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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate defined purpose lift trucks 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242981  Operate defined purpose lift trucks 
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 2  NQF Level 02 
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 
The person credited with this unit standard is able to operate a basic purpose lift truck. They are able to access emergency support and services in the case of an emergency while operating a lift truck. The person is also able to identify and classify the load, handle and move the freight while operating the lifting equipment in accordance with standards and its performance capabilities. They are also able to monitor the fitness of the lift truck.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Inspecting and recording the operational fitness of battery powered lift trucks.
  • Identifying and classifying freight/loads.
  • Handling, loading and storing freight.
  • Achieving maximum work performance of battery powered lifting equipment and attachments.
  • Operating freight equipment.
  • Accessing available emergency support systems and services. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners accessing this unit standard are competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The applied competence expressed in this standard may be demonstrated across a range of lifting trucks (capacity, functionality) involved in familiar operational functions in any industry context, and in any environmental conditions.

    The certificate of competence issued must indicate the equipment, its rated capacity and the attachments in terms of which the learner has demonstrated competence.

    Lift Truck shall include:
  • F6: Pedestrian-controlled lift truck below rated capacity of 2000kg.
  • F7: Pedestrian-controlled lift truck above rated capacity of 2000kg.
  • F12: Pallet lift truck with battery power propulsion (specify capacity).

    Attachments and special equipment shall include:
  • A: Side Shift.
  • B: Single pole.
  • C: Carton or paper roll clamp.
  • D: Crane Hook.
  • E: Push Pull/Slip sheet equipment.
  • F: Load Rotator.
  • G: Wire Guidance system.
  • H: Load Extender Pantograph.
  • I: Rotating Mast (Turret Truck).
  • J: Tilting Bucket.
  • K: Tandem Forks.
  • L: Container Vanning and Devanning.
  • M: Container Handling.
  • N: Forks.
  • Cradle (Safety Cage).

    The above codes and attachments correspond with the SA National Code of Practice. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Inspect and record the operational fitness of battery powered lift trucks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate measures (e.g. completion of pre and post operations check-sheet) are identified and used to identify and/or prevent basic faults and defects in the mechanical function of the heavy lift truck. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Operational fitness of battery powered list trucks are inspected according to truck inspection checklists. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Operational fitness of battery powered lift trucks are recorded according to safety procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and classify freight/loads. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A minimum of five different categories of freight/loads are identified an explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Common freight codes, from a handling perspective, are classified together and described with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Handle load and store freight. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Specific handling methods and attachments are identified and their use according to particular commodities/freight described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons for selecting a particular piece of lifting equipment are explained according to particular type of freight. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The specific selection of storage facilities for different freight types are explained according to organisational storage procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Different freight types include but are not limited to: dangerous goods, perishables, foodstuffs, break-bulk, liquids.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Achieve maximum work performance of battery powered lifting equipment and attachments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The operating functions of the particular lift truck relevant for the job environment, and different environmental conditions and freight types are identified and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work performance of the equipment is evaluated against operating guidelines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Mechanical appreciation of the lifting equipment and attachments is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Lifting equipment is operated in accordance with manufacturers guidelines. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Operate freight equipment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Operating includes the actual checking, operating, shutting down and parking of the lift truck, including load movement indicators and automatic guidance systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The operating functions of the particular lift truck relevant for the work environment, and different environmental conditions and freight types are explained according to organisational operating functions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effect of the environment and equipment constraints are identified according to safe operating procedures and practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Corrective actions required to prevent dangerous situations arising are explained and implemented according to organisational policies and procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Dangerous situation could include but are not limited to: weather, lighting conditions, poor visibility.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Access available emergency support systems and services. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A range of support that may be accessed are identified according to emergency support systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The most appropriate course of action is identified in relation to potential hazards in the working environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The evacuation process is explained according to organisational evacuation procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Emergency escape procedures (via abseil) are demonstrated in accordance with safety standards and procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution 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 or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act; Driven Machinery regulations; environment; operating method; packaging, labelling, and personal protective equipment.
  • National Road Traffic Act where public roads are used.
  • The relevant attachments applicable to handling various categories of freight.
  • Basic mechanical appreciation.
  • Equipment dimensions/capacity and controls in relation to safety and maximum work performance.
  • Product handling and storage principles and specifications.
  • Available support systems and emergency care services.
  • The different makes (manufacturers) and codes of lift trucks in the market. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in the case of damaged packaging/labelling. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work efficiently with others and in teams by demonstrating initiative in selecting the most appropriate means of communication with work colleagues to facilitate efficient and safe freight handling. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Manage and organise oneself by continually evaluating whether maximum work performance of lifting equipment was achieved given the operating conditions, and based on this, gain improved work performance consistently. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
  • Demonstrate initiative in selecting the most appropriate gear and equipment dependent on lift truck codes, freight characteristics and environmental conditions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by understanding the impact of safe working practices on people safety, the environment and cost effective business operations. 

  • 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
    Elective  58955   National Certificate: Chemical Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 
    Elective  59729   National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging)  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  49450   National Certificate: Plastics Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  61809   National Certificate: Tyre Repair and Maintenance  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  48794   National Certificate in Quality Checking of Tyres and Tyre Components  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  71989   National Certificate: Automotive Components: Manufacturing and Assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  58862   National Certificate: Electro-Mechanical Winding  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  58720   National Certificate: Engineering Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  64829   National Certificate: Lifting Machine Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  59669   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  23255   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting and Machining  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  91926   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  67609   National Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  79666   National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  64190   National Certificate: Metals Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  49449   National Certificate: Plastics Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  36155   National Certificate: Polymer Composite Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  79407   National Certificate: Polymer Compound Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  21012   National Certificate: Power and Telecommunication Cable Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  24217   National Certificate: Thermoplastic Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  48798   National Certificate: Tyre and Tyre Component Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  48795   National Certificate: Tyre Assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  57886   National Certificate: Welding Application and Practice  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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. AA Forklift Training Centre 
    2. AAH Skills and Development 
    3. ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (VANDERBIJLPARK) (TP) 
    4. Bell Equipment Co SA Pty Ltd - Manufacturing Division 
    5. Blue Horison Properties 53 (Pty) Ltd T/A Durnacol Skills Innovation Hu 
    6. BPL Academy 
    7. Bridgestone South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Isando Branch (ISANDO) (TP) 
    8. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    9. College of Production Technology 
    10. Culmen Consultants cc 
    11. Customised Training Specialists Trust T/A CTS (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    12. DMP Training (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    13. Driving Sense 
    14. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    15. Eastcape Training Centre 
    16. Enstra Learning and Development Centre (Pty) Ltd (SPRINGS) (TP) 
    17. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 
    18. Fost Training Pty (Ltd) 
    19. Gijima AST Holdings (Pty) Ltd T/A Fundi Training Centre (BENONI) (TP) 
    20. Goldee Trading Academy 176 
    21. ITB MANUFACTURING (PTY) LTD LTD (Isithebe) 
    22. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP) 
    23. Lesedi Skills Academy (TP) 
    24. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre 
    25. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP) 
    26. MSC Artisan Academy (Pty) Ltd T/A Master Artisan Academy SA (EAST LOND 
    27. Northlink College - Wingfield Campus 
    28. Orion Industrial Training Services (Pty) Ltd 
    29. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MAITLAND) (TP) 
    30. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MIDRAND) (TP) 
    31. Plastics Federation of South Africa (WESTMEAD) (TP) 
    32. Pro - Con Skills Centre 
    33. PS Productive Services (WESTVILLE) (TP) 
    34. Scaw Metals Group (Pty) Ltd T/A Scaw Metals (DINWIDDIE) (TP) 
    35. SEDIBENG TRAINING CENTRE 
    36. Shukela Training Centre 
    37. Tagane Trading and Training Services Pty Ltd. 
    38. Tekmation (Pty) Ltd T/A Tekmation Training Institute (DURBAN) (TP) 
    39. THE SAJ COMPETENCY TRAINING INSTITUTE CC 
    40. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    41. Toyota Forklift t/a Saficon Industrial Equipment 
    42. TRENTYRE (Spartan)(TP) 
    43. Umfolozi FET College 
    44. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus 
    45. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT 
    46. West Coast Industrial Training Institute 
    47. World Focus 382 cc T/A Richards Bay Technical Training & Assessment Centre (ZCBF) (RICHARDS BAY) (TP) 



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