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

Utilise wooden train staff system of train control for safe movement on rail 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14670  Utilise wooden train staff 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 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
264394  Utilise the wooden train staff system of train control for safe movement on rail  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A learner will be able to utilise the Wooden Train Staff system of train control by receiving, identifying, verifying and reacting to tokens and warning advices 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 semaphore signals/indicators for rail movement on single lines - NQF level 3
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; and
  • under normal and abnormal circumstances.

    This standard is based on absolute train working

    This standard includes rules and procedures on token handling regarding -
  • train arrangement(s); and
  • rearrangement(s).

    This standard includes Wooden Train Staff at the wrong end of the section.

    This standard excludes:
  • the administering of the Wooden Train Staff system of train control. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The token and warning advice are received. 

    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 the Wooden Train Staff system. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Adhere to the specific instructions on the Wooden Train Staff token and relevant advice. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Adhere to the specific instructions on the Wooden Train Staff token and relevant advice for safe movement on rail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Specific instructions on the token and warning advice are 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 Wooden Train Staff token(s) and comply with the crossing instructions at token stations. 

    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 Wooden Train Staff instruments. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    When applicable, adhere to the operating procedures of Wooden Train Staff instruments at token station(s). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The Wooden Train Staff is replaced according to the relevant train working rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The Wooden Train Staff ticket is obtained according to the relevant train working rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The Wooden Train Staff is obtained according to the relevant train working rules. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    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 Wooden Train Staff and Paper Ticket System. (Principles of save movement on rail). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. POSMOR are complied with to perform safe movement on rail within Wooden Train Staff and Paper Ticket System. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Related train working rules are complied with to perform safe movement on rail within Wooden Train Staff and Paper Ticket System. 


    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 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 Wooden Train Staff system of train control for the purpose of safe movement on rail.
    2. POSMOR and company-specific rules related to the Wooden Train Staff system.
    3. Relevant elements of the 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 
    Problem-solving
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to solve problems by reacting to abnormalities, i.e. rearrangements, tokens lost, 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. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and self-management
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to manage and organise themselves by adhering to and complying with company specific train working rules in normal and abnormal circumstances. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to critically evaluate and verify information recorded on Wooden Train Staff token(s) and warning advices in order to execute safe movement of rail vehicles. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to communicate by means of token(s) and or warning advices and verbally under normal and abnormal circumstances. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to understand that the operational environment includes a set of related systems. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced unit standard 264394, which is "Utilise the wooden train staff system of train control for safe movement on rail", Level 3, 3 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
  • Assertiveness

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Definition: Token, in this standard can be a wooden staff or a paper ticket of a particular colour for a specific section.
    Definition: Abnormal circumstances in this standard mean train failures, communication failures and lost tokens. 

  • 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 South 
    2. PRASA T/A Metrorail KwaZulu Natal 



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