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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Despatch a train 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262446  Despatch a train 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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
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
14613  Prepare and despatch trains  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner will be able to apply knowledge of train roadworthiness and composition of trains to inspect and dispatch trains according to company-specific train working rules. They will understand the reporting procedures when any sub-standard equipment is detected and incorrect compilation of trains is identified.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Inspecting trains.
  • Rectifying train compilation.
  • Performing brake test.
  • Performing dispatching procedures. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Inspect trains. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Rail vehicles are inspected for vehicle defects in terms of roadworthiness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Train loads are inspected for composition compliance according to organizational procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Loads include but are not limited to commuters/passengers and loads.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Train loads are inspected for indicators and other train and auxiliary equipment according to train working rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Identified defects are reported to relevant personnel according to organizational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Rectify train compilation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The compilation of train loads are rectified in relation to load profiles and defective vehicles/coaches. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    When the compilation of a train cannot be rectified in time, arrangements are made to effect the required compilation changes according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Documentation for load compilation is completed and distributed according to organizational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform brake test. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The train driver's co-operation and concurrence is obtained to assist with the brake test procedures according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The applicable brake test is performed according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Documentation for brake tests is completed and distributed according to organizational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform despatching procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Authorisation for the train to depart is obtained according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Authorised dispatch is performed according to train working rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Despatched train is observed for safe running according to organizational procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in the specific outcomes of the unit standard as well as the integrated competence described in the purpose of the unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Train working rules related to train dispatching.
  • Train working rules related to brake systems.
  • Diagnostic and analytical evaluation methods to interpret readings/indications from portable vacuum/air gauges/indicators.
  • Safety rules and regulations related to hazardous materials.
  • Relevant elements of POSMOR and specific company-specific rules related to the departure of trains.
  • Load profiles. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to the inspection of trains and their loads in which responses display that critical thinking is used for responsible decision making. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a rail operations team to ensure train roadworthiness, compilation compliance and brake compliance. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in inspecting trains, testing brakes and dispatching trains. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information about sub-standard equipment and incorrect train compilation in order to rectify the compilation and arrange for defective equipment to be repaired or replaced. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes to complete load compilation and brake test documentation for authorization to dispatch trains. 

    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 14613, "Prepare and despatch trains", Level 4, 5 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  61849   Further Education and Training Certificate: Train Driving  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  65589   Further Education and Training Certificate: High Speed Inter-City Commuter Railway 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. 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 
    5. 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.