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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|Higher Certificate in Public Sector Procurement|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|99511||Higher Certificate in Public Sector Procurement|
|Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA)|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|CHE - Council on Higher Education||HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework|
|Higher Certificate||Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies||Generic Management|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||120||Not Applicable||NQF Level 05||Regular-Provider-ELOAC|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|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 qualification aims to enable learners to develop skills in Public Sector Procurement and Supply Chain Management. Thus learners will be able to promote effective service delivery and economic development as well as to be able to perform their roles effectively.
The qualification is designed to provide learners with a sound understanding of the core issues in public sector procurement and supply chain management. It includes a foundation in Public Administration and the legal and governance aspects of public sector procurement including Batho Pele principles. The qualification focuses on providing a mix of theoretical and practical elements of public sector procurement taking into account the practice guide released by National Treasury. The focus of the qualification is on application of theory and the development of decision-making abilities in a supply chain context. The qualification is designed to equip learners with the skills to function within the public sector procurement environment. The qualification draws on the different sub-disciplines of supply chain management in terms of the content.
The Higher Certificate in Public Sector Procurement [HCert (Public Sector Procurement)] will enable learners from both South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, to develop their supply chain management skills and strengthen their understanding of the area of public sector procurement. The HCert (Public Sector Procurement) is directed at those employed within the public service as well as those aspiring to enter procurement in the public sector.
Service delivery is a core function of the government and in recent times, service delivery has been marred by numerous strikes, disputes, civil unrest, protests, fraud, and corruption. The media and society have also painted a poor image of the public service in South Africa. Since procurement and supply chain management is at the heart of service delivery in providing essential services, the state must ensure they source or procurement materials, engage with suppliers and vendors, balance the objectives of government, business and the community, and also ensure efficient, sustainable and reliable service delivery. Furthermore the public sector is constantly under public and political scrutiny because public funds are being utilised. Thus procurement is central to ensuring that government has the means to deliver and provide services to the public. At present, procurement is being used as a policy tool to address past injustices and discriminatory practices.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) maintains that in many countries around the world, the state is often the single largest buyer in the country. This further emphasises the important role played by public sector procurement as well as the added role of responsible procurement by Supply Chain Practitioners in the public sector. Working in this specialised function requires specialist knowledge and relevant qualifications. The OECD has also pointed out that a major contributor to malpractice is the combination of a lack of due diligence and a lack of appropriately skilled professionals. The Minister of Higher Education and Training has highlighted the scarcity of skilled procurement and supply chain management professionals and the lack of skilled Supply Chain Practitioners and buyers. It is on these premises that the HCert (Public Sector Procurement) is developed.
Developing the required skills for the economy entails providing access to relevant Supply Chain Management qualifications, which is a key objective of the HCert (Public Sector Procurement). The qualification responds to the current situation in which there is a lack of appropriately skilled and qualified Public Sector Procurement Specialists. The qualification further responds to the current lack of qualifications within this field. Despite the importance of the procurement function in the public sector there are a limited number of qualifications in public sector procurement and supply chain management in South Africa.
The HCert (Public Sector Procurement) will provide access to higher education for persons wishing to pursue or further their careers in public sector procurement. The qualification will promote due diligence, accountability, professionalism, and sustainability within the public sector procurement function. This is necessary in promoting the national imperatives of service delivery and economic development through the proper use of public funds.
With the need for skills and the scarcity of qualifications in public sector procurement and supply chain management, this qualification aims to produce graduates who are in possession of the following attributes:
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|This qualification may be obtained in part through the Recognition of Prior Learning.
Where appropriate, interviews will also be conducted to assess applicants for selection purposes. Some of the key criteria that will be used in evaluating 'non-standard' applicants include:
Where prior learning is recognised for advanced standing, credit will be given for prior certificated learning in accordance with established practice at South African higher education institutions. The maximum amount of 'specific' credit granted is 50%.
Credits may only be accumulated for modules, which are prescribed within the structure of a named award.
The minimum entry requirement is:
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|The qualification comprises compulsory modules worth 15 Credits each totalling 120 Credits.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Explain the role of procurement in the public sector.
2. Execute duties confidently within the legal framework in the public regulatory procurement environment.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying theories and principles underpinning Procurement and Supply Chain Management.
4. Manage procurement processes at a junior level within supply chain management in the public sector.
5. Apply supply chain knowledge within the area of public procurement and supply chain management.
6. Provide an effective administration service at a practitioner level of the public sector.
|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:
Both formative and summative assessments will be used to determine the following:
Assessment methods will measure the extent to which the learners have achieved competence in the different areas of study.
These assessment methods include:
|The Global Standard for Procurement and Supply is used by individuals and organisations to enhance performance. The Global Standard in Procurement and Supply sets the benchmark for the competencies that individuals should attain in procurement and supply at all levels and across all sectors.
It helps individuals to identify current operating skills and abilities and what is needed to progress.
Organisations of all types can benchmark their procurement professionals against the competencies in the Standard and identify any skills and capability gaps.
For entry level practitioners, they are required to demonstrate the following competencies:
The qualification compares favourably by ensuring that the graduates attain the necessary competencies as set out by the Global Standard for Procurement and Supply.
|This qualification offers specific articulation opportunities with the following qualifications offered by the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA):
The qualification offers systemic articulation with the following qualifications offered by other institutions, provided the learner meets the minimum entry requirements:
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|1.||Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA)|