Chieta sponsors SA chemicals workers’ training

Employers with less than 50 workers can obtain free training, sponsored by the Chemicals Industries Education and Training Authority (Chieta) in 2012.

Some training courses sponsored in the Chieta chemicals progarmme, are relevant to safety, health, environment and quality (sheq) practitioners, especially courses in project management, business communication, and business administration.

Participating training providers in the programme are pre-approved by the SETA. Training is sponsored by the SETA through vouchers that learners submit to approved training providers. Training providers then submit the vouchers back to the SETA for their payment.

Sponsored courses are therefore free to employers and learners, explained a Chieta official to Included in the free training are instruction, training material, certificates, and lunches.

Each learner is allowed sponsored training to the value of R5000. Values for each course are indicated so that employers and learners could select sponsored courses. Curriculums follow relevant SAQA unit standards.

NQF level entry requirements depend on each course. For example, a Personal Finance course is at NQF Level 1, which means that learners must have a command of English Level 1 and Mathematics Level 1.

For courses on the list at NQF Level 2, learners must already have Communication and Mathematics at NQF Level 1.

The highest level for the two Project Management courses is NQF Level 4, meaning that learners must demonstrate competence in computer literacy, numeracy, literacy, and communications at NQF level 4 or equivalent.

Project management courses are aligned to the Further Education and Training Certificate in Project Management (50080). Business administration courses are aligned to the National Certificate in Business Administration Services (67465).

The number of NQF credit points or CPD credit points differ for each course, as listed below.

Courses sponsored by Chieta



Basic financial management 13932 NQF3 5 credits 2 Days R2000
Manage personal finances 243189 NQ1 8 credits 3 Days R3000


Operate a personal computer advance 117902 NQF1 4 credits 3 Days R3000
Operate a personal computer basic 116932 NQF1 3 credits 2 Days R2500


Build customer loyalty 14338 NQF2 2 credits 1 Day R1000
Process incoming and outgoing calls 14348 NQF2 3 credits 2 Day R1800


Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication 119472 NQF3 5 credits 2 Days R2000
Interpret and use information from texts 119457 NQF3 5 credits 2 Days R2000
Use language and communication in occupational learning programme 119467 NQF 3 5 credits 2 Days R2000
Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  119465 NQF3 5 credits 2 Days R2000


Explain fundamentals of project management 120372 NQF4 5 credits 3 Days R3000
Contribute to project initiation, scope definition and scope change control 120373 NQF4 9 credits 5 Days R5000 Develop a simple schedule to facilitate effective project execution 120384 NQF4 8 credits 4 Days R4500
Contribute to the management of project risk within own field of expertise 120374 NQF4 5 credits 3 Days R3000


Use communication skills to resolve conflict at work 9533 NQF3 3 credits 2 Days R1800
Plan, monitor and control an information system in business 13933 NQF3 3 credits 2 Days R1800
Monitor and control the maintenance of office equipment 13931 NQF3 4 credits 2 Days R2000
Monitor and control office supplies 13937 NQF3 2 credits 1 Days R1000
Monitor and control reception area 13928 NQF3 4 credits 2 Days R2000
Co-ordinate meetings, minor events and travel 13929 NQF3 3 credits 2 Days R1800
Plan and prepare meeting communications 13934 NQF3 4 credits 2 Days R2000
Monitor and control the receiving and satisfaction of visitors 13930 NQF3 4 credits 2 Days R2000
Introduce new staff to the workplace 7860 NQF3 1 credits 1 Day R1000
Prepare and process documents for financial and banking 13932 NQF3 5 credits 3 Days R3000
Demonstrate understanding of employment relations 10170 NQF3 3 credits 2 Days R1800

• To enquire about sponsored training, contact Chieta and click on ‘Vouchers system’, then ‘Apply for voucher’ and enter your employer and employee detail.

Other chemicals safety, health, environment, quality (sheq) and occupational hygiene training and skills news is reported below.

How to manage used chemicals containers

Rose Foundation hosted a workshop in November 2011 on management of used chemical drums, including relevant legal requirements and environmental aspects.

Responsible Care participated in the workshop and a number of CAIA members attended. Sessions inform drum reconditioners in line with current revision of SANS 10406 and a new audit protocol that will assess compliance with this national standard.

Rose and RC are exploring the need to form an industry forum for packaging reconditioning environmental compliance support, and is investigating how the value chain can be incentivised to promote compliance.

• Chemicals drums management presentations are posted at

Chem sales people need enviro impact training

Organised business bodies encourage chemicals suppliers to make their sales and marketing personnel aware of legal and product stewardship requirements, and to train them in basic environmental impact risk management.

A set of introductory sides for chemicals sales enviro impact awareness, are posted at or contact accredited sheq training courses suppliers.

Africa needs retired chem sheq specialists

Retired chemicals safety, health and environment (she) specialists, particularly in chemicals handling sheq, are called to share their expertise with developing countries as part of a United Nations UNEP SAICM programme.

The call comes from the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) via CAIA, its member body in South Africa. Contact

Dow Chemistry sponsors education lab

Dow Southern Africa supports science education by sponsoring a chemicals laboratory at the Sci-Bono Science Museum in Johannesburg.

The laboratory was opened in November 2011 as part of celebrations of the International Year of Chemistry, by Dow SA MD Sazi Lutseke.

Occupational hygiene certification pass rate low

The pass rate for different levels of occupational health and hygiene certification is improving slowly, from a low base in 2011, reports the Southern african Institute for Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH).

SAIOH also wrote in a 2011 circular that its Professionals Certification Board (PCB) changes its Certification Procedure in January 2012.

• Occupational Hygienists certification pass rate is 28%
• OH Technologists certification pass rate is 57%
• OH Assistants certification pass rate is 84%.

SAIOH chairperson, Deon Jansen van Vuuren, is the 2012 chairperson of SAIOH Professionals Certification Board. Julie Hills of KZN is vice chairperson of SAIOH PCB.

• For occupational hygiene registration information, visit SAIOH at or contact

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  1. I am interested in studying chemical engineering, for employment as a chemical operator. Where could I take up chemical engineering part time to gain knowledge and work experience?

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