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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct maintenance of seed testing equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114662  Conduct maintenance of seed testing equipment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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 unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A learner who has achieved this unit standard will be competent in: Maintaining laboratory equipment to ensure accurate results are achieved when performing seed tests. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
To enter a learning programme for this unit standard or to be assessed against this unit standard, the learner is assumed to have:
  • Literacy skills at NQF level 2.
  • Numeracy skills at NQF level 2.
  • Basic health and safety skills at NQF level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The learner is expected to perform the specific outcomes as reflected in this unit standard without direct supervision, but with access to work-site procedures, operating instructions and statutory requirements. Equipment refers to but is not limited to microscope, mass meter, moisture ovens, cold-storage facilities, germination chambers.Components refer to, but are not limited to: magnifying lamps, lights, starter switches. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Establish maintenance conditions. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Identifying maintenance components according to standard operating procedures.
  • Informing appropriate maintenance personnel to service equipment or conduct repairs, as required. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
  • The reasons for regular inspection and maintenance of seed testing equipment, are explained.
  • Consequences of not informing appropriate maintenance personnel to perform repairs, are explained.
  • Consequences of inaccurate calibration of equipment are explained.
  • Implications of not maintaining accurate maintenance records are understood.
  • Reasons for adhering to health and safety requirements are understood. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Test and calibrate seed testing equipment. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Testing seed testing equipment according to work-site procedures.
  • Identifying deviations and taking corrective action when required.
  • Calibrating seed testing equipment according to work-site procedures.
  • Testing sub-stratum according to ISTA rules.
  • Maintaining accurate and legible records of maintenance according to work-site procedures. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
  • The reasons for regular inspection and maintenance of seed testing equipment, are explained.
  • Consequences of not informing appropriate maintenance personnel to perform repairs, are explained.
  • Consequences of inaccurate calibration of equipment are explained.
  • Implications of not maintaining accurate maintenance records are understood.
  • Reasons for adhering to health and safety requirements are understood. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform maintenance on seed testing equipment. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Cleaning and defrosting equipment according to work-site procedures and health and safety requirements.
  • Cleaning and replacing the applicable components according to work-site procedures and health and safety requirements. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
  • The reasons for regular inspection and maintenance of seed testing equipment, are explained.
  • Consequences of not informing appropriate maintenance personnel to perform repairs, are explained.
  • Consequences of inaccurate calibration of equipment are explained.
  • Implications of not maintaining accurate maintenance records are understood.
  • Reasons for adhering to health and safety requirements are understood. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Completing the maintenance of seed testing equipment. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Maintaining accurate and legible records of maintenance.
  • Restoring normal working conditions of equipment after maintenance according to work-site procedures and health and safety requirements. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
  • The reasons for regular inspection and maintenance of seed testing equipment, are explained.
  • Consequences of not informing appropriate maintenance personnel to perform repairs, are explained.
  • Consequences of inaccurate calibration of equipment are explained.
  • Implications of not maintaining accurate maintenance records are understood.
  • Reasons for adhering to health and safety requirements are understood. 


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessor accredited by SETASA. > Any training provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited by SETASA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be done by SETASA in its ETQA capacity at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Basic knowledge of the operation of seed testing equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems by evaluating the condition of seed testing equipment and reporting deviations to relevant parties. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others with whom the relevant function interfaces. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage one self when preparing for maintenance of seed testing equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate the maintenance records and condition of seed testing equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate with others in the process of maintaining laboratory equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology when maintaining and calibrating seed testing equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems, which relies on verifying the accuracy of calibration and safe operating conditions of equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Values

    All learners should demonstrate:
  • An application of company ethics, values as well as general safety and customer care principles.
  • An awareness of expectations and obligations of basic worker/management and industrial relationships. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  48654   National Certificate: Seed Analysis  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    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. Mpontshe Training 
    2. T and V Skills Development Services 



    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.