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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate counter-balanced lift truck 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242974  Operate counter-balanced lift truck 
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
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
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 unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this Unit Standard is able to operate a counter-balanced lift truck in a safe manner. They will also be able to conduct pre and post inspections to ensure the performance of the lift truck. The person will be able to handle the loading and storage of freight by using the equipment and its accessories in the required manner. They will also be able to access emergency system and services in the event of an incident or accident.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Applying the recognised methods for inspecting and recording the operational fitness of all components of the lift truck with reference to safety procedures in the workplace.
  • Identifying and classifying freight/loads taking into account documentation, packaging and labelling associated with the specific freight.
  • Handling, loading and storing freight in accordance with industry standards environmental requirements, and with due consideration to inter alia the commodities and their properties, storage area and placement of load.
  • Achieving maximum work performance of lifting equipment and attachments, by applying knowledge of equipment dimensions, controls, principles of operation and capacities, manufacturing specifications and circumstances in the working environment.
  • Operating equipment in accordance with laid down organisational and legislative standards and procedures as well as manufacturer's guidelines.
  • Accessing available emergency support system and services in case of incidents and accidents. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2 or its equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The applied competence expressed in this standard may be demonstrated across a range of lift trucks (capacity, functionality) involved in familiar operational functions in any industry context, and in any environmental conditions.

    Lift Truck shall include:
  • F1: Counterbalanced lift truck up to rated capacity of 3000kg.
  • F2: Counterbalanced lift truck up to rated capacity of 7000kg.
  • F3: Counterbalanced lift truck up to rated capacity of 15000kg.
  • F4: Counterbalanced lift truck above a rated capacity of 15000kg.

    The Codes and Attachments correspond with the National Code of Practice.

    Attachments and special equipment shall include:
  • A: Side Shift.
  • B: Single pole.
  • C: Carton or paper roll clamp.
  • D: Crane Hook.
  • E: Push Pull/Slip sheet equipment.
  • F: Load Rotator.
  • H: Load Extender Pantograph.
  • J: Tilting Bucket.
  • K: Tandem Forks.
  • L: Container Vanning and Devanning.
  • M: Container Handling.
  • N: Forks.
  • O: Cradle (Safety Cage). 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Apply the recognised methods for inspecting and recording the operational fitness of all components of the lift truck with reference to safety procedure in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Methods for inspecting the operational fitness of all components on the lift truck are described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Pre and post inspections are conducted using the operations check-sheet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Basic faults and defects on the mechanical function of the lift truck are identified and recorded in the required format. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and classify freight/loads taking into account documentation, packaging and labelling associated with the specific freight. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Freight/load types are identified and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Freight/load documentation, packing and labelling requirements are described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Common freight codes, from a handling perspective, are identified and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Freight/loads are classified in accordance with organisational classification standards and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Handle, load and store freight in accordance with industry standards, environmental requirements, and with due consideration to inter alia the commodities and their properties, storage area and placement of load. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for selecting specific handling methods and attachments for particular commodities/freight are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons for selecting a particular piece of lifting equipment for a particular type of freight are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The specific selection of storage facilities for different freight types is explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Different freight types includes but not limited to dangerous goods, perishables, foodstuffs, break-bulk, liquids.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Freight/load is handled, loaded and stored in accordance with organisational standards and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Achieve maximum work performance of lifting equipment and attachments, by applying knowledge of equipment dimensions, controls, principles of operation and capacities, manufacturing specifications and circumstances in the working environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The operating functions of the particular lift truck relevant for the job environment and environmental conditions and freight types are identified and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Lifting equipment is evaluated and repair or replacement of parts is reported in required format and arranged in the required time frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of applying a basic mechanical appreciation of the lifting equipment, operating of the lifting equipment and its attachments is explained with examples of the consequences of not doing so. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Operate equipment in accordance with laid down organisational and legislative standards and procedures as well as manufacturer's guidelines. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Operating includes the actual lifting, stacking manoeuvring, shutting down and parking of the lift truck. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The operating functions of the lift truck relevant for the work environment, and different environmental conditions and freight types are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effect of the environment and equipment constraints on safe operating procedures and practices are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Operating equipment is used in accordance with operation instructions, loading guidelines and legislative standards and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Corrective actions required to prevent dangerous situations arising are explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Dangerous situations could include but are not limited to: weather, lighting conditions, visibility, overloading.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Access available emergency support systems and services in case of incidents and accidents. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Support systems and emergency services are sourced in cases of incidents and accidents according to organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The most appropriate course of action is explained in relation to safe working practices and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The most appropriate course of action to avoid a potential hazard is explained in relation to safe working practices in the working environment. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act; Driven Machinery regulations; environment; operating method; packaging, labelling, and personal protective equipment.
  • National Road Traffic Act where public roads are used.
  • The relevant attachments applicable to handling various categories of freight.
  • Basic mechanical appreciation.
  • Equipment dimensions/capacity and controls in relation to safety and maximum work performance.
  • Product handling and storage principles and specifications.
  • Available support systems and emergency care services.
  • The different makes (manufacturers) and codes of lift trucks in the market. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in the case of damaged packaging/labelling. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work efficiently with others and in teams by demonstrating initiative in selecting the most appropriate means of communication with work colleagues to facilitate efficient and safe freight handling. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Manage and organise oneself by continually evaluating whether maximum work performance of lifting equipment was achieved given the operating conditions, and based on this, gain improved work performance consistently. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
  • Demonstrate initiative in selecting the most appropriate gear and equipment dependent on lift truck codes, freight characteristics and environmental conditions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by understanding the impact of safe working practices on people safety, the environment and cost effective business operations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Definitions:
  • "Lift truck" shall mean any counterbalanced lift truck.
  • "Cradle" shall mean a platform enclosed on all sides but open in top, designed for the purpose of raising and bringing down persons by means of a lifting machine.
  • "Freight" is any commodity, loose, bulk form or packaged, dealt with in any quantity; refers to cargo, materials, baggage, goods, stock, merchandise or inventory. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58718   National Certificate: Metals Processing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  48794   National Certificate in Quality Checking of Tyres and Tyre Components  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  71989   National Certificate: Automotive Components: Manufacturing and Assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  58862   National Certificate: Electro-Mechanical Winding  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  58720   National Certificate: Engineering Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  64829   National Certificate: Lifting Machine Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  23255   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting and Machining  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  91926   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  67609   National Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  79666   National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  64190   National Certificate: Metals Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  49449   National Certificate: Plastics Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  36155   National Certificate: Polymer Composite Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  79407   National Certificate: Polymer Compound Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  21012   National Certificate: Power and Telecommunication Cable Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  24217   National Certificate: Thermoplastic Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  48798   National Certificate: Tyre and Tyre Component Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  48795   National Certificate: Tyre Assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  57886   National Certificate: Welding Application and Practice  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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. A.I.R Training, Consulting & Services 
    2. AA Forklift Training Centre 
    3. AA Technical Services (PTY) LTD 
    4. AAH Skills and Development 
    5. Adams Training Academy 
    6. AETA Training Solutions 
    7. Africa Training Centre 
    8. AFROX 
    9. Agisanang SA Training 
    10. AIR TRAINING CONSULTING & SERVICES 
    11. AL Training Centre 
    12. Aldabri 106 Institute for Quality Pty Ltd 
    13. All-in-one Driving Academy 
    14. AME Skills Development Training Centre 
    15. Andebe Training and Skills Development 
    16. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD 
    17. Arcelor Mittal Steel Vanderbijlpark 
    18. Areka Logistics Solution 
    19. Autobos Training Centre 
    20. Bayethe Training and Development Services cc 
    21. Bayteck Fire cc 
    22. Bell Equipment Co SA (Pty) Ltd - Manufacturing Division 
    23. BJS FORKLIFTS TRAINING 
    24. Bolton Business College & Computer Studies 
    25. Bonticom (Pty) Ltd 
    26. BPL Academy 
    27. BreErivier Training Development CC Mossel Bay 
    28. BreErivier Training Development CC Worcester 
    29. BSD CONSULTING CC 
    30. CHAMDOR DRIVER TRAINING CC 
    31. Culmen Consultants cc 
    32. Culmen Wes-Kaap CC 
    33. Dee's Training (PTY) LTD 
    34. Dees Driver Training Centre 
    35. DQ Staffing Solutions 
    36. Driven Machinery Training Services cc 
    37. Driving Sense 
    38. Durban Driver Training Centre CC 
    39. Dynalift cc 
    40. East Coast Professional Driver Training 
    41. Eastcape Training Centre 
    42. Econo Driver Training 
    43. Enstra Learning and Development Centre (Pty) Ltd 
    44. Exclusive Training Services 
    45. Fantique Driver Training Centre CC 
    46. Forklift Training Centre 
    47. Freightmax 
    48. G T Training Service Provider 
    49. GijimaAst Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
    50. Glencore Operation South Africa (Pty) Ltd 
    51. GLOBAL LEARNING SERVICES 
    52. Goldee Trading Academy 176 
    53. Golden Arrow Bus Services 
    54. H and L Training School 
    55. He and She Driver Training Centre 
    56. Humrec Human Resource Training 
    57. Ikaheng HR Services (Pty) Ltd 
    58. Indaba Training 
    59. Inkezo HR Solutions 
    60. Inkqubela Consultants 
    61. Innovative Shared Services 
    62. Iyanda Holdings(Pty) Ltd 
    63. J E G Training Centre 
    64. Jaline Training & Consulting Services 
    65. Jikelele Driver Training Centre cc 
    66. Juan-Tech Training Centre 
    67. Kempston Driving Academy 
    68. Khamafi Training cc 
    69. Kwazulu Natal Training & Development 
    70. Kwazuna Training CC 
    71. Learning Exchange Pty (Ltd) 
    72. Leibrandt Training Academy CC 
    73. Libra Training Services and Consultants (Pty) Ltd 
    74. Licence Wise 
    75. Liebherr Africa (Pty) Ltd 
    76. Lift Truck Training Services 
    77. Lifting Machinery Training 
    78. Lifting Operator Training Centre cc 
    79. Linde Materials Handling Gauteng 
    80. M & M Training & Rigging 
    81. Makwedeng Training 
    82. Malamba Forklift Training 
    83. Manaka Professional Driving Services 
    84. Masstores (Pty) Ltd t/a Makro 
    85. MCD TECHNICAL TRAINING CENTRE (Legacy) Mers-3726 
    86. Metro Minds 
    87. Mike Anderson and Associates 
    88. Millenium Skills and Development 
    89. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTION 
    90. Mittal Steel Newcastle 
    91. Mobile Waste & Rubble cc 
    92. NOSA LOGISTICS PTY LTD 
    93. Nowethu Learning Institute cc 
    94. Orion Industrial Training Services (Pty) Ltd 
    95. OSR Trading 
    96. PFG Building Glass 
    97. Phephani Learnerships cc 
    98. Primeserv Corporate Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    99. Pro - Con Skills Centre 
    100. Pro-Edu Accredited Training International cc 
    101. Protrain Solutions 
    102. Quadrant Crane Training Centre 
    103. R & V Training 
    104. Rainbow Skills Development Centre 
    105. Renaissance Skills Training 
    106. SA Maritime School and Transport College 
    107. Safety Training Association (Pty) Ltd 
    108. Salestalk 88 ( Pty) Ltd T/A Concord Skills and Training 
    109. Salvage Training Services 
    110. Scaw Metals 
    111. Shipping and Transport College 
    112. Siyashayela Training and Development 
    113. Sizanani Training and Development cc 
    114. SKILLS DYNAMICS AFRICA PTY LTD 
    115. Skills for All 
    116. Skills Priority 
    117. Skills Resource Group (Pty) Ltd 
    118. SN Pool Transport 
    119. Solly''s SkillsTraining Centre 
    120. South African Fire and Medical Academy (SAFMA) 
    121. Spar Eastern Cape 
    122. Sqalile Trading and Projects 
    123. Staffing Logistics 
    124. Starcrow 36 Bk 
    125. Tagane Trading and Training Services Pty Ltd. 
    126. Tasa Training Services cc 
    127. The BTC Group CC 
    128. THE SAJ COMPETENCY TRAINING INSTITUTE CC 
    129. The Skills Matrix 
    130. Thwala Training Services (Pty) Ltd 
    131. TIRHANI SKILLS FOR AFRICA 
    132. Total Fleet Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    133. Toyota Forklift t/a Saficon Industrial Equipment 
    134. Tradefirst 2035 cc 
    135. Training For Africa 
    136. Training Force 
    137. Trainsure -Tsebo Traiding cc 
    138. Transnet Rail Engineering Germiston Training Centre 
    139. Transnet Maritime School of Excellence 
    140. Transvaal Legislative Training 
    141. Transvaal Training 
    142. Truck Crane Training Specialists 
    143. Uthingo Training Centre 
    144. Value Logistics Limited 
    145. Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society of SA 
    146. Wheelman S A 
    147. York Timbers 



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