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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Train/selectively prune macadamia trees 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115805  Train/selectively prune macadamia trees 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 2  NQF Level 02  12 
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:

Training and selective pruning of macadamia trees without supervision to ensure correct tree form and frame is established. 

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 1.

An understanding of general safety in the work place at NQF level 1. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The scope of this unit standard deals with the establishment of the tree frame, form, and the strengthening of structure by applying correct pruning techniques.

The specific outcomes as reflected in this unit standard are performed without direct supervision, but with access to standard working procedures and operating instructions. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Prepare for tree training. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
Preparing the work area according to standard working and safety procedures.

Determining a sequence of operations according to standard working procedures.

Selecting appropriate tools and equipment according to standard working and quality procedures.

Selecting appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) according to 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:

Purpose of:
  • Determining sequence of operations
  • Selecting tools and equipment
  • Using specific tree training techniques


    Consequences of not:
  • Establishing tree form and frame
  • Adhering to safety procedures
  • Removing under developed and competitive vertical branches
  • Strengthening crotch.
  • Applying correct pruning techniques 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Establish tree frame and form. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Identifying under developed lateral growth according to standard working procedures and policies.

    Identifying competitive vertical growth according to standard working procedures and policies.

    Cutting away under developed lateral growth according to standard working procedures and policies.

    Cutting away competitive and extended vertical growth according to standard working procedures and policies.

    Strengthening tree crotch according to standard working procedures and policies. 

    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:

    Purpose of:
  • Determining sequence of operations
  • Selecting tools and equipment
  • Using specific tree training techniques


    Consequences of not:
  • Establishing tree form and frame
  • Adhering to safety procedures
  • Removing under developed and competitive vertical branches
  • Strengthening crotch.
  • Applying correct pruning techniques 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Complete tree training. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Recording tree training according to standard working policies and 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:

    Purpose of:
  • Determining sequence of operations
  • Selecting tools and equipment
  • Using specific tree training techniques


    Consequences of not:
  • Establishing tree form and frame
  • Adhering to safety procedures
  • Removing under developed and competitive vertical branches
  • Strengthening crotch.
  • Applying correct pruning techniques 


  • 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 
    Basic knowledge of the safe handling of tools and equipment related to the training of trees.

    Basic knowledge of relevant tools and equipment.

    Basic principles of pruning techniques.

    Basic principles of tree training.

    Basic principles and knowledge of tree frame development 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems by reporting unnatural damage to trees. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when receiving information during the training of trees. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage one-self when performing the training process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate with others by reporting deviations in pruning techniques and program. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology when pruning trees. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems by understanding the impact of not establishing tree form and frame timeously and correctly and the impact on the profitability and sustainability of the organisation. 

    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 / customer relationships. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48892   National Certificate: Macadamia Production and De-husking  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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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