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

Utilise telegraph order system for safe movement on rail 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14622  Utilise telegraph order system for safe movement on rail 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2006-09-05  2009-06-17  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2010-06-17   2013-06-17  

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

This unit standard is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
264401  Utilise telegraph order system for safe movement on rail  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A learner will be able to receive, identify, verify and react to the tokens and principles of the telegraph order system and related train working rules in a specific railway environment and contribute to safe movement of on rail. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Utilise semaphore signals/indicators for rail movement on single lines - NQF level 3. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The level assigned to this standard is appropriate because performance must be carried out:
  • under different weather conditions,
  • during day and night time,
  • in different sections on single lines,
  • within a specific time span to adhere to predictable service,
  • under normal and abnormal circumstances,

    This standard is inclusive of:
  • All telegraph orders and warning advices: A, C, E, G, Z, SB, BOM and Manuscript order, as well as BMX, L and H warning advices.

    This standard includes:
  • Rules and procedures on token handling regarding the following: Lost tokens, communication failures, train delays at interloop(s)/station(s), rearrangement of crossings and train failures.
  • Opening/closing of stations. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Receive, identify & verify correct telegraph order token. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Receive, identify and verify the correct telegraph order token and/or warning advice for the specific movement on rail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. All tokens and/or warning advices are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Tokens and warning advices are received (Handing over during the movement process). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Information on all completed tokens/warning advices is verified for correctness. E.g. train number, time, etc. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Adhere to the specific instructions on telegraph order token for safe movement on rail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Information on token/warning advice is noted/verified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Specific instructions on the token are noted/adhered to. (E.g. Authority to move from point to point). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Token is kept for further reference. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Comply with the pre-arranged crossing arrangement(s) at interloop(s). 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Comply with the pre-arranged crossing arrangement(s) at interloop(s) regarding the accepting and delivering of telegraph order token(s) and comply with the crossing instructions at interloop(s). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Crossing arrangement(s) at interloop(s) are adhered to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Accepting and delivering of token(s) are complied with at interloop(s). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Admittance and despatching instructions for trains at the interloop are complied with. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Comply with POSMOR and related train working rules to perform safe movement on rail. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Comply with POSMOR and related train working rules to perform safe movement on rail during utilisation of telegraph order system. (Principles of save movement on rail) 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. POSMOR are complied with to perform safe movement on rail within telegraph order system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Related train working rules are complied with to perform safe movement on rail within telegraph order system. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. An individual wishing to be assessed against this standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provided institution that has been accredited by the relevant ETQA.
    2. A learner specialising in Rail Operations through this elective standard will be assessed by an assessor who has been certified as competent against the National Certificate in Rail Operations NQF level 5, which must include this standard.
    3. A learner specialising in Train Driving through this elective standard will be assessed by an assessor who has been certified as competent against the National Certificate in Train Driving NQF level 4, which must include this standard.
    4. Any assessor and training provider must ensure that the relevant company specific procedures/rules are used as reference material when designing courseware, assessment or when selecting pre-designed assessments.
    5. Anyone assessing a learner against this standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant TRANSPORT SETA - ETQA.
    6. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this standard must be registered and accredited as a provider at SAQA.
    7. Moderation of assessment will be done by the relevant ETQA as prescribed. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners can understand and explain the following in a rail environment:

    1. Principles and theory of the telegraph order system for the purpose of safe movement on rail under normal and abnormal circumstances.
    2. POSMOR and related company-specific train working rules relevant to the telegraph order system.
    3. Relevant elements of OHS Act, Act 85 of 1993.
    4. Protocol of two-way communications to facilitate safe movement on rail. 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem-solving
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to solve problems by reacting to abnormalities, i.e. token(s) lost rearrangements of trains, etc. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to work together in a team for the safe movement of rail vehicles under normal and abnormal circumstances. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to critically verify information recorded on telegraph orders and warning advices in order to execute safe movement of rail vehicles critically evaluate information on tokens/warning advices to execute safe movement of rail vehicles. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to communicate verbally under normal and abnormal circumstances and communicate by means of tokens (written) and orally under normal and abnormal circumstances. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to understand that the operational environment includes a set of related systems (telegraph order system of train control in conjunction with semaphore/colour-light signalling and train handling procedures). 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 264401, which is "Utilise telegraph order system for safe movement on rail", Level 3, 5 credits.

    VALUES
    In addition the following values should be demonstrated:
  • Safety consciousness
  • Decisiveness
  • Co-operation
  • Sense of urgency (within limits)
  • Judgement
  • Assertiveness
  • Responsibility
  • Trustworthiness
  • Integrity
  • Sobriety
  • Quality consciousness


    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

    Definition: Telegraph order working means to exchange separate messages for each train which must be completed on the prescribed question and reply message form before despatch and at time of receipt. Orders must be completed in accordance with the exchanged messages.
    Definition: Interloop, means a place where trains can cross or pass each other and where there is no train control officer to control the movement.
    Definition: Abnormal circumstances in this unit standard means, lost tokens, communication failures, train delays at interloop(s)/station(s), rearrangement of crossings and train failures as well as opening and closing of stations as described in the train working rules applicable to telegraph order token handling procedures only.
    Definition: Station means a station manned with a person who control the train movements
    Various telegraph orders/warning advices in use and their utilisation:
    Order - A - Authority to proceed from a station to a station.
    - C - Authority to proceed from a station to an interloop
    - E - Authority to proceed from an interloop to an interloop
    - G - Authority to proceed from an interloop to a station
    - Z - Authority for a material train to work in a section
    - SB - Authority for a section block movement
    - BOM - Authority for a Heavy Ballast Tamping Machine to proceed
  • Manuscript order - Authorise movement from a point to a point if necessary during abnormal circumstances
    Warning advices
    - L -Material train warning order
    - H -Material train crossing order
    - BMX -Heavy Ballast Tamping Machine warning advice. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49795   National Certificate: Rail Construction and Maintenance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  23893   National Certificate: Rail Operations (Functional Yard Operations)  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-06-17  Was TETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    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. PRASA T/A Metrorail Gauteng North 
    2. PRASA T/A Metrorail Gauteng South 
    3. School of Rail: Bloemfontein 
    4. School of Rail: Esselenpark 
    5. School of Rail: Kimberly 
    6. School of Rail: Parkhill 
    7. School of Rail: Port Elizabeth 



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