HRETDs asphalt paver training course details
Operate hot mix
asphalt paving machines
SAQA unit standard: 262787
Field: Physical Planning and Construction
NQF level:  02 (8 credits)
Maximum learners per group: Five learners
Novice training duration: Five days
Re-certification training duration: One day
HRETDs asphalt paver training course details
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Advanced driving
Crane operations
Lift trucks
Lifting operations
Earthmoving plant
Construction plant
Air compressors
Asphalt pavers
Ready mix tanker trucks
Rock breakers
Tyre handler attachments
Construction site safety
Health and safety
ISO standards
Dangerous goods
Tools & powertools
Landscaping tools
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Included in this mutimedia training programme The Operate a Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Machine course is designed for both novice and experienced operators who may be expected to operate a hot mix asphalt paving machine while performing their daily duties.

Learners who achieve the course objectives will, upon completion, be able to demonstrate knowledge of the functions, plan for work activities and prepare the work area, start and shut down the hot mix asphalt paving machine and operate and transport the hot mix asphalt paving machine to and from the work site.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a grade 7 certificate or equivalent qualification.

For any queries regarding the requirements and conditions of hot mix asphalt paving machine training, contact our skills development advisor for more information.

Construction plant operations

Each learner will receive

Hot mix asphalt paving machine operator training

Road building plant operations training

Course content

Getting to know the asphalt paving machine

We discuss the different types of asphalt paving machines and the components of a tractor-drawn and self-propelling asphalt paving machine, including the tractor and screed units.

Basic mechanical appreciation of asphalt pavers


We take learners over the legal responsibilities in a nutshell, Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993, Mine Health and Safety Act of 1996 and the use of protective clothing.

Asphalt paver safety precautions

We discuss hazards, safety equipment checklist, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for operators, safety on paving projects including first aid for hot asphalt burns, steam and explosions, open belts and pulleys, fumes, hydrogen sulphide, dust cloud accidents, slippery surfaces and asphalt safety reminders.

Daily checks and procedures

We take learners through walk-around, start-up and shutdown checks and procedures, precautions during refuelling, weekly or 50-hour checks, safe maintenance procedures and tyre safety.

Controls, levers, pedals and instruments

Operating and transporting the asphalt paving machine

We explain the operating techniques and precautions, starting of the engine, moving off with the machine, shifting between forward and reverse, steering, working on inclines, compacting, parking, checking after shutdown, cleaning and transporting the machine.

Assessment methods

We conduct a formative theoretical assessment at the beginning of the course to gauge the learner’s initial understanding (novices only). At the end of the training, a summative theoretical and practical application assessment is conducted, to find if the learner is competent; if not, additional developmental areas are identified and suggested.

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Training programme accreditation

This training programme is aligned to the Construction Education Training Authority (CETA) in accordance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) unit standard 243272: Operate a Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Machine.

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent to operate a hot mix asphalt paving machine, the candidate will receive a certificate of competence that is valid life-long, excepting where it is the policy of the company to have the operator refreshed every two years.

HRETD offers training programmes, from short skills courses to train the trainer courses. We specialise in legal compliance training that is accredited with the TETA and CETA when it comes to technical training, operator training, in service training and onsite training. Our assessors and facilitator trainers responsible for assessment, recertification and certification offer effective training that is Cost effective, competitively priced and affordable in the SADC region including Namibia. We also offer course development. For the transport and logistics industry we offer driver training, advanced driver training and Dangerous goods by road training, as well as diesel locomotive shunting and Fuel bowser training. Rigid heavy vehicle, tip truck, vehicle combination and Water cart training are also offered. When it comes to crane operations training, the lifting machines we specialise in are Heavy cranes and Mobile cranes, as well as Mobilifts, Cabin Overhead cranes, Pendant Overhead cranes and Single girder hoists. We also do Telescopic materials handler, sometimes called Telehandlers and Truck mounted cranes, sometimes called HIAB and Tower cranes. We train on a variety of lift trucks and forklift including counterbalanced lift truck, Advanced defined purpose lift trucks, defined purpose lift trucks and Side loader lift trucks. We also do rough terrain lift trucks, Reach trucks and Pedestrian stackers. Besides these, we also train on order pickers, Side loaders, Very narrow aisle lift trucks and Rail mounted stackers. We give a variety of lifting equipment and lifting operations training including Basic rigging, Banksman and Lifting equipment inspection. We also offer Safe lifting practise training. When it comes to earthmoving plant, we do articulated dump trucks, Concrete dumpers, Excavators and Face shovels. Also offered is Front end loaders, Graders and Rigid dump trucks. We specialise in training for Scrapers, Skid steer loaders and TLBs. Other earthmoving training includes Track type dozers, Tractors and Wheeled dozers (bulldozers). Tractor loader backhoe and dumpers are also offered. Our construction plant training courses includes Asphalt pavers, MEWP (also called cherry picker or mobile elevating works platform), rock breaker and jackhammer, rollers (road rollers) and Tyre handler attachments. When it comes to scaffolding training, we give scaffolding erecting and scaffold inspection – basically scaffolding safety which complies with SANS 10085 – 2004. Our health and safety training includes Construction Regulations 2014 overview or in depth, Construction site flagman and Excavation safety inspection. We also do Ladder inspection, Site safety awareness and Working at heights (also referred to as heights safety or fall arrest as well as Accident/incident investigation and Confined space entry. We offer accredited Fire fighting level 1 and Fire fighting level 2, as well as accredited First aid level 1 and First aid level 2 training. Other safety training we offer is General housekeeping, Handling HAZMAT and Health and safety rep (also called SHE rep and SHEQ), permissions training such as Hot work permissions, Lockout and isolation (also called Lockout Tagout training) We cover the OHS in depth and we have an overview course. We provide Stacking and storing and Stacking and storing HAZMAT (Hazardous materials) training. We train in powertools safety (correctly written power tools) such as Angle grinders, Boilermaking techniques (and welding and arc cutting), Cut-off saws and general Workshop safety including hand tools. When it comes to landscaping (both horticulture and agricultural), we offer Brush cutters, Chainsaws and Lawnmower training.