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National Certificate: Road Transport 
48437  National Certificate: Road Transport 
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
TETA - Transport Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
National Certificate  Field 11 - Services  Transport, Operations and Logistics 
Undefined  133  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
Reregistered  SAQA 10105/14  2015-07-01  2018-06-30 
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

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 does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

The purpose of this Qualification is to facilitate training and educational opportunities for individuals currently employed in the Southern African road Transport industry or those wishing to pursue a career in this industry. Individuals will have the opportunity to specialise in either freight or passenger related fields. The training will be applicable and appropriate to companies where transport is a primary or secondary function.

The qualifying learner will obtain the relevant underpinning knowledge of road transport operations in order to apply this to all assigned functions. These core components of learning include knowledge of transport logistics, routing and scheduling, basic principles of road transport management and occupational health, safety and environmental protection that is applied in operating successfully in a road transport logistics environment.


This Qualification has been designed as the first of three levels in road transport; to address the specific need as expressed by the road transport industry of South Africa. This Qualification serves as an entry level Qualification into the specialised area of road transport against the backdrop of the transport industry as a whole. It would serve to foster professionalism in the Southern African Road Transport industry and form the basis for further learning towards the Further Education and Training Certificate: Road Transport Supervision at NQF level 4.

This Qualification provides the bridging opportunity for individuals wishing to pursue a career in road transport operations and management. It would also serve to formally recognise the experience gained by learners employed in the sector. This Qualification equips a learner for employment and/or career advancement opportunities within the Transport Industry of Southern Africa, as well as enables him/her to pursue more advanced levels of study in this specific field. 

Learners that wish to enrol for this Qualification are assumed to be in possession of Mathematics/Numeracy and Language/Communication skills at NQF level 2 or the equivalent.

Recognition of Prior Learning

The structure of this Unit Standards based Qualification makes the recognition of prior learning possible, if the learner is able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills and attitudes implicit in this Road Transport Qualification and the associated Unit Standards. While the assessment criteria outlined in the Unit Standards will inform the nature and depth of the assessment for the recognition of prior learning, integrated assessment will be employed to credit the learner with the Qualification and the successful achievement of the critical cross-field outcomes. 


In order for a learner to be credited with this Qualification, he/she must achieve all 40 credits from the Fundamental component of learning, all 71 credits from the Core component of learning and 22 credits from the Elective component of learning of which the learner can select a minimum of 1 unit standard applicable to freight or passenger transport, culminating in a total Qualification credit value of 133 credits. 

1. Understand the South African Road Transport industry and apply basic road transport managerial principles.

2. Learners will be able to understand the typical customer by learning how to communicate and conduct business in a professional manner, within the parameters of the legal and institutional boundaries of South African Road Transport Legislation.

3. Occupational health, safety and environmental issues in the South African road transport industry as well as the approach to everyday road transport operational activities is demonstrated.

4. Learners will be skilled in the sourcing and deliberation of road transport operational information as well as with the ability to process this information in such a way that it benefits the company. This information will be implemented in the organisation`s routing and scheduling activities where the learners will be able to process the information.

5. Learners will be able to ensure that subordinates are supervised in a manner that will lead to harmonious interpersonal relations at the workplace.

6. The ability to analyse, understand and prepare a road transport budget to ensure the effective creation and implementation of costing and budgets. 

  • Organisational policies and procedures are applied to meet vision, mission and objectives
  • Operational strategies are applied to make suggestions, recommendations and suggestions at the basic supervisory level
  • Customers, peers, superiors, subordinates and group members of a team are motivated towards common goals of the Organisation

  • An environment that is conducive to effective and professional communication is created within the organisation and with customers
  • Business documents are produced in a professional manner that conforms to organisational policy and prescribed formats
  • Data from business documentation is extracted and accurate management information is compiled
  • The National Road Traffic Act and supporting legislation is applied and legal compliance of all key areas of activity and operations is ensured

  • Hazards are identified, evaluated and reported and preventative measures are applied in the workplace
  • Relevant Occupational health and safety legislation and regulations are complied with and relevant information from the workplace is gathered and organised

  • Team meetings are conducted where road transport operational reports are discussed
  • Operational information is gathered, interpreted and recommendations are made
  • Route data is interpreted and analysed for the routing and scheduling activity to be conducted
  • Vehicles are effectively loaded and the load is scheduled to meet safety and road transport requirements

  • Practical supervisory skills are applied to employees within the industry to ensure output and service levels
  • Interpersonal relations are built by effective application of interpersonal relationship activities and good communication between employees

  • Conduct an analysis of costing and budgets for road transport
  • Develop costing and budget documentation according to road transport and organisational requirements

    Intergrated Assessment

    It is proposed that assessment for this Qualification will be formative and summative in nature. It is furthermore suggested that the assessment is conducted individually per Unit Standard, allowing the learner to be declared competent in specific Unit Standards, or combinations of Unit Standards. Assessment has to be conducted by means of varied methods of assessment by registered assessors, accredited by the relevant ETQA. Assessment will include written assessment, group work, syndicate work, case studies role play as well as any additional method designed to successfully and credibly assess his/her competence in the specific Unit Standards.

    The learner`s ability to apply the theoretical information and actually be able to "do the job" (applied competence) specifically in the road transport workplace environment has to be assessed and confirmed before by a registered assessor, after which time, he or she will be declared competent.

    Assessors have been given the following pointers to keep in mind when designing and conducting assessment against each of the Unit Standards:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. The intention is to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgments should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in the Unit Standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes repeatedly. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

    The content of the standards themselves were the focus of international benchmarking, which occurred continually throughout the Project, through an open communication process, consultation as well as requested comments.

    Standards, Qualifications and institutional bodies that have been used for benchmarking thus far:
  • UK Standards (as obtained from TRANSAID)
  • New Zealand standards
  • Academic benchmarking from the Huddersfield University in the UK
  • Swedish University (school of Logistics), Jonkoping University

    The majority of our consultation processes included in depth industry consultation with individuals in constant contact with international academic and trade bodies assisting us with the content and applications. 

    This Qualification presents possibilities for both horizontal and vertical articulation. A qualifying learner may progress to the National Certificate: Tourism: Car Rental at NQF level 4 for example. An example of horizontal articulation may be the National Certificate: Professional Driving at NQF level 3. 

  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) Body.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation; in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between ETQAs (including professional bodies); and in terms of the moderation guideline detailed immediately below.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification.

    Anyone wishing to be assessed against this Qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • A minimum of an NQF level 4 Qualification in this or a related sub-field
  • To be declared competent in all the outcomes of the National Assessor Unit Standards as stipulated by South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

    Detailed documentary proof of educational qualification, practical training undergone, and experience gained by the applicant must be provided (Portfolio of evidence). 

  • NOTES 

    Core  113840  Apply basic road transport managerial principles  Level 3  NQF Level 03  11 
    Core  13223  Apply safety, health and environmental protection procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  7995  Communicating and conducting interpersonal relations in industry  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  113844  Ensure compliance with routing and scheduling  Level 3  NQF Level 03  14 
    Core  113847  Foster and maintain customer relations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  113843  Obtain and communicate road transport operational information  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  113845  Supervise employees  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9010  Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  13915  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS in a workplace, and its effects on a business sub-sector, own organisation and a specific workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9013  Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8969  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9012  Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8973  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7456  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8970  Write texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  113836  Apply basic computer technology  Level 3  NQF Level 03  11 
    Elective  113848  Conduct fault finding and organise maintenance repairs  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  113829  Operate within a logistics environment  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  113825  Secure the vehicle load  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  113838  Apply general management principles  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  113830  Conduct costing and budgeting  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  113837  Oversee the routing and scheduling function  Level 4  NQF Level 04  16 


    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. Buscor 
    2. Inkqubela Consultants 
    3. Institute for Quality cc 
    4. Learncorp 
    5. Makwedeng Training 
    6. Yonke Education and Training Solutions 

    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.