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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Analyse physical purity of seed 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114687  Analyse physical purity 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 3  NQF Level 03  11 
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 physical purity of a seed lot to determine quality. 

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 workplace.

Basic computer literacy. 

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.

The learner is expected to be able to analyse the physical purity of the kinds of seed included in the work site procedure.

Submitted sample is limited to the prescribed operational procedure.

Working sample includes, but is not limited to components of the working sample as prescribed in the operational procedure.

Operational procedures are limited to International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) Rules.

Equipment refers to but is not limited to microscope, mass meter and magnifying lamp. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Prepare the work area for analysis. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
Cleaning and sterilising work area and equipment according to work site procedures and operational procedures.

Identifying and selecting appropriate equipment according to operational procedures and work site procedures.

Reporting any deviations with regards to appropriate equipment. 

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 sanitary practices according to work site procedures are explained.

Consequences of not identifying and reporting findings accurately according to the operational procedures and work site procedures are explained.

The possible effects of hazardous seed treatment material on the learner are explained.

The importance of using the correct equipment during analysis according to work site procedures is explained.

The importance of keeping the different components according to the operational procedures and work site procedures is explained.

The importance of retaining the sample and prescribed records according to the operational procedures, work site procedures and statutory requirements is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Prepare working sample and relevant documentation. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
Acquiring the submitted sample according to work site procedures and statutory requirements.

Preparing relevant documentation to record findings according to work site procedures and statutory requirements.

Reducing submitted sample to obtain the working sample according to the operational procedures and work site procedures.

Familiarising with the peculiarities of the specific crop type and anticipated impurities, defects and irregularities according to the 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 sanitary practices according to work site procedures are explained.

Consequences of not identifying and reporting findings accurately according to the operational procedures and work site procedures are explained.

The possible effects of hazardous seed treatment material on the learner are explained.

The importance of using the correct equipment during analysis according to work site procedures is explained.

The importance of keeping the different components according to the operational procedures and work site procedures is explained.

The importance of retaining the sample and prescribed records according to the operational procedures, work site procedures and statutory requirements is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Analyse and retain components of working sample. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
Identifying and weighing the relevant components according to the operational procedures and work site procedures.

Packaging and labelling components separately and retain according to work site-, operational procedures and statutory requirements.

Recording and reporting findings and deviations according to work site procedures, operational procedures and statutory requirements.

Completing documentation according to the 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 sanitary practices according to work site procedures are explained.

Consequences of not identifying and reporting findings accurately according to the operational procedures and work site procedures are explained.

The possible effects of hazardous seed treatment material on the learner are explained.

The importance of using the correct equipment during analysis according to work site procedures is explained.

The importance of keeping the different components according to the operational procedures and work site procedures is explained.

The importance of retaining the sample and prescribed records according to the operational procedures, work site procedures and statutory requirements is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Retention of submitted sample. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
Placing the working sample in the container with the submitted sample according to work site and operational procedures.

Storing the submitted sample in a designated area for additional analysis according to 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 sanitary practices according to work site procedures are explained.

Consequences of not identifying and reporting findings accurately according to the operational procedures and work site procedures are explained.

The possible effects of hazardous seed treatment material on the learner are explained.

The importance of using the correct equipment during analysis according to work site procedures is explained.

The importance of keeping the different components according to the operational procedures and work site procedures is explained.

The importance of retaining the sample and prescribed records according to the operational procedures, work site procedures and statutory requirements is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Complete physical seed purity analysis process. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
Restoring work area according to work site procedures.

Completing and retaining documentation and informing relevant parties according to 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 sanitary practices according to work site procedures are explained.

Consequences of not identifying and reporting findings accurately according to the operational procedures and work site procedures are explained.

The possible effects of hazardous seed treatment material on the learner are explained.

The importance of using the correct equipment during analysis according to work site procedures is explained.

The importance of keeping the different components according to the operational procedures and work site procedures is explained.

The importance of retaining the sample and prescribed records according to the operational procedures, work site procedures and statutory requirements 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

General knowledge of the differences between impurities, physically pure seed, defects and irregularities.

Knowledge and theory of operation of microscopes and mass meters. 

UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
N/A 

UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
N/A 


Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
Identify and reports on deviations by determine physical purities in seed. 

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 analysis of physical purity of seed. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
Communicate with others in the process of the analysis of physical purity of seed. 

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

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
    Core  48654   National Certificate: Seed Analysis  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48653   Further Education and Training Certificate: Seed Processing and Packaging Control  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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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