Section 26 Trade Test Requirements

In terms of S.26D(5) read with S.36 of the Skills Development Act 1998, after consultation with the National Skills Authority and the Quality council for Trades and Occupations and approved by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr BE Nzimande, the following Trade Test Regulations, 2014 was published in the Government Gazette, No 38758, on 8 May 2015:

  1. A trade test centre accredited by a SETA prior to the commence of these regulations for a trade occupational qualification not registered on the National Qualifications Framework will be deemed to be accredited by the QCTO until the occupational qualification is registered.

  2. A trade test centre must apply to NAMB for a trade test serial number before allowing a candidate to proceed for a trade test unless NAMB gives approval for the trade test centre to conduct trade tests without apply for a trade test serial number.

  3. Until the QCTO determines the entrance requirements contemplated in regulation 2(2)(b) the minimum level of education for access to a trade test will be the successful achievement by learner before, during or after an artisan learning programme of:

    1. N2 Certificate including the four relevant subjects of maths, engineering science and a fourt subject as required by the trade; or

    2. Technical trade theory programs quality assured by a SETA deemed to be equivalent to NQF level 3; or

    3. Relevant engineering NCV Certificate with seven subjects at NQF level 3; or

    4. Technical Grade 11 with Maths, Science, Language and related trade theory subject; or

    5. Relevant (directly related to the trade theory subjects) N6 certificate or National Technical Diploma (T, S or N stream).

In addition to the above mentioned minimum level of educational qualification the applicant must also have:

  1. Successfully completed all off the job practical training unit standards (in the case of learnerships) or modules (in thecase of an apprenticeship) of an artisan learning program at an accredited training provider as verifiable by training records.

  2. Satisfied the requirements of the structured workplace, on the job, learning for a minimum period of 12 months verifiable through a workplace learning record (e.g. logbook) unless any other workplace period has been contractually specified before the date of publication of this Regulation.

  1. The minimum level of knowledge for recognition of prior learning referred to in regulation 2(3) is a 50% pass in a written knowledge assessment that is an integral part of a recognition of prior learning toolkit approved by NAMB.

  2. Until such time as the occupational curricula and/or RPL toolkits for a specific trade are developed, candidates who have not gone through a formal artisan learning program but possess relevant years of work experience in the related trade may be granted access to a trade test if they have completed:

    1. N2 Certificate including the relevant trade theory subjects and a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience; or

    2. Technical trade theory programs quality assured by a SETA deemed to be at NQF level 3 and a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience; or

    3. Relevant Engineering NCV at NQF level 3 and a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience; or

    4. Relevant engineering NC(V) 4 plus completion of all relevant work experience modules and a minimum of 18-months work experience; or

    5. Technical Grade 12 Maths, Science and related trade theory subject and a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience; or

    6. Grade 9 and a minimum of 4 years relevant work experience; or

    7. Relevant (directly related to the trade theory subjects) N6 certificate or National Technical Diploma (T, S or N stream) with 18 months relevant work experience.

  1. Every accredited skills development provider of artisan training must submit their existing curricula leading to an artisan qualification or part qualification to NAMB for record keeping and evaluation within one month after these regulations come into effect, failing which the skills development provider’s accreditation may be forfeited.

  2. An apprentice under a contract of apprenticeship registered by a SETA in terms of Section 13 of the repealed Manpower Training Act before the commencement of these regulations is deemed to be apprenticed in terms of chapter 4 of the Act.

  3. No person may apply for or be trade tested under Section 28 of the repealed Manpower Training Act but any person may apply to an accredited trade test centre for recognition of prior learning in terms of regulation 2(3).

  4. Any person who has been issued with a date for a trade test in terms of Section 28 of repealed the Manpower Training Act prior to the publication of this notice will be managed in terms of regulation2(2).

  5. NAMB must determine equivalency criteria if required fro access to a trade test until the relevant occupational qualification are registered.

  6. Until such time as the Occupational Curricula including the External Assessment Specifications for a trade qualification is developed, a learner who attempted a trade test will be given recognition for those trade test tasks in which he/she has been found competent not be retested in those tasks provided that:

    1. The recognition will be retained by the candidate for a maximum of 3 attemptsor 18-monthsfrom the date of successful completion of the trade test task whichever comes first; and

    2. The learner is competent in at least 50% of the trade test tasks given during the trade test.

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Trade Testing

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