SAQA 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.
SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Work ethically and professionally as an environmental education practitioner 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13668  Work ethically and professionally as an environmental education practitioner 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Environmental Educators 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 05 - Education, Training and Development Adult Learning 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 
This unit standard is for people working as environmental education practitioners in a variety of contexts, e.g. environmental education centres, community-based projects, business or government. It describes features of ethical and professional conduct required of an environmental education practitioner.

A person credited with this unit standard will have achieved the following specific outcomes:
  • Describe behaviour expected of an environmental education practitioner
  • Describe what is understood by professional conduct
  • Develop a set of guiding principles for ethical and professional conduct, and conduct oneself accordingly 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The learner should demonstrate GETC or equivalent. This unit standard does not assume that the learner has prior environmental education training or experience.

    In order to be able to draw on knowledge of what constitutes environmental values and ethics, his unit standard should ideally be undertaken at the same time as unit standard EE4.08 Apply introductory knowledge of environmental ethics in the context of personal experience, or another environmental ethics unit standard relevant to the level of the particular candidate. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard encourages learners to determine for themselves guidelines for ethical and professional conduct that befit an environmental educator. It requires that learners take account of behaviour consistent with educators, environmentalists and professionals in the workplace. Learners should draw on personal experiences of good and bad practice, and on case studies (e.g. biographies) to help them formulate what constitutes exemplary behaviour.

    Environmental educators are role models in society and it is essential that their behaviour is consistent with the goals of the profession. This unit standard should be undertaken as early as possible in order to provide learners with opportunities to engage with the challenges and responsibilities of the profession. It is therefore required as a core unit standard at level 4. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe behaviour expected of an environmental education practitioner 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Draw on personal experience, articles in the media, biographies, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Describe and evaluate examples of ethical and unethical practice in the education profession. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Describe and evaluate the practice of environmentalists in terms of ethics and consistency. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Embedded knowledge:

    Consider principles of environmental justice and sustainability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Describe what constitutes ethical and consistent practice for an environmental educator. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe what is understood by professional conduct 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Describe and evaluate examples of professional and unprofessional behaviour in a range of professions and workplaces. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Describe what constitutes professional behaviour in the workplace. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Consider responsibilities to the employer, colleagues and clients; productivity and standards of work; honesty, reliability and integrity; human relations; responsibility and initiative.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Develop a set of guiding principles for ethical and professional conduct, and conduct oneself 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Develop a set of guiding principles for ethical and professional conduct, and conduct oneself accordingly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Develop a set of guiding principles for ethical and professional behaviour as an environmental education practitioner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Display ethical and professional conduct as an environmental education practitioner. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accreditation and moderation options:

    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 must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.

    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 
    Refer to Specific Outcomes and to the Assessment Criteria contained in this unit standard.

    The knowledge required to achieve this unit standard will include principles of environmental justice and sustainability, knowledge of workplace protocols and an introductory knowledge of environmental values and ethics. 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation and community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participate as a responsible citizen in the life of local, national and global communities.

    Be culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Specified requirements:

    Specified requirements include specific legal and workplace requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:

    Relevant laws, regulations and policies, e.g. the National Environmental Management Act, Curriculum 2005

    Site specific:

    Relevant contextual information and documentation, including corporate strategic plans and workplace procedures 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  22900   National Certificate: Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Core  22901   National Certificate: Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Core  22902   National Diploma: Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Core  22903   Bachelor of Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2021-06-30  CHE 


    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. Assessment and Entrepreneurship Centre 
    2. Dabulamanzi & Njabulo Ndaba Consulting cc 
    3. DELTA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRE NPC 
    4. Elective Training Institute Enterprise CC 
    5. Nkinane Training Institute and Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    6. Sekunjalo Education Training and Development 
    7. SPS Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    8. THE GMC GROUP PTY LTD 
    9. Ulwazi Training & Development 
    10. Wildlife and Enviroment Society of South Africa 



    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.