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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate fruit sizing machine 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115180  Operate fruit sizing machine 
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:
  • Operating fruit sizing machinery to ensure that fruit is correctly sized for packing. 

  • 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, numeracy and communication skills at or equivalent to NQF level 2.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Knowledge of fruit characteristics.
  • Knowledge of market requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • The scope of this unit standard deals with operating fruit sizing machinery used with fruit.
  • The specific outcomes reflected in this unit standard should be performed without direct supervision, but with access to work site procedures and operating instructions.
  • Sizing machinery can be manual or automated. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare to operate fruit sizing machinery. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Preparing work area according to worksite procedures.
  • Checking machinery and feedline for cleanliness.
  • Setting up weight, size and colour parameters and labelling requirements.
  • Test run machinery according to specifications, e.g. calibration correct, cameras working. 

  • 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:

    Reasons for:
  • Setting up weight, size and colour parameters and labelling requirements.
  • Performing basic maintenance on machinery as required.
  • Checking machinery and feed line.
  • Performing cleaning procedures.

    Consequenses of not:
  • Checking on sizer speed and infeed.
  • Performing quality checks.
  • Recording interruptions, breakdowns, adjustments.
  • Recording fruit quantity and quality per batch/grower/orchard.
  • Performing basic maintenance on machinery as required. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Operate fruit sizing machinery. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Checking on sizer - and infeed speeds according to operating instructions.
  • Making adjustments to machine operation as required according to work site procedures.
  • Reporting on machinery malfunction as and when it occurs.
  • Performing basic maintenance on machinery as required according to manufacturer specifications. 

  • 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:

    Reasons for:
  • Setting up weight, size and colour parameters and labelling requirements.
  • Performing basic maintenance on machinery as required.
  • Checking machinery and feed line.
  • Performing cleaning procedures.

    Consequenses of not:
  • Checking on sizer speed and infeed.
  • Performing quality checks.
  • Recording interruptions, breakdowns, adjustments.
  • Recording fruit quantity and quality per batch/grower/orchard.
  • Performing basic maintenance on machinery as required. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor fruit sizing process. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Performing quality checks on sized fruit.
  • Reporting deviations. 

  • 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:

    Reasons for:
  • Setting up weight, size and colour parameters and labelling requirements.
  • Performing basic maintenance on machinery as required.
  • Checking machinery and feed line.
  • Performing cleaning procedures.

    Consequenses of not:
  • Checking on sizer speed and infeed.
  • Performing quality checks.
  • Recording interruptions, breakdowns, adjustments.
  • Recording fruit quantity and quality per batch/grower/orchard.
  • Performing basic maintenance on machinery as required. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete fruit sizing process. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Recording fruit quality and quantity per batch/grower/orchard according to work site procedures.
  • Recording interruptions, breakdowns, adjustments made according to work site procedures.
  • Performing cleaning on sizing machinery according to work site procedures.
  • Informing relevant parties. 

  • 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:

    Reasons for:
  • Setting up weight, size and colour parameters and labelling requirements.
  • Performing basic maintenance on machinery as required.
  • Checking machinery and feed line.
  • Performing cleaning procedures.

    Consequenses of not:
  • Checking on sizer speed and infeed.
  • Performing quality checks.
  • Recording interruptions, breakdowns, adjustments.
  • Recording fruit quantity and quality per batch/grower/orchard.
  • Performing basic maintenance on machinery as required. 


  • 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 or at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Principles of quality control.
  • Principles of sampling.
  • Operating procedures of sizing machinery.
  • Basic knowledge of maintenance. 

  • 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 recognising bottlenecks and blockages in machinery and taking appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others by liasing with personnel downstream from sizer on flow of fruit for packing. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself by ensuring all pre-operational checks are undertaken prior to start up. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by monitoring sizer operation and making adjustments as required. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by recording all occurrences on shift. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically by understanding the principles of sizer operation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by explaining the role of sizing in the fruit grading and packing process. 

    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 principles.
  • An awareness of expectations and obligations of basic worker / management relationships. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48848   National Certificate: Fruit Packing and Grading Processes  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.
     
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