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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Occupational Certificate: Road Traffic Safety Officer 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
101875  Occupational Certificate: Road Traffic Safety Officer 
ORIGINATOR
DQP - Road Traffic Management Corporation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
-   OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Occupational Certificate  Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security  Safety in Society 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  390  Not Applicable  NQF Level 06  Regular-ELOAC 
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 purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as a Road Traffic Safety Officer.

A Road Traffic Safety Officer develops, designs and implements road safety plans to promote safe road usage by the public.

A qualified learner will be able to:
  • Design, develop and implement road safety programmes.
  • Conduct road infrastructure design and layout on road safety assessments.
  • Analyse traffic reports and generate an abstract.
  • Research, analyse and assess relevant road safety data.

    Rationale:
    Broad consultation with Institutions of Higher Learning, Provincial Departments of Transport, Metros, and other transport agencies was conducted by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) in collaboration with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) prior to and during the development of this qualification. As a result of these engagements, the Road Safety Officers' qualification was proposed. The completion of this qualification will equip those entering the road safety environment with the skills to competently function as Road Safety Officers.

    The rationale for the implementation of this qualification is to standardise the management and promotion of road safety that will benefit society by providing community support to enhance road safety initiatives.

    The learners who successfully complete this qualification will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to progress to higher levels within the road safety discipline. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    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:
  • Level 4 with Mathematical Literacy and Communication. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge and Practical Skill Modules:

    Knowledge Modules:
  • 541201001-KM-01, Road safety education and road safety systems, Level 6, 40 Credits.
  • 541201001-KM-02, Communication skills, Level 7, 30 Credits.
  • 541201001-KM-03, Introduction to criminology, Level 5, 15 Credits.
  • 541201001-KM-04, Project and programme management, Level 6, 40 Credits.
  • 541201001-KM-05, Introduction to Information Technology, Level 4, 10 Credits.
  • 541201001-KM-06, Legislation, Level 6, 10 Credits.
  • 541201001-KM-07, Public sector management, Level 6, 15 Credits.
  • 541201001-KM-08, Introduction to research methodology, Level 5, 20 Credits.
  • 541201001-KM-09, Introduction to road maintenance, design and related principles, Level 5, 15 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 195.

    Practical Skill Modules:
  • 541201001-PM-01, Design and develop a road safety plan, Level 6, 45 Credits.
  • 541201001-PM-02, Conduct research project and generate an abstract, Level 7, 40 Credits.
  • 541201001-PM-03, Assess/audit road related infrastructure , Level 6, 30 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 115.

    This qualification also requires the following Work Experience Modules:
  • 541201001-WM-01, Processes and procedures of designing and implementing a road safety plan , Level 6, 40 Credits.
  • 541201001-WM-02, Processes of assessing/auditing road related infrastructure, Level 6, 30 Credits.
  • 541201001-WM-03, Processes of conducting research and generating an abstract, Level 5, 10 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 80. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Design, develop and implement a road safety plan to promote safe road usage.
    2. Conduct a road related infrastructure audit/assessment.
    3. Conduct research project and generate an abstract. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • The road safety plan is designed and developed and the best solutions applied.
  • Official statistical data is obtained, analysed, interpreted and communicated.
  • Organisational etiquette and protocols are applied as per standard operating procedures.
  • A road safety implementation plan is developed.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • The road environment is examined and road safety infrastructure needs determined with recommendations made.
  • Relevant audit techniques are applied.
  • An assessment report with recommendations is drafted and circulated.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Research assignments are planned and reviewed using relevant literature and information.
  • Road safety project plans are formulated and proposed.
  • Relevant research approaches are applied.
  • An abstract is generated.
  • A research report is developed.
  • Organisational etiquette and protocols are applied as per standard operating procedures.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Integrated Formative Assessment:
    The skills development provider/s 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 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's) 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. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Based on international best practices the following countries have been chosen for comparability against this qualification:
  • United Kingdom.
  • Australia.

    United Kingdom:
    The Welsh Assembly Government offers a Level 4 National Vocational Qualification in Road Safety. This qualification is designed for those working within road safety. Candidates must complete seven mandatory units covering: contribute to formulating and implementing policy; formulate and implement strategies; identify, allocate and monitor resources; manage team performance; develop teams and individuals; maintain business relationships; and participate in advancing knowledge and practice. Candidates must also complete three optional units including: implement quality assurance systems; manage media relations and communications campaign; and recommend and co-ordinate a project design.

    The qualification content includes:
  • U1019515 - Maintaining Business Relationships.
  • U1027795 - Develop Teams and Individuals to Enhance Performance.
  • U1027798 - Manage the Performance of Teams and Individuals.
  • U1051216 - Contribute to the Formulation and Implementation of Policies.
  • U1051217 - Identify, Allocate and Monitor Resources for Programmes and Projects.
  • U1051218 - Participate in Advancing Knowledge and Practice.
  • U1019796 - Managing Media Relations.
  • U1027820 - Implement Quality Assurance Systems.
  • U1051221 - Recommend and Co-ordinate a Project Design.
  • U1051222 - Manage a Communications Campaign.
  • U1051219 - Prepare and Process Estimate, Bid and Tender Enquiries.
  • U1051220 - Negotiate and Agree a Project Brief and Design Programme.

    The Foundation Course, which is at the same level as this Qualification, provides learners with a solid grounding in the skills required to carry out their role. The duration of this course varies depending on the future role of the learner; up to six weeks for on-road and up to 4 weeks for control room staff. The intensive programme is designed to give learners exposure to managing incidents, dealing with customers and the media, patrolling and closing the network and the full range of activities that they will experience on the job. Further training takes place in the range of activities needed for using specialist equipment from the patrol vehicles and managing incidents. Early in the training learners meet the Police and other emergency services whom they will work alongside when managing incidents on the network.

    Some of the short courses that constitute the Leadership module are:
  • High Performance Leadership (duration 10 days full-time):
    > It provides a unique, sustainable pathway to high performance and also provides a vision and motivation for others.
  • The Director as Strategic Leader (duration 5 days full-time):
    > It addresses the question of an effective leader by understanding strategic leadership and one's role in the process.

    The university also runs a series of short courses on strategy which is a useful comparison for the competencies in this qualification.

    Some of the specific competencies that a learner will acquire during the course are:
  • Different leadership styles and an action plan to help apply them to the workplace.
  • Enhanced self-awareness and confidence to meet the challenges of leadership and increased responsibility.
  • More effective thinking skills.
  • New personal and organisational visions and goals.
  • Techniques for leading high performance teams.
  • Invaluable insights into lifestyle planning.

    Australia:
    The Queensland University of Technology offers a Certificate in Road Safety (PY40) and a Diploma in Road Safety (PY41). The Graduate Certificate fosters specialist and multidisciplinary skills and knowledge in the fields of road safety, accident prevention, and traffic and transport improvements. The program is relevant not only to those already employed by government or industry, as either managers, practitioners or researchers, but also those seeking to enter these fields.

    Students become conversant with real-world safety problems with input from psychology, humanities, public health, optometry, civil/mechanical/manufacturing and medical engineering staff, as well as guest lecturers from government and industry (e.g. state transport, police, and the insurance industry). Students undertake field study, and are able to complete workplace-based projects where appropriate. They gain experience in both individual and teamwork approaches to research, problem solving, information retrieval, and oral and written communication.

    The Diploma course focuses on the following areas:
  • Introduction to Road Safety.
  • Traffic Psychology and Behaviour.
  • Applying Traffic Psychology.
  • Road Safety Evaluation models.
  • Road Safety Audits - Investigation and Treatment of crash locations.

    Conclusion:
    This qualification compares favourably with qualifications as indicated above in terms of the complexity and content with specific reference to the practical training. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification articulates horizontally to the following qualifications:
  • National Diploma: Road Traffic and Municipal Policing Management Level 6, 360 Credits, (ID: 72643).
  • Occupational Certificate: Traffic Officer, Level 6, 406 Credits, (ID: 97639).

    This qualification articulates vertically with the following qualification:
  • Bachelor of Technology (BTech): Traffic Safety Management, Level 7, 480 Credits, (ID 72463). 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    Qualifying for external assessment:
  • In order to qualify for the external summative assessment, learners must provide proof of competency in all modules by means of statements of results and evidence of work experience.

    Additional legal or physical entry requirements:
  • None.

    Criteria for the accreditation of providers:
  • Accreditation of providers will be done against the criteria as reflected in the relevant curriculum on the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) website.
  • The curriculum title and code is: Road Traffic Safety Officer: 541201001.

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

    Part Qualifications:
  • None. 

  • LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


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