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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Horticulture 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
66589  National Certificate: Horticulture 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
AgriSETA - Agriculture SETA  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation  Horticulture 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose of the Qualification:

This qualification provides learners with a comprehensive base of portable skills that will enable them to progress within all spheres of the horticultural industry. This qualification forms an integral step in the career paths of the various disciplines in ornamental horticulture and follows on from the NQF Level 1 Certificate. For those already employed in the industry, this qualification will offer learners the opportunity to hone their skills and receive recognition for their competencies.

A Learner achieving this qualification will be able to work effectively and productively within the field of horticulture knowing how to:
  • Identify the major soil types and their uses in plant propagation and landscaping.
  • Utilise manual irrigation systems to provide the correct application of water to plants.
  • Produce ornamental plants from stem cuttings.
  • Apply pest control practices in plant production and landscaping.
  • Utilise the principles and practices of providing plant care and nutrition for ornamental plants and landscapes.
  • Recognition of common ornamental plants and their uses.

    For those wishing to enter the industry, whether unemployed or as an Entrepreneur, this qualification offers a solid foundation in all aspects of the horticultural industry. This qualification represents a vital step in the development of a career and learning pathway of individuals, both from a vocational point of view, as well as from a learning point of view.

    Rationale of the Qualification:

    South Africa is renowned as an ideal tourist destination. The beauty of the gardens and landscapes in leisure facilities, parks and gardens, is an important factor in assuring that South Africa is considered a prime tourist attraction. To advance and improve our position in this important economic area the "Green Industry" must up-skill its workforce, for the creation of excellent landscapes.

    The provision and maintenance of sports fields to world class standards is a perquisite for the 2010 World Cup Soccer tournament. This qualification addresses the industry's need to provide the basic skills to establish and maintain sports turf facilities.

    The skills gained through this qualification will ensure that quality ornamental plants will be produced and marketed to the consumers.

    The qualification will facilitate job creation and self employment opportunities, while furthering the aims of economic empowerment in South Africa.

    The qualification includes the skills necessary to safely use various chemicals, including fuels, fertilisers, pest control agents, accordingly, the principles of health and safety are embedded in all the learning aspects of the qualification.

    As the core is generic to all sectors of the horticultural industry, the qualification embodies the principle of portability and is integral to further learning. Through the wide scope of electives, the specialisations of the various sectors are catered for.

    The sectors of the horticultural industry that will benefit from this qualification include:
  • Landscape construction and maintenance.
  • Amenity horticulture.
  • Sports turf.
  • Arboriculture.
  • Plant propagation.
  • Interior plantscaping.
  • Retail nurseries.
  • Floristry.

    This qualification addresses both the current and future needs of horticulture in South Africa. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The industry will encourage potential Learners to embark on this qualification as it has universal relevance to the industry and is nationally recognized.

    Learners who would like to access this qualification should have demonstrated competency in:
  • Literacy and Numeracy at NQF Level 1.
  • ID 119687: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the horticultural industry, NQF Level 1.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    The qualification may be achieved wholly or in part through the Recognition of Prior Learning and the qualification may be granted to learners who have acquired the skills and knowledge without attending formal courses providing they can demonstrate competence in the outcomes of the individual Unit Standards as required by the Fundamental, core and Elective areas stipulated in the Qualification and by the Exit Level Outcomes.

    An RPL process may also be used to credit learners with Unit Standards in which they have developed the necessary competency as a result of workplace and experiential learning. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The certificate is made up of a planned combination of learning outcomes that have a defined purpose and will provide qualifying learners with applied competence and a foundation for further learning.

    The qualification consists of a minimum of 120 credits, composed of:
  • Fundamental; 36 credits (compulsory).
  • Core; 71 credits (compulsory).
  • Electives; Learners must choose suitable Unit Standards from the listed elective to obtain a total of not less than 13 credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Identify the different organisms of the plant kingdom and their uses in horticulture.

    2. Identify the different soil types and describe their uses in plant propagation and landscaping.

    3. Operate a manual irrigation system and schedule the applications to suit the plants water requirements.

    4. Utilise stem cuttings for the propagation of plants.

    5. Implement the appropriate care for ornamental plants.

    6. Identify ornamental plants commonly used in the workplace. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:

    1.1 The various organisms of the plant kingdom are described in terms of their unique characteristics.
    1.2 The role that organisms play in an ecosystem is explained within the context of the specific functions that they each perform.
    1.2 An organism's environmental requirements are described in accordance with the particular conditions that are best suited to their growth and developmental needs.
    1.4 The reproduction of organisms is explained within the context of the methods that are utilised to achieve their procreation.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:

    2.1 The main soil types are classified and described in accordance with their structure and composition.
    2.2 Topsoil is defined in terms of its colouration, organic content and benefit to the growing environment for plants.
    2.3 The determination of the infiltration rate of a soil is explained within the context of the factors that effect the speed of movement of water in the soil.
    2.4 Capillary action is explained in terms of the role that it performs in the storage and transference of water in various soil types.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:

    3.3 Watering frequencies for various plants are determined in relation to prevailing climatic conditions.
    3.4 Operating periods for the various zones of an irrigation system are selected to ensure that applications suit the plant's requirements and the soil's infiltration rate.
    3.3 Basic maintenance procedures and techniques are utilised to effect minor repairs to irrigation equipment.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:

    4.1 The various stem types are identified in relation to their suitability for use as propagation material.
    4.2 The selection criteria for stem cutting material is explained in terms of the specific requirements of each stem type.
    4.3 The various stem cuts are made in accordance with the particular techniques that are required for the different stems types.
    4.4 Cuttings are placed in a rooting media to optimise the growth and developmental potential of the plants.
    4.5 The provision of primary care and "hardening off" procedures are performed within the specific requirements of each stem type.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:

    5.1 The necessity of providing the optimum environmental conditions for ornamental plants is explained within the context of the positive effects that these have on their growth and development.
    5.2 Plants that require support are identified and the techniques used for staking and tying these are performed in accordance with the objectives of optimising their structure.
    5.3 The need to deadhead specific plants is explained in terms of the necessity of conducting the practice.
    5.4 The techniques for the formative pruning of certain plants are performed in accordance with the objectives.
    5.5 The function and role of the feeding, weeding and pest control programs are explained and implemented to ensure that optimal plant growth is achieved.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:

    6.1 Trees, shrubs, climbing plants, ground covers, annuals and herbaceous plants that are commonly used in the workplace are described in terms of their particular characteristics.
    6.2 The environmental conditions that the commonly used plants require are described in accordance with the particular conditions that are best suited to their growth and developmental needs.
    6.3 The specific needs of the commonly used plants are identified and described in terms of the enhancement and maintenance of their growth.

    Integrated Assessment:

    The integrated assessment allows the Learners the opportunity to show that they are able to utilize concepts, ideas and actions across unit standards. This will allow Learners to achieve competency that is in keeping with the purpose of the qualification.

    An integrated assessment will indicate how theoretical learning is demonstrated in a practical environment in such a way that the application of the work learnt becomes second nature.

    In conducting an assessment, the quality of the performance must also be evaluated i.e. both the performance and the thinking behind the action must be qualitative.

    The assessment should include both formative and summative options and should use various assessment tools i.e. not by observation only. It is suggested that a Portfolio of Assessment form part of the summative assessment, with practical outcomes being demonstrated in a simulated or real work place situation.

    A broad range of task-orientated and theoretical tools may be used, with the distinction between practical knowledge and disciplinary knowledge being maintained.

    Unit Standards in the qualification must be used to assess the specific and Critical Cross Field Outcomes. It is recommended that the assessment tools give Learners the opportunity to account for their decision-making and problem solving in line with the Specific Outcomes and related Assessment Criteria.

    As a result of this qualification being generic in forming the foundation for a career in horticulture, Learners should be assessed in occupational contexts and activities. The assessment should ensure that the foundational skills are portable and prepare them for further learning, whatever career path they may choose. 

    INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Over the last 40 years, South Africa has been an active member of the International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration. Each year this body holds a congress in a different international city. These congresses serve to highlight the international best practices for the horticultural industry. Parks and gardens are showcased to exhibit the latest trends in amenity landscaping and garden maintenance. The congresses also provide the members with the opportunity to examine the training facilities and courses offered by the host countries.

    South Africa's representative has served on the executive committee for the past decade and has conducted specific comparative research for this qualification and for the Landscape qualifications for Levels 3 and 4.

    Worldwide, the horticultural industry is composed of distinct disciplines, each catering to a particular sector of the market. In the past, training concentrated on the production of generalist horticulturalists. As in other industries, technological advancements have engendered a move to specialisation.

    Internationally, some countries commence their specialisations at level 1. Examples include the USA and Australia. In contrast, other countries have elected to begin their specialisations at levels 2 or 3.

    Various factors influence this, the most notable include:
  • Climatic conditions which restrict normal horticultural activities.
  • Economic constraints, typically the poorly developed economies where horticulture has a low priority.
  • Relatively small markets, where economies of scale preclude specialisation. With the exception of the Western Cape and Gauteng, South African horticulture tends to fall into this category.

    Consequently, the level 1 and 2 qualifications which comprise the foundational learning in horticultural practices are generic. They are specifically constructed to have general applicability to all sectors of the industry. Specialisations are catered for in the elective unit standards of these qualifications. This ensures portability and yet allows learners to progress in their particular field of specialisation.

    The SADC countries fall into categories 2 and 3 as mentioned above and as a consequence no specific horticultural training is conducted in these areas. Their horticulturists are either sourced from South Africa or they obtain their qualifications from our tertiary institutions.

    Various international qualifications with similar content to this qualification were sourced. In examining these, the following have been used for benchmarking and comparison, although they do not necessarily address the subjects from the same perspective, they do contain aspects relevant to those used in South Africa.

    The following qualifications and the particular unit standards that were selected for comparison with various components of this qualification are listed here under:

    Australia:

    In terms of climate, Australia has similar climatic zones and conditions to South Africa. Their horticultural industry is well advanced and as mentioned above, specialisation is conducted from level 1. A number of the unit standards are common to the majority of their level 2 qualifications and particular focus has been paid to these generic unit standards.

    The following qualifications were examined, and the notable similarities are:

    Certificate II in Horticulture (Landscape)-Reference No RTF20403:

    Of all the worldwide searches that were conducted, this level 2 qualification has the greatest similarity to its South African counterpart. The relevant unit standards are as follows:
  • Reference No RTC2701A-Follow OHS procedures:
    > This level 2 unit standard addresses the practices and procedures necessary to adhere to the Australian Occupational Health and Safety Act.
    > The "Utilize health and safety principles in horticulture" unit standard has a similar intent to the above, in that it also refers to the local Occupational Health and Safety Act, but has in addition the particular safety practices that are peculiar to the horticultural industry.
  • Reference No RTC2504A-Determine basic properties of soil/growing media:
    > This level 2 unit standard is concerned with the identification of the various soil types and their uses in the horticultural environment.
    > The "Recognize the various soil types and their uses in plant propagation and landscaping" utilises a similar approach to the classification and use of soil for propagation and landscaping.
  • Reference No RTC2016A-Recognise plants:
    > This level 2 unit standard serves to familiarise learners with plants that are in general use in various landscapes and gardens.
    > The "Identify common ornamental plants" has the same objective as the above the only difference lies in the format in which the plants are categorised and the number of plants that must be identified.
  • Reference No RTE 2603A-Lay irrigation and/or drainage pipes:
    > This level 2 unit standard covers the techniques and procedures used in the installation of piping in a horticultural environment.
    > The "Install irrigation piping in landscaped areas" unit standard follows similar principles and practices with the above with the exception of drainage piping, which is usually regarded as being part of the site preparation that occurs prior to an irrigation installation.
  • Reference No RTE2602A-Assist with the operation of pressurised irrigation:
    > This level 2 unit standard is concerned with the operation of sprinkler and emitter irrigation that is commonly used in the plant propagation and landscaping environments.
    > The "Utilize irrigation equipment and operate manual sprinkler systems" unit standard incorporates a similar approach to the above with an emphasis on water conservation and preventative maintenance procedures.
  • Reference No RTF2017A-Prune shrubs and small trees:
    > This level 2 unit standard covers the practices and procedures used in maintaining the form and shape of various shrubs and trees in the landscape environment.
    > The "Prune and shape shrubs" unit standard is intended for shrubs not trees, which are covered in the level 3 Landscaping qualification. In essence, the same procedures and methodology are followed in both unit standards.

    Certificate II in Horticulture (Wholesale Nursery) Reference No RTF20603:
  • Reference No RTF2008A-Maintain indoor plants:
    > This level 2 unit standard covers the practices and procedures used in providing care for previously propagated plants that are intended for indoor use.
    > Two unit standards in the South African qualification have similar procedures The "Provide care for ornamental plants" incorporates the maintenance and care for indoor plants and the second unit standard "Prepare plants for interior environments" is primarily focused on the interior plantscaping and display functions. Both include similar cultural practices to keep ornamental plants in their optimal condition.
  • Reference No RTF2026A-Undertake propagation activities:
    > This level 2 unit standard incorporates a variety of propagation methods, including propagation from cuttings.
    > The propagation function is pivotal to the success of a nursery and to that end, each propagation method is treated separately and covered to a greater depth than the above generalist unit standard. Accordingly, the "Propagate plants from stem cuttings' unit standard covers the entire spectrum of these activities including the provision of initial care.
  • Reference No RTF2024A-Tend nursery plants:
    > This level 2 unit standard covers the practices and procedures used in promoting growth and maintaining the condition of plants in a nursery.
    > The "Provide care for ornamental plants" addresses the principles and disciplines in the above unit standard. In addition provision has been made for this unit standard to encompass the initial care for establishing newly planted ornamentals in landscapes.

    Certificate II in Horticulture (Turf) Reference No RTF20803:
  • Reference No RTF2023A-Support turf establishment:
    > This level 2 unit standard covers the practices and procedures used in the planting and initial care of sportsturf, incorporating the practices for sods and seed.
    > The "Establish an area of turf with grass sods" unit standard concentrates on the sodding aspect of grass establishment, as lawn seeding is normally reserved for overseeding of existing turf which entails specific pre-seeding preparations. This is covered in the Sportsturf level 3 qualification.
  • Reference No RTC2307A-Operate machinery and equipment:
    > This level 2 unit standard covers the universal principles and practices for the operation of basic machinery used in sportsturf maintenance.
    > The "Operate specialised walk behind mowers" provides the learner with in depth knowledge and competencies for the operation of mowers for all sportsturf disciplines including soccer, golf, cricket and bowls.
  • Reference No RTF2015A-Prepare turf surfaces for play:
    > This level 2 unit standard covers the principles and practices for the preparation of sportsturf for the major sports that are played in Australia.
    > The "Maintain turf cricket pitches and outfields" unit standard is specifically intended for the lawn cricket environment and as such, the specific cultural practices that are necessary for cricket are covered.

    Certificate II in Horticulture (Arboriculture) Reference No RTF20203:
  • Reference No RTC2304A-Operate and maintain chainsaws:
    > This level 2 unit standard covers the use and care of chainsaws, specifically in the context of arboriculture.
    > The "Operate chainsaws for limbing and logging at ground level" unit standard has similar safety and operational practices as the above, including the techniques for ground based trimming of felled trees.
  • Reference No RTF2027A-Undertake standard climbing techniques:
    > This level 2 unit standard has as its main focus the safe application of various tree climbing techniques.
    > The "Apply basic tree climbing practices" utilises similar practices and methodologies as the above including the essential safety procedures for the ascent and descent from trees.
  • Reference No RTC2005A-Fell small trees:
    > This level 2 unit standard provides learners with the skills and competencies to remove small trees in a horticultural environment.
    > The "Conduct controlled tree felling in various locations" unit standard has similar safety and operational practices as the above, with particular emphasis on the procedures to protect the surrounding infrastructure when felling.

    United Kingdom:

    The United Kingdom has a long history of horticultural practice and is considered to be the origin of the modern horticultural foundational practice. South Africa has long been seen as an ideal horticultural environment, considering that it has the richest floral kingdom in the world. As a result many South African plants have been cultivated and hybridised in the United Kingdom with the loss of research and income to the country. It is imperative that, against this background, studies in horticultural practices in South Africa follow a professional path and are comparable, at least, to the best studies in the United Kingdom, but also within the broader international horticultural community.

    The qualifications from the United Kingdom at level 2 that may be favourably compared to the South African Horticulture Level 2 qualification are the:
  • Level 2 BTEC First Diploma in Horticulture.
  • Level 2 BTEC First Certificate in Horticulture.
  • NPTC Level 2 NVQ in Production Horticulture.
  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture.
  • NPTC Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture.
  • NPTC Level 2 National Certificate in Horticulture.

    The relevant unit standards are:
  • Registration No M/500/1020-Introduction to Animal and Plant Biology:
    > This level 2 unit standard provides a basic introduction to the natural science of plants.
    > The "Recognize different organisms in the plant kingdom" unit standard has a similar intent to the above, in that it also refers to the structural and functional aspects of plants.
  • Registration No T/500/4047-Sustainable horticultural and ecological principles:
    > This level 2 unit standard serves to familiarise the learner with the horticultural and ecological principles for sustainability.
    > The "Create an awareness of environmental protection" and "Maintain and conserve the flora in nature areas" unit standards provide the learner with a background to the importance of horticultural practices relevant to the conservation of nature areas. It is of particular importance to the South African context as it relates to the tourism sector where sustainability of the flora in natural areas such as game parks and conservation areas is vital.
  • Registration No M/500/2958-Turf establishment and maintenance:
    > This level 2 unit standard covers the practices and procedures necessary to establish and maintain turf sites.
    > The "Maintain turf cricket pitches and outfields" and "Establish an area of turf with grass sods" (SAQA ID 119690) unit standards has a similar intent to the above, while the aforementioned unit standard focuses on the specific practices to establish and maintain a cricket pitch and its outfield.
  • Registration No K/500/2957-Horticultural Plants Nursery Stock Production:
    > This level 2 unit standard covers various methods of plant production for a nursery.
    > The "Propagate plants from stem cuttings" unit standard covers one specific method of propagation and is supported at various levels with other propagation methods commensurate to the level of the activity and the competency required of the learner.
  • Registration No D/102/5823-Horticulture II Ornamentals, principles and maintenance:
    > This level 2 unit standard focuses on the maintenance aspects for ornamentals and the principles that govern such maintenance.
    > The "Provide care for ornamental plants" unit standard highlights the importance of on-going care for ornamental plants once they have been planted, potted up for growing on or have been re-sited. The specific aim of the unit standard is to impress on the learner the specific care that a newly planted ornamental requires.
  • Registration No J/101/4623-Monitor and Maintain Health and Safety:
    > This level 2 unit standard is concerned with the monitoring and maintenance of health and safety aspects.
    > The "Utilize health and safety principles in horticulture" unit standard has a similar intent to the above, although its focus is more on the application of the health and safety principles specific to the horticultural industry in order to meet the relevant statutory requirements.
  • Registration No F/101/0120-Identification and Use of Plants:
    > This level 2 unit standard highlights the characteristics by which plants may be identified and informs the learner of the ways in which the plants may be used.
    > The "Identify common ornamental plants" unit standard has a similar purpose in that the learner will learn how to identify specific categories of plants and understand where they may be used to optimum effect.
  • Registration No H/101/5262-Identify the Presence of Pests, Diseases and Disorders, and Assist with their Control:
    > This level 2 unit standard incorporates the various factors that may adversely affect the development of plants.
    > The "Apply pest control practices in ornamental plant production and landscaping" unit standard aims to provide the learner with the necessary information in order to understand various practices used to control pests specific in the horticultural environment and how to apply the relevant practice to control pests in a specific situation.
  • Registration No L/101/4896-Propagate Plants by Vegetative Methods:
    > This level 2 unit standard serves to familiarize learners with the manner in which plants are propagated by vegetative means.
    > Various methods of propagation may be applied in the horticultural environment and each requires specific skills and competencies. The "Propagate plants from stem cuttings" unit standard addresses one form of propagation determined to be relevant to the skills and competencies required of a learner at NQF Level 2 within the South African horticultural context. The propagation of plants by seed has been covered in the level 1 Qualification.
  • Registration No J/101/4900-Maintain Plants Outdoors:
    > This level 2 unit standard addresses the general maintenance practices as they are applied to outdoor plants.
    > The "Schedule the application of water to plants and landscapes" and "Provide nutrition to plants and landscapes" unit standards are comparable to the above in their purpose, but, within the South African horticultural context, the maintenance of horticultural material has been divided into the various maintenance aspects, as well as focussing on the specific maintenance required in each environment or sector such as sports fields, artificial plants, indoor plants and floristry. This is advantageous to the learner as opportunities for specialization, employment or entrepreneurial options are enhanced.
  • Registration No D/101/4868-Present, Maintain and Repair Sports Turf Surfaces for Play:
    > This level 2 unit standard covers the entire spectrum of activities related to ensuring general sports turf surfaces are ready for play, can be maintained and be repaired when necessary.
    > The "Maintain turf cricket pitches and outfields" and "Establish an area of turf with grass sods" (SAQA ID 119690) unit standards may be compared to the above in terms of the general practices applicable, but the sporting requirements, soil and weather factors in South Africa necessitate the separation of practices to ensure the sports fields are correctly established, maintained and repaired for local conditions and requirements. This further benefits the learner through enabling specialization and thereby greater opportunity for employment or provision of services through entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The generic nature of this qualification and its focus on the foundational multi-skilling, facilitates the vertical articulation within the horticultural industry, to any of the following qualifications.

    Horizontal Articulation:
  • ID 48975: National Certificate in Plant production; NQF Level 2.
  • ID 59389: National Certificate in Resource Guardianship; NQF Level 2.
  • ID 49410: National Certificate in Construction; NQF Level 2.

    Vertical Articulation:
  • ID 49052: National Certificate in Plant production; NQF Level 3.

    As the basics of Agriculture and horticulture are parallel, horizontal articulation in the fields of Agronomy, Fruit and Vegetable Production, Nature Conservation and Forestry are possible. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against these unit standards must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA and have experience or in depth knowledge of the horticultural industry.
  • 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 qualification and the agreed ETQA procedure.
  • 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 
    Assessors must:
  • Be accredited as an assessor by the relevant ETQA.
  • Have experience or in depth knowledge of the horticultural industry, specifically as it relates to ornamental aspects.
  • Meet any other requirements that may be stipulated by the relevant ETQA.
  • Hold a qualification in Horticulture or Agriculture at NQF Level 5 or higher. 

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

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  264185  Apply pest control practices in ornamental plant production and landscaping  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  119701  Create an awareness of enviromental protection  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  264191  Demonstrate an understanding of a flowering plant's reproductive cycle  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  264184  Identify common ornamental plants  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  264177  Identify the different organisms of the plant kingdom  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  264179  Identify the various soil types and their uses in plant propagation and landscaping  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  264190  Plant and establish herbaceous plants in landscaped areas  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  264188  Propagate plants from stem cuttings  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  264192  Provide care for ornamental plants  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  264180  Provide nutrition to plants and landscapes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  264176  Prune and shape shrubs  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  263995  Schedule the application of water to plants and landscapes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  264058  Utilise health and safety principles in horticulture  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  264017  Utilize irrigation equipment and operate manual sprinkler systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  115000  Demonstrate understanding of everyday aural texts in X  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7480  Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  114998  Demonstrate understanding of selected texts in X  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9008  Identify, describe, compare, classify, explore shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional shapes in different contexts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  12444  Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in 2-dimensions in different life or workplace contexts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  114999  Speak and respond in everyday situations in X  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7469  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9007  Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  114993  Write texts on relevant topics in X  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  264174  Acclimatise plants for interior plantscaping  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119692  Apply basic tree climbing principles  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119691  Backfill compact and replant grass sods and plants in irrigation trenches  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  264178  Clean interior plants  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  264175  Conduct post harvest treatment of cut roses  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  264189  Develop the cut rose frame  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119690  Establish an area of turf with grass sods  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119699  Excavate irrigation trenches in established landscapes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119705  Handle floristry plant material  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  264187  Harvest cut roses  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119700  Install irrigation piping in trenches  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  264036  Install irrigation sprinklers and emitters in landscaped areas  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Elective  119709  Maintain and conserve the flora in nature areas  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119688  Maintain optimal environmental conditions for floristry arrangements  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  264181  Maintain turf cricket pitches and outfields  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  264193  Manage the cut rose canopy  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  264182  Operate brushcutters in the horticultural environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  264195  Operate chainsaws for limbing and logging at ground level  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  264194  Operate specialised walk-behind mowers  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  264183  Prepare plants for interior environments  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119693  Treat floristry plant material  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  264186  Conduct controlled tree felling in various locations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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    1. Agency For Re-Innovation And Development 
    2. Agri Skills Transfer (PTY) Ltd 
    3. Agriventions Consulting 
    4. Aludar Agri Trading and Projects Pty Ltd 
    5. AMJ Skills Development (Pty) Ltd 
    6. Basadi Skills Solution 
    7. Bayeni Skills Development Trading and Projects 
    8. BC Landscape Training and Consultancy cc 
    9. Better Best Agri Development 
    10. Bintjus Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    11. Black African Young Farmers NPO 
    12. Bogelang Trading Enterprise Cc 
    13. Boland Agri Training & Community Development Centre 
    14. D'Munwaal CC 
    15. D.T Nkwane Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    16. Deneyo's Trading Enterprise 
    17. Dicla Training and Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    18. Dieketseng Training Centre (Pty) Ltd 
    19. Evcob Business Enterprise 
    20. GAUFLORA CC 
    21. Gauteng City College 
    22. Growth Path Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    23. Higherway Institute of Learning 
    24. Hlomulani Training & Consulting 
    25. Hlumelelisa 
    26. Hymike Trading Enterprise CC 
    27. Ilula Consulting 
    28. Impumelelo Agribusiness Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    29. Innovation College (Pty)Ltd 
    30. Insika Foundation 
    31. IQ Skills Academy Pty Ltd 
    32. Isiphephelo Industries (Pty) Ltd 
    33. Itsoseng Training Academy 
    34. JMB Trading and Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    35. Johannesburg City Parks 
    36. K Boneng Consulting Services Pty Ltd 
    37. Kairos Open Learning College 
    38. Katlo Logistix (Pty) Ltd 
    39. Kenmab Training Centre 
    40. Kgohlong Training and Enterprise 
    41. Kgomo-Lesiba Investments 
    42. Kgothatso Supply and Projects 
    43. Khulani Skills Development Centre 
    44. Khululekani Training Centre 
    45. Khwani Trading Cc 
    46. Knowledge For Ever 
    47. Kwakhiwa Training and Development 
    48. LE SIGO 
    49. Legwetla Farming and Training 
    50. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    51. Levites Agricultural Primary Cooperative Limited 
    52. Lifestyle College 
    53. Luluyando Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
    54. Mabopane Skills Development Primary Coorperative Ltd 
    55. Machabelele Associates (Pty) Ltd 
    56. Malizana Projects CC 
    57. Matlharini Multi Centre Skills 
    58. Mentowell (Pty) Ltd 
    59. Modirisiwa Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    60. Molaodi Community Development Agency 
    61. Mortarboard Training Solutions 
    62. Moseka Events & Trading 
    63. Moshita Family Agric Primary Co-Operative Limited 
    64. Mphekgwane Business Development 
    65. Mthashana FET College - Vryheid Campus 
    66. Mzanzi Training Institute 
    67. Ndukenhle (Pty) Ltd 
    68. Ngwato Wa Mphela Agriculture Training Services 
    69. Nomastyl Trading and Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    70. NR Group 
    71. Nyankwavi Investment CC. 
    72. Obrinet Construction & General Trading 
    73. P N K Management Services 
    74. Phoenix Consultancy 
    75. Phophi Na Tshikaho Trading Enterprise 
    76. Power Training Line (Pty) Ltd 
    77. Prempie Business Solutions Pty Ltd 
    78. Prodipix 212 (Pty) Ltd 
    79. Roma Training Institute 
    80. Salabedla Contracting and Trading 
    81. Servest Multiservices Group Pty Ltd 
    82. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    83. Skills Development and Training Company (Pty) Ltd 
    84. Skills for All (POTCHEFSTROOM) (TP) 
    85. Skills Fusion 
    86. South African Advanced Skills Institute 
    87. Stecor Farming (Pty) Ltd 
    88. Stillo Tyra Training Centre (Pty) Ltd 
    89. Sure Leyo (Pty) Ltd 
    90. Tabila Trading and Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    91. TCEP (Pty) Ltd 
    92. Tendani Business Network (Pty) Ltd 
    93. The Mushroom Hut (Pty) Ltd 
    94. The Renaissance National Skills Development Centre 
    95. Thuto Ya Setshaba Training Services (Pty) Ltd 
    96. Tirotona Skills Development (Pty) Ltd 
    97. TPLR and Training Services (PTY) LTD 
    98. TPLT Training and Projects 
    99. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    100. TRAINING AT WORK PTY LTD 
    101. Tsiku Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    102. Umbuso Training Services 
    103. Umcebowethu Training and Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    104. Umnotho We Afrika Foundation 
    105. Unity Social Club (Pty) Ltd 
    106. Valambya Training and Business College (Pty) Ltd 
    107. Vhangona Skills Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    108. Vhasoni Skills Academy 
    109. Wavhudi Business Trading 
    110. Wena le Wena Trading and Projects 
    111. Zetalogix cc 
    112. Zintle's Rural Development Cc 
    113. Zwavhumbwa Trading Enterprises 



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