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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Analyse the viability of seed 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114665  Analyse the viability of seed 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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:
  • Analysing the viability of seed to determine potential quality of the seed. 

  • 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 :
  • Understanding of general safety in the work place at NQF level 2.
  • Literacy, numeracy and communication skills at NQF level 3.
  • Introduction to the seed industry
  • Analyse the germination and physical purity of seed. 

  • 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.
  • The viability test pertains to the Topographical Tetrazolium test.
  • The learner is expected to be able to identify living tissue of the embryonic structures of the kinds of seed included in the work site and operational procedure.
  • Operational procedures are limited to International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) Rules and Tetrazolium handbook.
  • Equipment refers to, but is not limited to: microscope; magnifying lamp; growth chambers, scalpels and tweezers. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare the work area for viability testing. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Cleaning and sterilising work area and equipment according to work site procedures and operational procedures (ISTA Rules).
  • Identifying and selecting appropriate equipment and test methods according to work site procedures and operational procedures.
  • Reporting any defects pertaining to appropriate equipment or materials according to work site procedures and operational 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:
  • Consequences of not sub-sampling accurately according to the operational procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not using correct imbibition method according to operational procedures are explained.
  • The importance of identifying and reporting findings accurately according to the operational-, work site procedures are explained.
  • Importance of reporting deviations and taking corrective action is explained.
  • The importance of using the correct method and equipment, for imbibition and evaluating according to operational procedures is explained.
  • The importance of recording the different fractions according to the operational procedures and work site procedures are explained.
  • The importance of retaining the sample and prescribed records according operational procedures, work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare working sample for imbibition. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Familiarising with the peculiarities of the specific crop type regarding imbibition technique and time according to operational procedures.
  • Acquiring the working sample according to operational- and/or work-site procedures.
  • Preparing relevant documentation to record action taken.
  • Returning the balance of the working sample according to operational- and 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:
  • Consequences of not sub-sampling accurately according to the operational procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not using correct imbibition method according to operational procedures are explained.
  • The importance of identifying and reporting findings accurately according to the operational-, work site procedures are explained.
  • Importance of reporting deviations and taking corrective action is explained.
  • The importance of using the correct method and equipment, for imbibition and evaluating according to operational procedures is explained.
  • The importance of recording the different fractions according to the operational procedures and work site procedures are explained.
  • The importance of retaining the sample and prescribed records according operational procedures, work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prepare the seed for staining. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Applying the appropriate cutting technique according to operational procedures and safety regulations.
  • Making-up the correct solution according to operational according to operational procedures.
  • Completing documentation according to operational procedures and 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:
  • Consequences of not sub-sampling accurately according to the operational procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not using correct imbibition method according to operational procedures are explained.
  • The importance of identifying and reporting findings accurately according to the operational-, work site procedures are explained.
  • Importance of reporting deviations and taking corrective action is explained.
  • The importance of using the correct method and equipment, for imbibition and evaluating according to operational procedures is explained.
  • The importance of recording the different fractions according to the operational procedures and work site procedures are explained.
  • The importance of retaining the sample and prescribed records according operational procedures, work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Evaluate the viability of the seed sample. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Familiarising with the staining patterns of the specific crop type according to operational procedures.
  • Assessing the seed sample and describing the findings according to operational procedures.
  • Recording findings and deviations and take corrective action according to operational procedures and work site procedures.(2)
  • Completing documentation according to operational-, work site procedures and statutory 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:
  • Consequences of not sub-sampling accurately according to the operational procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not using correct imbibition method according to operational procedures are explained.
  • The importance of identifying and reporting findings accurately according to the operational-, work site procedures are explained.
  • Importance of reporting deviations and taking corrective action is explained.
  • The importance of using the correct method and equipment, for imbibition and evaluating according to operational procedures is explained.
  • The importance of recording the different fractions according to the operational procedures and work site procedures are explained.
  • The importance of retaining the sample and prescribed records according operational procedures, work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Complete the viability test process process. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Restoring the work area according to operational procedures and work site procedures.
  • Informing relevant parties according to work site-, operational procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Completing and retaining documentation according to operational procedures and work site procedures and statutory 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:
  • Consequences of not sub-sampling accurately according to the operational procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not using correct imbibition method according to operational procedures are explained.
  • The importance of identifying and reporting findings accurately according to the operational-, work site procedures are explained.
  • Importance of reporting deviations and taking corrective action is explained.
  • The importance of using the correct method and equipment, for imbibition and evaluating according to operational procedures is explained.
  • The importance of recording the different fractions according to the operational procedures and work site procedures are explained.
  • The importance of retaining the sample and prescribed records according operational procedures, work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained. 


  • 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 differences between germinating and non-germinating seed.Knowledge and theory of operation of microscopes, imbibition methods. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems when assessing the viability of seed. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself when preparing for analysis of the viability test. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate the information gathered from the viability test 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate with others in the process of the analysis of the viability test. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems in appreciating the importance of accurate analysis, identification of irregularities and defects and the consequences of not reporting these with regard to the analysis of the viability test. 

    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 / customer relationships. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  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 



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