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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Utilise Van Schoor method of train control for safe movement on rail 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14637  Utilise Van Schoor method of train control for safe movement on rail 
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
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2006-09-05  2009-06-17  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2010-06-17   2013-06-17  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
264399  Utilise Van Schoor method of train control for safe movement on rail  Level 3  NQF Level 03   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A learner will be able to receive, identify, verify and react on tokens and warning advices on the following Van Schoor methods of train control:
(a) Absolute working and/or
(b) Intermediate working and/or
(c) Subsidiary working and/or
(d) Automatic working
and will be able to conform to POSMOR and related train working rules in a specific railway environment and contribute to safe movement on rail. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Utilise telegraph order system for safe movement on rail - NQF level 3. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The level assigned to this standard is appropriate because performance must be carried out:
  • under different weather conditions,
  • during day and night time,
  • in different sections on single lines,
  • within a specific time span to adhere to predictable service,
  • under normal and abnormal circumstances,

    This standard includes:
  • all Van Schoor token(s) and/or warning advices applicable to the specific method on train arrangement
  • rules and procedures on token handling regarding train arrangement messages, lost tokens, instrument failures, communication failures, train delays at interloop(s)/station(s), rearrangement of crossings and train failures.
  • opening and closing of stations

    This standard excludes administering of Van Schoor methods of train control. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Receive, identify and verify the correct Van Schoor token and/or warning advice. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Receive, identify and verify the correct Van Schoor token and/or warning advice for the specific movement on rail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The token and warning advice are received. (Handing over during the movement process). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. All tokens and warning advices are identified as applicable to specific section. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Information on all tokens and warning advices are verified for correctness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The token is verified for either Absolute-/Subsidiary-/Automatic-/Inter- working. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Adhere to the specific instructions regarding the Van Schoor token. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Adhere to the specific instructions regarding the Van Schoor token and the information on the warning advice for safe movement on rail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Specific instructions on the token and warning advice are noted/adhered to. (E.g. Authority to move from point to point). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Token is kept as authority to move over a specific section. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Comply with the pre-arranged train arrangement(s) at unattended places. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Comply with the pre-arranged train arrangement(s) at unattended places regarding the accepting and delivering of Van Schoor token(s) and comply with the crossing instructions at unattended places. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The admittance of trains is complied with. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The accepting and delivering of token(s) is/are complied with. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The crossing instructions at unattended places are complied with. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The despatch of trains is complied with. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Adhere to the operating procedures of subsidiary and/or automatic Van Schoor instruments. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    When applicable, adhere to the operating procedures of subsidiary and/or automatic Van Schoor instruments at unattended places. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The operating procedures of subsidiary/automatic Van Schoor instruments to cancel a token are adhered to at unattended places according train working rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The operating procedures of subsidiary/automatic Van Schoor instruments to obtain a token are adhered to at unattended places according train working rules. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Comply with POSMOR and related instructions to perform safe movement on rail. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Comply with POSMOR and related instructions to perform safe movement on rail within the Van Schoor method of train control. (Principles of save movement on rail) 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. POSMOR are complied with to perform safe movement on rail within Van Schoor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Related train working rules are complied with to perform safe movement on rail within
    Van Schoor. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. An individual wishing to be assessed against this standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that has been accredited by the relevant ETQA.
    2. A learner specialising in Rail Operations through this elective standard will be assessed by an occupational assessor who has been certified as competent against the National Certificate in Rail Operations NQF level 5, which must include this standard.
    3. A learner specialising in Train Driving through this elective standard will be assessed by an assessor who has been certified as competent against the National Certificate in Train Driving NQF level 4, which must include this standard.
    4. Any assessor and training provider must ensure that the relevant company-specific procedures/rules are used as reference material when designing courseware, assessment or when selecting pre-designed assessments.
    5. Anyone assessing a learner against this standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant TRANSPORT SETA - ETQA.
    6. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this standard must be registered and accredited as a provider at SAQA.
    7. Moderation of assessment will be done by the relevant ETQA as prescribed. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners can understand and explain the following in a rail environment:

    1. Principles and theory of the applicable methods of Van Schoor system for the purpose of safe movement on rail, under normal and abnormal circumstances.
    2. POSMOR and related company-specific rules relevant to the applicable method of Van Schoor system.
    3. Relevant elements of OHS Act, Act 85 of 1993.
    4. Protocol of two-way communications to facilitate safe movement on rail. 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Information evaluation
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to critically verify information recorded on Van Schoor token(s) and warning advices in order to execute safe movement of rail vehicles and react to abnormalities, i.e. token(s) lost, rearrangements, etc. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to work together in a team for the safe movement of rail vehicles under normal and abnormal circumstances, adhere to and comply with company-specific train working rules under normal and abnormal circumstances. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Critically evaluate information
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to critically evaluate information on tokens/warning advices to execute safe movement of rail vehicles. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to communicate by means of tokens (written) and orally under normal and abnormal circumstances. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to understand that the operational environment includes a set of related systems (various systems of train control and train handling procedures). 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 264399, which is "Utilise Van Schoor method of train control for safe movement on rail", Level 3, 5 credits.

    ASSESSMENT PROCESS

    When conducting assessment, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text
    of the unit standards being assessed.

    They must ensure that assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field
    outcomes and essential embedded knowledge.

    Each environment/situation will be different, it will be necessary to develop assessment
    activities and tools, which are appropriate to the context in which the assessment will take
    place.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT

    During formal training at the provider:
    1. Written tests
    2. Case studies.
    3. Simulation

    During on the job training:
    1. Oral test
    2. Observations
    3. Case studies.

    Integrated final on the job assessment:
    1. Observation
    2. Oral tests
    3. Case studies

    In the Rail Operations environment it will be more effective to assess a number of unit
    standards together and the assessor must evaluate each assessment request to determine
    the grouping of the standards for assessment.

    The assessment must integrate a number of different methods. (Example: When equipment,
    communication and train movements are normal the integrated assessment will be based on
    normal working. The abnormal working assessment will then be based on a case study
    (simulation) or when the abnormal working is in operation during the assessment period, the
    normal working assessment will be a case study (simulation). This will give the assessor
    reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes and skills.

    The integrated assessment must take place in the environment where the learner will work
    independently on completion of final assessment.

    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:
    1. Written statements from persons (e.g. current and/or previous employer, colleague, peer, manager, external customers) confirming competence of the learner.
    2. Relevant certificates or awards.
    3. Previous assessment records.
    4. Journal (Logbook).
    VALUES

    In addition the following values should be demonstrated:
  • Safety conscious ness
  • Decisiveness
  • Co-operation
  • Sense of urgency (within limits)
  • Judgement
  • Assertiveness
  • Responsibility
  • Trustworthiness
  • Integrity
  • Sobriety
  • Quality consciousness

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

    The Van Schoor methods of train control are explained in the following definitions.

    Definition: Absolute working: One train only may occupy the section between two stations.
    Inter-working: One train may enter the section from each end, proceed to the interloop, cross the opposing train there and thereafter proceed to the station in advance.
    Automatic working: Where one or both stations at either end of a section are unattended.
    Subsidiary working: One train may enter a section from a station to an unattended point and be shunted from the running line or onto the running line and return to the station where after normal working may be resumed.

    Definition: Token in this standard must be seen as a Van Schoor token applicable to absolute working or inter-working or subsidiary working or automatic working as well as telegraph order tokens used under abnormal circumstances.

    Definition: Abnormal circumstances in this standard mean, lost tokens, various Van Schoor instrument failures, communication failures, train delays at interloop(s)/station(s), rearrangement of crossings and train failures as described in the train working rules applicable to Van Schoor token(s). Opening and closing of a station. 

  • 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  23893   National Certificate: Rail Operations (Functional Yard Operations)  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-06-17  Was TETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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 
    3. School of Rail: Kimberly 
    4. School of Rail: Parkhill 



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