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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Seed Processing and Packaging Control 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
48653  Further Education and Training Certificate: Seed Processing and Packaging Control 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
AgriSETA - Agriculture SETA  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation  Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  148  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 10105/14  2015-07-01  2018-06-30 
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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
This Qualification will provide learners with the opportunity to obtain competence in the control of seed packaging and processing, including the sampling of a seed lot; analysing the physical purity of seed; storing of seed; determining seed stock levels; disease and pest control of store seed and the dispatch of stock to maintain seed quality. The Qualification will provide learners with the technical competence to perform to industry standards.

This Qualification will enable learners to progress in other fields of learning in the agricultural industry and providing articulation to higher education and learning.

The Qualification focuses on the skills, knowledge, and values to ensure competence at this level of learning. The intention is to enhance the potential of people, in order for them to grow and develop. This Qualification will furthermore add value to the individuals, their workplace and the economy as a whole.

Rationale for the Qualification

This Qualification is aimed at people who are working in the seed industry and who would like to further their career in the seed industry. It is aimed at formalising the skills required in the control of seed processing and packaging to facilitate career-pathing and to provide access to new entrants. The Qualification provides learners with access to advanced learning in specialised areas within the seed industry. It also provides learners with the necessary background knowledge and skills to enhance the NQF principles of portability within other agricultural industries.

Through the above, the Qualification will address one of the key priorities of the Department of Labour in the reduction of unemployment and under employment. It will assist in creating job opportunities. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that learners wishing to enter a programme leading to this qualification have demonstrated competence in mathematics, languages and communication at NQF 3.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

This Qualification may be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. Where RPL is required the learner will need to prove competence in that specific area in order to obtain recognition of that skill and knowledge.

Evidence can be presented in a variety of forms, including international or previous local qualifications, reports, testimonials mentioning functions performed, work records, portfolios, videos of practise and performance records. The assessment methods and tools to be used to assess Prior Learning shall be decided upon jointly by the assessor and the learner. 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

QUALIFICATION RULES 
To obtain this qualification the learner must complete 54 fundamental 74 core and 10 elective unit standards to total 148 credits. A minimum of 72 credits is at or above level 4. 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
1. Determine seed stock levels and analyse physical purity of seed.
2. Conduct disease and pest control in stored seed and dispatch seed.
3. Communicate in a variety of ways.
4. Use mathematics in real life and education, training and development situations. 

ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
1.
  • The purpose of determining a sequence of operation is explained.
  • Reasons for identifying, selecting and using appropriate equipment are explained.
  • Consequences of not comparing actual stock levels with recorded levels according to operational procedures are explained.
  • Reasons for identifying and reporting deviations to stock according to statutory requirements are explained.
  • Affected parties are informed of deviations and corrective actions are taken.
  • Consequences of not sub-sampling accurately according to the operational procedures are explained.
  • Consequences of not using correct sanitary practices according to work site procedures are explained.
  • The possible effects of hazardous seed treatment material on the learner are explained.
  • The importance of using the correct equipment during analysis according to work site procedures is explained.
  • The importance of keeping the different components according to the operational procedures and work site procedures is explained.
  • The importance of retaining the sample and prescribed records according to the operational procedures, work site procedures and statutory requirements is explained.

    2.
  • Job instructions, oral or written, are accurately followed and adhered to.
  • All affected parties are informed of results, deviations and corrective actions taken.
  • Purpose of selecting and verifying the correct seed lots are explained
  • Purpose of selecting and using appropriate equipment is explained.
  • Purpose of preparing the work area is explained.
  • Consequences of not following loading instructions are explained.
  • Reasons for adhering to safety and quality procedures.
  • Job instructions, oral or written, are accurately followed and adhered to.
  • Appropriate tools and equipment are identified and selected according to work site procedures.
  • Purpose of determining a sequence of operation is explained.
  • Consequences of not completing documentation and informing affected parties according to safety procedures and statutory requirements are explained.
  • Reasons for performing follow-up inspections are explained
  • Purpose of preparing the work area is explained.
  • Reasons for storing tools and equipment according to work site and safety procedures as well as statutory requirements are explained.
  • Reasons for adhering to safety and quality procedures

    3.
  • Oral communication is maintained and adapted as required to promote effective interaction in a work context.
  • Information is accessed from standing instructions, visual information and a range of other workplace texts and responses where required are appropriate to the context.
  • Written communication is clear and unambiguous and at an appropriate level for designated target audiences.

    4.
  • Mathematical functions are used correctly to solve routine workplace problems and tasks.

    Integrated Assessment Criteria

    Unit Standards associated with this Qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field Specific Outcomes. Assessment should focus in an integrated way on determining the competence of the learner in terms of the overall purpose and title of this Qualification.

    The term integrated assessment also implies that the theoretical and practical components should be assessed together and assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies.

    Assessment activities should be done in real workplace situations and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show that the learner is able to display the competencies to the real work situation.

    All assessments should be conducted in line with the following documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work of learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.

    Learners wishing to be assessed will need to provide evidence of the following:
  • Verbal and written explanations of reasons for adhering to operational and work site procedures as well as statutory requirements, adhering to specific sequence of operations, identifying deviations, taking corrective actions and recording relevant data, and reporting deviations outside the jobholder's responsibility.
  • Demonstrations of a range of operational actions relating to applying quality control in storing seed, analysing physical purity of seed, sampling of seed lots, dispatch of seed and applying general safety in the work place. Learners will also demonstrate an understanding of the Seed Industry and the relevant workplace.
  • Oral or written questioning regarding the reflective competencies within the qualification:
    If the identifying and solving of problems, team work, organising one-self, the using of applied science, the implication of actions and reactions in the world as a set of related systems are not clear from the observation, a method of oral questioning or a case study should be applied to determine the whole person development and integration of applied knowledge and skills.
  • A portfolio of evidence is required to prove the practical, applied and foundational competencies of the learner that may include production and quality statistics.
  • Assessors and moderators should develop and conduct their own integrated assessment by making use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods. Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.
  • Unit standards in the qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field Specific Outcomes. During integrated assessments the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and should assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    A thorough search was done to find international qualifications and unit standards in seed processing countries specific to the seed processing and packaging control, but no formal unit standards and qualifications could be found.
    However, areas such as seed and grain conditioning were compared to State University. These were:
  • AGN 4253/6253 Seed and Grain Conditioning and Storage
    (Mississippi State University)
    Comparison of the above Qualifications was undertaken and various literary sources consulted. The best practice points were incorporated and used in the generation of this Qualification's Unit Standards.
    Because of the difference in levels across the different countries, difficulty was found in making actual direct comparisons, level to level. It was found that the South African Qualifications appear to be specific to the needs of the local industry and are therefore slightly more complex in their presentation and execution. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This Qualification lends itself to both vertical and horizontal articulation possibilities. These possibilities ensure both mobility and progression for the learner in other fields of learning such as Seed Production.
    An example of vertical articulation possibilities:
    National Certificate in Agricultural Sales and Services NQF 4 (14854)

    An example of horizontal articulation possibilities:
    National Certificate in Seed Production at NQF 4 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Anyone assessing a learner against these unit standards must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of these unit standards or will assess these unit standards 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.

    Therefore anyone wishing to be assessed against these unit standards may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution, which is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

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

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  114687  Analyse physical purity of seed  Level 3  NQF Level 03  11 
    Core  114670  Demonstrate knowledge of the seed industry  Level 3  NQF Level 03  11 
    Core  114659  Control disease and pest in stored seed  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  114657  Control of seed processing operation  Level 4  NQF Level 04  13 
    Core  114663  Determine seed stock levels  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  114678  Dispatch of seed  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  114668  Sample a seed lot  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  114654  Store seed  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8969  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7786  Operate a Computer  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7567  Produce and use spreadsheets for business  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7570  Produce word processing documents for business  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8973  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8970  Write texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9015  Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8974  Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8975  Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9016  Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8979  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8976  Write for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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