Electronic security training

July 2009 News & Events

It appears that SASETA only has two accredited training providers who are able to present the qualification, Further Education and Training Certificate: Electronic Security Installation Practices on NQF Level 4.

The training material for this qualification as well as the skills programmes derived from it is in the process of being developed by SASSETA and will be provided free of charge to accredited training providers. Interested training providers should contact the ETQA Department at SASSETA in this regard.

This qualification will allow a learner in the electronic security industry to obtain a nationally recognised qualification. Learners will be able to plan effectively, install and configure electronic security systems and utilise equipment while applying safety and health principles. The qualification will provide learners with knowledge and skills to effectively install, configure, test and hand-over electronic security systems to meet the customers' needs and satisfaction. The elective component of this qualification will allow a qualifying learner to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of specialised electronic security systems.

Terry Scallan
Terry Scallan

The qualification is designed to develop skills and knowledge required for learners to specialise in the planning, installing and configuring of electronic security systems such as closed circuit television (CCTV) systems, access controls systems, access automation systems, alarm systems as well as electric fence systems and intercom systems. These competencies will be applicable in a wide range of contexts such as residential, commercial and industrial contexts.

A competent learner will be able to:

* Install electronic security systems.

* Communicate with clients.

* Apply elementary physical science related concepts.

International searches were conducted to ensure that the qualification and its associated unit standards meet international standards. The comparison focused on the specific practices within the electronics security practices environment in terms of the qualification level, scope and competencies covered. The search provided a list of qualifications and the relevant awarding bodies accredited to provide a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications in this field. The world leader in the field of electronic security is the United Kingdom and hence a comparison was done with the qualifications in the UK. New Zealand was also used to conduct a comparison against, as its usage of electronic security systems are very similar to South Africa.

The qualification has 136 credits and is a year in duration. Specific skills programmes derived from it are shorter in duration.





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