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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|General Education and Training Certificate: General Forestry|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|50225||General Education and Training Certificate: General Forestry|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|FPMSETA - Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Certificate||Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation||Forestry and Wood Technology|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||120||Level 1||NQF Level 01||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 will be useful to those who assist in general forestry activities at an entry level as part of a team. This qualification recognises entry-level skills in establishing, maintaining, protecting and harvesting plantations while enhancing safety and productivity in forestry. Protection activities include clearing fire-breaks and suppressing fires as back up, not as part of a proto-team.
Recipients of this qualification are able to:
Recipients will also be able to participate in pine, gum or wattle-related plantation maintenance, support wildfire suppression or participate in timber extraction depending on their choice of electives.
The qualification is designed to be flexible and accessible so that people are able to demonstrate the competencies required to work safely and effectively in forestry operations.
The majority of the learners for this qualification are likely to be working in the forestry sub-field, but without any formal qualification. There is a critical need in the industry to identify and recognise people who are able to conduct the essential operations associated with efficient and safe forestry operations. The qualification will give them the opportunity to balance their practical skills with the essential operations associated with efficient and safe forestry operations.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|It is assumed that learners embarking on learning programmes towards this qualification are already competent at ABET-3 Communications and Mathematical Literacy.
Recognition of prior learning:
This qualification can be achieved wholly or in part through recognition of prior learning.
Evidence can be presented in various ways, including international and/or local qualifications, reports, testimonials mentioning functions performed, work records, portfolios, videos of practice and performance records.
All such evidence will be judged in accordance with the general principles of assessment.
Access to the qualification:
Open, bearing in mind learning assumed to be in place.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Participate in wildfire suppression.
2. Participate in tree harvesting and timber extraction.
3. Participate in plantation establishment.
4. Participate in plantation maintenance.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of and apply conservation and environmental issues.
6. Manage self and work with others.
Critical Cross-Field Outcomes
This qualification addresses the following Critical Cross-Field Outcomes, as detailed in the Unit Standards:
Learning programmes directed towards this qualification will also contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large, by making individuals aware of the importance of:
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
The integrated assessment allows the learners the opportunity to show that they are able to utilize concepts, ideas and actions across the unit standards. This will allow learners to achieve competency that is in keeping with the purpose of the qualification.
An integrated assessment will indicate how theoretical learning is demonstrated in a practical environment in such a way that the application of the work learnt becomes second nature.
In conducting an assessment, the quality of the performance must also be evaluated i.e. both the performance and the thinking behind the action must be qualitative.
The assessment should include both formative and summative options and should use various assessment tools i.e. not by observation only. It is required that a Portfolio of Assessment form part of the summative assessment, with practical outcomes being demonstrated in a simulated or real work place situation.
A broad range of task-orientated and theoretical tools may be used, with the distinction between practical knowledge and disciplinary knowledge being maintained.
It is recommended that the assessment tools give learners the opportunity to account for their decision-making and problem solving in line with the specific outcomes and related assessment criteria.
As a result of this qualification being generic in forming the foundation for a career in forestry industry, learners should be assessed in occupational contexts and activities. The assessment should ensure that the foundational skills are portable and prepare them for further learning, whatever career path they may choose.
Assessors should take note of the following general principles when designing and conducting assessments:
|There are no international qualifications that could be found to compare to this qualification directly, although there was sufficient overlap in a New Zealand qualification and a set of UK qualifications to validate the design of this qualification. The need for a level 1 general forestry qualification appears to be unique to South Africa, with the entry qualifications in other countries being slightly higher, but with similar requirements.
The following level 2 unit standards in New Zealand compare favourably with those in this qualification, although the emphasis in the New Zealand unit standards is on knowledge, whereas the need expressed in the South African qualification is for practical applications of that knowledge.
The following units identified across a range of UK-based qualifications compare favourably with the unit standards in the General Forestry qualification:
NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Chainsaw and Related Operations.
NPTC Level 2 National Certificate in Horticulture.
NPTC Level 2 NVQ in Forestry.
In conclusion it would appear that the competences developed by this qualifications compare favourable with that offered in the countries researched. Furthermore the New Zealand qualifications in terms of knowledge component compares directly with those used for Forestry in South Africa.
|This qualification is an entry level qualification builds and acts as a springboard for people who may want to progress to other qualifications in forestry, forestry-related fields and supervision in other contexts. However, this qualification in particular can articulate well in other areas of learning such as Silviculture and Harvesting in forestry.
Horizontal articulation possibilities:
Vertical articulation possibilities:
|Any institution offering learning or assessment in terms of this qualification or associated 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.|
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|Criteria for the registration of assessors:
Anyone assessing a learner in terms of this qualification or associated unit standards must:
|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||123139||Apply fertiliser before and after planting||Level 1||NQF Level 01||1|
|Core||123134||Apply herbicides to noxious weeds||Level 1||NQF Level 01||3|
|Core||123135||Apply pesticides before or after planting||Level 1||NQF Level 01||1|
|Core||123140||Clear plantation waste by burning||Level 1||NQF Level 01||1|
|Core||117082||Contribute to the suppression of wildfires at basic fire-fighting level||Level 1||NQF Level 01||2|
|Core||123141||Debranch trees using an axe/hatchet||Level 1||NQF Level 01||1|
|Core||13998||Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of supply and demand, and the concept: production||Level 1||NQF Level 01||2|
|Core||123130||Demonstrate knowledge of key elements of commercial forestry||Level 1||NQF Level 01||2|
|Core||123137||Describe and explain basic safety requirements in a forestry environment||Level 1||NQF Level 01||2|
|Core||123136||Describe the environmental impacts of commercial forestry||Level 1||NQF Level 01||2|
|Core||123132||Eradicate weeds manually in a commercial environment||Level 1||NQF Level 01||1|
|Core||12649||Identify community issues in relation to conservation||Level 1||NQF Level 01||4|
|Core||117079||Identify, explain and demonstrate standard safety procedures during active wildfire suppression||Level 1||NQF Level 01||2|
|Core||12509||Manage personal finances||Level 1||NQF Level 01||8|
|Core||119567||Perform basic life support and first aid procedures||Level 1||NQF Level 01||5|
|Core||12513||Plan and manage time in the workplace||Level 1||NQF Level 01||4|
|Core||123131||Plant plantation trees||Level 1||NQF Level 01||1|
|Core||12512||Practice environmental awareness||Level 1||NQF Level 01||4|
|Core||123133||Prepare planting site using hand tools||Level 1||NQF Level 01||1|
|Core||12650||Understand the nature and importance of conservation||Level 1||NQF Level 01||5|
|Core||113924||Apply basic business ethics in a work environment||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Core||8494||Demonstrate an understanding of HIV/AIDS and its implications||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Core||117049||Demonstrate knowledge of basic safety in forestry operations||Level 2||NQF Level 02||1|
|Core||12466||Explain the individual`s role within business||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Core||120086||Identify engineering tools, material and equipment and explain the purpose and function of each||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Core||8420||Operate in a team||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Fundamental||7464||Analyse cultural products and processes as representations of shape, space and time||Level 1||NQF Level 01||2|
|Fundamental||7451||Collect, analyse, use and communicate numerical data||Level 1||NQF Level 01||2|
|Fundamental||7449||Critically analyse how mathematics is used in social, political and economic relations||Level 1||NQF Level 01||2|
|Fundamental||14084||Demonstrate an understanding of and use the numbering system||Level 1||NQF Level 01||1|
|Fundamental||7463||Describe and represent objects and the environment in terms of shape, space, time and motion||Level 1||NQF Level 01||2|
|Fundamental||119635||Engage in a range of speaking/signing and listening interactions for a variety of purposes||Level 1||NQF Level 01||6|
|Fundamental||119631||Explore and use a variety of strategies to learn||Level 1||NQF Level 01||5|
|Fundamental||119640||Read/view and respond to a range of text types||Level 1||NQF Level 01||6|
|Fundamental||7461||Use maps to access and communicate information concerning routes, location and direction||Level 1||NQF Level 01||1|
|Fundamental||7447||Working with numbers in various contexts||Level 1||NQF Level 01||6|
|Fundamental||119636||Write/Sign for a variety of different purposes||Level 1||NQF Level 01||6|
|Elective||123146||Debark trees with a hatchet and prepare bark bundles in a wattle operation||Level 1||NQF Level 01||2|
|Elective||123143||Reduce coppice in gum plantations||Level 1||NQF Level 01||2|
|Elective||123145||Select and space trees in commercial wattle forests||Level 1||NQF Level 01||2|
|Elective||117081||Choke and dechoke timber during extraction with a cable yarder in a production situation||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Elective||117043||Choke and dechoke timber during extraction with a skidding machine fitted with a winch in a production situation||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Elective||123149||Communicate using a two-way radio system||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Elective||123148||Load and refuel fixed wing aircraft for wildfire suppression||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Elective||123138||Operate and maintain a motorised water pump||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Elective||123142||Prune for access in Commercial Forestry and to ensure correct stem form||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|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.
|1.||Almenta 228 (Pty) Ltd|
|3.||Babina Tlou Trading and Projects cc|
|4.||Bontham Training & Agricultural Consultants|
|5.||CMO Logistics Pty Ltd|
|6.||Coalition Trading 1238 cc|
|7.||College of Machine Operators|
|8.||Donnybrook Education & Training College (Pty) Ltd|
|9.||Ebotse Development and Training Centre|
|10.||Ehlanzeni TVET College|
|11.||ENB Training Service|
|12.||I Care Resource Centre|
|13.||Legal Environment Safety & Health Requirements cc|
|14.||Letaba TVET College|
|15.||Lomkhethi Trading Enterprise|
|18.||Maab Training Management ( Pty) Ltd|
|19.||MARGER TRAINING AND PROTERTIES (PTY) LTD|
|20.||Morongwa Consulting Services (Pty) Ltd|
|21.||New Business Initiative Management Consultancy|
|22.||Nikwe Trading (Pty) Ltd|
|23.||Nkulungwane General Trader cc|
|24.||Ntunzela Trading Enterprise|
|25.||Platorand Training Centre|
|26.||Rally Business Consulting PTY LTD|
|27.||Rekopane Training Centre CC|
|28.||Russel Meaker cc|
|29.||SIMAMA Training and Business Services|
|30.||South African Forestry Training College|
|31.||Striving Mind Trading & Projects|
|32.||Sunrise Skills Training|
|33.||Talent Sculpure Academy (Pty) Ltd|
|35.||Tower City Trading 100|
|36.||Ubucubu Home Industries|
|37.||Umbuso Training Services|
|38.||VEB CELE & Associates (Pty) Ltd|
|41.||York Timbers Pty Ltd|
|42.||ZUCRO PROJECT CC|