HRETDs vehicle combination training course details
vehicle combinations
SAQA unit standard: 123254
Field: Services
NQF level:  04 (20 credits)
Maximum learners per group: Four learners
Novice training duration: Five days
Re-certification training duration: One day
HRETDs vehicle combination 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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HRETDs pre-trip vehicle combination checklist
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Included in this mutimedia training programme Our vehicle combination course has been produced for novice learners and drivers with previous operating experience; it provides candidates with the skills and knowledge to operate a vehicle combination that is articulated.

A combination heavy vehicle is defined by the Department of Transport as (a) an articulated motor vehicle up to 25 000kg GCM; (b) a rigid vehicle above 3 500kg and not exceeding 16 000kg GVM pulling a trailer above 750kg GVM; (c) an articulated vehicle above 16 000kg GCM and (d) a rigid vehicle above 16 000kg GVM pulling a trailer above 750kg GVM.

This unit standard forms part of the National Certificate: Professional Driving (SAQA ID 50285) qualification and impresses upon learners the ability to drive specific types of combination vehicles in accordance with legal, safety, manufacturer and other relevant requirements and reflect on the manner in which the combination of motor vehicle and trailer is operated.

Entry requirements

Heavy vehicle national driver’s license code EC1 (heavy motor vehicle: articulated), or national driver’s license code EC (extra-heavy motor vehicle: articulated).

Advanced driver training

Each learner will receive

Combination heavy vehicle operator training

Freight delivery vehicles

Course content

Prepare a vehicle combination for a trip

We discuss preparations of a vehicle combination for a trip and the reasons for them, knowing the vehicle, inspecting the vehicle, both generally and pre-trip, starting the vehicle, general preliminary tests, including the brake and steering test.

Drive a vehicle combination

We Introduce learners to defensive driving, hazard identification, the vehicle control system, the S I P D E process, ABC of defensive driving, manoeuvring a vehicle combination, physical execution of the system of vehicle control, K53 standard of driving, driving the vehicle combination according to the manufacturer’s specifications, load distribution, parking, shutting down and securing the vehicle combination.

Couple and uncouple the drawing vehicle and trailers

We explain and demonstrate how to couple and uncouple a trailer from a drawing vehicle.

Handle emergency situations involving vehicle combinations

We discuss potential incidents and accidents such as skidding (types of skids), vehicle breakdowns and mechanical failures, vehicle fires and medical emergencies. We also go through hijack awareness, basic security measures and vehicle care, identification of hijack risks and reactions in a hijacking situation.

Reflect on vehicle and driver performance

We reflect on adjustment to different conditions, such as driving in wet weather, on dirt/gravel roads, at night, on mountains and hills, in urban environments, in peak traffic, on the freeway, or any combination thereof. We discuss economical driving, using correct gear, moving off, gear changing and stopping procedures, driving under fatigue, stress, the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, or with medical conditions, as well as the impact of additional trailers on the dynamics and centre of gravity of the vehicle combination.

Road transport service quality

We outline handling delays and maintaining the quality of freight.

Operating a Lowbed

We take learners through positioning the load on a low bed, equipment requirements, load restraining points, loading and off-loading site inspections, restraining an excavator, dozer, track loader, wheel loader, grader, abnormal loads and vehicles, abnormal load permits, general permit rules, adherence to permit conditions, document adherence, vehicle movement restrictions, vehicle control and escorting, centre of gravity and personal protective equipment.

Professional driver attitudes

Having a positive attitude, being a team player, identifying and solving problems and communication in the work place.

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 Training Authority (TETA) in accordance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) unit standard 123254: Operate a Vehicle Combination.

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent to operate a vehicle combination, the candidate will be issued with 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.

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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