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

National Certificate: Small Craft Construction 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
50542  National Certificate: Small Craft Construction 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
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  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  156  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
SAQA 0367/06  2006-08-31  2009-08-31 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2010-08-31   2013-08-31  

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
77003  National Certificate: Yacht and Boat Building  Level 2  NQF Level 02  136   

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

This qualification will enable qualifying learners with elementary skills in the small craft construction environment to assist boat builders with the manufacturing of small craft. These skills include but are not limited to on board applications, basic manufacturing processes using metal and wood polymer composites and working with tools and equipment. It will also contribute to the further development of learners by providing articulation towards more general small craft construction skills. Learners acquiring this qualification will have an improved understanding of their role, acquire the applied competencies to consistently and effectively execute their duties by contributing to the manufacturing process and adhering to quality and safety requirements. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this qualification are essential for social, economic and cultural transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth within the manufacturing environment.

Qualifying learners will be able to perform their line function with specific reference to:
  • Managing themselves, physical and material during the manufacturing process through effective organisational relations and practices to achieve business objectives.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of national and international boat building practices, terminology and systems as applied in small craft construction.
  • Assisting under supervision in the building of a small craft of national and international quality for leisure activity by applying relevant quality, health and safety requirements.

    Range:
  • Small craft construction is limited to boats with fibreglass hulls not exceeding five meters.

    Range:
  • Construction excludes the manufacturing of the hull and major components such as the power system and communication systems but does include the fitting of such systems.

    Rationale:

    Since small craft construction discipline has not previously had formal qualifications, people who have worked in this field require validation by being given access to formal qualifications and standards. The qualification will therefore be able to affirm the experiences of boat builders through the recognition of prior learning, credit accumulation and achievement of competencies. This qualification is for learners who are pursuing a career specifically within the small craft construction sector and is the first one in a learning pathway that has been created. It also provides learners with opportunities for professional development and career advancement within the broader manufacturing environment.

    This qualification reflects the need and demand within the small craft construction sector for skilled employees. People looking for a career in small craft construction or new entrants to the employment market who will be able to perform predominantly in a production environment that produces national and international quality small craft for leisure activity. Successful learners of this qualification will be able to provide world-class service, improve professionalism and enhance the quality of service delivery thereby contributing to the creation of investor confidence and global competitiveness in the South African small craft construction sector. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level.

    Recognition of prior learning:

    The structure of this unit standards-based qualification makes the Recognition of Prior Learning possible. This qualification may therefore be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the mechanism to be used and support and guidance should be provided. Care should be taken that the mechanism used provides the learner with an opportunity to demonstrate competence and is not so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the RPL option towards gaining a qualification.

    If the learner is able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this qualification the appropriate credits should be assigned to the learner. Recognition of Prior Learning will be done by means of Integrated Assessment as mentioned above.

    This Recognition of prior learning may allow:
  • Accelerated access to further learning at this or higher levels on the NQF.
  • Gaining of credits towards a unit standard.
  • Obtaining of this Qualification in part or in whole.

    Access to the qualification:

    Taking learning assumed to be in place into account, access is open for learners whose mobility on a boat will not be restricted due to any disabilities, as most training will take place on and in a small craft. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The Qualification is made up of a planned combination of learning outcomes that have a defined purpose and will provide qualifying learners with applied competence and a basis for further training. The Qualification is made up of unit standards that are classified as Fundamental, Core and Elective in achieving its purpose. A minimum of 156 credits is required to complete the Qualification.

    In this Qualification the credits are allocated as follows:
  • Fundamental: 45 credits.
  • Core: 86 credits.
  • Electives (minimum): 25 credits.
  • Total: 156 credits.

    Fifty seven percent of the credits relate directly to small craft construction practices. The elective component allows the learner to select unit standards that are:
  • Related to the work done by the learner in an organisation.
  • Related to specialist areas in small craft construction specifically or other specialist areas that the learner might be interested in.

    This is to ensure that while there is a strong small craft construction focus, there is scope for learners to select additional unit standards that are relevant to their own situations and cement articulation and portability opportunities for the learner.

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

    Allocation of Fundamental credits:

    Unit standards to the value of 45 credits in Language and Communication, Mathematical Literacy and Health and Safety have been selected for the Fundamental component. These unit standards will add value to learners both organisationally and functionally in terms of their ability to operate as a proficient person in a global economy. All the Fundamental unit standards are compulsory.

    Allocation of Core credits:

    86 credits have been allocated to unit standards in the Core Component of this qualification. This is to ensure that the qualification has a strong small craft construction focus. The unit standards classified as Core reflect the compulsory aspects in small craft construction that the learner needs to be fully competent in. The Core component covers competencies related to small craft construction practices, health, safety and environmental issues, tools and equipment and manufacturing processes and materials. The unit standards provide the knowledge, values and skills that all learners require in order to engage in small craft construction practices. All Core unit standards are compulsory.

    Allocation of Elective credits:

    There are unit standards totalling 112 credits in this component. Learners are required to select electives totalling a minimum of 25 credits. It is intended that the selected electives should allow learners to develop alternative career paths; or gain additional skills and knowledge that relate directly to the work of the learner and which will enhance the learner's work performance or introduce a learner to areas of specialisation in small craft construction. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Qualifying learners are able to:

    1. Manage self, and material during the manufacturing process through effective organisational relations and practices to achieve business objectives.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of national and international boat building practices, terminology and systems as applied in small craft construction.
    3. Assist in the building of a small craft in accordance with predetermined specifications and international standards. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Communication techniques are applied to optimise the impact and effectiveness of quality service delivery.
  • A range of communication strategies are identified and utilised in solving small craft construction related problems.
  • Calculations and statistics are used correctly and accurately in contributing to a manufacturing process.
  • Information systems are utilised to improve service delivery.

    2.
  • The international boating environment is understood by using the correct terminology and describing the uses of various small craft designs.
  • The craft design is explained in terms of the uses of various techniques, materials and methods in construction and manufacturing processes.
  • Distinctions between the different on-board application are made with reference to the relevant systems.
  • Finishing materials are appropriately identified and used in accordance with the type of small craft being manufactured.
  • The work area is kept in a safe and productive condition through safety standards.
  • Seamanship is demonstrated through assistance in the handling of a small craft.

    3.
  • Curved laminated timber and board components are produced utilising the appropriate materials and processes.
  • Small craft construction activities are undertaken utilising polymer composite fabrication techniques.
  • Basic welding or joining of metals is performed in accordance with materials and manufacturers specifications.
  • The appropriate hand and power tools are selected and cared for in accordance with manufacturers specifications.

    Integrated Assessment:
  • Assessment practices must be open, transparent, fair, valid, and reliable and ensure that no learner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever, so that an integrated approach to assessment is incorporated into the qualification.
  • Learning, teaching and assessment are inextricably interwoven. Whenever possible, the assessment of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values shown in the unit standards should be integrated.
  • Assessment of Communication and Mathematical Literacy should be integrated as far as possible with other aspects and should use practical administration contexts wherever possible. A variety of methods must be used in assessment and tools and activities must be appropriate to the context in which the learner is working or will work. 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 a range of formative and summative assessment tool methods and assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies.
  • Assessors must 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 in an integrated manner. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification was compared with training offered in countries that are acknowledged leaders in the small boat-building industry; countries whose industry supplies small craft to others. These countries are:
  • Malaysia
  • China.
  • Turkey.
  • Australia.
  • New Zealand.
  • UK.
  • USA.

    United States of America:

    Several providers of courses in boat building were identified in the USA, however no evidence was found of a national qualification in boat building. Standards for vocational training in boat building hve been approved by the US Department of Education. Most courses are short learning programmes on a specific type of boat. The level at which these programmes are presented seems to be very elementary and the contents are well defined. It is deduced that the proposed South African qualifications at level 2 and 3 compares well with most of the learning programmes presented in the USA. It is evident that the South African approach will provide for a much more informed learner whilst the opportunity to follow a skills programme based on selected unit standards will allow learners to develop a very specific focused skill as is the USA.

    Malaysia:

    Malaysia is an emerging boat building country. To date they have not developed a formal national qualification. They have however identified future training objectives and are in the process of developing learning programmes for fibreglass boats.

    China:

    China has a well-established boat building industry but no evidence was found of any formal qualifications in boat building.

    Turkey:

    The boating industry in Turkey is well developed. A technical high school, Kurucasile, on the Black Sea Coast of Turkey, is devoted to boat building only. This school, in addition to modern techniques, teaches its students, elements and principles of traditional craftsmanship. All the schools and academic institutions, issue diplomas to students who have attended the necessary courses and fulfilled all conditions, including tests and exams. In addition, people attending and successfully finishing the training courses held at various places, such as large yards, and other institutions, are given certificates declaring that the holder has completed a certain programAll these diplomas and certificates are valid nationwide. Diplomas issued by large universities (such as the naval architect diplomas issued by most technical universities) are internationally recognized.

    Australia:

    Australia has a well-established boat-building industry supported by well-defined units of study to be applied by training providers. Their learning programmes in boat building do not seem to follow levels of complexity but rather that of completeness. It is very difficult to compare the South African individual boat building qualifications with those in Australia. However, it seems that once South African learners had completed the FETC in Boat Building, they will be adequately equipped to compete with their Australian counterparts.

    New Zealand:

    The New Zealand authorities compiled a range of national certificates that can be applied in the boat building industry. Most of these certificates are at level 4 with the exception of one that is registered at level 3. In general the contents of the South African boat building qualifications compares well with the New Zealand boat building qualifications.

    United Kingdom:

    The United Kingdom is renowned for their boat building expertise and similarly displays a well-thought-out capability to train towards that expertise. The UK has several national registered qualifications, however, it does seem as though many training providers still present their own traditional learning programmes based on years of experience and specific community needs. It is thought that the South African boat building qualifications are much more comprehensive.

    Africa in General:

    Although many countries in Africa have displayed across the continent the capability to build boats of many shapes and sizes it still lacks the capability to build modern boats. No evidence was found of any boat building training being presented in sub-Saharan Africa. The South African qualifications could help to fill that gap on the continent by making these qualifications available to all those countries that might show an interest in these qualifications. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This Qualification articulates with the following proposed and registered Qualifications:

    Horizontal articulation:
  • National Certificate in Polymer Composite Fabrication L2, NLRD ID: 36154
  • National Certificate in Airconditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation L2, NLRD ID: 48959
  • National Certificate in Welding Application and Practice L2, NLRD ID: 24214

    Vertical articulation:
  • National Certificate in Small craft construction L3, NLRD ID: 50543
  • National Certificate in Polymer Composite Fabrication L3, NLRD ID: 36155
  • National Certificate in Airconditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation L3, NLRD ID: 48963
  • National Certificate in Welding Application and Practice L3, NLRD ID: 24213
  • National Certificate: Furniture Making: Wood L3, NLRD ID: 49105
  • National Certificate: Construction Carpentry L3, NLRD ID: 22670 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with an appropriate Education and Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA) or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding 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 with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA`s policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • 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 in the exit level outcomes described in the Qualification. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • To be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body.
  • A relevant tertiary qualification at one level higher than the level of the qualification and 12 months experience in the relevant field.
  • Well-developed subject matter expertise within small craft construction. 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 77003, which is "National Certificate: Small Craft Construction", Level 2, 134 credits.

    The elective unit standard category is open ended to allow the learner to choose the 17 credits associated to the elective unit standards from any discipline that would add value to the purpose of the qualifiction or the learners own development on a learning pathway within the manufacturing environment. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  114923  Demonstrate knowledge of personal safety and survival at sea  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  123600  Demonstrate seamanship for the safe crewing of a small craft  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Core  123597  Demonstrate understanding of small craft designs and terminology  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  123598  Identify and describe the systems required for different on-board applications  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  123602  Identify and explain the various boat building techniques, materials and their applications  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  123603  Identify and use applicable methods and materials in finishing a small craft  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Core  110289  Identify and work with material as required for polymer composite fabrication  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  10252  Identify, inspect, use, maintain and care for engineering hand tools  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  13220  Keep the work area safe and productive  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  119753  Perform basic welding/joining of metals  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  12219  Select, use and care for engineering power tools  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  117385  Produce curved laminated timber and board components  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  9268  Manage basic personal finance  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  12463  Understand and deal with HIV/AIDS  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  110288  Apply gel coat in patterns  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  110290  Assemble moulded components and attach fittings  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119749  Cut material with oxy-fuel gas cutting process (Manual cutting)  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  110285  Demould a polymer composite product  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12465  Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9672  Erect and dismantle scaffolding  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  110281  Fabricate a polymer composite product  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9881  Mark off basic regular engineering shapes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12484  Perform basic fire fighting  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12483  Perform basic first aid  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  14682  Prepare and assemble welding equipment related to welding processes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  110278  Prepare damaged polymer composite product for repairs  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  110279  Prepare mould for polymer composite fabrication  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9882  Read and interpret basic engineering drawings  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119744  Select, use and care for engineering hand tools  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12476  Select, use and care for engineering measuring equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12481  Sling loads  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12249  Weld workpieces with the gas metal arch welding process in the down-hand position  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 


    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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