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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of plant propagation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116119  Demonstrate an understanding of plant propagation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 
The learner achieving this unit standard will have the ability to propagate plants.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in plant propagation and will be able to operate in a plant production environment implementing sustainable and economically viable production principles.

They will be capacitated to gain access to the mainstream agricultural sector, in plant production, impacting directly on the sustainability of the sub-sector. The improvement in production technology will also have a direct impact on the improvement of agricultural productivity of the sector. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will show competence against the following unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 1: The propagation of plants.
  • NQF 2: Basic soil fertility and plant nutrition.
  • NQF 2: Utilise and perform minor repair and maintenance tasks on implements, equipment and infrastructure.
  • NQF 1: Collect agricultural data. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Recognise the environmental requirements for propagation in a specific agricultural production context. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The environmental needs may include but are not limited to humidity, ventilation, temperature, light intensity, moisture, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Suitable humidity levels for propagation of a specific agricultural production system are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Suitable ventilation for the propagation of a specific agricultural production system is defined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to distinguish between direct and indirect sunlight requirements are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The suitable moisture levels of growth media are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify appropriate propagation methods, applicable tools and equipment for specific agricultural production systems. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Propagation methods include but are not limited to direct sowing, seeding tray, seed bed, vegetative cuttings of rhizomes, corns, tubes, scaling of bulbs and tissue culture, budding, grafting and layering. Appropriate tools include but are not limited to pruning shears, budding knives etc. while equipment could include heating, cooling, hydration etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The appropriate method for the propagation of a specific crop is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The appropriate tools for a propagation method are selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The safe and proper use of the applicable tools is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The necessary hygiene requirements applicable to the appropriate methods used are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The basic troubleshooting of equipment is described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Distinguish between successful and unsuccessful propagation under specific agricultural production context. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Success indicators include but are not limited to root development, germination of seed, bud / graft union, shoot development, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The indicators for successful propagation of a specific crop are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Indicators of unsuccessful propagation are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The necessary environmental factors for successful propagation are explained. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes; critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard 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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The person is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
  • Basic safety requirements related to the propagation environment and procedures.
  • Basic hygiene requirements for the propagation environments.
  • Growing media - wet and dry.
  • Weeds, pest and diseases.
  • Nomenclature related to all aspects of plant propagation.
  • Sensory cues related to the various aspects of plant propagation
  • The purpose of learning about plant propagation.
  • All procedures, legislation, rules and codes of conduct pertaining to plant propagation.
  • All procedures related to the propagation of plants. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving: Related to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: Relates to specific outcome:
  • Identify appropriate propagation methods and applicable tools for specific agricultural production systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-Management: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpreting Information: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use Science and Technology: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The world as a set of related systems: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self-development: Related to all 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
    Core  48975   National Certificate: Plant Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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.
     
    1. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    2. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    3. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    4. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 
    5. Escay Catering and other Services 
    6. Goldfields FET College 
    7. Heedmorine Training 
    8. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    9. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    10. Kgopane Trading Enterprise 
    11. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
    12. Knowledge For Ever 
    13. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    14. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    15. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    16. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    17. Mogaladi Business Enterprise 
    18. Montshepetsa Bosui Farming & Training Cnt 
    19. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    20. Mpontshe Training 
    21. Mvelo Consultant 
    22. National Institute For The Deaf 
    23. Ngwato Wa Mphela Agriculture Training Services 
    24. Nophelo Training Centre 
    25. Novi General Services 
    26. Phophi Na Tshikaho Trading Enterprise 
    27. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    28. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    29. Setlakala Business Development 
    30. Siyafundisa I Africa 
    31. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    32. Skills Fusion 
    33. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    34. Thuto Boshwa Skills Development Services 
    35. Tompi Seleka Agricultural College 
    36. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    37. Tripple R Training Provider 
    38. Vari Consulting 



    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.