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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain the propagation of plants 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116220  Explain the propagation of plants 
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 3  NQF Level 03 
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 
The learner achieving this unit standard will be able to propagate plants.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in plant propagation and will be able to operate in a plant production environment implementing sustainable and economically viable production principles.

They will be capacitated to gain access to the mainstream agricultural sector, in plant production, impacting directly on the sustainability of the sub-sector. The improvement in production technology will also have a direct impact on the improvement of agricultural productivity of the sector. 

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 standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 3: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the physiological functioning of the anatomical structures of the plant.
  • NQF 2: Demonstrate an understanding of plant propagation.
  • NQF 2: Monitor 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 the function of environmental requirements for propagation within a specific agricultural production context. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The propagation environment includes, but is not limited to, open field and protective structures related to the environmental needs of humidity, ventilation, temperature, light intensity and moisture. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The specific environmental requirements for the propagation of plants within a specific agricultural production context are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The role of the different environmental requirements for the propagation of plants within a specific agricultural production context is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An understanding of how problems within the propagation environment of the specific agricultural production context, confined to routine tasks, are solved, is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the general propagation procedures and select appropriate procedures within a specific agricultural production context. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Propagation procedures include, but are not limited to, direct sowing, seedling tray, seedbed, vegetative cuttings of rhizomes, corns, tubes, scaling of bulbs and tissue culture. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The propagation procedure for a specific agricultural production context is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The parts of the plant used in a specific propagation procedure are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The requirements for the specific propagation procedure are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The necessary hygiene and safety requirements for the appropriate procedure is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The tools used in the specific propagation procedure is described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor environmental conditions in the propagation area within a specific agricultural production context. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The environmental conditions may include but are not limited to humidity, ventilation, temperature, light intensity, moisture, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An understanding of how different environmental conditions are monitored for the specific propagation process is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The keeping of accurate records of environmental conditions are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An understanding of how significant unplanned changes in environmental conditions are recognised, reported and appropriately amended under general supervision is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An understanding of how the environmental conditions of a controlled growing environment are changed according to specified criterion, in order to meet the needs of a specific crop is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Choose and apply the necessary tools for the propagation within a specific agricultural production context. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Tools include but are not limited to pruning shears, budding knives, scalpels, gas flames, laminar flow bench etc. Hygiene requirements include but are not limited to sterilization, radiation, alcohol washes etc. Safety requirements include but are not limited to using eye protection, hand protection, clothes etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The most appropriate tool for the specific propagation procedure is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An understanding of why the specific tool is used for that specific propagation procedure is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The necessary hygiene requirements associated with the procedure are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The necessary safety requirements needed when using the specific tools is explained. 


    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:
  • Basic safety requirements related to the propagation environment, tools and procedures.
  • Basic hygiene requirements for the propagation environments.
  • Growing media - wet and dry.
  • Weeds, pest and diseases.
  • The safe handling of hormone and Chemicals preparations (rooting powders and plant protection substances) 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem Solving: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: Relates to all outcomes. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpreting Information: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use Science and Technology: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The world as a set of related systems: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self-development: Relates to all 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 
    This person should be able to function in a management position and should have the ability to make sound decisions regarding the operation as well as guide subordinates in the process of harvesting and related issues. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    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. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    2. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    3. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    4. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 
    5. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    6. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    7. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
    8. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    9. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    10. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    11. Mavuni Empowering Consultants 
    12. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    13. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    14. Mvelo Consultant 
    15. National Institute For The Deaf 
    16. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    17. Setlakala Business Development 
    18. Skills Fusion 
    19. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    20. Tompi Seleka Agricultural College 
    21. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    22. Tripple R Training Provider 
    23. Vari Consulting 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.