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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate fruit packing line machine 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115202  Operate fruit packing line 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  10 
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 and fruit packing line machinery to optimise packing process. 

  • 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 fruit market requirements.
  • Knowledge of cold chain process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • The scope of this unit standard deals with operating fruit packing machinery.
  • The specific outcomes reflected in this unit standard should be performed without direct supervision, but with access to work site procedures and operating instructions.
  • Packing line machinery (automated or manual): drenchers, washers, wax applicators, tippers, sorting tables, labelling machines, label printers, monorails, belts, barcoders and scanners, scales. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare to operate fruit packing machinery. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Preparing work area according to worksite procedures.
  • Checking sorting and packing lines are ready and clean.
  • Checking start up and shut down of machinery.
  • Test run machinery according to 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:
  • Performing basic maintenance on machinery as required.
  • Checking machinery and packing lines.
  • Performing cleaning of machinery.

    Consequenses of not:
  • Checking on conveyor speed.
  • Performing quality checks.
  • Recording interruptions, breakdowns, adjustments.
  • Performing basic maintenance on machinery as required.
  • Reporting deviations. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Operate fruit packing machinery. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Operating control panels/computer, starting up and shutting down machinery
  • Making adjustments to conveyor speed as required according to fruit types and work site procedures.
  • Reporting on machinery malfunction 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:
  • Performing basic maintenance on machinery as required.
  • Checking machinery and packing lines.
  • Performing cleaning of machinery.

    Consequenses of not:
  • Checking on conveyor speed.
  • Performing quality checks.
  • Recording interruptions, breakdowns, adjustments.
  • Performing basic maintenance on machinery as required.
  • Reporting deviations. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor fruit packing process. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Isolating and identifying fruit batches according to work site and quality procedures.
  • Performing quality checks on fruit and report 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:
  • Performing basic maintenance on machinery as required.
  • Checking machinery and packing lines.
  • Performing cleaning of machinery.

    Consequenses of not:
  • Checking on conveyor speed.
  • Performing quality checks.
  • Recording interruptions, breakdowns, adjustments.
  • Performing basic maintenance on machinery as required.
  • Reporting deviations. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete operate fruit packing machinery process. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Recording interruptions, breakdowns, adjustments made according to work site procedures.
  • Performing cleaning of 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:
  • Performing basic maintenance on machinery as required.
  • Checking machinery and packing lines.
  • Performing cleaning of machinery.

    Consequenses of not:
  • Checking on conveyor speed.
  • Performing quality checks.
  • Recording interruptions, breakdowns, adjustments.
  • Performing basic maintenance on machinery as required.
  • Reporting deviations. 


  • 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.
  • Operate procedures of fruit packing 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 packing lines and taking appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others by liasing with personnel on packing lines. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage one self and activities 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 packing line machinery 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 packing line machinery operation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by explaining the packing line machinery layout and its impact on the 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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