POE Guide

Congratulations on completing this programme. We sincerely hope you enjoyed the
programme and that the learning experience was enriching.
The fact that you have attended training, however, is not sufficient evidence of your
competence for us to award you a certificate and the credits attached to this
programme. You are required to undergo assessment in order to prove your
competence to achieve credits leading to a national qualification.
Being Declared Competent Entails:
Competence is the ability to perform whole work roles, to the standards expected in
employment, in a real working environment.
There are three levels of competence:
Foundational competence: an understanding of what you do and why.
Practical competence: the ability to perform a set of tasks in an authentic context.
Reflexive competence: the ability to adapt to changed circumstances appropriately
and responsibly, and to explain the reason behind the action.
To receive a certificate of competence and be awarded credits, you are required to
provide evidence of your competence by compiling a portfolio of evidence, which will
be assessed by a Services SETA accredited assessor.
You Have to Submit a Portfolio of Evidence
A portfolio of evidence is a structured collection of evidence that reflects your efforts,
progress and achievement in a specific learning area, and demonstrates your
The Assessment of Your Competence
Assessment of competence is a process of making judgments about an individual’s
competence through matching evidence collected to the appropriate national
standards. The evidence in your portfolio should closely reflect the outcomes and
assessment criteria of the unit standards of the learning programme for which you
are being assessed.
To determine a candidate’s knowledge and ability to apply the skills before and
during the learning programme, formative assessments are done to determine the
learner’s progress towards full competence. This normally guides the learner towards
a successful summative (final) assessment to which both the assessor and the
candidate only agree when they both feel the candidate is ready.
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Should it happen that a candidate is deemed not yet competent upon a summative
assessment, that candidate will be allowed to be re-assessed. The candidate can,
however, only be allowed two reassessments.
When learners have to undergo re-assessment, the following conditions will apply:
Specific feedback will be given so that candidates can concentrate on only those
areas in which they were assessed as not yet competent.
Re-assessment will take place in the same situation or context and under the same
conditions as the original assessment.
Only the specific outcomes that were not achieved will be re-assessed.
Candidates who are repeatedly unsuccessful will be given guidance on other
possible and more suitable learning avenues.
In order for your assessor to assess your competence, your portfolio should provide
evidence of both your knowledge and skills, and of how you applied your knowledge
and skills in a variety of contexts.
This Candidate’s Assessment Portfolio directs you in the activities that need to be
completed so that your competence can be assessed and so that you can be
awarded the credits attached to the programme.