessment does not present any barriers to achievements, which are not related to the evidence.
  • Manageable: The methods used make for easy arranged cost-effective assessments that do not unduly interfere with learning.
  • Integration into work or learning: Evidence collection is integrated into the work or learning process where this is appropriate and feasible.
  • Valid: The assessment focuses on the requirements laid down in the Standard; i.e. the assessment is fit for purpose.
  • Direct: The activities in the assessment mirror the conditions of actual performance as closely as possible.
  • Authentic: The assessor is satisfied that the work being assessed is attributable to the learner being assessed.
  • Sufficient: The evidence collected establishes that all criteria have been met and that performance to the required Standard can be repeated consistently.
  • Systematic: Planning and recording is sufficiently rigorous to ensure that assessment is fair.
  • Open: Learners can contribute to the planning and accumulation of evidence. Learners understand the assessment process and the criteria that apply.
  • Consistent: The same assessor would make the same judgement again in similar circumstances. The judgement made is similar to the judgement that would be made by other assessors.

    Criteria for the registration of Assessors

    For an applicant to register as an assessor for this qualification, the applicant should:
  • Be declared competent in all the outcomes of the National Assessor Unit Standards as stipulated by SAQA and
  • Have a recognised technical qualification in pulp and paper such as the NTC in Pulp and Paper (N3) or an equivalent qualification.
  • Have worked in the pulp and paper industry and be a subject matter expert in the area of woodyard operations. 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 61971, which is "National Certificate: Pulp and Paper Operations", Level 3, 130 credits.

    Range Statements

    The unit standard provide the detail of the ranges within which candidates are required to perform. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  13688  Receive and store logs in a woodyard  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  9973  Apply basic business concepts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13234  Apply quality procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13223  Apply safety, health and environmental protection procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  110039  Produce and store wood chips  Level 3  NQF Level 03  14 
    Core  110038  Understand the process and variables in woodyard operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9010  Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  13915  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS in a workplace, and its effects on a business sub-sector, own organisation and a specific workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9013  Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  12457  Develop learning strategies and techniques  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8969  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9012  Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9530  Manage work time effectively  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8973  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7456  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8970  Write texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  110211  Conduct weighbridge operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12465  Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  13582  Handle and store bark for further processing  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9926  Coach learners  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  110035  Debark logs using a drum debarker  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  110030  Demonstrate understanding of the water treatment and effluent treatment processes in the pulp and paper industry  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  12456  Explain and use organisational procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  14204  Interpret basic electronic theories in power plant process control  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9527  Lead a team, plan, allocate and assess their work  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  7786  Operate a Computer  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  8039  Operating cranes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  8042  Operating dry bulk handling equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  8038  Operating lift trucks  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  7567  Produce and use spreadsheets for business  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  7570  Produce word processing documents for business  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  7386  Assess learners within a learning situation  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  14058  Describe instrumentation control within a process control system  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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