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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE:|
|Occupational Certificate: Mining Technician (Mine Ventilation Officer)|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|98932||Occupational Certificate: Mining Technician (Mine Ventilation Officer)|
|Development Quality Partner - MQA|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|-||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|Occupational Certificate||Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology||Fabrication and Extraction|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||214||Not Applicable||NQF Level 04||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 Mine Ventilation Officer.
Mine Ventilation Officers coordinate, observe and monitor the implementation of mine specific ventilation codes of practice and make recommendations regarding corrective action and/or improvement of ventilation practices to ensure legal compliance for a designated area of a mine.
A qualified learner will be able to:
The Mine Ventilation Profession is a highly regulated profession. Mines cannot operate without appropriately qualified Mine Ventilation Officers. The work of these individuals is guided by the appropriate legislation and the regulator requires practitioners to demonstrate competence in specific areas as set out in the legislation. Historically the suite of Certificates in Mine Environmental Control issued by the Chamber of Mines of South Africa was designed and was accepted by the South African Mining Industry, including the various Governmental Mining Authorities as a key and fundamental qualification to promote health and safety in the Industry.
With the globalisation of companies and mobility of professional in the last decade, professionals in this and other similar specialised areas had to prove their knowledge skills and the worth of their qualifications since these were not issued by a formal (and recognised) educational institution.In addition, the transformation of the current qualifications into formally recognised educational credentials open the door to the registration of professionals with the Engineering Council of South Africa.
Learners credited with this occupational certificate will qualify to be appointed as Mining Engineering Ventilation Technicians.
There is a critical need in the industry to recognise learner competence regarding essential operations associated with a healthy, safe and productive working environment. This qualification is the next step in a career path in one of the areas of specialisation in Mine Ventilation.
This qualification facilitates access for learners who have completed the appropriate level three qualification to acquire the technical knowledge and skills associated with safe healthy and efficient controlling of mine occupational environmental conditions in the workplace.
Iit is vital that the Mining Ventilation Engineering Technician comes from within the mining industry, and has intimate knowledge and experience of all the aspects of Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Engineering.
The qualification is designed to be flexible and accessible so that learners are able to demonstrate the competencies in Mine Ventilation across the mining and minerals sector.
The specialisations in Coal, Hardrock and Surface Excavations do not require separate qualifications. The distinction lies in the Work Experience Component. The qualification will be endorsed as Underground Hardrock, Underground Coal, or Surface Excavations based on the completed work experience. Moving to a new mining context will require that the learner completes the relevant work experience in that context and then apply to the External Assessment Quality Partner to have the qualification endorsed accordingly.
|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.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge and Practical Skill Modules:
Total number of Credits for Knowledge Modules: 61.
Practical Skill Modules:
Total number of Credits for Practical Skill Modules: 52.
This qualification also requires the following Work Experience Modules:
Total number of Credits for Work Experience Modules: 101.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Develop and ensure implementation of basic Mine Ventilation systems and Occupational Hygiene programmes.
2. Observe and monitor the implementation of mine specific ventilation codes of practice.
3. Initiate corrective action to improve the mine ventilation and occupational hygiene systems and functions.
4. Oversee the effective functioning of a mine ventilation function for a designated area of a mine.
|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:
Integrated formative assessment:
The skills development provider will use the curriculum to guide them 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 take place once the candidate has successfully completed all the theory and practical skills modules and gained the experience as set out in the curriculum. The assessment will be conducted by a panel of registered assessors at an approved assessment site.
|An international comparability study was conducted to determine to what extent this Occupational Certificate is comparable to qualifications required for this occupation in the global arena where mining is conducted.
For the purposes of this exercise we used Australia and Canada as reference points. Due to the legislative requirements and the collaboration of the Mine Ventilation Society at global level similar practices will be found in most countries where mining is conducted.
Mine Safety is legislated in Australia at the State level. Some States require ventilation officers to have a specific competency. This may be a Mining Engineering Degree from any Australian (or sometimes a specific State) university, or could be one or more vocational competencies in the Australian Qualifications Framework.
Vocational competencies are different to academic qualifications. Vocational competencies are typically provided by Government Institutes of Technical and Further Education (TAFE); academic qualifications are usually provided by Universities. However even where an academic qualification is specified by legislation for a Ventilation Officer, exemptions usually can, with good cause, be obtained from the degree requirement.
There are typically four levels of ventilation professional in Australia:
Ventilation Observer in Large South African Mines:
There are several possible pathways into the role of a Ventilation Officer in Australia. Any person who qualifies for entry and passes the University requirements can obtain an Australian Mining Engineering Degree. This will provide a passport into a career as a VO and the mining companies will provide the necessary mining exposure Post-graduation. For persons without an Australian Mining Engineering Degree, there are currently two possible pathways into the role of VO:
The comparable qualification to the South African Occupational Certificate is the vocational competency training provided by the Mine Ventilation association. This vocational training covers the following learning components:
Module 1, Ventilation and Mine Services:
1.1. Fluid Flow, Friction and Shock Losses.
1.2. Fans and Auxiliary Ventilation.
1.3. Ventilation Network Analysis.
1.4. Ventilation System Monitoring and Mine Services.
Module 2, Environmental Contaminants:
2.1. Mine Gases and Gas Laws 2.2, Atmospheric Gas Monitoring.
2.3. Airborne and Explosible Dust.
2.4. Mine fires and Explosions.
Module 3, Heat in Underground Mines:
3.2. Heat Transfer and Sources of Heat.
3.3. Heat Stress Management.
Module 4, Ventilation System Management:
4.1. Management Plans & Risk Assessment.
4.2. Project Economics.
Module 5, Coal Mine Hazards & Control:
5.1. Gas Reservoir Characteristics.
5.2. Gas Drainage, Outbursts and Windblasts.
5.3. Spontaneous Combustion of Coal.
Module 6, Coal Mine Ventilation:
6.1. Coal Mine Legislation.
6.2. Coal Mine Ventilation Planning and Practice.
Module 7, Metalliferous Mine Hazards and Control:
Module 8, Metalliferous Mine Ventilation:
8.1. Metalliferous Mine Legislation.
8.2. Metalliferous Mine Ventilation Planning and Practice.
Learners are also expected to complete practical work assignments and are finally assessed through a national board examination which is conducted by the Mine Ventilation association of Australia.
In Canada the role of Mine Ventilation Officers is also regulated on a similar basis to the practices in South Africa and Australia, in fact this is the practice in most mines globally.
Queens University in Canada offers courses on mine ventilation. The following is the list of topics they will teach. Practical work experience is required on the Mines and certification is done by the nationally recognised professional body:
The learning programmes, qualifications and regulatory practices in the two countries reviewed are significantly similar to the South African situation and the Occupational Certificate compares favourably with these international qualifications.
|Both horizontal and vertical articulation is possible.
Horizontal Articulation is possible to:
¿ Further Education and Training Certificate: Strata Control Operations, NQF Level 4.
¿ Occupational Certificate: Mining Technician (Strata Control Practitioner: Underground Hardrock), NQF Level 4.
¿ Occupational Certificate: Mining Technician: Mining Surveyor, NQF Level 4 (Being Developed).
¿ National Certificate: Environmental Management, NQF Level 5.
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|Qualifying for External Assessment:
Additional Legal or Physical Entry Requirements:
Criteria for the Accreditation of Providers:
The curriculum title and code is: 311701004: Mine Ventilation Officer.
This qualification encompasses the following trades as recorded on the NLRD:
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