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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|Further Education and Training Certificate: High Speed Inter-City Commuter Railway Operations|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|65589||Further Education and Training Certificate: High Speed Inter-City Commuter Railway Operations|
|SGB Transport and Logistics Operations|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|TETA - Transport Education and Training Authority||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|Further Ed and Training Cert||Field 11 - Services||Transport, Operations and Logistics|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||149||Level 4||NQF Level 04||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
The purpose of this qualification is to ensure service excellence with a focus on safe operation of a high speed inter-city railway system.
A learner certified as competent in terms of this qualification will be able to manage a high speed inter-city railway operation, in accordance with the Principles of Safe Movement on Rail (POSMOR) and company-specific policies, procedures and instructions.
This qualification will equip the successful learner with the competence to perform those essential functions related to the running of a high speed inter-city commuter system, namely:
1. Coordinating the commercial activities at a high speed inter-city railway station. This function includes:
2. Operating an Inter-city commuter train consisting of an Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) or a number of motor coaches with a signal controlled system in normal and degraded mode. This function includes:
3. Controlling the operations of a high speed inter-city railway system in normal and degraded mode:
The South African government has set as a priority to improve the transport system in South Africa. The following reasons can be noted:
Persons operating within this industry, as well as other transport services, will benefit from this qualification and its competence standards, which are instrumental to the development and recognition of the foundational, practical and reflexive competence (applied competence) needed to render effective and efficient rail transport services.
Central to the qualification is the development of a culture of safe working and providing excellent customer service.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|It is assumed that the leaner entering this qualification will be competent in:
Recognition of Prior Learning:
This qualification may be achieved in part through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.
Access to the Qualification:
Access to this Qualification is open to all learners taking into consideration learning assumed to be in place.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component.
To be awarded the Qualification learners are required to obtain a minimum of 149 credits as detailed below.
The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
It is compulsory therefore for learners to do Communication in two different South African languages, one at NQF Level 4 and the other at NQF Level 3.
All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.
The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 71 credits all of which are compulsory.
The Elective Component consists of individual unit standards from which the learner must choose unit standards totalling a minimum of 22 credits.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Coordinate the commercial activities at high speed inter-city railway station.
2. Operate an Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU)/Motor coaches with a signal controlled system in normal and degraded mode.
3. Control the operations of a high speed inter-city railway system in normal and degraded mode.
Critical Cross-field Outcomes:
This qualification addresses the following critical cross-field outcomes, as detailed in the associated unit standards:
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
1.1 A station is managed in normal and degraded mode using the Station and Tunnel Management System.
1.2 Tickets sales are managed according to passenger requirement.
1.3 Customers are informed of high speed inter-city railway services.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
2.1 The components of an EMU are described in terms of their application and purpose.
2.2 The ATP information system (Wayside and On-board) is interpreted in terms of the required response.
2.3 A high speed train is operated according to rules and procedures.
2.4 Information is reported to the Operation Control Centre in accordance with organizational policies and instructions.
2.5 Component failures on an EMU is corrected in accordance with organizational policies and instructions.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
3.1 The Train Traffic system is managed in normal and degraded mode using the Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) system.
3.2 The Traction Power system is managed in normal and degraded mode using the Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
3.3 Communication with staff, emergency services, and third parties are conducted in terms of company policies and procedures.
Assessment should take place within the context of:
Assessment will take place according to the detailed specifications indicated in the unit standards above.
Over and above the achievement of the specified unit standards, evidence of integration will be required as per the following broad criteria, all within the context of an active learning environment.
Assessors should note that the evidence of integration (as above) could well be presented by candidates when being assessed against the unit standards - thus there should not necessarily be separate assessments for each unit standard and then further assessment for integration. Well designed assessments should make it possible to gain evidence against each unit standard while at the same time gain evidence of integration.
|Similar Rail Systems:
The following countries that run systems similar to the high speed inter-city operation in South Africa were sourced for a comparison:
The countries were selected as they are rail service providers who operate with the ATP system and are most relevant to the South African context in terms of infrastructure, equipment, rolling stock, and skills requirements and development. In addition, these examples are recognized internationally as quality providers of rail services.
RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) has been in the transport industry since 1900 and is the operator of the Paris Metropolitan as well as suburban trains in the Paris Region. It represents 14 metro lines and 2 sub-urban lines.
RATP has developed, updated and improved over the years a complete set of training materials to train their operating staff. There is no qualification body in France that specifically certifies training materials, but they are part of the safety cases of our transport systems and have therefore been approved by the French Transport Department.
Algeria (North Africa): Algiers Metro Line 1:
In Algeria there is no qualification authority for the training as in South Africa (SA), but the City of Algiers chose the RATP training process for their hundred years old expertise to elaborate the training plan and the training material.
The Line 1 is a railway system similar to the High-Speed Intercity operation which will initially be operated in Gauteng, it will commence operations in 2009 and includes the following aspects:
Different profiles exist:
The RATP trainers are training the future managers who will then train the new employees themselves.
The training process includes:
Manila (Philippines): MRT 3:
The Department of Transport and Communication (DOTC) in the Philippines is the operator of the second line in Manila opened in December 1999. This system is also similar to the High-speed Intercity operation that is being implemented in South Africa.
No unit standards are in use in Philippines for the content of training programs as well as the certification process.
Currently the training starts with the training of managers and then cascades down to all staff (Train Drivers, Signalling Operators, and Station Supervisors).
Formal certification is delivered by the DOTC for the completion of the training process.
Seoul (South Korea): Incheon International Airport Link (Airport Railroad Co - AREX).
This railroad operator was chosen for their similarity to the high speed inter-city operation in South Africa.
AREX and other Korean railroad companies do not have unit standard based qualifications for comparison purposes. The learning programmes, though, correlate with the contents of learning programmes and syllabus in the South African context.
Different profiles exist in this company, for example:
The training, provided by railway operating companies, lasts between 2- 4 months. This includes classroom training, company procedures, safe working practices and emergency procedures. It also offers the opportunity to practice equipments under expert supervision.
The Training process is under the control of the Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI) who provides the "Permit to Operate".
Athens (Greece): Proastiakos:
In Athens (Greece), the training is conducted by RATP Expert Trainers. This training was based on the French Parisian RATP model.
There was no equivalent of South Africa's Standard Units or Standard Generating Bodies.
As far as the system is concerned, the Train Control is based on the ERTMS European standard. The Rolling stock is of EMU type and the whole operation is supervised and controlled from a unique Operation Control Centre.
Certification of the train drivers: The certification is awarded by a Committee made of three Representatives:
Some specific training is given by specific entities for:
Dubai (Arab Emirates) Red and Green Lines:
In Dubai, the design and construction of the Red and Green Lines driverless system is supervised by Systra, a RATP subsidiary.
The Rules & Procedures as well as all the Training material are drafted by the future Operator (Serco), with the assistance of RATP Experts.
For the time being, there is no equivalent of South Africa's Standard Units.
However, the RTA (Road and Transports Authority) is entering into a corporation with the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) to support the Certification/regulation of railway lines in Dubai.
This certification process may be based on UK standards.
In the UK the Modular Rule Book has been introduced where employers can select from a suite of modules the particular task instructions applicable to the role of their staff. There are 50 modules containing task based instructions and a module specifically to publish small amounts of changes to the Rule Book that do not justify the reissue of the module concerned
The modules below are likely to be applicable to typical roles within the railway industry:
Qualifications from New Zealand were sourced for a comparison as they are a major rail service provider and are linked to a National Qualifications Framework.
New Zealand has registered qualifications for rail which cover similar outcomes:
National Certificate in Rail Transport (Ref: 0958): Level 2, 70 Credits.
This is an introductory certificate for people entering a career in rail transport. The aim of this qualification is to provide recognition for the attainment of a basic level of competence across the range of skills that comprise rail transport. The certificate offers the following compulsory areas:
The certificate includes specialization areas:
National Certificate in Rail Infrastructure (Ref: 1112): Level 3, 110 Credits.
This is a certificate for people working within rail infrastructure. The aim of this qualification is to provide recognition for the attainment of a broad range of competencies related to the maintenance of track, structures and signals within the rail industry.
This certificate is the second in a series of qualifications in the rail industry, it includes all of the unit standards contained in the National Certificate in Rail Transport (Level 2) [Ref: 0958]. Therefore, candidates who have already gained the level 2 certificate need only complete the additional unit standards required. The certificate offers the following compulsory areas:
The certificate includes specialization areas:
Most international rail operators working within the High-speed Intercity system do not have separate qualifications for train operations under defined working conditions, however training is based on expertise in the industry and regulated either by Government or Rail Regulating bodies. The qualifications in New Zealand and this qualification are similar in concept where staff is given the opportunity to receive a qualification that includes the management of passenger services and traffic control centres. There is every indication that the competence envisaged as outcomes for this qualification have their parallel in other countries.
The South African context, with its emphasis on transformation, and particularly the provision of routes to qualification, fully justifies this qualification as part of a career and learning pathway for Train Operational staff within the High-speed Inter-city rail operation.
|The qualification lends itself to both horizontal and vertical articulation possibilities, which allow mobility and progression for the learner in the railway environment in particular, and the transport sector in general.
Horizontal articulation possibilities lie with:
ID 49489: Further Education and Training Certificate: Road Transport Management in the Public Sector, NQF Level 4.
ID 24498: Further Education and Training Certificate: Rail Operations (Train Control), NQF Level 4.
ID 57849: Further Education and Training Certificate: Dangerous Goods: Multi-modal Transportation, NQF Level 4.
Vertical articulation possibilities lie with:
ID 57407: National Diploma: Train Driving (Mainline Operations), NQF Level 5.
|Providers offering learning towards this qualification or the component unit standards must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to moderation principles and the agreed ETQA procedures.
The moderator has the following functions:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||256199||Comply with employer requirements to perform railway duties||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Core||117733||Handle rail passenger emergency plan||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Core||260918||Operate a radio transceiver||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Core||242815||Apply the organisation's code of conduct in a work environment||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Core||120344||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant current occupational health and safety legislation||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||262337||Manage a railway control centre||Level 4||NQF Level 04||16|
|Core||262357||Operate an Automatic Train Protection Signalling System||Level 4||NQF Level 04||9|
|Core||260919||Operate near and underneath high-voltage equipment||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||262358||Operate the movement of Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) or Motor Coaches||Level 4||NQF Level 04||12|
|Core||262339||Operate, and regulate a Railway station||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||262338||Provide a ticket service||Level 4||NQF Level 04||7|
|Fundamental||119472||Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119457||Interpret and use information from texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119467||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119465||Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9015||Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||119462||Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||119469||Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||9016||Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Fundamental||119471||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||7468||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||119459||Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||256202||Compile a duty roster||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Elective||260957||Compile a train||Level 3||NQF Level 03||12|
|Elective||262446||Despatch a train||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Elective||262449||Devise strategies for the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Elective||256195||Operate a diesel locomotive||Level 3||NQF Level 03||16|
|Elective||262445||Provide on-track protection||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Elective||260937||Utilise a Radio Train Token system of train control for safe movement on rail||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Elective||260917||Administer a Radio Train Token System for safe movement on rail||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Elective||242816||Conduct a structured meeting||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||14667||Describe and apply the management functions of an organization||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Elective||260920||Explain the topographical concepts of a trajectory within the rail environment||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Elective||242821||Identify responsibilities of a team leader in ensuring that organisational standards are met||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||242810||Manage Expenditure against a budget||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||11473||Manage individual and team performance||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Elective||242829||Monitor the level of service to a range of customers||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||242819||Motivate and Build a Team||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Elective||256200||Observe and repeat signals and train authorisations||Level 4||NQF Level 04||3|
|Elective||230418||Operate, and regulate the safe movement of locomotive/s||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Elective||256194||Prepare a locomotive for service||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||242817||Solve problems, make decisions and implement solutions||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Elective||255496||Manage a training intervention||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|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.