Uses of qualifications and unit standards

The primary uses of qualifications and unit standards are as:
*a guide to learners
*a guide to educators for the preparation of learning material
*description of end points of learning towards which learning should aim)
*description of what must be assessed, in what contexts, and the standard of performance required.
*a means of recognizing achievements (records of learning and/or competence portfolios will indicate what qualifications and unit standards have been achieved by learners)
These primary uses are directly related to SAQA in that the SAQA structures are designed to set up, promote, maintain, and monitor these activities.
Once the outcomes required by the stakeholders have been set in the form of qualifications and unit standards, then it is up to them to use the qualifications and unit standards as a basis for developing people and maintain and assessing the standards.
Qualifications and unit standard are of primary importance in the development of learning programs and assessment activities. If the titles and specific outcomes are placed in a matrix, these can be used as definitions of what people are expected to know and be able to do at outcome level. Using either a quack skills audit or full assessment of existing competency in relation to the qualification and unit standards, and combining this with a training needs analysis, the analyst would be able to determine what training is needed among existing people. For new trainees, similar procedures could be followed, except that additional analytically tools would be needed to design the learning programme.

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