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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Utilise semaphore signals for rail movement on double lines 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264378  Utilise semaphore signals for rail movement on double lines 
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 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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
14594  Utilise semaphore signals/indicators for rail movement on double lines  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner will apply their knowledge of the function and purpose of semaphore signals in the rail environment. They will be able to identify, observe and react to semaphore signals on double lines in a specific railway environment.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Explaining the use of semaphore signals on double lines.
  • Responding to the position of semaphore signals on double lines.
  • Explaining procedures to be used during sub-standard conditions. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner is competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the use of semaphore signals on double lines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The types of semaphore signals used on double lines are identified according to train working rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose of each type of semaphore signal is explained according to train working rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The location of semaphore signals is identified in relation to its sequence on the railway line. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Respond to the position of semaphore signals on double lines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The position of semaphore signals on double lines is explained in terms of their meaning. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Semaphore signal/indicator positions include but are not limited to: danger position, all right position and caution position.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The expected response to the position of the semaphore signals on double lines is explained according to POSMOR and train working rules. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Responses include but are not limited to stop, proceed and proceed on sight.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of incorrect reaction to semaphore signals on double lines is explained according to POSMOR and train working rules. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain procedures to be used during sub-standard conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The position of the semaphore signals on double lines in case of an accident is explained according to train working rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Observation of semaphore signals on double lines during abnormal working is explained according to train working rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Procedures during sub-standard conditions are explained according to train working rules. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sub-standard conditions include but are not limited to communication breakdown and signal defects.
     


    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 
  • Semaphore signalling for safe movement on rail.
  • POSMOR and related specific company train working rules relevant to semaphore signaling.
  • Relevant elements of OHS Act, Act 85 of 1993.
  • Protocol of two-way communications to facilitate safe movement on rail.
  • Layout of yards/stations/sections on double lines. 

  • 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 appropriate response in reaction to a semaphore signal on a double line 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 rail operations team to ensure the safe movement of a train using semaphore signals on double rail lines. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to react appropriately and swiftly to the position of a semaphore signal. 

    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 replaces unit standard 14594, "Utilise semaphore signals/indicators for rail movement on double lines", Level 3, 4 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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