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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct controlled pollination 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114743  Conduct controlled pollination 
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:
  • Controlled pollination to ensure successful fertilisation. 

  • 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 the basic breeding principles.
  • Understanding of relevant statutory safety requirements in the work place at NQF level 3.
  • Literacy-, numeracy- and communication skills at NQF level 3.
  • Introduction to seed industry and relevant workplace. 

  • 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.
  • Deviations include, but are not limited to: poor growth, off-type plants, lack of pollen, synchronisation, problems caused by climatic conditions, pest and pathogen occurrence, and weeds based on visual evaluation.
  • Controlled pollination applies to: breeding plots, foundation seed, statistical-, demonstration-, observation trials, seed production-, grow out-, genetic purity-, hybridity trials.
  • Pollination includes, but is not limited to: emasculation, controlled pollination and selfing.
  • Inputs include, but are not limited to: chemicals, equipment and markers.
  • Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), Act 36 of 1947 as amended and other relevant statutory health and safety requirements and work site procedures. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare for pollination. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Obtaining the pollination plan and instructions according to work site procedures.
  • Selecting appropriate equipment according to work site and quality procedures.
  • Selecting appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) 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 obtaining or adhering to the pollination plan and instructions according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not selecting and using appropriate equipment according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Implications of not identifying and informing relevant parties of deviations according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not selecting appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not informing relevant parties when pollination is completed are explained.
  • Consequences of not marking and labelling the pollinated plants correctly according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not completing documentation according to work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Execute pollination. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Using the appropriate equipment and inputs for pollination according to plan instructions and work site procedures.
  • Following pollination instructions and plan according to work site procedures.
  • Marking and labelling pollinated plants according to work site procedures.
  • 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:
  • Consequences of not obtaining or adhering to the pollination plan and instructions according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not selecting and using appropriate equipment according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Implications of not identifying and informing relevant parties of deviations according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not selecting appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not informing relevant parties when pollination is completed are explained.
  • Consequences of not marking and labelling the pollinated plants correctly according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not completing documentation according to work site procedures and statutory requirements are explained. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Complete the pollination process. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Informing relevant parties when pollination is completed according to work site procedures.
  • Completing documentation and informing relevant parties 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:
  • Consequences of not obtaining or adhering to the pollination plan and instructions according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not selecting and using appropriate equipment according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Implications of not identifying and informing relevant parties of deviations according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not selecting appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not informing relevant parties when pollination is completed are explained.
  • Consequences of not marking and labelling the pollinated plants correctly according to work site procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not completing documentation according to 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 
  • General pollination principles
  • General knowledge of relevant pollination techniques
  • Knowledge and theory of operation of pollination equipment
  • Knowledge and theory of applicable software and or methods for recording data 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve pollination problems by applying pollination principles. 

    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 pollination of trial. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse and organise information when recording data on pollination of trials. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate with others in the process of reporting deviations to relevant parties. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology when pollinating. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems, when working with chemicals and applicable genetic material. 

    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  48650   National Certificate: Seed Research and Development Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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 


    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.
     
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