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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: N3: Engineering Studies 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
67491  National Certificate: N3: Engineering Studies 
ORIGINATOR
Department of Education 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
UMALUSI - UMALUSI  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National N Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  40  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Provider Based N Part-Qual 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2021-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2022-06-30   2025-06-30  

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 
This part qualification enables specific in-depth foundational work-place related learning to be done without the learner having to also study other general, formative, academic subjects that are required of learners at this level who are studying in a school environment, or who are embarking on a full qualification.
Rationale:
South Africa is faced with a large drop-out rate of learners in the formal schooling system, high unemployment, and a shortage of skills. There is therefore a great need to create alternative education routes and learning outcomes for learners, who do not wish remain in the formal schooling environment, to continue developing their knowledge, skills and values so as to become skilled individuals who are employable and/or able to start their own businesses. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • A National Certificate: N2; or
  • At least three applicable Grade 11 instructional offerings at Higher or Standard Grade level; or
  • An equivalent qualification.
    Recognition of Prior (RPL):
    Recognition of Prior Learning can be used to grant:
    1. Access to learners who do not meet the minimum entry requirements
    2. Credits towards the part-qualification 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Instructional Offering:
  • Code 04090103: Motor Workshop Organisation and Administration N3.
  • Code 04090113: Industrial Organisation and Planning N3.
  • Code 04110033: Industrial Orientation N3.
  • Code 04110053: Supervision in Industry N3.
  • Code 08060143: Road Construction Drawing N3.
  • Code 08080273: Logic Systems N3.
  • Code 08080333: Radar Trade Theory N3.
  • Code 08080613: Industrial Electronics N3.
  • Code 08090023: Building Drawing N3.
  • Code 08090113: Plating and Structural Steel Drawing N3.
  • Code 08090283: Engineering Drawing N3.
  • Code 08120003: Waste-Water Treatment Practice N3.
  • Code 08120033: Water Treatment Practice N3.
  • Code 08180123: Plastic Technology N3.
  • Code 08190183: Refrigeration Technology N3.
  • Code 08190363: Aluminium Technology N3.
  • Code 08190373: Mechano Technology N3.
  • Code 08200093: Ferro Alloy Technology N3.
  • Code 10010023: Tailor's Theory N3.
  • Code 10010113: Upholstery and Trimming Theory N3.
  • Code 11010143: Painting and Decorating Theory N3.
  • Code 11010273: Building and Civil Technology N3.
  • Code 11020053: Armature Winding Theory N3.
  • Code 11020353: Coke and By-Product Process Theory N3.
  • Code 11020473: Furniture Makers' Theory N3.
  • Code 11020503: Furniture Design N3.
  • Code 11020543: Patternmakers' Theory N3.
  • Code 11020573: Motor Machining Theory N3.
  • Code 11020803: Sheetmetal Workers' Theory N3.
  • Code 11020953: Steel Production and Casting Theory N3.
  • Code 11021113: Aircraft Metalwork Theory N3.
  • Code 11021163: Moulders' Theory N3.
  • Code 11021233: Iron Production and Casting Theory N3.
  • Code 11021623: Gunsmith Trade Theory N3.
  • Code 11021673: Pulp and Papermaking Theory N3.
  • Code 11040023: Plant Operation Theory N3.
  • Code 11040043: Construction and Plant Theory N3.
  • Code 11040163: Diesel-Electrical Theory N3.
  • Code 11040253: Electro Mechanics Theory N3.
  • Code 11040343: Electro Technology N3.
  • Code 11040463: Instrument Trade Theory N3.
  • Code 11040513: Missiles N3.
  • Code 11040583: Motor Bodywork Theory N3.
  • Code 11040623: Motor Electrical Theory N3.
  • Code 11040673: Motor Trade Theory N3.
  • Code 11040693: Motor Vehicle Technology N3.
  • Code 11040753: Survival Equipment Theory N3.
  • Code 11040843: Radio and Television Theory N3.
  • Code 11040873: Radio Theory N3.
  • Code 11040963: Telecom Trade Theory N3.
  • Code 11041003: Aircraft Electronics Theory N3.
  • Code 11041033: Aircraft Electrical Theory N3.
  • Code 11041083: Aircraft Instrument Trade Theory N3.
  • Code 11041113: Aircraft Maintenance Theory N3.
  • Code 11041263: Electrical Trade Theory N3.
  • Code 11041583: Refrigeration Trade Theory N3.
  • Code 11041823: Diesel Trade Theory N3.
  • Code 11050053: Photography Trade Theory N3.
  • Code 15070023: Building Science N3.
  • Code 15070313: Industrial Science N3.
  • Code 15070413: Engineering Science N3.
  • Code 16030143: Mathematics N3.

    Programme Requirements:

    At least three instructional offerings are required for the issuing of the certificate, provided that:

    A. Trade Theory instructional offering (Category A), or a technological instructional offering (Category A) is compulsory for apprentices, plus three of the following categories of instructional offerings:
  • A mathematics category (Category B);
  • A science category (Category C); and
  • A drawing category (Category D).

    The Trade Theory must specifically relate to the trade for which the candidate is enroled.

    B. Any three of the following categories of instructional offerings must be passed by non-apprenticed learners:
  • A trade theory category (Category A); or
  • A technological category (Category A);
  • a mathematics category (Category B);
  • A science category (Category C); and
  • A drawing category (Category D).

    A candidate must submit a sworn statement to the effect that he/she is not an apprentice.

    C. Permission has to be obtained for specific instructional offering combinations for those exceptional cases where specific instructional offering combinations by specific vocations are required by employers, or the relevant Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA).

    D. Category Exceptions Table

    Instructional Offering;CATEGORIES( A, B, C and D):
  • Industrial Orientation N3 (Categories, B;C; D).
  • Industrial Electronics N3 (Categories, A and D).
  • Logic Systems N3 (Categories, A and C).
  • Motor Workshop and Organisation and Administration N3; (Categories, B;C; D).
  • Industrial Organisation and Planning N3; (Categories, B;C; D).
  • Supervision in Industry N3; (Categories, B;C; D).

    The following instructional offerings may not be offered simultaneously to meet the requirements for issuing a certificate, but may be offered in addition to the minimum required instructional offerings:
  • Building Drawing N3; or
  • Engineering Drawing N3; or
  • Plating and Structural Steel Drawing N3; or
  • Furniture Design N3.
  • Building Science N3;
  • Industrial Science N3;
  • Engineering Science N3;

    A Trade Theory instructional offering, or a Technology instructional offering. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    The Exit Level Outcomes and Associated Assessment Criteria are as given in the curriculum statements for each module/subject/component. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Articulates vertically with the N4. The N3 may be combined with certain academic subjects such as business English and Sake Afrikaans to enable the learner to be awarded a National Senior Certificate. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2015. 

    NOTES 
    Duration:
  • Full-time: One trimester. 

  • LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Department of Education 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.