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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Seed Processing and Packaging 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
48656  National Certificate: Seed Processing and Packaging 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
AgriSETA - Agriculture SETA  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation  Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  123  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 0695/12  2012-07-01  2015-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2016-06-30   2019-06-30  

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 3 on the National Qualification Framework. It provides learners with the opportunity to obtain competence in seed processing and packaging, including aspects such as the receipt of seed, the treatment, enhancement and processing of seed as well as the packaging and storage of seed. The Qualification will provide learners with the technical competence to perform to industry standards.

This Qualification is an entry-level Qualification into seed processing and packaging, 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 currently working in the seed industry and who would like to further their career in the seed industry as well as those who would like to pursue a career in the seed industry. It is aimed at formalising the skills required in seed processing and packaging 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, skills and values to achieve the NQF principle of portability within other sub-sectors of the agricultural industries.

Through the above, the Qualification will address one of the key National priorities in the reduction of unemployment and under employment. It will assist in creating job opportunities and to create a better nation at large. 

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 2.

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? 

QUALIFICATION RULES 
Rules of combination

To obtain this Qualification, the learner must complete 43 fundamental, 65 core and select 15 elective unit standards to total 123 credits. 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the introduction to the workplace within the seed industry.
2. Receive seed package, label, seal and process seed.
3. Wrap and bulk seed containers, treat, enhance and store seed. 

ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
1. > Consequences of not identifying and reporting unsafe working practices and potentially dangerous situations in the work are explained.
  • Purposes of maintaining sound customer relations and service excellence are recalled and explained.
  • Reasons for identifying and handling hazardous substances in the work place are explained.
  • Consequences of not adhering to company norms, values and ethics are explained.

    2. > Appropriate equipment are identified and selected according to work site procedures.
  • Purpose of processing seed according to work site procedures is explained.
  • Consequences of not monitoring processing and taking corrective actions are explained.
  • Purpose of preparing the work area is explained.
  • Reasons for adhering to safety and quality procedures.
  • Consequences of not preparing work-site adequately according to work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained.
  • Consequences of not acquiring and applying the correct identification material according to work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained.
  • Importance of verifying delivery documentation and labelling is explained.
  • Consequences of not acquiring a representative sample are explained.
  • Implications of not identifying deviations on seed are explained.
  • Consequences of not evaluating seed according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not labelling the consignment correctly according to work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained

    3. > Appropriate equipment and materials are identified and selected according to work site procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Purpose of determining a sequence of operation is explained.
  • Consequences of not monitoring treatment and enhancement and taking corrective actions are explained.
  • Purpose of preparing the work area is explained.
  • Reasons for adhering to safety and quality procedures.
  • Consequences of incorrect wrapping are explained.
  • Reasons for bulking of correct products are explained.
  • Implications of not identifying deviations on seed quality in storage are explained.
  • Consequences of not completing documentation according to work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained.

    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.

    The term integrated assessment also implies that the theoretical and practical components should be assessed together and assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies.

    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:
  • Verbal and written explanations of reasons for adhering to operational and work site procedures as well as statutory requirements, adhering to specific sequence of operations, identifying deviations, taking corrective actions and recording relevant data, and reporting deviations outside the jobholder's responsibility.
  • Demonstrations of a range of operational actions relating to applying quality control in processing-, treating-, labelling-, wrapping of seed, and applying general safety in the work place. Learners will also demonstrate an understanding of the Seed Industry and the relevant workplace.
  • Oral or written questioning regarding the reflective competencies within the qualification:

    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 portfolio of evidence is required to prove the practical, applied and foundational competencies of the learner that may include records of receipts, treatments, enhancements and samplings.
  • Assessors and moderators should develop and conduct their own integrated assessment by making use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods. Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.
  • Unit standards in the qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field Specific Outcomes. During integrated assessments the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and should assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Comparisons were done against qualifications in the United States. These were:
  • AGN 4253/6253 Seed and Grain Conditioning and Storage.

    (Mississippi State University)
    A comparison of the above Qualifications was undertaken and the best practice points were incorporated and used in the generation of the Unit Standards for this Qualification.
    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 seem to contain more detail and therefore are slightly more complex in their presentation and execution. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    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 Research and Development Operations and Seed Processing and Packaging control.
    An example of vertical articulation possibilities:
    National Certificate in Seed Processing and Packaging Control at NQF 4.

    An example of horizontal articulation possibilities:
    National Certificate in Seed Research and development operations at NQF 3. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    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 assesse 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 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    As per the SAQA decision, after consultation with the Quality Councils, to re-register all qualifications and part qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework that meet the criteria for re-registration, this qualification has been re-registered from 1 July 2012.
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  114686  Treat and enhance seed  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Fundamental  7547  Operate a personal computer system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9010  Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9013  Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8969  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9012  Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8973  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7456  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8970  Write texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  8420  Operate in a team  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12609  Contribute to effective working relationships  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    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 Quality Assuring Bodies 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 Quality Assuring Body should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    NONE 



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