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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|National Certificate: Manufacturing of Surface Coatings|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|57879||National Certificate: Manufacturing of Surface Coatings|
|Chemical Industries SGB|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|CHIETA - Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Certificate||Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology||Manufacturing and Assembly|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||122||Level 3||NQF Level 03||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.|
This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
A learner acquiring this qualification will be able to manufacture surface coatings and allied products that conform to required specifications in a safe and cost-effective manner.
The learner will also be able to coordinate team performance and perform trouble-shooting and maintenance functions associated with the manufacturing of the products and the equipment used.
In the context of this qualification surface coatings and allied products include paints, varnishes, inks, surface preparation products, pigments, speciality chemicals, and related products.
The qualification also provides the basis for further learning in quality assurance, production, supervision, technical support and productivity. Following declaration of competence against this qualification, learners will be in a position to participate directly in controlling and troubleshooting the production processes.
This qualification will enable the learner to develop through learning to apply physical science, process specific technology and related skills. It will also create an awareness of the environmental impact of manufacturing.
Research conducted across the Surface Coatings Sector indicates that there is no such qualification in South Africa. This qualification will fill a priority identified by the Chemical Industries SETA Sector Skills Plan.
This qualification provides the flexibility to articulate to other manufacturing activities within the Chemical industries, for example, the household and personal care, and Speciality Chemicals manufacturing and packaging environments. It can also be useful in other manufacturing and packaging environments, for example, in the Food and Beverage Sector.
The qualification provides learners with some grounding for starting up a small manufacturing business.
|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 2.
Recognition of prior learning
This qualification recognizes the knowledge, experience and expertise of operators who do not have formal qualifications aligned to this qualification. RPL assessment may be conducted for parts or all of this qualification, and shall be based on ETQA's RPL policy and guidelines.
Access to the qualification
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Produce surface coatings and/or related products to specification.
2. Maintain health, safety and quality assurance practices in a manufacturing environment.
3. Apply basic economic and business principles.
4. Communicate orally and in writing in order to co-ordinate the activities of people and enhance their performance.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
For formative and summative assessment, the Assessor should look for opportunities to maximise integration of the various outcomes in the qualification. The final assessment must be based on a summative assessment guide. Such a guide needs to indicate how the assessor will assess different aspects of the performance and will include:
The learner may choose in which language s/he wants to be assessed provided that it falls within the scope of the assessor. This should be established as part of a process of preparing the learner for assessment and familiarising the learner with the approach being taken.
The assessment process should cover the explicit tasks required for the qualification as well as the understanding of the concepts and principles that underpin the activities needed in order to manufacture surface coatings products, solve operating problems, understand safety legislation and quality principles, apply basic business and economic principles, and lead and co-ordinate people and activities.
Assessors need to ensure that the 12 principles of assessment have been met, and this includes the evaluation of evidence to verify that the learner has been performing consistently over a period of time.
|Benchmarking took into account the following:
In each of the countries considered, special attention was paid to Best Practices, and cognizance was taken of content of qualifications, entry requirements and vertical articulation options.
The United Kingdom
According to the Department of Trade and Industry, chemical manufacturing has one of the highest growth rates in comparison with other manufacturing industries. As in South Africa, the United Kingdom says that 88% of employers report skills gaps because of new working practices, use of new technology, stricter regulation, and the need for increased productivity.
UK Qualifications that can be compared to the proposed National Certificate in Manufacturing of Surface Coatings, in terms of entry level and vertical articulation, are:
Each of the abovementioned qualifications focuses on process technology, and the theory and practice of manufacturing. In the case of the Surface Coatings-specific qualifications, learners are able to select modules related to the technology used in their own work places. There is also emphasis on working in teams, and on using hand tools to perform basic maintenance and changeovers on production machinery.
The New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) has registered the National Certificate in Materials Processing, Level 3 - Reference No. 1074. This qualification has a strand in paints. It is similar to the proposed qualification in terms of level, entry requirements, and competencies. The strand in paints has 14 compulsory credits and 33 elective credits, out of a total of 58 credits.
Surface Coatings Association Australia Inc. does not advertise courses, although seminars are held regularly and discuss new technological developments in the sub-sector. Several TAFE Colleges offer a Diploma at the equivalent of NQF Level 5.
The United States of America
The Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) has researched and presented a set of manufacturing skills with descriptors and performance indicators. These skills may be selected according to needs, and appear to reflect best practice in manufacturing, but do not specify Surface Coatings. The proposed qualification may be favourably compared to the list of manufacturing skills listed by the MSSC in terms of generic chemical technology, but not specifically in surface coatings.
Other courses found advertised on United States Professional Associations are limited to seminars or post graduate studies, and do not describe outcomes.
Seminars and short courses are offered through the various Surface Coatings and Allied Professional Institutes, and post-graduate studies were found. However, there was no equivalent of the proposed qualification on any Canadian website.
As Europe is known for its Best Practices, a search across a number of countries revealed professional Surface Coatings Associations and Institutes in Denmark, Belgium, France, Hungary, Poland and Greece, amongst others. Once again, short courses and seminars lead the way at Professional Development level, and Surface Coatings specific qualifications appear to be at Post Graduate level, for example: (Post Graduate) Diploma in Industrial Chemistry - Paint Technology/Surface Finishing Specialization: Greece.
Countries of the Southern African Development Community
A search for qualifications in the SADC countries has revealed little useful information. Most of the certifications appear to be based on short courses and occupational competence is not described, or linked to international professional Associations.
India and other Far East Countries
India is a prolific advertiser of Surface Coatings and related products. The country appears to use the City and Guilds qualifications at Operator Level (see United Kingdom above). There is one Post Graduate Diploma in Paint Coatings Technology from the Institute of Cheminformatics Studies, but only one out of six modules of the aforementioned diploma is dedicated to production and manufacturing technology.
An observation is that reviewed international qualifications are more generic in nature, and do not include components of problem-solving, basic maintenance and quality control. The UK qualifications concentrate on generic chemical process technology, with some insight in surface coatings, team work, and the operation of process equipment. New Zealand's qualification is similar to the SA Certificate because of its focus on surface coatings-specific processes as well as quality control and basic maintenance. All countries reviewed mentioned that professional skills needed to be developed against best practices.
|Horizontal articulation is possible with the following Level 3 qualifications:
Vertical articulation is possible with the following Level 4 qualifications:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||14784||Apply sampling theory and practice in the chemical industry||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Core||243034||Demonstrate understanding of basic surface coatings technology and its applications||Level 2||NQF Level 02||10|
|Core||13221||Perform routine maintenance||Level 2||NQF Level 02||8|
|Core||8000||Apply basic business principles||Level 3||NQF Level 03||9|
|Core||243013||Apply in process quality control in the manufacturing of surface coatings products||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Core||113852||Apply occupational health, safety and environmental principles||Level 3||NQF Level 03||10|
|Core||243011||Disperse powders in liquids in a batch process||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Core||14801||Solve operating problems using process chemistry and related technology||Level 3||NQF Level 03||10|
|Core||242821||Identify responsibilities of a team leader in ensuring that organisational standards are met||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||13912||Apply knowledge of self and team in order to develop a plan to enhance team performance||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||114952||Apply problem-solving techniques to make a decision or solve a problem in a real life context||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Fundamental||14106||Demonstrate understanding of real and imaginary numbers and real number systems||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Fundamental||9013||Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Fundamental||119457||Interpret and use information from texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9012||Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119467||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||7456||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119465||Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Elective||116938||Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based word processor to create and edit documents||Level 1||NQF Level 01||4|
|Elective||10252||Identify, inspect, use, maintain and care for engineering hand tools||Level 2||NQF Level 02||6|
|Elective||14340||Maintain an existing information system in a business environment||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Elective||12202||Package products in a manual or semi-automated packaging operation||Level 2||NQF Level 02||6|
|Elective||12219||Select, use and care for engineering power tools||Level 2||NQF Level 02||6|
|Elective||243021||Shift loads using lifting equipment||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Elective||117924||Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based word processor to format documents||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Elective||13234||Apply quality procedures||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Elective||12319||Perform change overs in a production or packaging environment||Level 3||NQF Level 03||7|
|Elective||243012||Tint and match pigmented surface coatings||Level 3||NQF Level 03||10|
|Elective||116942||Use a GUI-based word processor to create merged documents||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Elective||119078||Use a GUI-based word processor to enhance a document through the use of tables and columns||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Elective||114600||Apply innovative thinking to the development of a small business||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Elective||117927||Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based database application to solve a given problem||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
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