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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Autotronics 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
78944  National Certificate: Autotronics 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
MERSETA - Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  127  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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 replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
22858  National Certificate: Autotronics  Level 2  NQF Level 02  128  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

This Qualification is for any individual who is, or wishes to be, involved in an autotronics environment. An individual acquiring this Qualification will be able to contribute towards the efficient operation of a number of processes within this sector as described in the core component of the qualification.

The core component covers the following competencies:
  • Assembling, fitting and repairing automobile auxiliary harnesses.
  • Building auto-electrical circuits.
  • Performing basic welding/joining of metals.
  • Removing and fitting automobile components.
  • Selecting and using vehicle lifting equipment.
  • Diagnosing and servicing automobile batteries and battery system components.
  • Selecting, using and caring for engineering hand and power tools.
  • Complying with safety, health and environmental requirements in the workplace.
  • Understanding and applying the fundamentals of engine technology.

    These competencies are supported by a range of related and supportive competencies as encapsulated in the Core component of the qualification. The competencies will enable the learner to work in different industries within the diverse autotronics sector.

    The Qualification ensures progression of learning, enabling the learner to perform optimally within the autotronics field of learning and provides learning that could lead to further learning at a higher level within the same or a related sector. The Qualification also intends to:
  • Assist learners who wish to extend their range of skills and knowledge and hence their competencies in the autotronics environment.
  • Provide opportunities for people to explore different but related activities within the autotronics sector.

    Rationale:

    This is an entry level Qualification in a series of four autotronics qualifications that range from NQF Level 2 to NQF Level 5. These qualifications constitute a learning pathway that takes the learners from basic/simple competencies in autotronics at NQF Level 2 to high level autotronics competencies at NQF Level 5.

    The automobile is subject to ever increasing technological advances. These advances are continuously being incorporated into the electrical systems of automobiles. They represent the integration of mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electronic and electrical systems and are managed by microelectronic control known as Computer Integrated Auto Management (CIAM) Systems. Consequently, the auto-electrical skills required to maintain such automobiles are changing to incorporate more electronic skills.

    The field of autotronics deals with the installation, diagnosis and repair of CIAM systems. People working in the field of autotronics require specialised technical skills and knowledge and well as highly developed analytical skills to enable them to install, diagnose and repair CIAM systems.

    The autotronics sector falls within the ambit of South Africa's large motor industry. There are huge motor assembly plants in several parts of the country, primarily in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Kwa Zulu Natal provinces. There are also many automotive related sectors like the automotive components manufacturing and assembly industries, automotive sales and service sector, repairs (including panel beating and spray painting) industries. It's a sector that employs a large number of people. Companies and/or industries within this sector operate in a global competitive and challenging environment.

    The highly developed autotronics sector is well-established and economically powerful. In terms of transformation in the country, learners will require skills and competencies to gain access to positions within management structures by completing other qualifications and training. It will be in the interest of the country and the sector to ensure that those who operate in the autotronics environment are trained according to this Qualification to improve productivity and efficiency.

    This series of autotronics qualifications reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding required to perform effectively in industry, whether in micro, small, medium or large enterprises. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners wishing to study towards this Qualification are assumed to be competent in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1.
  • Communication at NQF Level 1.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This Qualification may be achieved in part (or whole) through the recognition of relevant prior knowledge and/or experience. The learner must be able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this Qualification. As part of the provision of recognition of prior learning providers are required to develop a structured means for the assessment of individual learners against the Unit Standards of the Qualification on a case-by-case basis. A range of assessment tools and techniques during formative and summative assessment procedures should be used which have been jointly decided upon by the learner and the assessor. Such procedures, and the assessment of individual cases, are subject to moderation by independent assessors. The same principles that apply to assessment of this Qualification also apply to recognition of prior learning.

    Learners may provide evidence of prior learning for which they may receive credit towards the Unit Standards and/or the Qualification by means of portfolios or other forms of appropriate evidence as agreed to between the relevant provider and relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.

    Recognition of Prior Learning is particularly important, as there are people in the autotronics sector with a variety of skills and competencies of differing quality and scope. It is important that a Recognition of Prior Learning process be available to assist in making sense of existing competencies and skills, and helping to standardise these competencies and skills towards a common standard.

    Access to the Qualification:

    There is an open access to this Qualification, keeping in mind the "Learning Assumed to be in Place". 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component.

    To be awarded the Qualification learners are required to obtain a minimum of 127 credits as detailed below.

    Fundamental Component: 36 credits.

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2 to the value of 16 credits.
  • Communication at NQF Level 2 to the value of 20 credits.

    All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.

    Core Component:
  • The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 81 credits, all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:
  • The Elective Component consists of Unit Standards that will impart a variety of competencies to the learner. Learners are to choose Elective Unit Standards totalling a minimum of 10 credits to attain a minimum of 127 credits for this Qualification. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Qualifying learners will be able to:

    1. Build auto-electrical circuits and work with automobile auxiliary harnesses.

    2. Diagnose and service automobile batteries and battery systems components.

    3. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of engine technology and remove and fit electronic/electric automobile components.

    4. Select and use vehicle lifting equipment and engineering tools.

    5. Explain the importance of occupational health and safety.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Interpreting testing equipment results and diagnosing problems.
  • Engaging with problems related to battery and battery system and the removal and fitting of automotive components.
  • Perform cable testing.
  • Recognising and responding to problems/defects.
  • Identifying and solving problems related to the application and controlling of compliance to safety, health and environmental requirements in the workplace.

    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation and community to:
  • Interact with team members and colleagues to obtain fluids, parts, tools and equipment.
  • Contribute to the workgroup's efforts to maintain cleanliness, safety and quality.
  • Work effectively with others in the process of monitoring, evaluating and remedying workplace safety, health and environmental practices in the workplace.

    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsively and effectively when:
  • Building, and maintaining auto-electrical circuits.
  • Using tools and equipment perform tests on and repairs to automobile auxiliary harnesses, circuits, fitted automotive battery, battery cables and battery system.
  • Interpreting automobile auxiliary circuit diagrams.
  • Removing, fitting, routing, assembling and repairing automobile auxiliary harnesses.
  • Removing and refitting battery in accordance with battery and vehicle manufacturer's specifications and instructions.
  • Performing service operations on battery/battery systems.
  • Applying the correct procedures for using, storing and looking after engineering hand and power tools.
  • Ensuring that all safety, health and environmental activities are in accordance with specific requirements.

    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to:
  • Interpret and build circuit diagrams.
  • Interpret results from test equipment.
  • Perform repairs.
  • Solve problems pertaining to the battery and battery system.
  • Classify the information and identify deviations from the norm.
  • Ensure application and control of compliance to safety, health and environmental requirements in the workplace.

    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation to:
  • Prepare documentation for work carried out on vehicle.
  • Prepare report on battery condition for customer.
  • Report faulty lifting equipment.
  • Report on faulty or unsafe power tools.
  • Record and report deviations from specified requirements and when providing feedback on the progress and results of the safety, health and environmental management programmes.

    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others by:
  • Using tools and equipment according to manufacturer's instructions and/or specifications.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
  • Engaging with problems that occur while building, maintaining and repairing auto-electrical circuits.
  • Assembling, fitting and removing automobile auxiliary harnesses.
  • Engaging with problems associated with the battery and battery systems.
  • Identifying and responding to quality problems as part of the quality chain from manufacturing to customer.
  • Dealing with the failure to monitor and control the requirements for safety, health and environmental. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • The theory of auto-electricity is explained in terms of auto-electrical related activities.
  • Calculations are performed using scientific formulae.
  • Components of auto-electrical circuits and auxiliary harnesses are identified and described in terms of their uses and functions.
  • Auto-electrical circuit diagrams are interpreted and circuits are constructed based on the diagrams.
    > Range: These also include auto electrical auxiliary circuit diagrams.
  • Auto-electrical circuits are built, tested and repaired using theoretical knowledge of circuits and auto-electricity.
  • Automobile auxiliary harnesses are tested, removed, assembled and repaired according to standard procedure.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Vehicle tests on a fitted automotive battery are performed as per standard procedure.
  • Cable related to the battery are tested for condition as per standard procedure.
  • The battery is removed and refitted in accordance with procedure.
  • Batteries are tested according to standard procedures.
  • Service operations on battery/battery system components and repair operations on battery system components are performed according to standard procedures.
  • 12/24 volt battery systems are configured and tested according to manufacturer's requirements.
  • Jump-starting procedures are explained and conducted as per standard procedure.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • The various types of automotive engines and engine operation are identified in terms of their differences.
  • The major parts of a typical automotive engine are identified and described in terms of their functions.
  • Engine design classifications are explained and the various automotive engine systems are described in terms of their functions and associated components.
  • Electronic/electric automobile components are remove, fitted, inspected and tested according to standard procedure.
  • Welding activity is performed where necessary according to procedure.
  • Safety procedures and practices are applied during the performance of all operations.
  • Work areas are restored and process documentation is completed as per procedure.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • The basic operation of automobile lifting equipment is discussed and the function of various components related to hoists are explained.
  • Various types of lifting equipment are operated in order to complete the auto electrical tasks on a vehicle.
  • Hand and power engineering tools are selected and used according to manufacturer's specifications.
  • Hand and power engineering tools are cared for and maintained according to workplace procedure.
  • Automobile lifting equipment and hand and power engineering tools are used with due care for self, fellow workers, machines, equipment, materials and environment.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
  • The safety, health and environmental requirements applicable in a specific workplace are explained.
  • Workplace compliance to safety, health and environmental requirements are monitored against specified requirements.
  • The performance of workplace safety activities is evaluated as required by safety, health and environmental management programmes.
  • Recommendations to remediate workplace non-compliance to and non-performance of safety, health and environmental requirements and programmes are made to ensure the safety of all in the workplace.

    Integrated Assessment:

    The importance of integrated assessment is to confirm that the learner is able to demonstrate applied competence (practical, foundational and reflexive) and ensure that the purpose of this Qualification is achieved. Both formative and summative assessment methods and strategies are used to ensure that the Exit Level Outcomes and the purpose of the Qualification are achieved through achieving the Unit Standards. Learning, teaching and assessment are inextricably linked.

    Learning and assessment should be integrated and assessment practices must be fair, transparent, valid and reliable. A variety of assessment strategies and approaches must be used. This could include tests, assignments, projects, demonstrations and/or any applicable method. Evidence of the acquisition of competencies must be demonstrated through the Unit Standards, which enhance the integration of theory and practice as deemed appropriate at this NQF Level.

    Formative assessment is an on-going process which is used to assess the efficacy of the teaching and learning process. It is used to plan appropriate learning experiences to meet the learner's needs. Formative assessments can include a mix of simulated and actual (real) practice or authentic settings. Feedback from assessment informs both teaching and learning. If the learner has met the assessment criteria of all the Unit Standards then s/he has achieved the Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification.

    Summative assessment is concerned with the judgement of the learning in relation to the Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification. Such judgement must include integrated assessment(s) which test the learners' ability to integrate the larger body of knowledge, skills and attitudes, which are represented by the Exit Level Outcomes. Summative assessment can take the form of oral, written and practical examinations as agreed to by the relevant ETQA.

    Integrated assessment must be designed to achieve the following:
  • An integration of the achievement of the Exit Level Outcomes in a way that reflects a comprehensive approach to learning and shows that the purpose of the Qualification has been achieved.
  • Judgement of learner performance to provide evidence of applied competence or capability.

    Assessors and moderators should make use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods. Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.

    Assessment should ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and critical cross-field outcomes are assessed. The assessment of the critical cross-field outcomes should be integrated with the assessment of specific outcomes and embedded knowledge. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification is part of a series of qualifications in the field of Autotronics and was compared to similar qualifications, some outcomes-based, in various countries. International comparability with the following car manufacturing countries was attempted, with little success, as there was very little or no information available:
  • Japan.
  • Korea.
  • Sweden.
  • France.
  • Germany.
  • Italy.
  • China.

    There was also a paucity of information on training offered by car manufacturers to their employees; in other words, vehicle or company-specific training.

    Comparability with the following countries was possible and the comparisons are listed below:

    New Zealand:

    Within New Zealand a qualification such as a degree, diploma or certificate usually consists of a number of courses/unit standards. When a course/unit standard in the programme or qualification is completed, the credits for that course/unit standards count towards the total credits one requires to complete the programme or qualification. In some qualifications all courses/unit standards are compulsory, while in others there may be elective courses/unit standards.

    Current certificates which are presented in New Zealand include the following:
  • National Certificate in Motor Industry (Entry Skills) Level 2: 80 credits.

    The National Certificate in Motor Industry (Entry Skills) is an entry-level programme that gives a learner the fundamental skills for a career in the automotive repair industry. Learners develop a basic knowledge of motor vehicle technology, engines, transmissions, electrical aspects, safety and workshop engineering. Once learners have completed the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Entry Skills), they can access the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Engineering) or the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical Engineering). Once all unit standards (both practical and theoretical) are completed the learners are considered to have finished their apprenticeship in the automotive industry.

    The following competencies/unit standards are addressed in this qualification:
  • Remove and replace road wheels in the motor industry.
  • Hand tools and workshop equipment for motor industry applications.
  • Good work habits and performing safe work practices in motor industry.
  • Select/use hand tools and workshop equipment in motor industry.
  • Identify locations/functions of motor vehicle systems/components.
  • Attend to customer inquiries.
  • Select and use hand tools and equipment.
  • Carry out general engineering tasks to repair, manufacture or modify components.

    Following this qualification a learner can proceed to the Certificate in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering at Level 3, 120 credits.

    National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical Engineering) at Level 2:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safe working practices in an automotive workshop.
  • Carry out general engineering tasks to repair, manufacture or modify components.
  • Select and use hand tools and equipment.
  • Identify locations/functions of motor vehicle systems/components.
  • Two and four stroke petrol and diesel engines.
  • Inspect and test an ignition distributor, and rectify faults.
  • Service automotive battery.
  • Automotive starting and charging systems and their operation.
  • Automotive ignition systems and their operation Service automotive cooling systems.
  • Identify types of brake, steering and suspension systems.
  • Identify types of manual transmission and adjust a clutch.
  • Establish the operation of a petrol fuel system and adjust a carburettor.
  • Establish the operation of a diesel fuel system and perform minor servicing tasks.
  • Change the fluid and adjust a brake and clutch hydraulic system.
  • Carry out basic engine tuning on a petrol engine.
  • Select and apply lubricants and sealants.
  • Prepare a vehicle or a machine for use and shutdown.
  • Provide customer service in a given situation.

    The Certificate in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering is also an entry level programme designed to give learners a solid introductory grounding for their careers in the automotive and mechanical engineering industry. Learners will learn about the principles of general automotive systems, develop the skills to interpret general servicing schedules, and carry out customer and administrative services. They learn about general engineering principles, processes and workshop practices. This qualification also helps learners increase their communication, literacy, mathematics and computer skills.

    Topics covered in this certificate include but are not limited to electrical technology, engine technology, engineering technology, industry practice, internal combustion engines and vehicle technology. Once learners acquire the Certificate in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering learners they can apply for cross-credits for unit standards from the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Entry Skills) and National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 2), and become apprentices working alongside an industry employer and continue studying industry-based unit standards. Learners can also choose to continue their qualifications in the Certificate in Applied Technology, specializing in automotive engineering, marine engineering systems, Autotronics, or welding and fabrication.

    In comparing these qualifications to the qualifications in South Africa it is clear that many of the qualifications in New Zealand and South Africa are similar, with a few differences. Both the qualifications (New Zealand and South Africa) are streamlined for the needs of that country and therefore there are, quite understandably, some differences between the qualifications of these two countries.

    United Kingdom:

    Within the United Kingdom there are various qualifications in the Autotronics environment. The level of qualifications in the United Kingdom is higher than the South African qualifications. The UK Level 2 qualifications cover various aspects including some competencies in the South African qualifications at levels 3 and 4.

    Certain aspects of the Institute of Motor Industry and City of Guilds in the United Kingdom have been used in benchmarking best practice procedures in some of the unit standards used in this qualification. The NVQ qualifications offered in the UK cover all the same objectives of this series of qualifications, which are at various levels of complexity. The qualifications in the UK are offered as an internship wherein the learner enrols with a college or training centre for the theoretical component, and achieves the practical component in-house. The qualifications are all based on specific levels of performance, and lead to progressive levels of complexity, but are identified as separate qualifications. The learning towards these qualifications is offered through long-term learner-employer relationships, with short-term stints at a training centre.

    Qualification titles in the United Kingdom include:
  • City and Guilds: Certificate in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (Auto-electrical) Level 2.
  • City and Guilds: Certificate in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (Mobile Electrics and Security) Level 2.
  • IMI Certificate in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (Auto-electrical) Level 2.
  • IMI National Certificate in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (Auto-electrical) Level 2.

    Competencies covered within these qualifications include unit standards such as health and safety, customer relations, use of tools, repairing, servicing and testing all the elements of electrical systems. The electives include: Apply Safe Working Practices, Service and Charge Batteries, Carry out Repairs to Single Electrical Circuits, Install, Install Ancillary Electrical Components, Repair Starting Systems, Repair Ignition Systems, Service and Repair Electronically Controlled Steering Systems, Service and Repair Electronically Controlled Suspension Systems, Repair Electronic Systems and Service and Repair Electronic Spark Ignition Engine Management Systems.

    Other qualifications in the United Kingdom were also used to compare the South African Qualifications. Some of the qualifications include:
  • The Motor-Fundamentals of Electricity Certificate level 2 aimed at helping experienced technicians who need to update their skills or who have identified areas of weakness.
  • Auto Electricians Apprenticeships at level 2 cover the interpretation of data from system symptoms and diagnosis of non-complex faults.
  • Mobile Electronics-Advanced Installation Level 2, Mobile Electronics and Security Federation (MESF Certificate), IMI Mobile Electronic and Security Federation, United Kingdom involves the learning the installation of in-car entertainment electronic devices and electronic gadgets.
  • Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 2 aims to locate basic electrical faults, remove, rectify and replace electrical components.

    After learners complete this qualification they may progress to the next level of qualifications such as:
  • Auto Electrical Technical Diploma which will provide learners with the knowledge and skills for a career within the motor vehicle industry.

    In comparing these qualifications to the qualifications in South Africa it is clear that many of the qualifications in the United Kingdom and South Africa are similar, with a few differences. Both the qualifications (United Kingdom and South Africa) are streamlined for the needs of that country and therefore there are, quite understandably, some differences between the qualifications of these two countries.

    Australia:

    In Australia to become an Automotive Electrician usually requires the completion of a Certificate III Apprenticeship in Automotive Electrical Technology. The length of training varies and involves both on-the-job and off-the-job components. The off-the-job training is provided through Registered Training Organizations to Certificate III level.

    Qualifications presented in Australia which were used to compare the South African Qualifications include:
  • Certificate in Entry to Automotive Engineering (Level 2).

    The NMIT Certificate in Entry to Automotive Engineering (Level 2) is 120 credits in value and involves a combination of study at NMIT, work-based training and self-directed study. The programme includes assessment of unit standards that qualify students for the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Entry to Automotive Trades) (Level 2).

    Students can complete courses in one of two ways:
  • Complete eight 15-credit pre-trade courses in one year full-time. These courses cover the principles and theory needed for automotive engineering, alongside essential practical skills of the trade.
  • Six weeks (240 hours) of work-based training in an approved workshop or other approved automotive site are required during the pre-trade programme.

    OR
  • Complete eight 15-credit beginner apprentice courses over two or more years in block and evening classes at NMIT while employed as an automotive apprentice. These courses apply the theory elements of automotive engineering to skills being learned in the workplace, along with refining skills and abilities practiced in the apprenticeship. The courses are timetabled as a series of 5 one-week block courses during the year, and a series of evening classes over the year.

    Normally, an apprentice would study up to four of these block courses in a year and complete the evening class series.

    Pre-Trade/Beginner Apprentice Courses Level NMIT Credits:
  • Automotive Industry Knowledge.
  • Workshop Engineering.
  • Preventative Maintenance.
  • Engine Repairs.
  • Electrical and Electronics.
  • Automotive Systems.
  • General.
  • Cooling and Electrical.
    Total NMIT Credits: 120.

    All courses in the programme are compulsory and are detailed in the course descriptors. The order of completing each block course is not important.

    Certificate II in Automotive Electrical Technology offered by Holmesglen:

    Description:

    This qualification is part of the Automotive Retail Service and Repair Training Package, Electrical Stream. It is designed for trainee automotive electrical/electronic accessory fitters. Participants will learn how to install, connect and test automotive sound, communications and security systems. Participants will also learn how to fit electronic accessories such as cruise control and central locking systems.

    Subjects:

    Apply safe working practices; Apply environmental regulations and best practice in a workplace or business; Carry out soldering of electrical wiring/circuits; plus Technical Inventory units including Electrical Ancillary Systems and Accessories cluster-Electrical group units; plus Retail, service and repair or other relevant units.

    Course Structure:

    To successfully achieve Certificate II in Automotive Electrical Technology, students will be required to complete all modules. Through completing this program, students will also achieve Certificate I in Automotive.

    Unit Hours:
  • Apply safe working practices.
  • Communicate effectively in the workplace.
  • Remove and replace electrical/electronic units/assemblies.
  • Carry out repairs to single electrical circuits.
  • Install, test and repair electrical security systems/components.
  • Carry out soldering of electrical wiring/circuits.
  • Perform computations.

    Unit Hours:
  • Identify, clarify and resolve problems.
  • Establish relations with customers.
  • Apply Environment Regulations And Best Practice In A Workplace Or Business.
  • Test, service and charge batteries.
  • Install, test and repair low voltage wiring/lighting systems.
  • Install ancillary electrical components.
  • Read and interpret engineering drawings.
  • Interact with computing technology.

    Other similar qualifications are:
  • Certificate Automotive Electrics and Electronics Level 2.
  • Certificate: Automotive (Electrical-Accessory Fitting) Level 2.
  • Certificate: Automotive (Electrical) Level 3.
  • Certificate Automotive (Mechanical-Air Conditioning) Level 2.
  • Certificate II awarded by TAFE NSW-Sydney Institute.

    Duration: 1 year.
    Study mode: Part time day.

    Course description:

    This nationally recognised course is for people working in the automotive after market accessory fitting industry who want a career as an accessory fitter and have entered into a training agreement. In this course students will learn how to install automotive mechanical and electrical accessory components to motor vehicles. It is a pathway to a traineeship in the accessory fitting industry. This course is for people seeking to become an accessory fitter in the automotive industry.

    Certificate II in Automotive Mechanical (Air Conditioning):
  • Duration: 18 months part time.

    Course Description:

    This course provides the training component required to obtain registration from the Australian Refrigeration Council to work as an automotive air conditioning fitter or repairer. This course can be studied in the workplace as a traineeship or qualification achieved via the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

    Major specialisation:
  • Major Study Areas.
  • OHS.
  • Repair electric circuits.
  • Workplace tools and equipment.
  • Service, repair and diagnose.
  • Air-conditioning systems.

    Units of Study:

    Compulsory units:
  • Apply safe working practices-20 hours.
  • Implement and monitor environmental regulations in the automotive mechanical industry-20 hours.

    Elective units:
  • Carry out repairs to single electrical circuits-40 hours.
  • Install air conditioning systems-30 hours.
  • Service air conditioning systems-20 hours.
  • Repair/retrofit air conditioning systems-30 hours.
  • Carry out diagnostic procedures-20 hours.
  • Service, maintain or replace batteries-15 hours.
  • Carry out servicing operations-20 hours.
  • Inspect and service engines-20 hours.
  • Inspect and service cooling systems-10 hours.
  • Service petrol fuel systems-15 hours.
  • Use and maintain workplace tooling and equipment-20 hours.

    These qualifications/certificates provide automotive electrical apprentices with the knowledge and skills required to perform on-vehicle faultfinding procedures and electrical system repairs. Competencies in these qualifications include but are not limited to testing of electrical systems that incorporate various control devices and loads, locating faults and identifying their causes, repairing faults in electrical systems that incorporate various control devices and loads, using electric and gas heated devices to perform soldering procedures associated with the repair of automotive electrical systems and components.

    In comparing this Qualification to these offered in Australia, it is clear that the same competencies are covered by both countries, within their qualifications. Although the implementation and use of these qualifications in each country may be different, the same principles of apprenticeship and/or learnerships are applied. The qualifications of both countries are streamlined for the needs of that country and this points to the differences between the qualifications of the two countries.

    Germany-Ceylon:

    The Ceylon German Technical Training Institute was a body affiliated to the Sri Lanka Central Transport Board, which was an autonomous body incorporated under an act of Parliament. This Institute was established with a grant from the Federal Republic of Germany. The Institute offers, inter alia, the following autotronics-related courses. However, the NQF levels of these courses cannot be determined. The institute offers both full-time and part-time courses. The full-time courses are of lengthy duration (most are of 3 years or more) and this indicates that the full time courses are probably post schooling. The part-time course that coincide with the competencies of this qualification are listed here.

    Part-Time Courses [Weekend/Evening]:
  • Preliminary Training Course Engineering Hand Tools & Measuring Tools Operation. Preparation Course before entering Automobile, Power Electrical.
    > Workshop Practice.
  • Automobile Courses.
    > Motor Vehicle Technology-1.
  • Auto Electrical Courses.
    > Auto Electricity.
  • Electricity and Electronics in Automobiles.
  • Tool Machinery Courses.

    Another German initiative in the autotronics field is the Jamaican-German Automotive School. It is a technical cooperation project between the Governments of Germany and Jamaica and provides training for persons in the automotive industry as well as for those wishing to join the industry. Programmes are offered in the evening and daily on a full-time or part-time basis. The full-time programme is for three years. The major objective of the School is to provide continually a cadre of highly trained personnel for the Automotive Sector. Skills upgrading is offered to persons working in the Automotive Industry. It provides professional advisory service to automotive workshops, training institutions and individuals. The courses offered include:
  • Automotive Mechanic.
  • Automotive Electronics.
  • Automotive Electrician.

    United States:

    In Dallas, Texas various qualifications exists but it was not clear on which levels these qualifications are presented. The competencies and skills covered in these qualifications are similar to the South African Qualifications.

    Certificate in Electric Troubleshooting:
  • Aspects covered in this qualification cover: how electrical circuits work; testing electrical circuits; electrical circuits failure and troubleshooting electrical circuits; DC Motor circuit electrical problems; introduction to the various types of ohmmeters, their parameters, capabilities and limitations for testing solid-state components; introduction to key-off battery drain problems relating to DC motor circuit cooling fans; troubleshooting relay circuits; relays causing key-off drain problems.

    Certificate: Wire Harness Troubleshooting:
  • This qualification covers unique electrical circuit problems relating to: troubleshooting an electrical system; troubleshooting batteries; unusual battery failures; troubleshoot a battery failure on the vehicle simply using a DMM and a DC Current Clamp; cranking circuits and practical cranking circuit; systematic troubleshooting procedures, testing voltage drops, troubleshooting charging systems, systematic troubleshooting procedure, troubleshooting key-off battery drain problems, discussion on key-off drain issues (on-board computers are the primary cause of key-off drain problems); troubleshooting multiple battery systems; principles of operation and troubleshooting concepts of batteries, parallel combinations with emphasis on battery voltage analysis versus battery current analysis.

    India:

    Autotronics training in India takes places by private providers such as the TechnoLabs. This is a student assistance Technological Company offering its services in the field of hands-on practical training on emerging technologies, development tools and components for self project development and involves assistance in major project development to engineering students. Most of the training information available is at a higher level.

    SADC:

    None of the SADC countries has its own qualifications relating to Autotronics, but use the British City and Guilds Standards for training learners in the automotive field. Namibia has indicated interest in the South African qualification and may implement this qualification once it has been registered. Namibia is currently in the process of developing vocational certificates for registration on the Namibia Qualifications Framework. Various initiatives are in place to ensure that their qualifications are in line with the South African Qualifications.

    Conclusion:

    The competencies covered in the National Certificate: Autotronics, level 2 are similar to those in the qualifications that have been looked at in other countries. While direct and complete comparisons are rarely possible - given the very different contexts in the countries investigated, there are significant (and sometimes not-so-significant) overlaps between this qualification and those internationally. In some cases, it is difficult to figure out the levels of the international courses and qualifications but the overlap in competencies helped to benchmark this Qualification.

    This Qualification enjoys close similarity with the qualifications from Australia, New Zealand and England in terms of the competencies contained therein. The comparison with these three countries is enhanced by the fact that the qualifications available there are in an outcomes-based format. An advantage was that a fair amount of information is available and this promotes a more comprehensive comparability.

    There is also some overlap of this qualification with the Germany-Ceylon project described above. This Qualification also shares competencies with the qualifications from the United States.

    There is not much information available from India but it must be assumed that the TechnoLabs do provide basic training on the competencies listed in this Qualification before embarking on higher levels of training.

    On the whole this qualification compares very favourably with international qualifications or aspects thereof.

    This qualification will develop the competencies required by the entry level workers who wish to access the autotronics industry. It will also equip them to be able to perform entry level tasks similar to tasks in other countries. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This Qualification lends itself to both vertical and horizontal articulation possibilities.

    Horizontal articulation is possible with the following Qualifications:
  • ID 71950: National Certificate: Automotive Components: Manufacturing and Assembly at NQF Level 2.
  • National Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance at NQF Level 2.
  • ID 65809: National Certificate: Automotive Manufacturing and Assembly at NQF Level 2.

    Vertical articulation is possible with the following Qualifications:
  • ID 71989: National Certificate: Automotive Components: Manufacturing and Assembly at NQF Level 3.
  • ID 78923: National certificate: Autotronics at NQF Level 3. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, and Assurance (ETQA) Body.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation; in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between ETQA's (including professional bodies); and in terms of the moderation guideline detailed immediately below.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the Qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual Unit Standards, the integrated competence described in the Qualification and will include competence within core sales and the elective standards relevant to the economic sector.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this Qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • A minimum of 4 (four) years' practical, relevant occupational experience.
  • A relevant Qualification at NQF Level 3 or higher.
  • To be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    This qualification replaces qualification 22858, "National Certificate: Autotronics", Level 2, 128 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  376621  Build auto-electrical circuits  Level 2  NQF Level 02  16 
    Core  376600  Diagnose and service automobile batteries and battery system components  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  119753  Perform basic welding/joining of metals  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  260717  Remove and fit automobile components  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Core  376641  Remove, fit, assemble and repair automobile auxiliary harnesses  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Core  15123  Select and use vehicle lifting equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  119744  Select, use and care for engineering hand tools  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  12219  Select, use and care for engineering power tools  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  259604  Verify compliance to safety, health and environmental requirements in the workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  244056  Understand the fundamentals of engine technology  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119463  Access and use information from texts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    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 
    Fundamental  7480  Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  119454  Maintain and adapt oral/signed communication  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  12444  Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in 2-dimensions in different life or workplace contexts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  119460  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7469  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9007  Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  119456  Write/present for a defined context  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  252250  Apply fire fighting techniques  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  116932  Operate a personal computer system  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  119567  Perform basic life support and first aid procedures  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  115101  Address workplace hazards and risks  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259762  Demonstrate an understanding of HIV/AIDS and its impact on the workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Elective  244365  Lift and move material and equipment by means of a forklift  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9268  Manage basic personal finance  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  116235  Operate a pendant controlled overhead crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  120496  Provide risk-based primary emergency care/first aid in the workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  335860  Read and interpret engineering drawings  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  260637  Test and report on condition of vehicle starting and charging system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9322  Work in a team  Level 2  NQF Level 02 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some (but not all) of their learning programmes are moved to the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replaced qualification.
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. BMW SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    2. Dawsons Training Academy (Pty) Ltd (DURBAN) (TP) 
    3. Imperial Technical Training Academy (WADEVILLE) (TP) 
    4. McCarthy Academy Cape Town (BLACKHEATH) (TP) 
    5. McCarthy Automotive Artisan Academy (MIDRAND) (TP) 
    6. McCarthy Automotive Artisans Academy (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    7. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (CENTURION) (TP) 
    8. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (EAST LONDON) (TP) 
    9. Northlink College - Bellville Campus 
    10. Qualitas Training cc (SELBY) (TP) 
    11. SG Coal (Pty) Ltd (TP) 
    12. The Automobile Association of South Africa NPC T/A The AA Technical College(MIDRAND) (TP) 
    13. The Automobile Association of South Africa T/A AA Training Academy (MO 
    14. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (SANDTON) (TP) 
    15. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT 



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