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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate a basic understanding of the horticultural industry 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119687  Demonstrate a basic understanding of the horticultural industry 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Horticulture 
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 person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Gain an insight into the full spectrum of activities within the horticultural industry.
  • Identify the career paths that are available to learners.
  • Recognise the important role that horticulture plays in enhancing South Africa as a tourist destination.
  • Explain the supply chain in horticulture and the major sectors that are involved in the industry. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Demonstrate knowledge of communication and numeracy at ABET Level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Show an understanding of the history and development of the horticultural industry. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: Garden of Eden, medicinal plants, aromatic flowers and plants, palace gardens, public parks, theme gardens, domestic gardens, creation of new varieties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role that plants and flowers have played in early civilization is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The development of gardens and the various designs through history is outlined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The major achievements that have been made in the selective breeding of plants for ornamental purposes, are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Indicate the importance that horticulture plays in providing beauty and functionality to the environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: indoor plants, landscaping, parks, urban green lung, golf courses, sports fields, commercial estates, domestic gardens. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The health and social benefits derived from urban parks and gardens are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The role that landscaping plays in the visual appreciation of gardens is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of providing "green" leisure and sporting facilities is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The benefits of using indoor plants to enhance internal decorating are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the role that horticulture and landscaping have in enhancing South Africa as a tourist destination. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: botanic gardens, theme gardens, nature trails, beaches, sporting facilities, resort gardens. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The economic benefits that tourism provides for the economy are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of conserving the natural flora within nature trails and reserves is indicated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role that resort gardens and sporting facilities play in fulfilling the leisure requirements of tourists is described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Outline the role players within the industry and their relationships. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: supply chain, plant propagators, turf farms, wholesale nurseries, garden centers, local parks departments, landscape architects, landscape contractors, sporting bodies, hotels, resorts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The interaction of plant producers, wholesale nurseries and garden centers in the production, distribution and marketing of garden plants is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The role and responsibilities of the landscape architect, landscape contractor and garden maintenance staff in the creation of a landscaped garden is described. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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 must be accredited as a provider through 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.

    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established principles. Practical assessment activities will be used, which are appropriate to the contents in which qualifying learners are working. These activities will include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge be assessed. The specific outcomes must be assessed in its own right, through oral and practical evidence. It cannot be assessed by observation only.

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

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected within the assessment criteria of each specific outcome and must be assessed in its own right, through oral and written evidence. Observation cannot be the only assessment. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving: Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.

    Refer to the following specific outcomes:
  • Indicate the importance that horticulture plays in providing beauty and functionality to the environment.
  • Describe the role that horticulture and landscaping have in enhancing South Africa as a tourist destination. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community.

    Refer to the following specific outcome:
  • Describe the role that horticulture and landscaping have in enhancing South Africa as a tourist destination. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self organization and management: Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.

    Refer to the following specific outcomes:
  • Describe the role that horticulture and landscaping have in enhancing South Africa as a tourist destination.
  • Outline the role players within the industry and their relationships. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation: Collect, analyze, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Refer to the following specific outcome:
  • Outline the role players within the industry and their relationships. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation.

    Refer to the following specific outcome:
  • Outline the role players within the industry and their relationships. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Science and Technology: Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Refer to the following specific outcomes:
  • Show an understanding of the history and development of the horticultural industry.
  • Indicate the importance that horticulture plays in providing beauty and functionality to the environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems: Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Refer to the following specific outcomes:
  • Show an understanding of the history and development of the horticultural industry.
  • Indicate the importance that horticulture plays in providing beauty and functionality to the environment.
  • Describe the role that horticulture and landscaping have in enhancing South Africa as a tourist destination. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors must:
  • Be accredited as an assessor by the relevant ETQA.
  • Hold an assessor certificate according to the current requirements.
  • Have experience or in depth knowledge of the horticultural industry, specifically as it relates to ornamental aspects. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    The learner:
  • Is expected to perform the specific outcomes reflected in this unit standard without direct supervision.
  • Should have access to work site procedures.
  • Should demonstrate an application of ethics and values.
  • Must apply basic principles of general safety and customer care.
  • Should demonstrate an awareness of the expectations and obligations of basic employee/employer relations including industrial relations principles.

    At this level the communication / reporting of issues arising in the workplace, is embedded in the specific outcomes and the related assessment criteria.

    It is understood that, due to the nature of the work environment and the skills level of the Learner, that the aspects of teamwork form an integral part of the necessary specific outcomes and related assessment criteria.

    The points included under the notes, should be included when the qualifying Learners are being assessed. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49668   General Education and Training Certificate: Horticulture  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. Amaloba Horticultural Services 
    2. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    3. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    4. Green Futures 
    5. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    6. Kgopane Trading Enterprise 
    7. Kimbali Holdings 
    8. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    9. Maishamalema Development Training 
    10. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    11. Medu Skills Consultants 
    12. Nkangala Public FET College - Central Office 
    13. Nophelo Training Centre 
    14. Progressive Environmental Projects 
    15. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    16. Seza Bantu Rural Agricultural Projects 
    17. Thutopele Skills Institute 
    18. Voyano Project Management 
    19. Waterberg FET College - Central Office 



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