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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Sample a seed lot 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114668  Sample a seed lot 
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:

Taking a representative sample for quality assessment. 

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 at NQF level 3.

Introduction to seed industry and relevant work place. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
General guide for scope, context and level

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.

Appropriate methods and equipment includes, but is not limited to: seed sampling probe, soil divider, centrifugal divider, hand halving and spoons.

Deviations include, but are not limited to: deviations with regard to pests, pathogens, species and types, and prohibited weeds or deviations in labelling and documentation based on visual evaluation.

A representative sample is a sample taken according to ISTA or SANSOR sampling guidelines. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Prepare for drawing a seed sample. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Preparing the work area according to work site procedures, operational procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Selecting appropriate equipment and documentation according to work site-, operational procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Selecting appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) according to work site procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Verifying documentation, labels and content with seed lot. 

  • 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:
  • Importance of drawing a representative sample is explained.
  • Implications of not identifying deviations on seed are explained.
  • Consequences of not labelling the sample correctly according to work site-, operational procedures and statutory requirements are explained.
  • Consequences of not using the appropriate equipment for drawing a sample according to work site-, operational procedures and statutory requirements are explained.
  • Consequences of not completing documentation according to work site -, operational procedures and statutory requirements are explained.
  • Importance of adhering to health and safety regulations when drawing a sample is explained. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Draw a seed sample. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Using appropriate equipment to draw a representative sample according to work site- and operational procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Recording relevant information on seed sample container and complete relevant documentation according to work site-, operational procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Informing relevant parties of deviations 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:
  • Importance of drawing a representative sample is explained.
  • Implications of not identifying deviations on seed are explained.
  • Consequences of not labelling the sample correctly according to work site-, operational procedures and statutory requirements are explained.
  • Consequences of not using the appropriate equipment for drawing a sample according to work site-, operational procedures and statutory requirements are explained.
  • Consequences of not completing documentation according to work site -, operational procedures and statutory requirements are explained.
  • Importance of adhering to health and safety regulations when drawing a sample is explained. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Divide the seed sample. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Using the appropriate equipment and method to obtain the volume, mass or required numbers according to work site-, operational 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:
  • Importance of drawing a representative sample is explained.
  • Implications of not identifying deviations on seed are explained.
  • Consequences of not labelling the sample correctly according to work site-, operational procedures and statutory requirements are explained.
  • Consequences of not using the appropriate equipment for drawing a sample according to work site-, operational procedures and statutory requirements are explained.
  • Consequences of not completing documentation according to work site -, operational procedures and statutory requirements are explained.
  • Importance of adhering to health and safety regulations when drawing a sample is explained. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete the seed sampling process. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Forwarding the sample with accompanying documentation to relevant parties according to work site procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Completing documentation and dealing with sample according to work site-, operational procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Restoring work area 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:
  • Importance of drawing a representative sample is explained.
  • Implications of not identifying deviations on seed are explained.
  • Consequences of not labelling the sample correctly according to work site-, operational procedures and statutory requirements are explained.
  • Consequences of not using the appropriate equipment for drawing a sample according to work site-, operational procedures and statutory requirements are explained.
  • Consequences of not completing documentation according to work site -, operational procedures and statutory requirements are explained.
  • Importance of adhering to health and safety regulations when drawing a sample is explained. 


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Mechanisms and bodies for external moderation of learner achievements
  • 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 
    Knowledge that will help me understand and that I will be able to explain

    Basic quality control principles

    General knowledge of seed identification and deviations

    Knowledge and theory of operation of seed sampling and metrological equipment

    Knowledge and theory of data recording methods

    Successful completion of the SANSOR sampling module. 

    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 verifying documents, labels and content 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 oneself when preparing to draw seed sample. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate the documents, labels, samples and condition of consignment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate with others in the process of drawing a seed sample. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology when using seed sampling and metrology equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems, which relies on verifying documents, labels and content and not operating according to safety requirements. 

    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 
    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
    Core  48653   Further Education and Training Certificate: Seed Processing and Packaging Control  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48647   Further Education and Training Certificate: Seed Production  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48657   Further Education and Training Certificate: Seed Research and Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    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 



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