Electrical Engineering

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

 

National Certificate: Electrical Engineering
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
73313 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report. SFAP – Sub-framework Assignment Pending
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate Field 12 – Physical Planning and Construction Electrical Infrastructure Construction
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined 140 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 “Reregistered”
SAQA 0695/12 2012-07-01 2013-11-07
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2014-11-07 2017-11-07

 

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 replaces:
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
48473 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering Level 2 NQF Level 02 143 Complete
This qualification is replaced by:
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
91761 Occupational Certificate: Electrician Not Applicable NQF Level 04 360 Complete

 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION

Purpose: 

The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to work effectively within various industries, making use of electrical engineering knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of such an environment. 

Qualifying learners will also be able to relate their learning to scientific and technological principles and concepts. They will also be able to maintain and support the various policies and procedures related to the safety, health, environment and quality systems that govern their workplace. 

Qualifying learners at NQF Level 2 will be able to: 

  • Use engineering tools, measuring instruments and electrical technology.
  • Read, interpret and produce basic electrical engineering drawings and circuits.
  • Apply hand skills applicable to electrical installation and maintenance.
  • Understand and apply basic electrical installation assembly techniques to install, maintain, repair, overhaul or recondition designated circuits, electrical machines and sub-components.
  • Understand basic electrical theory and the application in relation to the maintenance and function of machines. With this understanding, learners will be able to participate in workplace activities. The foundational learning in this Qualification would serve as a basis for further learning where they will engage in more advanced installation, maintenance and repair activities. 

    Rationale: 

    This is the first of a three-level qualification series that reflect the workplace-based needs of the electrical field that is expressed by employers and employees, both now and for the future. This electrical engineering qualification provides the foundational competencies required to work on designated electrical circuits and installations. This qualification provides the learner with accessibility to be employed within the electrical engineering field and provides the flexibility to pursue different careers across various industry sectors and articulate within industries such as: 

  • Manufacturing and Engineering.
  • Energy Sector.
  • Mining.
  • Chemical.
  • Transport.
  • Other related engineering industry sectors. This qualification will enhance the status and productivity of the learner as well as contribute to improved quality, production rate and growth within relevant electrical sectors. The range of typical learners at this level could include individuals preparing to qualify in occupations or trades such as: 
  • Electrician.
  • Domestic Appliance Repair. This electrical engineering qualification provides the foundational competencies required to work on designated electrical circuits and installations. An intermediate set of skills to work on integrated circuits and installations would be acquired at NQF Level 3 with the learner able to work on integrated systems and installations and operate as a skilled worker performing Artisan duties in the electrical field upon graduating at NQF Level 4. 

    This qualification could assist with the achievement of national government and industrial development policies and strategies to grow a pool of scarce and other related skills in support of sustainable economic growth. People working in the electrical engineering fields require specialized technical skills and knowledge in order to meet the requirements of continually changing environment of the various industries. Through its design, this qualification will meet the needs of learners within the electrical engineering sectors who require technical expertise and essential knowledge needed to earn formal qualifications. This qualification facilitates access for previously disadvantaged groups and other learners to acquire the technical knowledge and skills that are required as well as provide access and mobility into higher-level more specialised occupations. This will allow the learner greater employability and support the development of small and medium enterprises (SME).

 

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 1.
  • Basic concepts of Natural and/or Engineering Science and Technology. 
    > The term ‘Basic’ throughout the Qualification refers to ‘Base, Fundamental, simplest or lowest in-level’ and is consistent in literature dealing with electricity. Recognition of Prior Learning: 

    This qualification can be obtained wholly or in part through the recognition of prior learning (RPL). The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the process. Support and guidance should be provided. The process should not be so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the RPL option in obtaining the qualification. 

    Access to the Qualification: 

    Access to this qualification is open. However, it is assumed that learners have completed a National Certificate at NQF Level 1 in a trade-related sub-field or an equivalent qualification. The learner must be physically able to perform the outcomes as specified in the unit standards and be able to differentiate between various colours applicable to the industry.

 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?
Y

 

QUALIFICATION RULES

Fundamental Component: 

The fundamental component consists of 20 credits in the field of Communication and 16 credits in the field of Mathematical Literacy. All unit Standards in the fundamental component are compulsory. 

Core Component: 

The compulsory unit standards in the Core Component of this qualification reflect the generic competencies required in the field of Electrical Engineering for all industrial environments. The learner must demonstrate competence in the Core Component for the total of 84 credits. 

Elective Component: 

This component consists of several specialisations each with its own set of unit standards. Learners are to choose a specialisation area and complete a minimum of 20 credits from the unit standards listed under that specialisation area so as to attain a minimum of 140 credits required for certification purposes. 

Specialisation area 1: 

Mining (Learning Programme ID 67429): 

Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 258939: Carry out basic electric arc welding in an electrical environment; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • ID 258920: Carry out basic gas welding, brazing and cutting in an electrical environment; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • ID 258938: Handle and Care for portable electrical earthing gear and related equipment; Level 2; 2 Credits.
  • ID 258922: Identify, handle and assemble Medium or High voltage line hardware and related materials; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • ID 258941: Inspect and clean Medium or High voltage yards and enclosures; Level 2; 2 Credits.
  • ID 110387: Carry out a detailed inspection on an overhead trolley line; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • ID 258917: Maintain batteries, battery rooms or tripping rooms; Level 2; 7 Credits.
  • ID 10234: Install Low voltage transformers; Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • ID 258936: Construct, maintain and dismantle LV overhead networks; Level 2; 10 Credits.
  • ID 258931: Carry out close inspection and repair defects on a flameproof enclosure; Level 2; 2 Credits.
  • ID 258929: Carry out a detailed inspection on an isolated overhead line; Level 2; 3 Credits. Specialisation area 2: 

    Electrical Construction (Learning Programme ID 67430): 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 258939: Carry out basic electric arc welding in an electrical environment; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • ID 12465: Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment; Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • ID 116932: Operate a personal computer system; Level 1; 3 Credits.
  • ID 116938: Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based word processor to create and edit documents; Level 1; 4 Credits.
  • ID 258936: Construct, maintain and dismantle LV overhead networks; Level 2; 10 Credits. Specialisation area 3: 

    Chemical (Learning Programme ID 67431): 

    Learners must do unit standard ID 253374 and choose additional Elective unit standard from the list below to give a minimum of 20 credits from the unit standards listed under that specialisation area so as to obtain a minimum of 140 credits required for certification purposes. 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 12483: Perform basic first aid; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • ID 12484: Perform basic fire fighting; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • ID 10234: Install low voltage transformers; Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • ID 258920: Carry out basic gas welding, brazing and cutting in an electrical environment; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • ID 258939: Carry out basic electric arc welding in an electrical environment; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • ID 116932: Operate a personal computer system; Level 1; 3 Credits.
  • ID 258917: Maintain batteries, battery rooms or tripping rooms; Level 2; 7 Credits.
  • ID 12465: Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment; Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • ID 258931: Carry out close inspection and repair defects on a flameproof enclosure; Level 2; 2 Credits. Specialisation area 4: 

    Electrical Distribution (Learning Programme ID 67432): 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 258923: Ensure safety at road works in urban areas; Level 2; 2 Credits.
  • ID 258938: Handle and care for portable electrical earthing gear and related equipment; Level 2; 2 Credits.
  • ID 258922: Identify, handle and assemble Medium or High voltage line hardware and related materials; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • ID 258941: Inspect and clean Medium or High voltage yards and enclosures; Level 2; 2 Credits.
  • ID 258917: Maintain batteries, battery rooms or tripping rooms; Level 2; 7 Credits.
  • ID 258934: Maintain servitudes, wayleaves and clearances; Level 2; 5 Credits.
  • ID 258936: Construct, maintain and dismantle LV overhead networks; Level 2; 10 Credits.
  • ID 258929: Carry out a detailed inspection on an isolated overhead line; Level 2; 3 Credits. Specialisation area 5: 

    Electrical Generation (Learning Programme ID 67433): 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 258917: Maintain batteries, battery rooms or tripping rooms; Level 2; 7 Credits.
  • ID 12484: Perform basic fire fighting Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • ID 12483: Perform basic first aid Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • ID 12465: Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment; Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • ID 10234: Install Low voltage transformers; Level 2; 6 Credits. Specialisation area 6: 

    Transport (Learning Programme ID 67434): 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 258939: Carry out basic electric arc welding in an electrical environment; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • ID 12465: Carry out basic gas welding, brazing and cutting in an electrical environment; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • ID 10234: Install Low voltage transformers; Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • ID 116932: Demonstrate an understanding of the uses and safety aspect associated with flammable energy sources; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • ID 258938: Handle and care for portable electrical earthing gear and related equipment; Level 2; 2 Credits.
  • ID 258917: Maintain batteries, battery rooms or tripping rooms; Level 2; 7 Credits. Specialisation area 7: 

    Renewable Energy (Learning Programme ID 67435): 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 258939: Carry out basic electric arc welding in an electrical environment; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • ID 12465: Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment; Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • ID 10234: Install Low voltage transformers; Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • ID 116932: Operate a personal computer system; Level 1; 3 Credits.
  • ID 116938: Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based word processor to create and edit documents; Level 1; 4 Credits.
  • ID 258927: Install and commission photovoltaic supplied water pump; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • ID 258926: Inspect, service and maintain a photovoltaic supplied pump; Level 2; 2 Credits.

 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES

1. Understand the procedures for electrical installations and be able to install electrical equipment and installations and select, use and maintain basic tools. 

2. Demonstrate the ability to carry out routine maintenance on electrical equipment and installations. 

3. Demonstrate a basic operational knowledge of mathematical, technological and theoretical concepts during the execution of tasks with an ability to read, interpret technical drawings and sketch basic electrical wiring diagrams. 

4. Operate safely and efficiently in a working environment. 

5. Apply known solutions to familiar and well-defined problems related to working in the electrical engineering field with a basic understanding of forms of energy, energy efficiency and safety and environmental awareness. 

Critical Cross-Field Outcomes: 

These are embedded in the unit standards, which make up the qualification and are thus also reflected in the Exit Level Outcomes of the qualification. 

The critical cross-field outcomes are supported by the exit level outcomes as follows: 

Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical thinking have been made: 

  • Solving problems related to the installation and maintenance of electrical machinery, components and circuits. Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization and community: 
  • All tasks and work-related experience are performed within a team environment.
  • Taking into account, the safety of others.
  • Communicating with production, quality control and supervisory personnel and/or clients. Organising and managing oneself and one’s activities responsibly and effectively: 
  • Related to planning and preparation for installation and maintenance activities.
  • Developing best practice behaviour in work performance and adhering to standard operating procedures.
  • Focussing on housekeeping, safe practices and care and storage of tools and equipment. Collecting, analyzing, organizing and critically evaluating information: 
  • Completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Interpret findings to solve familiar problems during the execution of electrical tasks. Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills: 
  • Execution of commands and completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Communicating as a part of a team. Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility toward the environment and health of others: 
  • Application of science and technology during the installation and maintenance of electrical machinery, components and circuits.
  • Relating to the safety of others and paying attention to environmental issues.
  • Solving problems and applying science and technology to the job activity. Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem contexts do not exist in isolation: 
  • Integrating the task with the functionality of electrical installations.
  • Solving problems through the integration of various sources of information.
  • Demonstrating and understanding of related systems through the use of general and specific channels of communication when dealing with peers, production, quality control and supervisory personnel and/or clients.

 

ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1: 

1.1 Knowledge of and an understanding of tools, components and equipment is demonstrated relating to installation of designated circuits/wire ways. 
1.2 The application, identification and installation of different types and sizes of cables, conductors and cable accessories is understood in the context of designated circuits. 
1.3 The application of, identification and installation of different types of wire ways, luminaries and measuring instruments is undertaken in accordance with drawings, plans and specified requirements. 
1.4 Appropriate hand tools, power tools (fixed and portable), components and measuring instruments are selected and used in accordance with standard operating procedures. 
1.5 Knowledge of and application of statutory requirements pertaining to designated installations is demonstrated. 

Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2: 

2.1 Designated circuits to be worked on are isolated and secure. 
2.2 Correct application of cleaning materials, solvents and appliances is demonstrated. 
2.3 The principles and operation of circuit and equipment protection is demonstrated in designated circuits. 
2.4 Cleaning and inspection Isolated electrical equipment is cleaned and inspected and repairs are carried out in designated circuits and components. 

Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3: 

3.1 Basic principles of electricity are understood and applied to designated circuits and equipment. 
3.2 Electrical drawings and diagrams relating to designated circuits are read and interpreted. 
3.3 Principles of operation of electrical components utilised in designated circuits are understood and described. 
3.4 Electrical units of measurement are understood and utilised in the context of designated circuits. 

Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4: 

4.1 Verbal and simple written instructions are understood and executed in the performance of the designated task. 
4.2 Peers and supervisors communicate effectively with in an effective manner in the workplace. 
4.3 Efficient operation as a team member is demonstrated. 
4.4 Knowledge and understanding of personal and occupational health and safety practices in a commercial, industrial or domestic energy environment is applied according to standard operating procedures and safety requirements. 
4.5 Basic problems and hazards are recognised and verbally reported accorded to workplace requirements. 
4.6 Specified reporting and recording requirements are complied in respect of: 
a. Reporting to supervisor. 
b. Submitting reports. 

Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5: 

5.1 Known solutions to familiar and well-defined problems within the electrical construction and maintenance environment are identified and applied according to standard practices. 
5.2 Energy efficiency and related environmental issues that enable a learner to resolve problems in the work environment are identified and discussed. 

Integrated Assessment: 

Integrated assessment during the implementation of this qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show that they are able to integrate knowledge, skills and values integral to a range of unit standards and practical contexts. Some assessment aspects will demand practical demonstration. 

Assessors will be required to collect evidence of the learner’s competence by: 

  • Observing the learner at work (both in primary activities, as well as other interactions) or by relevant simulations.
  • Asking questions and initiating formative discussions to assess understanding.
  • Evaluating records and reports. A detailed portfolio of evidence is required to prove the practical, applied and foundational competencies of the learner.

 

INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY

This qualification forms part of a progression across the three levels of the Further Education and Training band. The international comparability section for the field of Electrical Engineering applies to NQF Levels 2, 3 and 4 of the qualification series. 

The qualification series was compared to similar outcomes-based qualifications in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, and to some African countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC); Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, as well as countries in the East African Community (EAC); Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. 

SADC: 

Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia: 

Amongst the Southern African Development Community (SADC) there are countries which align with the United Kingdom’s model of Vocational Education and Training (VET), through the London City and Guilds qualification framework and the National Vocational Qualification system (NVQ). Despite the fact that SADC countries are not as industrialised as the United Kingdom, it could be concluded that countries using the British qualifications compare favourably to similar South African qualifications as discussed under the U.K. section. In all SADC countries researched, none currently have an active training infrastructure in electrical engineering. 

Botswana: 

The Botswana Training Authority website provides information on the development and co-ordination of an integrated and standards-based vocational training system. At this present time, focus on the development of standards-based qualifications through a Botswana Vocation Education and Training System (BVET) has focused on the Wholesale and Retail and Tourism sectors. 

Currently, electricians in Botswana are trained through the apprenticeship system. The length and duration of the practical and theoretical components differ slightly to the South African apprenticeship system, but the learning competencies are similar, with a focus on the predominant diamond mining and small local manufacturing and engineering industries. 

Namibia: 

Electrical training student in Namibia are able to do One-year certificate and two-year Diploma training coupled with three and two year practical experience respectively which allows them to register as electrical technicians. Electrical Engineers are required to do BSc: Engineering degrees through South African University for registration as Engineers. 

EAC: 

In Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, the three member states of the East African Community (EAC), prospective engineers and engineering technicians are required to complete South African BSc: Engineering degrees or qualification offered in the UK. In house training is also offered by large multi-nation companies employing engineers and engineering technicians. 

New Zealand: 

The South African ‘National Certificate: Electrical Engineering Level 2 has elements of both Levels 2 and 3 of the New Zealand ‘National Certificate in Electrical Engineering’. Although NZ qualifications are also unit standard based, the focus of the NZ unit standards at Level 2 [NQF Ref: 0174] and 3 [NQF Ref: 0223] is largely on knowledge acquisition whereas the practical competencies are assessed only at Level 4. 

In New Zealand, a learner could register for the Level 4 qualification over a 3-4 year period and be awarded the Level 2 and 3 certificates as well because the level 4 NZ qualification shares credit/unit standards with both levels 2 and 3 qualifications. Holders of the NZ NC in Electrical Engineering (Electrician for Registration) (Level 4) [NQF Ref: 1195] can apply to the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) for electrical registration and practising license. The SA Electrical Engineering qualifications in comparison require competencies achieved at levels 2 and 3 or through RPL processes to gain entry to level 4 and a further trade test before full licensing is achieved. The NZ level 5 qualification [NQF Ref: 0951] focuses mainly on management skills and business skills in the elective component but the core electrical unit standards are similar to the level of those in the SA Level 4 qualification. 

United Kingdom: 

To qualify as an electrician in the U.K. the learner must have the Electrotechnical Services NVQ at Level 3, which is awarded by City & Guilds (2356) and EMTA Awards Limited. As another option in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, an apprentice between the ages of 16-19 may sign up with an electrical contractor or building company. An alternative for those not eligible for apprenticeship or direct access into the NVQ is the City & Guilds (2330) Technical Certificate in Electrotechnical Technology Levels 2 and 3 at a college. Graduates would then need to gain employment in the industry to complete the NVQ. These technical certificates would compare with the SA National certificates: Electrical Engineering Levels 2 & 3. The NVQ (Level 3) compares with the SA Level 4 qualification. 

Australia: 

The following information was obtained on the website: http://www.ntis.au (National Information Training System) with regards to qualifications in electrical engineering training streams in Australia. 

“Australian Apprenticeships” is the new name for the scheme formerly known as `New Apprenticeships`. 

Australian Apprenticeships encompass all apprenticeships and traineeships. They combine time at work with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based. The change of name and appearance is the first step in a range of improvements to be introduced in Australian Apprenticeships. The qualifications for electricians cover: 

  • ASCO4311-11 General Electrician.
  • ANZSCO341111 Electrician (General). Comments: 
  • Apprenticeships and VET programmes: In all the examples found, learning is vocational-based. In some countries (England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia) these are called “modern apprenticeships”. These take the form of two categories, namely a programme-led apprenticeship where learners are able to follow a vocational programme at a college and then seek employment as trainees/apprentice/interns in order to qualify as artisans; and an employer-led apprenticeship, in which learners are engaged in a formal contract of learning and most learning is workplace-based. In most cases learners “earn while they learn”. 
  • International qualifications researched, do not lead to three different qualifications, but in most cases culminate in one qualification over a four-year period. It is only in the vocational context, that we find the tendency to “break up” the traditional trades into levels of learning. This practice is endemic of those countries which have a close association with outcomes-based methodology and standards-based qualifications development.

 

ARTICULATION OPTIONS

The qualification was designed to enable qualifying learners to move from one electrical engineering context to another and still get recognition for successful learning achievements in the previous context. This means that credit accumulation towards certification could be obtained across industries. 

Vertical articulation: 

  • ID 63790: National Certificate: Electrical Engineering, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 49056: National Certificate: Domestic Appliance Repair, NQF Level 3. Horizontal articulation: 

    Fundamental learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for engineering-related qualifications at NQF Level 2. Other horizontal articulation options may exist and need further investigation in cases where recognition of prior learning is sought.

 

MODERATION OPTIONS
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA. 
  • Any institution or learning provider offering learning towards the achievement of this qualification should be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA. 
  • Moderation of assessment should be overseen by a relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines provided for in this qualification, as well as the ETQA guidelines.

 

CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS

The following criteria should be applied by a relevant ETQA as a minimum requirement: 

Assessors should be in possession of an appropriate qualification, namely: 

  • Electrical Engineering at least NQF Level 3 or higher and a minimum of 2 years related experience. 
    Or
  • An artisan qualification in Electrical Engineering (Trade test certificate or completed contract of apprenticeship) with a minimum of 2 years related experience. 
    Or
  • Subject matter experience, which may be established through recognition of prior learning (RPL). Evidence of competency in a unit standard related to assessment theory, processes and practices. 

    Good inter-personal skills and the ability to: 

  • Maintain national and local industry standards.
  • Act in the interest of the learner.
  • Understand the need for transformation.
  • Respect for the cultural background and language of the learner. Registration as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
REREGISTRATION HISTORY
As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012.

 

NOTES

This Qualification has been replaced by Qualification 91761, “Occupational Certificate: Electrician”, Level 4, 360 credits. 

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This qualification replaces qualification 48473, “National Certificate: Electrical Engineering”, Level 2, 143 credits. 

A generic qualification was developed to give meaning to NQF objectives to provide articulation possibilities, enable learners to get recognition for learning achievements across economic sub-sectors and to support the notion of life long learning.

 

UNIT STANDARDS:
  ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Core 258925 Apply and maintain safety in a working environment Level 2 NQF Level 02 5
Core 258932 Apply soldering techniques Level 2 NQF Level 02 2
Core 258935 Design and construct a single phase circuit Level 2 NQF Level 02 5
Core 12466 Explain the individual`s role within business Level 2 NQF Level 02 4
Core 259017 Identify, inspect, clean and maintain electrical rotating machines Level 2 NQF Level 02 6
Core 258957 Identify, inspect, use, maintain and care for engineering hand tools Level 2 NQF Level 02 6
Core 258960 Install electric wire ways Level 2 NQF Level 02 6
Core 258942 Install luminaires Level 2 NQF Level 02 4
Core 258919 Install or replace electrical metering units or measuring instrument Level 2 NQF Level 02 4
Core 258921 Install, join and terminate Low Voltage cables and conductors Level 2 NQF Level 02 8
Core 258937 Install, maintain or replace Low Voltage distribution boards, protection devices and components Level 2 NQF Level 02 6
Core 258962 Maintain transformers Level 2 NQF Level 02 5
Core 9881 Mark off basic regular engineering shapes Level 2 NQF Level 02 6
Core 258918 Select, use and care for electrical measuring and testing instruments Level 2 NQF Level 02 4
Core 10255 Select, use and care for power tools Level 2 NQF Level 02 5
Core 258967 Understand fundamentals of electricity Level 2 NQF Level 02 8
Fundamental 119463 Access and use information from texts Level 2 NQF Level 02 5
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 3
Fundamental 7480 Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems Level 2 NQF Level 02 3
Fundamental 9008 Identify, describe, compare, classify, explore shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional shapes in different contexts Level 2 NQF Level 02 3
Fundamental 119454 Maintain and adapt oral/signed communication Level 2 NQF Level 02 5
Fundamental 119460 Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes Level 2 NQF Level 02 5
Fundamental 7469 Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life Level 2 NQF Level 02 2
Fundamental 9007 Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems Level 2 NQF Level 02 5
Fundamental 119456 Write/present for a defined context Level 2 NQF Level 02 5
Elective 116932 Operate a personal computer system Level 1 NQF Level 01 3
Elective 116938 Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based word processor to create and edit documents Level 1 NQF Level 01 4
Elective 258931 Carry out a close inspection and repair defects on a flameproof enclosure Level 2 NQF Level 02 2
Elective 258929 Carry out a detailed electrical inspection on an isolated overhead line Level 2 NQF Level 02 3
Elective 110387 Carry out a detailed inspection on an overhead trolley line Level 2 NQF Level 02 4
Elective 258939 Carry out basic electric arc welding in an electrical environment Level 2 NQF Level 02 8
Elective 258920 Carry out basic gas welding, brazing and cutting in an electrical environment Level 2 NQF Level 02 8
Elective 258936 Construct, maintain and dismantle Low Voltage overhead networks Level 2 NQF Level 02 10
Elective 265005 Demonstrate an understanding of switchgear assembly Level 2 NQF Level 02 3
Elective 258928 Demonstrate an understanding of the uses and safety aspect associated with flammable energy sources such as gas Level 2 NQF Level 02 3
Elective 12465 Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment Level 2 NQF Level 02 6
Elective 258923 Ensure safety at road works in urban areas Level 2 NQF Level 02 2
Elective 258938 Handle and care for portable electrical earthing gear and related equipment Level 2 NQF Level 02 2
Elective 258922 Identify, handle and assemble Medium or High Voltage line hardware and related materials Level 2 NQF Level 02 4
Elective 258941 Inspect and clean Medium or High voltage yards and enclosures Level 2 NQF Level 02 2
Elective 258926 Inspect service and maintain a photovoltaic supplied pump Level 2 NQF Level 02 3
Elective 258927 Install and commission photovoltaic supplied water pump Level 2 NQF Level 02 3
Elective 10234 Install low voltage transformers Level 2 NQF Level 02 6
Elective 258917 Maintain batteries, battery rooms or tripping units Level 2 NQF Level 02 7
Elective 258934 Maintain servitudes, wayleaves and clearances Level 2 NQF Level 02 5
Elective 12484 Perform basic fire fighting Level 2 NQF Level 02 4
Elective 12483 Perform basic first aid Level 2 NQF Level 02 4
Elective 113859 Repair and service small gas appliances Level 2 NQF Level 02 4
Elective 265007 Demonstrate knowledge of legislation and standards relevant to the switchgear assembly industry Level 3 NQF Level 03 3
Elective 265034 Demonstrate knowledge of switchgear assembly components and their representation on drawings Level 3 NQF Level 03 8
Elective 265002 Fabricate and install busbars Level 3 NQF Level 03 8
Elective 264999 Install earthing systems and shrouding on switchgear assembly Level 3 NQF Level 03 4
Elective 265008 Modify installed switchgear assemblies Level 3 NQF Level 03 4

 

LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:
When qualifications are replaced, some (but not all) of their learning programmes are moved to the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replaced qualification.
LP ID Learning Programme Title Originator Pre-2009
NQF Level
NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
Assurance
Functionary
NQF Sub-Framework
63789 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering Generic Provider – Field 12 Level 2 NQF Level 02 140 2013-11-07 EWSETA OQSF
67431 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Chemical Generic Provider – Field 12 Level 2 NQF Level 02 140 2013-11-07 CHIETA OQSF
67430 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Construction Generic Provider – Field 12 Level 2 NQF Level 02 140 2013-11-07 CETA OQSF
67432 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Distribution Generic Provider – Field 12 Level 2 NQF Level 02 140 EWSETA OQSF
67433 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Generation Generic Provider – Field 12 Level 2 NQF Level 02 140 EWSETA OQSF
67429 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Mining and Minerals Generic Provider – Field 12 Level 2 NQF Level 02 140 2013-11-07 MQA OQSF
67435 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Renewable Energy Generic Provider – Field 12 Level 2 NQF Level 02 140 EWSETA OQSF
67434 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Transport Generic Provider – Field 12 Level 2 NQF Level 02 140 2012-06-30 OQSF

 

PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES:
This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
LP ID Learning Programme Title Accredited Provider
63789 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering 1. CIRCLEWAY TRAINING (PTY) LTD
2. CYPRESS CREEK INVESTEMENTS 68
3. DEE K LOGISTICS
4. EARTH CHILD CONSULTING (PTY) LTD
5. Eskom Hendrina Power Station – Maintenance
6. ESKOM KOEBERG NUCLEAR PPS – FITTER, FITTER & TURNER AND TTC
7. Eskom Majuba Power Station – Maintenance Training
8. GERT SIBANDE TVET COLLEGE
9. IQRM TRAINING CC
10. ISHUMI LAMASHANDU TRADING
11. ISUNDARPARSAD HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD
12. JOSMAP TRAINING INSTIUTE
13. KGOLO INSTITUTE
14. KZN FUTURE LEADERS
15. MADZ ELECTRICAL
16. MAKO INSTITUTE
17. MATHOTHA THE INCINERATOR AND PLASTICS
18. MAXTON TRAINING CONSULTANCY PTY LTD
19. MMANAPE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
20. MOVING AHEAD DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
21. MURLBATON INVESTMENTS AND PROJECTS CC
22. NCHEBEKO SKILLS CONSULTANCY
23. OSHIKATI
24. PHAKGAMANG MATSIANA BUSINESS ENTERPRISE
25. SANEKANGEDI TRADING AND PROJECTS
26. SOUTH AFRICA ADVANCED SKILLS INSTITUTE
27. SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY (PTY) LTD
28. SOUTH AFRICAN MATRIC EDUCATIONAL CENTERS
29. TALENT SCULPTURE ACADEMY
30. THUTO YA SETSHABA TRAINING SERVICES (PTY) LTD
31. TRY EASY ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD
32. WESTVOLT ELECTRICAL SUPPLIERS
33. ZAKWANTU SOLUTIONS
67431 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Chemical 1. NORTHLINK COLLEGE- BELHAR CAMPUS
2. SEDIBENG
3. THE SAJ COMPETENCY TRAINING INSTITUTE CC
67432 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Distribution TEPT (PTY) LTD
67435 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Renewable Energy 1. AGRI DELIGHT TRAINING AND CONSULTING
2. EMINENCE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD
3. M AND M EXECUTIVE CONSULTING SERVICES
4. MMANAPE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
5. SASALETHU CONSULTING AND ASSOCIATES
6. SIMTHO INVESTMENT
7. SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY (PTY) LTD
8. SOUTH AFRICAN MATRIC EDUCATIONAL CENTERS
9. WESTVOLT ELECTRICAL SUPPLIERS

 


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

 

National Certificate: Electrical Engineering
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
72051 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report. SFAP – Sub-framework Assignment Pending
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate Field 12 – Physical Planning and Construction Electrical Infrastructure Construction
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined 133 Level 3 NQF Level 03 Regular-Unit Stds Based
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date – 
Status was “Registered”
SAQA 0695/12 2012-07-01 2013-11-07
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2014-11-07 2017-11-07

 

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
91761 Occupational Certificate: Electrician Not Applicable NQF Level 04 360 Complete

 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION

Purpose: 

The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to work effectively within various industries, making use of electrical engineering knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of such an environment. 

Qualifying learners will also be able to relate their learning to scientific and technological principles and concepts. They will also be able to maintain and support the various policies and procedures related to the safety, health, environment and quality systems that govern their workplace. This qualification will enable the learner to find employment as a skilled worker or become self employed as a single phase worker in the electrical field. 

Qualifying learners at NQF Level 3 will be able to: 

  • Understand electrical equipment and protection technology and interpret integrated circuit schematics.
  • Install and commission electrical equipment on integrated electrical circuits.
  • Maintain and repair electrical equipment on integrated electrical circuits.
  • Evaluate and solve familiar problems pertaining to electrical equipment, integrated electrical circuits and related processes.
  • Accept responsibility for utilising and maintaining equipment without working under direct supervision. 

    The status and relevance of this qualification will attract and retain quality learners and employees, and is the second step along a recognised and meaningful career path. Qualifying learners will be able to relate the tasks and processes to scientific and technological principles and concepts. They will also be able to maintain and support the various policies and procedures integral to safety, health and the environment. Learner achievements in this qualification will also serve as a basis for further learning to engage in more complex installation, maintenance and repair activities and processes. 

    Rationale: 

    This is the second of a three-level qualification series that reflect the workplace-based needs of the electrical field that is expressed by employers and employees, both now and for the future. This electrical engineering qualification provides the intermediate competencies required to work on integrated electrical circuits and installations. This qualification provides the learner with accessibility to be employed within the electrical engineering field and provides the flexibility to pursue different careers across various industry sectors and articulate within industries such as: 

  • Manufacturing and Engineering.
  • Energy Sector.
  • Mining.
  • Chemical.
  • Transport.
  • Other related engineering industry sectors. 

    This qualification will enhance the status and productivity of the learner as well as contribute to improved quality, production rate and growth within the engineering sector. The range of typical learners at this level could include individuals preparing to qualify in occupations or trades such as: 

  • Electrician.
  • Domestic Appliance Repair. 

    This intermediate set of skills acquired at NQF Level 3 enables the learner to work on integrated circuits and installations. Further learning at NQF Level 4 will enable the learner to work on integrated systems and installations and operate as a skilled worker performing Artisan duties in the electrical field. 

    This qualification could assist with the achievement of national government and industrial development policies and strategies to grow a pool of scarce and other related skills in support of sustainable economic growth. People working in the electrical engineering fields require specialized technical skills and knowledge in order to meet the requirements of continually changing environment of the various industries. Through its design, this qualification will meet the needs of learners within the electrical engineering sectors who require technical expertise and essential knowledge needed to earn formal qualifications. This qualification facilitates access for previously disadvantaged groups and other learners to acquire the technical knowledge and skills that are required as well as provide access and mobility into higher-level more specialised occupations. This will allow the learner greater employability and support the development of small and medium enterprises (SME).

 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING

This qualification assumes learners obtained a National Certificate in Electrical Engineering NQF Level 2 or an equivalent qualification. If the learner does not already have such a qualification, learning in preparation for this qualification would also have to include: 

  • Language and Maths at NQF Level 2.
  • Introductory concepts of Science and Technology related to electrical engineering, materials and tools used in installation processes.
  • An ability to install designated electrical equipment and circuits.
  • Occupational health, safety and environmental practices within the electrical environment.
  • An understanding of procedures related to workplace relationships, roles and responsibilities. 

    Recognition of Prior Learning: 

    This qualification can be obtained wholly or in part through the recognition of prior learning (RPL). The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the process. Support and guidance should be provided. The process should not be so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the RPL option in obtaining the qualification. 

    Access to the Qualification: 

    Access to this qualification is open and the learner must be physically able to perform the outcomes as specified in the unit standards and be able to differentiate between various colours applicable to the industry. The learner must also have skills related to and knowledge of designated electrical circuits and equipment at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.

 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?
Y

 

QUALIFICATION RULES

Fundamental Component: 

The fundamental component consists of 20 credits in the field of Communication and 16 credits in the field of Mathematical Literacy. All unit Standards in the fundamental component are compulsory. 

Core Component: 

The compulsory unit standards in the Core Component of this qualification reflect the generic competencies required in the field of Electrical Engineering for all industrial environments. The learner must demonstrate competence in the Core Component for the total of 77 credits. 

Elective Component: 

This component consists of several specialisations each with its own set of unit standards. Learners are to choose a specialisation area and complete a minimum of 20 credits from the unit standards listed under that specialisation area so as to attain a minimum of 133 credits required for certification purposes. 

Specialisation Area 1: Mining (Learning Programme ID 72071): 

Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 259037: Design and Install Electrical Wire Ways; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 258924: Fault Find, Test and Repair Domestic Appliances; NQF Level 3; 6 Credit.
  • ID 113875: Inspect, operate and maintain high mast lighting structures; NQF Level 3; 7 Credits.
  • ID 258958: Install/replace mini substations and ring-main units/switches; NQF Level 3; 6 credits.
  • ID 258997: Install batteries; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • ID 114660: Install or replace Medium Voltage transformers; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259058: Perform work on energised Low voltage networks; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 113900: Operate on MV radial networks; NQF Level 3; 20 Credits.
  • ID 258969: Construct, maintain and dismantle MV overhead lines; NQF Level 3; 14 Credits.
  • ID 259117: Maintain electrical mini substations; NQF Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • ID 259097: Carry out a detailed inspection and repair defects on explosion prevention apparatus; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 262924: Use and care for medium voltage electrical test instruments; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • ID 258933 Test, diagnose and locate a fault on a MV/HV electrical cable; NQF Level 3; 9 Credits.
  • ID 258930: Isolate a 3 phase transformer and carry out tap changes; NQF Level 3; 2 Credits.
  • ID 259057: Maintain the electrical system of a surface mining production machine; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • ID 258940: Maintain the electrical system of winder installations; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • ID 259018: Maintain the electrical system of conveyor installations; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • ID 258963: Install and maintain an electrical supply unit in a production section; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits. 

    Specialisation Area 2: Electrical Construction (Learning Programme ID 72073): 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 259037: Design and Install Electrical Wire Ways; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259058: Perform work on energised Low voltage networks; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 116678: Install and maintain a solar hot water system; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • ID 116674: Demonstrate an understanding of energy efficiency; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • ID 113885: Lower, inspect, service and maintain a stand – alone battery charging wind turbine; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • ID 113884: Fault find and repair a stand – alone battery charging wind turbine; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • ID 113900: Operate on MV radial networks; NQF Level 3; 20 Credits.
  • ID 116937: Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based spreadsheet application to create and edit spreadsheets; NQF Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • ID 113898: Complete certificate of compliance for a single phase domestic installation; NQF Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 114592: Produce business plans for a new venture; NQF Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 114586: Manage finances of a new venture; NQF Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 114593: Tender to secure business for a new venture; NQF Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 114594: Apply the principles of costing and pricing to a business venture; NQF Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 114598: Demonstrate an understanding of an entrepreneurial profile; NQF Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 117156 Interpret basic financial statements; NQF Level 4; 3 Credits. 

    Specialisation Area 3: Chemical (Learning Programme ID 72074): 

    Learners must do unit standard ID 244077 and choose additional Elective unit standard from the list below to give a minimum of 20 credits from the unit standards listed under that specialisation area so as to obtain a minimum of 133 credits required for certification purposes. 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 114598: Demonstrate an understanding of an entrepreneurial profile; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 258997: Install batteries; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259037: Design and Install Electrical Wire Ways; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259058: Perform work on energised Low voltage networks; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259097: Carry out a detailed inspection and repair defects on explosion prevention apparatus; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits. 

    Specialisation Area 4: Electrical Distribution (Learning Programme ID 72077): 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 10244: Maintain and repair a high voltage security fence system; NQF Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • ID 258924: Fault Find, Test and Repair Domestic Appliances; NQF Level 3; 6 Credit.
  • ID 258969: Construct, maintain and dismantle MV overhead lines; NQF Level 3; 14 Credits.
  • ID 258958: Install/replace mini substations and ring-main units/switches; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 114660: Install Medium Voltage transformers; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259058: Perform work on energised Low voltage networks; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259117:Test and maintain electrical mini sub stations; NQF Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • ID 258918: Select, use and care for electrical measuring and testing instruments; NQF Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • ID 258933: Test, diagnose and locate a fault on a high voltage electrical cable; NQF Level 3; 9 Credits.
  • ID 258930: Isolate a 3 phase transformer and carry out tap changes; NQF Level 3; 2 Credits.
  • ID 116674: Demonstrate an understanding of energy efficiency; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • ID 113900: Operate on MV radial networks; NQF Level 3; 20 Credits. 

    Specialisation Area 5: Electrical Generation (Learning Programme ID 72079): 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 10244: Maintain and repair a High voltage security fence system; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • ID 258924: Fault Find, Test and Repair Domestic Appliances; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 258997: Install batteries; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • ID 114660: Install Medium Voltage transformers; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259117: Test and maintain electrical mini sub stations; NQF Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • ID 258933: Test, diagnose and locate a fault on a high voltage electrical cable; NQF Level 3; 9 Credits.
  • ID 258930: Isolate a 3 phase transformer and carry out tap changes; NQF Level 3; 2 Credits.
  • ID 259018: Maintain the electrical system of conveyor installations; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • ID 116674: Demonstrate an understanding of energy efficiency; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits. 

    Specialisation Area 6: Transport (Learning Programme ID 72080): 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 259037: Design and Install Electrical Wire Ways; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 113869: Fault find a photovoltaic supplied system; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 258924: Fault Find, Test and Repair Domestic Appliances; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 113875: Inspect, operate and maintain high mast lighting structures; NQF Level 3; 7 Credits.
  • ID 258969: Construct, maintain and dismantle MV overhead lines; NQF Level 3; 14 Credits.
  • ID 258958: Install/replace mini substations and ring-main units/switches; NQF Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 258997: Install batteries; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits. 

    Specialisation Area 7: Renewable Energy (Learning Programme ID 72081): 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 113869: Fault find a photovoltaic supplied system; NQF Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • ID 116678: Install and maintain a solar hot water system; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • ID 116674: Demonstrate an understanding of energy efficiency; NQF Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • ID 113885: Lower, inspect, service and maintain a stand – alone battery charging wind turbine; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • ID 113884: Fault find and repair a stand – alone battery charging wind turbine; NQF Level 3; 5 Credits. 

    Specialisation Area 8: Switchgear Manufacturing (Learning Programme ID 82966): 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 265014: Perform production testing of switchgear assembly, NQF Level 3, 4 Credits.
  • ID 265007: Demonstrate knowledge of legislation and standards relevant to the switchgear assembly industry, NQF Level 3, 3 Credits.
  • ID 265008: Modify installed switchgear assemblies, NQF Level 3, 4 Credits.
  • ID 265002: Fabricate and install busbars, NQF Level 3, 8 Credits.
  • ID 265034: Demonstrate knowledge of switchgear assembly components and their representation on drawings, NQF Level 3, 8 Credits.
  • ID 264999: Install earthing systems and shrouding on switchgear assembly, NQF Level 3, 4 Credits.
  • ID 264997: Assemble switchgear assembly, NQF Level 3, 12 Credits.
  • ID 265015: Demonstrate knowledge of busbar design, NQF Level 4, 4 Credits.
  • ID 265005: Demonstrate an understanding of switchgear assembly, NQF Level 2, 3 Credits.

 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES

1. Install and commission electrical equipment in integrated circuits. 

2. Demonstrate the ability to test, fault find, maintain and repair electrical equipment and installations in integrated circuits. 

3. Demonstrate operational knowledge of mathematical, technological and theoretical concepts during the execution of tasks with an ability to read, interpret technical drawings, sketch electrical/electronic wiring diagrams and construct basic electronic circuits. 

4. Apply safety procedures as embedded in each unit standard. 

5. Demonstrate the ability to gather and interpret information from a range of sources and apply solutions to familiar problems related to working in the electrical engineering field with some scope for personal decision-making and responsibility. 

Critical Cross-Field Outcomes: 

These are embedded in the unit standards, which make up the qualification and are thus also reflected in the Exit Level Outcomes of the qualification. 

The Critical Cross-Field Outcomes are supported by the Exit Level Outcomes as follows: 

Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical thinking have been made: 

  • Solving problems related to the installation and maintenance of electrical machinery, components and circuits. 

    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization and community: 

  • All tasks and work-related experience are performed within a team environment.
  • Taking into account, the safety of others.
  • Communicating with production, quality control and supervisory personnel and/or clients. 

    Organising and managing oneself and one’s activities responsibly and effectively: 

  • Related to planning and preparation for installation and maintenance activities.
  • Developing best practice behaviour in work performance and adhering to standard operating procedures.
  • Focussing on housekeeping, safe practices and care and storage of tools and equipment. 

    Collecting, analyzing, organizing and critically evaluating information: 

  • Completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Interpret findings to solve familiar problems during the execution of electrical tasks. 

    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills: 

  • Execution of commands and completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Communicating as a part of a team. 

    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility toward the environment and health of others: 

  • Application of science and technology during the installation and maintenance of electrical machinery, components and circuits.
  • Relating to the safety of others and paying attention to environmental issues.
  • Solving problems and applying science and technology to the job activity. 

    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem contexts do not exist in isolation: 

  • Integrating the task with the functionality of electrical installations.
  • Solving problems through the integration of various sources of information.
  • Demonstrating and understanding of related systems through the use of general and specific channels of communication when dealing with peers, production, quality control and supervisory personnel and/or clients.

 

ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1: 

1.1 Components and equipment relating to the installation of integrated electrical circuits are identified and installed according to specifications. 
1.2 Components and equipment in integrated electrical circuits are connected according to diagrams. 
1.3 Relevant control/protection devices are selected and applied according to safe operating parameters. 
1.4 Integrated circuit installations are commissioned according to statutory requirements. 

Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2: 

2.1 Integrated electrical circuits to be worked on are isolated and secured according to work procedures. 
2.2 Integrated electrical circuits and components are inspected for non-conformance. 
2.3 Correct operation of equipment in integrated electrical circuits is tested and verified according to requirements. 
2.4 Faults are identified and faulty equipment in integrated electrical circuits is repaired or replaced according to work procedures. 
2.5 Electrical equipment and installations are maintained and repaired according to work procedures. 
2.6 Conditions in integrated electrical circuits are monitored and recorded according to work procedures. 

Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3: 

3.1 Principles of electrical engineering are applied in the interpretation and problem solving of integrated circuit electrical drawings and diagrams. 
3.2 The principles and operation of protection in integrated electrical circuits are demonstrated in accordance with circuit and equipment specifications. 
3.3 Basic electronic circuits are interpreted and constructed according to circuit diagrams and components provided. 

Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4: 

4.1 Oral and written instructions are interpreted and carried out as required by relevant electrical and safety procedures. 
4.2 Communication with superiors, peers and clients is conducted effectively according to industry procedures. 
4.3 Knowledge of statutory requirements pertaining to integrated installations and equipment is applied in accordance with relevant codes. 
4.5 Relevant on-site health and safety requirements are demonstrated as required. 

Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5: 

5.1 Known solutions to familiar and simple unfamiliar problems within the electrical construction and maintenance environment are identified and applied according to standard practices. 
5.2 Energy efficiency and related environmental issues that enable the learner to resolve problems in the work environment are identified and discussed. 
5.3 Written reports on basic problems and hazards are drafted according to work procedures. 

Integrated Assessment: 

Integrated assessment during the implementation of this qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show that they are able to integrate knowledge, skills and values integral to a range of unit standards and practical contexts. Some assessment aspects will demand practical demonstration. 

Assessors will be required to collect evidence of the learner’s competence by: 

  • Observing the learner at work (both in primary activities, as well as other interactions) or by relevant simulations.
  • Asking questions and initiating formative discussions to assess understanding.
  • Evaluating records and reports. 

    A detailed portfolio of evidence is required to prove the practical, applied and foundational competencies of the learner.

 

INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY

This qualification forms part of a progression across the three levels of the Further Education and Training band. The international comparability section for the field of Electrical Engineering applies to Levels 2, 3 and 4 of the qualification series. 

The qualification series was compared to similar outcomes-based qualifications in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, and to some African countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC); Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, as well as countries in the East African Community (EAC); Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. 

SADC: 

Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia: 

Amongst the Southern African Development Community (SADC) there are countries which align with the United Kingdom’s model of Vocational Education and Training (VET), through the London City and Guilds qualification framework and the National Vocational Qualification system (NVQ). Despite the fact that SADC countries are not as industrialised as the United Kingdom, it could be concluded that countries using the British qualifications compare favourably to similar South African qualifications as discussed under the U.K. section. In all SADC countries researched, none currently have an active training infrastructure in electrical engineering. 

Botswana: 

The Botswana Training Authority website provides information on the development and co-ordination of an integrated and standards-based vocational training system. At this present time, focus on the development of standards-based qualifications through a Botswana Vocation Education and Training System (BVET) has focused on the Wholesale and Retail and Tourism sectors. 

Currently, electricians in Botswana are trained through the apprenticeship system. The length and duration of the practical and theoretical components differ slightly to the South African apprenticeship system, but the learning competencies are similar, with a focus on the predominant diamond mining and small local manufacturing and engineering industries. 

Namibia: 

Electrical training student in Namibia are able to do One-year certificate and two-year Diploma training coupled with three and two year practical experience respectively which allows them to register as electrical technicians. Electrical Engineers are required to do BSc: Engineering degrees through South African University for registration as Engineers. 

EAC: 

In Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, the three member states of the East African Community (EAC), prospective engineers and engineering technicians are required to complete South African BSc: Engineering degrees or qualification offered in the UK. In house training is also offered by large multi-nation companies employing engineers and engineering technicians. 

New Zealand: 

The South African ‘National Certificate: Electrical Engineering Level 2 has elements of both Levels 2 and 3 of the New Zealand ‘National Certificate in Electrical Engineering’. Although NZ qualifications are also unit standard based, the focus of the NZ unit standards at Level 2 [NQF Ref: 0174] and 3 [NQF Ref: 0223] is largely on knowledge acquisition whereas the practical competencies are assessed only at Level 4. 

In New Zealand, a learner could register for the Level 4 qualification over a 3-4 year period and be awarded the Level 2 and 3 certificates as well because the Level 4 NZ qualification shares credit/unit standards with both Levels 2 and 3 qualifications. Holders of the NZ NC in Electrical Engineering (Electrician for Registration) (Level 4) [NQF Ref: 1195] can apply to the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) for electrical registration and practising license. The SA Electrical Engineering qualifications in comparison require competencies achieved at Levels 2 and 3 or through RPL processes to gain entry to Level 4 and a further trade test before full licensing is achieved. The NZ Level 5 qualification [NQF Ref: 0951] focuses mainly on management skills and business skills in the elective component but the core electrical unit standards are similar to the level of those in the SA Level 4 qualification. 

United Kingdom: 

To qualify as an electrician in the U.K. the learner must have the Electrotechnical Services NVQ at Level 3, which is awarded by City & Guilds (2356) and EMTA Awards Limited. As another option in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, an apprentice between the ages of 16-19 may sign up with an electrical contractor or building company. An alternative for those not eligible for apprenticeship or direct access into the NVQ is the City & Guilds (2330) Technical Certificate in Electrotechnical Technology Levels 2 and 3 at a college. Graduates would then need to gain employment in the industry to complete the NVQ. These technical certificates would compare with the SA National certificates: Electrical Engineering Levels 2 & 3. The NVQ (Level 3) compares with the SA Level 4 qualification. 

Australia: 

The following information was obtained on the website: http://www.ntis.au (National Information Training System) with regards to qualifications in electrical engineering training streams in Australia. 

“Australian Apprenticeships” is the new name for the scheme formerly known as `New Apprenticeships`. 

Australian Apprenticeships encompass all apprenticeships and traineeships. They combine time at work with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based. The change of name and appearance is the first step in a range of improvements to be introduced in Australian Apprenticeships. The qualifications for electricians cover: 

  • ASCO4311-11 General Electrician.
  • ANZSCO341111 Electrician (General). 

    Comments: 

  • Apprenticeships and VET programmes: In all the examples found, learning is vocational-based. In some countries (England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia) these are called “modern apprenticeships”. These take the form of two categories, namely a programme-led apprenticeship where learners are able to follow a vocational programme at a college and then seek employment as trainees/apprentice/interns in order to qualify as artisans; and an employer-led apprenticeship, in which learners are engaged in a formal contract of learning and most learning is workplace-based. In most cases learners “earn while they learn”. 
  • International qualifications researched, do not lead to three different qualifications, but in most cases culminate in one qualification over a four-year period. It is only in the vocational context, that we find the tendency to “break up” the traditional trades into levels of learning. This practice is endemic of those countries which have a close association with outcomes-based methodology and standards-based qualifications development.

 

ARTICULATION OPTIONS

The qualification was designed to enable qualifying learners to move from one engineering context to another and still get recognition for successful learning achievements in the previous context. This means that credit accumulation towards certification could be obtained across industries. 

Vertical Articulation: 

  • ID 63889: Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering. 

    Horizontal Articulation: 

  • ID 49056: National Certificate: Domestic Appliance Repair NQF Level 3. 
  • Fundamental learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for engineering-related qualifications at NQF Level 3.

 

MODERATION OPTIONS
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA. 
  • Any institution or learning provider offering learning towards the achievement of this qualification should be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA. 
  • Moderation of assessment should be overseen by a relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines provided for in this qualification, as well as the agreed ETQA guidelines.

 

CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS

The following criteria should be applied by a relevant ETQA as a minimum requirement: 

1. Assessors should be in possession of an appropriate qualification, namely: 

  • Electrical Engineering at NQF Level 4 and a minimum of 2 years related experience.
  • An artisan qualification in Electrical Engineering (Trade test certificate or completed contract of apprenticeship) with a minimum of 2 years related experience. 
    OR
  • Subject matter experience, which may be established through recognition of prior learning (RPL). 

    2. Evidence of competency in a unit standard related to assessment theory, processes and practices. 

    3. Good inter-personal skills and the ability to: 

  • Maintain national and local industry standards.
  • Act in the interest of the learner.
  • Understand the need for transformation to redress the legacies of the past.
  • Respect the cultural background and language of the learner. 

    4. Registration as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.

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

 

NOTES

This Qualification has been replaced by Qualification 91761, “Occupational Certificate: Electrician”, Level 4, 360 credits. 

. 
This qualification replaces qualification 48475, “National Certificate: Electrical Engineering”, Level 3, 127 credits. 

This qualification is the result of the combined review process which considered the following qualifications and replaces the following: 

  • ID 48475: National Certificate: Electrical Engineering NQF Level 3.
  • ID 13640: Chemical Electrical NQF Level 3. 

    A generic qualification was developed to give meaning to NQF objectives to provide articulation possibilities, enable learners to get recognition for learning achievements across economic sub-sectors and to support the notion of life long learning.

 

UNIT STANDARDS:
  ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Core 259078 Install and commission electrical metering units, measuring instruments and control devices Level 2 NQF Level 02 8
Core 10270 Construct Basic Electronic Circuits Level 3 NQF Level 03 4
Core 258966 Inspect and test a single phase domestic installation Level 3 NQF Level 03 10
Core 259077 Install and commission direct-on-line AC rotating machines and control gear Level 3 NQF Level 03 10
Core 259038 Maintain and repair direct-on-line AC rotating machines and control gear Level 3 NQF Level 03 8
Core 258965 Maintain lighting systems Level 3 NQF Level 03 4
Core 9530 Manage work time effectively Level 3 NQF Level 03 3
Core 258959 Operate on Low Voltage networks Level 3 NQF Level 03 12
Core 258961 Repair and maintain electric power tools Level 3 NQF Level 03 6
Core 258977 Understand basic electronic theory and components Level 3 NQF Level 03 4
Core 258968 Wire and commission domestic or commercial electrical circuits Level 3 NQF Level 03 8
Fundamental 119472 Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication Level 3 NQF Level 03 5
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 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 265005 Demonstrate an understanding of switchgear assembly Level 2 NQF Level 02 3
Elective 244077 Demonstrate understanding of chemicals in a processing environment Level 2 NQF Level 02 6
Elective 10244 Maintain and repair a high voltage security fence system Level 2 NQF Level 02 4
Elective 258918 Select, use and care for electrical measuring and testing instruments Level 2 NQF Level 02 4
Elective 116937 Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based spreadsheet application to create and edit spreadsheets Level 2 NQF Level 02 4
Elective 264997 Assemble switchgear assembly Level 3 NQF Level 03 12
Elective 259097 Carry out a detailed inspection and repair defects on explosion prevention apparatus Level 3 NQF Level 03 6
Elective 258969 Construct, maintain and dismantle Medium Voltage overhead networks Level 3 NQF Level 03 14
Elective 116674 Demonstrate an understanding of energy efficiency Level 3 NQF Level 03 4
Elective 265007 Demonstrate knowledge of legislation and standards relevant to the switchgear assembly industry Level 3 NQF Level 03 3
Elective 265034 Demonstrate knowledge of switchgear assembly components and their representation on drawings Level 3 NQF Level 03 8
Elective 259037 Design and install electrical wire ways Level 3 NQF Level 03 8
Elective 265002 Fabricate and install busbars Level 3 NQF Level 03 8
Elective 113869 Fault find a photovoltaic supplied system Level 3 NQF Level 03 8
Elective 258924 Fault Find, Test and Repair Domestic Appliances Level 3 NQF Level 03 6
Elective 113875 Inspect, operate and maintain high mast lighting structures Level 3 NQF Level 03 7
Elective 258964 Inspect, test and maintain earthing and negative return systems on 3-kV DC traction substations Level 3 NQF Level 03 7
Elective 116678 Install and maintain a solar hot water system Level 3 NQF Level 03 5
Elective 258963 Install and maintain an electrical supply unit in a production section Level 3 NQF Level 03 5
Elective 258997 Install batteries Level 3 NQF Level 03 4
Elective 264999 Install earthing systems and shrouding on switchgear assembly Level 3 NQF Level 03 4
Elective 114660 Install Medium Voltage transformers Level 3 NQF Level 03 6
Elective 258958 Install or replace mini substations and ring-main units/switches Level 3 NQF Level 03 6
Elective 258930 Isolate a three-phase transformer and carry out tap changes Level 3 NQF Level 03 2
Elective 259057 Maintain the electrical system of a surface mining production machine Level 3 NQF Level 03 5
Elective 259018 Maintain the electrical system of conveyor installations Level 3 NQF Level 03 5
Elective 258940 Maintain the electrical system of winder installations Level 3 NQF Level 03 5
Elective 265008 Modify installed switchgear assemblies Level 3 NQF Level 03 4
Elective 265014 Perform production testing of switchgear assembly Level 3 NQF Level 03 4
Elective 259058 Perform work on energised Low Voltage networks Level 3 NQF Level 03 8
Elective 259117 Test and maintain electrical mini substations Level 3 NQF Level 03 3
Elective 258933 Test, diagnose and locate a fault on a high voltage electrical cable Level 3 NQF Level 03 9
Elective 262924 Use and care for medium voltage electrical test instruments Level 3 NQF Level 03 4
Elective 114594 Apply the principles of costing and pricing to a business venture Level 4 NQF Level 04 6
Elective 113898 Complete certificate of compliance for a single phase domestic installation Level 4 NQF Level 04 5
Elective 114598 Demonstrate an understanding of an entrepreneurial profile Level 4 NQF Level 04 5
Elective 265015 Demonstrate knowledge of busbar design Level 4 NQF Level 04 4
Elective 113884 Fault find and repair a stand-alone battery charging wind turbine Level 4 NQF Level 04 5
Elective 117156 Interpret basic financial statements Level 4 NQF Level 04 4
Elective 113885 Lower, inspect service and maintain a stand-alone battery charging wind turbine Level 4 NQF Level 04 5
Elective 114586 Manage finances of a new venture Level 4 NQF Level 04 5
Elective 113900 Operate on Medium Voltage radial networks Level 4 NQF Level 04 20
Elective 114592 Produce business plans for a new venture Level 4 NQF Level 04 8
Elective 114593 Tender to secure business for a new venture Level 4 NQF Level 04 5

 

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.
LP ID Learning Programme Title Originator Pre-2009
NQF Level
NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
Assurance
Functionary
NQF Sub-Framework
63790 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering Generic Provider – Field 12 Level 3 NQF Level 03 133 2013-11-07 EWSETA OQSF
72074 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Chemical Generic Provider – Field 06 Level 3 NQF Level 03 133 2013-11-07 CHIETA OQSF
72073 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Construction Generic Provider – Field 12 Level 3 NQF Level 03 133 2013-11-07 CETA OQSF
72077 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Distribution Generic Provider – Field 12 Level 3 NQF Level 03 133 EWSETA OQSF
72079 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Generation Generic Provider – Field 12 Level 3 NQF Level 03 133 EWSETA OQSF
72071 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Mining Generic Provider – Field 06 Level 3 NQF Level 03 133 2013-11-07 MQA OQSF
72081 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Renewable Energy Generic Provider – Field 06 Level 3 NQF Level 03 133 EWSETA OQSF
82966 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Switchgear Manufacturing Generic Provider – Field 12 Level 3 NQF Level 03 133 2015-06-30 MERSETA OQSF
72080 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Transport Generic Provider – Field 11 Level 3 NQF Level 03 133 2012-06-30 OQSF

 

PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES:
This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
LP ID Learning Programme Title Accredited Provider
63790 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering 1. CIRCLEWAY TRAINING (PTY) LTD
2. CYPRESS CREEK INVESTEMENTS 68
3. Eskom Hendrina Power Station – Maintenance
4. Eskom Majuba Power Station – Maintenance Training
5. GERT SIBANDE TVET COLLEGE
6. IQRM TRAINING CC
7. JOSMAP TRAINING INSTIUTE
8. LEKGATHLE INVESTMENTS
9. MADZ ELECTRICAL
10. MATHOTHA THE INCINERATOR AND PLASTICS
11. MOVING AHEAD DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
12. NCHEBEKO SKILLS CONSULTANCY
13. PHAKGAMANG MATSIANA BUSINESS ENTERPRISE
14. REGEN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
15. SANEKANGEDI TRADING AND PROJECTS
16. SOUTH AFRICA ADVANCED SKILLS INSTITUTE
17. THUTO YA SETSHABA TRAINING SERVICES (PTY) LTD
18. WESTVOLT ELECTRICAL SUPPLIERS
19. ZAKWANTU SOLUTIONS
72074 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Chemical 1. ATHOL MUNDAY TRAINING CENTRE (UMBOGINTWINI OPERATIONS SERVICES)
2. NORTHLINK COLLEGE- BELHAR CAMPUS
3. SEDIBENG
72077 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Distribution 1. Eskom Hendrina Power Station – Maintenance
2. Eskom Majuba Power Station – Maintenance Training
3. TEPT (PTY) LTD
72079 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Generation 1. Eskom Hendrina Power Station – Maintenance
2. Eskom Majuba Power Station – Maintenance Training
72081 National Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Renewable Energy 1. MMANAPE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
2. SASALETHU CONSULTING AND ASSOCIATES
3. WESTVOLT ELECTRICAL SUPPLIERS

 


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

 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
72052 Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report. SFAP – Sub-framework Assignment Pending
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert Field 12 – Physical Planning and Construction Electrical Infrastructure Construction
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined 130 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 “Reregistered”
SAQA 0695/12 2012-07-01 2013-11-07
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2014-11-07 2017-11-07

 

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
91761 Occupational Certificate: Electrician Not Applicable NQF Level 04 360 Complete

 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION

Purpose: 

The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to work effectively within various industries, making use of electrical engineering knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of such an environment. 

Qualifying learners will also be able to relate their learning to scientific and technological principles and concepts. They will also be able to maintain and support the various policies and procedures related to the safety, health, environment and quality systems that govern their workplace. This qualification will enable the learner to find employment as a skilled worker to perform Artisan duties in the electrical field. 

Qualifying learners at NQF Level 4 will be able to: 

  • Understand electrical equipment and protection technology and interpret integrated system schematics.
  • Install and commission electrical equipment on integrated electrical systems.
  • Maintain and repair electrical equipment on integrated electrical systems.
  • Evaluate and solve familiar problems pertaining to electrical equipment, integrated electrical systems and related processes.
  • Accept responsibility for utilising and maintaining equipment without working under direct supervision. 

    The FETC Electrical Engineering (NQF Level 4) is the culmination of a learning path spanning three qualifications and is intended to produce a highly competent person who will be able to meet the challenges of a competitive and demanding environment. 

    Rationale: 

    This is the third of a three-level qualification series that reflect the workplace-based needs of the electrical field that is expressed by employers and employees, both now and for the future. This electrical engineering qualification provides the advanced competencies required to work on integrated electrical systems and installations. This qualification provides the learner with accessibility to be employed within the electrical engineering field and provides the flexibility to pursue different careers across various industry sectors and articulate within industries such as: 

  • Manufacturing and Engineering.
  • Energy Sector.
  • Mining.
  • Chemical.
  • Transport.
  • Other related engineering industry sectors. 

    This qualification will enhance the status and productivity of the learner as well as contribute to improved quality, production rate and growth within the engineering sector. The range of typical learners at this level could include individuals preparing to qualify as an Electrician. Qualifying learners will obtain a Further Education Certificate in Electrical Engineering which places the learner in a position to investigate requirements for advancement to qualified artisan status or progress to a National Certificate or Diploma at NQF Level 5. 

    This qualification could assist with the achievement of national government and industrial development policies and strategies to grow a pool of scarce and other related skills in support of sustainable economic growth. People working in the electrical engineering fields require specialized technical skills and knowledge in order to meet the requirements of continually changing environment of the various industries. Through its design, this qualification will meet the needs of learners within the electrical engineering sectors who require technical expertise and essential knowledge needed to earn formal qualifications. This qualification facilitates access for previously disadvantaged groups and other learners to acquire the technical knowledge and skills that are required as well as provide access and mobility into higher-level more specialised occupations. This will allow the learner greater employability and support the development of small, medium enterprises (SME).

 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING

This qualification assumes learners obtained a National Certificate in Electrical Engineering NQF Level 3 or an equivalent qualification. If the learner does not already have such a qualification, learning in preparation for this qualification would also have to include: 

  • Language and Maths at NQF Level 3.
  • Advanced concepts of Science and Technology related to electrical engineering, materials and tools used in installation processes.
  • An ability to install integrated electrical equipment and circuits.
  • Occupational health, safety and environmental practices within the electrical environment.
  • An understanding of procedures related to workplace relationships, roles and responsibilities. 

    Recognition of Prior Learning: 

    This qualification can be obtained wholly or in part through the recognition of prior learning (RPL) The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the process. Support and guidance should be provided. The process should not be so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the RPL option in obtaining the qualification. 

    Access to the Qualification: 

    Access to this qualification is open. However learners must have completed a National Certificate at NQF Level 3 (in trade-related sub-field) or equivalent. The learner must be physically able to perform the outcomes as specified in the unit standards and be able to differentiate between various colours applicable to the industry.

 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?
Y

 

QUALIFICATION RULES

Fundamental Component: 

In the Fundamental Component of the qualification, learners must demonstrate their competence in: 

  • Languages and Communication: 40 credits, 20 of these credits must be at NQF Level 4 and 20 credits may be at NQF Level 3 in a second South African language.
  • Mathematical Literacy: 16 credits. 

    Core Component: 

    The compulsory unit standards in the Core Component of this qualification reflect the generic competencies required in the field of Electrical Engineering for all industrial environments. The learner must demonstrate competence in the Core Component for the total of 54 credits. 

    Elective Component: 

    This component consists of several specialisations each with its own set of unit standards. Learners are to choose a specialisation area and complete a minimum of 20 credits from the unit standards listed under that specialisation area so as to attain a minimum of 130 credits required for certification purposes. 

    Specialisation Area 1: 

    Mining (Learning Programme ID 72069): 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 259218: Carry out work on energized Medium voltage networks; Level 4; 16 Credits.
  • ID 259207: Inspect, record and report condition of Medium/High Voltage station apparatus and related equipment; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259202: Inspect, test and maintain High voltage isolators; Level 4; 12 Credits.
  • ID 259205: Inspect, test and maintain Medium/High Voltage earthing systems; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259191: Inspect, test and maintain Medium/High Voltage transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259206: Install/replace Medium/High voltage equipment and hardware; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259188: Install and commission direct current (DC) machines; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259187: Install and terminate Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259189: Joint Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259201: Maintain Direct Current (DC) machines; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 13818: Maintain Low voltage switchgear; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259204: Operate on Medium Voltage networks; Level 4; 20 Credits.
  • ID 113897: Troubleshoot on programmable logic controllers; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 259192: Maintain unit protection devices on transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 10639: Advance or retreat electrical reticulation in an underground coal section; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 116434: Control electrical networks from a control centre; Level 4; 14 Credits.
  • ID 259180: Fault-find and repair a DC powered machine; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259183: Fault-find and repair the electrical system of winder installations; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259185: Fault find and repair the electrical system of a conveyor installation; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 259193: Fault find and repair the electrical system of a surface mining production machine; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259179: Fault find a Medium voltage reticulation system; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259186: Maintain and repair Medium Voltage Switchgear; Level 4; 7 Credits.
  • ID 259184: Construct, maintain and dismantle HV overhead lines; Level 4; 20 Credits. 

    Specialisation Area 2: 

    Electrical Construction (Learning Programme ID 72070): 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 113898: Complete certificate of compliance for a single phase domestic installation; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 13818: Maintain Low voltage switchgear; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 113897: Troubleshoot on programmable logic controllers; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 259182: Select a back-up generator for a stand-alone renewable energy system; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 113892: Design a solar pump system; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259218: Apply the principles of energy efficiency; Level 4; 4 Credits. 

    Specialisation Area 3: 

    Chemical (Learning Programme ID 72072): 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

    Learners must do unit standard ID 14783 and choose additional Elective unit standard from the list below to give a minimum of 20 credits from the unit standards listed under that specialisation area so as to obtain a minimum of 130 credits required for certification purposes. 

  • ID 117156: Interpret basic financial statements; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 13334: Install, test and configure variable speed control drives; Level 4; 10 Credits.
  • ID 259201: Maintain Direct Current (DC) machines; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 13818: Maintain Low voltage switchgear; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259192: Maintain unit protection devices on transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259180: Fault-find and repair a DC powered machine; Level 4; 6 Credits. 

    Specialisation Area 4: 

    Electrical Distribution (Learning Programme ID 72075): 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 259237: Carry out work on energized Medium voltage networks; Level 4; 16 Credits.
  • ID 259207: Inspect, record and report condition of Medium/High Voltage station apparatus and related equipment; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259202: Inspect, test and maintain High voltage isolators; Level 4; 12 Credits.
  • ID 259205: Inspect, test and maintain Medium/High Voltage earthing systems; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259191: Inspect, test and maintain Medium/High Voltage transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259206: Install/replace Medium/High voltage equipment and hardware; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259187: Install and terminate Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259189: Joint Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259192: Maintain unit protection devices on transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259204: Operate on Medium Voltage networks; Level 4; 20 Credits.
  • ID 259178: Spray-wash energized Medium/High voltage networks; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259179: Fault find a medium voltage reticulation system; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259186: Maintain and repair Medium Voltage Switchgear; Level 4; 7 Credits.
  • ID 259218: Apply the principles of energy efficiency; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259184: Construct, maintain and dismantle High Voltage overhead networks; Level 4; 20 Credits. 

    Specialisation Area 5: 

    Electrical Generation (Learning Programme ID 72076): 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 259202: Inspect, test and maintain High voltage isolators; Level 4; 12 Credits.
  • ID 259191: Inspect, test and maintain Medium/High Voltage transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259188: Install and commission direct current (DC) machines; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259187: Install and terminate Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259189: Joint Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259201: Maintain Direct Current machines and control gear; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 13818: Maintain Low voltage switchgear; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259192: Maintain unit protection devices on transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 113897: Troubleshoot on programmable logic controllers; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 259185: Fault find and repair the electrical system of a conveyor installation; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 259186: Maintain and repair Medium Voltage Switchgear; Level 4; 7 Credits.
  • ID 259218: Apply the principles of energy efficiency; Level 4; 4 Credits. 

    Specialisation Area 6: 

    Transport (Learning Programme ID 72078): 

    Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits: 

  • ID 116434: Control electrical networks from a control centre; Level 4; 14 Credits.
  • ID 259195: Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC high-speed circuit breaker(HSCB) in traction sub-stations; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259194: Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC rectifiers and associated equipment in traction sub-stations; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259198: Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC busbar chamber and associated equipment in traction sub-stations; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259199: Inspect, test and maintain earthing and negative return systems on 3-kV DC traction substations; Level 3; 7 Credits.
  • ID 259190: Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC regeneration equipment in traction sub-stations; Level 5; 8 Credits.
  • ID 113884: Fault find and repair a stand-alone battery charging wind turbine; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 113881: Inspect, maintain, repair and do faultfinding on Medium/High Voltage networks; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259207: Inspect, record and report condition of Medium/High Voltage station apparatus and related equipment; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259187: Install and terminate Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259189: Joint Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 13818: Maintain Low voltage switchgear; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259192: Maintain unit protection devices on transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 113897: Troubleshoot on programmable logic controllers; Level 4; 5 Credits. 

    Specialisation Area 7: 

    Electrical Engineering (Learning Programme ID 63889): 

  • ID 10639: Advance or retreat electrical reticulation in an underground coal section; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • ID 13818: Maintain low voltage switchgear; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 113884: Fault find and repair a stand-alone battery charging wind turbine; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 113885: Lower, inspect service and maintain a stand-alone battery charging wind turbine; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 113888: Design a stand alone renewable energy system; Level 4; 10 Credits.
  • ID 113890: Design a wind/solar hybrid system; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 113892: Design a solar pump system; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 113897: Troubleshoot on programmable logic controllers; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 113898: Complete certificate of compliance for a single phase domestic installation; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 113901: Demonstrate an understanding of process communication systems; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 116434: Control electrical networks from a control centre; Level 4; 10 Credits.
  • ID 259178: Spray-wash energised Medium/High Voltage networks; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259179: Fault find a medium voltage reticulation system; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259180: Fault-find and repair a DC powered machine; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259181: Operate on High Voltage networks; Level 4; 20 Credits.
  • ID 259182: Select a back-up generator for a stand-alone renewable energy system; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259183: Fault-find and repair the electrical system of winder installations; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259184: Construct, maintain and dismantle High Voltage overhead networks; Level 4; 20 Credits.
  • ID 259185: Fault find and repair the electrical system of a conveyor installation; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 259186: Maintain and repair Medium Voltage Switchgear; Level 4; 7 Credits.
  • ID 259187: Install and terminate Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259188: Install and commission direct current (DC) machines; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259189: Joint Medium Voltage cables; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259190: Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC regeneration equipment in traction sub-stations; Level 5; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259191: Inspect, test and maintain Medium/High Voltage transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259192: Maintain unit protection devices on transformers; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259193: Fault find and repair the electrical system of a surface mining production machine; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259194: Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC rectifiers and associated equipment in traction sub-stations; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259195: Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC high-speed circuit breaker(HSCB) in traction sub-stations; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259196: Install, connect and commission a stand-alone battery charging wind turbine; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259198: Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC busbar chamber and associated equipment in traction sub-stations; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • ID 259199: Inspect, test and maintain earthing and negative return systems on 3-kV DC traction substations; Level 4; 7 Credits.
  • ID 259201: Maintain Direct Current machines and control gear; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • ID 259202: Inspect, test and maintain high voltage isolators; Level 4; 12 Credits.
  • ID 259204: Operate on Medium Voltage networks; Level 4; 20 Credits.
  • ID 259205: Inspect, test and maintain Medium/High Voltage earthing systems; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259206: Install/replace medium/high voltage equipment and hardware; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259207: Inspect, record and report condition of Medium/High Voltage station apparatus and related equipment; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • ID 259218: Apply the principles of energy efficiency; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • ID 259237: Carry out work on energised medium voltage networks; Level 4; 16 Credits.

 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES

1. Install and commission electrical equipment in integrated systems. 

2. Demonstrate the ability to test, fault find, maintain and repair electrical equipment and installations in integrated systems. 

3. Demonstrate operational knowledge of mathematical, technological and theoretical concepts during the execution of tasks with an ability to read, interpret technical drawings, sketch electrical/electronic wiring diagrams applicable to integrated systems. 

4. Demonstrate the ability to gather and interpret information from a range of sources and apply solutions to familiar problems related to working in the electrical engineering field with some scope for personal decision-making and responsibility. 

Critical Cross-Field Outcomes: 

These are embedded in the unit standards, which make up the qualification and are thus also reflected in the Exit Level Outcomes of the qualification. 

The critical cross-field outcomes are supported by the exit level outcomes as follows: 

Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical thinking have been made: 

Solving problems related to the installation and maintenance of electrical machinery, components and circuits. 

Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization and community: 

  • All tasks and work-related experience are performed within a team environment.
  • Taking into account, the safety of others.
  • Communicating with production, quality control and supervisory personnel and/or clients. 

    Organising and managing oneself and one’s activities responsibly and effectively: 

  • Related to planning and preparation for installation and maintenance activities.
  • Developing best practice behaviour in work performance and adhering to standard operating procedures.
  • Focussing on housekeeping, safe practices and care and storage of tools and equipment. 

    Collecting, analyzing, organizing and critically evaluating information: 

  • Completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Interpret findings to solve familiar problems during the execution of electrical tasks. 

    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills: 

  • Execution of commands and completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Communicating as a part of a team. 

    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility toward the environment and health of others: 

  • Application of science and technology during the installation and maintenance of electrical machinery, components and circuits.
  • Relating to the safety of others and paying attention to environmental issues.
  • Solving problems and applying science and technology to the job activity. 

    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem contexts do not exist in isolation: 

  • Integrating the task with the functionality of electrical installations.
  • Solving problems through the integration of various sources of information.
  • Demonstrating and understanding of related systems through the use of general and specific channels of communication when dealing with peers, production, quality control and supervisory personnel and/or clients.

 

ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit-Level-Outcome 1: 

1.1 Skills and ability to install and commission integrated systems are demonstrated according to work instructions and manufacturers’ operational specifications. 
1.2 Cables and conductors are installed, joined, terminated and tested for integrated systems. 
1.3 Components and equipment are joined in integrated systems. 

Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit-Level-Outcome 2: 

2.1 Integrated systems are isolated and made secure. 
2.2 Solutions to problems are demonstrated during the fault finding, testing and commissioning processes and are based on a clear analysis of information gathered through the use of diagnostic procedures. 
2.3 Skills and ability to test, overhaul and commission integrated systems are demonstrated according to work instructions and manufacturers’ operational specifications. 

Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit-Level-Outcome 3: 

3.1 Advanced principles of electricity are applied. 
3.2 Integrated system, electrical drawings and diagrams are read and interpreted. 
3.3 Understanding of the principle and operation of electrical components utilised in integrated systems is demonstrated. 

Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit-Level-Outcome 4: 

4.1 Own work is planned and scheduled in terms of productivity, safety, health and the environment. 
4.2 A variety of common problems, both familiar and unfamiliar are solved by applying knowledge of advanced electrical theory and practice. 
4.3 Responsibility for own actions is demonstrated within sphere of operation. 
4.4 Effective interaction and communication is conducted with clients, colleagues and management. 
4.5 Knowledge of and application of statutory requirements is demonstrated as they relate to integrated systems. 

Integrated Assessment: 

Integrated assessment during the implementation of this qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show that they are able to integrate knowledge, skills and values integral to a range of unit standards and practical contexts. Some assessment aspects will demand practical demonstration. 

Assessors will be required to collect evidence of the learner’s competence by: 

  • Observing the learner at work (both in primary activities, as well as other interactions) or by relevant simulations.
  • Asking questions and initiating formative discussions to assess understanding.
  • Evaluating records and reports. 

    Learners may choose in which language they want to be assessed. This should be established as part of a process of preparing the learner for assessment and familiarising the learner with the approach.

 

INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY

This qualification forms part of a progression across the three levels of the Further Education and Training band. The international comparability section for the field of Electrical Engineering applies to Levels 2, 3 and 4 of the qualification series. 

The qualification series was compared to similar outcomes-based qualifications in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, and to some African countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC); Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, as well as countries in the East African Community (EAC); Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. 

SADC: 

Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia: 

Amongst the Southern African Development Community (SADC) there are countries which align with the United Kingdom’s model of Vocational Education and Training (VET), through the London City and Guilds qualification framework and the National Vocational Qualification system (NVQ). Despite the fact that SADC countries are not as industrialised as the United Kingdom, it could be concluded that countries using the British qualifications compare favourably to similar South African qualifications as discussed under the U.K. section. In all SADC countries researched, none currently have an active training infrastructure in electrical engineering. 

Botswana: 

The Botswana Training Authority website provides information on the development and co-ordination of an integrated and standards-based vocational training system. At this present time, focus on the development of standards-based qualifications through a Botswana Vocation Education and Training System (BVET) has focused on the Wholesale and Retail and Tourism sectors. 

Currently, electricians in Botswana are trained through the apprenticeship system. The length and duration of the practical and theoretical components differ slightly to the South African apprenticeship system, but the learning competencies are similar, with a focus on the predominant diamond mining and small local manufacturing and engineering industries. 

Namibia: 

Electrical training student in Namibia are able to do One-year certificate and two-year Diploma training coupled with three and two year practical experience respectively which allows them to register as electrical technicians. Electrical Engineers are required to do BSc: Engineering degrees through South African University for registration as Engineers. 

EAC: 

In Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, the three member states of the East African Community (EAC), prospective engineers and engineering technicians are required to complete South African BSc: Engineering degrees or qualification offered in the UK. In house training is also offered by large multi-nation companies employing engineers and engineering technicians. 

New Zealand: 

The South African ‘National Certificate: Electrical Engineering NQF Level 2 has elements of both Levels 2 and 3 of the NZ ‘National Certificate in Electrical Engineering’. Although NZ qualifications are also unit standard based, the focus of the NZ unit standards at Level 2 [NQF Ref:0174] and 3 [NQF Ref:0223] is largely on knowledge acquisition whereas the practical competencies are assessed only at Level 4. 

In New Zealand, a learner could register for the Level 4 qualification over a 3-4 year period and be awarded the Level 2 and 3 certificates as well because the Level 4 NZ qualification shares credit/unit standards with both levels 2 and 3 qualifications. Holders of the NZ National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Electrician for Registration) (Level 4) [NQF Ref: 1195] can apply to the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) for electrical registration and practising license. The SA Electrical. 

Engineering qualifications in comparison require competencies achieved at levels 2 and 3 or through RPL processes to gain entry to Level 4 and a further trade test before full licensing is achieved. The NZ Level 5 qualification [NQF Ref: 0951] focuses mainly on management skills and business skills in the elective component but the core electrical unit standards are similar to the level of those in the SA Level 4 qualification. 

United Kingdom: 

To qualify as an electrician in the U.K. the learner must have the Electrotechnical Services NVQ at Level 3, which is awarded by City and Guilds (2356) and EMTA Awards Limited. As another option in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, an apprentice between the ages of 16-19 may sign up with an electrical contractor or building company. An alternative for those not eligible for apprenticeship or direct access into the NVQ is the City and Guilds (2330) Technical Certificate in 
Electrotechnical Technology Levels 2 and 3 at a college. Graduates would then need to gain employment in the industry to complete the NVQ. These technical certificates would compare with the SA National certificates: Electrical Engineering Levels 2 and 3. The NVQ (Level 3) compares with the SA Level 4 qualification. 

Australia: 

The following information was obtained on the website: http://www.ntis.au (National Information Training System) with regards to qualifications in electrical engineering training streams in Australia. 

“Australian Apprenticeships” is the new name for the scheme formerly known as `New Apprenticeships`. 

Australian Apprenticeships encompass all apprenticeships and traineeships. They combine time at work with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based. The change of name and appearance is the first step in a range of improvements to be introduced in Australian Apprenticeships. The qualifications for electricians cover: 

  • ASCO4311-11: General Electrician.
  • ANZSCO341111: Electrician (General). 

    Comments: 

  • Apprenticeships and VET programmes: In all the examples found, learning is vocational-based. In some countries (England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia) these are called “modern apprenticeships”. These take the form of two categories, namely a programme-led apprenticeship where learners are able to follow a vocational programme at a college and then seek employment as trainees/apprentice/interns in order to qualify as artisans; and an employer-led apprenticeship, in which learners are engaged in a formal contract of learning and most learning is workplace-based. In most cases learners “earn while they learn”. 
  • International qualifications researched, do not lead to three different qualifications, but in most cases culminate in one qualification over a four-year period. It is only in the vocational context, that we find the tendency to “break up” the traditional trades into levels of learning. This practice is endemic of those countries which have a close association with outcomes-based methodology and standards-based qualifications development.

 

ARTICULATION OPTIONS

The Qualification has been designed and structured so that qualifying learners can move from one engineering context to another. This can be achieved by the appropriate selection of credits in the elective category. Equally, holders of other similar fitting Qualifications may be evaluated against this Qualification for the purpose of RPL. 

Vertical articulation may exist (wholly or in part) in the HET band on application by the individual. 

Horizontal articulation: 

Fundamental learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for most engineering qualifications at NQF Level 4. 

Core learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for some unit standards in the following qualification: 

SAQA ID No: 50371: National Certificate in Domestic Appliance Repair at NQF Level 4. 

Other horizontal articulation options may exist and need further investigation in cases where recognition of prior learning is sought.

 

MODERATION OPTIONS
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA. 
  • Any institution or learning provider offering learning towards the achievement of this qualification should be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA. 
  • Moderation of assessment should be overseen by a relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines provided for in this qualification as well as the agreed ETQA guidelines.

 

CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS

The following criteria should be applied by a relevant ETQA as a minimum requirement: 

Assessors should be in possession of an appropriate qualification, namely: 

  • Electrical Engineering at NQF level 4 and a minimum of 2 years related experience.
  • An artisan qualification in Electrical Engineering (Trade test certificate or completed contract of apprenticeship) with a minimum of 2 years related experience.
  • Subject matter experience of at least five years, which may be established through recognition of prior learning (RPL). 

    Evidence of competency in a unit standard related to assessment theory, processes and practices.

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

 

NOTES

This Qualification has been replaced by Qualification 91761, which is “Occupational Certificate: Electrician”, Level 4, 360 credits. 

. 
This qualification replaces qualification 48474, “National Certificate: Electrical Engineering”, Level 4, 134 credits. 

A generic qualification was developed to give meaning to NQF objectives to provide articulation possibilities, enable learners to get recognition for learning achievements across economic sub-sectors and to support the notion of life long learning.

 

UNIT STANDARDS:
  ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Core 113899 Demonstrate an understanding of basic programmable logic controllers Level 3 NQF Level 03 6
Core 259200 Design, construct and commission three phase electrical circuits Level 4 NQF Level 04 10
Core 259217 Install and commission AC machines and control gear Level 4 NQF Level 04 8
Core 259177 Maintain, test and repair AC machines and control gear Level 4 NQF Level 04 12
Core 259197 Test and inspect a three phase industrial/commercial installation Level 4 NQF Level 04 10
Core 113873 Understand basic electrical and mechanical engineering principles Level 4 NQF Level 04 8
Fundamental 119472 Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication Level 3 NQF Level 03 5
Fundamental 119457 Interpret and use information from texts Level 3 NQF Level 03 5
Fundamental 119467 Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes Level 3 NQF Level 03 5
Fundamental 119465 Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts Level 3 NQF Level 03 5
Fundamental 9015 Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems Level 4 NQF Level 04 6
Fundamental 119462 Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts Level 4 NQF Level 04 5
Fundamental 119469 Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts Level 4 NQF Level 04 5
Fundamental 9016 Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts Level 4 NQF Level 04 4
Fundamental 119471 Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes Level 4 NQF Level 04 5
Fundamental 7468 Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues Level 4 NQF Level 04 6
Fundamental 119459 Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts Level 4 NQF Level 04 5
Elective 10639 Advance or retreat electrical reticulation in an underground coal section Level 3 NQF Level 03 6
Elective 264997 Assemble switchgear assembly Level 3 NQF Level 03 12
Elective 14783 Conform to and apply legislation and operational instructions in chemical processing Level 3 NQF Level 03 4
Elective 265007 Demonstrate knowledge of legislation and standards relevant to the switchgear assembly industry Level 3 NQF Level 03 3
Elective 265034 Demonstrate knowledge of switchgear assembly components and their representation on drawings Level 3 NQF Level 03 8
Elective 265002 Fabricate and install busbars Level 3 NQF Level 03 8
Elective 264999 Install earthing systems and shrouding on switchgear assembly Level 3 NQF Level 03 4
Elective 265008 Modify installed switchgear assemblies Level 3 NQF Level 03 4
Elective 265014 Perform production testing of switchgear assembly Level 3 NQF Level 03 4
Elective 259218 Apply the principles of energy efficiency Level 4 NQF Level 04 4
Elective 259237 Carry out work on energised medium voltage networks Level 4 NQF Level 04 16
Elective 113898 Complete certificate of compliance for a single phase domestic installation Level 4 NQF Level 04 5
Elective 259184 Construct, maintain and dismantle High Voltage overhead networks Level 4 NQF Level 04 20
Elective 116434 Control electrical networks from a control centre Level 4 NQF Level 04 10
Elective 113901 Demonstrate an understanding of process communication systems Level 4 NQF Level 04 8
Elective 265015 Demonstrate knowledge of busbar design Level 4 NQF Level 04 4
Elective 113892 Design a solar pump system Level 4 NQF Level 04 4
Elective 113888 Design a stand alone renewable energy system Level 4 NQF Level 04 10
Elective 113890 Design a wind/solar hybrid system Level 4 NQF Level 04 5
Elective 259179 Fault find a medium voltage reticulation system Level 4 NQF Level 04 4
Elective 113884 Fault find and repair a stand-alone battery charging wind turbine Level 4 NQF Level 04 5
Elective 259185 Fault find and repair the electrical system of a conveyor installation Level 4 NQF Level 04 5
Elective 259193 Fault find and repair the electrical system of a surface mining production machine Level 4 NQF Level 04 4
Elective 259180 Fault-find and repair a DC powered machine Level 4 NQF Level 04 6
Elective 259183 Fault-find and repair the electrical system of winder installations Level 4 NQF Level 04 4
Elective 113881 Inspect, maintain, repair and do faultfinding on Medium / High Voltage networks Level 4 NQF Level 04 8
Elective 259207 Inspect, record and report condition of Medium/High Voltage station apparatus and related equipment Level 4 NQF Level 04 6
Elective 259198 Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC busbar chamber and associated equipment in traction sub-stations Level 4 NQF Level 04 8
Elective 259195 Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC high-speed circuit breaker(HSCB) in traction sub-stations Level 4 NQF Level 04 8
Elective 259194 Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC rectifiers and associated equipment in traction sub-stations Level 4 NQF Level 04 8
Elective 259199 Inspect, test and maintain earthing and negative return systems on 3-kV DC traction substations Level 4 NQF Level 04 7
Elective 259202 Inspect, test and maintain high voltage isolators Level 4 NQF Level 04 12
Elective 259205 Inspect, test and maintain Medium/High Voltage earthing systems Level 4 NQF Level 04 4
Elective 259191 Inspect, test and maintain Medium/High Voltage transformers Level 4 NQF Level 04 6
Elective 259188 Install and commission direct current (DC) machines Level 4 NQF Level 04 8
Elective 259187 Install and terminate Medium Voltage cables Level 4 NQF Level 04 6
Elective 259196 Install, connect and commission a stand-alone battery charging wind turbine Level 4 NQF Level 04 8
Elective 13334 Install, test and configure variable speed control drives Level 4 NQF Level 04 10
Elective 259206 Install/replace medium/high voltage equipment and hardware Level 4 NQF Level 04 6
Elective 117156 Interpret basic financial statements Level 4 NQF Level 04 4
Elective 259189 Joint Medium Voltage cables Level 4 NQF Level 04 8
Elective 113885 Lower, inspect service and maintain a stand-alone battery charging wind turbine Level 4 NQF Level 04 5
Elective 259186 Maintain and repair Medium Voltage Switchgear Level 4 NQF Level 04 7
Elective 259201 Maintain Direct Current machines and control gear Level 4 NQF Level 04 5
Elective 13818 Maintain low voltage switchgear Level 4 NQF Level 04 4
Elective 259192 Maintain unit protection devices on transformers Level 4 NQF Level 04 6
Elective 259181 Operate on High Voltage networks Level 4 NQF Level 04 20
Elective 259204 Operate on Medium Voltage networks Level 4 NQF Level 04 20
Elective 259182 Select a back-up generator for a stand-alone renewable energy system Level 4 NQF Level 04 4
Elective 259178 Spray-wash energised Medium/High Voltage networks Level 4 NQF Level 04 4
Elective 113897 Troubleshoot on programmable logic controllers Level 4 NQF Level 04 5
Elective 259190 Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC regeneration equipment in traction sub-stations Level 5 Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 8
Elective 13683 Issue certificate of compliance for a domestic/commercial/industrial installation Level 5 Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 5

 

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.
LP ID Learning Programme Title Originator Pre-2009
NQF Level
NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
Assurance
Functionary
NQF Sub-Framework
63889 Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering Generic Provider – Field 12 Level 4 NQF Level 04 130 2013-11-07 EWSETA OQSF
72072 Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Chemical Generic Provider – Field 06 Level 4 NQF Level 04 130 2013-11-07 CHIETA OQSF
72070 Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Construction Generic Provider – Field 12 Level 4 NQF Level 04 130 2013-11-07 CETA OQSF
72075 Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Distribution Generic Provider – Field 12 Level 4 NQF Level 04 130 EWSETA OQSF
72076 Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Generation Generic Provider – Field 12 Level 4 NQF Level 04 130 EWSETA OQSF
72069 Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Mining Generic Provider – Field 06 Level 4 NQF Level 04 130 MQA OQSF
72078 Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Transport Generic Provider – Field 11 Level 4 NQF Level 04 130 2012-06-30 OQSF

 

PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES:
This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
LP ID Learning Programme Title Accredited Provider
63889 Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering 1. CIRCLEWAY TRAINING (PTY) LTD
2. CYPRESS CREEK INVESTEMENTS 68
3. Eskom Hendrina Power Station – Maintenance
4. Eskom Majuba Power Station – Maintenance Training
5. GERT SIBANDE TVET COLLEGE
6. MOVING AHEAD DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
7. NCHEBEKO SKILLS CONSULTANCY
8. PHAKGAMANG MATSIANA BUSINESS ENTERPRISE
9. SANEKANGEDI TRADING AND PROJECTS
10. SOUTH AFRICA ADVANCED SKILLS INSTITUTE
11. WESTVOLT ELECTRICAL SUPPLIERS
12. ZAKWANTU SOLUTIONS
72072 Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Chemical 1. ATHOL MUNDAY TRAINING CENTRE (UMBOGINTWINI OPERATIONS SERVICES)
2. NORTHLINK COLLEGE- BELHAR CAMPUS
3. SEDIBENG
72075 Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Distribution 1. Eskom Majuba Power Station – Maintenance Training
2. TEPT (PTY) LTD
72076 Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering: Electrical Generation Eskom Majuba Power Station – Maintenance Training

 


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Module Number Description
M0 (A) Apply and maintain safety in an electrical environment
M0 (B) Understand fundamentals of electricity
M0 (C’) Hand tools
M0 (D) Power tools
M0 (E’) Identify oxy-acetylene equipment
M0 (F) Identify and use arc welding equipment
M1 (A) Electrical test and measuring instruments
M1 (B) Design and construct a single phase circuit
M1 (C’) Install electric wire ways
M2 (A) Install, join, terminate and test low voltage cables and conductors
M2 (B) Identify, connect and fault find domestic, industrial and street lighting components
M3 (A) Maintain electrical distribution boards, panels and enclosures
M3 (B) Wire and commision three phase electric circuits
M3 (C’) Load balancing
M4 (A) Install and maintain low voltage transformers
M4 (B) Identify the purpose and application or circuit protection and load balancing
M4 (C’) The principles of metering systems
M4 (D) Install and maintain batteries
M4 (E’) Substation regulations
M5 (A) Install and commission single phase ac-machines and control gear
M5 (B) Install and commission three phase ac-machines and control gear
M6 (A) Test and inspect a single phase domestic and three phase industrial/commercial installation
M6 (B) Fault finding on a pre-installed installation