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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Dangerous Goods: Multi-modal Transportation 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
57849  Further Education and Training Certificate: Dangerous Goods: Multi-modal Transportation 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
TETA - Transport Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 11 - Services  Transport, Operations and Logistics 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  128  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 0695/12  2012-07-01  2015-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2016-06-30   2019-06-30  

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. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

The carrying of dangerous goods by Multi-modes involves the risk of accidents and incidents, such as spillage of the goods, leading to hazards such as fire, explosion, chemical burn or environmental damage. Therefore this Qualification will contribute to increasing levels of safety, efficiency and effectiveness and will develop a common integrated and co-ordinated approach to the handling and transportation of dangerous goods. The thrust of this Qualification focuses on the regulations, duties and responsibilities which will enable learners to discharge their duties safely. Learners will also become competent with regard to the security of their loads.

A person acquiring this Qualification will obtain the necessary applied competence to provide a top class service pertaining to the handling and transportation of dangerous goods, applying risk management principles and monitoring compliance in the handling and transportation of dangerous goods, and to give advice to management. Learners can specialise on the classification system, marking, labelling, packaging, loading/off loading, storage and transportation of dangerous goods.

The Qualification aims at developing a competent and professional work force to handle and transport dangerous goods.

Rationale:

This Qualification could provide learners with access to employment opportunities within the broader transport sector. The transportation of dangerous goods is a vital responsibility, as those charged with the transportation are held responsible for the safekeeping of the goods and the protecting of the environment and people. Dangerous goods transportation has a major impact on both people and the environment in terms of incidents and accidents where they might be directly or indirectly involved. This Qualification will serve to promote the safe and successful transportation of dangerous goods by Multi-modes of transport (sea, road, air and rail). It develops the competencies required for the transportation of dangerous goods for the public, industry and the government.

This Qualification reflects the need of the community, government and employers for the learner to obtain the essential skills needed for further learning and to receive recognition for existing skills and knowledge. This Qualification aims to develop learners, promote professionalism, work ethics and good governance. It will allow clarification of the specific roles of the learners, the consignor, operator or consignee in the handling and transportation of dangerous goods. The level of flexibility within the range of electives will also allow the individual to pursue further career specialisation within the different modes of transportation (sea, road, air and rail). Learners will receive a formal Qualification in the handling and transportation of dangerous goods where previously no formal recognition existed and training was done by short courses offered by a range of different providers of education and training. These courses were not always recognised as it was not against recognised standards. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that the leaner accessing this Qualification is competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3 or equivalent.
  • Computer Literacy at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.

    Recognition of prior learning

    This Qualification may be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience and must adhere to the policies and procedures specified by the relevant ETQA. The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the mechanism to be used and support and guidance should be provided. Care should be taken that the mechanism used provides the learner with an opportunity to demonstrate competence and is not so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the Recognition of Prior Learning option towards gaining a Qualification.

    Access to the Qualification

    Access to this Qualification is open bearing in mind the Learning Assumed to be in place. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component.

    To be awarded the Qualification, learners are required to obtain a minimum of 128 credits as detailed below.

    Fundamental Component:

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 to the value of 16 credits.
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 in a First South African Language to the value of 20 credits.
  • Communication in a Second South African Language atNQF Level 3 to the value of 20 credits.

    It is compulsory therefore for learners to do Communication in two different South African languages, one at NQF Level 4 and the other at NQF Level 3.

    All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.

    Core Component:
  • The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 51 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:
  • The Elective Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 80 credits. Learners are to choose Unit Standards to the minimum of 21 credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    The Outcomes are specified in terms of a combination of Specific and Critical Cross-Field Outcomes as defined in the different unit standards. On achieving this Qualification, a learner is able to:

    1. Ensure a safe and healthy workplace environment pertaining to the handling and transportation of dangerous goods by various modes of transport.
    2. Apply risk management principles pertaining to the handling and transportation of dangerous goods.
    3. Monitor practices and procedures relating to the handling and transportation of dangerous goods.
    4. Explain and apply the safe loading and transporting of dangerous goods using a particular mode of transport. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Hazards in the workplace are identified, evaluated and controlled according to the relevant Health and Safety legislation and conventions.
  • Relevant legislation and regulations relating to occupational health and safety in the workplace are identified, explained and described as well as the role and responsibilities of the safety representative.
  • Health and Safety record keeping criteria as required by the relevant legislation and conventions are understood and applied according to the stated legislation.
  • Health and Safety obligations as required by managers are explained, described and adhered to in terms of communication and training.

    2.
  • Risk management processes are applied as a monitoring process in the handling and transportation of dangerous goods.
  • Risk is managed and controlled in accordance with organisational standards and procedures.

    3.
  • Knowledge of underlying legislation, regulations and codes of practices relating to the handling and transportation of dangerous goods in a specific contexts are understood and applied.
  • Different categories of dangerous goods, their hazards and effects are explained and described.
  • Incidents are managed and controlled in accordance with incident management plan.

    4.
  • Methods and procedures for handing loading dangerous goods on to a particular mode of transport are explained according to safety and legislative requirements.
  • A plan to stow, segregate, handle and deal with dangerous goods in various mode of transport is planned in accordance with organisational and legislative requirements.
  • Accidents and spills are dealt with according to safety and legislative and organisational requirements.

    Integrated assessment

    Integrated assessment must evaluate the quality of observable performance as well as the thinking behind the performance. Some assessment aspects will demand practical demonstration on site, while others may not. In some cases inference will be necessary to determine competence depending on the nature and context within which performance takes place.

    The assessor will collect evidence of the learner's competence by:
  • Observing the learner on site.
  • Asking questions and initiating short discussions to test understanding.
  • Looking at records and reports.

    Since this is a foundational Qualification, it is necessary to ensure that the fundamental part of the Qualification is also targeted to ensure that while the competence may have been achieved in a particular context, learners are able to apply it in a range of other contexts and for further learning. The assessment should also ensure that the critical cross-field outcomes have been achieved. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    South Africa has a world class and highly sophisticated transport system and statistics indicated that 85% of goods carried by the various modes of transport are dangerous goods. In selecting countries for international comparison it is important to consider countries where the economic context in which the Qualification is to be used is similar to the South African context. Ideally, this Qualification should be compared to Qualifications from a country with a developed economy and a second developing country with an emerging economy in order to include contexts that have similarities to the South African situation.

    Learners who work in the Air and Marine disciples are far more regulated than that of road and rail. International Codes have been developed to regulate the transportation of Dangerous Goods by Air and by Sea and these were taken into account in both the learning and comparability.
  • Algeria.
  • Argentina.
  • Australia.
  • Bahamas.
  • Belgium.
  • Cuba.
  • Cyprus.
  • Czech Republic.
  • Denmark.
  • Ecuador.
  • Estonia.
  • Finland.
  • France.
  • Gambia.
  • Germany.
  • Greece.
  • Iceland.
  • India.
  • Indonesia.
  • Iran.
  • Ireland.
  • Israel.
  • Italy.
  • Jamaica.
  • Japan.
  • Latvia.
  • Liberia.
  • Malaysia.
  • Marshall Islands.
  • Mexico.
  • Morocco.
  • Netherlands.
  • New Zealand.
  • Norway.
  • Pakistan.
  • Panama.
  • Papua New Guinea.
  • Peru.
  • Philippines.
  • Poland.
  • Portugal.
  • Republic of Korea.
  • Russian Federation.
  • Saudi Arabia.
  • Singapore.
  • Slovenia.
  • Spain.
  • Sweden.
  • Switzerland.
  • Thailand.
  • Uruguay.
  • Vanuatu.
  • Hong Kong.
  • Tunisia.
  • United States.
  • United Kingdom.
  • American Samoa.

    The countries listed above need to train the following according to the different international codes that relates to the function-specific training for the transportation of Dangerous Goods:
  • IMDG Code (Marine): Classification system, ICAO Code (Air): General philosophy.
  • IMDG Code (Marine): Pack in packages, ICAO Code (Air): Limitations.
  • IMDG Code (Marine): Mark, label and placard, ICAO Code (Air): General requirements for shippers.
  • IMDG Code (Marine): Pack/unpack cargo transport units, ICAO Code (Air): Classification.
  • IMDG Code (Marine): Prepare transport documentation, ICAO Code (Air): List of dangerous goods.
  • IMDG Code (Marine): Offer for transport, ICAO Code (Air): General packaging requirements.
  • IMDG Code (Marine): Accept for transport, ICAO Code (Air): Packing instructions.
  • IMDG Code (Marine): Handle in transport, ICAO Code (Air): Labelling and marking.
  • IMDG Code (Marine): Prepare loading/stowage plans, ICAO Code (Air): Shipper's declaration and other relevant documentation.
  • IMDG Code (Marine): Load/unload from ships, ICAO Code (Air): Acceptance procedures.
  • IMDG Code (Marine): Carry, ICAO Code (Air): Recognition of undeclared dangerous goods.
  • IMDG Code (Marine): Emergency proceduress, ICAO Code (Air): Storage and loading procedures, Pilots' notification, Provisions for passengers and crew, Emergency procedures.

    The unit standards in this qualification deal with all the above competencies and are in line with the International Codes for Air and Sea.

    The following websites displayed various reports on 'Freeway Traffic Management', but no "Qualification" could be identified to make a direct comparison with. The reports deal with issues of improved safety, optimisation of real capacity of highways and better service delivery to motorists. It also deals with highway maintenance procedures dealing with hazardous material incidents.
  • Transport Research Board: www.trb.org.
  • International codes on transportation of hazardous material and goods: http://hazmat.dot.gov.
  • Ministry of Transportation: Ontario: www.tc.gc.ca.

    An attempt was made to do a comparison with a country with an emerging economy. There are no recognised "standards" for training in the handling and transportation of dangerous goods. South African based training institutions, offers training in the conveyance of dangerous goods in Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The training material is based on the South African unit standard "Convey Dangerous Goods by Road".

    Training material for the training of Dangerous Goods Safety Advisors was obtained from Belgium. The training was once again based on their international codes and regulations. A Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor in the European Union needs to do the following:
  • Monitor for compliance with the rules governing the transportation of dangerous goods.
  • Advise on the transport of dangerous goods.
  • Prepare annual training reports to the management of the company and/or local public authority, on the undertakings activities in the transportation of dangerous goods.

    The duties also include monitoring the following practices and procedures relating to the relevant activities of the undertaking:
  • The procedures for compliance with the rules governing the identification of dangerous goods being transported.
  • The undertakings practice in taking account when purchasing means of transport of any special requirements in connection with the dangerous goods being transported.
  • The procedures for checking the equipment used in connection with the transport, loading or unloading of dangerous goods.
  • The proper training of the undertakings employees and the maintenance or records of such training.
  • The implementation of proper emergency procedures in the event of any accident or incident that may affect safety during the transport, loading or unloading of dangerous goods.
  • Investigating and where appropriate, preparing reports on serious accidents, incidents or serious infringements recorded during the transport, loading or unloading of dangerous goods.
  • The implementation of appropriate measures to avoid the recurrence of accidents, incidents or serious infringements.
  • Verification that employees involved in the transport, loading, or unloading of dangerous goods have detailed operational procedures and instructions.
  • The implementation of verification procedures to ensure the presence on board the means of transport of the documents and safety equipment which must accompany transport and the compliance of such documents and equipment with the regulations.
  • The implementation of verification procedures to ensure compliance with the rules governing loading and unloading.

    The training material deals with the following:
  • Regulations regulating the transportation of dangerous goods.
  • Exemptions.
  • Appointment of safety advisors, their roles and functions.
  • Reports to management.
  • Principles of UN classifications system.
  • Hazards of each class.
  • Identification of hazards.
  • Marking, labelling and placarding.
  • Road operations in relation to the transportation of dangerous goods.
  • The nine hazard classes and their sub-divisions.
  • Checklists.
  • Storage/stowage of dangerous goods.
  • Annual audits.

    During the development of this Qualification, representatives from Belgium participated in this project to share their expertise and their best practice.

    Based on the above exercise this Qualification compares well with the training courses and international codes found. The only noticeable difference is the emphasis that the international courses give to understanding the 'codes and regulations' and learners obtaining this Qualification are likely to receive international recognition as these qualifications are linked to International Standards and best practice. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The Qualification has been designed and structured so that qualifying learners can move from one context to another. Employers or institutions should be able to evaluate the outcomes of this Qualification against the needs of their context and structure top-up learning appropriately.

    This Qualification has articulation possibilities with the following Qualifications:

    Horizontal articulation possibilities lie with other NQF Level 3 Qualifications and Unit Standards in the learning areas of:
  • National Certificate: Customs Clearing: NQF Level 4: ID: 22441.
  • National Certificate: Freight Forwarding: NQF Level 4: ID: 22443.
  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Road Transport Management in the Public Sector: NQF Level 4: ID: 49489.
  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Road Transport Supervision: NQF Level 4: ID: 48439.

    Vertical progression can be achieved by embarking on the study of related NQF Level 4 Qualifications:
  • National Diploma: Freight Forwarding: NQF Level 5: ID: 22444.
  • National Certificate: Incident Management: NQF Level 5: ID: 49398.
  • National Diploma: Freight Handling Logistics: NQF Level 5: ID: 14590. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • 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's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation; in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between ETQA's (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, exit level outcomes 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.

    Formative assessment

    The assessment criteria for formative assessment are described in the various unit standards. Formative assessment takes place during the process of learning and assessors should use a range of assessment methods and tools that support each other to assess total competence.These tools may include but are not limited to the following:
  • In-situ (on-the-job) observations.
  • Role-play simulations.
  • Structured group discussions.
  • Knowledge tests, exams, case studies, projects, registers, logbooks, workbooks.
  • Verbal report backs (presentations).
  • Portfolios of evidence.
  • Projects.
  • Experiential learning.
  • Working in teams.
  • Scenario sketching.

    The assessment method and or tools used by the assessor must conform to the following criteria:
  • It must be fair in a sense that it does not hinder or advantage the learner.
  • It must be valid in a sense that it measures what it intents to measure.
  • It must be reliable in a sense that it is consistent and delivers the same output across a range of learners.
  • It must be practical in a sense that it takes into account the available financial resources, facilities, equipment and time.

    Summative assessment

    Summative assessment is carried out at the end of the learning programme to assess the acquired competencies of the learner. A detailed portfolio of evidence may be required to prove the practical, applied and foundational competencies of the learner. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The following criteria should be applied by the relevant ETQA:
  • Relevant Qualification at NQF Level 5 or higher.
  • Minimum of 2 years' experience. The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning.
  • Registration as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

  • NOTES 
    As per the SAQA decision, after consultation with the Quality Councils, to re-register all qualifications and part qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework that meet the criteria for re-registration, this qualification has been re-registered from 1 July 2012.
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  113852  Apply occupational health, safety and environmental principles  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  242657  Apply general management principles to the risk management function  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  242665  Apply technical knowledge and skill in order to manage risk in occupational health and occupational hygiene  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  242658  Demonstrate knowledge and application of the nature of risk and the risk management process  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  13224  Monitor the application of safety, health and environmental protection procedures  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  115217  Deal with hazardous materials  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  115223  Demonstrate awareness and take initial actions at a hazardous materials incident  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  113851  Manage the transportation of dangerous goods  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119467  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119465  Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  12154  Apply comprehension skills to engage oral texts in a business environment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    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  119462  Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119469  Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9016  Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  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  119459  Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  123259  Convey dangerous goods by road  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  242994  Handle and load dangerous goods for transportation by air  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  242986  Accept and process dangerous goods for transportation by air  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  242668  Demonstrate knowledge and application of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 85 of 1993 (OHSA) (as amended) and the responsibilities of management in terms of the Act  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  242989  Effect procedures for carrying dangerous, hazardous and harmful cargoes at sea  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  11261  Facilitate the final release and delivery of goods imported and exported by Airfreight  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  242991  Facilitate the forwarding and clearing of dangerous goods for transportation  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  242996  Handle dangerous goods during warehousing and storage  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  242997  Identify and classify dangerous goods for transportation  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  242987  Identify, pack, mark and label dangerous goods for transportation by air  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  242990  Load/unload dangerous goods for transportation by road  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  242995  Pack, stow and segregate dangerous, hazardous and harmful cargoes for marine transportation  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  242985  Package dangerous goods for transportation  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  242998  Plan proposed stowage and segregation for the transportation of dangerous goods at sea  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  242999  Respond to and clean up a spill  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  11268  Generate solutions to legal problems encountered in the carriage by air of internationally traded goods  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  242988  Inspect and approve packaged goods for compliance in the transport of dangerous, hazardous and harmful cargoes by sea  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  242992  Monitor for compliance in the transportation of dangerous goods in the Port Environment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  242993  Organise the movement of dangerous, hazardous and harmful cargoes  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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