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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|National Certificate: Seed Analysis|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|48654||National Certificate: Seed Analysis|
|SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|AgriSETA - Agriculture SETA||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Certificate||Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation||Secondary Agriculture|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||120||Level 3||NQF Level 03||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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 is registered at level 3 on the National Qualification Framework. It provides learners with the opportunity to obtain competence in seed analysis, including the receipt and storage of seed samples as well as the performance of various tests to determine the quality of seed. The Qualification will provide learners with the technical competence to perform to local and international industry standards.
This Qualification is an entry-level Qualification into seed analysis enabling learners to progress into Laboratory and Seed Quality Management and other fields of learning in this sub-sector of the agricultural industry, 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 or who would like to pursue a career in the seed industry. It is aimed at formalising the skills required in seed analysis to facilitate career-pathing and to provide access for 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, skills and attitudes to achieve the NQF principle of portability within other sub-sectors of the agricultural industries.
Through the above, the Qualification will address one of the key National priorities 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 2.
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?|
|To complete this qualification the learner must obtain a minimum of 120 credits by completing 36 Fundamental, 60 Core and a minimum of 24 Electives.|
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Demonstrate understanding of the introduction to the workplace within the seed industry.
2. Receive seed samples and analyse the physical purity, germination and viability of seed.
3. Determine the moisture level of seed and store seed samples.
4. Sample a seed lot, test the vigour of seed and conduct maintenance of seed testing equipment.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
Integrated Assessment Criteria
Unit standards associated with this qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field 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 reflexive 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:
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.
|Comparisons were done against qualifications in the United States. These were:
(Prof TeKroney - University of Kentucky)
(Ohio State University)
(Mississippi State University)
(Ohio State University)
(Ohio State University)
(Mississippi State University)
(Mississippi State University)
A comparison of the above Qualifications was undertaken, considering the regulations for seed testing set by the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA). The best practice points were incorporated and used in the generation of this qualification's unit standards.
The South African Qualification is focused more on the basic analysis of seed and does not include the in-depth knowledge of plant pathology, which can be gained at a local tertiary institution at a higher level of learning. This basic and practical level of learning provides an ideal opportunity for a person to start a career in seed analysis.
|This Qualification lends itself to vertical articulation possibilities. These possibilities ensure both mobility and progression for the learner in other fields of learning within the agricultural industry and will provide the learner with an opportunity to progress at a higher level of learning.
This Qualification articulates with the following Qualifications:
Further Education and Training Certificate: Seed Research and Development: Level 4
Further Education and Training Certificate: Seed Marketing: Level 4
|Anyone assessing a learner against this Qualification and the associated Unit Standards must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Qualification and the Unit Standards or will assess the same 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 this Qualification and the agreed upon ETQA procedures.
Therefore anyone wishing to be assessed against this Qualification and the associated 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|
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||114661||Demonstrate an understanding of the work-place in the seed industry||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Core||114687||Analyse physical purity of seed||Level 3||NQF Level 03||11|
|Core||114675||Determine moisture level of seed||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Core||114673||Receive seed||Level 3||NQF Level 03||13|
|Core||114655||Receive seed sample||Level 3||NQF Level 03||7|
|Core||114688||Store seed samples||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Core||114674||Analyse the germination of seed||Level 4||NQF Level 04||14|
|Core||114665||Analyse the viability of seed||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||8968||Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9010||Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Fundamental||9013||Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Fundamental||8969||Interpret and use information from texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9012||Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||8973||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||7456||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||8970||Write texts for a range of communicative contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Elective||117924||Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based word processor to format documents||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Elective||114662||Conduct maintenance of seed testing equipment||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Elective||7786||Operate a Computer||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Elective||116940||Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based spreadsheet application to solve a given problem||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Elective||114668||Sample a seed lot||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Elective||114667||Test vigour of seed||Level 4||NQF Level 04||14|
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