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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Monitor water quality 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116077  Monitor water quality 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 
The learner achieving this unit standard will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of water quality to agriculture and to monitor and maintain water quality using established procedures. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of agriculture and water management.

Learners will gain an understanding of sustainable agricultural practices as applied in the animal-, plant and mixed farming sub fields. The application of maintaining water quality practices in primary agriculture is focussed on in this unit standard.

They will be able to participate in, undertake and plan farming practices with knowledge of their environment. A culture of maintenance and care will be instilled for both the environment as well as towards farming infrastructure and operations by this unit standard. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will show competence against the following unit standard, or equivalent:
  • NQF1: Maintain basic water quality 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Whilst range statements have been defined generically to include as wide a set of alternatives as possible, all range statements should be interpreted within the specific context of application.

    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of water quality management. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Quality factors for water include but are not limited to temperature, dissolved gasses such as oxygen and carbon dioxide, COD, water insoluble solids and dissolved minerals and organic load. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An understanding is demonstrated of the effects of certain physical quality factors, and it is related to a relevant agricultural product species. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A basic understanding of the effects of certain chemical quality factors is demonstrated and it is related to a relevant agricultural product species. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Physical and chemical knowledge regarding water quality attributes is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of water quality to agriculture. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of water quality on plants and animals in agriculture is demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Agricultural plants and animals include but are not limited to mammals, insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, and mollusks, and crop plants.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An understanding of processes implemented to improve water quality is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to sample and monitor water quality factors are demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Quality factors for water include but are not limited to temperature, dissolved gasses such as oxygen and carbon dioxide, COD, water insoluble solids and dissolved minerals and organic load.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an ability to monitor and perform basic water quality tests and analyses. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Quality maintenance tasks including water aeration, inlet and outlet screening, inlet and outlet level and flow control, degassing and filtration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to monitor and sample water sources is demonstrated and it is prepared for analysis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to perform simple water quality tests to determine water quality is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to report meaningfully on water quality tests is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an ability to perform and understand maintenance tasks on certain operational technical systems related to water quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to perform maintenance on water quality control systems is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to manage chemical and physical requisites related to water quality control systems is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to report meaningfully on water quality systems' maintenance is demonstrated. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes; critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The person is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
  • The names and functions of water quality maintenance systems and components.
  • The names and attributes of water quality factors.
  • Sensory cues related to water quality.
  • The purpose of understanding the need for water quality knowledge.
  • Procedures related to the maintenance and testing of water quality.
  • Rules and regulations related to water.
  • Basic report writing skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving: Relates to specific outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an ability to monitor and perform basic water quality tests and analyses.
  • Demonstrate an ability to perform and understand maintenance tasks on certain operational technical systems related to water quality. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team Work: Relates to specific outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of water to agriculture.
  • Demonstrate an ability to monitor and perform basic water quality tests and analyses.
  • Demonstrate an ability to perform and understand maintenance tasks on certain operational technical systems related to water quality. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self Management: Relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpreting information: Relates to specific outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an ability to monitor and perform basic water quality tests and analyses.
  • Demonstrate an ability to perform and understand maintenance tasks on certain operational technical systems related to water quality. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: Relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Science and technology: Relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Related systems: Relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self development: Relates to all specific outcomes. 

    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 
    Certain plant species grow in water, but water is needed by all plant and animal life for life. All the land and aquatic animal organisms' bodily functions are performed in water. Because water is totally depended on to breathe, feed and grow, excrete wastes, maintain a salt balance, and reproduce, understanding the physical and chemical qualities of water is critical to successful aquaculture. To a great extent the success or failure of an agricultural operation is determined by water quality. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48976   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48977   National Certificate: Mixed Farming Systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48975   National Certificate: Plant Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  49605   National Certificate: Environmental Practice  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  LG SETA 
    Elective  66429   National Certificate: Landscape Irrigation  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.
     
    1. A4 Consultancy CC 
    2. ABA Sebenzi 
    3. ABEMS Training Institute (PTY) Ltd. 
    4. Agisanang SA Training 
    5. Alpha Business Consultants 
    6. Amabamba Recruitment 
    7. Atlegang Training Consulting 
    8. AVAX SA 481 CC. T/A Mandisa Development Services 
    9. Azitjhewi Construction 
    10. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    11. Bantubanye Skills 
    12. Big Start Training and Development 
    13. Bikologix Projects 
    14. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    15. Boni Africa Events & Development 
    16. Buena Vista Learning Academy 
    17. Bull's Business and Skills Training Institute 
    18. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    19. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    20. Classic Human Capital Solutions 
    21. Colgene Group 
    22. Cre8ive Organisational Development 
    23. CTC College(PTY) LTD. 
    24. Dean Institute Of Learning (Pty) Ltd 
    25. Dee's Training (PTY) LTD 
    26. Dihwai Food Cultural and Agricultural Services 
    27. Ditirelo Skills Development Services 
    28. Edutraining Business College 
    29. Ekurhuleni West Public FET College - Germiston Campus 
    30. ELASON PRO-ACTIVE SECURITY (PTY) LTD 
    31. Elective Training Institute Enterprise CC 
    32. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 
    33. Environmental Leadership Academy 
    34. Escay Catering and other Services 
    35. Essential Skills 
    36. Fire Protection Association of Southern Africa 
    37. Glere Skills and Consultants 
    38. Globalwise Training & Consulting (PTY) Ltd. 
    39. Goitsikitso Enterprise Trading 
    40. Goldfields FET College 
    41. Growth Management Consulting 
    42. HDPSA 
    43. Heavenly Button Trading CC 
    44. Heedmorine Training 
    45. Heros Fire Protection Services cc 
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    47. HS GLOBAL SKILLS BUSINESS SOLUTIONS 
    48. Icando 
    49. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    50. Institute for Local Government and Housing 
    51. Institute of Health and Social Care Studies 
    52. IQ Skills Academy (PTY) LTD. 
    53. ITO Focus Reagile 
    54. Jobafrik Consulting 
    55. Jomash Construction 
    56. Josmap Training Institute 
    57. Kalideen Management 
    58. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    59. Kernel Management and Consulting (PTY) LTD. 
    60. Kgolo Institute 
    61. Kgopane Trading Enterprise 
    62. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
    63. Knowledge For Ever 
    64. KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION 
    65. Kokilesedi Trading 
    66. Kuyakhula Development Initiatives 
    67. Leronsa Trading Enterprise 
    68. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    69. Letlhokoa Management Services CC 
    70. M.I.C. Training and Development 
    71. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    72. Mahayi HRD Services cc 
    73. Makavila Suppliers CC. 
    74. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    75. Mangalani Business Enterprises 
    76. Marcado Human Resources Strategies 
    77. MashMP Holdings 
    78. Mashphe Logistics Services 
    79. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    80. Mazasa Management Consulting CC. 
    81. Mcebo Technologies 
    82. Mestel Training Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    83. Mgwezane Training and Events Management CC. 
    84. Miczo's Enterprise 
    85. Misol Projects cc 
    86. Mission Point Consulting 
    87. MML Consulting CC. 
    88. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    89. Mod-Mosh Projects and Consulting (PTY) LTD 
    90. Mogaladi Business Enterprise 
    91. Montshepetsa Bosui Farming & Training Cnt 
    92. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    93. Mpontshe Training 
    94. Mthashana FET College - Vryheid Campus 
    95. Mvelo Consultant 
    96. National Institute For The Deaf 
    97. Networx for Career Development 
    98. Ngwato Wa Mphela Agriculture Training Services 
    99. NJ & L Trading Enterprise CC. 
    100. Nkqubela Community Developers 
    101. Nophelo Training Centre 
    102. Novi General Services 
    103. NS Global Academy 
    104. Nsuku Management Consultants 
    105. Ntsangalala Business Enterprise 
    106. Nyankwavi Investment CC. 
    107. OMNI HR CONSULTING PTY LTD 
    108. Pebetse Training and Consulting 
    109. Pioneer Business Consulting 
    110. Power Rush Trading 170 CC. 
    111. Powernexus 
    112. Puseletso Trading and Projects 
    113. Quick Leap Investment 
    114. RLSTP Training & Development (PTY) LTD. 
    115. Seige Trading Solutions 
    116. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    117. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    118. Senelo Trading CC 
    119. Setlakala Business Development 
    120. Siljeur Training Academy 
    121. Siyafundisa I Africa 
    122. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    123. Skills Fusion 
    124. SmartMatta (Pty) Ltd 
    125. Spring Forest Trading 578 CC 
    126. STARPLEX 408 CC 
    127. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    128. Talent Emporium Academy (PTY) Ltd 
    129. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
    130. Thando Consulting Services 
    131. The Crimson CO CC. 
    132. Thembeni Skills Development Trading and Projects 
    133. Thubelihle Graduate Institute 
    134. Thuto Boshwa Skills Development Services 
    135. TLD Consulting 
    136. Tompi Seleka Agricultural College 
    137. Township Fire and Rescure (Pty) Ltd 
    138. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    139. Tripple R Training Provider 
    140. Tshedza Training Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    141. Tshisimani Holdings (PTY) Ltd. 
    142. Tshwane Skills Training Centre 
    143. Twin Peak Technologies 
    144. Ukhamba Quality Skills 
    145. Umfolozi FET College 
    146. University of Limpopo 
    147. University of Venda 
    148. Vari Consulting 
    149. Vicmat Consultants 
    150. XL AT Consulting CC 
    151. Ya Hina Management Consulting and projects 



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