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

Administer Van Schoor system of train control for safe movement on rail 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14629  Administer Van Schoor system 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 4  NQF Level 04  10 
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
264337  Administer Van Schoor system of train control for safe movement on rail  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A learner will be able to administer the Van Schoor system of train control by planning rail movement, operating Van Schoor instruments and completing warning advices (where applicable) 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 
Control rail movement by operating semaphore signals/indicators on single lines - NQF level 5
Administer telegraph orders for safe movement on rail - NQF level 5
Utilise van Schoor method of train control for safe movement on rail - NQF level 3 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
RANGE STATEMENTS:

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 is inclusive of:
  • all Van Schoor token(s) and/or warning advices applicable to the specific method on train control,
  • rules and procedures on token handling regarding train arrangement messages, lost tokens, communication failures, train delays at interloop(s)/station(s), rearrangement of crossings and train failures.
  • utilising of Van Schoor system of train control in accordance with specific train working rules. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan rail movement by gathering and communicating information. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Plan rail movement by gathering and communicating information regarding the location and running of trains. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Rail movement information is gathered. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Rail movement running times are calculated and movements are planned. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Rail movements are planned according to operational/traffic requirements on single lines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Planned movements are communicated and agreed upon with neighbouring stations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Information about movement is recorded in train register. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Rail movement is planned. (run through, crossing, shunting) 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Make train arrangements in conjunction with other role-players 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Make train arrangements in conjunction with other role-players (neighbouring station(s), Joint Operating Office, etc.). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Train arrangements are made in conjunction with other role-players (neighbouring station(s), Joint Operating Office, etc.) 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Predictable Service concepts are introduced during arrangements and planning. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Complete relevant advices to conform to train arrangements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant advices are completed to conform to train arrangements and according to the relevant train working rules. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Operate the Van Schoor instruments by inserting and/or removing tokens. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Operate the Van Schoor instruments by inserting and/or removing tokens and hand over to the train driver. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The Van Schoor instruments are operated by replacing (cancel) tokens according to the relevant train working rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The Van Schoor instruments are operated by obtaining tokens according to the relevant train working rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The Van Schoor tokens are handed over to the train driver according to the relevant train working rules. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Record all train movements in the train register and communicate it to neighbouring 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Record all train movements in the train register and communicate it to neighbouring station(s) and train personnel (if necessary, about the complete arrival of a train at unattended places) 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. All train movements are recorded in the train register according to train working rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. All train movements are communicated to neighbouring station(s) according to the relevant train working rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. All relevant train movements are communicated to train personnel [unattended places to confirm complete arrival of train(s)] according to the relevant train working rules. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Comply with POSMOR and related train working rules to perform safe movement on rail. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Comply with POSMOR and related train working rules to perform safe movement on rail within 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 provided 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 assessor who has been certified as competent against the National Certificate in Rail Operations NQF level 5, which must include this standard.
    3. 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.
    4. Anyone assessing a learner against this standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant TRANSPORT SETA - ETQA.
    5. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this standard must be registered and accredited as a provider at SAQA.
    6. 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 the Van Schoor system for the purpose of safe movement on rail under normal and abnormal circumstances.
    2. POSMOR and company-specific rules relevant to the applicable method of the Van Schoor system.
    3. Relevant elements of the OHS Act, Act 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 on rail; and evaluate information on tokens/warning advices to execute safe movement of rail vehicles.

    Problem-solving

    Learners have acquired the generic ability to solve problems by reacting 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 in normal and abnormal circumstances. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to adhere to and comply with company- specific train working rules under normal and abnormal circumstances 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Inter relatedness of systems
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to understand that the operational environment includes a set of related systems (Van Schoor system of train control in conjunction with semaphore/colour-light signalling and train handling procedures). 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 264337, which is " Administer Van Schoor system of train control for safe movement on rail ", Level 4, 10 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 consciousness
  • Decisiveness
  • Co-operation
  • Sense of urgency (within limits)
  • Judgement
  • Trustworthiness
  • Integrity
  • Sobriety
  • Quality consciousness

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    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 orders tokens used under abnormal circumstances.
    Definition: Abnormal circumstances in this unit standard mean, lost tokens, communication failures, instrument 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 stations. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  24498   National Certificate: Rail Operations (Train Control)  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  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. PRASA T/A Metrorail KwaZulu Natal 
    4. PRASA T/A Metrorail Western Cape 



    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.