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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE:|
|Occupational Certificate: Fossil Power Plant Process Controller|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|97384||Occupational Certificate: Fossil 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||210||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 Fossil Power Plant Process Controller. A Fossil Power Plant Process Controller manages, supervises and controls the application of resources, operations, processes and activities within the energy conversion processes in a power generating plant effectively and efficiently to ensure a continuous, reliable supply of electrical energy to the national grid and/or internal reticulation system. A qualified learner will be able to:
Learners obtaining this qualification will be recognised on a national level for performing process control activities on a power plant. This qualification will ensure professionalism, proficiency and excellence in the control of Power Plant Generation Units. It will also assist in changing perceptions on the status and functional levels of Process Controllers in Power Plant Generation. The qualification will enable the learners to feel pride and self-worth, and enhance their morale.
Value-adding to the employer will be manifested in the competence of the employee in terms of safe, sound and efficient operations performed by the Process Controller. This qualification will provide standards for Recognition of Prior Learning of existing Process Controller competence throughout the industry and allow credits to be obtained in cross-functional learning fields.
This qualification is based on the power generation industry needs in building competence in the workplace for Fossil Power Plant Process Operations.
The qualification has been developed to cater for the needs of power plant process control in contexts such as sugar processing and SASOL as these contexts are significantly limited in what is expected from a power plant controller in the Fossil, Hydro and Nuclear contexts. Since this qualification is now specific to a single context, (as per OFO), these gaps are now addressed in the qualification and therefore demonstrates an increase in complexity, which places the qualification at NQF Level 6. This qualification will provide the learner with accessibility to be employed within the process control function on fossil-fired power plant units. Other considerations in the national interests addressed by this Qualification are:
Typical learners will include Power Station employees that have completed the relevant Operator Qualification. The power generating industry is currently investing huge amounts of capital in the training of power plant operators. In addition this qualificationwilladdress the following which will contribute to good environmental practices:
|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.
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 Modules:
Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 96.
Practical Skill Modules:
Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 72.
This qualification also requires the following Work Experience Modules:
Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 42.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Interpret or diagnose events and conditions based on alarms and indications during normal, out of normal and emergency operations on a Fossil Power Plant.
2. Apply procedures, references and technical specifications during normal, out of normal and emergency operations on a Fossil Power Plant.
3. Operate a Fossil Power Plant safely during normal, out of normal and emergency conditions from a controlled environment.
4. Communicate and interact with other role players during normal, out of normal and emergency operations on a Fossil Power Plant.
5. Perform status monitoring during out of normal and emergency operations on a Fossil Power Plant.
6. Integrate and apply human performance practices on a Fossil Power Plant.
7. Source and use control room documentation on a Fossil Power Plant.
8. Recognise and understand the integration and functionality of all plant systems on a Fossil Power Plant.
9. Evaluate the strategies in incidents, out of normal and emergency operations on a Fossil Power Plant.
10. Interact as a functional member of the team on a Fossil Power Plant.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
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Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:
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Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 10:
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:
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 qualification is based on a study conducted by Eskom on various European countries with leading power producers. The German model (with minor changes) was adopted as the basis for this qualification and the Silver Seal Operator qualification was registered and accredited by the Eskom and Allied Industries Training Board (EAITB).This qualification only covers the fossil component of the Silver Seal Operator Qualification.
The British Columbia Institute of Technology offers a Basic Power Plant Training Program. The Certificate program that can be taken module at a time. It is a highly respected program developed in cooperation with Georgia Pacific and now widely used by large organisations like Nippon Paper as well.
The Basic Power Plant Training program consists of seventeen modules covering critical areas of the plant including:
The Industrial Skills Training institution in the United Kingdom, TPC Training Systems provides a qualification that covers energy principles and boiler maintenance, explains coal, oil, and natural gas combustion, and how to conserve energy through improved combustion control. The qualification covers the basic steam generation system, how thermal energy is converted into electrical energy, components of the system, and design features for gaining thermal efficiency. The TPC Training system offers a comprehensive Training Needs Analysis survey tool that covers hundreds of core knowledge areas for maintenance positions. TPC Training Systems is authorised by International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) to offer the a range of industrial skills training as solutions to help build a better, safer, more efficient workforce.
Specific Learning Objectives for this qualification:
The finding is that this qualification is aligned to international training and certification programmes delivered by training providers.
|The qualification articulates vertically and horizontally as follows:
Possible horizontal articulation is possible with occupational qualification currently in the process of being developed, namely:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|Qualifying for external assessment:
In order to qualify for the external summative assessment learners must have a copy of a completed and signed Statement of Work Experience as well as proof of successful completion of the Knowledge and Practical modules.
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 is: 313102000: Fossil Power Plant Process Controller.
This qualification covers the following trades as recorded on the NLRD:
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