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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|National Certificate: Industrial Water Treatment Support System Operations|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|77163||National Certificate: Industrial Water Treatment Support System Operations|
|Task Team - Industrial Water Treatment|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|EWSETA - Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Certificate||Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction||Civil Engineering Construction|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||128||Level 2||NQF Level 02||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|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 is replaced by:
|Qual ID||Qualification Title||Pre-2009 NQF Level||NQF Level||Min Credits||Replacement Status|
|102758||Occupational Certificate: Industrial Water Plant Operator||Not Applicable||NQF Level 04||262||Will occur as soon as 102758 is registered|
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
|Learners obtaining this qualification will be recognised on a national level for performing operational activities using Industrial Water Treatment auxiliary systems and processes as well as related equipment. The qualification will ensure professionalism, proficiency and excellence in the operating of Industrial Water Treatment Systems.
The qualification will enable employers to employ operators who will be able to perform operations in a safe, sound and efficient manner. This qualification will provide for recognition of prior learning of existing operator competence throughout the industry and allows credits to be obtained in cross-functional learning fields.
A person acquiring this qualification will have skills, knowledge and behavioural competence in the following areas:
This qualification is based on the need of the Water sector for building competencies in the workplace in Industrial Water Treatment Operations. The qualification sets national standards for field operators in Industrial related water treatment systems.
This qualification provides the learner with accessibility to employment in the functional areas of Industrial water treatment operations. The learning pathway for industrial water treatment processes is as follows:
Other considerations of national interest addressed by this Qualification are:
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|Learners should be competent in:
Recognition of Prior Learning:
Access to the Qualification:
There is open access to this qualification.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Solve problems in an industrial water treatment environment.
2. Communicate effectively in the workplace.
3. Demonstrate understanding of the fundamentals of Industrial Water Treatment Processes and Concepts.
4. Demonstrate understanding of and use mechanical equipment related to Industrial Water Treatment Systems.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of organisational and regulatory requirements related to Industrial Water Treatment Support Systems.
6. Perform operations in Industrial Water Treatment Support Systems.
Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
This qualification promotes, in particular, the following Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
This qualification addresses the following Critical Cross-Field Outcomes, as detailed in the assessment criteria for each Exit Level Outcome and within the unit standards associated with each Exit Level Outcome:
a) Identifying and solving problems associated with malfunctioning of plant equipment in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made to meet organisational goals and objectives.
b) Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community in order maintain good working relationship with internal and external customers in a industrial waste water processing environment.
c) Planning, organising and managing oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively to ensure coherence with organisational schedules.
d) Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information relating to meter readings and process control.
e) Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the form of oral and/or written presentation to report relevant information to supervisors.
f) Using science and technology effectively and critically to understand the functioning of an industrial wastewater plant equipment and instrumentation showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
g) Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation by observing the importance of industrial wastewater processing plant operational principles.
|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:
>Range: Pumps and valves.
>Range: Waste water processing plants.
> Range: Pumps and valves.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:
The applied competence (practical, foundational and reflective competencies) of this qualification will be achieved if a learner is able to achieve all Exit Level Outcomes of the qualification.
Applicable Critical Cross Field Outcomes must be assessed during any combination of practical, foundational and reflexive competencies. Assessment methods and tools used must determine the whole person's development and integration of applied knowledge and skills.
During integrated assessment, the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and should assess combinations of practical, foundational and reflective competencies.
Assessment criteria for formative assessment are described in the various unit standards. Formative assessment takes place during the process of learning and assessors should use a range of appropriate assessment methods and tools that assess competence holistically.
These methods include but are not limited to the following: On-the-job observations, Role-play and/or simulations, Knowledge tests, exams, case studies, projects, logbooks, workbooks, Verbal report backs (presentations), Working in teams (360 degrees evaluations)and Scenario sketching Incident reports.
Summative assessment is carried out at the end of each meaningful body of knowledge and skills.
Assessors and Moderators:
Work place assessors should develop and conduct integrated assessments by using appropriate methods and techniques. Moderation to be done according to laid down requirements.
|The qualification is based on a study conducted by Industry on qualifications developed for industrial water treatment operations functioning in an industrial environment, in countries considered to be the leaders in industrial water treatment processes. Best practice is found in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
The core and elective components have been developed taking into account the South African context, but also by looking at international best practice. On water and waste water purification international qualifications were examined to ensure that the qualification and associated unit standards are comparable in terms of qualification levels, scope and competencies covered.
Qualifications from the following countries were examined:
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF):
Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SQA):
New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA):
United Kingdom (QCA):
United States of America:
The USA has no qualifications at this level but the following short courses were found offered by different institutions and organisations targeting to a large extent Water and Wastewater Operations. The content of some of the short courses have been found to compare well with the South African qualifications although the level at which the course is pitched is not known. Some courses are at an undergraduate level, which form the basis for more advanced courses.
Alabama Rural Water Association:
Water and Wastewater Operator Certificate Training.
This association in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management conducts free Primary, Secondary and Advanced Water and Wastewater Operator Certificate courses. The purpose of the course is to protect the public health and welfare and prevent pollution by classifying all water and wastewater treatment plants. The programme also aims to provide certification of the competency of operation to operators who operate such plants. The duration of the course 60 hours.
The college offer a short course for operators who work in different size plants, as there is no nationally mandated certification programme for operators. The course is aimed at improving the water and wastewater plants operators skills and knowledge thus enabling the operator to pass an examination to certify that they are capable of overseeing water and wastewater plant operators. The duration of the course is not known, however the course covers the following topics that compare with some of the unit standards contained in the South African qualification at Level 2. The following topics are covered:
Virginia Tech, Blackburg:
Water and wastewater reticulation plant operator short course.
The Virginia Tech is providing a training programme aimed at developing more qualified plant operators. The programme duration is 10 days. The programme is designed to be introductory where learners learn about water and wastewater treatment and other relevant subject matter.
This is a certification course offered for people who work or intend to become a water or wastewater treatment plant operator. The course aims to provide basic description and understanding of unit processes used in the reticulation of water and wastewater. The duration of the course is 20 hours of lectures over 10 sessions. The course however compares favourably well with this qualification in some of the unit standards contained in the qualification although topics such as coagulation, flocc separation and sedimentation are dealt with individually whilst the qualification cover them in one unit standard. The topics covered in the course compare favourably with some of the unit standards contained in the qualifications. These are:
In the USA the condensate polishing, demineralising of water, water cooling and effluent treatment, the USA nuclear industry standard is governed by the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission). The standard of training is ensured by accrediting all training programs to requirements as set out and evaluated by INPO. The Systematic Approach to training (SAT) is applied throughout all the US nuclear programs resulting in a structured training curriculum (task list) consisting of main objectives and specific outcomes similar to the core and electives of this qualification.
The institute of Water and Sanitation Development in a UNDP-World Bank Programme established in 1989 with a strong emphasis on the building and promotion of urban and rural water supplies and sanitation. The Institute has sister organisations in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mozambique and South Africa. The Institute offers courses aimed at building a career in the water and sanitation sector. The only possibility relevant courses offered found were:
The Botswana Training Authority (BOTA), was inaugurated in October 2000 which is mandated to monitor and regulate Vocational Education and Training (VET) within Botswana. Unfortunately there is limited number of qualifications and the unit standards developed by BOTA hence none could currently be found relating to Industrial water qualifications.
The Vocational Education and Training Act was enacted by the Parliament in 1994 to guide the vocational education and training (VET) system in Tanzania. The Act established the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) as an autonomous government agency charged with an overall responsibility of Coordinating, Regulating, Financing, Providing and Promoting vocational education and training. According to the Annual Conference held in Tanzania in 1998, it was stated that more than 80 percent of Tanzania's population live in rural areas. Therefore the government aims for sustainable rural water supply. Unfortunately no reference was found to any type of relevant developed qualifications or unit standards including short courses that could compare with this qualifications.
A substantial degree of similarity was found in most of the qualifications examined. The South African qualification and its associated unit standards are generally comparable to the Scottish, Australian, New Zealand courses in terms of levels, scope and range of competencies covered. There was less similarity with the United Kingdom qualification. This was probably due to the difference in the water situation in the UK.
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|The assessor must be:
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|National schedule for water and waste water plant operators.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||113940||Demonstrate basic water related sampling techniques||Level 1||NQF Level 01||3|
|Core||246460||Demonstrate basic knowledge of the wastewater treatment process||Level 2||NQF Level 02||8|
|Core||365262||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic operating principles and concepts related to waste water treatment||Level 2||NQF Level 02||6|
|Core||13962||Demonstrate Knowledge and Understanding of The Organisation||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Core||13963||Demonstrate Knowledge and Understanding Towards Occupational health and safety Regulatory Requirements||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Core||13961||Demonstrate Knowledge and Use of Hand Operated Fire Fighting Equipment||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Core||246473||Demonstrate knowledge of elementary biology in the water wastewater environment||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Core||246463||Demonstrate knowledge of water cycle, water and wastewater systems and processes||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Core||246466||Operate water and wastewater chemical dosage systems||Level 2||NQF Level 02||10|
|Core||12483||Perform basic first aid||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Core||10598||Differentiate between valve designs and application theories associated with process plants||Level 3||NQF Level 03||1|
|Core||10488||Interpret liquid transfer theories in a process plant||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Core||365261||Operate an industrial waste water processing plant||Level 3||NQF Level 03||18|
|Core||12057||Demonstrate knowledge of wastewater related legislation||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Fundamental||119463||Access and use information from texts||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Fundamental||9009||Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life related problems||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Fundamental||7480||Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Fundamental||9008||Identify, describe, compare, classify, explore shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional shapes in different contexts||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Fundamental||119454||Maintain and adapt oral/signed communication||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Fundamental||119460||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Fundamental||7469||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Fundamental||9007||Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Fundamental||119456||Write/present for a defined context||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Elective||246464||Conduct sampling for water and wastewater treatment processes||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Elective||7572||Demonstrate knowledge of and produce computer spreadsheets using basic functions||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Elective||7568||Demonstrate knowledge of and produce word processing documents using basic functions||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Elective||246450||Demonstrate knowledge of the water treatment process||Level 2||NQF Level 02||8|
|Elective||7571||Demonstrate the ability to use electronic mail software to send and receive messages||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Elective||7547||Operate a personal computer system||Level 2||NQF Level 02||6|
|Elective||365260||Transport and store gas cylinders within an industrial work site||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Elective||14102||Apply Radiation Requirements for Activities in Radiologically Controlled Zones at a Nuclear Power Plant||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Elective||365259||Describe and use techniques for safe handling and usage of chlorine||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Elective||10587||Describe the working principle of compressed air systems associated with process plant||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|When qualifications are replaced, some of their learning programmes are moved to being recorded against the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replacement.
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
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