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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

National Certificate: Rail Operations (Train Control) 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
24498  National Certificate: Rail Operations (Train Control) 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was TETA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 11 - Services  Transport, Operations and Logistics 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  126  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
SAQA 0160/05  2006-09-05  2009-06-17 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2010-06-17   2013-06-17  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
66669  Further Education and Training Certificate: Rail Operations (Train Control)  Level 4  NQF Level 04  120  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
A learner qualifying in this qualification will be able to manage and plan train control for the safe and timeous movement of rail-bound vehicles from one point to another under planned and controlled conditions.

A learner who has achieved this qualification will have extensive theoretical and practical knowledge and skills of all systems of train control as required. This qualification will also form the platform to proceed to Transport Management and Transport Logistics Management.


Rationale for the Qualification

This qualification will allow persons currently in, or aspiring to enter the rail operations environment (Yard Personnel and Train Control) and others to obtain an integrated practical and theoretical grounding in the control of train movements on open lines, which includes utilising and administering all train control methods/systems, responsible for managing, planning and controlling of train movements.

Furthermore, the principles for safe movement on rail will:
  • Enhance the quality of service to clients and lead to transformation in economic growth and social development;
  • Give guidance to train personnel and shunting personnel about the understanding of various train working rules;
  • Enable objective decision-making by evaluating various situations on a day-to-day basis for better planning of the train service;
  • Facilitate quick decisions for solutions to normalise the train service during disruptions;
  • Implement alternative planning during abnormal working periods;
  • Improve the quality of safety in the work environment;
  • Provide a better service to clients; and
  • Better co-ordination between various functions within the yards, Joint Operating Office and open line working.

    This qualification is to create a life-long learning environment in which the individual can build on a personal career in the Rail transportation sector. The Functional Yard Operations qualification and various skills programmes that exist will allow learners to progress to a national qualification in Train Control. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    National Certificate in Rail Operations (Functional Yard Operations) - excluding:
  • Record of truck and locomotive movements (SPRINT means Spoornet Information Network).
  • Plan, manage and communicate train service.
  • Control depot expenditure budget

    The following must be in place:
  • End User Computing.


    Recognition of Prior Learning

    RPL must be demonstrated by written assessment of critical underpinning knowledge, performing
    practical exercises and demonstrating competence through workplace assessment.

    This process to be followed must be discussed and agreed upon between the assessor and the learner. Formative assessment should be used against the unit standards and summative assessment against the unit standards and the qualification. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Composition of Credits:
  • Fundamental: 36 credits
  • Core: 80 credits
  • Elective: 10 credits
    Total: 126 credits 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    On achieving this qualification learners can:

    1. Plan, control and administer safe movement on rail for all single line systems of train control under normal and abnormal circumstances and keep proper records of rail movement.
    2. Control rail movements by operating semaphore signals on all single line systems of train control under normal and abnormal circumstances.
    3. Control rail movements by operating semaphore signals on double lines system of train control under normal and abnormal circumstances.
    4. Control rail movements by operating colour light signals under normal and abnormal circumstances.
    5. Administer and manage pilot working of train control according to specific requirements.
    6. Understand and communicate the correct messages between the various parties involved in the work environment, which relates to the planning, managing and executing of rail movements.
    7. Plan, manage and execute occupation requests for maintenance of track and related infrastructure on rail according to service needs
    8. Afford on track protection; interface trains during the working of the tamping machine.
    9. Plan, manage and communicate a train service according to service needs.


    In demonstrating the above-mentioned abilities learners must be able to:
  • Use language and literacy skills in written and oral communication to ensure common understanding in the work environment;
  • Use mathematics by working with numbers, number patterns, measurements, ratios and understand mathematics in the social and economic environment;
  • Draw on problem-solving approaches, e.g. train delays, derailments, accidents, signals out of order, etc;
  • Use modern computer systems and technology, e.g. reporting writing, reporting of train movements (Estimated time of departure and Estimated time of arrival, etc.);
  • Collect, analyse and evaluate information, e.g. written/oral information about train arrangements;
  • Understand how one system relates to another, e.g. linkage of train control system with signals and one train control system to another train control system;
  • Co-ordinate activities in team context, e.g. to work as a team for the safe and timeous planning and controlling train and shunting movements under normal and abnormal circumstances;
  • Demonstrate self-organisation and self-management, e.g. executing train movements safely and correctly by adhering to and complying with relevant train working rules/procedures under normal and abnormal circumstances;
  • Communicate continuously with all role-players by utilising various appropriate communication media, e.g. written, verbal, radios, hand signals and communicate correct information, etc. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.1 Perform taking-over/signing off duties at a control office.
    1.2 Gather information to plan train movements under normal and abnormal circumstances.
    1.3 Control rail movements under normal and abnormal circumstances.
    1.4 Administer rail movements under normal and abnormal circumstances.
    1.5 Keep proper record of train movements under normal and abnormal circumstances.
    1.6 Demonstrate understanding of the theoretical knowledge that underpins the ability to make decisions about and planning, controlling and administering safe movement on rail for all systems of train control under normal and abnormal circumstances.

    2.1 Explain station diagram with lines, position of signals, indicators and points.
    2.2 Operate signals, indicators and points for arrival of trains within limits of instructions.
    2.3 Operate signals, indicators and points for shunting movements within limits of instructions.
    2.4 Operate signals, indicators and points for departure of trains within limits of instructions.
    2.5 Authorise rail movements when applicable signals, indicators and point are not working for any reason.

    3.1 Explain station diagram with lines, position of signals, indicators and points.
    3.2 Operate signals, indicators and points for arrival of trains within limits of instructions.
    3.3 Operate signals, indicators and points for shunting movements within limits of instructions.
    3.4 Operate signals, indicators and points for departure of trains within limits of instructions.
    3.5 Authorise rail movements when applicable signals, indicators and point are not working for any reason.
    3.6 Keep proper record of train movements under normal and abnormal circumstances.
    3.7 Demonstrate understanding of the theoretical knowledge that underpins the ability to make decisions about and planning, controlling and administering safe movement on rail for double lines system of train control under normal and abnormal circumstances.

    4.1 Explain station/centralised traffic control area outlay on the diagram, e.g. lines, position of signals, route indicators, points, illuminated train positions and push buttons.
    4.2 Operate signals, indicators and points for train movements within limits of instructions.
    4.3 Operate signals, indicators and points for shunting movements within limits of instructions.
    4.4 Authorise rail movements according to limits of instructions when applicable signals, indicators and point are not working for any reason.
    4.5 Keep proper record of train movements under normal and abnormal circumstances.
    4.6 Demonstrate understanding of the theoretical knowledge that underpins the ability to make decisions about and planning, controlling and administering safe movement on rail for colour-light system of train control under normal and abnormal circumstances.

    5.1 Introduce Pilot Working according to the specific system of train control.
    5.2 Manage Pilot Working and keep proper record in train register about applicable information.
    5.3 Cancel Pilot Working according to the specific system of train control.
    5.4 Introduce the normal system of train control within limits of instructions.
    5.5 Demonstrate understanding of the theoretical knowledge that underpins the ability to make decisions about and planning, controlling and administering safe movement on rail during Pilot Working.

    6.1 Understand received information correctly, e.g. orally, written, etc
    6.2 Act correctly according to received information, e.g. plan, manage and execute rail movements.
    6.3 Communicate clearly and correctly in the work environment, e.g. orally, written, etc.

    7.1 Understand the maintenance request.
    7.2 Plan the occupation request and inform relevant role-players.
    7.3 Record the maintenance request.
    7.4 Ensure that all applicable equipment and personnel are available for executing the occupation.
    7.5 Ensure all applicable safety measures are applied during the occupation.
    7.6 Discontinue the occupation according to related train working rules.
    7.7 Continue with normal train working procedures.

    8.1 Assess the need for protection.
    8.2 Afford protection according to the specific circumstances.
    8.3 Discontinue protection and continue with normal train working procedures.
    8.4 Communicate and record the working of the tamping machine.
    8.5 Interface trains during the working of the tamping machine and according to the specific train control system.

    9.1 Utilise Spoornet Information Network (SPRINT) to plan a train service.
    9.2 Communicate planned information to relevant role-players.
    9.3 Monitor the running of trains.
    9.4 Manage the train service by introducing alternative arrangements when the need arise.
    9.5 Communicate the alternative train arrangements with relevant role-players.


    Integrated assessment

    Integrated assessment must be based on integrated concepts, ideas and actions across the spectrum of unit standards and the qualification to achieve competence in individual areas, as well as achievement of the holistic outcome for the Train Control qualification.

    Integrated assessment must also be used to assess the learners` reflexive competence to consider a range of options in order to make decisions and show evidence about planning and controlling safe movement on rail.

    Learners can demonstrate understanding of the theoretical knowledge that underpins the ability to make decisions about and execute planning and controlling safe movement on rail.

    Carefully selected methods must be based on the purpose of the assessment. The assessment must integrate a number of different methods/systems of train control (normal and abnormal circumstances) in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes. 

    INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    International and National benchmarking was done throughout the standard writing process.

    The UK courseware received, was not applicable to the South African environment and the competency profiles do not match the related profiles in South Africa.

    The train control systems, as well as the roles within the South African context, differ totally in comparison with the UK rail environment.

    The competency descriptions/profiles also vary within Spoornet, Metrorail, OREX, Coallink and other private rail-related companies, but the project team compiled standards that will cover the whole spectrum within the rail environment in South Africa.

    Various Internet sites were searched, but very little information on standards and qualifications could be found. The following two sites were found and were used for benchmarking.

    RAIL TRANSPORTATION WORKERS (USA) advertise various jobs for the USA rail market, but if it is compared with the South African market and competency profiles, then it can be concluded that no similarity exists. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This Rail Operations qualification has been developed to transform practice across the rail operations industry and will provide articulation possibilities with a range of qualifications:

    There is portability between the qualifications in Rail Operations (Functional Yard Operations and Train Control) and on the higher levels with Transport Management and Logistic Management qualifications. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    SAQA and its accredited agencies will ensure that the mechanisms and bodies for internal and external moderation of learner achievement and of institutions providing the learning opportunities meet the requirements for transparency and the development of the field, sub-field and the NQF.

    Moderation of the assessment process and technical correctness of the assessor`s judgement must be done by a person who has been specialising in Rail Operations and who has been certified as competent against the National Certificate in Rail Operations, Train Control, which must include the relevant standards that the learners will be assessed against. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that has been accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • A learner who wishes to be assessed against this qualification will be assessed by an assessor who has been certified as competent against the National Certificate in Rail Operations (Train Control) NQF level 4, which must include the relevant standards that the learners will be assessed against.
  • Any assessor and training provider must ensure that the relevant company-specific procedures/rules are used as reference material when designing courseware, assessment or when selecting pre-designed assessments.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with the TRANSPORT SETA-ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider by the TETA, ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be done by the relevant ETQA as prescribed. 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 66669, which is "Further Education and Training Certificate: Rail Operations (Train Control)", Level 4, 120 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  14629  Administer Van Schoor system of train control for safe movement on rail  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  14649  Administer wooden train staff system of train control for safe movement on rail  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14648  Interface with trains during the working of the tamping  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14644  Administer and manage pilot working of train control for safe movement on rail  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  14635  Administer radio train order system of train control for safe movement on rail  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  14624  Administer telegraph orders for safe movement on rail  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Core  14647  Administer track warrant system of train control for safe movement on rail  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  14616  Control rail movement by operating colour-light signals  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
    Core  14606  Control rail movement by operating semaphore signalled double lines and indicators  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Core  14593  Control rail movement by operating semaphore signals and Indicators on on single lines  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  14652  Plan, manage and execute occupation requests for maintenance of track and related infrastructure on rail  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  9015  Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8974  Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  12417  Measure, estimate & calculate physical quantities & explore, critique & prove geometrical relationships in 2 and 3 dimensional space in the life and workplace of adult with increasing responsibilities  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8975  Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8979  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8976  Write for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  14651  Plan, manage and communicate the train service  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some of their learning programmes are moved to being recorded against the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replacement.
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Quality Assuring Bodies have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Quality Assuring Body should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. PRASA T/A Metrorail Gauteng South 
    2. PRASA T/A Metrorail Western Cape 



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