HRETDs fuel bowser training course details
Safely transport and distribute
fuel using fuel bowsers
SAQA unit standard: 257135
Field: Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology
NQF level:  02 (4 credits)
Maximum learners per group: Five learners
Novice training duration: Five days
Re-certification training duration: One day
HRETDs fuel bowser training course details
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HRETD offers training in the SADC regions and beyond
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Training requirments
Advanced driving
Dangerous goods by road
Diesel locomotive shunting
Fuel bowsers
Rigid heavy vehicles
Tip trucks
Tow Tractor
Vehicle combinations
Water carts
Crane operations
Lift trucks
Lifting operations
Earthmoving plant
Construction plant
Construction site safety
Health and safety
ISO standards
Dangerous goods
Tools & powertools
Landscaping tools

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Included in this mutimedia training programme This training programme is beneficial to operators who are responsible for transporting both petrol and diesel in the mining and construction sectors, in alignment with legislation, safe mechanical handling and vehicle safety requirements. Our fuel bowser course is designed for novice and experienced learners, providing drivers with the necessary skills and knowledge to operate a fuel bowser safely and efficiently.

Entry requirements

Grade 9 certificate or ABET level 4 is required to attend this course and a code B national driver’s license is mandatory, if operating on South African roads in accordance with The National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996.

Advanced driver training

Each learner will receive

Fuel bowser operator training

Off-road vehicles

Course content

Basic mechanical appreciation of fuel bowsers

We outline the fuel bowser’s major components and systems of engine lubrication, cooling, fuel, electrical and hydraulics, the transmission and drive train, etc., and how they all fit into the functioning of the machine.

National Road Traffic Act

We take the learners through fundamental rules, lights, emergency red triangles, the dangers of reckless/negligent/inconsiderate driving, alcohol and drugs, use of roads and freeways, divided roads, general speed limits, passing and overtaking, crossing roads and lanes, hindering traffic flow, traffic lanes, stopping, parking, conveying goods, pedestrians, collisions/accidents, damage to the road, emergency vehicles and general duties of drivers and passengers.

Road traffic signs and markings

Defensive driving – the system of vehicle control

We explain the S I P D E process and application of the system of vehicle control.

Pre-trip inspections

We explain the reasons a driver must prepare the vehicle combination for a trip, preparations for a trip, knowing the vehicle on approach, pre-trip inspection – exterior, pre-trip inspection – interior, starting procedure - manual transmission, shutdown procedure.

Operating the fuel dispensing equipment

We outline the pre-operational safety requirements, operations of the equipment and post-operational shut-downs.

Fuel bowser accident procedures and prevention

What is an accident? How can it be avoided/prevented?

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 Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) in accordance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) unit standard 257135: Transport and Distribute Fuel using a Fuel Bowser.

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent to operate a fuel bowser, 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.