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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE:|
|Occupational Certificate: Nuclear Power Plant Process Controller|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|97225||Occupational Certificate: Nuclear Power Plant Process Controller|
|Development Quality Partner - EWSETA|
|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||232||Not Applicable||NQF Level 06||Regular-ELOAC|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered"
|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 Nuclear Power Plant Process Controller.
A Nuclear Power Plant Process Controller manages and supervises the operation of a nuclear power generating system by operating, monitoring and controlling the relevant auxiliary and safety systems safely and efficiently to generate and distribute electrical power to the end-user.
A qualified learner will be able to:
The sector is concerned that currently only six to twelve learners are trained every two years and are able to obtain their nuclear reactor controller licence. This is not enough if the country is to meet its energy needs and the faster economic growth it envisages. The qualification is open to learners from all races and genders meeting the entry requirements. The qualification will enable the learner to fill a scarce skill in the nuclear industry and to play an essential role in the electrical power generation of the country.
|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 Results 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.
Learners are required to have the following in order to be considered for admission:
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge and Practical Skill and Work Experience Modules.
Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 125.
Practical Skill Modules:
Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 59.
This qualification also requires the following Work Experience Modules:
Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 48.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Source and use control room documentation and describe the purpose and function of all plant systems.
2. Interpret or diagnose events and conditions based on alarms, signals and readings during normal, incidents and accident operations.
3. Comply with and apply procedures, references and technical specifications during normal, incidents and accident operations.
4. Operate the control boards and the equipment in the main control room and the plant during normal, incidents and accident operations.
5. Communicate and interact with other crew members during normal, incidents and accident operations.
6. Perform status tree monitoring and evaluate the strategies in incidents and accident conditions.
|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:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:
Integrated formative assessment:
The skills development provider will use the Curriculum to guide the learners 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:
The external assessment will be conducted through a practical demonstration in the simulator, a practical demonstration in the workplace and supported by a theoretical written assessment by an Examination Team, consisting of an Examination Team Leader, and Team members approved by the National Nuclear Regulator as Assessors, at a facility meeting the requirements of the relevant Nuclear Installation Licence.
|The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is a public entity which is established and governed in terms of Section 3 of the National Nuclear Regulator Act, 1999 (Act No. 47 of 1999) to provide for the protection of persons, property and the environment against nuclear damage through the establishment of safety standards and regulatory practices.
The role of the NNR is to provide and maintain an effective and efficient national regulatory framework for the protection of persons, property and the environment against nuclear damage.
In terms of training and the quality of training, the NNR is responsible for exercising regulatory control related to safety over the operation of nuclear installations. In discharging its responsibility, the regulator issues requirements in areas of training and qualification of personnel involved in activities important to nuclear safety.
In terms of assessments and certification, the NNR, through its established requirements, screens, examines and authorises control room operators through a process that is aligned with international best practice.
The Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) is an international body. The NNR does not have a direct relationship with the INPO. However, the NNR has a relationship with the USNRC that is an international peer through bilateral agreement between the USA and South Africa. The USNRC has a relationship with INPO in so far as accepting and giving credit to licence holders accredited by INPO.
The INPO's mission is to promote the highest levels of safety, reliability and excellence in the operation of commercial nuclear power plants.
In terms of assessment and certification, the INPO assesses the qualifications every six years to ensure that standards and criteria are met and are evident in the workplace. The evaluation of the qualifications is based on the systematic approach to training (SAT) and specific performance objectives and criteria that have been designed to ensure continuous improvement of the training programmes.
There is no official international recognition of the NNR certification. It is, however, recognised within the international nuclear community and the status respected when an individual can produce a Reactor Operator Licence which he/she had received through a Nuclear Regulatory Body, specifically when the well-known and tested American process for training and assessment had been followed.
Although specific qualifications have not been identified, but the international standards and practices are being adhered to in the South African qualification.
|Possible vertical articulation would be towards the Power Plant Operations Manager to be developed following the registration of this qualification.
Possible horizontal articulation with occupational qualifications currently in the process of being developed, namely:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|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.