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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Diploma: Freight Handling Logistics 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
58473  National Diploma: Freight Handling Logistics 
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 Diploma  Field 11 - Services  Transport, Operations and Logistics 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  242  Level 5  NQF Level 05  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   2028-06-30  

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
14590  National Diploma: Freight Handling Logistics  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  240  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

The purpose of this qualification is to ensure the implementation of freight handling and logistics operations to meet and exceed customer needs in compliance with legislative requirements and international codes and practices.

A learner obtaining this qualification will be able to:
  • Ensure the availability of resources and competitive infrastructure within the freight handling logistics environment.
  • Handle, store, control and review resources.
  • Comply with legislative requirements and international codes and practices for freight handling logistics.
  • Analyse and apply the concepts of supply chain within the freight logistics environment.

    The skills, knowledge, values and understanding in this qualification are essential for national competitiveness and will have a positive impact on social and economic transformation and upliftment of the democratic South African society.

    Rationale:

    Freight Handling Logistics is the movement and supply of goods. It involves the movement of goods and materials through the manufacturing process to the delivery of finished products and their disposal. It also deals with the routing of freight using all transport modes and related activities such as warehousing.

    This qualification seeks to establish fundamental knowledge and skills in Freight Handling Logistics and to provide the necessary competencies for people who are new to the field as well as to other people who may be experienced in freight logistics. Learners completing this qualification will be able to work as managers within the Freight Handling Logistics environment.

    This qualification will provide learners with access to employment opportunities within the Freight Handling Logistics environment. Learners will be able to take responsibility for the planning, handling, storage and transportation of goods nationally as well as internationally. The benefit for organisations and the community lies in the optimisation of their freight logistical processes. Government is also committed to improving the public service by supporting the transformation of the freight logistics environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the leaner entering this qualification will be competent in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4.
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Computer Literacy at NQF Level 4.

    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. 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 RPL option towards gaining a qualification.

    Access to the qualification:

    Access to this Qualification is open to all learners with at least an NQF Level 4 Qualification or equivalent. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
  • All unit standards in the Fundamental Component (13 credits) are compulsory.
  • All unit standards in the Core Component (199 credits) are compulsory.
  • Learners must choose unit standards totalling at least 30 credits from the Elective Component.
  • Total credit value of the Qualification is 242. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Ensure the availability of resources and competitive infrastructure within the freight handling logistics environment.

    2. Handle, store, control and review resources within the freight handling logistics environment.

    3. Comply with legislative requirements and international codes and practices.
    > Health and safety, International Maritime Organisation (IMO), International Air Transport Association (IATA), Road Traffic Act, South African National Standards (SANS), Rail Regulations, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICOA).

    4. Analyse and apply the concepts of supply chain within the freight logistics environment. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Written and verbal communication conducted within the business environment in a manner appropriate to the situation.
  • Fundamental business concepts relating to the Freight Handling Logistics environment are applied.
  • Information technology tools are used to ensure the effective and efficient handling, storage and transportation of goods within the Freight Handling Logistics environment.
  • Strategies and action plans are developed and implemented to ensure that goals and objectives, as set out in the strategic and logistical plans, are met.
  • Resources required in maximizing efficiencies in services and freight movement are determined and allocated to achieve targets in a freight environment.
  • Strategies to establish and maintain relationships are applied at all times.

    2.
  • Freight location procedures are planned, implemented and evaluated to ensure freight integrity in a freight logistics environment.
  • The proper care of freight is managed using handling, movement, securing and safeguarding techniques within the freight handling logistics environment.

    3.
  • A range of contract documentation, Codes of Practice and professional Ethic practices are applied as they relate to Freight Handling Logistics.
  • Statutory health and safety requirements within freight storage transit areas are applied within the freight handling logistics environment.
  • Quality management system principles are applied within the freight handling logistics environment.

    4.
  • A logistics plan, which governs the economic and efficient movement and handling of freight is generated, communicated and implemented to satisfy customer and industry requirements.
  • The fundamental concepts relating to procurement, distribution, supply chain administration (operation) and logistics are applied as they relate to Freight Handling Logistics.
  • International trade principles are applied to formulate solutions to problems, where such solutions are reliant on informed judgement, which affect the safe and efficient movement of freight within the international arena.

    Integrated Assessment:

    The applied competence (practical, foundational and reflexive competencies) of this qualification will be achieved if a candidate is able to apply the fundamental concepts, practices and principles within the Freight Handling Logistics environment.

    The effective use of technology, communication skills, literacy, decision-making and numeracy as well as self-management and life skills must be assessed. Furthermore the world as a set of related systems must be assessed during any combination of practical, foundational and reflexive competencies assessment methods and tools to determine the integration of applied knowledge and skills.

    A detailed portfolio of evidence is required to prove the applied competencies of the learner.

    Assessors and moderators should develop and conduct their own integrated assessment by making use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods.
    Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Qualifications from the following countries were sourced for a comparison with the National Diploma in Freight Handling Logistics Level 5 as these countries are leaders in the field of Freight Handling Logistics (best practices):
  • United Kingdom.
  • United States of America.
  • Australia.
  • New Zealand.

    United Kingdom:

    The following courses or unit standards for the following qualifications are available from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA):
  • CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Purchasing and Supply.
  • EDEXEL Level 5 NVQ in Supply Chain Management.
  • CIPS Level 5 Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply.
  • CIPS Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply.
  • CIPS Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply.

    These qualifications cover the following areas:

    NVQ: Supply Chain Management Level 5.

    EDEXEL Level 5 NQV in Supply Chain Management:

    Course content (compulsory components):
  • Develop a supply chain strategy for the organisation.
  • Establish strategic relationships within the supply chain.
  • Improve the performance of supply chain.

    Provide leadership.

    Course content (Optional components):
  • Commission projects to develop supply chain.
  • Plan the flow of supplies.
  • Plan improvement.
  • Plan storage.
  • Plan distribution.
  • Plan transportation.
  • Plan workforce.
  • Manage finance in own area of responsibility.

    Build your organisational understanding of markets and clients.

    CIPS Level 5 Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply:
  • The purchasing environment.
  • Managing human resources in purchasing and supply.
  • Business analysis in purchasing and supply.

    Legal and procurement processes:
  • Introduction to supply and materials management.

    Business organisation and processes in purchasing and supply.

    CIPS Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply:

    Compulsory units:
  • Leading and influencing in purchasing.
  • Strategic supply chain management.

    Supply chain management in practice.

    Options:
  • Legal aspects in purchasing and supply.
  • Advanced project management.

    Finance for purchasers.

    CIPS Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply:

    Compulsory units:
  • Leading and influencing in purchasing.
  • Strategic supply chain management.

    Supply chain management in practice.

    Options:
  • Storage and distribution in supply chain.
  • Commercial relationships.
  • Research project in purchasing and supply.
  • Operations management.
  • Marketing.
  • Project management and control.
  • Management for purchasing and supply.
  • Retail merchandise management.

    There are similarities with the Diploma in Freight Handling Logistics in the courses listed below although the focus is inclined to Export related issues.

    Introductory course - This course deals with the following:
  • Starter Course for Export.
  • An Introduction to Exporting.
  • An Introduction to Importing.
  • Understanding Letters of Credit.
  • An Introduction to Agents and Distributors.

    International logistics and documentation - This course deals with the following:
  • Advanced Export Practice.
  • International Trade and Customs Planning.
  • UN Dangerous Goods Awareness.

    International sales, marketing and marketing research - This course deals with the following:
  • International Market Research.
  • An Introduction to Export Marketing.
  • National Export Sales Training.
  • Exporting and the Internet.
  • Cultural Issues For Exporters.
  • Marketing Services in International Trade.

    International trade finance - This course deals with the following:
  • Performance Bonds & Guarantees.
  • Advanced Letters of Credit.
  • Money Laundering and Currency Risk Management.

    International trade management - This course deals with the following:
  • The Complete Export Manager.
  • Effective Export Business Planning.
  • Managing International Distribution Channels.
  • Export Controls.
  • Incoterms & Payment Terms Workshop.

    The following modules are in the Masters in Business Administration at Lancaster University:
  • To develop an understanding of key drivers of supply chain performance and their inter-relationships with strategy and other functions of the company such as marketing, manufacturing and accounting.
  • To impart analytical and problem solving skills necessary to develop solutions for a variety of supply chain management and design problems and develop an understanding for the use of information technology in supply chain optimization.
  • To understand the ability to incorporate B2B and B2C electronic commerce in supply chain design and optimization.
  • To understand the complexity of inter-firm and intra-firm coordination in implementing programmes such as e-collaboration, quick response, jointly managed inventories and strategic alliances.
  • To develop the ability to design logistics systems and to formulate integrated supply chain strategy, so that all components are not only internally synchronized but also tuned to fit corporate strategy, competitive realities and market needs.

    United States of America:

    There are numerous short courses in the United States of America. The courses are intended for newcomers in the Freight Handling Logistics environment, supply chain environment as well as experienced professionals who would like to expand their knowledge, and executives from other corporate areas who would have been placed in positions where they manage freight logistics activities.

    A course comparable to Freight Handling Logistics is the Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management: Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (former Council of Logistics Management).

    The following forms part of the course content:
  • Fundamental of transportation.
  • Outsourcing.
  • Customer Services.
  • Warehousing.
  • Inventory management.
  • Manufacturing integration.
  • Information Systems.
  • Facility location.
  • Materials Handling.
  • Reverse logistics.
  • Project justification and management.

    New Zealand:

    The following qualifications are registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority:
  • National Certificate in Freight Forwarding (Freight Administration).
  • National Certificate in Freight Forwarding (International Freight Forwarding).
  • Certificate in freight operations (level 4, 122 credits).
  • MIT Diploma in shipping and freight (Level 5, 120 credits).
  • MIT Graduate Certificate in freight and logistics (level 6, 60 credits).

    No content is available for these qualifications to complete the comparison.

    The following unit standards were found in the New Zealand Qualifications Authority:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of methods of payment for an international trade (level 3, 6 credits).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the international freight forwarding industry (level 3, 6 credits).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of authorities and legislation relating to international freight forwarding (level 3, 4 credits).
  • Select, cost and recommend an international transport service and route for given consignments (level 3 6 credits).
  • Process import documentation that governs the carriage of international goods (level 3, 5 credits).
  • Prepare for freight forwarding of dangerous goods by sea (level 3, 3 credits).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of international commerce terms (INCOTERMS) for international sale (level 4, 4 credits).
  • Pursue a transport insurance claim (level 4, 5 credits).
  • Process export documentation that governs the carriage of international goods by sea (level 4, 5 credits).
  • Process export documentation that governs the carriage of international goods by air (level 4, 7 credits).
  • Prepare for freight forwarding of dangerous goods by air (level 4, 6 credits).
  • Optimise cargo outurn in terms of condition (level 5, 5 credits). 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification has horizontal articulation possibilities with the following qualifications:
  • National Diploma: Supply Chain Technology Level 5.
  • National Certificate: Purchasing and Stores Management Level 5.
  • National Certificate: Purchasing Management Level 5.
  • National Certificate: Logistics Management Level 5.
  • National Diploma: Logistics Management Level 5.
  • ID 22444: National Diploma: Freight Forwarding Level 5.

    This qualification has vertical articulation possibilities with the following qualifications:
  • National Diploma: Purchasing Management Level 6.
  • Batchelor of Logistics Level 6. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • This Qualification will be assessed by an assessor and moderated by a moderator registered with the relevant accredited ETQA.
  • Training providers must be accredited by a relevant ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
  • Assessors should be in registered with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors should be in possession of a relevant qualification in Freight Handling Operations or a related field that is at least one level higher than the level of this Qualification. 

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

    NOTES 
    This qualification replaces qualification 14590, "National Diploma: Freight Handling Logistics", Level 5, 240 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  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 
    Core  8019  Schedule transport  Level 4  NQF Level 04  18 
    Core  115395  Apply and explain the generic business process and value chain model  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Core  15137  Apply contract documentation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Core  15236  Apply financial analysis  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  244025  Apply fundamental concepts and principles of supply chain management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  20 
    Core  15231  Create and use a range of resources to effectively manage teams, sections, departments or divisions  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  123190  Design and implement a risk management control system  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  244027  Develop a logistics plan  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  16 
    Core  15219  Develop and implement a strategy and action plans for a team, department or division  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  15238  Devise and apply strategies to establish and maintain relationships  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  114050  Explain the principles of business and the role of information technology  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  15233  Harness diversity and build on strengths of a diverse working environment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  15215  Identify and interpret Best Practice guidelines, and plan for and implement Best Practice within the team, department or division  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  15225  Identify and interpret related legislation and its impact on the team, department or division and ensure compliance  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  15226  Implement systems to meet the flow of information in a team, department or division  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  11286  Institute disciplinary action  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  244032  Manage freight care  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  16 
    Core  244030  Manage freight location and control  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  20 
    Core  119857  Plan and implement Quality Management Systems in corporate and project context  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  244026  Plan, select and implement resources in a freight handling environment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Core  15220  Set, monitor and measure the achievement of goals and objectives for a team, department or division within an organisation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  118023  Demonstrate an understanding of the international trade environment  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  12 
    Fundamental  10622  Conduct communication within a business environment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  12891  Apply concepts and principles of business ethics in the professional environment  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Elective  242816  Conduct a structured meeting  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  11215  Establish, Register, and Operate Customs and Excise storage warehouses  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  11218  Establish, Register, and Operate Rebate Stores  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  114878  Identify and measure the factors that influence productivity  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  117638  Understand the basics of Ships Design and Cargo operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  117632  Work with container control administration.  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  11265  Assess insurance risks and formulate risk management policies and procedures for international trading companies  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  11 
    Elective  15224  Empower team members through recognising strengths, encouraging participation in decision making and delegating tasks  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  117650  Know and understand the basics of maritime liner trades  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Elective  244031  Manage dangerous goods logistics  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Elective  244028  Manage temperature controlled stock  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  15235  Prepare and conduct staff selection interviews  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  10148  Supervise a project team of a business project to deliver project objectives  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  14 


    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.
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some 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. Aldabri 106 Institute for Quality Pty Ltd 
    2. Makwedeng Training 
    3. SA Maritime School and Transport College 



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