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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Establish an area of turf with grass sods 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119690  Establish an area of turf with grass sods 
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:
  • Cultivate and grade the selected area
  • Prepare the soil and apply the base fertilizers
  • Lay and roll the grass sods 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Demonstrate knowledge of Numeracy and Communication at NQF Level 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Cultivate and prepare the soil for the establishment of turf grass. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: soil depth, soil quality, soil debris, soil moisture content, cultivation methods, cultivation tools, single digging, personal protective clothing (PPC). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The PPC that is required for soil cultivation is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The selection of tools to be used in the cultivation process is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The necessity of cultivating the soil prior to the establishment of the turf is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The cultivation of the soil, using hand tools is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The removal of large stones and 'foreign' objects from the soil is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Conduct the final grading/leveling of the area to receive grass sods. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: final levels, directing storm-water, puddle forming, firming surface, tilth preperation, rolling, hand rake. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for the attainment of the final levels are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The methods of final grading/ leveling of the area are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of grading for storm-water dispersal is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reasons for the soil tilth preperation are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The preperation of the soil tilth is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply the base dressing fertilizers to the soil. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: base dressings, base dressing fertilizer types, marking out the area, applying in two directions, raking into soil, base dressing soil depth. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for applying base dressings to the soil before planting are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of applying the recommended rate of fertilizer per square meter is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The application of the base dressings onto the prepared soil is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The raking of the base dressing into the top soil is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Inspect and receive the sods on site. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Sod quality, weeds, pests, disease free, sod depth, even shape, compact sword, base soil type, moisture content, time of year, delivery time, storing on site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for the inspection of the sods prior to the receipt of the delivery are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The criteria for the rejection of sods are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The methods of handling and storing the sods prior to laying are demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Lay sods on the prepared area. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: handling turfs, laying turfs, laying the edge working off boards, adjusting the soil level, cutting excess turf, tidying up, top dressing, watering, protecting the site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The methods of handling and laying sods are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of 'pegging' the sods on steep slopes is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The methods of bonding and the patterns used in sod laying are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The necessity of adjusting the soil level under a 'thin' sod is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of rolling the sods immediately after laying is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The procedures for the rolling of the newly laid sods are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The importance of the initial watering schedule for the sods is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The reasons for the initial restriction of traffic/use of the grassed area are detailed. 


    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.
  • 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, 4 and 5

    1. Cultivate and prepare the soil for the establishment of turf grass.
    2. Conduct the final grading/leveling of the area to receive grass sods.
    4. Inspect and receive the sods on site.
    5. Lay sods on the prepared area. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community. Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self organization and Management: Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly andeffectively. Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation: Collect, analyze, organise and critically evaluate information. Specific Outcome 1, 4 and 5
    1. Cultivate and prepare the soil for the establishment of turf grass.
    4. Inspect and receive the sods on site.
    5. Lay sods on the prepared area. 

    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 all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Science and Technology: Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. Specific Outcome 4 and 5.
    4. Inspect and receive the sods on site.
    5. Lay sods on the prepared area. 

    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 all Specific Outcomes. 

    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.