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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate near and underneath high-voltage equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260919  Operate near and underneath high-voltage equipment 
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 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
14627  Operate high-voltage earthing switches  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 
230421  Operate safely under/with high voltage equipment  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A learner will be able to understand signs related to high voltage (1000 volt and more) and apply safety procedures when working near or underneath high-voltage equipment in accordance with legislation, company-specific working rules and procedures. 

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

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
N/A 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Understand high-voltage signs/boards. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Legislation and safety procedures are explained in terms of working near or underneath high voltage power supply infrastructure (HVPSI). 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
High voltage power supply infrastructure may include but is not limited to overhead cables, overhead tracks, substations, pantographs and pylons.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Signs/boards that are erected at HVPSI are identified in terms of their purpose and meaning. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Signs/boards that are erected at HVPSI are described in terms of their purpose and meaning. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The response to different signs/boards erected at HVPSI is explained in terms of the expected outcome. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Understand the hazards when marshaling or handling construction and maintenance equipment near or under HVPSI. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The procedure to follow when switching off and on high voltage equipment is explained in terms of organisational safety prescripts. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Procedures include but are not limited to the completion of documents, warning of fellow employees and setting up sign boards.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The parameters for safe working procedures under or near HVPSI are explained in terms of hazards when marshaling or handling construction and maintenance equipment. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The safety procedures for handling equipment or marshaling near or under HVPSI are explained in terms of company directives. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The authorization procedure to marshal or conduct construction and maintenance under or near HVPSI is explained in terms of company directives. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
An instruction to marshal or operate construction and maintenance equipment under or near HVPSI is interpreted to demonstrate an understanding of the parameters for safe working procedures. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Operate a high-voltage isolating and earthing switch. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The correctness of earthing and bonding is verified in accordance with company directives. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
High-voltage isolating and earthing switches are inspected for serviceability in accordance with company directives. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Key exchange and interlocking system procedures are conducted in accordance with company safety procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
A high-voltage isolating and earthing switch is operated in accordance with company electrical safety instructions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
A high voltage cable is earthed and isolated with earth cables in accordance with company directives. 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant TRANSPORT SETA-ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this standard must be registered and accredited as a provider at SAQA.
  • 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:
  • Principles and theory related to the identification and understanding of the meaning of various signs/board related to high voltage.
  • Principles and theory related to the marshaling/handling of equipment underneath high-voltage equipment.
  • Principles and theory related to the parameters involved under live high-voltage equipment.
  • Relevant elements of POSMOR and specific company rules related to high voltage equipment.
  • Do's and don'ts in a HVPSI environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem-solving:
  • Learners have acquired the generic ability to solve problems by observing and acting upon unsafe conditions before/after marshaling and handling of equipment under high-voltage equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work:
  • Learners have acquired the generic ability to co-ordinate activities while performing marshaling/handling of equipment underneath high-voltage equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organization and self-management:
  • Learners have acquired the generic ability to conduct inspections in a systematic manner to understand various signs/boards and the actions that must be performed before marshaling/handling of equipment underneath high-voltage equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation:
  • Learners have acquired the generic ability to critically evaluate information from visual/audible high-voltage indicators while performing shunting. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication:
  • Learners have acquired the generic ability to communicate with all role players by utilising various communication media (written, verbal, radios, hand signals, etc.) before/after marshaling/handling of equipment underneath high-voltage equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology:
  • Use science and technology by marshaling/handling of equipment underneath high-voltage equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems:
  • Learners have acquired the generic ability to understand how one system relates to another (e.g. movement with or without high-voltage and the consequences related to the various circumstances). 

  • 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 
    This unit standard replaces:
  • Unit Standard 14627 "Operate high-voltage earthing switches", Level 4, 4 credits.
  • Unit Standard 230421 "Operate safely under/with high voltage equipment" Level 4, 4 credits. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  66709   National Certificate: Rail Operations (Functional Yard Operations)  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Core  65589   Further Education and Training Certificate: High Speed Inter-City Commuter Railway Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  61849   Further Education and Training Certificate: Train Driving  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. Bombela Operating Company 
    2. PRASA T/A Metrorail Gauteng North 
    3. PRASA T/A Metrorail Gauteng South 
    4. PRASA T/A Metrorail KwaZulu Natal 
    5. PRASA T/A Metrorail Western Cape 
    6. S-Squared Training Solutions Pty Ltd 



    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.