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Occupational Certificate: Routine Road Maintenance Manager 
101864  Occupational Certificate: Routine Road Maintenance Manager 
Development Quality Partner - SANRAL 
-   OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
Occupational Certificate  Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction  Civil Engineering Construction 
Undefined  120  Not Applicable  NQF Level 05  Regular-ELOAC 
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
SAQA 088/22  2022-12-06  2023-06-30 
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. 

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as a Routine Road Maintenance Manager.

A Routine Road Maintenance Manager (RRMM) identifies road maintenance needs and plans, organises, directs, controls, administers and coordinates the routine maintenance of roads, and manages the physical and human resources involved in the routine road maintenance process in either a supervisory or contracting context.

A qualified learner will be able to:
  • Plan and prepare for Road Maintenance (RM) activities on site.
  • Manage compliance with RM contract documentation.
  • Manage and co-ordinate RM activities on site.

    In consultation with South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL), which can be regarded as an industry leader in the field of Routine Road Maintenance (RRM), the need for qualified Routine Road Maintenance Managers has been identified. Routine Road maintenance is not part of the formal curriculum of tertiary education, which presents civil engineering/construction courses. Skills required by Routine Road Maintenance Managers include knowledge to enable management of general routine road maintenance projects, i.e. understand, direct and coordinate pre-project planning; understand general contract documentation; implement administrative systems and be able to coordinate, direct and guide general maintenance activities executed by main contractors and/or Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) subcontractors in a safe and cost-effective manner. These skills will speak to a specific context of management, i.e. managing routine road maintenance activities in a broader civil engineering construction context, in this case, the larger part of the life cycle of road infrastructure, after actual construction.

    Learners accessing this qualification will mostly come from employed persons currently working on National, Provincial and Municipalities RRM projects.

    Persons with this qualification will improve the level of service on roads with effective management of RRM projects. This qualification will address the scarce skills identified through Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) and generate competent managers to effect the outcomes and conditions of Provincial Road Maintenance Grant (PRMG). 

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
    RPL for access to the external integrated summative assessment: Accredited providers and approved workplaces must apply the internal assessment criteria specified in the related curriculum document to establish and confirm prior learning. Accredited providers and workplaces must confirm prior learning by issuing a statement of result or certifying a work experience record.

    RPL for access to the qualification: Accredited providers and approved workplaces may recognise prior learning against the relevant access requirements.

    Entry Requirements:
  • NQF 4 with mathematics and a minimum of 2 years assessed technical experience working on RRM projects. 


    This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge and Practical Skill Modules:
    Knowledge Modules:
  • 132301001-KM-01, Legal requirements, Accommodation of Traffic and Health and Safety, Level 5, 2 Credits.
  • 132301001-KM-02, Environment, Energy Efficiency and Ethics, Level 4, 2 Credits.
  • 132301001-KM-03, Construction Project Support, Level 4, 2 Credits.
  • 132301001-KM-04, Industry Contexts, and Application, Level 4, 4 Credits.
  • 132301001-KM-05, Communication Theory, Level 4, 2 Credits.
  • 132301001-KM-06, Project Planning and Administration in RRM, Level 5, 4 Credits.
  • 132301001-KM-07, Quality Control on RRM sites, Level 5, 4 Credits.
  • 132301001-KM-08, Co-ordinate information for Road Incident Management System, Level 4, 4 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 24.

    Practical Skill Modules:
  • 132301001-PM-01, Conduct inventory and condition assessment of all assets in the road reserve, Level 5, 8 Credits.
  • 132301001-PM-02, Identify, quantify, prioritise and schedule the maintenance needs, Level 5, 6 Credits.
  • 132301001-PM-03, Read and interpret relevant contract documentation, Level 5, 7 Credits.
  • 132301001-PM-04, Manage RRM projects to meet time, budget and quality requirements, Level 5, 6 Credits.
  • 132301001-PM-05, Manage payments certificates, Level 5, 5 Credits.
  • 132301001-PM-06, Apply a site management system, Level 4, 4 Credits.
  • 132301001-PM-07, Manage statutory control of the road reserve, Level 5, 4 Credits.
  • 132301001-PM-08, Implement traffic accommodation measures during maintenance operations, Level 4, 4 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 44.

    This qualification also requires the following Work Experience Modules:
  • 132301001-WM-01, Processes, and procedures for inventory and condition assessment on a section of surfaced or unsurfaced road and compilation of relevant reports, Level 5, 17 Credits.
  • 132301001-WM-02, Processes, and procedures related to compliance with contract documentation, Level 5, 17 Credits.
  • 132301001-WM-03, Processes, and procedures for managing and maintaining a section or sections of a surfaced or unsurfaced road, Level 5, 18 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 52. 

    1. Plan and prepare Routine Road Maintenance Management (RRMM) activities and apply specifications and Employer requirements.
    2. Manage compliance with RRMM contract documentation.
    3. Manage and co-ordinate RRMM activities on site. 

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Surveyor General diagrams, drawings, and specifications are explained and interpreted within the Routine Road Maintenance Management (RRMM) context.
  • Assets, features, and vegetation within the road reserve are identified according to specifications.
  • The condition of the assets in terms of degree and extent of defects is recorded in accordance with RRM documentation.
  • A list of defects is compiled and prioritised as per the Employer requirements.
  • Appropriate maintenance options are selected according to RRMM project specifications.
  • Measurement principles are applied for the quantification of the selected treatment of the various recorded defects, according to RRM project specifications.
  • A programme is produced as per priority list.
  • Schedule of Quantities used as per the specifications.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • General and Special Conditions governing the contract are interpreted and explained in accordance with RRM specifications.
  • Standard specifications are read and interpreted using the accompanying drawings.
  • Project specifications and schedule of quantities are read and interpreted using the accompanying drawings.
  • The difference between the Standard and Project specifications are illustrated, to indicate the different functions of the two specifications.
  • Sub-contract tender criteria are met, awarded and signed in accordance with RRMM specifications.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • A project programme is developed, assessed and approved using the applicable software.
  • A budget is compiled based on a list of actual defects.
  • Required tests are identified on a simulated section of work as per RRMM requirements.
  • Test results are evaluated in terms of the RRM specifications.
  • A check list is compiled for visual inspections to be carried out on a simulated or physical section of work.
  • The required construction methods have been identified as applicable to RRM requirements.
  • Data captured in accordance with employers specifications.
  • Payment certificate is produced in accordance with Employers specifications.
  • The accuracy of data input is verified against hard copy documentation.
  • The applicable site management system procedures are applied in accordance with RRM requirements.
  • Various reports are produced and submitted, including project operations report, condition report, slope management report, etc. in accordance with project requirements.
  • Inspection, investigation, reporting and implementing action against statutory control transgressions, etc. meet statutory control procedures and protocols.
  • Way-leave conditions are facilitated and managed according to Employer specifications and or instructions.
  • The planning, placing of signs, barricading, maintenance and removal of road/lane closures are executed according to South African Road Traffic Sign Manual (SARTSM) Section 13 and Employer traffic accommodation drawings.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Integrated Formative Assessment:
    The skills development provider will use the curriculum to guide them on the stipulated internal assessment criteria and weighting. They will also apply the scope of practical skills and applied knowledge as stipulated by the internal assessment criteria. This integrated formative assessment leads to entrance into the integrated external summative assessment.

    Integrated Summative Assessment:
    An external integrated summative assessment, conducted through the relevant Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) Assessment Quality Partner is required for the issuing of this qualification. The external integrated summative assessment will focus on the Exit Level Outcomes and Associated Assessment Criteria. The external assessment will be conducted through a combination of a written assessment and demonstration of practical tasks at a registered assessment centre and marked by registered assessors. The combination of the written and practical assessment will be conducted over a period of two working days. During both the theoretical and practical assessments, the learner must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of planning and preparation for a Routine Road Maintenance project, managing compliance with documentation and to manage and co-ordinate activities within the Routine Road Maintenance projects. 

    No formal national registered qualifications were found as training is mostly provided on demand. Work-based training takes place where routine road maintenance is undertaken based on the applicable road maintenance standards in relation to the environment.

    The level of training varies significantly and includes:
  • Courses for persons with some basic education background (World Bank training course and International Road Federation videos for example).
  • Certificates or Diplomas for persons with a grade 12 school back ground (City of Bath College (United Kingdom), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and United States of America (USA) state authorities.
  • Graduate Certificates or Diplomas for persons with a tertiary education (Centre for Pavement Engineering Education Australia (Australia).

    In Africa, most countries receive training from the World Bank. The World Bank has been instrumental in facilitating the implementation of road maintenance contracts and the training of contractors to execute these contracts. Countries mentioned on the World Bank website are Lebanon, Ghana, Lesotho, etc.

    The USA and Australian programmes, although at different levels of basic knowledge, were considered to be comparable in terms of content, with the curriculum herein developed for South Africa. The USA course, for example, is designed as an intensive program for State, district, and county maintenance managers and supervisors. This is presented as the Maintenance Leadership Academy available from the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) National Highway Institute (NHI). Participants will study personnel management, materials selection, equipment use, budgeting, and maintenance planning.

    Australia: is the National Register on Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia:

    Registered Training Organisations ({RTOs) are required to deliver Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) components - Training Packages, Qualifications, Accredited Courses, Skill Sets, Units-of­ competency.

    The Unit of Competency RIICBS208D - Conduct road maintenance operations:
    This unit describes a participant's skills and knowledge required to conduct road maintenance operations in Civil Construction. This unit is appropriate for those working in operational roles.
    1. Plan and prepare to conduct road maintenance operations.
    2. Set up road maintenance unit.
    3. Repair damaged road surfaces.
    4. Carry out operator maintenance.
    5. Clean up.

    105 RTOs, which are approved to deliver this Unit of Competency, are registered on the website. This ensures a uniform standard across Australia for Basic qualifications in Road Maintenance. However, there are no formal training institutions with programmes on the Basic level to compare. A postgraduate programme is available-

    Centre for Pavement Engineering Education:
    Centre for Pavement Engineering Education {CPEE)'s units of study have been developed with advice from industry, government, research bodies and the private sector. Students build on Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 7/8 qualifications (Bachelor degree/ Honours/ Graduate Certificate) to acquire the overarching skills and knowledge essential for subsequent specialisation within pavement technology. CPEE offers two postgraduate qualifications:

    1. Master of Pavement Technology Graduate (AQF Qualification level: 9) Entry-level: A minimum relevant academic qualification at AQF Level 8.
    A minimum relevant academic qualification at AQF Level 7 plus a minimum of 5 years relevant industrial experience in pavement engineering or a related field.
    Duration: One year. (Part time - maximum 6 years)
    Graduation requirement: the three (3) core units - Fundamentals of Roads and Pavements, Road Construction and Drainage Principles, Industry Research-; plus five (5) units from the prescribed electives.
    2. Certificate in Pavement Technology {AQF Qualification level: 8) Entry-level: A minimum relevant academic qualification at AQF Level 7.
    A minimum relevant academic qualification at AQF Level 6 plus a minimum of 5 years relevant industrial experience in pavement engineering or a related field.
    Duration: Six months. (Part time- maximum 3 years).
    Graduation requirement: the two (2) core units - Fundamentals of Roads and Pavements, Road Construction and Drainage Principles -; plus two (2) units from the prescribed electives.

    List of available units:
  • Road Pavement Design Pavement Construction.
  • Road and Pavement Surfacings.
  • Heavy Duty Pavements.
  • Pavement Management Systems and Performance Road Asset Management.
  • Road Construction and Drainage Principles.
  • Water and Drainage Engineering and Management Project Evaluation and Management.
  • Pavement Renewal - Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Road and Pavement Maintenance.
  • Contracts: Principles, Management and Risks Industry Research.
  • Asset Management Fundamentals Asset Management Practices Infrastructure Financial Management Work Based Project.
  • Water Essentials.
  • Management of Water Assets and Risks

    CPEE also offers an extensive range of short courses each year. These include 1, 2 and 3 Day Courses and Workshops covering Road and Pavement Technology. They are largely structured around the learning's offered in CPEE Post Graduate studies.

    {There are no basic level programmes to compare, only a Postgraduate one).

    Institute of Technology Sligo
    Postgraduate Certificate in Road Maintenance Engineering & Network Management (Online). Entry-level: Post Grad Diploma or M. Eng or Post Grad Certificate BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Duration: One year.
    A blended on-line lecture/workshop/project-based program ...meeting the requirements of a Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) validated award - Level 9 on the (National Framework of Qualifications) NFQ.
    The programme is divided into 2 Semesters each with three 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) modules.
    Assessment is a blend of continuous assessment, project work, and final written exams. Successful graduates of this programme can transfer into Stage 2 of the on-line.

    Postgraduate Diploma/ MEng in Road and Transport Engineering which is designed to meet the needs of Engineers Ireland accreditation for Chartered Engineer.

    Semester 1: Network Management and Contracts Traffic Control and Safety Transportation Planning.

    Semester 2: Geotechnical Engineering and Drainage Systems Road Pavement and Design Management Structural Assessment and Inspection.
    This course will prepare local authority engineers, consultants and contractors with the knowledge, skills and competences required for success in road and transport engineering.

    Australia appears to have implemented a well-developed system, with its Registered Training Organisations, which must conform to a uniform standard. Work based training takes place within this environment, but no academic programmes are listed. In Ireland no basic training programmes were discovered, only a postgraduate qualification. The short courses in the Australian programme was considered to be comparable in terms of content, with the curriculum herein developed for South Africa. South Africa's qualification compares favourably with the programmes considered in terms of content and complexity. 

    Horizontal articulation is possible to:
  • National Diploma: Management of Civil Engineering Construction Processes, Level 5.
  • National Certificate: Civil Engineering Construction: Manufacturing, Level 5.

    Vertical articulation is possible to:
  • National Diploma: Engineering: Civil, Level 6. 



    Qualifying for external assessment:
    In order to qualify for an external assessment, learners must provide proof of completion of all required modules by means of a statement of results and work experience.

    Additional legal or physical entry requirements:

    Criteria for the accreditation of providers:
    Accreditation of providers will be done against the criteria as reflected in the relevant curriculum on the QCTO website.

    The curriculum title and code is: Routine Road Maintenance Manager: 132301001.

    This qualification encompasses the following trades as recorded on the NLRD:
  • This is not a trade qualification.

    Part Qualifications:


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