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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Care for plants that require specific treatment or conditions in landscapes 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264239  Care for plants that require specific treatment or conditions in landscapes 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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:
  • Identify and name the plants and describe the special treatment or conditions in which they need to grow.
  • Assess the limitations of the soil and climate.
  • Choose suitable plants for difficult environments.
  • Grow plants successfully in difficult environments.
  • Take appropriate action to improve growing conditions for the chosen plants.
  • Modify the environmental conditions to suit plants that are difficult to grow. 

  • 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 
    Name plants that require special treatment and indicate their specific soil and/or climatic needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Examples of ten shrubs, ten perennials and ten annuals that are used locally in landscapes, are selected to illustrate their need of full sun to achieve optimum growth. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Examples of five shrubs, five perennials and five annuals that are used locally in landscapes, are selected to illustrate their need of semi-shade to achieve optimum growth. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Examples of five shrubs, five perennials and five annuals that are used locally in landscapes, are selected to illustrate their need of full shade to achieve optimum growth. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Examples of five shrubs, five perennials and five annuals that are used locally in landscapes, are selected to illustrate their tenderness to frost and their need for a temperate climate to achieve optimum growth. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Examples of seven shrubs, seven perennials and seven annuals that are used locally in landscapes, are selected to illustrate their need of well drained soils to achieve optimum growth. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    An example of one shrubs, one perennials and one annual that are used locally in landscapes, are selected to illustrate their need of wet conditions to achieve their optimum growth. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify a selection of plants that are generally difficult to grow and indicate the most suitable conditions for their optimum growth. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A selection of plants from the local environment are identified with regard to their requirements for sandy soils. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A selection of plants from the local environment are identified with regard to their need to grow in extremely dry habitats with very well-drained soils. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A selection of plants from the local environment are identified with regard to their need to grow in acid soils. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A selection of plants from the local environment are identified with regard to their need to be dried out in a specific season. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A selection of plants from the local environment are identified with regard to their need to grow in wet conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A selection of plants are identified with regard to their need to grow in humid conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    A selection of plants from the local environment are identified with regard to their origins from cooler climates and the need for specific placement in the local landscape is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Distinguish the various plants that may grow in specific soil and climatic conditions with regards to the various geographical and local areas in South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The Africa are identified in relation to their prevalence in the different geographic regions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The soil types in the local environment or geographic area are identified in terms of the specific plant types that can flourish in each. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The various climatic conditions in South Africa are identified in relation to their prevalence in the different geographic regions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The specific climatic conditions in the local environment or region are identified in terms of the specific plant types that can flourish in each. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The various types of water conditions in South Africa are identified in relation to their prevalence in the different geographic regions and a selection of the plants that could flourish in these conditions is listed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Improve the growing conditions of plants that require specific treatment or conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The micro-climate for specific plants is explained in terms of the specific environmental requirements that are most suitable for the growth of the plants. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The particular pH preferences of specific plants, are described in terms of the acid or alkali requirements that are necessary for these plants to thrive. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The necessity of establishing an appropriate feeding programme is explained within the context of addressing the specific requirements of these plants. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Attacks from insects or other related pests are identified and the relevant environmentally sound strategy is applied to control these. 


    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:
  • Ensuring that the applicable soil conditions are provided for those plants that have special requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Preparing a list of plants that require the climatic conditions that are comparable with the local environment. 

  • 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:
  • Relaying information on the suitability of the soil conditions for specific plants. 

  • 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:
  • Recognising the role that the pH plays in the successful establishment of most shade tolerant plants. 

  • 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: 
    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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    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.