Everything you need to know about Transvaal Training

Everything you need to know about Transvaal Training

Welcome to Transvaal Training!

Transvaal Training Mpumalanga is a training provider that specializes in the training of the following skills:

  • lifting machines
  • surface mining equipment and machinery
  • underground mining equipment and machinery
  • mineral processing, surface and underground safety training
  • light and heavy motor vehicles driving skills

Transvaal Training Mpumalanga is currently located in Witbank, Mpumalanga and covers the whole of Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Kwazulu Natal provinces in South Africa.

Transvaal Training Mpumalanga brings together a team of dedicated professionals who share the common value of making a difference through people. We pride ourselves in our ability to create measured improvement of performance, productivity and profitability for our clients by working in partnership with our clients to deliver value-adding services.

With a proven track record and years of experience, we have the best, qualified facilitators who are passionate to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need. So, if you have identified an opportunity, we will help you gain all the knowledge possible to help you succeed in your line of work. Continue reading below to learn more!

Courses offered

Competent Person A – Underground

To examine and declare a working place (Underground Coal Continuous Mining) 

TypeUnit standard US descriptionCredits Level
Core115750Demonstrate a basic understanding of the causes of falls on the ground23
Core110217Demonstrate knowledge and ability to work in an underground coal mine81
Core110207Demonstrate knowledge to test and monitor for basic gases in an underground coal mine (Co, Co2, O2 and CH4)21
Core9795Make a working place safe in a bord and pillar coal-mining panel33
Core9610Sound and bar down the roof and side walls using sounding and barring equipment in an underground coal mine42
Core9613Ventilate a production section to control gases and dust in an underground coal mine52
Elective15299Bar and break big rocks using a mobile scaler62
Elective116636Determine environmental thermal conditions in an underground workplace using a whirling hygrometer and take appropriate action22
Elective119120Install a dust-allaying device11
Elective9691Install and remove hydraulic props32
Elective9693Install and remove mechanical props32
Elective10551Install and remove ventilation columns and accessories22
Elective10551Install underground workplace ventilation controls22
Elective119095Support an underground working place using a thin-layered spray42
Elective116437Support an underground working place using full column grouted rods32
Elective119119Support an underground working place using mechanical anchors42
Elective119092Support an underground working place using sets42
Elective9690Support an underground working place using timber pack support42
Elective9690Support an underground working place using wire mesh and lacing42

Competent Person B – Underground

To install, maintain and remove any support in Underground Coal Mining Operations – Roof Bolter Machine Support

TypeUnit StandardUS descriptionCreditsLevel
Core110217Demonstrate knowledge and ability to work in an underground coal mine81
Core15269Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic strata control principles31
Core9610Sound and bar down the roof and side walls using sounding and barring equipment in an underground coal mine42
Elective15299Bar and break big rocks using a mobile scaler62
Elective9691Install and remove hydraulic props32
Elective9693Install and remove mechanical props32
Elective119095Support an underground working place using a thin-layered spray42
Elective116437Support an underground working place using full column grouted rods32
Elective119119Support an underground working place using mechanical anchors42
Elective119092Support an underground working place using sets42
Elective9690Support an underground working place using timber pack support42
Elective9600Support an underground working place using wire mesh and lacing42
Elective120450Support roof using a compressed air/hydraulic support/drilling machine in an underground coal mine32
Elective15282Support roof using a mine pole in an underground coal mine21
Elective9609Support roof using a roof bolter in an underground coal mine132

Operate mining machinery in an underground coal mine

TypeUnit StandardDescriptionCreditsLevel
Core115101Address workplace hazards and risks42
Core9615Conduct visual inspection of flameproof equipment in an underground coal mine21
Core9619Control dust in a production section in an underground coal mine33
Core110217Demonstrate knowledge and ability to work in an underground coal mine81
Core116527Demonstrate knowledge about basic health and safety principles in and around a working place21
Core110207Demonstrate knowledge to test and monitor for basic gases in an underground coal mine (Co, Co2, O2 and CH4)21
Core9610Sound and bar down the roof and side walls using sounding and barring equipment in an underground coal mine42
Elective15291Apply stone dust using stone dusting equipment in an underground coal mine82
Elective9607Cut and load a coal-face using continuous mining equipment in an underground coal mine283
Elective9623Cut coal face using a universal type coal cutter in an underground coal mine132
Elective9618Cut coal face using an arc wall type coal cutter in an underground coal mine42
Elective15277Deliver compressed air using a mobile compressor in an underground coal mine31
Elective9694Drill holes using a hand-held rock drill machine42
Elective9617Drill work face using handheld drilling equipment in an underground coal mine42
Elective9616Drill work face using self-propelled drilling equipment in an underground coal mine82
Elective9614Feed and break coal using a feeder breaker in an underground coal mine31
Elective244423Grade roadways using a motor grader in an underground coal mine (version 2)83
Elective15289Load coal using a gathering arm loader in an underground coal mine72
Elective15262Operate a belt conveyor unit to convey in an underground coal mine21

Other courses

Dover Testing

The Dover System of testing is an Austrian-developed testing concept. It is marketed and distributed in South Africa as the Dover test or Vienna Test.

This form of psychometric skill-testing was introduced to South Africa in 1982 to the mining community, developing the South African mining norms.

The testing system is fair if administered properly. Every step of each test gets explained by the administrator and the candidate needs to operate a computer to do the test/s. However, prior computer experience is not required as the administrator ideally controls the process. 

Even candidates with no educational background can do the tests since the administrator explains the basic concepts of the tests. Then, they will assist the candidates with the standard practice examples before allowing them to continue.

Here is the summary of conducted tests required to complete the course:

  • Determination Test (DT)

This looks at the basic reactive functioning, assuming how candidates will respond to stimuli in various environmental conditions. Candidates have to respond to visual and auditory stimuli, using eye-hand-foot coordination to accomplish conditions:

  1. Normal conditions (how the candidate responds to driving in normal traffic, such as having to respond to signals such as robot changes)
  2. Critical conditions (how the candidate responds to crisis, such as a sudden nearby accident or other stress-related incidents)
  3. Crisis-recovery conditions (how the candidate responds after the crisis is over and they have to return to normal levels of reactive functioning).

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) at Transvaal Training

What is the difference between a unit standard and a non-unit standard learning programme?

A unit standard learning programme is an applicable unit standard registered on the National Qualifications Framework by the South African Qualifications Authority.

On the other hand, a non-unit standard learning programme is designed to teach a student fundamental knowledge in a subject and is a non-credit bearing learning programme.

What is the difference between a qualification and a learning programme?

Qualifications and unit standards, governed by the NSB regulations and developed by expert stakeholder groupings, prescribe the outcomes, assessment criteria and other relevant details for learner achievement. These factors guide the educator/assessor with regards to what the learner needs to know, do and apply.

A learning programme consists of learning and assessment activities derived from the outcomes that make up the qualification. This is what the provider designs, based on sound educational principles (for example, learner centredness).

This manual offers a systematic way of planning assessment activities that will assist the learner to achieve the desired knowledge, skills, applications and attitude.

Simply put, the learning programme is the what, the when and the how of implementation. It is about what happens in the classroom: the teaching/learning and assessment activities associated with achieving outcomes.

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