Social Auxiliary Worker (NQF 5)

The Level 5 Social Auxiliary Work qualification assists in the provisioning of social services and support to individuals, families, groups and communities with regards to a full range of social services and related social welfare matters. These services include emotional trauma, emotional stress, financial stress, recreational needs, social needs and matters relating to housing.

The purpose of the qualification is to equip qualifying learners with the following:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the South African context within which social services function and are delivered.
  • Understanding of social development in terms of the needs, policies and the role of the Social Auxiliary Worker.
  • Basic knowledge of human behaviour, relationship systems and social issues and the ability to address social needs using appropriate Social Auxiliary Work methods and techniques.
  • The skills to work as a team member and as a provider of support services to the Social Work team.

A qualified Social Auxiliary Worker will be able to:

  • This qualification will prepare learners to render basic counselling and support services to individuals and families with socio-economic challenges.
  • Facilitate non-therapeutic (educational and support groups) groups as well as participatory development in communities to address their common socio-economic needs, to promote social justice and to collect and collate data to inform social services intervention

The qualification is made up of compulsory Knowledge Modules, Practical Skill Modules as well as Work Experience Modules. Knowledge modules inform practical skill modules and work experience modules with the view to prepare a learner with contextual (occupational) knowledge in order to competently operate as a Social Auxiliary Worker in the workplace.

  • Social Auxiliary Work and Social Welfare Services in the South African Context
  • Social Work – Methods and principles
  • Communication and Life Skills in Social Auxiliary Work
  • Render basic counselling and support
  • Support the counselling processes
  • Support the processes to intervene with individuals and families
  • Facilitate educational, life skills and support group programs
  • Assist in implementation of community development process
  • Assist with obtaining and keeping data that inform social services intervention strategies
  • Exposure to the client counselling and referral processes
  • Exposure to the facilitation of non-therapeutic group processes
  • Exposure to community development processes
  • Exposure to the social work administration processes

Grade 12 certificate (NQF 4).

Horizontal Articulation:
Higher certificate in Social Auxiliary, NQF Level 5 (ID 93971)
Vertical Articulation:
Diploma in Social Work, NQF Level 6 (ID 8151)