HRETDs rigid heavy vehicle training course details
rigid heavy vehicles
SAQA unit standard: 123253
Field: Services
NQF level:  04 (15 credits)
Maximum learners per group: Four learners
Novice training duration: Five days
Re-certification training duration: One day
HRETDs rigid heavy vehicle training course details
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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 HRETD’s rigid heavy vehicle course is designed for novice learners and experienced drivers, providing candidates with the necessary skills and knowledge to operate a rigid heavy vehicle while performing their daily duties.

A rigid heavy vehicle is defined as (a) a heavy motor goods or passenger vehicle above 3 500kg and not exceeding 16 000kg GMV; (b) a special vehicle (for example an ambulance or fire-fighting truck) above 3 500kg and not exceeding 16 000kg tare; (c) an extra-heavy goods or passenger vehicle above 16 000kg GMV and (d) a special vehicle above 16 000kg tare.

This unit standard forms part of the National Certificate: Professional Driving (SAQA ID 50285) and focuses on the ability of learners to be able to drive specific types of rigid heavy vehicles in accordance with legal, safety, manufacturer and other relevant requirements and reflect on the manner in which the vehicle is operated.

Entry requirements

Heavy vehicle national driver’s license code C1 (heavy motor vehicle: non-articulated), or national driver’s license code C (extra-heavy motor vehicle: non-articulated).

Advanced driver training

Each learner will receive

Rigid heavy vehicle driver training

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Course content

Prepare a rigid heavy vehicle for road transport trips

We discuss with learners the vehicle’s components to be checked and their workings; we conduct pre-trip inspection, record and report any defects and conduct preliminary tests.

Drive a rigid heavy vehicle

We coach learners to drive and manoeuvre the vehicle, K53 standards of driving and driving the vehicle according to manufacturers’ specifications.

Ensure the maintenance of road transport service quality

Consider time schedules and ensure freight quality/passenger safety and comfort, impact of load positioning and adherence to organisational standards, while considering safety and comfort factors.

Handle unexpected situations involving rigid heavy vehicles

We discuss how drivers can improvise and adapt to overcome unexpected situations according to specified safety procedures, as well as reporting unexpected situations.

Park rigid heavy vehicle in accordance with specified requirements

We discuss how the rigid heavy vehicle is parked, shutdown of the vehicle and how to secure the vehicle according to manufacturing specifications, traffic regulations and operational procedures.

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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TETA accreditedTraining programme accreditation

This training programme is registered and accredited by the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) in accordance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) unit standard 123253: Operate a Rigid Heavy Vehicle.

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent to operate a heavy rigid vehicle, the candidate will receive a certificate of competence that is valid for two years. Records are externally moderated quarterly by the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) for quality and compliance purposes.

Learners are required to undertake recertification training every two years, to keep their certificates valid and up to date.

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.
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