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SA Maritime School & Transport College

The SA Maritime School & Transport College (SAMS) was established in 1986 and is managed by a Board of Trustees. SAMS is a fully accredited institute that holds accreditation status with the following institutions

About SA Maritime School & Transport College

All employees, facilitators and assessors are equipped with the appropriate experience and certification as required by the regulating institutions. Lectures are conducted at our campus which boasts a bird’s eye view of vessels entering and leaving the Port of Durban. The school is situated in the vicinity of the Point Waterfront, 500m from Ushaka Marine World in KwaZulu - Natal. In March 2012 we opened offices in Gauteng located in Braamfontein.


SAMS was founded in 1986 by Commander PJK Fitt, a Master Mariner with a significant experience in the maritime training industry. SAMS initially occupied premises in the Maydon Wharf area in the proximity to the legendary “Maydon Wharf Tea Room”, where many a freight professional of today attended classes in Cargo Handling, Logistics and Shipping Practice.

Full and Part Time Courses

Customs & Freight Forwarding

International Trade

Shipping Practice

Freight Logistics

Freight Handling

Offshore Sailing School

Driving School

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Program Information

Program Structure

All the programs comprise of unit standards which are building blocks towards the National Qualifications Framework. A credit is made up of 10 notional hours. If a unit standard has 6 credits, a learner would be expected to attend some form of learning for 60 hours. This may be in the form of practical tasks, work experience or class sessions. For assessment purposes, each unit standard is assessed and learners are required to complete the respective assessments.

Each assessment is discussed with learners prior to the start of the unit standard. A learner will only be found competent once they have successfully passed their examination and have submitted all their portfolio of evidence tasks. Upon completion of each unit standard, learners will be assessed before they commence with the next unit standard.

Learners will receive continuous feedback on their progress from the Facilitator and Assessor. An independent (external) moderator is required to review all assessments thereby ensuring a consistently high quality product. On successful completion of a program, the learner would be awarded with the relevant certificate or diploma.


A learnership is a form of work-based or ‘on-the-job’ training which results in an NQF-registered qualification. Learners on the programme will therefore spend some time learning and practising skills in the workplace, and some time learning knowledge or theory, usually in a class-room based situation through an institution or a provider. Learnerships are about occupations, and can be offered to both employed and unemployed learners. Learnerships are linked to the Skills Development Strategy, and are seen as an important way of addressing the skills shortages in South Africa. A learnership must be registered with the Department of Labour.

Because a learnership must lead to a qualification registered on the NQF, its design must meet the criteria for qualifications set out by SAQA. This will include requirements for the curriculum and its assessment. Most learnerships happen in a particular occupational sector (although some cut across different sectors), and will therefore fall under a particular SETA which will put in place its own requirements.

Delivery of a programme is based on a Learnership Agreement, which is a contract between a learner, an employer, and a training provider for a specified period. Without a host employer and a workplace context to provide the work exposure and practical training, there is no learnership. There is no obligation on the employer to employ the learner on termination of the agreement.

Learnerships are funded mainly from SETA grants to employers, and are linked to tax incentives for employers. Companies can recover a portion of their contribution to the Skills Development Levy through running learnerships. Learnerships generally include an allowance for learners. Classroom training sessions take place throughout the year, usually 1 week in duration within a 7 week period. Learners are able to use the training gained in class in the performance of their work place responsibilities.

The method of assessment utilized is not only through writing exams but rather through practical abilities and on the job training. The assessing process is an accumulation of a number of assignments and tasks collectively known as a Portfolio of Evidence (POE). Learnerships help ensure that a company’s’ workforce is skilled and has practical experience in the respective fields.

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Head Office - Durban

  • Physical Address: Rope Shed, 6 Timeball Boulevard, Signal Road, The Point
  • Postal Address: PO Box 149203, East End, Durban, 4018
  • Tel: +27 31 337 7889
  • Fax: +27 31 337 0556
  • dbnenquiries@samaritime.co.za


Cape Town

  • Physical Address: 31 Victoria Road, Woodstock
  • Postal Address: PO Box 149203, East End, Durban, 4018
  • Tel: +27 21 447 4445 or +27 21 447 4488
  • Fax: +27 21 418 1855
  • cptenquiries@samaritime.co.za