What is in a Qualification?
According to SAQA, a qualification registered on the NQF is defined as “a planned combination of learning outcomes which has a defined purpose and which is intended to provide qualifying learners with applied competence and a basis for further learning…”.
A qualification is therefore a structured combination of standards consisting out of fundamental, core and elective components, and has a specified amount of credits that must be achieved by the learner in a period of time:
- • Fundamental – literacy, numeracy and communication standards
• Core – vocational standard generic to the whole occupation
• Elective – standards that allow a learner to specialize in certain areas
The NQF has been reviewed and the new Occupational Qualification Framework (OQF) is illustrated in the following diagramme