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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Construction and Maintenance of Overhead Track Equipment 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
49773  National Certificate: Construction and Maintenance of Overhead Track Equipment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
TETA - Transport Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction  Electrical Infrastructure Construction 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  137  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

The primary purpose of this qualification is to develop competencies in a learner as required for a career in the overhead track systems.

A learner credited with this qualification will be able to:
  • safely and effectively maintain overhead track structures and return circuits.
  • progress through learning in the overhead track environment.

    Qualified learners will be able to:
  • Understand the basics of how the business functions and its role in the rail sector, i.e. overhead track systems and related activities.
  • Safely and correctly clean and paint overhead track structures.
  • Safely and correctly perform bonding and earthing on 3 kV DC and 25/50 kV AC systems.
  • Communicate effectively with relevant role players (e.g. peers, managers, etc.) by expressing opinions in spoken and written form.
  • Calculate quantities and distances correctly.
  • The Core and Elective Unit Standards provide credits that allow the learner access to both vertically and horizontally articulated qualifications in the electrical engineering and construction field.

    Rationale:

    This qualification forms the basis for learners who want to follow a career in overhead track equipment and related fields. Overhead track equipment forms a critical part of the infrastructure of a rail transport system and contributes to reliable, available, safe and efficient train operations. It is therefore vitally important that overhead track equipment be safely and correctly maintained on 3 kV DC and 25/50 kV AC in order to meet standards set in associated overhead track equipment engineering specifications.

    There are 3 qualifications in OHTE, Level 2, 3 and 4.This is the first qualification in the learning pathway. The qualification equips the learner with the skills, knowledge and understanding to safely and correctly perform cleaning, painting, bonding and earthing on overhead track equipment, such as overhead track structures and to return circuits to the required standards.

    Learners credited with this qualification and who apply the acquired knowledge and skills can help address the critical shortage of qualified personnel in the industry. For the new learner, this qualification and its standards, which are instrumental to the development and recognition of the foundational, practical and reflective competence (applied competence), are needed to be a productive person in a structured workplace and form the basis for further development.

    These skills are essential in and to the following domains:
  • Enabling the rendering of electrical continuity to the rail transport service.
  • Enabling the rendering of a rail transport service.
  • Contributing to economic growth. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in the following:
  • Communication at NQF Level 1
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1

    Recognition of prior learning

    This qualification may be obtained in part or in whole through RPL. The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the mechanism to be used and support and guidance should be provided. Care should be taken that the mechanism used provides the learner with an opportunity to demonstrate competence and is not so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the RPL option towards gaining a qualification.

    The following tools may be used to supplement the above minimum assessment methods:

    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:
  • Written statements from persons (e.g. current and / or previous employer, colleague, peer, manager, external customers) confirming competence of the learner.
  • Relevant certificates or awards.
  • Previous assessment records.
  • Logbook or register stating evidence of performance.

    Access to the Qualification:

    Access to the qualification is open to any learner bearing in mind the learning assumed to be in place. Learners need to be physically fit and robust. Due to the safety requirements in the overhead track environment, learners must:
  • Not be colour blind.
  • Not be claustrophobic.
  • Be able to gauge distance.
  • Be able to work at heights. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Level, credits and learning components assigned to this qualification

    Fundamental
  • Communication at NQF Level 2, 25 Credits
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2, 16 Credits
  • Total: 41 credits

    Core
  • 16 Credits at Level 1
  • 53 Credits at Level 2
  • 15 Credits at Level 3
  • Total: 84 credits

    Elective
  • 5 Credits at Level 1
  • 16 Credits at Level 2
  • 5 Credits at Level 3
  • Total: 12 credits

    The total credits for this qualification is 137.

    Motivation for the number of credits assigned
  • Fundamental Credits

    16 credits are allocated to Mathematical Literacy and 25 for Communication.
  • Core Credits

    84 compulsory credits have been allocated to the Core Unit Standards to cover the field sufficiently.
  • Elective Credits

    A minimum of 12 credits has to be selected from the 26 listed Elective credits. These credits have been grouped to allow for progression to the next level of learning on the same railway signalling equipment. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Perform bonding and earthing on 3 KV DC and 25/50KV AC on OHTE.
    2. Clean and paint OHTE steel structures under isolated and earthed conditions.
    3. Estimate, measure and calculate physical quantities to solve problems in practical situations.
    4. Understand, maintain and apply health and safety regulations to a work area.
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of the electrical environment in the rail sector.
    6. Apply electrical high voltage safety instructions when working in the vicinity of or near exposed "live" high-voltage overhead track equipment. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Preparations to perform bonding and earthing on 3 kV DC and 25/50 kV AC on OHTE are executed in accordance with company specific instructions and procedures.
  • Bonding and earthing process is performed on 3 kV DC and 25/50 kV AC on OHTE according to company specific instructions and manufacturer's specifications.
  • The process to perform bonding and earthing on 3 KV DC and 25/50KV AC on OHTE are finalised according to company specific instructions and procedures.
  • The correct tools and personal protective equipment are identified, selected and used in accordance with company specific instructions and procedures.
  • Problems related to the bonding and earthing process are identified and solved according to company specific instructions.
  • Effective communication with relevant role-players relating to the execution of the bonding and earthing process on 3 kV DC and 25/50 kV AC on OHTE can be demonstrated by communicating clearly and concisely, in accordance with company-specific communication protocols.
  • Working effectively in teams is understood and can be demonstrated by displaying participation when performing the bonding and earthing process on 3 kV DC and 25/50 kV AC on OHTE.
  • The role of the individual in the work situation and organisation is demonstrated by organising and managing themselves and their activities related to the bonding and earthing process on 3 kV DC and 25/50 kV AC on OHTE by understanding and applying organisational procedures.

    2.
  • Preparations to perform the cleaning and painting on OHTE steel structures under isolated and earthed conditions are executed in accordance with company specific instructions and procedures.
  • The cleaning and painting process on OHTE steel structures under isolated and earthed conditions is performed according to company specific instructions and manufacturer's specifications.
  • The process to perform cleaning and painting on OHTE steel structures under isolated and earthed conditions are finalised according to company specific instructions and procedures.
  • Information related to the cleaning and painting process on OHTE steel structures under isolated and earthed conditions is collected, analysed, organised and critically evaluated according to company specific instructions and manufacturer's specifications.
  • The correct tools and personal protective equipment are identified, selected and used in accordance with company specific instructions and procedures.
  • Working effectively in teams is understood and can be demonstrated by displaying participation when performing the cleaning and painting process on OHTE steel structures under isolated and earthed conditions.
  • Science and technology is used in the preparation and application when cleaning and painting OHTE steel structures under isolated and earthed conditions according to company specific instructions and manufacturer's specifications.
  • The role of the individual in the work situation and organisation is demonstrated by organising and managing themselves and their activities related to the cleaning and painting process of OHTE steel structures under isolated and earthed conditions by understanding and applying organisational procedures.
  • Effective communication with relevant role-players relating to the execution of the cleaning and painting process of OHTE steel structures under isolated and earthed conditions can be demonstrated by communicating clearly and concisely, in accordance with company-specific communication protocols.

    3.
  • Scales on the measuring instruments are read correctly.
  • Quantities are estimated to a tolerance acceptable in the context of the estimation.
  • The appropriate instrument is chosen to measure a particular quantity.
  • Calculations are carried out correctly.
  • Appropriate units are used in measurement and calculation.
  • Problems related to the measurement and calculation of physical quantities are solved.

    4.
  • Health and safety regulations are understood and can be applied by:
    > Identifying potential hazards in the work area correctly.
    > Effectively limiting damage to persons or property in case of an emergency.
    > Correctly following procedures that apply to emergency, illness or injury in the work area.
  • Communication with relevant role players is clear and concise and can be demonstrated effectively in the case of:
    > An incident/accident.
    > A fire.
    > An injury or sickness.
  • Learners can organise and manage themselves by understanding and correctly.
  • Following procedures that apply to illness or injury in the work area.
  • Demonstrating the procedures for reporting and recording of potential hazards.
  • Identifying and using protective clothing.
  • Problems with regard to the following can be solved effectively by:
    > Identifying the potential hazards in the work area.
    > Limiting damage to persons or property in case of an emergency.
    > Limiting exposure to, and correctly disposing of hazardous substances.

    5.
  • Safe work procedures and instructions to work safely in the vicinity of or near low/high-voltage electrical systems are explained and applied according to company specifications.
  • An understanding of the rail and OHTE environment is demonstrated clearly.
  • Information from visual low/high-voltage indicators is evaluated and reacted to critically.
  • The role of the individual in the work situation and organisation is demonstrated by organising and managing themselves and their activities when identifying and reacting to various electrical signs and warning boards and related sub-standard conditions.
  • The interrelatedness of systems within the rail sector is understood by understanding the importance of applying the electrical safety instructions in an electrical environment.

    6.
  • Safe work procedures and instructions to work safely in the vicinity of or near live high-voltage overhead track equipment are explained and applied to using work procedures
  • Signs and warning boards related to high-voltage overhead track equipment are identified and reacted to correctly
  • Sub standards conditions related to high-voltage overhead track equipment are identified and reported in accordance with company-specific instructions.
  • The role of the individual in the work situation and organisation is demonstrated by organising and managing themselves and their activities when identifying and reacting to various signs or warning boards and performing maintenance under, near or in the vicinity of live high-voltage overhead track equipment.

    Integrated assessment:

    Assessors and moderators should develop and conduct their own integrated assessment by using a range of formative and summative assessment methods.

    Unit standards in the qualification must be used to assess specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge.

    During integrated assessments the assessor should use formative and summative assessment methods and should assess applied competence.

    The applied competence (practical, foundational and reflexive competencies) of this qualification will be achieved if a learner is able to achieve all the exit level outcomes of this qualification.

    Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.

    A detailed portfolio of evidence is required to prove foundational, practical and reflective competencies (applied competence) of the learner. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification was compared with the Transport and Distribution Qualifications (Rail Infrastructure) on the Australian National Training Information Service.

    Units of competencies related to overhead track equipment as generated in Australia were obtained from the National Training Information Service (Web Site: www.ntis.gov.au), Certificate (levels i - iv) in Transport and Distribution (Rail Infrastructure).

    After scrutinising these, it was evident that the format and structure utilised within the Transport and Distribution Industry Specific Units (TDT02) - Equipment Checking and Maintenance, was different to those prescribed by SAQA. The technical content in the units of competencies were not specific and covered a broad spectrum of equipment and tasks. This resulted in broad assessment criteria.

    It was also found that although the Australian Qualifications Framework comprises thirteen national qualifications, the first five qualifications in the vocational education and training sector compare favourably with the FET levels within the NQF.

    The SGG/SGA could not find any standards within the discipline of OHTE in other African countries where OHTE is utilised

    Various Railway companies in Africa have approached Transnet to assist in the training of their signalling maintenance officials. Once this is effected, the Unit Standards generated in South Africa will be utilised for such training.

    Efforts to obtain British National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) related railway signalling were unsuccessful. The NVQs are not accessible and could not be used for benchmarking.

    During the development of the unit standards cognisance was taken of the implementation of a National Railway Safety Regulator. The National Railway Safety Regulator promotes and controls safe rail operations and recognises that this is fundamental to the safety of all persons and the environment. The unit standards in railway signalling were aligned to these ideals. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This is a qualification in a series in overhead track equipment qualifications varying from NQF Level 2 to 4.

    Vertical articulation is possible with:
  • National Certificate: Railway Signalling, Installation and scheduled maintenance of Equipment at NQF Level 3.
  • National Certificate: Electrical Engineering at NQF Level 3.

    Horizontal articulation is possible with:
  • National Certificate: Railway Signalling, Assembly and Wiring of Equipment at NQF Level 2. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this
  • Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the Qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual Unit Standards as well as the integrated competence described in the Qualification.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this Qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
  • Assessors need to be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA body.
  • Assessors and moderators must be in possession of a relevant qualification in OHTE or Electrical Engineering at least at NQF Level 3. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  9839  Apply and maintain safety in an electrical environment  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  119882  Demonstrate an understanding of the electrical environment in the rail sector  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  119885  Identify, handle and care for electrical systems material in the rail sector  Level 1  NQF Level 01  10 
    Core  116900  Apply electrical high voltage safety instructions when working in the vicinity of or near exposed "live" high-voltage overhead track equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  9964  Apply health and safety to a work area  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  119880  Clean and paint OHTE steel structures under isolated and earthed conditions  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  115234  Demonstrate knowledge of electrical safe working practices  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  12037  Demonstrate knowledge of mechanical and electrical equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  113868  Handle and care of electrical earthing gear and related equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  10252  Identify, inspect, use, maintain and care for engineering hand tools  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  12484  Perform basic fire fighting  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  12483  Perform basic first aid  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  119886  Perform bonding and earthing on 3 KV DC and 25/50KV AC on OHTE  Level 2  NQF Level 02  15 
    Core  10255  Select, use and care for power tools  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  113877  Understand fundamentals of electricity  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  119889  Work to clearance from "live" high-voltage overhead track equipment to perform maintenance work  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8963  Access and use information from texts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9009  Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life related problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  13217  Collect and use information  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7480  Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9008  Identify, describe, compare, classify, explore shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional shapes in different contexts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8962  Maintain and adapt oral communication  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8967  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7469  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9007  Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8964  Write for a defined context  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  8215  Use and care for lifting equipment  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  114669  Carry out basic electric arc welding in an electrical environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  114616  Carry out basic gas welding, brazing and cutting in an electrical environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  14623  Afford on-track protection  Level 3  NQF Level 03 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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