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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Utilise colour-light signalling for rail movement 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264372  Utilise colour-light signalling for rail movement 
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 4  NQF Level 04  18 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
14611  Utilise colour-light signalling for rail movement  Level 4  NQF Level 04  18  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner will be able to understand the nature and purpose of colour-light signalling to identify, observe and react to colour-light signals/indicators/boards in a specific railway environment.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Describing colour-light signals.
  • Describing the application of the different colour-light signals.
  • Adhering to colour-light signals. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner is competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Colour-signals includes indicators and/or boards, and the terms may be used interchangeably. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe colour-light signals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Colour-light signals are described in terms of their operating method. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Colour-light signals are described in terms of their display modes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Colour-light signals are described in terms of their respective configurations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Configurations include but is not limited to single lens aspects, multi aspects, one and two position light shunt signals.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the application of the different colour-light signals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of each configuration is described in terms of its application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The application of signals is explained in terms of their distinction between warning, proceed and shunt aspects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Possible degraded modes are identified and described in terms of how they operate. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Adhere to colour-light signals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required response to a configuration is described in terms of organisational standards and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Route and direction indicator(s) are described in terms of their purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The positioning of colour-light signals are described in terms of the purpose and expected outcome. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The response to degraded mode is explained in terms of its purpose and expected outcome. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Colour-light signals are utilised in own area of operation in accordance with organisational procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed against the unit standard (including through RPL) may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA), or one with an appropriate memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or one with an appropriate MOU 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, or one with an appropriate MOU with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA, or one with an appropriate MOU with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation should include both internal and external moderation where applicable. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • POSMOR and related specific company instructions relevant to semaphore signalling/indicator systems.
  • Layout of yards/stations/section(s).
  • Boards: water, warning and whistle.
  • Meanings of colours for signalling purposes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to the deciding on the appropriate reaction to colour-light indicators in which responses display that critical thinking is used for responsible decision making. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a railway team by complying with standard reactions to colour-light indicators to ensure team safety. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in responding appropriately to colour-light indicators. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information about the location of colour-light indicators in order to react appropriately and on time. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Understand the colour-light signalling method of train movement in order to communicate effectively using appropriate modes. 

    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 
    This unit standard replace unit standard 14611, "Utilise colour-light signalling for rail movement", Level 4, 18 credits. 

    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  66709   National Certificate: Rail Operations (Functional Yard Operations)  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  61849   Further Education and Training Certificate: Train Driving  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    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 



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