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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of the pipeline industry and equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117765  Demonstrate an understanding of the pipeline industry and equipment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Rail and Pipeline 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  17 
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 does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The learner credited with this unit standard will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
  • The pipeline industry
  • Pipeline equipment
  • Pipeline terminology and product, client and depot codes
  • The purpose of company-specific operational procedures, policies and instructions
  • Pipeline operations documentation and reports

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the pipeline operations.

    The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the Pipeline Transport environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication (English) NQF L2.
  • Mathematics NQF L2.
  • Basic computer literacy. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Data capturing systems include, but is not limited to:
  • Operations Management System (OMS).
  • System Application Process (SAP).
  • Supervisory, Control And Data Acquisition System (SCADA).

    Communication systems can include, but is not limited to:
  • Two-way radios.
  • Cellular phones.
  • Hand-held emergency telephones.
  • Telephones.
  • E-mail.
  • Facsimile.

    Pipeline equipment includes, but is not limited to:
  • Pumps.
  • Motors.
  • Provers.
  • Receivers.
  • Launchers.
  • Valves.
  • Purge air fans.
  • Lube oil systems.
  • Meters.
  • Manifolds.
  • Sump tanks.
  • Separator tanks.
  • Spill bases.
  • Strainers.
  • Accumulator tanks.
  • Fire suppression systems.
  • Pigs and spheres.
  • Gauges.

    Pipeline terminology includes, but is not limited to:
  • Pipeline specific terminology (e.g. transmixture, intermixture, etc.).
  • Product, client and depot codes.
  • Cycle and slug numbers.

    Pipeline operations documentation includes but is not limited to:
  • Log sheets.
  • Handover books.
  • Transmixture reports.
  • Defect report. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain and discuss the pipeline transport industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    How the pipeline industry fits into the transport industry is explained and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The pipeline network layout (e.g. pipe internal diameter, block valves, check valves, etc.) is explained and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Various commodities transported in the pipeline networks are explained and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Intake, delivery and tank farm depot layouts are explained and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Pipeline profile, pressure limits and average flow rates are explained and discussed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain and discuss the purpose and function of pipeline equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pipeline equipment is identified correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose and function of pipeline equipment is explained and discussed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Understand pipeline terminology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pipeline terminology is described and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Product, client and depot codes are described and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Cycle number generation is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain and discuss the purpose of company-specific operational procedures, policies and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of company-specific operational procedures, policies and instructions can be explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Company-specific operational procedures, policies and instructions are correctly obtained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Company-specific operational procedures, policies, instructions and relevant symbols are interpreted correctly. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Generate and/or obtain pipeline operations documentation and reports. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different types of pipeline operations documentation and reports can be identified, explained and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The different pipeline operations documentation and reports are obtained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The correct data capturing systems are utilised for the generation, extraction and obtaining of different documents and/or reports. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that has been accredited by the relevant ETQA.
    2. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
    3. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA as prescribed.
    4. Moderation of assessment will be done by the relevant ETQA as prescribed.
    5. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be certified as competent against this unit standard and registered as an assessor to assess this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The learners can understand and explain the following:
  • Pipeline network layout.
  • The role of the pipeline in the transport sector.
  • Commodities transported in the pipeline networks.
  • Pipeline profile.
  • Pipeline terminology.
  • The purpose and function of pipeline equipment.
  • Pipeline equipment identification.
  • Product identification.
  • Product, client and depot codes.
  • Cycle number generation.
  • Purpose of company-specific operational procedures, policies, instructions and related symbols.
  • Different types of pipeline operations documentation and reports. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    Learner and societal development

    Learners can understand the importance of:
  • Being a team player in the work environment and in society.
  • Communicating effectively in the work environment and in society. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem-solving.

    Learners can solve problems with regard to:
  • Equipment failures.
  • Communication failures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work.

    Learners can work effectively in teams when:
  • Sharing and communicating information related to operations documentation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and self-management.

    A learner can organise and manage himself by:
  • Executing the task(s) responsibly.
  • Maintaining a high level of discipline and flexibility.
  • Adhering to time frames and prioritisation.
  • Accessing of company specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication.
    Learners can communicate information effectively to relevant role-players by utilising various communication systems to capture, record, extract or forward documentation and/or reports correctly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology.

    Learners can use science and technology by using:
  • Computer systems.
  • Automated equipment.
  • Communication systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems.
    Learners can understand the importance of accurate information capturing/recording in the pipeline industry. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Information evaluation

    Learners can interpret and evaluate information with regard to:
  • Depot layout.
  • Pipeline routes and profiles.
  • Operations notices.
  • Policies, procedures and instructions related to operations.
  • Operating systems displays.
  • Information systems displays.
  • Log sheets, handover books, station checklists.
  • Pipeline operations documentation and reports. 

  • 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 
    Assessment process

    1. Assessment methods

    1. Written tests.
    2. Practical tests.
    3. Oral/on-the-job.
    4. In situ (on-the-job) observations.
    5. Simulation.
    6. Structured classroom discussions and oral tests.

    These methods must be selected carefully based on the purpose of the assessment (for example, the written method could be used to assess knowledge, or on-the-job demonstration for practical competence). The assessment must integrate a number of different methods (no less than two of those detailed above) in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes.
    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:

    1. Written statements from persons (e.g. current and / or previous employer/s, colleagues, peers, managers, external customers) confirming competence of the learner.
    2. Relevant certificates or awards.
    3. Previous assessment records.
    4. Logbook or registers stating evidence of performance.

    Values

    In addition the following values should be demonstrated:
  • Responsibility.
  • Accountability.

    Supplementary information

    Terminology

    Logbook refers to evidence of training and job performance

    Certification

    The learner will be certified as competent when he/she is able to demonstrate an understanding of the pipeline industry, the related equipment and documentation.

    Credits
    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcomes:

    Activity
  • Theory-40 Hours
  • Self directed learning-6 Hours
  • On-the-job learning-120 Hours
  • Assessment-8 Hours
    Total-174 Hours

    Credits achieved: 17 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49216   National Certificate: Pipeline Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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. Transnet School of Pipelines 



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