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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Supervise the maintenance of a turf cricket pitch and outfields 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264237  Supervise the maintenance of a turf cricket pitch and outfields 
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 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 
A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Manage and monitor the preparation and maintenance of cricket pitches and outfields.
  • Monitor the operation and maintenance of the turf care machinery.
  • Supervise the marking out of pitches and outfields.
  • Select the appropriate fertilisers and supervise the application of these. 

  • 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 at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Monitor and maintain the principles and practices of health and safety in the cricket field maintenance environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of ensuring that operators use the appropriate PPC and PPE when mowing or carrying out general maintenance tasks on the cricket grounds is explained in terms of ensuring that safety standards are upheld. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of integrating the safety aspects from the various operator's manuals into the company's safety procedures is explained in terms of ensuring that all possible safety hazards are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The first line safety checks for the various turf maintenance equipment are described in terms of the inspection of the safety guards, and the procedures to complete these are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The necessity of providing a chemical store that is suitable for the safe storage of various hazardous chemicals that are used on a cricket ground is explained in terms of preventing a safety incident occurring. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The objectives of good housekeeping in a fuel storage facility are explained and the practices for the safe handling of petrol and petrol mixes in the storage environment are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The necessity of having one or more of the personnel qualified in the provision of basic first aid is explained in terms of the ability of maintenance personnel to attend to minor incidents. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The importance of holding regular safety training and awareness meetings is explained within the context of the positive role that training plays in minimising safety incidents. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The procedures for the documentation of all safety inspections and monitoring is demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Plan and supervise the maintenance of cricket pitches and practice nets. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of noting the major events for the season on the maintenance year planner is explained in terms of the need to schedule all the turf care programmes between these dates to ensure that the cricket facilities are in optimum condition for the events. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The periods in the year when the major turf care operations should be conducted are identified in accordance with the maintenance year planner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The preparations that are required before hollow tyning is conducted are described in terms of the tyne selection and the watering that is required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The preparations that are required before vertidraining is conducted are described in terms of specific irrigation that is required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of selecting fertilisers that correspond to the nutrient deficiencies that were obtained from the soil analysis reports and the seasonal programme to apply these are explained in accordance with the maintenance year planner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The various programmes for the irrigation schedule are described within the context of the historic evapotranspiration rates through the season. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The necessity of carrying out pitch repairs to the Cricket Union's specifications is explained with regard to ensuring that all pitches conform to the industry standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Plan and supervise the maintenance of the cricket outfield. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The periods in the year when the major turf care operations should be conducted are identified in accordance with the maintenance year planner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The processes for the spring treatment of the outfield are described in terms of the functions of thatch removal, fertilising and irrigation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The schedules for mowing the outfield are described in terms of selecting the initial height of cut and the sub-sequent lowering of this when the growth allows. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The occasions when the outfield requires verticutting are described with regard to the thatch control measures that are conducted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of selecting fertilisers that correspond to the nutrient deficiencies that were obtained from the soil analysis reports and the seasonal programme to apply these is explained in accordance with the maintenance year planner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The various programmes in the irrigation schedule are described within the context of corresponding with the historic evapotranspiration rates through the season. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The scheduling of preventative pesticide controls is explained in terms of anticipating the occurrence of certain pests through the knowledge of their life cycles and habits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The occasions when the application of fungicides to the outfield is required, are explained in terms of implementing a curative approach and a through the implementation of a process of rotating the fungicides. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The necessity of immediately repairing the divots and other damages that occur in a match is explained in terms of the importance of having these areas in good condition. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Prepare turf cricket pitches and nets for local and first class games. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The necessity to correctly schedule irrigation, including the hand watering of the pitch is explained with relevance to the importance of achieving the required degree of compaction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose of verticutting is explained in terms of the lifting and removal of thatch within the grass. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The necessity of mowing the grass at the correct height is explained in terms of maintaining the ratio of grass that the home team requires, or the dictates of the length or type of match that is to take place. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The purpose of the different types of rolling is explained within the context of the length or type of match that is to take place. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The procedures for marking out the pitches and outfields is demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The occasions when the covers are required is explained with regard to the overnight protection from rain. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The procedures for rolling up/unrolling the covers is demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Supervise the maintenance of turf cricket pitches and nets during winter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The winter water requirements for the grass are explained within the context of maintaining a low water content in the root zone to prevent the roots from drying out in their dormant period. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The occasions when frost protection is required on the pitch is explained with reference to the times when frost may appear in the spring treatment and pre-season period. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The necessity of removing all loose particles from the pitch is explained in terms of maintaining a homogenous pitch with no foreign matter in the "bully". 


    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 and 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 and 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 and 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:
  • Applying the results of the soil analysis in selecting the appropriate fertilisers. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Planning for a tournament. 

  • 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:
  • Writing a report on the proposed spring treatment and the dates when this will occur. 

  • 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:
  • Monitoring the response of grasses to various fertilizers and other chemicals and assess the situation. 

  • 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
    Elective  66649   National Certificate: Landscaping  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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