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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Propagate plants 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116205  Propagate plants 
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 1  NQF Level 01 
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 achieving this unit standard will be able to assist with the propagating of 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: Select, use and care for hand tools and basic equipment and infrastructure.
  • NQF 1: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the structure and function of a plant in relation to its environment.
  • NQF 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concept of sustainable farming systems. 

  • 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 
    Identify the propagation environment within a specific agricultural production context. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The propagation environment includes but is not limited to open field and protective structures (plastic, glass, polycarbonate, fibreglass, shade cloth, etc.) as relevant to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A basic / elementary comprehension of the components of the propagation environment is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to identify possible problems in the propagation environment is demonstrated (e.g. air conditioners or irrigation systems not working etc.). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An elementary comprehension of hygiene procedures in the propagation environment is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare propagation material and propagation media according to specific instructions. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Propagation material includes but is not limited to sexual reproductive material such as seeds etc, and asexual reproductive material such as cuttings, bulbs, rhizomes, corms, tubers etc. as relevant to the context of application.

    Propagation media includes but is not limited to growing media such as compost, peat moss, germination ovens etc. as relevant to the context of application.

    The propagation environment refers to, but is not limited to plastic, glass, polycarbonate, fibreglass shade cloth, open fields etc. as relevant to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to adequately prepare propagation material as per instructions given based on the specific plant or crop is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The preparation of the propagation media as prescribed for the specific plant or crop is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The use of the propagation environment to be used per crop as advised is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The necessary precautions needed or safety requirements necessary as prescribed for the specific crop or plant or equipment being used is described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Carry out routine propagation procedures within the specific agricultural propagation context under supervision. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The propagation procedures include but are not limited to cuttings, scarification, temperature trays, seed preparation etc. as relevant to the context of application.

    Agricultural propagation context includes but is not limited to open fields, glasshouses, shade houses aquatic environments etc. as relevant to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The proper use of the equipment for the specific activity as trained is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The specific propagation procedure for the specific plant type is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to appropriately handle the propagation material is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The ability to appropriately manage the propagated material is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Carry out routine post propagation procedures within the specific production context under supervision. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The maintenance of the propagation material may include but is not limited to watering, weeding, fertilization, temperature control, pest and disease control etc. Hygiene requirements include but are not limited to sterilizing of equipment, environment, pest and disease control etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The maintenance of the propagation material is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The maintaining of the necessary hygiene requirements is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to take the necessary safety precautions when working with specific tools, equipment and chemicals etc 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:
  • Names and functions of tools and material required for plant propagation.
  • Descriptions and characteristics of plant propagation.
  • Purpose of being able to propagate plant material.
  • The correct procedures to be followed when propagating plant material.
  • Basic safety requirements related to tools, chemicals, propagation environment and procedures according to the relevant legislation.
  • Categories of growing media - wet and dry media.
  • Categories of weeds, pest and diseases.
  • Rules and principles of fertilization and irrigation. 

  • 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. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: relates to specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-Management relates to all specific outcomes.

    Self-organisation and management relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpreting Information relates to specific outcomes:
  • Prepare propagation material and propagation media according to specific instructions
  • Carry out routine propagation procedures within the specific agricultural propagation context under specific (close) supervision. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication relates to specific outcomes:
  • Identify the propagation environment within a specific agricultural production context.
  • Prepare propagation material and propagation media according to specific instructions
  • Carry out routine propagation procedures within the specific agricultural propagation context under specific (close) supervision. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self-development relates to specific outcomes:
  • Identify the propagation environment within a specific agricultural production context.
  • Prepare propagation material and propagation media according to specific instructions
  • Carry out routine propagation procedures within the specific agricultural propagation context under specific (close) supervision. 

  • 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  48972   National Certificate: Plant Production  Level 1  NQF Level 01  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. Africa Land - Use Training 
    2. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    3. Biofuels Business Incubators NPC 
    4. Bokamoso Impact Investment 
    5. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    6. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    7. CEDARS CONSULTANTS CC (Boksburg)(TP) 
    8. Deloitte 
    9. DEW CRISP PTY LTD 
    10. Dihwai Food Cultural and Agricultural Services 
    11. Earth Innovations 
    12. ELSENBURG AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE 
    13. Escay Catering and other Services 
    14. Fair Deal Agricultural Training Centre 
    15. Fort Cox Agricultural College 
    16. GA Community Care Consultants 
    17. Goldfields FET College 
    18. Heedmorine Training 
    19. Hortiserve 
    20. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    21. Kgopane Trading Enterprise 
    22. Khwezi Sugar Estate Cc 
    23. Kimbali Holdings 
    24. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
    25. Lehlasedi Community Organisation 
    26. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    27. Longmore Training and Developen 
    28. Lovedale Public TVET College 
    29. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    30. Maishamalema Development Training 
    31. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    32. Marang Women in Agric and Development 
    33. Mathapuso Construction and Projects 
    34. Matlharini Multi Centre Skills 
    35. Matotomana Training & General Trading 
    36. Mbimbini Training and Community Development 
    37. Medu Skills Consultants 
    38. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    39. Mogaladi Business Enterprise 
    40. Montshepetsa Bosui Farming & Training Cnt 
    41. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    42. Mpontshe Training 
    43. Mvelo Consultant 
    44. National Institute For The Deaf - NID 
    45. Ngwato Wa Mphela Agriculture Training Services 
    46. Nkalebetja Agricultural Projects and Management 
    47. Nophelo Training Centre 
    48. Novi General Services 
    49. Owen Sithole College of Agriculture 
    50. P N K Management Services 
    51. Phill Skills and Development Institute 
    52. Profound Agri Building Roads & Services 
    53. Progressive Environmental Projects 
    54. Remoshomong Trading Enterprise 
    55. Retsogile Education and Training 
    56. Safropa Pty Ltd 
    57. SBJ Shadikamang Agriculture 
    58. Scientific Roets (Pty) Ltd 
    59. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    60. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    61. Setlakala Business Development 
    62. Seza Bantu Rural Agricultural Projects 
    63. Sioma Training and Enterprise Developement 
    64. Siyafundisa I Africa 
    65. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    66. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    67. The Skills Development Hub (Pty) Ltd 
    68. Thuto Boshwa Skills Development Services 
    69. Thutopele Skills Institute 
    70. Tinotsile Training and Development 
    71. Tlatlana Events Solution and Communication 
    72. TM Mashwara and Projects 
    73. Tompi Seleka Agricultural College 
    74. Tripple R Training Provider 
    75. Tshenkeng's Consulting 
    76. Umfolozi FET College 
    77. Unang Business Enterprise 
    78. Vari Holdings (Pty)Ltd 
    79. Voyano Project Management 
    80. Vukani Community Training 
    81. Working Decisions Cc 
    82. Zelpy 1382 (edms) Bpk 



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