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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|Further Education and Training Certificate: Seed Production|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|48647||Further Education and Training Certificate: Seed Production|
|SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|AgriSETA - Agriculture SETA||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|Further Ed and Training Cert||Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation||Secondary Agriculture|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||159||Level 4||NQF Level 04||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.|
This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
|This Qualification is registered at level 4 on the National Qualification Framework. It provides learners with the opportunity to obtain competence in seed production, including aspects such as contracting seed growers, monitoring of the seed production process, and ensuring seed quality. The qualification will provide learners with the technical competence to perform to industry standards.
This Qualification is an entry-level qualification into seed production enabling learners to progress in other fields of learning in the agricultural industry and providing articulation to higher education and learning.
The Qualification focuses on the skills, knowledge, and values to ensure competence at this level of learning. The intention is to enhance the potential of people, in order for them to grow and develop. This Qualification will furthermore add value to the individuals, their workplace and the economy as a whole.
Rationale for the Qualification
This qualification is aimed at people who are working in the seed industry and who would like to pursue a career in the seed industry. It is aimed at formalising the skills required in seed production to facilitate career-pathing and to provide access to new entrants. The Qualification provides learners with access to advanced learning in specialised areas within the seed industry. It also provides learners with the necessary background knowledge and skills to enhance the NQF principles of portability within other agricultural industries.
Through the above, the Qualification will address one of the key priorities of the Department of Labour in the reduction of unemployment and under employment. It will assist in creating job opportunities.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|It is assumed that learners wishing to enter a programme leading to this qualification have demonstrated competence in mathematics, languages and communication at NQF 3.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
This Qualification may be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. Where RPL is required the learner will need to prove competence in that specific area in order to obtain recognition of that skill and knowledge.
Evidence can be presented in a variety of forms, including international or previous local qualifications, reports, testimonials mentioning functions performed, work records, portfolios, videos of practise and performance records. The assessment methods and tools to be used to assess Prior Learning shall be decided upon jointly by the assessor and the learner.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|To obtain this qualification the learner must complete 74 fundamental 80 core and select 5 elective unit standards to total 159 (Minimum) credits.|
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Grow a seed unit
2. Harvest and thresh seed
3. Inspect a seed unit
4. Demonstrate a general knowledge of the seed industry.
5. Sample, receive a seed lot and distribute parent seed.
6. Contract seed growers.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
Integrated Assessment Criteria
Unit Standards associated with this Qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field Specific Outcomes. Assessment should focus in an integrated way on determining the competence of the learner in terms of the overall purpose and title of this Qualification.
Assessment activities should be done in real workplace situations and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show that the learner is able to display the competencies to the real work situation.
All assessments should be conducted in line with the following documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work of learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.
Learners wishing to be assessed will need to provide evidence of the following:
If the identifying and solving of problems, team work, organising one-self, the using of applied science, the implication of actions and reactions in the world as a set of related systems are not clear from the observation, a method of oral questioning or a case study should be applied to determine the whole person development and integration of applied knowledge and skills.
|A thorough search was done to find international qualifications and unit standards in seed processing countries specific to the seed production, but no formal unit standards and qualifications could be found.
However, areas such as seed production and technology were compared to State Universities. These were:
(Prof TeKroney - University of Kentucky)
(Ohio State University)
(Mississippi State University)
A comparison of the above Qualifications was undertaken and various literary sources consulted. The best practice points were incorporated and used in the generation of this Qualification's Unit Standards.
Because of the difference in levels across the different countries, difficulty was found in making actual direct comparisons, level to level. It was found that the South African Qualifications are more skills-based and adapted to local industry requirements.
|This Qualification lends itself to both vertical and horizontal articulation possibilities. These possibilities ensure both mobility and progression for the learner in other fields of learning such as seed processing and packaging control and seed research and development.
An example of vertical articulation possibilities:
National Diploma in Farm Management NQF 5 (ID 20291)
An example of horizontal articulation possibilities:
National Certificate in Agric Sales and Services NQF 4 (14854)
|Anyone assessing a learner against these unit standards must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of these unit standards or will assess these unit standards must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.
Therefore anyone wishing to be assessed against these unit standards may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution, which is accredited by the relevant ETQA.
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||114670||Demonstrate knowledge of the seed industry||Level 3||NQF Level 03||11|
|Core||114663||Determine seed stock levels||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||114668||Sample a seed lot||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Fundamental||8968||Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||8969||Interpret and use information from texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||7786||Operate a Computer||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Fundamental||7567||Produce and use spreadsheets for business||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||7570||Produce word processing documents for business||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||8973||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||8970||Write texts for a range of communicative contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9015||Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||8974||Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||8975||Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||9016||Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Fundamental||8979||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||7468||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||8976||Write for a wide range of contexts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.