What is a National Standards Generating Body?
There are twelve NSBs within the SAQA, each focussing on a specific range of skills fields and the education, training and development of qualifications to meet the educational / training requirements related to the different market sectors which drive the South African economy, offering employment opportunities to persons who hold one or more of the qualifications registered on the NQF. The NSB within which the Standards Generating Body for Quantity Surveying operates is NSB 12: Physical Planning and Construction.
A Standards Generating Body (SGB)? How does it function?
Every skill – or competence – is developed and gained through teaching / learning processes (education / training) enhanced by appropriate practical experience. Teaching / learning programmes are designed to achieve particular outcomes (competencies), and if levels of competence attained by learners are to be fairly and accurately assessed, a set of standards (or criteria) must be established against which the skills of qualifying learners will be tested or measured in order to record their levels of competence achieved.
An SGB is a panel of knowledgeable, experienced experts who know exactly what levels of competence (outcomes) should be demonstrated and the assessment criteria which should be applied in evaluating the skills achieved by learners who successfully complete teaching / learning programmes leading to the awarding of specific qualifications by colleges, technikons, universities and other providers of education and training. SGBs prepare and publish details of teaching / learning programmes and the assessment criteria related to qualifications within a particular field of skills and experience.