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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

National Certificate: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
20721  National Certificate: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Air-conditioning Refrigeration and Ventilation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  135  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
SAQA 0836/01  2001-06-13  2004-06-13 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2005-06-13   2008-06-13  

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
48966  Further Education and Training Certificate: Air-conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation  Level 4  NQF Level 04  169   
65509  Further Education and Training Certificate: Air-conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation  Level 4  NQF Level 04  152   

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
People who achieve this qualification will be recognized for their ability to commission, fault find and maintain air-conditioning and ventilation plants and systems or refrigeration plants and systems. Qualifying candidates will be able to practice in the air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation industry as technicians in manufacturing, maintenance, and repair and/or installation contexts.

Candidates may choose to specialize in air-conditioning and ventilation or refrigeration.


Rationale:

This is the third qualification in a series for learners following a career in air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation. This is a growth industry and there is a demand for workers with technical skills for manufacturing, installation, maintenance and repair of systems and equipment.

For those who have been active in the industry for a period of time, this qualification represents part of the RPL process to acknowledge skills acquired without the benefit of formal education or training.

The qualification also forms the basis for further development and has been designed to articulate directly to learning programmes and qualifications in air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation at NQF Level 5, Pr.Tech, B. Tech and higher levels. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This qualification assumes that the candidate has already achieved a National Certificate in air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation at NQF level 3.

In particular, the following learning is assumed to be in place prior to embarking on learning towards this qualification
  • Basic literacy and numeracy
  • Basic concepts of science and technology
  • Basic concepts of business and the economy
  • Basic concepts in workplace relationships, procedures, roles and responsibilities

    Recognition of prior learning:

    Whether a candidate attends formal courses or acquires the required skills through informal means, the same standards apply as per the matrix of unit standards. The qualification and the standards have been written in such a way that the learning has to be assessed in an integrated way. Assessors will assess evidence to establish what the learners know and can do. Such evidence may be gathered through course related activities or through work related activities. In cases where candidates do not attend formal courses, assessors should seek work related evidence as far as possible.
    Where courses are provided for learners, institutions can use the unit standards and this qualification to assess learning achievements.

    For candidates who are not able to achieve the outcomes, providers can then use the standards and qualification to determine a specific learning programme to suit the candidate's learning needs. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Fundamental: 41 credits
    Core: 74 credits
    Elective: The learner must choose a minimum of 20 credits from the Elective unit standards.

    Total: 135 credits 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Exit Level Outcomes:
  • Understand electrical power and control diagrams related to air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation plants.
  • Understand the operation of refrigeration plant components and equipment
  • Commission, service, diagnose faults and repair air-conditioning and refrigeration plants.
  • Work safely and responsibly and ensure the safety and well being of fellow workers.

    The qualification also addresses the following Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
  • Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking
  • Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organization or community
  • Organize and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively
  • Collect, analyze, organize and critically evaluate information
  • Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion
  • Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Integrated Assessment:

    Assessors will require evidence of competence in terms of each unit standard indicated in the matrix of unit standards required for this qualification. The assessment criteria for each unit standard will serve as the standard against which assessors must make their assessment judgments. When assessors are satisfied that the criteria have been met for each unit standard, assessors must ensure there is sufficient evidence of the ability to integrate the full range of skills required in order to commission, fault find and maintain air-conditioning and ventilation or refrigeration plants and systems.

    This evidence could be collected through:
  • Observations in a simulated environment
  • Observations during work or participation in work related activities
  • Questions designed to test understanding and knowledge in terms of each unit standard's requirements, and the ability to integrate at qualification level.
  • Records and reports compiled as part of assessment portfolios.

    Moderators will check integration of all assessments at qualification level. This could include observing individual assessment. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification compares favourably with the following international qualifications:
  • New Zealand Qualifications Authority/NZEFMITO 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderation of assessments must take place whenever assessments are carried out at qualification level. Moderators must also be accredited for the particular sub-field or have knowledge and experience of air-conditioning or refrigeration. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Assessors will have to be registered as assessors by the relevant ETQA in line with SAQA's registration requirements. In terms of assessment expertise, assessors will need to provide competence in line with the unit standards for assessors.

    In terms of technical expertise, assessors will need to demonstrate evaluative ability in relation to the unit standards they assess. By evaluative ability is meant the assessor need not necessarily have the psych-motor skills needed to achieve each unit standard they assess themselves, but that knowledge and experience that enables them to make fair, valid and reliable judgments of the candidates ability relative to the unit standard at hand. 

    NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by the following qualifications:
  • ID 65509, which is "Further Education and Training Certificate in Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation", Level 4, 156 credits.
  • ID 48966, which is "Further Education and Training Certificate in Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation", Level 4, 169 credits.

    The assessment criteria for each unit standard are to be used by the assessor as the basis for assessment judgments, first in relation to each unit standard, and then in relation to integration at exit outcome level. 

  • UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  9267  Demonstrate knowledge of the definitions and sections 1, 8, 13 and 14 of the OHS Act applicable to employees in the air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation industries  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  13395  Draw free hand diagrams of typical electrical control and power circuits used in air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation systems and explain their operating sequence  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  9520  Explain function and operation of refrigeration circuits as applied to air-conditioning or refrigeration systems and select and explain the function of components, accessories and controls  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  9523  Explain the need for water treatment and the methods and equipment used  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  9508  Interpret electrical power & control circuit diagrams and fault find and repair electrical circuits related to air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation installations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  11 
    Core  9515  List, define and discuss the characteristics of commonly used refrigerants used in the refrigeration industry  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  9505  Manage basic business and personal finance  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  9521  Repair and overhaul air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation equipment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  9509  Service a refrigeration system and set it in operation  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  9503  Understand, implement, maintain and monitor general quality standards within the air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation industries  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  9502  Write a technical report  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9015  Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9506  Communicate in an assertive manner with clients and fellow workers  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8974  Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8975  Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9016  Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9482  Supervise workers at levels 2 and 3  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8979  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8976  Write for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  9522  Commission air-conditioning and ventilation systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  9504  Commission and maintain transport refrigeration systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  9517  Commission refrigeration systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  9511  Diagnose operational faults in refrigeration systems and take remedial action or propose corrective action  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  9518  Monitor an air-conditioning, refrigeration or ventilation system through the Building Management System  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  9516  Plot air-conditioning processes on the psychometric chart and determine plant operating parameters  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


    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.
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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