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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform audits of product movements in a pipeline network 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243843  Perform audits of product movements in a pipeline network 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Rail and Pipeline 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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  11 
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 learner credited with this unit standard will be able to perform audits of product movements in a pipeline network and/or make adjustments to reconcile product volumes for even distribution to or from clients thus ensuring the correct information is sent to the relevant role players for accounting and record keeping purposes, thereby ensuring the efficient supply and demand of petroleum products through a pipeline network, thus contributing positively to the Southern African economy. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that learners are already competent in the following:
  • Communication at NQF L4.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF L4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • This unit standard includes the manual and/or electronic detailed scheduling of product movement.
  • The functions and competencies must be performed within acceptable operations requirements and under actual operating conditions. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Extract information regarding product movements to create/generate a report. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate Computer systems are identified and logged on or off. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A query is created using required parameters to extract specific information regarding product movement. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Parameters can include time, dates, volumes, depots, product type, docket numbers, slug numbers or elements thereof.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information is manipulated to obtain required reports. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reports are distributed to individual clients in the required manner. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Obtain and check captured docket information in the company's data system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The appropriate software is utilised to obtain the required unchecked (status) docket information regarding product volumes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Captured information is verified against cycle sheets and operations notices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Slug numbers, clients, product type, volumes, times and dates.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Conditions pertaining to the verifying of docket information are identified and communicated to relevant role players. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Edit and finalise captured docket information in the company's data system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Docket information is edited as per company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Volumes of verified docket information are captured as per company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reference numbers from relevant clients are captured in accordance with company-specific procedures, policies and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The status of verified docket information is changed to check status, thereby instructing the system to initiate and send electronic messages to relevant role players as per company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Electronic data interchange and other docket related queries are dealt with as per company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform product adjustments to reconcile product intake volumes to delivery volumes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Intake versus delivery information of product movements for a specified period is compared as per company-specific procedures, policies and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sub-standard conditions pertaining to the intake and delivery information are followed up, corrected and communicated to relevant role players. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Outages are determined and captured on the relevant documentation as per company-specific procedures, policies and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Product movement volumes are adjusted according to company-specific procedures, policies and instructions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that has been 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 must be registered and accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA as prescribed.
  • Moderation of assessment will be done by the relevant ETQA as prescribed. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The learners can understand and explain the following related to the auditing of product volumes:
  • Pipeline network layout.
  • Operating conditions.
  • Operating of specific computer systems and software.
  • Operations notices.
  • Pipeline capacities.
  • Communication protocols.
  • Product specification.
  • Sub-standard identification, recording and reporting procedure.
  • Sub-standard rectification.
  • Pipeline capabilities (e.g. client ullage, storage, blending, etc).
  • Hosting clients (Inter client product accommodation arrangements).
  • Client receiving/supplying depots locations.
  • Diagram drawing reading.
  • Company codes (e.g. depot, product, cycle, etc).
  • Reconciliation of product volumes.
  • Company-specific policies, procedures and instructions.
  • Relevant extracts from:
    > Conditions of conveyance (with clients).
    > Memorandum of agreement (with clients). 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Learners can solve problems with regard to:
  • Product specification deviations.
  • Product adjustments.
  • Pipeline capacity/constraints.
  • Operating conditions.
  • Product availability.
  • Ullage availability.
  • Docket information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Learners can work effectively in teams when:
  • Sharing and communicating information related to the auditing of product volumes with relevant role players. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    A learner can organise and manage himself by:
  • Executing the task(s) responsibly.
  • Maintaining a high level of discipline and flexibility.
  • Adhering to time frames and prioritisation.
  • Adhering to company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Learners can interpret and evaluate the contents of:
  • Operations notices (weekly/daily).
  • Operating conditions.
  • Policies, procedures and instructions related to the auditing of product movements.
  • Operating systems displays.
  • Log sheets.
  • Transmixtures/Intermixtures and/or off-specification of product.
  • Docket information (intake and/or delivery product volume records).
  • Cycle sheets.
  • Client orders.
  • Detailed plan diagrams.
  • Slug numbering system.
  • Product supply commitment.
  • Conditions of conveyance (with clients).
  • Memorandum of agreement (with clients).
  • Information which can impact on product movement forecasts in the pipeline network. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners can communicate information effectively with relevant role-players by utilising various communication systems related to:
  • The auditing of product volumes.
  • The reporting of sub-standard conditions for the auditing of product volumes.
  • The corrective actions and re-actions to be taken.
  • The sharing of information which can impact on other role players. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Learners can use science and technology by using:
  • Computer systems.
  • Communication systems.
  • Calculators. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Learners can understand the impact and importance of timeous and correct auditing of product volumes in the pipeline network (e.g. electronic data interchange with clients and company financial systems). 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessment Methods:
  • Practical tests.
  • Written tests.
  • Oral/on-the-job.
  • In situ (on-the-job) observations.
  • Structured classroom discussions and oral tests.

    These methods must be selected carefully based on the purpose of the assessment (for example, on-the-job demonstration for practical competence). The assessment must integrate a number of different methods (no less than two of those detailed above) in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes.

    The following tools may be used to supplement the above minimum assessment methods:

    Valid, reliable and authentic evidence (presented as a portfolio of evidence) from past achievements and experience may serve to supplement the assessment of applied competence. The portfolio of evidence should include inter alia.
  • Written statements from persons (e.g. current and/or previous employer/s, colleagues, peers, managers, external customers) confirming competence of the learner.
  • Previous assessment records.
  • Logbook or registers stating evidence of performance. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Supplementary Information:

    Terminology:
  • Operations notice refers to job instructions, which stipulates details related to product movements.
  • Detailed plan diagram refers to a drawing that reflects the expected intake and delivery times and product movements through a pipeline.
  • Cycle refers to an allocated time period.
  • Cycle sheet reflects the slug numbers allocated and volumes ordered for a specific cycle.
  • Slug refers to a parcel or batch of product.
  • Slug number refers to a label allocated to a slug.
  • Sub-standard refers to the deviation from specifications and/or standards.
  • Reporting includes relaying of information.
  • Communication protocol can include, but is not limited to:
    > Personnel structures, e.g. Managers, supervisors, colleagues and clients.
    > Verification of messages/instructions.
  • Communication systems can include but is not limited to:
    > Cellular phones.
    > Telephones.
    > E-mail.
    > Facsimile.
    > Electronic data interchange (EDI).
    > Operations management system (OMS).
  • Audit refers to the editing, verifying and checking of documentation related to the reconciliation, information query and docket information of product movements.
  • Checking in this unit standard refers to the checking and sending of docket information to the relevant role players.
  • Docket refers to an official document reflecting the details of a product movement.
  • Outages refer to the loss/gains on intake versus delivery volumes.
  • Product adjustments in this unit standard refer to amendments to the original nominal volumes ordered. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58330   National Certificate: Pipeline Operations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  63209   National Certificate: Energy Regulation  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


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