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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE:|
|Occupational Certificate: Environmental Science Technician|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|99508||Occupational Certificate: Environmental Science Technician|
|Development Quality Partner - LG SETA (Social)|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|-||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|Occupational Certificate||Field 07 - Human and Social Studies||Environmental Relations|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||467||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 an Environmental Science Technician.
An Environmental Science Technician assesses and controls operational aspects in compliance to applicable Environmental Regulatory Framework.
A qualified learner will be able to:
The South African government has recognised the inadequate management of pollution as a significant environmental and public health risk. The Environmental Human Capital Sector skills plan 2009-2014 identified the lack of specialist technical skills in key areas which has impacted the local government negatively. Data shows that the Local Government sectors are severely under-staffed which has led to the current challenges in service delivery. It is envisaged that an environmental related skill and national initiative is needed to renew and strengthen these skills urgently in various sectors. Environmental Science and Engineering Technicians have been listed as one of the absolute scarce skills.
The situation has led the stakeholders in the industry to call for the development of a nationally recognised occupational qualification that will ensure the availability of a skilled workforce for sustainability and improved service delivery.
There are no formal qualifications for Environmental Science Technicians in South Africa. Aspects of the Environmental Science Technician are reduced to components of other programmes such as Engineering, Environmental Health or Environmental Management. This qualification will professionalise and address the current situation or need.
This Environmental Science Technician qualification will specifically focus on waste management, air quality and natural resources management practices, and will therefore provide a much needed focus in the following areas:
This qualification is for new entrants from schools, unemployed individuals and employees who are currently employed within the Environmental related sectors and wishing to formalise their experience. Learners who undertake this programme will receive training in Environmental Sciences, while focusing on developing an understanding of the physical, chemical, mathematical, biological and social dimensions of environmental problems and issues. The qualification is structured in such a way that it allows for specialisation in Waste, Air and Natural Resources Conservation. Upon completion, learners could possibly be employed as Environmental Science Technician in National, Provincial and Local Government, private sector or alternatively start their own businesses as eco-entrepreneurs.
This qualification will build the much needed capacity and enhance the skills of the environmental sector to innovatively respond to the developmental and environmental need of South Africa. This in-turn will improve service delivery and address the current environmental/national resource conversation issues thereby contributing sustainably towards socio-economic sensitive enterprises and green economies.
Upon completion learners can progress towards becoming an Environmental Scientist and/or professional.
|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: 134.
Practical Skill Modules:
Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 98.
This qualification also requires the following Work Experience Modules:
Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 235.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Analyse and execute environmental management functions in accordance with the regulatory framework to remedy the negative impact of human activity and to recommend measures for improvements.
2. Analyse and evaluate the impact of waste on human health and the environment to perform the waste management functions in accordance with the regulatory framework to prevent pollution.
3. Analyse and execute air quality management functions in accordance with the regulatory framework to protect and improve air quality.
4. Analyse and assess conservation scientific and technical principles of natural resources and ecological balance in order to maintain sustainability and quality of life.
|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:
An external integrated summative assessment, conducted through the relevant Quality Council Trade and Occupation 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 Environmental Science Technician is an 'interdisciplinary field of study that can lead to a variety of careers' in various institutions. An international comparability study indicated that Australia, Canada and the United States of America are some of the few countries which have a formal qualification specifically designed for the occupation Environmental Science Technician.
In Australia the Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology offered by Central Institute of Technology, Perth provides learners with a comprehensive skill base of environmental science, in which they learn about specific environmental procedures, systems and issues. The qualification equips the learners with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct environmental sampling, testing and monitoring in most industry sectors.
Entry requirements in Australia:
Learners with an Australian year 12, Certificate three or higher, or a Degree in this or related qualifications or its equivalent. These entry requirements are similar to South African Grade 12, Technical and Vocational Education Training qualifications.
The Australian qualification's duration is 18 months fulltime and the modules are listed:
Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices:
In Canada the Environmental Technician Diploma offered by Sheridan College, Ontario provides learners with the most sophisticated, up-to-date methods - the same procedures used in environmental science research and required by environmental laboratories, consulting firms and regulatory agencies. Learners explore the many facets of environmental science including ecology, climate change and greenhouse gases, air pollution control technology, sustainability, terrestrial and aquatic based ecosystems, population growth, sampling and analysis, water resources, water conservation and water treatment, federal, provincial and municipal environmental regulations and guidelines, and occupational opportunities in the environmental industry sector.
Canadian Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including required courses; English plus chemistry grade 11 or Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology, or Mature student status. This is similar to the South African Grade 12 and Technical and Vocational Education Training qualifications respectively.
The Canadian qualification's duration is 2 years fulltime and the modules listed below are covered:
United States of America (USA): In the USA the Environmental Science Technology is offered as an Associate Science Degree at the St. Petersburg College, Florida. Associate Science Degree in Environmental Science Technology prepares learners for a career as an Environmental Technician, who supports a sustainable environment through monitoring, investigating and preventing pollution. Opportunities for Environmental Science Technicians exist in private consulting firms, state and local government, water and wastewater treatment plants and the utilities, manufacturing and renewable energy industries.
The USA qualification's duration is 2 years fulltime and the modules listed below are covered:
Similarities between the South African Environmental Science Technician occupational qualification and the international Environmental Science related occupational qualifications have been noted in the contents covered in these qualifications.
Similarities have also been found with the purpose or description of the occupation among the qualifications. It has also been noted that learners learn both theory and practical skills in an integrated manner. Other similarities include entry requirements which makes provision for school leavers, unemployed, employed, and Recognition of Prior Learning. After completion learners may find employment in similar sectors.
Whereas differences have been found with the design or packaging of the qualifications in the countries whose qualifications have been compared to the South African occupational qualification visited. The South African occupational qualification is designed such that it has the three areas of specialisation, i.e. Air Quality, Waste Management and Nature Conservation (natural resources conservation) in one qualification, each been a part qualification whilst in the other countries, each of the part qualifications has been developed as a stand-alone qualification.
The major differences are that in the South African Environmental Science Technician qualification the:
|This qualification articulates horizontally to:
This qualification articulates vertically to:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|Qualifying for external assessment:
Foundational learning competence is not pre-requisite for the awarding of this qualification.
Additional legal or physical entry requirements:
Criteria for the accreditation of providers:
This qualification encompasses the following trades as recorded on the NLRD:
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
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