National Certificate in Social Auxiliary Work L5

Fully Registered with the QCTO, HWSETA, Service SETA which are under Department of Education


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A social auxiliary worker works under the guidance and control of the social worker and as a supporting service to a social worker to achieve the aims of social work”. This implies that social auxiliary workers are assistants to social workers, providing support services and working under the supervision of social workers. Social auxiliary work complements and supports social work in all focus areas with services to individuals, families, groups and communities.

This occupation 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 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) 

    Students undergo  30% theory and 70% Workplace & Practical Work placement Guaranteed in guaranteed at MUST Graduate Academy!!!

Grade 12 certificate (NQF 4)

Knowledge (Theory) Modules

  • Social Auxiliary Work and Social Welfare Services In The South African Context, (28 Credits)
  • Social work – Methods and principles, (9 Credits)
  • Communication and Life Skills in Social Auxiliary Work, (13 Credit) 

    Total Credits for Knowledge Subjects: 50

  1. Render basic counseling and support. Support the counseling processes. (7 Credits)
  2. Support the processes to intervene with individuals and families. (4 Credits)
  3. Facilitate educational, life skills and support group programs, (7 Credits)
  4. Assist in implementation of community development process (8 Credits)
  5. Assist with obtaining and keeping data that inform social services intervention strategies  (7 Credits)

    Total Credits for Practical Skills Modules: 33.

  1. Exposure to the client counseling and referral processes. (10 Credits)
  2. Exposure to the facilitation of non-therapeutic group processes. (14 Credits)
  3. Exposure to community development processes. (12 Credits)
  4. Exposure to the social work administration processes. (10 Credits) 

    Total Credits for Work Experience Modules: 46

Recipients of this Qualification will be able to:

  • Provide basic counseling and support services to individuals and families with socio-economic challenges
  • Facilitate non-therapeutic (educational and support groups) groups towards the accomplishments of 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 intervention. 

Horizontal Articulation:

  • Higher certificate in Social Auxiliary, NQF Level 5 (ID 93971)

Vertical Articulation

  • Diploma in Social Work, NQF Level 6 (ID 8151)
  • Bachelors Degree in Social Work

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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.
  • Community Service Worker
  • Crisis Intervention Work-er
  • Life Skills Instructor
  • Welfare Support Worker


MUST Graduate Academy will conduct internal assessments by means of assessment activities and signed-off work experience log sheets. Upon successful completion of all modules, MUST Graduate Academy provides a statement of results to the candidate and QCTO, as part of the candidate’s application to complete the External Summative Assessment conducted by the QCTO. 


Learners will be formatively assessed in theoretical studies on the basis of assignments, an individual and group project and as well as short test. Assignments, case studies, problem-solving techniques will assist with formative assessment. Learners will also be formatively assessed in real work environment on the basis of observation in natural setting; unobtrusive or planned. Behavior and performance will be evaluated.


Upon completion of the training learners will be issued with a statement of results by the college which will allow them to sit for national examination.

NB: National examinations are written in March and October/November every year.


Learners who passed National Examination will be awarded Occupational Qualification: Social Auxiliary Work L5 by Quality Council (QCTO).


Approved by SAQA at NQF Level 5, SAQA ID 98890, with  129Credits



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