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Occupational Certificate: Port Manager 
118767  Occupational Certificate: Port Manager 
Development Quality Partner-TETA 
-   OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
Occupational Certificate  Field 11 - Services  Transport, Operations and Logistics 
Undefined  132  Not Applicable  NQF Level 06  Regular-ELOAC 
Registered  EXCO 0522/24  2022-02-03  2025-12-31 
2026-12-31   2029-12-31  

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 Port Manager.

The Port manager plans, organises, directs, controls and coordinates the operations of an airport or Harbour.

A qualified learner will be able to:
  • Manage the Airport or Harbour function.
  • Comply with the legal framework within which Airport or Harbour operations takes place.
  • Observe Airport or Harbour safety and - security.
  • Maintain the operations of Airport (both landside and airside) or Harbour.

    The development of this qualification resulted from an identified industry need and represents a significant step forward in the established sub-field learning pathway. It will contribute to sustainable and professional management of ports and terminals to ensure South Africa's economic growth and prosperity.

    This qualification has been generated to ensure South Africa's compliance with international competitive trends in the ports and harbours industry. A new port training strategy was the subject of a United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held in Porto during May 2002, where South Africa attended. A plan of action for the implementation of the new Port Management Programme (PMP) was established at the conference for three represented linguistic groups, being French, Portuguese and English. This qualification provides for implementation of that programme in South Africa.

    To date all training of managers for South African ports was outsourced to Belgium and the Netherlands. There is, therefore, a need for an NQF compliant qualification that will provide the South African authorities with the opportunity to present this qualification locally. The typical learners for this qualification will include terminal operators. Supervisors, middle managers, stevedore operators, ships' agents, clearing and forwarding agents, master mariners, port managers and harbour masters.
    The economy requires efficient and effective port management competencies for economic growth purposes as well as assists in the global move towards a greener world by contributing towards building energy efficient aviation and harbour practices. 

    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:
    The minimum entry requirement for this qualification is:
  • NQF Level 4 qualification with relevant experience in the harbour or airport environment. 


    This qualification is made up of compulsory Knowledge, Practical Skill and Work Experience Modules:

    Knowledge Modules
  • Management Theory, NQF Level 6, 15 Credits.
  • Environment, Energy Efficiency and Ethics, NQF Level 6, 2 Credits.
  • Business Essentials, NQF Level 3, 5 Credits.
  • Transport Risk, NQF Level 6, 1 Credits.

    Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 35

    Practical Skill Modules
  • Manage the Airport/Harbour Operations Function, NQF Level 6, 20 Credits.
  • Ensure Compliance within the Regulatory and Legislative Frameworks for the Airport/Harbour Environment, NQF Level 6, 15 Credits.
  • Ensure a Safe Airport/Harbour, NQF Level 6, 10 Credits.
  • Maintain a Secure Airport/Harbour environment, NQF Level 6, 10 Credits.
  • Maintain Airport/Harbour Operations, NQF Level 6, 20 Credits.

    Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 75

    Work Experience Modules
  • Management Procedures for Ensuring Effective and Efficient Operations of the Airport/Harbour, NQF Level 5, 8 Credits.
  • Management Processes for Legal and Regulatory Compliance within the Airport/Harbour Environment, NQF Level 5, 6 Credits.
  • Safety and Security Practices and Processes within Airport/Harbour, NQF Level 5, 4 Credits.
  • Maintenance Processes for Airport/Harbour operations, NQF Level 5, 4 Credits.

    Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 22 

    1. Manage the Airport/Harbour function.
    2. Comply with the legal framework within which Airport/Harbour operations.
    3. Observe Airport/Harbour safety and security.
    4. Maintain the operations of Airport (both landside and airside)/Harbour. 

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Compile the report for the strategic plan that complies to standard set out for general practice in the industry.
  • Create the strategic plan that specifies a set of goals and targets aligned with the strategic objectives.
  • Compile a report on management system that demonstrates improved efficiencies between different components of the organisation.
  • Clearly define the needs for, application and communication of contingency plans.
  • Draft the structure that provides adequate reflection of interrelationship between different components and functions of the organisation.
  • Conduct the stakeholder analysis that provides adequate information about their respective interests, expectation and influence and the organisational strategies that can be implemented to mitigate adverse effect and realise growth and development of the organisation.
  • Develop change management approaches that ensure increased buy-in and less resistance to new structures and systems.
  • Adequately report the differences between managing and lead the organisation to show practical differences.
  • Discuss and explain the basic activities in the management process and their relationship.
  • Clearly define ethical conduct, with specific focus on the learner's own organisation and identifying areas for improvement.
  • Correctly describe the roles and responsibilities of Airport/Harbour managers in both private and public sector organisations demonstrate by real application.
  • Correctly demonstrate the use of communication protocols and skills during simulation and engage the support of immediate line managers with ideas or initiative.
  • Evaluate the extent to which the people in the organisation managed towards the pursuit of functional and organisational objectives.
  • Identify the effects that the various stakeholders might have on decisions made within the Airport/Harbour function.
  • Describe the impact of a Code of Ethics on organisational operational activities with practical application.
  • Correctly use the various forms of communication and reporting to achieve maximum impact.
  • Creatively Utilise models for cost reductions and revenue enhancement.
  • Demonstrate appreciation for effectiveness of operational requirements with regard to audit report for skills and competencies
  • Deploy information communication technology to enhance system efficiencies and organisational performance.
  • Utilise allocation of human resources matche competencies and skills available to achieve business goals.
  • Present an organisational performance report to demonstrate efficiencies of application of enterprise resource planning models.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Prepare for a site inspection (from the regulatory body) to meet the compliance obligations of the organisation.
  • Ensure that identified environmental risks covered adequately by mitigation and action steps listed in the risk control and contingency plans.
  • Develop an airport/Harbour master plan and infrastructure enhancement plan that is compliant to the existing regulatory environment.
  • Attend to all security plans for air space and the harbour risks highlighted by existing regulations and laws.
  • Ensure that procedures developed comply to import and export regulations.
  • Ensure that advice given to customers in five transactions conforms to the requirements of customs regulations.
  • Ensure that a report compiled to advice importers and exporters outline all their contractual and legal obligations.
  • Ensure that the maintenance of documents complies to Licensing Authority certification requirements.
  • Compile a programme for staff training in accordance with certification requirements.
  • Ensure that the application for exemption from the Licensing Authority is in accordance with stipulated procedures and requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Ensure that health and safety management system and policy is aligned to international standards.
  • Compile a benchmarked training programme for skilling of staff in health and safety protocols that complies to the legislation.
  • Develop an audit programme to review contractors against health and safety legislation that complies to international protocols.
  • Create an inventory for personal protective clothing requirements that meets international standards and legislation.
  • Ensure that the quality control audit compares to existing standards international benchmarks.
  • Develop Policy and plans based on best practices methodologies.
  • Ensure that trend analysis on safety of the Airport/Harbour complies to standard reporting procedures.
  • Ensure that Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment checklists address all areas of operation for airport/harbour.
  • Allocate responsibilities meet the standards of Airport/Harbour security requirements.
  • Ensure that communications between security committees, news media, other states, regulating bodies comply to standard practices within the industry.
  • Identify restricted areas and implement protective measures.
  • Develop access control system and security infrastructure systems that are comparable to international standards.
  • Ensure that board vessels, navigational and other vital facilities are afforded security systems comparable to the levels of identified threat.
  • Develop screening procedures comparable to international standards and benchmarks.
  • Ensure that special screening procedures comply to legislation.
  • Identify and source different security equipment using procurement procedures.
  • Ensure that measures for calibration of security machines follow manufacture specifications.
  • Develop unlawful Interference checklist to cover all aspect of the regulations.
  • Ensure that the report recommending implementing corrective measures follows acceptable problems solving techniques.
  • Effectively judge communication with the news, media and management is against best practices.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Compare customer service plan to best practice in the industry.
  • Introduce incentive scheme to motivate staff to demonstrate elements of improving customer service excellence.
  • Audit Airport/Harbour infrastructure development and maintenance plan to show appreciation of manufacture specification and scheduled action plan.
  • Set key performance indicators for the effective operations of an Airport/Harbour.
  • Assess performance and introduce a continuous improvement programme.

    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 formative assessment leads to entrance into the integrated external summative assessment.

    External Integrates Summative Assessment
    An external integrated summative assessment, conducted through the relevant 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. 

    This qualification was compared to the following international qualifications:
    This International Comparability study was undertaken to examine the Airport/harbour manager occupation, including the level of qualification, duration, and contents of the related curriculum. The purpose is to facilitate the development of a meaningful learning path and its associated curriculum incorporating both theoretical and practical skills which will ensure compatibility, comparability and compliance with existing international qualification specification and regulation. This exercise further provides baseline information towards benchmarking the curriculum under development for the Transport and Education Training Authority (Teta).

    A preliminary literature review considered a total of 10 countries but, given the international regulatory bodies prevalent within this sector, training programmes are often standardised to meet prescribed international standards. Resultantly, several international providers have standardised compliant programmes and deliver them in several countries. Consequently, the countries included in the final comparability review were: United States of America (USA), Japan, Singapore, and United Kingdom (UK). All the qualifications and programmes researched were adequately comparable with South Africa.

    Most of the training in these countries is comparable irrespective of different providers responsible for the delivery. The duration of the programmes is one year each and, save for the depth and detail for each, they cover practically similar concerns. 

    This qualification provides opportunities for horizontal and vertical articulation options.

    Horizontal Articulation:
  • Diploma in Transportation Management, NQF Level 6.
  • National Diploma: Freight Handling Logistics, NQF Level 6.

    Vertical Articulation:
  • Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Transportation Management, NQF Level 7. 

  • NOTES 
    Qualifying for External Assessment:
    To qualify for an external assessment, learners must provide proof of completion of all required knowledge and practical modules by means of statements of results and a record of completed 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 QCTO website.

    The curriculum title and code are: Port Manager: 132407000.

    Encompassed Trade:
    This qualification encompasses the following trades as recorded on the NLRD:
    This is not a trade qualification

    Assessment Quality Partner (AQP)
    South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).

  • None 


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