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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply train working rules as applicable to railway signalling maintenance personnel 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116866  Apply train working rules as applicable to railway signalling maintenance personnel 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Electrical Infrastructure Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  13 
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 
A learner credited with this unit standard will be able to apply train working rules as applicable to Railway Signalling maintenance personnel. This will ensure a safe working environment in which the construction and/or maintenance of railway signalling infrastructure is performed, thereby contributing to a reliable railway signalling system, safe and efficient train operationsand effective rail transportation. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication NQF L3
  • Mathematics NQF L3
  • Principles of train operating methods and railway signalling. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The credit value assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because performance must be carried out:
  • In a controlled environment.
  • Within a specific time.
  • At an operational field site or in a simulated environment.

    This standard includes relevant extracts from the TRAIN WORKING RULES: GENERAL APPENDIX No.6 (Part 1)

    This standard excludes Train Working Rules applicable to signalling personnel who are responsible for driving Road-Rail vehicles. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the definitions, rules and instructions related to Train Working Rules applicable to Signalling Maintenance personnel in Transnet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The rules, instructions and definitions applicable to Railway Signalling maintenance personnel as stipulated in the following sections of Train Working Rules and applicable appendices are demonstrated:
  • Definitions and general
  • Operation and observance of fixed signals
  • Working of points and signals
  • Control of stations
  • General train working
  • Protection of trains
  • Maintenance of permanent way and works 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply all Train Working Rules and Instructions applicable to an occupation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The process of applying for an occupation according to Train Working Rules is explained correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All rules applicable to an occupation notice are interpreted and applied correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An occupation is performed correctly according to Train Working Rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The protection required before, during and after an occupation is implemented correctly according to Train working rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Rules applicable to the working of trains during an occupation applied correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Communication with relevant role-players before, during and after the occupation is performed correctly according to Train Working Rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Relevant communication media is used according to company communication protocol. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Communication is clear and concise. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply all Train Working Rules and Instructions related to the maintenance tasks and fault conditions on railway signalling equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Communication with relevant role-players before, during and after the maintenance tasks and fault conditions is performed correctly according to Train Working Rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Documentation related to maintenance tasks and fault conditions is completed according to Train Working Rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The protection required before, during and after maintenance tasks and fault conditions is implemented correctly according to Train Working Rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant communication media is used according to company communication protocol. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Communication is clear and concise. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply all Train Working Rules and Instructions related to incidents. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Communication with relevant role-players after an incident is performed correctly according to Train Working Rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Documentation related to an incident is completed according to Train Working Rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The protection required after an incident is implemented correctly according to Train Working Rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant communication media is used according to company communication protocol. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Communication is clear and concise. 


    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.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be certified as competent against this unit standard and registered as an assessor to assess this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The learners can understand and explain the Train Working Rules applicable to Railway Signalling maintenance personnel with respect to the following:
  • Definitions, rules and instructions
  • Maintenance tasks and fault conditions on railway signalling equipment
  • Incidents
  • Taking and suspending an occupation.
  • Use of communication media and protocol
  • Incident and fault reporting procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving
    Learners can solve problems with regard to:
    The suitability and functionality of rules related to safe train working
    Processes to be followed during unforeseen circumstances 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work
  • Learners can work effectively in teams when applying Train Working Rules. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and self-management
    A learner can organise and manage himself by:
  • Executing the task responsibly
  • Maintaining a high level of discipline
  • Adherence to time frames
  • Adherence to safety and company specific policies and procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation
    Learners can interpret and evaluate the contents of:
  • Statutory rules and regulations
  • Definitions related to specific subject matter 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication
  • Learners can communicate effectively when applying Train Working Rules. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology
  • Learners can use science and technology by using communication devices. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Learner and societal development
    Learners can understand the importance of:
  • Safety in the workplace as well as in the train-operating environment
  • Their responsibility for the safety and well-being of fellow-workers and society at large 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems
  • Learners understand the implications of the non-conformance of rules in the train operating environment. 

  • 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 
    Assessment process:

    Assessment methods:
  • Written tests.
  • Practical test.
  • Oral questioning.
  • Observation of practical task execution.
  • Simulation.
  • Role-play/structured classroom discussions and oral tests.
  • Practical verification against specifications.

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


    The following 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 should include inter alia:
  • Written statements from persons (e.g. current and/or previous employer, colleague, peer, manager, external customers) confirming competence of the learner.
  • Relevant certificates or awards.
  • Previous assessment records.
  • Logbook or register stating evidence of performance.

    Values:
    In addition, the following values should be demonstrated:
  • Safety consciousness
  • Responsibility
  • Integrity
  • Quality consciousness
  • Time consciousness
  • Sobriety

    Supplementary information:

    Terminology

    Occupation means taking temporary control of a defined section of railway line or specific infrastructure equipment for maintenance/repair work to be performed within a specific time frame.
    Specific work area means the boundaries/locality/section of responsibility for infrastructure maintenance and repairs.


    Certification:
    The learner will be certified as competent when the knowledge and application of Train Working Rules and the General Appendix applicable to signalling maintenance personnel, as well as local appendices applicable to the learner's specific work area have been demonstrated successfully.

    Credits:
    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcomes:

    Activity-Hours
    Theory-60
    Practical-30
    Self-directed learning-6
    On-the-job learning -18
    Assessment-12
    Total-126
    Credits achieved: 13 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49066   National Certificate: Railway Signalling: Installation and Scheduled Maintenance of Equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


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