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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Fruit Packing and Grading Processes 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
48848  National Certificate: Fruit Packing and Grading Processes 
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  120  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 broad fruit packing and grading processes and practices, namely receiving, handling, packing, storing, grading and dispatching of fruit and provides opportunity for learners to grow in this specific field.

The learner will be able to integrate supervisory knowledge and skills with those specific to the fruit packing industry, ensuring the business they operate in is running smoothly. It also enables the learner to use competencies, which will facilitate growth of the business.

The qualification focuses on the skills, knowledge, values and attitude required to progress further in the industry. The intention is to release the potential of people, in order for them to grow, develop and become more competent workers. 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 fruit packing industry or who would like to start a career in the industry. It is aimed at formalising the skills required in the fruit packing industry to facilitate career pathing and to provide access to new entrants. Learners at lower levels will obtain the necessary skills and competencies through skills programs. The qualification provides learners with access to advanced learning in specialised areas within the fruit packing and processing industry. It also provides learners with the necessary background knowledge and skills to be portable within other 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 and to create a better nation at large. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Learners would be able to demonstrate competence in languages, communication and numeracy at NQF level 2 or equivalent.

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 
To obtain this qualification all fundamental and core unit standards are compulsory. The learner must select a minimum of 10 credits from the elective category to total 120 credits. 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
1. Show an understanding of product characteristics and basic requirements of specific customer needs in the fruit industry considering the fruit handling protocols.

2. Demonstrate the ability to operate fruit packing machinery.

3. Show an understanding of the necessity for the application of environmental, hygiene, safety and health practices in the fruit handling process.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the fruit flow process from receiving, packing, storage and dispatching of the product.

5. Demonstrate an understanding of the pre-sorting, grading and packing of fruit in the light of customer needs.

6. Demonstrate the ability to coordinate the packing and grading processes according to packing programmes and grading standards. 

ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
1.
  • Factors impacting on the marketing of the product are identified and explained.
  • Principles of fruit handling protocol are implemented.
  • Cold chain processes and factors impacting on storage and preservation of fruit are described and explained.
  • Reasons and consequences of not taking cognisance of customer requirements regarding the quality of fruit are identified and applied.

    2.
  • Machinery is prepared, maintained and used according to manufacturers specifications and work site procedures.
  • Consequences of not adhering to work site procedures and manufacturers specifications are understood and explained.
  • Records and reports are completed according to work site procedures and explained accordingly.

    3.
  • Reasons and consequences for the use of environmental, hygiene, safety and health practices in the workplace explained.
  • Consequences of non-compliance understood in terms of customer and statutory requirements.
  • Records and reports are completed according to work site procedures and explained accordingly.

    4.
  • Reasons for records and reports regarding the taking of fruit samples are explained.
  • Consequences for not storing and dispatching fruit according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Reasons for communicating deviations and fruit standards to relevant parties are explained.
  • Consequences of not adhering to customer requirements during whole fruit flow process are explained.

    5.
  • Reasons and consequences of not taking cognisance of customer requirements regarding the quality of fruit are identified and applied.
  • Factors impacting on handling of the product explained.
  • Principles of fruit sorting, grading specifications and packing procedures are understood and implemented.
  • Records and reports are completed according to work site procedures and explained accordingly.

    6.
  • Workplace is prepared, according to customers' requirements and work site procedures.
  • Consequences of not instructing work teams on grading and packing specifications explained.
  • Records and reports are completed according to work site procedures and explained accordingly.

    Integrated Assessment Criteria:

    Unit standards associated with this qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field 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.
  • Documentation and explanation of administrative records completed during the process of receiving, sampling, storing and dispatching of fruit.
  • Demonstrations of a range of actions in handling of fruit and applying general safety in the workplace.
  • A portfolio of evidence is required to prove the practical, applied and foundational competencies of the learner, which may include production and quality data.

    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. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Comparisons were done against unit standards and qualifications in the New Zealand and Australian Qualifications Authority. These were:

    The "National Certificate in Horticulture (Fruit Production) Level 3" (New Zealand) allows the learner to choose elective unit standards in domains that are comparable to what is required for this qualification. The "National Certificate in Food and Related Production Processing Level 3" allows the learner to choose certain elective unit standards in domains that are related to what is required for this qualification.

    Certificate I in Agriculture (Production Horticulture) - Australia- contains certain elements that may act as reference points for this qualification although the focus is on the growing of fruit.

    A comparison of the above qualifications was undertaken and the best practice points were highlighted and used in the generation of this qualification's unit standards.

    In general this qualification and its component unit standards were compared with their international counterparts and the differences are in the formatting, titles and scope of coverage or focus. 

    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 fruit liquefying industry and areas where supervisory competence is required. The learning areas outlined in the purpose of the qualification indicate the vertical articulation possibilities.

    Horizontal and Vertical articulation possibilities:
  • National Certificate: Seed Processing and Packaging at NQF Level 3
  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Tobacco Services at NQF Level 4 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderation includes internal and external moderation of assessments. Internal and external moderation systems must ensure that all assessors produce assessments that are credible, fair, reliable, consistent, adequate and practical.

    Internal and external moderation systems must provide learning opportunities that are transparent, affordable and enhancing development in the field and sub-field of the National Qualifications Framework.

    The accredited provider with the relevant ETQA must be able to provide internal moderation.

    External moderation will be done by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

    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  115190  Demonstrate an understanding of the basic requirements of different fruit markets  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  115187  Explain product characteristics  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  115176  Explain the cold chain process  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  115193  Grade fruit  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  115178  Pack fruit  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  115179  Palletise fruit  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  115200  Dispatch final product  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  115195  Monitor fruit treatment process  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  115202  Operate fruit packing line machine  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  115180  Operate fruit sizing machine  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  115201  Receive fruit  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  115197  Store fruit  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    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  115188  Apply environmental protection procedures  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  115181  Apply hygiene procedures  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  115186  Apply safety and health procedures  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  115177  Pre-sort fruit  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  8000  Apply basic business principles  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  115182  Operate carton assembly machinery  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  115191  Perform quality tests on fruit  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  10135  Work as a project team member  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.
     
    1. Knowledge For Ever 
    2. Kromco (Pty) Limited 
    3. Megro Learning 
    4. National Training Institute (NTI) 
    5. Two A Day Group (Pty) Ltd 
    6. Twoline Training Skills For Africa Pty Ltd 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.