SAQA ID: Operate a Windows System NQF Level 04 Credits 06

This qualification specifies the key skills, knowledge and values required to access engineering and manufacturing qualifications in the Further Education and Training Band. It describes the learning outcomes required to participate in workplace-based learning programmes for occupationally focused qualifications in the manufacturing, engineering and assembly sectors.

It provides learners who have no formal qualification with an opportunity for assessment to
Recognise prior learning.
Identify gaps, and
Structure learning programmes to close those gaps.
The learning required for these learners would be what is typically included in ABET learning programmes.

For learners who have formal school qualifications but no work experience, this qualification specifies the necessary knowledge, skills and values required to participate learning processes within a formal work environment. Typically, these outcomes reflect the learning outcomes that would be achieved at the end of an extensive induction and orientation process.

This qualification would enable both kinds of learners to establish an understanding of, and to make some preliminary choices about:
A career and learning pathways.
The content and requirements of the qualifications and unit standards which would form the basis of their learning, as well as have
A knowledge and understanding of assessment processes, including Recognition of Prior Learning.

The qualifications specify:
Fundamental skills in communication and mathematical literacy.
Skills in working with basic communication and information technology systems.
Core skills in measurement, use of common tools and instruments and an understanding of the science and technology which underpins these activities.
Safety, health, environmental and quality issues related to the specific work context.
Understanding and working with the policies, rules and procedures related to the specific work context, contracts, BCE and the relationship between the employer and the employee.
Recognising and understanding the purpose, the processes, the materials and the products used within the specific work context, the structure of the workplace, and the purpose of specific departments or sections and the way in which each contributes to the purpose of the organisation.
Understanding and explaining the purpose of the company in the context of the industry, sector and economy as a whole.
Understanding and explaining the basic principles which underpin business in the manufacturing, engineering and assembly field (concepts of cost, adding value, money value of time, profit and loss, customers).
Skills related to, and an understanding of, the options and alternatives in the learning pathway, goal setting, planning work and learning processes, measuring and evaluating progress and outcomes.
Understanding financial issues related to pay, tax and deductions including unemployment insurance, pensions or provident funds and other forms of insurance.


Many technical and occupational qualifications in engineering and manufacturing at NQF Level 2 assume some learning at NQF Level 1. This qualification formalises those assumptions. In doing so, it provides a range of qualifying learners with access to further learning at NQF Levels 2 and beyond in the fields of manufacturing, engineering and assembly.

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