General Education and Training Certificate: Wholesale and Retail ABET - 71751

Level: 1
SAQA ID: 71751
LP: 71750
W&R Seta: LPA/00/2014/01/3154
Learnership Duration: 12 Months
Credits: 120
Contact Days: Customise to client-specific needs and learner experience/level
Target Market: Learners with little or no formal education who wish to access the job market – sales assistants, shelve packer, general worker

Recommended entry requirements

It is assumed that learners have literacy and numeracy skills in order to cope with the complexity of learning in this Qualification


Adult Basic Education is identified as a critical priority in South Africa and plays a vital role in equipping adult learners with the necessary knowledge, skills and values in order to be functional in society and as a person by contributing to the workforce, community and economy. 

This GETC: ABET qualification provides learners with foundational learning through the acquisition of knowledge and skills needed for social and economic development and the promotion of justice and equality. It also seeks to promote and instil learners with a culture of life-long learning needed for future learning. It also enables learners to acquire the necessary competencies to access further education and training, career development and employment opportunities. 

The purpose of the Qualification is to equip learners with foundational learning by acquiring knowledge, skills and values in specified Learning Areas.

Qualification rules

This Qualification consists of Fundamental, Core and Elective Unit Standards. A minimum of 120 credits from those listed must be achieved for the awarding of the Qualification. The following rules apply to the choice of unit standards:


Fundamental component:

Fundamental: all 37 credits.


Core component:

Core: all 32 credits.


Elective component:

Elective unit standards totalling a minimum of 51 credits needs to be completed.

Exit level outcomes

Fundamental Component: 

  • Language, Literacy and Communication: 
  1. Use a range of communication, language and learning strategies in a variety of contexts. 


  • Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences: 
  1. Explain and use mathematical strategies, techniques and patterns to solve problems. 


  • Mathematical Literacy: 
  1. Explain, select and use numbers, data and objects in everyday life situations. 


  • Life Orientation: 
  • Range: Legislation includes but is not limited to the Labour Act, Bill of Rights, South African Constitution, National Curriculum Statement. 
  1. Investigate the process of making informed choices in order to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle and positive relationships. 
  • Academic Learning Area and Vocational Specialisations: 
  • The following set of generic Learning Outcomes apply to all the components/subjects of the Academic Learning Area and Vocational Specialisations associated with the Qualification: 

5.1 Understand and use specific Learning Area knowledge, language and terminology 

5.2 Know and apply specific Learning Area skills 

5.3 Understand, analyse and apply the values related to the Learning Area

Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

The following Critical Cross-Field Outcomes are embedded in the associated Unit Standards: 

  • Identifying and solving problems in which responses indicate that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made. 
  • Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community. 
  • Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. 
  • Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information. 
  • Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral/written persuasion. 
  • Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 
  • Demonstrating and understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 


Learning programmes directed towards this qualification will also contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large, by making individuals aware of the importance of: 

  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively. 
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities. 
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts. 
  • Exploring education and career opportunities; and developing entrepreneurial opportunities.