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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Professional Driving 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
50285  National Certificate: Professional Driving 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
TETA - Transport Education and Training Authority  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  122  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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 replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
13716  National Certificate: Professional Driving  Level 3  NQF Level 03  146  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

The purpose of the qualification is to ensure competent professional driving competence in the road transport sector, thus improving earning capacity of professional drivers as well as transport sector professionalism and economic growth. The qualification is set to create an environment for growth and development of learners, by improving the employment prospects and marketable competence of drivers, and accelerating the redress of past unfair discrimination in education, training and employment opportunities. By setting the minimum standards contained in this qualification, professional driving education and training will also improve.

The professional status of drivers of commercial vehicles will be enhanced by awarding a formal qualification in recognition of their professional competence. This qualification is designed to allow maximum access to, mobility and progression within education and training, and within a career path in the transport sector. Competence achieved in this qualification provides building blocks towards NQF level 4 qualifications, and the inclusion of communication and language, and mathematic literacy requirements contributes to learner development beyond simply the requirements for professional driving.

Qualified learners are capable of:
  • Obtaining and communicating road transport operational information.
  • Assessing loads against given permissible load requirements.
  • Planning road transport service delivery that meets specified requirements.
  • Driving a vehicle conveying a specific freight commodity or category of passengers.

    Qualified learners also elect to achieve at least one of the following specialisations:
  • Using computerised spreadsheets and word processing.
  • Planning the establishment of a small business according to relevant business principles.
  • Conducting vehicle maintenance according to specified procedures.
  • Operating lifting equipment according to specified procedures.

    Rationale:

    Learners credited with this qualification are working, or intend working, in the commercial road transport industry as drivers. This qualification builds on light vehicle driving competence, and credits competent drivers, who are driving vehicles carrying freight or passengers for commercial purposes.

    The demand for this qualification lies primarily in the transport industry's requirement for drivers to have employable competence beyond that of a basic driving license and professional driving permit. Currently, more than 7000 individuals work in the sector that would benefit from this qualification. Learners can be persons entering the sector, persons already working in the sector as drivers, persons already working in the field in a non-driving capacity, and/or self employed persons within the sector.

    There is a critical need in the industry to recognise learner competence regarding professional driving, and to ensure that legal requirements are adhered to. In South Africa, the transport industry is experiencing a shortage of competence in and good training for professional driving. Direct costs of poor driving include human and economic costs. Improved professional driving could influence the South African economy in direct transport, social and economic costs alone to the value of millions of Rands each year. By improving professional driving competence, road safety is improved and social and economic costs associated with road accidents are decreased. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners have already attained NQF Level 2 Mathematical Literacy and Communication competence.

    Recognition of prior learning:

    This qualification can be achieved wholly, or in part, through recognition of prior learning. Evidence can be presented in a variety of forms, including previous international or local qualifications, reports, testimonials, mentoring, functions performed, portfolios, work records and performance records. As such, evidence should be judged according to the general principles of assessment described in the notes to assessors below. Learners who have met the requirements of any Unit Standard that forms part of this qualification may apply for recognition of prior learning to the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA). The applicant must be assessed against the Specific Outcomes and with the assessment criteria for the relevant Unit Standards. A qualification will be awarded should a learner demonstrate that the Exit Level Outcomes of the qualification have been attained.

    Access to the qualification:

    Access to the qualification is open. However, learners can only qualify if they meet all legal and medical requirements for drivers. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The qualification has a small Core Component consisting of competencies that are applicable to all professional drivers, irrespective of the type of vehicle that they drive. Competence in driving specific types of vehicles, e.g. buses, articulated trucks, etc. will be included in the Elective Component. Learners will then have to do the Fundamental Component, the Core Component and the elective standard relating to the type of vehicle in which he/she wished to be found competent as well as other relevant elective standards. Should the learner decide to drive a different vehicle, he/she can access the standard relating to that kind of vehicle and become competent in it, without having to do a whole qualification yet again.
  • All the Fundamental Component Unit Standards are compulsory - 36 credits.
  • All the Core Component Unit Standards are compulsory - 30 credits.
  • For the Elective Component learners are required to attain at least 56 credits out of 263 possible credits, including at least one of the following:
    > 123254: "Operate a vehicle combination", 20 credits.
    > 123253: "Operate a rigid heavy vehicle", 15 credits. (gross vehicle mass above 3,5 tons)
    > 123257: "Operate a rigid light vehicle", 10 credits. (gross vehicle mass below 3,5 tons)

    By achieving one of these Unit Standards, learners achieve Compulsory Exit Level Outcome 4: "Drive a vehicle conveying a specific freight commodity or category of passengers." Because adherence to safety requirements are integrated into the above three Unit Standards, it is assumed that learners who qualify have achieved competence in terms of safety while operating a vehicle.

    A learner might opt to be assessed only for certification purposes, on the type of vehicle used within his/her own context. Should the learner be assessed and declared competent on more vehicle types or codes, these can be indicated on the certificate issued. No additional credits will be awarded. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Obtain and communicate road transport operational information.
    2. Assess loads against given permissible load requirements.
    3. Plan road transport service delivery that meets specified requirements.
    4. Drive a vehicle conveying a specific freight commodity or category of passengers.

    Electives:

    5. Use computerised spreadsheets and word processing. OR
    6. Plan the establishment of a small business according to relevant business principles. OR
    7. Conduct vehicle maintenance according to specified procedures. OR
    8. Operate lifting equipment according to specified procedures. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1:
  • Relevant, accurate sources are consulted.
  • Communication meets requirements of specified audience.

    2:
  • Load requirements are assessed against legal and regulatory requirements in the context of road transport operations.

    3:
  • Vehicle components are described according to manufacturer specifications.
  • Specific vehicle road transport trips are prepared for to meet specified requirements.
  • Planning for road transport trips is appropriate for specified contexts.

    4:
    Range: The vehicle can be either a heavy rigid or a vehicle combination; freight commodity or category of passengers can be general freight, or abnormal freight, or livestock, or dangerous goods, or human remains, etc. and can include commuter services, or distance coach/bus services, or tour coach services, etc.
  • Time is managed effectively to enhance productivity and enable a balanced lifestyle.
  • Legal, manufacturer, and defensive driving requirements are adhered to.
  • Health, safety and environmental legislation are adhered to.
  • Crime situations are handled according to specified procedures.

    Electives:

    5:
  • Spreadsheets are produced which meet specified requirements.
  • Word processing is accurate and meets specified requirements.

    6:
  • Business planning for a small business meets specified requirements for successful implementation.
  • Financial analysis, planning, management and control adhere to specified legal requirements.

    7:
  • Vehicle safety is ensured at all times.
  • Reporting regarding vehicle condition meets specified requirements.
  • Specified maintenance and testing procedures, legal requirements and manufacturer specifications are adhered to.

    8:
  • Vehicle safety is ensured at all times.
  • Specified equipment operating procedures, legal requirements and manufacturer specifications are adhered to.

    Integrated assessment:

    The assessment criteria in the unit standards are performance-based, assessing applied competence, rather than only underpinning knowledge, or only skills. The Critical Cross-field Outcomes are also achieved in the unit standards. In addition to the competence assessed to achieve the unit standards, learners must demonstrate that they can achieve the Outcomes in an integrated manner. They must deal effectively with different and random demands related to occupational and learning contexts, to qualify. Assessment approaches used should be appropriate for assessing applied competence. Integrated assessment is meaningful if there are clear relationships between the purpose statement, Exit Level Outcomes and integrated assessment of this qualification.

    Learners who qualify must be able to integrate concepts, ideas and behaviours across unit standards to achieve the purpose of the qualification. Evidence (as specified in the associated assessment criteria) is required that the learner is able to achieve the Exit Level Outcomes of the qualification as a whole and in an integrated way, and thus its purpose, at the time of the award of the qualification.

    Evidence of integration may be presented by learners when being assessed against the unit standards, and separate assessment for integration may not be necessary. Workplace experience can be recognised when assessing towards this qualification. Integrated assessment should include observable performance as well as the quality of thinking behind such performance. Formative assessment can be employed during learning towards the unit standards and during integration to achieve Exit Level Outcomes, to ensure that integration takes place when summative assessment is employed. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Many countries implement training programmes according to standards set by The International Road Transport Union (IRU), a world-wide organisation representing the operators of trucks, buses and taxis through its network of 156 members in 66 countries. Member countries include: Albania; Argentina; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bahrain; Belarus; Belgium; Bosnia-Herzegovina; Brazil; Bulgaria; Canada; Chile; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iran; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kuwait; Kyrgyz Republic; Latvia; Lebanon; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia, former Yugoslav Republic of; Malta; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Pakistan; Peoples Republic of China; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russia; Serbie et Montenegro; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Syria; Tajikistan; Tunisia; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Ukraine; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States of America; Uruguay; Uzbekistan.

    The IRU established training standards for a Certificate of Professional Competence for professional driving (CPC for National and International Road Haulage and Passenger Transport). Four modules are included, namely international road haulage, national road haulage, international passenger transport, and national passenger transport. The IRU requires the following components in all accredited programmes:
  • Civil Law, including contracts, contract negotiations, claims, and the CMR Convention.
  • Commercial Law, including business organisations and legal obligations, constitution and operation and dissolution of commercial companies.
  • Social Law, including codes of practice in industrial relations, role and function of various social institutions (trade unions, arbitrators, government agencies, etc.), rights of employers and employees, social security legislation, employment law and industry codes of practice, driving and working time regulations.
  • Fiscal law, including motor vehicle tax, infrastructure user charges, tolls and taxes, corporate and personal income tax, double taxation, international and national rules on VAT.
  • Business and financial management of the undertaking, including payments, bank credit, guarantee deposits, mortgages, leases, hire purchase, content and layout of balance sheets, profit and loss account assessment of undertakings profitability and financial standings, budgets, financial ratio analysis, cash flow management and cost management, organisational structure, work planning, marketing and public relations, financial risk management and insurance, electronic data transmissions, GPS utilisation, route and load planning, invoicing, quotations, Incoterms, strategic partnerships, relationships and interface with other transport modes, freight forwarders, trade facilitation organisations, travel agents and hotels, fares, pricing and invoicing in passenger transport, stock control, quality management and human resources management, control, quality management and human resources management.
  • Access to the market, including operator licensing, renting, sub-contracting, admission to the occupation, authorisations, inspections and sanctions, registration requirements, required documents and legal compliance, cabotage and third country traffic, ECMT quota, customs rules, TIR system and Community Common Transit system, ATA carnets, procedures at frontiers, rules and regulations of passenger transport, passenger transport plan.
  • Technical standards and aspects of operation, including national and international legislation governing the weights and dimensions of vehicles, vehicle requirements according to the needs of the undertaking, legislation and regulation to type approval, measures and practices for reducing noise and combatting air pollution, vehicle construction, technical inspection, periodic maintenance, cargo handling and loading, piggy-back, roll-on roll-off combined transport, safety issues, legislation on the carriage of dangerous goods and waste, regulations and procedures on the carriage of perishable foodstuffs, rules on the transport of live animals, routeing and scheduling vehicles, traffic management.
  • Road safety, including driving licences and permits, medical certificates, vocational driving and theory tests, minimum age, penalties and appeals, harmonisation of social legislation, driving and working times, AETR rules, current practice in safe driving, traffic and parking restrictions, special zones, traffic rules, main provisions of the Convention on Road Traffic, safe working practices and risk assessment procedures and systems, traffic accidents and offences, main route network, driving techniques and driver assessment and incentives.

    In the United States of America (USA), professional driver training, at the level of this qualification, takes place during classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction, the latter both on the road and in training yards. Programmes vary in length, from about three to fifteen weeks, depending on whether specialisations are included or not, and with driving experience constituting on average 30% of learning time. Learners are required to pass a national physical test, drug screen and permit testing (Commercial Driver Licence), and may be disqualified based on a driving record inconsistent with industry standards for entry level driving positions, any alcohol related violations on motor vehicle record in the preceding three years, recent felony convictions or criminal background, a history of drug or alcohol abuse, or of mental disorder, or permanent disability of physical limitations.

    USA programmes address knowledge of legal requirements (permits and endorsements), rules and regulations, combination vehicles, air brakes, special rigs, control systems, vehicle management and systems, hours of service requirements, accident procedures, public and employer relations, driver-dispatcher relations, preventive maintenance and servicing, safety and mechanical issues, hazardous materials regulations (optional), double and triple trailers (optional) and tankers (optional). Practical skills required include communication, career planning, job search and job procurement, vehicle inspection, pre-trip inspections, air brake testing, diagnosing and reporting malfunctions, map reading, trip planning, keeping logs, vehicle control, shifting techniques, backing and turning, parking, hill driving, ramp driving, lane changes, speed management, space management, accident prevention, accident reporting, safe driving techniques, defensive driving techniques (including observing driving environments, and handling emergencies), visual search, hazard perception, skid control and recovery, coupling and uncoupling, handling cargo and cargo documentation, night operation, extreme driving conditions, and personal health and safety maintenance. All these aspects are addressed in the South African qualification. However, in addition to these components, the South African qualification allows for specialisation in the elective component, and address life skills, mathematic literacy, and language and communication competence. Also, the time reflected in the credit allocation for driving competence is generally higher in the South African qualification. Some USA programmes also address double trailers coupling and uncoupling, vehicle inspection, truck maintenance and repair, sliding fifth-wheels and tandems, flatbed and specialized hauling, truck towing, and special equipment operations as specialisations - of these aspects, only double trailers, coupling and uncoupling, and vehicle inspection are covered in the South African qualification.

    In the United Kingdom, separate short courses are offered for various vehicle types. Training programmes are about 6 days per vehicle type (light goods vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes; minibuses with between 8 and 17 seats; buses or coaches). This South African qualification includes both goods and passenger transport options, whereas separate qualifications are awarded in the United Kingdom for goods transportation, and passenger transportation. For goods transportation, the equivalent of the South African qualification is a Level 3 NVQ in Driving Goods Vehicles, of equal duration. The qualification requires learners to be capable of monitoring the loading of the vehicles by others, unloading the vehicle, completing pre-driving preparations, maintaining the safety and the security of the load, self and property, maintaining awareness of driving conditions, operating the vehicle systems, driving the vehicle in restricted spaces, driving the vehicle safely and efficiently on public roads. In addition, learners have to select two of the following areas of competence: obtaining information on the delivery and collection of loads, planning the route and timings for the delivery and collection of loads, loading the vehicle, and coupling and uncoupling the vehicle. The South African qualification addresses all aspects included in this qualification.

    Regarding transport of passengers, the equivalent United Kingdom qualification, the NVQ in Road Passenger Transport, is at a level lower on the framework (Level 2). This qualification requires learners to be able to contribute to effective working relationships with colleagues, contribute to health and safety in your work environment, and provide professional customer care. In addition learners have to achieve seven of the following units to qualify: agree tour itineraries with clients, help passengers with special needs, contribute to the operation of the service, deal effectively with difficult passengers, drive passenger carrying vehicles safely, operate passenger systems and services, operate the passenger service, prepare for passenger carrying journeys, process fares, provide a chauffeur transport service, provide a transport service for passengers with special needs, receive and match fare payments to tickets, sort out emergencies and incidents during a journey, transport parcels and luggage, deliver reliable customer service, develop customer relationships, process customer service information, promote additional products or services to customers, resolve customer service problems, support customer service improvements, provide a security transport service, drive passenger carrying vehicles within Europe. A separate qualification (Certificate in Transporting Passengers by Bus and Coach) exists that is shorter than the NVQ and South African qualifications, and certifies professional competence at the same level as this South African qualification, for driving buses and coaches safely, bus and coach regulations, bus and coach incidents and emergencies, bus and coach vehicle safety, customer service for passenger transport, passenger transport and equal opportunities, passenger transport and disability awareness, tickets and cash handling, working within the bus and coach depot, preparing and operating the service. An important difference between this and the South African qualification is that the latter addresses business management/entrepreneurship competence.

    In Canada, a distinction is made between truck drivers (semi-trailer trucks, or vehicles with more than two axles including any combination of vehicles or trucks with not more than 2 axles towing a vehicle with a registered gross vehicle weight of more than 4500 kg) and bus drivers. Equivalent programmes do not include light trucks (courier services), which is an elective in the South African qualification. Truck driver training programmes range from 3 weeks to 7 weeks for driving competence only.

    Truck driver programmes include compliance with applicable Acts and regulations, vehicle definitions, vehicle systems (inc. brakes and the air brake system, engines and the fuel system, electrical system), pre-trip, en-route and post trip inspection, road signs and route following, reading maps, measurement, time and distance calculations, inspection stations (for equipment and loads), minor repairs, diagnosing and reporting malfunctions, safe vehicle operation, control systems, coupling and uncoupling, starting the engine and moving the truck, common driver mistakes and dangers, brakes and the air brake systems (inc. brake adjustment), upshifting and downshifting, care of the drivetrain, fuel conservation, backing, visual search, hazard perception, speed and space management, night operation, high-density traffic driving, adverse conditions driving, emergency manoeuvres, accident procedures, scene of accident and accident reports, ensuring safety and road worthiness, hours of service, occupational health and safety, first aid, carriage of goods, loading, weight distribution and unloading (handling cargo), dispatching, the transportation of dangerous goods, customs and immigration and weights and dimensions, securing loads, recording and maintenance of required documentation (inc. driver logbook, bills of lading etc.) by manual or electronic means, communication with the public, customers, and co-workers both verbally and in written form, employment preparation and procedures, using on-board computer and communication devices, scheduling, budgeting, and customer service. Most of these aspects are addressed in the South African qualification, as well as additional specialisations, and the South African qualification achieves more credits as a result. The South African qualification does not include dispatching, using on-board computers, and customs, immigration, and weights and dimensions specifically, although it does not explicitly exclude these.

    Bus driver training in Canada generally distinguishes between different types of bus drivers, for example, those that drive buses to transport passengers along established routes to local destinations, those that drive buses to intercity or long distance destinations, those that drive sightseeing tour buses to transport passengers locally or over long distances, and those that drive buses equipped for wheelchair accessibility and aid passengers in boarding. Generic requirements include that learners are able to provide passengers with information on fares, schedules and stops, collect fares, issue transfers, check bus passes and record transactions, report delays, mechanical problems and accidents, respond in emergency situations, communicate, deal with stress, load and unload passenger luggage (optional). Specifically, school bus drivers learn to drive school buses to transport children between school and home or on excursions and ensure children's safety when boarding and leaving buses and crossing street while the bus is stopped; subway train and light rail transit operators learn to operate subway or rail transit vehicles as part of a crew, observe signals at crossings and arrival and departure points, operate controls to open and close transit vehicle doors, report delays, malfunctions and accidents to control units, and direct passengers during emergency evacuation procedures. Highway and tour bus drivers are required to be able to provide information on points of interest during trips, administer first aid, read instructions, schedules, passenger lists, and cargo waybills. The Canadian programmes are generally shorter than the South African qualification's credits imply, as training is divided into areas of specialisation.

    On the New Zealand framework, a number of similar qualifications exist, namely:
  • National Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Goods Service) with strands in Rigid heavy vehicle Driver, and Heavy Combination Vehicle Driver, and optional strands in Dairy Industry Transport, Log Transport, Overdimension and Overweight Load Transport, Bulk Flammable Liquids Transport, Bulk Gases Transport, Bulk Liquefied Petroleum Gas Transport, and Civil Construction Transport.
  • National Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Large Passenger Service Driver) with strands in School Bus, Urban and Local Route, and Long Distance.
  • National Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Livestock Transport Driver).
  • National Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Logging Truck Driver).

    The first two qualifications are the closest to this South African qualification, and are discussed in more detail.

    Both New Zealand qualifications contain many lower level credits (only between 29% and 44% are at or above the level of the qualification). The National Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Goods Service), at an equivalent level, requires learners to be able to describe and evaluate the application of road usage law, communicate information in a specified workplace, apply listening techniques, fill in a form, write an incident report, select and record routes as a road transport operator, carry out start up and shutdown procedures on a heavy motor vehicle and make ready for use, demonstrate knowledge of driving hours law and complete driving hours log book, demonstrate knowledge of heavy motor vehicle systems and components, load and unload a goods service vehicle, demonstrate knowledge of stress and health for driving, demonstrate knowledge of traffic law for the purpose of safe driving, describe driving hazards and risk reduction responses to driving hazards, apply risk reduction techniques while driving, maintain personal presentation in the workplace, and perform calculations for the workplace.

    These compulsory units are spread across four levels of the framework. All these aspects are also addressed in the South African qualification, some as learning assumed to be in place. In addition to the compulsory units, between 20% and 30% of credits are selected from two lists, with between 12% and 19% of credits must be selected from the following: demonstrate knowledge of the code of practice relating to chainsaw use, operate a chainsaw, demonstrate knowledge of the log loading process, load logs using a vehicle mounted hydraulic loader in a forestry situation, operate a bell machine in a forestry or log yard situation, operate a knuckle boom loader in a forestry situation, operate a forked loader in a forestry or log yard situation, load a logging truck, operate a loader in a forestry production situation, describe effects of hydration and nutrition on safety, health and performance of forestry workers, demonstrate knowledge of factors which impair the performance of forestry workers, demonstrate knowledge of the general requirements for employment in a plantation forest, suppress fire with hand extinguishers and fixed hose reels, explain the principles of fire science, convey civil construction plant by transporter, deliver, stockpile, and spread aggregates with truck and trailer, maintain, transport, and store roadwork signs for civil construction works, service an automotive battery, demonstrate knowledge of the dangers of bitumen handling and the need for safety, and work safely with others in a petrochemical environment.

    The remainder of the so-called core elective credits (between 8% and 18% of the 20% to 30%) are elected from the following domains: civil plant operation, bitumen surfacing, interpersonal communications, commercial road transport skills, goods service, transportation of waste and recoverable resources, crane operation, core driving knowledge and skills, driver licence classes, driver licence endorsements, and powered industrial lift trucks. The remainder of the qualification is composed of the strands, and includes the following compulsory units for one of the following strands:
  • Rigid heavy vehicle Driver Strand: Demonstrate knowledge of heavy rigid motor vehicle dynamics and handling for safe driving, Drive a heavy rigid motor vehicle, Meet requirements for full Class 4 driver licence and demonstrate knowledge of licence requirements, Operate a heavy rigid motor vehicle for a Class 4 driver licence.
  • Heavy Combination Vehicle Driver Strand: Drive a heavy combination motor vehicle, Demonstrate knowledge of heavy combination motor vehicle dynamics and handling for safe driving, Meet requirements for full Class 5 driver licence and demonstrate knowledge of licence requirements, Operate a heavy combination motor vehicle for a Class 5 driver licence.

    Optional strands in addition to one of the above complete the qualification, and include:
  • Dairy Industry Transport Optional Strand: Demonstrate pathogen control in the dairy industry, Explain cleaning processes and safe handling of cleaning chemicals in the dairy industry, Explain milk production, collection and reception in the dairy industry, Explain clean in place systems used in the dairy industry.
  • Log Transport Optional Strand: Demonstrate knowledge of the log loading process, Demonstrate knowledge of the general requirements for employment in a plantation forest, Drive heavy vehicle on unsealed road surfaces, Transport logs by heavy motor vehicle.
  • Overdimension and Overweight Load Transport Optional Strand: Drive heavy vehicle in off-road environments, Transport overdimension or overweight loads by road, Transport building structures by road.
  • Bulk Flammable Liquids Transport Optional Strand: Load, convey and unload dangerous goods by road transport, Transport flammable bulk liquids by road, Demonstrate knowledge of law and practice for transport of Dangerous Goods by road.
  • Bulk Gases Transport Optional Strand: Load, convey and unload dangerous goods by road transport, Transport bulk gases by road, Demonstrate knowledge of law and practice for transport of Dangerous Goods by road.
  • Bulk Liquefied Petroleum Gas Transport Optional Strand: Load, convey and unload dangerous goods by road transport, Transport bulk liquefied petroleum gas by road tanker, Demonstrate knowledge of law and practice for transport of Dangerous Goods by road.
  • Civil Construction Transport Optional Strand: Convey civil construction plant by transporter, Deliver, stockpile, and spread aggregates with truck and trailer, Maintain, transport, and store roadwork signs for civil construction works.

    The structure of this qualification including credits for specific units is similar to the South African qualification, with the main difference being that the New Zealand qualification contains more options for specialisation, and the South African qualification contains entrepreneurship unit standards, and combines passenger and goods transport competence in one qualification.

    The New Zealand National Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Large Passenger Service Driver) contains fewer credits than the South African qualification, and can be at a level lower, depending on the elective component. However, most of the driving units are at an equivalent level. Compulsory units are required per strand for between 39% and 61% of credits, and elective units are required per strand for between 39% and 61% of credits as follows:
  • All Strands: Protect health and safety in the workplace, Write an incident report, Carry out start up and shutdown procedures on a heavy motor vehicle and make ready for use, Demonstrate knowledge of driving hours law and complete driving hours logbook, Demonstrate knowledge of heavy rigid motor vehicle dynamics and handling for safe driving, Drive a large passenger service vehicle in a fuel efficient manner, Demonstrate knowledge of stress and health for driving, Demonstrate knowledge of traffic law for the purpose of safe driving, Describe driving hazards and risk reduction responses to driving hazards, Apply risk reduction techniques while driving, Demonstrate knowledge and skills required for full Class 2 driver licence.
  • School Bus Strand: compulsory units are Provide first aid, Provide resuscitation level 2, Drive a school bus; elective units include Apply driving risk management techniques in extreme conditions, Plan to manage personal use of alcohol and other drugs, Demonstrate time management, Demonstrate care and timeliness as an employee, Manage first aid in emergency situations, Communicate with people from other cultures, Drive heavy vehicle on unsealed road surfaces, Provide assistance to passengers with special needs, Maintain coach presentation on the road, Attend to coach passenger enquiries and requests, Demonstrate knowledge and skills required for full Class 4 driver licence, Operate a heavy rigid motor vehicle for a Class 2 driver licence, Demonstrate knowledge of driver licensing requirements for endorsement P (passenger).
  • Urban and Local Route Strand: compulsory units are Communicate information in a specified workplace, Provide assistance to passengers with special needs, Protect personal safety while operating a passenger service vehicle, Foster effective passenger relations, Drive scheduled passenger route service, Perform calculations as a bus driver, Operate a heavy rigid motor vehicle for a Class 2 driver licence, Maintain personal presentation in the workplace; elective units include Apply driving risk management techniques in extreme conditions, Plan to manage personal use of alcohol and other drugs, Demonstrate time management, Demonstrate care and timeliness as an employee, Manage first aid in emergency situations, Provide first aid, Provide resuscitation level 2, Communicate with people from other cultures, Demonstrate knowledge of the New Zealand road transport industry, Drive heavy vehicle on unsealed road surfaces, Maintain coach presentation on the road, Identify categories of, and communicate information to, coach passengers en route, Attend to coach passenger enquiries and requests, Deliver commentaries to passengers, Meet requirements for full Class 4 driver licence and demonstrate knowledge of licence requirements, Operate a heavy rigid motor vehicle for a Class 4 driver licence, Demonstrate knowledge of driver licensing requirements for endorsement P (passenger), Demonstrate knowledge of communication and customer service skills in tourism and travel workplaces, Provide customer service in the tourism and travel industry, Demonstrate knowledge of the tourism industry in New Zealand.
  • Long Distance Strand: compulsory units are Communicate information in a specified workplace, Communicate with people from other cultures, Provide assistance to passengers with special needs, Protect personal safety while operating a passenger service vehicle, Foster effective passenger relations, Maintain coach presentation on the road, Identify categories of, and communicate information to, passengers en route, Load, unload, account for, and describe drivers' responsibility for, passengers' luggage, Demonstrate knowledge and skills required for full Class 4 driver licence, Operate a heavy rigid motor vehicle for a Class 2 driver licence, Maintain personal presentation in the workplace; elective units include Apply driving risk management techniques in extreme conditions, Plan to manage personal use of alcohol and other drugs, Demonstrate time management, Demonstrate care and timeliness as an employee, Manage first aid in emergency situations, Provide first aid, Provide resuscitation level 2, Express own ideas in writing, Solve problems which require calculation with whole numbers, Read and interpret information presented in tables and graphs, Demonstrate knowledge of the New Zealand road transport industry, Drive heavy vehicle on unsealed road surfaces, Drive a heavy commercial vehicle on tidal sands, Drive scheduled passenger route service, Maintain coach presentation on the road, Attend to coach passenger enquiries and requests, Perform calculations as a bus driver, Deliver commentaries to passengers, Operate a heavy rigid motor vehicle for a Class 4 driver licence, Demonstrate knowledge of driver licensing requirements for endorsement P (passenger), Demonstrate knowledge of communication and customer service skills in tourism and travel workplaces, Provide customer service in the tourism and travel industry, Demonstrate knowledge of the tourism industry in New Zealand.

    The main difference, in addition to the credits, between the South African and New Zealand qualifications is that the latter contains more options for specialisation, and the South African qualification contains entrepreneurship unit standards, and combines passenger and goods transport competence in one qualification.

    On the Australian framework, the equivalent of the South African qualification spans two qualifications, one at a level below and one at the equivalent level of the South African qualification. The lower level qualification addresses driver competence, and the higher level qualification requires transport operational competence. The two Certificates in Transport and Distribution (Road Transport) address competence in vehicle operations, transport sector specific operations, depot operations, supervision and leadership, and road transport small business management. The South African qualification does not address depot operations, supervision and leadership.

    The lower level qualification (Certificate II in Transport and Distribution (Road Transport) focuses on safety and performance of the driver, enhancing professionalism and awareness, encouraging a positive driving attitude, and achieving Light Rigid (LR), Medium Rigid (MR), Heavy Rigid (HR) or Heavy Combination (HC) endorsements. Areas of competence required include licence test, road law, system of vehicle control, demonstration drive, pre-trip inspection, cabin checks, starting and stopping sequence, mirror checks, vehicle positioning, left and right turns, roundabouts, lane changing, overtaking, reversing, park or trailer brake start, coupling and uncoupling, occupational health and safety issues, fatigue management principles, dangerous goods, loading and unloading, tarping and tying, mechanical appreciation, route planning, and use of gears. All of these aspects are also addressed in the South African qualification.

    The Certificate III in Transport and Distribution (Road Transport) requires learners to maintain container/cargo records, process receipt and delivery of containers and cargo, transfer cargo, coordinate goods to bond premises, complete receival/dispatch documentation, apply product knowledge to organise work operations, organise dispatch operations, organise receival operations, coordinate stocktakes, organise warehouse records operations, control and order stock, receive and store stock, test equipment and isolate faults, carry out maintenance of vehicles designed to carry special loads, carry out inspection of vehicles designed to carry special loads, set up and rig crane for lift, plan job and set up work areas, maintain mobile cranes, load and unload wheeled or tracked crane, undertake site inspection, de-rig, and pack and store tools and equipment. Similar to the South African qualification, it is aimed at bus drivers and truck drivers. In addition, the Australian qualification also incorporates competence required of truck offsiders, delivery drivers, furniture removalists, storepersons, transport clerks, transport managers, and transport operations officers. Therefore, the South African qualification does not address many of the above areas of competence, and is limited to the following: maintain container/cargo records, complete receival/dispatch documentation, apply product knowledge to organise work operations, carry out maintenance of vehicles designed to carry special loads, carry out inspection of vehicles designed to carry special loads, plan job and set up work areas. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Vertical articulation is possible with NQF Level 4 qualifications through the Fundamental component.

    Horizontal articulation on the NQF is possible with all NQF Level 3 qualifications through the Fundamental component, as well as:
  • 14574: "National Certificate: Freight Handling", NQF Level 3.
  • 48437: "National Certificate: Road Transport", NQF Level 3.
  • 24456: "National Certificate: Maintaining Vehicles", NQF Level 3. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderation of assessment and accreditation of providers shall be at the discretion of a relevant ETQA as long as it complies with the SAQA requirements. The ETQA is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. Particular moderation and accreditation requirements are:
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA. Providers offering learning towards achievement of any of the unit standards that make up this qualification must also be accredited through the relevant ETQA.
  • The ETQA will oversee assessment and moderation of assessment according to their policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation, or in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between the relevant ETQA and other ETQAs which have an MOU with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments for the qualification, unless the relevant ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in Unit Standards as well as the integrated competence described in the Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification.
  • Internal moderation of assessment must take place at the point of assessment with external moderation provided by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures.
  • 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. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by the relevant ETQA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for this qualification. Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with the ETQA. Assessors registered with the relevant ETQA must carry out the assessment of learners for the qualification and any of the Unit Standards that make up this qualification.

    To register as an assessor, the following are required:
  • Detailed documentary proof of relevant qualification/s, practical training completed, and experience gained at a NQF level above the level of this qualification in the subject area.
  • Registration as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments:
  • Focus the initial assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcomes expressed in the titles of the Unit Standards to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember that the learner must be declared competent in terms of the qualification purpose and exit level outcomes.
  • Where assessment across Unit Standard titles or at Unit Standard title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes. Take special note of the need for integrated assessment.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies.

    In particular, assessors should assess that the learner demonstrates an ability to consider a range of options by:
  • Measuring the quality of the observed practical performance as well as the theory and underpinning knowledge.
  • Using methods that are varied to allow the learner to display thinking and decision making in the demonstration of practical performance.
  • Maintaining a balance between practical performance and theoretical assessment methods to ensure each is measured in accordance with the level of the qualification.
  • Taking into account that the relationship between practical and theoretical components is not fixed, but varies according to the type and level of qualification.

    All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well-documented principles:
  • Appropriate: The method of assessment is suited to the performance being assessed.
  • Fair: The method of assessment does not present any barriers to achievements, which are not related to the evidence.
  • Manage: The methods used make for easily arranged cost-effective assessments that do not unduly interfere with learning.
  • Integrate into work or learning: Evidence collection is integrated into the work or learning process where this is appropriate and feasible.
  • Valid: The assessment focuses on the requirements laid down in the standards; i.e. the assessment is fit for purpose.
  • Direct: The activities in the assessment mirror the conditions of actual performance as close as possible.
  • Authentic: The assessor is satisfied that the work being assessed is attributable to the learner being assessed.
  • Sufficient: The evidence collected establishes that all criteria have been met and that performance to the required Standard can be repeated consistently.
  • Systematic: Planning and recording is sufficiently rigorous to ensure that assessment is fair.
  • Open: Learners can contribute to the planning and accumulation of evidence. Learners for assessment understand the assessment process and the criteria that apply.
  • Consistent: The same assessor would make the same judgement again in similar circumstances. The judgement made is similar than the judgement that would be made by other assessors. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    This qualification replaces qualification 13716, "National Certificate: Professional Driving", Level 3, 146 credits.

    The certificate issued for achievement of this qualification must clearly state the following information:
  • Licence Code.
  • Details of the vehicle that learner proved competence on (vehicle type, make, configuration & gearbox and retardation type for vehicles over 3,5 tons).
  • The titles of electives completed. 

  • UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  114941  Apply knowledge of HIV/AIDS to a specific business sector and a workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  123258  Foster and maintain customer relations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  8016  Maintaining occupational health, safety and general housekeeping  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  123261  Plan road transport service delivery  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed 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  9013  Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  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  119467  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  119465  Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  14353  Conduct basic financial transactions  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  8418  Do basic research  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119750  Inspect and lubricate an automotive system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  123262  Load general freight  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  243665  Meet the requirements in order to obtain a provisional licence  Level 2  NQF Level 02  15 
    Elective  243666  Meet the requirements of being a safe driver to obtain a valid driving licence for a motor vehicle  Level 2  NQF Level 02  22 
    Elective  123257  Operate a rigid light vehicle  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  116253  Operate a truck mounted loader crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02  20 
    Elective  8420  Operate in a team  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12484  Perform basic fire fighting  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  15123  Select and use vehicle lifting equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  254154  Apply advanced techniques for operating four wheel drive (4WD) vehicles in on-road and off-road conditions  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  8000  Apply basic business principles  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  113852  Apply occupational health, safety and environmental principles  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  254135  Apply the techniques for operating four wheel drive (4WD) vehicles, in on-road and off-road conditions  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116534  Carry out basic first aid treatment in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  113909  Coach a team member in order to enhance individual performance in work environment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  10977  Convey abnormal freight  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  123259  Convey dangerous goods by road  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  10976  Convey livestock  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  117705  Demonstrate knowledge of the Firearms Control Act 2000 (Act No 60 of 2000) applicable to possessing a firearm  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  117833  Handle a crime situation  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13917  Indicate the role of a team leader ensuring that a team meets an organisation`s standards  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  117171  Manage time effectively to enhance productivity and enable a balanced lifestyle  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  123260  Operate tailgates and tail-lifts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  8039  Operating cranes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  8038  Operating lift trucks  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  123256  Provide commuter services  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  376480  Provide first aid as an advanced first responder  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  123252  Provide long distance coach/bus services  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  123255  Provide tour coach services  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116940  Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based spreadsheet application to solve a given problem  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  114730  Comply with safety requirements in the medical pathology or blood transfusion fields  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  13414  Conduct a financial analysis of a small business  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  117241  Develop a business plan for a small business  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  117244  Investigate the possibilities of establishing and running a small business enterprise (SMME)  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  117500  Manage finance in a small business  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  7997  Managing self-development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Elective  114215  Mentor a colleague to enhance the individual`s knowledge, skills, values and attitudes in a selected career path  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  123253  Operate a rigid heavy vehicle  Level 4  NQF Level 04  15 
    Elective  123254  Operate a vehicle combination  Level 4  NQF Level 04  20 
    Elective  114738  Perform financial planning and control functions for a small business  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  10756  Use of a hand machine carbine  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  10748  Use of a handgun  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  10750  Use of a rifle  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  10754  Use of a shotgun  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  377201  Apply advanced driving skills: defensive driving  Level 5  NQF Level 05 
    Elective  377220  Apply advanced driving skills: offensive driving  Level 5  NQF Level 05 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some (but not all) of their learning programmes are moved to the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replaced qualification.
     
    NONE 


    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 Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries 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 Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. AAH Skills and Development 
    2. Agisanang SA Training 
    3. Aldabri 106 Institute for Quality Pty Ltd 
    4. Algoa Bus Company 
    5. All-in-one Driving Academy 
    6. Andebe Training and Skills Development 
    7. Areka Logistics Solution 
    8. Barloworld Transport Solutions 
    9. Blessed Assurance Worship Centre 
    10. Bolton Business College & Computer Studies 
    11. Buscor 
    12. Centre for Logistics Excellence (Pty) Ltd 
    13. CHAMDOR DRIVER TRAINING CC 
    14. Dee's Training (PTY) LTD 
    15. Dees Driver Training Centre 
    16. Driving Sense 
    17. Eastcape Training Centre 
    18. Gerotek Test Facilities 
    19. Golden Arrow Bus Services 
    20. Hazchemwize (PTY) Ltd 
    21. He and She Driver Training Centre 
    22. Ikaheng HR Services Pty Ltd 
    23. Inkqubela Consultants 
    24. Innovative Shared Services 
    25. Intercape Mainliner 
    26. Iyanda Holdings(Pty) Ltd 
    27. Kempston Driving Academy 
    28. Kitta Transport Training Academy 
    29. Learncorp 
    30. Learning Exchange Pty (Ltd) 
    31. Licence Wise 
    32. Makwedeng Training 
    33. Maliwa Investment (Pty)Ltd 
    34. NOSA LOGISTICS PTY LTD 
    35. Nowethu Learning Institute cc 
    36. Onelogix 
    37. Pal Passenger Bus Services 
    38. Phephani Learnerships cc 
    39. Primeserv Corporate Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    40. PUTCO Limited 
    41. Q4 Training Solutions 
    42. Safe and Eco Driving (Pty) Ltd 
    43. SN Pool Transport 
    44. South African Transport Centre of Excellence 
    45. SPINA Consultancy cc Cape Town 
    46. Tasa Training Services cc 
    47. Thembalethu Development 
    48. Thwala Training Services (Pty) Ltd 
    49. TIESPRO (Pty) Ltd 
    50. Training Force 
    51. UKWAKHILE TRAINING 



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