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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of the transport industry 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262260  Demonstrate an understanding of the transport industry 
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 4  NQF Level 04  10 
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 
This unit standard will be useful for people who are required to facilitate transport operations within a framework of company specific policies, processes and procedures. They facilitate the movement of freight, including goods, passengers or livestock, from origin to destination in terms of stakeholder requirements.

This unit standard will recognise the essential knowledge required to appreciate the scope and possibilities of multi-modal transport in South Africa.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role and purpose of transport.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of different transport modes.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the concept of multi-modalism in transport operations.
  • Identify multi-modal opportunities for own transport operation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communications at NQF Level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard:
  • Facilitating transport operations include the carriage of freight and passengers into, through and out of organisations and their distribution channels. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of the role and purpose of transport. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Transport is defined in terms of its purpose and consistent with generally accepted understanding in the sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The scope of transport operations in South Africa is described in terms of passengers and goods carried. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Goods include but are not limited to:
  • Livestock, perishables, dangerous goods, abnormal loads, liquids, bulk/break bulk, containers, valuables, documents, components, pharmaceuticals, waste, vehicles.

    Scope includes:
  • Private, municipal, state and commercial.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Transport is described in terms of processes, interrelationships and/or dynamics of transport operations, in accordance with generally accepted understanding in the sector. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of different transport modes. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Modes include:
  • Road, rail, maritime, aerospace, pipeline. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Road transport is described in terms of its key features and component parts, range of vehicles, typical applications, and major advantages and disadvantages. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Features include but are not limited to:
  • Private, commercial (owner/driver, company fleet, outsourced), state-owned.

    Components include:
  • Road passenger (inter-city, intra-city), road freight.

    Vehicles include but are not limited to:
  • Cars, taxis, buses, tankers, trucks, specialised vehicles.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Rail transport is described in terms of its key features and component parts, typical applications, and major advantages and disadvantages. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Features include:
  • Private, state-owned.

    Components include:
  • Passenger: Short/commuter rail, long distance mainline passenger services, leisure rail, freight-heavy haul, general freight business.

    Vehicles include but are not limited to:
  • Locomotives, passenger coaches, tankers, wagons (bulk, dangerous, break bulk, containers, refrigerators).
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Maritime transport is described in terms of its key features and component parts, typical applications, and major advantages and disadvantages. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Features include:
  • Commercial operations (leisure, freight), coastal and deep sea.

    Components include:
  • Passenger, freight (bulk, break bulk, containers), specialised vessels, tankers, Very Large Crude Carriers, Ultra Large Crude Carriers, cellular vessels, Roll-on-roll-off ships, Reefer Ships, Livestock carriers, Fishing vessels/Production vessels, tugs-deep sea, harbour, Oil Rigs (production platforms, drilling platforms, floating cranes, barges, Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessels, Mining Vessels, replenishment vessels.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Aerospace transport is described in terms of its key features and component parts, typical applications, and major advantages and disadvantages. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Components include:
  • Local, charter, international, passengers (larger part) and freight (light-weight).

    Typical freight applications include but are not limited to:
  • Documents, urgent items, fresh produce/flowers, human remains, live animals, dangerous goods, medicines and relief supplies.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Pipeline transport is described in terms of its key features and component parts, typical applications, and major advantages and disadvantages. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Features include:
  • State owned, multiple products in one pipeline.

    Components include:
  • Bulk transport, tank farms, petroleum products, gas, crude oil, water schemes/sewerage.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The role of documentation in transport is explained with reference to legal and contractual obligations, legal identification of ownership, and authority to move goods. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Documentation includes but is not limited to:
  • Bills of lading, harbour documentation, ocean freight contracts, charter parties, airway bills, dangerous goods declarations, service level agreement, operational agreement, indemnity clauses.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate understanding of the concept of multi-modalism in transport operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of terminals and transport nodes in multi-modal transport operations is described with reference to the movement of people and goods across different geographic regions and transport modes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The advantages of 'through-ticketing' passengers and/or 'interlinking' freight are described with reference to speed and cost effective transfer across modes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Challenges inhibiting effective multi-modal planning and service delivery are explained with reference to relevant examples of typical challenges encountered in the sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Current provision in South Africa for multi-modal transport and transfer across modes is identified and described with reference to infrastructure and available services. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Infrastructure and services include but are not limited to:
  • Terminals (passenger, bulk commodity terminals), rail/port interface setups, marshalling yards, stacking areas for containers.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Vehicles and equipment specially designed to facilitate multi-modal transport operations are identified and described in terms of their key features and the contribution they make. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Vehicles include but are not limited to:
  • Roll-on-roll-off ships, container transporters, flatbed rail/road trucks, amphibious aircraft.

    Equipment includes but is not limited to:
  • Containers, pallets, aircraft pallets.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Costs related to the movement of freight across different modes are identified and described in terms of their impact on multi-modal transport operations and supply chain solutions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Responsibility and accountability for people and goods across multi-modal transport operations are explained with reference to relevant legislation and regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The importance of effective tracking systems is explained with reference to safe and efficient operations, and customer service considerations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Different modes are discussed in terms of their advantages and limitations in multi-modal set-ups. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Advantages and limitations include but are not limited to:
  • Vehicle/vessel/craft configuration, speed, size, cost, customer interface, just-in-time.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    The importance of integrating systems over the supply chain is explained with reference to the value-adding potential of multi-modal operations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify multi-modal opportunities for own transport operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Own transport operation is accurately located within the multi-modal South African transport sector, with reference to its roles and links with other modes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Various niche markets in the South African transport sector are identified in terms of the opportunities they provide for own transport operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Factors that influence decisions to use one or other mode of transport are identified in terms of generally accepted practices in the sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Advantages and disadvantages of own operation are identified and described in terms of service possibilities and competitive advantage in multi-modal transport operations. 


    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 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note:
  • This knowledge is essential to understanding problems and solving them. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note:
  • Multi-modal transport operations are always the product of teamwork. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note:
  • Core to this standard: This standard involves the sourcing and use of information in transport operations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.

    Note:
  • Communication: Sourcing and presenting information from others. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Note:
  • Transport operations depend heavily on information systems and the use of technology. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Note:
  • Essential in multi-modal transport. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  65529   Further Education and Training Certificate: Transport Operations  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. Edu Wize Group Pty Ltd 
    2. Learning Exchange Pty Ltd 
    3. Training Consultant and SD College 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.