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

New OQF
The NQF has been reviewed and the new Occupational Qualification Framework (OQF) is illustrated in the following diagramme

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