Material for each unit standard consists of a:
- Learner Guide – the knowledge material
- Learner Work File – the questions / assignments that must be answered. When this has been completed, it is submitted as a Portfolio of Evidence.
- Summative Assessment – small closed book exam per unit standard. This is an INSETA requirement for authenticity purposes.
Exams are written three times a year: in April, June and October. The assessment tools cover all the Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria of each unit standard and are reflected in a Mapping Matrix. There are Facilitator and Assessor Guides available for Facilitator and Assessor use.
Methods of Delivery
Our modes of instruction may be face-to-face, distance learning, online distance learning, or a combination of these methods. We also train at the client’s site of choice.
- Face-to-Face Training:
Groups of 10 – 25 learners are trained by a qualified and experienced facilitator in a classroom/ learning environment. Learner Guides and Learner Work Files are supplied to each learner.
- Hard Copy Distance Training:
Learner Guides and Learner Work Files are supplied to each learner. The learner studies the Learner Guide on his own and submits the completed Learner Work File.
- Online Training:
The online training involves a training site. Once the learner is enrolled, he is given a log-in password and can access the qualification he is studying. He will download the Knowledge material and Learner Work File. He will then complete the Learner Work File. This is done electronically, but can be done off-line. Once the Learner Work File is completed, it is uploaded to the site again and the assessor can access it immediately for marking. Much of our training is done online, because of the benefits of geographical access to learners, convenience, faster turnaround times and smooth delivery.
All three methods of delivery require that the learner be found Competent on the Formative Assessment. Thereafter he will write a short hard copy invigilated exam. This is an authenticity requirement laid down by INSETA. After that, the learner’s work goes through a moderation process and INSETA verifies and approves the results. After this, the credits can be uploaded onto the National Learner Records Database (NLRD) and certificates printed.
- All learning and assessment follows SAQA principles and strives to be empowering, relevant and transformative.
- Assessment is integrative and standards-based.
- Assessment is OBE based.
- Recognition of Prior Learning allows for accreditation of previous learning.