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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Control of seed processing operation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114657  Control of seed processing operation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  13 
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 learner who has achieved this unit standard will be competent in:
The control of the seed conditioning facility to deliver an acceptable product. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
To enter a learning programme for this unit standard or to be assessed against this unit standard, the learner is assumed to have:
Literacy, numeracy and communication skills at or equivalent to NQF level 3.
Basic knowledge of the seed industry.
Introduction to the workplace within the seed industry.
General knowledge of safety in the work place at NQF level 3.
An understanding of supplier and customer relationships.
General mechanical skills.
Basic supervision skills.
Computer literacy at NQF level 3. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The scope of this unit standard deals with the control of the processing operation.The specific outcomes as reflected in this unit standard are performed independently, but with access to work site procedures and operating instructions. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Coordinate the processing operation/s. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Obtaining the production sequence according to work site procedures.
  • Obtaining the relevant seed lot/s to be processed according to work site procedures.
  • Checking processing equipment in the plant and obtaining the necessary material and chemicals according to work site procedures.
  • Prescribing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety procedures according to work site procedures and statutory requirements. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
    Job instructions, oral or written, are accurately followed and adhered to.
    Purpose of obtaining correct information for processing is explained.
    Consequences of ineffective implementation of processing plan are explained.
    Consequences of not acquiring and maintaining appropriate equipment, materials and resources timeously are explained
    Consequences of a lack of adequate communication are explained.
    Importance of complete and accurate documentation is explained.
    Purpose and importance of continuous monitoring is explained.
    Importance of identifying deviations and implementing corrective action timeously are explained.
    Reasons for adhering to safety and quality procedures are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Monitoring the processing operation/s. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Monitoring that equipment is operating according to work site procedures.
  • Ensuring that the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety procedures are applied according to work site procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Performing ongoing quality checks on outputs at all levels according to work site procedures.
  • Setting processing equipment and machinery as required, to obtain optimum seed recovery and quality according to work site procedures.
  • Identifying and/or implementing corrective actions to be taken according to work site, quality and safety procedures.
  • Informing relevant parties of deviations according to work-site procedures.
  • Communicating with all relevant parties when changes are implemented. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
    Job instructions, oral or written, are accurately followed and adhered to.
    Purpose of obtaining correct information for processing is explained.
    Consequences of ineffective implementation of processing plan are explained.
    Consequences of not acquiring and maintaining appropriate equipment, materials and resources timeously are explained
    Consequences of a lack of adequate communication are explained.Importance of complete and accurate documentation is explained.
    Purpose and importance of continuous monitoring is explained.Importance of identifying deviations and implementing corrective action timeously are explained.
    Reasons for adhering to safety and quality procedures are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Complete the processing operation/s. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Ensuring that offal material has been removed according to work site and quality procedures as well as statutory requirements.
  • Ensuring that relevant input documentation and data input have been completed according to work site procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Ensuring that the seed sampling has been done and distributed according to work site procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Ensuring that seed is forwarded to the correct destination according to work site procedures.
  • Performing a final check to ensure that the processing equipment and machinery have been properly shut down and cleaned. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:
    Job instructions, oral or written, are accurately followed and adhered to.
    Purpose of obtaining correct information for processing is explained.
    Consequences of ineffective implementation of processing plan are explained.
    Consequences of not acquiring and maintaining appropriate equipment, materials and resources timeously are explained
    Consequences of a lack of adequate communication are explained.Importance of complete and accurate documentation is explained.
    Purpose and importance of continuous monitoring is explained.Importance of identifying deviations and implementing corrective action timeously are explained.
    Reasons for adhering to safety and quality procedures are explained. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessor accredited by SETASA.
    Any training provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited by SETASA.
    Moderation of assessment will be done by SETASA in its ETQA capacity at its discretion. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Ability to train others, as required, for the operations process.
    General supervisory skills.
    Knowledge of relevant, appropriate legislation and industry standards inherent in the work site procedures.
    Basic knowledge of the theory and methods associated with seed processing.
    Appropriate computer operational skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems when monitoring processing operations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when receiving information and giving instructions during monitoring of processing operations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself when coordinating and monitoring the processing operation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate with others during the process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology when monitoring the process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Analyse and evaluate the process. 

    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 
    Values

    All learners should demonstrate :
  • An application of company ethics, values as well as general safety and customer care principles.
  • An awareness of expectations and obligations of basic worker / management / customer relationships. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48653   Further Education and Training Certificate: Seed Processing and Packaging Control  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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. Mpontshe Training 



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