The mining and minerals Standards Generating Body (M&M SGB) is governed by the Mine Health and Safety Act of 1996, the Skills Development Amendment Act and the NQF Act of 2008 provides a new legislative framework for standards setting and quality assurance in South Africa.

The SGB Unit’s main function is to design and develop fit for purpose occupational qualifications and make them available to the mining and minerals sector and ensures registration of qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The SGB Unit ensures that appropriate qualifications are in place through collaborative initiatives with other relevant SETAs. The goal of the Unit is to form an updated OFO (Organising Framework for Occupations) aligned qualifications framework for the sector which is available and implemented by all stakeholders in the sector.

In terms of the Skills Development Act (1998 as amended in 2008) and the NQF Act, 2008, the QCTO has delegated the functions of qualification design and development to the MQA as a Development Quality Partner (DQP). The MQA is thereby required to supply the mining and minerals sector related occupational qualifications in accordance with QCTO requirements and by OFO Code. The OFO informs the development of qualifications in the new Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and provides a useful basis for determining skills requirements.

In order to fulfil its function, the mining and minerals SGB Unit has formulated working groups to facilitate the generation of occupational qualifications. Stakeholders from the mining sector - in general have nominated persons with technical expertise in these areas to serve on the working groups.

The working groups, called Technical Reference Groups (TRGs) and Community of Expert Practice (CEPs) identify qualifications that are required by the sector as identified through the MQA Qualifications Framework and are aligned to the OFO. The working groups detail the competencies that are applicable to these qualifications. The qualifications are then designed and populated through core mining or cross-sector processes and submitted to QCTO for approval and registration.

Once the qualifications are registered the MQA develops appropriate Learning materials for submission and registration by the Department of Higher Education and Training. The development of learning material for the associated registered unit standards based qualifications and developed occupational qualifications is co-ordinated through Accredited Training Providers and ratified for technical content by the TRGs and CEPs.