50334 National Certificate: Occupationally Directed Education Training and Development Practices

50334 National Certificate: Occupationally Directed Education Training and Development Practices


This qualification is for those who want to build on a FETC in any field to enter the field of ODETD as a potential career, and have little or no previous exposure to ETD. The qualification will also be valuable for those who may have been practising within the field, but without formal recognition. This qualification will be useful for:
Learning facilitators.
Learner and learning supporters.
Skills Development Facilitators.

This qualification will provide practitioners with the general ETD skills required at NQF level 5 across five key ETD roles, with the opportunity to specialise further in one of the following four roles:
Design and develop learning interventions.
Facilitate learning.
Design and conduct assessments.
Facilitate skills development.

Practitioners will generally carry out their role within the context of:
Given Quality Assurance policies, procedures and processes.
A guided and supported learning environment.

50334 National Certificate: Occupationally Directed Education Training and Development Practices


The development of skills within and for the workplace is a priority within South Africa, as supported by legislation, national policies and strategies. Much of the needed skills development is carried out by people who have knowledge and skills within their area of expertise, but lack the required skills in relation to ETD. Many of the skills development objectives, nationally and within companies and organisations, are met through the efforts of ETD practitioners operating at NQF Level 5, and this certificate addresses the key competencies of such practitioners.

This qualification will meet the need of those who wish to progress beyond the FETC ODETD, or who wish to enter the field of ETD for the first time. The certificate will also help to increase the employment prospects of ETD practitioners, while helping to ensure quality and competence within the ETD field.

This qualification will provide a means to recognise ODETD practise at level 5 across five key ETD roles in a generalist capacity, with particular application possible in at least one role. Practitioners who wish to extend the skills in ETD to cover further ETD roles should select the Diploma ODETD, Level 5.

It is assumed that practitioners have expertise in the subject/occupation field in which they intend to provide education, training and development, at a level required to engage meaningfully in ETD within that field.

It is also assumed that learners working towards this qualification hold a FETC or equivalent. Further learning assumptions are specified within the associated unit standards where required.

Recognition of Prior Learning:

This qualification can be achieved wholly or in part through Recognition of Prior Learning in terms of the defined exit level outcomes and/or individual unit standards.

Evidence can be presented in various ways, including international and/or previous local qualifications, products, reports, testimonials mentioning functions performed, work records, portfolios, videos of practice and performance records.

All such evidence will be judged in accordance with the general principles of assessment and the requirements for integrated assessment.

Access to the qualification:

Access to this qualification is open bearing in mind the Learning Assumed to be in place.


Fundamental: all 10 credits for Communications.
Core: all 61 Core credits.
Elective: any 49 of the 116 Elective credits. Learners are urged to focus on all the Electives from at least one complete Exit Level Outcome and make up the rest of the credits from the Elective unit standards associated with the remaining Exit Level Outcomes.

1. Communicate in a variety of ETD settings.

2. Design and develop learning programmes and processes.

3. Facilitate and evaluate learning.

4. Engage in and promote assessment practices.

5. Provide learning support to learners and organisations.

6. Conduct skills development facilitation.

Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

This qualification addresses the following Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
Identifying and solving problems in relation to designing and organising learning opportunities and in relation to learner’s difficulties within the ETD context.
Working effectively with others as a member of ETD teams in the analysis, design and delivery of ETD.
Organising and managing oneself and one’s activities responsibly and effectively when preparing oneself, preparing learning resources and setting up the learning environment.
Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information about learners, learning needs, learning resources, organisational requirements and national ETD strategies.
Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills when presenting information to learners and discussing the subject matter.
Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others, mainly in the application of occupation-related technology, but through the appropriate use of ETD-related technology.
Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems, and in particular through the linking of ETD and practice within the occupational field.

Learning programmes directed towards this qualification will also contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large, by making individuals aware of the importance of:
Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
Exploring education and career opportunities; and developing entrepreneurial opportunities.

50334 National Certificate: Occupationally Directed Education Training and Development Practices

The purpose of the qualification is achieved via demonstration of competence in terms of the exit level outcomes, which in turn are a function of the associated unit standards. The unit standards associated with each exit level outcome form a coherent cluster, thus facilitating integrated assessment. The manner in which the unit standards have been clustered is outlined in the section on integrated assessment. Assessment criteria are provided for each exit level outcome mainly to address the need for evidence of integration of competencies.

Communication is carried out using media appropriate to the audience and setting.
Communication of facts, concepts, ideas and principles related to specific learning areas is clear and consistent with the requirements of the learning area.

Training needs are clearly defined in terms of outcomes, and are linked to performance requirements on the job.
Learning outcomes are aligned with given standards, including unit standards, assessment standards, qualifications or job requirements.

Note: If learners choose this role as their one specialisation area, then the following criteria will also apply:
Methodology used is consistent with the outcomes-based approach.
The design meets target audience needs, is appropriate to the subject matter and expected facilitator, and takes into account results from previous assessments of learners.
Approaches used comply with adult learning principles and are suitable for achieving the defined outcomes.
The design includes evaluation strategies capable of revealing the value of programmes or interventions.
Learning and assessment design are compatible.
Presentation of materials is fit-for-purpose.

Preparation is sufficient to ensure all resources and arrangements are in place and the learning site is fit-for-purpose.
Formal plans and structures are implemented according to plans, using appropriate methodologies and in a manner that achieves the learning objectives.
Facilitation is professional and ensures the physical and psychological safety of the learners.
Problems are solved appropriately using a range of techniques.
Facilitation provides for application in the workplace.
The facilitation approach creates opportunities for assessment.
Facilitation is self-monitored and behaviour is modified to address weaknesses or difficulties.

Assesses are adequately supported, prepared and assisted in assessment and/or RPL processes, without compromising the assessment process or results.
Assessment practices are in line with the principles of outcomes-based assessment and maximise opportunities for integrated assessment.
Assessment decisions are reliable and relevant to pre-determined outcomes.
Feedback is relevant and is given in a constructive manner.
Assessment results are used to improve learning design and facilitation.

Note: If learners choose this role as their one specialisation area, then the following criteria will also apply:
Assessment instruments designed are fit-for-purpose and facilitate the integration of assessment in learning and work environments.
Moderation practises ensure the fairness and reliability of assessment results while contributing to improved assessment practices.

Learners requiring support are identified proactively and sensitively.
Support is given in a manner that enables learners to define objectives, clarify issues, help manage expectations and identify learning path and opportunities.
Support assists learners to identify and understand assessment opportunities, processes and benefits, including the nature and benefits of RPL.
Support ensures learners experience the maximum benefit from learning and assessment, and helps them prepare for and cope with learning and assessment.
Barriers to learning are identified and problems are solved cooperatively within given frameworks. Referrals are made as required.
Support helps to create a safe learning environment and promotes objectives of learning and the principle of life-long learning.
Advice is helpful, realistic, relevant, valid, impartial and based on learner needs.

Information and advice on skills development issues is consistent with current skills development practices and requirements.
Information and advice on skills development issues is in line with the needs of the organisation.

Note: If learners choose this role as their one specialisation area, then the following criteria will also apply:
Skills development plans address individual learning needs and are aligned with organisational strategic objectives.
Learning is promoted in line with individual and organisational needs, using appropriate and effective communication techniques.
Records are clear, accessible, accurate and up to date.
ETD interventions are coordinated in line with the organisational skills development plan.

Integrated assessment:

Evidence of integration will be gained by designing and conducting assessments that ensure the unit standards are assessed in clusters linked to each exit level outcome as identified below. Assessors are to be guided by the detailed specifications indicated in each of the identified unit standards, and further guided by the assessment criteria specified for each exit level outcome, all within the context of an active ETD environment, dealing with divergent and random demands related to ETD.

Assessors should note that evidence of integration may be presented by learners when being assessed against the unit standards – thus there should not necessarily be separate assessments for each unit standard and then further assessment for integration at exit level outcome level. Well designed assessments, including formative and summative, should make it possible to gain evidence against the requirements of each unit standard while at the same time gaining evidence of integration at exit level outcome level.

For the purposes of integration, assessment should be guided by the following relationships between each exit level outcome and the associated unit standards, taking into account the qualification rules that urge learners to complete the electives for one exit level outcome, and make up the rest from the other electives as learners wish:
Exit Level Outcome 2:

> Core Unit Standards:
> Define target audience profiles and skills gaps.

> Elective Unit Standards:
> Develop outcomes-based learning programmes.
> Evaluate and promote ETD providers, services and products for organisational use.
> Devise interventions for learners who have special needs.
> Design outcomes-based learning programmes.
Exit Level Outcome 3:

> Core Unit Standards:
> Facilitate learning using a variety of given methodologies.
> Evaluate a learning intervention using given evaluation instruments.
> Demonstrate understanding of the outcomes-based education and training approach within the context of a National Qualifications Framework.

> Elective Unit Standards:
> Demonstrate understanding of the concept of human rights and democracy and its application in society.
> Facilitate the transfer and application of learning in the workplace.
> Identify and respond to learners with special needs and barriers to learning.
Exit Level Outcome 4:

> Core Unit Standards:
> Conduct outcomes-based assessments.

> Elective Unit Standards:
> Design and develop outcomes-based assessments.
> Conduct moderation of outcomes-based assessments.
Exit Level Outcome 5:

> Core Unit Standards:
> Assist and support learners to manage their learning experiences.
> Guide learners about their learning, assessment and recognition opportunities.
Exit Level Outcome 6:

> Core Unit Standards:
> Provide information and advice regarding skills development and related issues.

> Elective Unit Standards:
> Conduct skills development administration.
> Promote a learning culture in an organisation.
> Develop an organisational training and development plan.
> Coordinate planned skills development interventions in an organisation.
> Conduct an analysis to determine outcomes of learning for SD and other purposes.

Assessment should be in accordance with the following general and specific principles:
The initial assessment activities should focus on gathering evidence in terms of the exit level outcomes and the main outcomes expressed in the titles of the unit standards to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then the assessment can focus on each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes. Take special note of the need for integrated assessment.
Evidence must be gathered across the entire range specified in each unit standard, as applicable. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to prove that the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
All assessments should be conducted in accordance with the following universally accepted principles of assessment:
> Use appropriate, fair and manageable methods that are integrated into real work-related or learning situations.
> Judge evidence on the basis of its validity, currency, authenticity and sufficiency.
> Ensure assessment processes are systematic, open and consistent.

50334 National Certificate: Occupationally Directed Education Training and Development Practices

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