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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply crop protection and animal health products effectively and responsibly 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116125  Apply crop protection and animal health products effectively and responsibly 
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  2015-07-01  2018-06-30  SAQA 10105/14 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

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 person achieving this unit standard will be able to apply agrochemical products in a safe, effective and responsible manner with consideration to the environment. Furthermore, the person will be able to deal with emergencies related to the use of agrochemicals.

Learners will gain an understanding of sustainable agricultural practices as applied in the animal-, plant and mixed farming sub fields. This unit standard focuses on the application of agro-chemicals in primary agriculture.

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

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
The learner should be competent in literacy and numeracy at ABET level 4 or the equivalent:
  • NQF 1: Recognise pests and diseases and weeds on crops.
  • NQF 2: Store and control agrochemical products effectively and responsibly. 

  • 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 
    Implement a pre-application plan. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Pre-application plan includes but is not limited to product, equipment, protective gear, emergency equipment, facilities, and climate conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Product is identified and available. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Product expiry date is checked. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equipment and safety equipment is checked for good working condition and is available and prepared for use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Protective gear is available and in good working condition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Contact detail of emergency services is available. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Animal handling facilities are prepared. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Mix correct pest control products at correct dose rate. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Pest control products include but are not limited to crop, produce and animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Colour codes, symbols and pictograms are interpreted correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Product is correctly mixed according to products instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Correct mixing procedure is applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Correct and sufficient mixing apparatus is available and used. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Correct storing apparatus is available and used. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Correct and sufficient cleaning/sterilisation apparatus is available and used. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply pest control product to crop or farm animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    As allowed by weather conditions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Weather conditions include but are not limited to temperature, moist, wind drift.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Correct calibration parameters are adhered to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Application methods are according to product instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Protective gear is used correctly. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Take the necessary safety and health precautions whilst applying pest control products. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Protecting self and co-workers; protecting non-targeted organisms; protecting the environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A full set of protective clothing/gear is worn correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Protective clothing/gear is in good working condition and state of repairs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Correct utilisation of protective clothing/gear is applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    No smoking, drinking, eating or under the influence of drugs takes place. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Product is stored correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Waste and empty containers are disposed of correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Soil and water contamination is avoided. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Application occurs under correct climate conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Non-authorised workers are prevented from coming into contact with chemicals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Rest of the worker community is informed of activity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    Designated areas are used for mixing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
    Product is applied to targeted organisms only. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Apply post-application procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Apparatus is cleaned thoroughly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Waste products and empty containers are collected, cleaned and discarded. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Empty containers are not used for other purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Protective gear is cleaned, maintained and stored correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Personal hygiene is applied. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Monitor and report on the process, problems and unusual occurrences to the supervisor. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Verbally or in writing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Application process is monitored. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Problems and unusual occurrences are reported to the supervisor. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Deal appropriately and effectively with emergencies. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Emergencies include but are not limited to chemical spills, human and animal poisoning and environmental contamination. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Minor spills are contained, absorbed, collected and disposed of. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    In the case of human poisoning a medical doctor is contacted immediately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Supervisor is informed and requested to contact poison information centre to assess situation and advice on next step. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Incident is reported to the supervisor. 


    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 thy 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:
  • Interpretation of pictograms, colour coding and symbols.
  • Legal implications of misuse/ abuse i.e. off-label use.
  • Potential hazards associated with agrochemicals.
  • Cleaning and maintenance of equipment.
  • General symptoms of poisoning.
  • Impact of product on the environment, humans and other organisms.
  • Basic storage principles and requirements.
  • Principles and methods of mixing.
  • Empty container and waste disposal.
  • Emergency procedures.
  • Legislation and Codes of Practice.
  • First aid.
  • Hygiene.
  • Contamination. 

  • 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:
  • Implement a pre-application plan.
  • Mix correct pest control products at correct dose rate.
  • Monitor and report on the process, problems and unusual occurrences to the supervisor. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and management relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation relates to specific outcomes:
  • Implement a pre-application plan.
  • Mix correct pest control products at correct dose rate.
  • Take the necessary safety and health precautions whilst applying pest control products. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication relates to specific outcomes:
  • Implement a pre-application plan.
  • Mix correct pest control products at correct dose rate.
  • Take the necessary safety and health precautions whilst applying pest control products. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    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  2018-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48977   National Certificate: Mixed Farming Systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2018-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48975   National Certificate: Plant Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2018-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  49048   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  49052   National Certificate: Plant Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  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. AVCASA 
    2. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    3. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    4. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    5. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    6. Dihwai Food Cultural and Agricultural Services 
    7. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 
    8. Escay Catering and other Services 
    9. Goldfields FET College 
    10. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    11. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    12. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
    13. Knowledge For Ever 
    14. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    15. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    16. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    17. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    18. Montshepetsa Bosui Farming & Training Cnt 
    19. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    20. Mthashana FET College - Vryheid Campus 
    21. Mvelo Consultant 
    22. National Institute For The Deaf 
    23. Ngwato Wa Mphela Agriculture Training Services 
    24. Nophelo Training Centre 
    25. Phill Skills and Development Institute 
    26. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    27. Setlakala Business Development 
    28. Siyafundisa I Africa 
    29. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    30. Skills Fusion 
    31. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    32. Take Note Trading 227 cc 
    33. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
    34. Thuto Boshwa Skills Development Services 
    35. Tompi Seleka Agricultural College 
    36. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    37. Tripple R Training Provider 
    38. Two A Day Group (Pty) Ltd 
    39. University of Limpopo 
    40. Vari Consulting 



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