MQA

Quality Assurance

The MQA through Quality Assurance unit has delegated in terms of s26I of the Skills Development Act, as amended, with roles and responsibility to ensure quality learning and education delivery within the mining and minerals sector which is aligned in terms of Occupational Qualifications Sub Framework as required by Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO). Further mandated as a SETAs with the responsibility of promoting the learning programme through identifying employers for practical work experience, support of learning materials development and facilitation of learning in terms of s10(1) of the SDA.

Therefore the primary roles and responsibilities deliverables are:

The MQA as a Qualifications Development Partner (QDP) in terms of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) has the delegated function to review/develop learning programmes for registration on Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF) and review/develop learning materials.

Further, the DQP has a mandate to review or develop learning programmes or learning materials as per Mining Qualifications Authority framework with collaboration of relevant stakeholders.

The MQA as an Assessment Quality Partner (AQP) with role and responsibilities in terms of the Quality Council
for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) delegated function for specified Occupational Qualifications registration on Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF) to ensure development of assessment tool banks and assessment centres criteria for designated Occupational Qualification or part-qualifications in terms of the national standard

Further, the AQP has a mandate to develop assessment tool banks and assessment centres as per Mining Qualifications Authority framework with collaboration of relevant stakeholders.

The MQA QA unit conducts integrated accreditation audits for Skills Development Providers and workplace for
occupational qualifications, part qualifications, learnerships and skills programmes including programme approvals also registration of assessors and moderators as a delegated Quality Assurance Partner (QAP) body by QCTO for mining and minerals sector. With the delegated roles and responsibilities functions, the Quality Assurance conducts and guides are according to the Gazette or directives or Memos or guidelines issued by relevant partners or institutions.

In order for this function to be conducted, it requires collaboration with all stakeholders or partners through a designated and dedicated audit team, including subject matter experts or technical experts to support on quality assurance functions.

The MQA continued with responsibilities for the monitoring and evaluation on quality assurance learner achievements, learner assessments, learner completions and certifications including uploading into National Learner Records Database (NLRD) for delegated registered learning programmes for mining and minerals sector. The primary role and responsibilities are as follows:
  • Establish and maintain a database for the recording of learner achievements.
  • Administrate records for the certification of learners and accredited providers.
  • Verification or validation for learners’ achievements on learning programmes.
  • Uploading into National Learner Records Database (NLRD).
  • HDSA
    MQA is in support of historically Disadvantaged South Africans (HDSA) through discretional grant for HDSAs that meet MQA set standard for accreditation and approved as training providers by the MQA for the mining and minerals sector.
  • Centre of Specialisation
    The MQA participate in the DHET Centre of Specialisation Pilot Project as the lead SETA for Millwright and offers further support for the approved specific trades linked to TVET colleges as a Centre of Specialisation including on ensuring safe learning environment and programmes on approved workplaces for practical experience and linking learners to employers allocated with grants for placements.
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