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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Utilize irrigation equipment and operate manual sprinkler systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264017  Utilize irrigation equipment and operate manual sprinkler systems 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Horticulture 
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 
A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Select the most suitable equipment for watering plants and landscapes.
  • Operate a manual irrigation system effectively.
  • Control the length of a cycle to ensure that the correct amount of water is applied to the planted areas.
  • Perform basic maintenance on sprinklers and irrigation piping. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Select the appropriate watering equipment to apply water to select plants or a small planted area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The occasions in which fine droplets from a watering can or hand-held spray nozzle are needed, are explained in terms of plant and container requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The situations in which watering may be conducted with a bucket or hand-held hose without a nozzle, are described in terms of the plant maturity and container sizes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The methods of conducting watering to prevent the wetting of tiled or paved areas are explained in terms of the selection of the correct equipment and watering techniques. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Select sprinklers that will apply the required amount of water and suit the planted area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The characteristics and operation of the major sprinkler types are described in terms of their suitability to various planted areas. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The criteria for selecting sprinklers to suit the coverage and droplet size are described in accordance with the requirements of the planted area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of preventing runoff and soil erosion is explained in terms of the selection of the appropriate sprinklers and watering durations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Operate an irrigation system to apply an even precipitation over a planted area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The term "rate of precipitation" is defined in terms of the amount of equivalent rainfall, per hour, that an area under irrigation receives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The operational time of each zone is described in accordance with the time needed to achieve the required precipitation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The advantages of using a "solid set" irrigation system as opposed to a portable pipe/dragline system are explained within the context of the evenness of application and "set-up" requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of adhering to uniform spacing of watering positions of draglines and portable pipes is explained with respect to the uniformity of application and precipitation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct basic maintenance of manual watering/irrigation equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The methods for inspection and testing the various sprinkler types are demonstrated in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The cleaning and routine maintenance of the various sprinklers are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The procedures for the caring of watering cans and hose-end irrigation equipment are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The correct handling procedures when transporting and storing irrigation equipment are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Embedded knowledge is reflected in the Assessment Criteria for each Specific Outcome. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by:
  • Selecting the most suitable sprinklers to suit a planted area. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Preparing to operate the irrigation equipment by setting out the draglines and placing the sprinklers in the correct positions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation by:
  • Compile a brief report on the frequency and length of the irrigation cycles. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Utilising knowledge of the precipitation rate to ensure that plants receive the correct amount of water. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation:
  • Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to contribute to the full personal development of themselves and the social and economic development of the society at large:
  • Evident in 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 
    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  66589   National Certificate: Horticulture  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  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.
     
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