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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Monitor water quality 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116077  Monitor water quality 
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 be able to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of water quality to agriculture and to monitor and maintain water quality using established procedures. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of agriculture and water management.

Learners will gain an understanding of sustainable agricultural practices as applied in the animal-, plant and mixed farming sub fields. The application of maintaining water quality practices in primary agriculture is focussed on in this unit standard.

They will be able to participate in, undertake and plan farming practices with knowledge of their environment. A culture of maintenance and care will be instilled for both the environment as well as towards farming infrastructure and operations by this unit standard. 

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 standard, or equivalent:
  • NQF1: Maintain basic water quality 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Whilst range statements have been defined generically to include as wide a set of alternatives as possible, all range statements should be interpreted within the specific context of application.

    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 
    Demonstrate an understanding of water quality management. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Quality factors for water include but are not limited to temperature, dissolved gasses such as oxygen and carbon dioxide, COD, water insoluble solids and dissolved minerals and organic load. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An understanding is demonstrated of the effects of certain physical quality factors, and it is related to a relevant agricultural product species. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A basic understanding of the effects of certain chemical quality factors is demonstrated and it is related to a relevant agricultural product species. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Physical and chemical knowledge regarding water quality attributes is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of water quality to agriculture. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of water quality on plants and animals in agriculture is demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Agricultural plants and animals include but are not limited to mammals, insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, and mollusks, and crop plants.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An understanding of processes implemented to improve water quality is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to sample and monitor water quality factors are demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Quality factors for water include but are not limited to temperature, dissolved gasses such as oxygen and carbon dioxide, COD, water insoluble solids and dissolved minerals and organic load.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an ability to monitor and perform basic water quality tests and analyses. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Quality maintenance tasks including water aeration, inlet and outlet screening, inlet and outlet level and flow control, degassing and filtration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to monitor and sample water sources is demonstrated and it is prepared for analysis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to perform simple water quality tests to determine water quality is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to report meaningfully on water quality tests is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an ability to perform and understand maintenance tasks on certain operational technical systems related to water quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to perform maintenance on water quality control systems is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to manage chemical and physical requisites related to water quality control systems is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to report meaningfully on water quality systems' maintenance is demonstrated. 


    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:
  • The names and functions of water quality maintenance systems and components.
  • The names and attributes of water quality factors.
  • Sensory cues related to water quality.
  • The purpose of understanding the need for water quality knowledge.
  • Procedures related to the maintenance and testing of water quality.
  • Rules and regulations related to water.
  • Basic report writing skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving: Relates to specific outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an ability to monitor and perform basic water quality tests and analyses.
  • Demonstrate an ability to perform and understand maintenance tasks on certain operational technical systems related to water quality. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team Work: Relates to specific outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of water to agriculture.
  • Demonstrate an ability to monitor and perform basic water quality tests and analyses.
  • Demonstrate an ability to perform and understand maintenance tasks on certain operational technical systems related to water quality. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpreting information: Relates to specific outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an ability to monitor and perform basic water quality tests and analyses.
  • Demonstrate an ability to perform and understand maintenance tasks on certain operational technical systems related to water quality. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: Relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Science and technology: Relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Related systems: Relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self development: Relates to all specific 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 
    Certain plant species grow in water, but water is needed by all plant and animal life for life. All the land and aquatic animal organisms' bodily functions are performed in water. Because water is totally depended on to breathe, feed and grow, excrete wastes, maintain a salt balance, and reproduce, understanding the physical and chemical qualities of water is critical to successful aquaculture. To a great extent the success or failure of an agricultural operation is determined by water quality. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48976   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48977   National Certificate: Mixed Farming Systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48975   National Certificate: Plant Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  49605   National Certificate: Environmental Practice  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  LG SETA 
    Elective  66429   National Certificate: Landscape Irrigation  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. A4 Consultancy CC 
    2. ABA Sebenzi 
    3. Agisanang SA Training 
    4. Amabamba Recruitment 
    5. Atlegang Training Consulting 
    6. AVAX SA 481 CC. T/A Mandisa Development Services 
    7. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    8. Bantubanye Skills 
    9. BF QUALITY SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    10. Big Start Training and Development 
    11. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    12. Boni Africa Events & Development 
    13. Buena Vista Learning Academy 
    14. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    15. BUSINESS CIRCLE CONSULTATION 
    16. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    17. Classic Human Capital Solutions 
    18. CTC College(PTY) LTD. 
    19. Dihwai Food Cultural and Agricultural Services 
    20. Ditirelo Skills Development Services 
    21. Elective Training Institute Enterprise CC 
    22. ELSENBURG AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE 
    23. Escay Catering and other Services 
    24. Fire Protection Association of Southern Africa 
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    27. Goldfields FET College 
    28. Growth Management Consulting 
    29. Heedmorine Training 
    30. Icando 
    31. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    32. IQ Skills Academy (PTY) LTD. 
    33. KAGISHO BUSINESS CONCEPTS (Pty) LTD 
    34. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    35. Kernel Management and Consulting (PTY) LTD. 
    36. Kgolo Institute 
    37. Kgopane Trading Enterprise 
    38. KHOSITHI TRAINING 
    39. Kimbali Holdings 
    40. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
    41. Knowledge For Ever 
    42. KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION 
    43. Kuyakhula Development Initiatives 
    44. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    45. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    46. Mahayi HRD Services cc 
    47. Maishamalema Development Training 
    48. Makavila Suppliers CC. 
    49. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    50. Mangalani Business Enterprises 
    51. Marang Women in Agric and Development 
    52. Mathapuso Construction and Projects 
    53. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    54. Mazasa Management Consulting CC. 
    55. Mbinga Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
    56. Mcebo Technologies 
    57. Mind Magic Consulting 
    58. Mission Point Consulting 
    59. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    60. Mogaladi Business Enterprise 
    61. Montshepetsa Bosui Farming & Training Cnt 
    62. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    63. Mpontshe Training 
    64. Mthashana FET College - Vryheid Campus 
    65. Mvas-4 Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    66. Mvelo Consultant 
    67. National Institute For The Deaf - NID 
    68. Networx for Career Development 
    69. NEW HEIGHTS 1082 PTY LTD 
    70. Ngwato Wa Mphela Agriculture Training Services 
    71. NJ & L Trading Enterprise CC. 
    72. NOMAKU TRADERS CC 
    73. Nophelo Training Centre 
    74. Novi General Services 
    75. NS Global Academy 
    76. Phill Skills and Development Institute 
    77. Pioneer Business Consulting 
    78. Power Rush Trading 170 CC. 
    79. PWI CORPORATE TRAINING PTY LTD 
    80. Quick Leap Investment 
    81. RLSTP Training & Development (PTY) LTD. 
    82. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    83. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    84. Senelo Trading CC 
    85. Setlakala Business Development 
    86. Siljeur Training Academy 
    87. Siyafundisa I Africa 
    88. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    89. Spring Forest Trading 578 CC 
    90. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    91. Talent Emporium Academy (PTY) Ltd 
    92. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
    93. Thando Consulting Services 
    94. The Crimson CO CC. 
    95. The Skills Development Hub (Pty) Ltd 
    96. Thubelihle Graduate Institute 
    97. Thuto Boshwa Skills Development Services 
    98. TLD Consulting 
    99. TM Mashwara and Projects 
    100. Tompi Seleka Agricultural College 
    101. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    102. Tripple R Training Provider 
    103. Tshwane Skills Training Centre 
    104. Umfolozi FET College 
    105. Unang Business Enterprise 
    106. University of Limpopo 
    107. University of Venda 
    108. Vari Holdings (Pty)Ltd 
    109. Vicmat Consultants 
    110. Westco Agri Training 
    111. XL AT Consulting CC 
    112. Ya Hina Management Consulting and projects 
    113. Zelpy 1382 (edms) Bpk 



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