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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|National Certificate: Ammunition Fitting|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|90652||National Certificate: Ammunition Fitting|
|QCTO Task Team - Explosive Ordnance|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|SAS SETA - Safety and Security SETA||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Certificate||Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security||Safety in Society|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||136||Not Applicable||NQF Level 05||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|
The qualification aims to prepare the learner to perform as an Ammunition Fitter or Technical Munitions Officer. This is the first qualification for Ammunition Fitters and will allow the learner to obtain a nationally recognised qualification in the storage, maintenance, repair, transportation and disposal of ammunition and explosives.
This qualification enables learners to develop work relevant competences, as an aid to employment and career progression. Qualified learners will be able to:
The qualification also benefits employers as they can have confidence in the ability of trained people and can recruit or promote those working with ammunition, knowing that they have proved ability to do the required work safely.
This qualification meets the needs of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) by providing standards against which Ammunition Fitters and Technical Munitions Officers can be trained. The qualification meets the needs of society by providing competent Ammunition Fitters and Technical Munitions Officers who are able to participate in the storage, transportation, maintenance, repair and disposal of ammunition and explosives within the SANDF, thereby contributing to the safety and security of the broader public.
Additionally, the qualification will allow learners entry to a career in the SANDF or explosives industry by providing access to further occupational and developmental learning and training at NQF Levels 5 and 6. It provides for the holistic development of the learner and the competencies required in performing the job.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|The applicant is assumed to have:
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
This qualification makes Recognition of Prior Learning possible, in full or in part, 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.
The Recognition of Prior Learning can be used to:
All Recognition of Prior Learning is subject to quality assurance by the relevant accredited, Quality Assurance Partner and is conducted by a registered workplace assessor.
Access to the Qualification:
To gain access to this qualification learners require:
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|The qualification consists of Fundamental, Core and Elective Components. To be awarded the qualification, learners are required to obtain a minimum of 136 Credits.
All Unit Standards, totalling 14 Credits are compulsory.
All Unit Standards, totalling 112 Credits are compulsory.
Learners are to choose Unit Standards to the minimum value of 10 Credits.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Manage ammunition warehouse facilities.
2. Make, maintain and use tools during ammunition maintenance and process building tasks.
3. Perform ammunition maintenance tasks.
4. Demonstrate good workshop practices.
Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
This qualification promotes, in particular, the following Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
> Legislation is interpreted and applied when storing, maintaining or transporting ammunition and explosives.
> Emergencies are identified and the appropriate corrective action taken during maintenance and repair tasks.
> Maintenance issues encountered during the inspection of ammunition are analysed and overcome in order to ensure serviceability and safety.
> Workshop practice.
> The management of an explosive storehouse.
> The coordination of ammunition process building tasks.
> Planning and coordinating ammunition inspections.
> Planning and coordinating ammunition process building tasks.
> Displaying safety ammunition on a display board at the entrance to an explosives workplace.
> Interpreting verbal or written orders for the execution of ammunition maintenance and repair tasks.
> The functioning of ammunition in order to repair or maintain it.
> The improvement of work processes and workshop practices.
> Maintenance issues encountered during inspections.
> Using specialised equipment to maintain and repair ammunition.
> Taking visitors and other personnel into account when planning and performing ammunition process building tasks.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
As assessment practices must be open, transparent, fair, valid and reliable as well as ensuring that no learner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever, an integrated assessment approach is incorporated into the qualification. 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.
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. 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 reflective competencies.
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, essential embedded knowledge and critical cross-field outcomes are assessed. The assessment of critical cross-field outcomes should be integrated with the assessment of the exit level outcomes and essential embedded knowledge.
|The key skills of the Ammunition Fitter and Technical Munitions Officer were identified and used to benchmark against other international organisations presenting the same training or performing the same function. The United Kingdom, Canada and Australia were identified as employing best practice in the training of their Ammunition Fitters.
Australia was selected based upon the standard of training being presented as well as the fact that their training and qualification of personnel is also based upon a National Qualifications Framework. The Australian NQF consists of Unit Standards which would make comparison easier. The Australian Army is also responsible for the training of their Ammunition Technicians and focuses their development on the following areas:
Ammunition Technicians and Technical Munitions Officers of this nation are trained by the Department of Defence, Royal Logistic Corps at the Royal Military College of Science and Defence Explosive Ordnance Munitions Search School (formerly known as the Army School of Ammunition). The qualification spans over a sixteen month period and comprises the following modules:
The Canadian Forces are responsible for the training and development of their Ammunition Technicians. These practitioners are responsible for the management and maintenance of ammunition stockpiles within Canada. In addition to controlling the inventory, they perform technical inspections, tests, proofs, maintenance, modification and logistical disposal of tri-service ammunition. Canadian Ammunition Technicians are trained at the Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics in Borden, Ontario for approximately six months and address the following modules:
Although the Canadian education system differs from ours and no unit standards or qualifications exist outside the military environment, the subject matter and content being presented compared very favourably with that envisaged and currently being presented in South Africa.
Although only three countries were selected for comparison, it must be kept in mind that a vast majority of nations are currently being trained by the United Kingdom and United States of America. A number of African countries e.g., Ivory Coast, Liberia and Congo munitions officers have been trained by the United Kingdom. It must also be borne in mind that a number of African and Middle East countries' munitions officers have been trained and developed in South Africa and these nations continue to do so even in the absence of a formal qualification.
All three of the major national trainers in the Ammunition Fitter and Technician Munitions Officer environment compared favourably with the proposed qualification in terms of the fields and subjects that are being addressed and as such the task team was of the opinion that this qualification will easily be articulated internationally, especially with Australia.
The international comparability with the Australian training was done prior to and after the development of the proposed qualification. This was done to ensure possible alignment and best practice prior to the development of the qualification. The comparability with Canada and the United Kingdom was done upon completion of the qualification. Possible shortcomings and areas that needed further alignment or exclusion were then discussed and incorporated into the proposed qualification.
It was found that all Ammunition Fitter and Technical Munitions Officer training is similar regarding the contents. The environment, equipment, techniques and procedures used do, however, vary between countries and organisations within a country. In terms of the military ammunition fitters the following training was found to be common throughout:
It has been found that the National Certificate: Ammunition Fitting, Level 5 compares very favourably with established international training in that the content and approaches to training are very similar.
|Horizontally, this qualification articulates with a:
Vertically, this qualification articulates with a:
|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 2015.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||258017||Conduct briefing and debriefing sessions||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Core||117476||Demonstrate an understanding of explosives classification, marking and packaging requirements||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Core||117478||Demonstrate an understanding of explosives control||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||2|
|Core||117470||Demonstrate an understanding of explosives storage legislation and regulations||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||117473||Demonstrate an understanding of explosives transportation legislation and regulations||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||258015||Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics in the field of explosives||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Core||258009||Demonstrate knowledge of explosive ordnances||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||9|
|Core||421835||Explain and store ammunition and explosives in an explosives storage facility||Not Applicable||NQF Level 05||10|
|Core||421836||Explain the design and construction of ordnance||Not Applicable||NQF Level 05||20|
|Core||421837||Implement workshop practices related to ammunition process building (APB) and its safety||Not Applicable||NQF Level 05||15|
|Core||421838||Maintain and repair ammunition and explosives||Not Applicable||NQF Level 05||20|
|Core||421839||Make, maintain and use tools and equipment for ammunition maintenance repairs||Not Applicable||NQF Level 05||5|
|Core||421840||Plan Ammunition Process Building Tasks||Not Applicable||NQF Level 05||10|
|Fundamental||120476||Adhere to professional conduct and organisational ethics||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Fundamental||14155||Create and maintain positive workplace relationships||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Fundamental||15096||Demonstrate an understanding of stress in order to apply strategies to achieve optimal stress levels in personal and work situations||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Elective||242815||Apply the organisation's code of conduct in a work environment||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||116486||Explain personal and social responsibility in decision making||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||252037||Build teams to achieve goals and objectives||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Elective||258013||Demonstrate knowledge of blasting accessories||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||257284||Demonstrate the use of initiating systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||257281||Dispose of explosives and munitions||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||9|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
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