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National Certificate: Trade Exhibition Support 
49447  National Certificate: Trade Exhibition Support 
SGB Marketing 
SERVICES - Services Sector Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
National Certificate  Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies  Marketing 
Undefined  132  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
SAQA 9999/99  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
2026-06-30   2029-06-30  

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 does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

NC: Trade Exhibition Support provides a mixture of theory and practice. It requires learners to understand the elements required for effective Trade Exhibition support, while also giving them the opportunity to learn the practical application in an active and successful trade exhibition environment.

This Qualification is for any individual who is or wishes to be involved in Trade Exhibition Support. It is intended for those aspiring to careers within the various business areas or sectors in the Exhibitions Support Industry. It also serves as an entry-level qualification into Trade Exhibitions. This qualification will be registered at NQF Level 3.

The elective component of the Qualification allows the learner to select unit standards that will enhance their own particular chosen career in this industry. The core unit standards are relevant to all areas of Trade Exhibition Support and will build a solid foundation for the learner.

Learners working towards this Qualification will find that the acquisition of competence in the unit standards, which make up the Qualification, will add value to their jobs. This Qualification is intended to enhance the provision of entry-level service within the Exhibition Industry. It provides the broad knowledge, skills and values needed in the industry. It facilitates access to, while providing mobility and progression within, education and training. It allows for progression along a learning pathway for learners who
  • Were previously disadvantaged or who were unable to complete their schooling and were therefore denied access to Further Education and Training.
  • Have worked in the Exhibition Industry for many years, but have no formal qualification in this area
  • Wish to extend their range of skills and knowledge of the industry to become competent workers in the Exhibition Industry.

    The Qualification has building blocks that can be developed further, leading to a defined Trade Exhibition career and provides a learning pathway to more complex NQF levels. It focuses on the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes required to progress further. The intention is to
  • Promote the development of knowledge, skills and values required in Trade Exhibitions.
  • Release the potential of people for growth and development.
  • Provide opportunities for people to move along career paths by being more valuable to their organisation, the economy and themselves.

    Rationale of the qualification:

    NC: Trade Exhibition Support: NQF Level 3 is designed to enable people to embark on a career within the Exhibition industry, leading to entrepreneurial opportunities for learners. It will also enhance the self-image of individual learners as they become more self-sufficient. Improved self-image leads to a more positive outlook and performance within the Exhibition job market and society at large. Furthermore, the Qualification will provide a means to set standards in the Exhibition industry and provide a mechanism for regulating the services provided, from a quality and professional point of view.

    There is a need to develop career paths in this industry, which is constantly in need of skilled people. The Exhibition industry is one of the fastest growing industries in South Africa, as it markets itself globally. It will therefore ensure that the quality of education and training is enhanced in South Africa and be of a world-class standard.

    The qualification allows the learner to work towards a nationally recognised qualification. It will allow both those in formal education and those already employed in organisations in the Exhibition industry to benchmark their competence against local and international standards. Recognition of excellence is important in order to foster healthy competition and to ensure professional standards. 

    The following is the learning assumed to be in place:
  • Computer Literacy.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Communications at NQF Level 2.

    Recognition of prior learning:

    The structure of this Unit Standard based Qualification makes the Recognition of Prior Learning possible, if the learner is able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning will be done by means of an Integrated Assessment as mentioned in the previous paragraph.

    This Recognition of Prior Learning may allow:
  • For accelerated access to further learning.
  • Gaining of credits for a unit standard.
  • Obtaining this qualification in whole or in part.

    All recognition of Prior Learning is subject to quality assurance by the relevant accredited Education Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) Body and is conducted by a registered workplace assessor. 


    Levels, credits and learning components assigned to the qualification

    Rules to Combinations

    The qualification is made up of a combination of learning outcomes from Fundamental, Core and Elective components, totalling 132 credits.
  • Fundamental 40 credits 35%
  • Core 72 credits 49%
  • Elective Minimum 20 credits 16%

    Total: 132 credits (minimum) 100%

  • 40 credits at Level 3.
    Total: 40 credits.

  • 6 credits at Level 2.
  • 49 credits at Level 3.
  • 17 credits at Level 4.
    Total: 72 credits.

  • Learners must select a Minimum of 20 credits from the Elective Unit Standards to make up the 132 credits required.
    Total: 20 Minimum.

    Total Credits
  • 132 credits Minimum.
  • 40 credits Fundamental at Level 3.
  • 6 credits Core at Level 2.
  • 49 credits Core at Level 3.
  • 17 credits Core at Level 4.
  • 20 credits Minimum Electives.
    Total: 132 Minimum.

    Motivation for number of credits assigned to fundamental, core and elective

    Fundamental Credits

    At level 3, SAQA stipulates the minimum number of credits allocated to Communication and Mathematical Literacy should total 36 credits, however the SGB felt that the additional fundamental unit standards chosen will add value to the qualification as a whole. All the unit standards are compulsory.


    66 credits have been allocated to the Core Unit Standards. This is to ensure that the qualification has a strong Trade Exhibition focus. The Core Unit Standards offer a broad contextual understanding and will enable the learners to gain an all round picture of the Trade Exhibition Industry. All the unit standards are compulsory.


    A minimum of 20 credits must be selected by the learner from the Elective Unit Standards. There are a total of 60 credits for the Elective area. They also allow for progression to the next level of learning. 

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of life skills and apply them in the working environment.
    2. Manage information systems and process data flow in a business environment.
    3. Describe the design process in the exhibition industry and produce floor plans for an exhibition.
    4. Describe the features and services of the exhibition industry.
    5. Describe the build-up and breakdown process of an exhibition, control venue equipment and assets, and provide support at an exhibition.
    6. Apply basic business skills and techniques in daily functions within the exhibition industry.
    7. Describe and apply management and other functions within a business.
    8. Manage and work with others in a team to enhance performance. 

  • Effects of HIV/AIDS in the workplace and on a business as a whole are explained.
  • A personal computer system is operated using appropriate hardware and software requirements.

  • Data on stakeholders and the exhibition industry is researched and processed using organizational requirements.
  • An information system is planned, monitored and controlled in a business environment.

  • The role of design in the exhibition industry is explained with examples.
  • Venue and exhibition floor plans are produced to client and exhibition requirements.

  • The features of the exhibition industry are described using industry norms.
  • Exhibition services are explained using a particular organization's exhibition services.
  • A selected business environment is described using examples from that environment.
  • Current affairs relating to the industry are monitored and updated on a regular basis.

  • The sequence of exhibition build-up and break-down is explained with practical examples.
  • Venue equipment and assets are controlled and maintained according to organisational requirements.
  • On-site exhibition support is provided using organisational requirements and instruction.

  • Corporate culture is applied and implemented using a specific organisation's culture.
  • Basic business calculations are performed to meet organisational requirements.
  • Clients are communicated with, using an organization's policies and procedures.
  • A formal meeting is conducted following established procedures.
  • Occupational health and safety is maintained in accordance with regulatory requirements.
  • General housekeeping is maintained.

  • Management functions in an organisation are described with examples.
  • Ethical behaviour is maintained at all times.
  • Professionalism in a business environment is demonstrated.
  • The Basic Conditions of Employment are observed and applied.
  • The roles of team leader and the team are highlighted to ensure that they meet an organisation's standards.
  • A new member is inducted into a team.
  • Time and the work process in a business environment are managed.
  • Stock is controlled and located according to organizational requirements.
  • First aid is provided using first aid principles and practices.

  • Workplace relationships are described, with examples of how to manage them.
  • Knowledge of self and team is applied in developing a plan to enhance team performance.

    Integrated assessment:

    An integrated assessment approach is incorporated into the qualification because assessment practices must be open, transparent, fair, valid, and reliable and ensure that no learner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever,

    Learning, teaching and assessment are inextricably linked. Whenever possible, the assessment of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values shown in the unit standards should be integrated.

    Assessment of the communication, language, literacy and numeracy will be conducted in conjunction with other aspects and will use authentic Exhibition contexts wherever possible.

    A variety of methods must be used in assessment. Tools and activities must be appropriate to the context in which the learner is working. Where it is not possible to assess the learner in the workplace or on the job, simulations, case studies, role-plays and other similar techniques should be used to provide a context appropriate to the assessment.

    The term 'Integrated Assessment' implies that theoretical and practical components should be assessed together. During integrated assessments the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflexive competencies.

    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 evaluated. The assessment of the critical cross-field outcomes should be integrated with the assessment of specific outcomes and embedded knowledge. 

    The Trade Exhibition Industry is a discipline with globally recognised best practices, standards and qualifications. This qualification and related unit standards utilises international and locally recognised best practice and standards.

    Benchmarking was done by comparison to Unit Standards / Outcomes of learning against:

    Association of Exhibition Organisers - United Kingdom
  • Short course - Winning Exhibition Telesales.
  • Short course - Selling to the Exhibition Organiser.

    New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  • National Certificate in Security (with strands in mobile patrol, personal protection retail security, secure transport, site security and venue security)- Level 3.
  • National Certificate in Sport (with strands in event management, sport administration and team management) - Level 3.
  • Unit Standard - Describe strategies for preventing injury on construction sites - 3 credits - Level 3.

    Where possible, a direct comparison with each unit standard/course was undertaken and the relevant points were incorporated into each South African unit standard. However, the outcomes incorporated were written in a South African context. 

    Horizontal articulation is possible with the following qualifications:
  • National Certificate: General Security Practices - NQF Level 3 - NLRD 22490.
  • National Certificate: Auctioneering Support - NQF Level 3 - NLRD 48864.

    Vertical articulation is possible with the following qualifications:
  • National Certificate: Tourism: Car Rental - NQF Level 4 -NLRD 17492.
  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Manufacturing and Assembly Logistics (M&AL) - NQF Level 4 - NLRD 48962. 

  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) 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 ETQAs (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 as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification.

    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. 

    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • A minimum of 2 (two) years' practical, relevant occupational experience.
  • To be declared competent in all the outcomes of the National Assessor Unit Standards as stipulated by South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
  • A qualification in marketing or sales at NQF level 4 or above. 

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


    Core  7547  Operate a personal computer system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  119153  Apply and implement corporate culture  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13914  Conduct a formal meeting  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  119158  Control and maintain venue equipment and assets  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  119165  Describe the features of the exhibition industry  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  119152  Explain exhibition services  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  119164  Explain the role of design in the exhibition industry and general design awareness  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  119134  Explain the sequence of exhibition build-up and breakdown  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  8016  Maintaining occupational health, safety and general housekeeping  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  11241  Perform Basic Business Calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13933  Plan, monitor and control an information system in a business environment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  119157  Produce venue and exhibition floor plans  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  119132  Research and process data on stakeholders in the exhibition industry  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  14357  Demonstrate an understanding of a selected business environment  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  10024  Liaise with a range of customers of a business  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  119136  Provide on-site exhibition support  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9010  Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  13915  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS in a workplace, and its effects on a business sub-sector, own organisation and a specific workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9013  Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8969  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9012  Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8973  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7456  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8970  Write texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  14359  Behave in a professional manner in a business environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  14341  Keep informed about current affairs related to one`s own industry  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  13912  Apply knowledge of self and team in order to develop a plan to enhance team performance  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  8025  Controlling and locating stock  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  10170  Demonstrate understanding of employment relations in an organisation  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  114943  Describe how to manage workplace relationships  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13917  Indicate the role of a team leader ensuring that a team meets an organisation`s standards  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13911  Induct a new member into a team  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116492  Interact ethically in multicultural contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13918  Manage time and the work process in a business environment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  14667  Describe and apply the management functions of an organization  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  7854  Provide First Aid  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


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