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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain optimal environmental conditions for floristry arrangements 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119688  Maintain optimal environmental conditions for floristry arrangements 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Horticulture 
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 
A person credited with this unit standard will be able to monitor and maintain the optimum environmental conditions for floral products in a commercial florist premises by controlling the ventilation, lighting, temperature and watering 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Demonstrate knowledge of communication and Numeracy at NQF level 1 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
N/A 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Monitoring the quality of water for the maintenance of plant material. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
The range includes but is not limited to: provision of sufficient water, water quality, scheduling, quantity, plant/water relationships, container size, temperature. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The necessity of providing sufficient water in the containers is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The importance of using good quality water are detailed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The necessity for scheduling the application of water is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The necessity of applying the correct quantity of water is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The relationship between the plant and its water requirements is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Amount of foliage in relationship to container size.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
The suitability of the container size in creating floral arrangements is detailed. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Relationship and proportions of container versus arrangement, suitability to function of arrangement eg: colours, size, type - height and width, large or small.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
The necessity of maintaining the correct temperature for floral arrangements is described. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Wilting plant material, melting.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Maintaining the optimal temperature range for the floristry materials. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
The range includes but is not limited to: transport temperature, storage temperature, direct sun, heat source, optimal temperatures, client informed of temperature conditions for arrangement. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The importance of the correct temperature in transportation of arrangements is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Rise in internal vehicle temperature, vehicles parked in sun for extended periods, open windows creating drafts and wind.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The significance of temperature in the storage of materials is discussed. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Heat and cold.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The impact of direct sunlight on material is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Material includes: plant material, foodstuffs such as fruit (fresh and dried), chocolates, biltong, tinned goods.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The heat source and impact this has on the arrangement is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The effect of maintaining optimal temperatures is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Application of lighting principals. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
The range includes but is not limited to: levels of light, light positioning, spotlight, types eg: incandescent, florescent, ultra violet. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The role of light levels in maintaining optimal conditions for arrangements is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The benefits of light positioning are explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Consequences of the heat generated on plants and other materials used in arrangements.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The benefits of using spotlights are explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Focus points created.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The role that various types of light have in the florist retail or wholesale outlet is detailed. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Demonstrate an understanding of the need of monitoring the ventilation in floristry premises. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
The range includes but is not limited to: ventilation, airflow, still air, scale, fungi, air speed, draughts, packing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The necessity of good ventilation is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The effect of still air on plant material is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The consequence of scale on plant material is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The effect of fungi on plant material is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The importance that the air speed has on the condition of arrangements is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
The effects that draughts have on plant material are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
The correct packing of plant material 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 
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively;
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities;
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts;
  • Exploring education and career opportunities; and
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.
    Specific Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Monitoring the quality of water for the maintenance of plant material
  • Maintaining the optimal temperature range for the floristry materials
  • Application of lighting principals
  • Understand the need of monitoring the ventilation in floristry premises 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community.
  • Specific outcome is embedded in the learning for this level of learner 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
    Specific Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Monitoring the quality of water for the maintenance of plant material
  • Maintaining the optimal temperature range for the floristry materials
  • Application of lighting principals
  • Understand the need of monitoring the ventilation in floristry premises 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyze, organize and critically evaluate information.
    Specific Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Monitoring the quality of water for the maintenance of plant material
  • Maintaining the optimal temperature range for the floristry materials
  • Application of lighting principals
  • Understand the need of monitoring the ventilation in floristry premises 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation.
  • Specific outcome embedded in the learning for this level of learner. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others
    Specific Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Monitoring the quality of water for the maintenance of plant material
  • Maintaining the optimal temperature range for the floristry materials
  • Application of lighting principals
  • Understand the need of monitoring the ventilation in floristry premises 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation
    Specific Outcome 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Monitoring the quality of water for the maintenance of plant material
  • Maintaining the optimal temperature range for the floristry materials
  • Application of lighting principals
  • Understand the need of monitoring the ventilation in floristry premises 

  • 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
    Elective  49668   General Education and Training Certificate: Horticulture  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  66589   National Certificate: Horticulture  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. 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. Knowledge For Ever 
    9. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    10. Maishamalema Development Training 
    11. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    12. Medu Skills Consultants 
    13. Nkangala Public FET College - Central Office 
    14. Nophelo Training Centre 
    15. Progressive Environmental Projects 
    16. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    17. Seza Bantu Rural Agricultural Projects 
    18. Thutopele Skills Institute 
    19. Voyano Project Management 
    20. Waterberg FET College - Central Office 



    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.