CEFA offers accredited training for Social Auxiliary Workers (SAWs) at NQF level 4. Our full-time Social Auxiliary Worker course lasts 12-months, with learners spending 70% of their time in the field practice. It should be noted that the process of moderation, verification until certification can take up an additional six months.
CEFA has an extensive network of Social Workers, Mentors and Facilitators, across South Africa, which means that our courses can be presented anywhere in the country, where we have 30 or more learners.
This not only means fewer expenses for our learners like for instance travelling costs and accommodation to attend a full-time course in for instance Cape Town, but most importantly helps them to learn first-hand how to become a change agent in their very own community. Throughout your training course CEFA maintains close contact with the participating field practice organisations, providing close support in order to make the experience a truly educational one.
Upon successful completion of this course, you would be able to pursue a rewarding career as a Social Auxiliary Worker at various non-government institutions or the Department of Social Development.
Learners in possession of a Grade 10,11 or 12 Certificate can register, providing that their application has been approved by the CEFA Selection Committee. You will be notified of the status of your application after the next regularly scheduled Selection Committee meeting. You need to be a volunteer with or employed by a welfare organisation for the duration of your studies in order for you to be able to meet the notional hours for workplace practicals as per SAQA requirement for this qualification.
The training programme period for qualification is 12 months. It should be noted that the process of moderation, verification until certification can take up an additional six months.
180 credits (1800 notional hours) at NQF level 4. SAQA ID:23993
CEFA takes training to your doorstep, wherever you are in South Africa. CEFA requires 30 or more learners to enroll to make it viable to train in your area.
Currently training is taking place in Limpopo, Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Western Cape. The Western Cape training is presented in Goodwood and Vasco.
Note that the Wellington Office does not host training, and is merely our Administrative office.
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Please refer to the Application form under How To Apply.
The training programme consists of:
• Theoretical training (30% of the training programme)
• Practical workplace training at a welfare organisation e.g. NGO’s,NPO’s, DSD, FBO, DOH, DOE (70% of the training programme).
• Registration and orientation will take two days. The Schedule of Learning (SoL) will indicate the dates and duration of the theoretical training as well as the mentor orientation.
• Theoretical Training is compulsory. Every cycle consists of three modules. The learner will spend two consecutive weeks per cycle attending the theoretical training (see SoL).
• Practical workplace training is compulsory; workplace training takes 11 – 13 weeks per cycle (see SoL).
• The learner attend the workplace for five full days a week to do workplace training on how to work with individuals,families, groups and communities under the active involvement, guidance and control of a registered social worker who will act as your Mentor.
• Assignments: For each module the learner will have to complete two practical assignments and three workplace activities
The assessment in this programme consists of theoretical examinations, practical assignments and a summative case study. You have to be competent in all these areas of assessment to qualify for the SAW certificate.
Learners write an examination for each module at the end of each of the three cycles. After successfully completing all three cycles, a final end-of-program examination (summative case study) is written. Learners, who are found not yet competent (NYC) in a module during the examination, will be given two additional opportunities to write a supplementary examination.
A learner must be competent in all assignments. Where a learner is not yet competent (NYC), they will be granted two further opportunities.
The Summative Case Study is the final end-of-programme examination which combines all the the theoretical and practical aspects of the program. Learners who are found competent (C) in ALL three types of assessment will be able to apply for registration as a Social Auxiliary Worker with the SACSSP.
• Your facilitator will be available during the compulsory theoretical sessions scheduled in your area.
• You will learn under the guidance of your Mentor
• Friendly CEFA staff can be contacted telephonically or via e-mail.