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Toolmaker Trade Test Update

In a statement released by the TDM Powered Programme, the National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB) toolmaker trade test system (registration and testing) for all new QCTO qualifications (including the new toolmaker qualification) is still not ready and will not be available for the immediate needs of all new qualifications.

In order to address the immediate needs of the new toolmaker qualification, NAMB has agreed to the implementation of an interim manual system for registration and testing. NAMB requires several critical elements to be aligned in order to achieve this:

  • Finalisation technical issues on the new toolmaker trade test;
  • Procure trade test material (die sets, mould bases, material, etc.);
  • Pilot trade test implementation facility;
  • Accreditation of this facility;
  • Identification and training of assessors;
  • Accreditation of assessors;

The anticipated schedule to achieve the above is currently under discussion by all stakeholders. This schedule currently indicates that the first group of students is likely to commence with their Trade Test in November 2015.


Reviewed Toolmaking Qualification

The toolmaker qualification has recently been reviewed to make provision for the inclusion of Part Qualifications, please see below:

In accordance with the QCTO process for occupational qualifications development, various public verification processes need to be observed.

Attached please find the full curriculum for the Toolmaker qualification as developed by a Working Group of the Communities of Expert Practitioners (CEPs) that have been constituted for the occupation. This qualification is already registered (Occupational Certificate Toolmaker, SAQA Id 91796), however, it was reviewed in order to make provision for the inclusion of Part Qualifications.

As an SMME involved in Toolmaking or depending on Toolmakers in your production process, your engagement and review comments will be highly appreciated.

Please comment on the document as we wish to have a wide and constructive participation to ensure the product of the training that is the future toolmaker, has the skills to make a positive contribution to the industry (that is your company).

 Please send all inputs or comments to Linda Coetzer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 25 August 2016.