Social Auxiliary Worker NQF level 5

OC: Social Auxiliary Worker NQF level 5 SAQA ID: 98890 | 129 Credits

Cresta Vaal College offers QCTO-accredited training for Social Auxiliary Workers (SAWs) at NQF L5. 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 moderation process, verification until certification can take up an additional six months.


Grade 12 Certificate (Matric) or Health Promotion Officer L3 or N3 Certificate/Equivalent or an NQF Level 3/4 related qualification

Course Details

This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge and Practical Skill Modules:

Knowledge Modules:

341203000-KM-01, Social Auxiliary Work and Social Welfare Services In The South African Context, at NQF Level 5, 28 Credits.

341203000-KM-02, Social work – Methods and principles, at NQF Level 5, 9 Credits.

341203000-KM-03, Communication and Life Skills in Social Auxiliary Work, at NQF Level 5, 13 Credits. Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 50.

Practical Skill Modules:

341203000-PM-01 Render basic counselling and support. Support the counselling processes, at NQF Level 5, 7 Credits.

341203000-PM-02, Support the processes to intervene with individuals and families, at NQF Level 5, 4 Credits.

 341203000-PM-03, Facilitate educational, life skills and support group programs, at NQF Level 5, 7 Credits.

341203000-PM-04, Assist in implementation of community development process, at NQF Level 5, 8 Credits.

341203000-PM-05, Assist with obtaining and keeping data that inform social services intervention strategies, at NQF Level 4, 7 Credits.

Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 33.

This qualification also requires the following Work Experience Modules:

341203000-WM-01, Exposure to the client counselling and referral processes, at NQF Level 5, 10 Credits.

341203000-WM-02, Exposure to the facilitation of non-therapeutic group processes, at NQF Level 5, 14 Credits.

341203000-WM-03, Exposure to community development processes, at NQF Level 5, 12 Credits. 341203000-WM-04, Exposure to the social work administration processes, at NQF Level 4, 10 Credits.

Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 46.





R 2000-00


R 1500-00


R 2000-00 x 11

Total Cost

R 25 500-00

Purpose Of The Qualification


The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as a Social Auxiliary Worker. This occupation assists in the provisioning of social services and support to individuals, families, groups, and communities with regard to a full range of social services and related social welfare matters. These services include but are not limited to services and support relating to emotional trauma (life skills development/emotional stress); financial stress; recreational needs; social needs and matters relating to housing (Developmental approach).

Career Prospects

A qualified learner will be able to:

  • Provide basic counselling and support services to individuals and families with socio-economic challenges.
  • Facilitate non-therapeutic (educational and support groups) groups towards achieving the developmental goals of the group.
  • Facilitate participatory development in communities to address their common socio-economic needs and to promote social justice.
  • Collect and collate data to inform social services interventions

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