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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Treat floristry plant material 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119693  Treat floristry plant material 
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:
  • Provide the optimum storage conditions for floral plant material.
  • Conduct the 'pre-arranging' treatment of plant material.
  • Use floristry tools safely.
  • Utilize chemical conditioners to prolong the display life of floral materials. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Numeracy and literacy NQF level 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Remove foliage and thorns that are below water level, remove broken stems, flowers and foliage personal protective equipment and tools. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate a knowledge of the removal of excess foliage and thorns prior to commencing the floral arrangement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for the removal of excess foliage and thorns are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate a knowledge of the removal of foliage and thorns that will be below water level. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for the removal of the foliage and thorns that would be below the water level are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The removal of foliage that would be below the water level is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The removal of thorns that would be below water the level is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate a knowledge of the removal of broken stems, flowers and foliage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The removal and re-cutting of broken stems is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the use of personal protective equipment and tools. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    PPC (personal protective clothing), PPE (personal Protective equipment), gloves. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of wearing the correct PPC is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The necessity to use the appropriate PPE is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Items of PPE that should be used in the workplace are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate a knowledge of the need for re-cutting plant material. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Re-cutting, inter-node cuts, underwater cutting, slant cuts, water absorption. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for re-cutting a stem are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The plant type varieties that require underwater cutting are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The plant varieties that require inter-node cutting are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reasons for slant-cutting are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The procedures for cutting the stems are demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Utilize chemical conditioners and drying agents for the preservation of floral material. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Preservation, nutrients/flower food, P.H wetting agent, germicide bacteria, yeasts, mould, fungi, silica gel and drying agents, borax powder, glycerine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The benefits derived from using chemical conditioners are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The benefits of using germicides are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The benefits of using drying agents are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedures for the addition of germicides and chemical conditioners are demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of conditioning plant material to ensure longevity. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    State on receipt, water stress, reviving, conditioning period - varieties, total submerging. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of conditioning the floral material is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The factors to consider in selecting the conditioning periods are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The factors to consider in selecting the type of conditioning are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The conditioning periods of the major plant/flower foods are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 8 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the need for the refrigeration of plant material to ensure longevity. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Temperature range, sub-tropical, symptoms of over-chilling, transpiration rate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The consequences of over-chilling are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The criteria for refrigeration of plant material are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The plants that require refrigeration are identified. 


    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 
    Problem solving: 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
  • Demonstrate the removal of excess foliage and thorns prior to commencing the floral arrangement.
  • Demonstrate the removal of foliage and thorns that will be below water level.
  • Demonstrate the removal of broken stems, flowers and foliage.
  • Explain the use of personal protective equipment and tools.
  • Demonstrate the need for re-cutting plant material. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: 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 
    Self organization and management: Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
    Specific Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Demonstrate the removal of excess foliage and thorns prior to commencing the floral arrangement.
  • Demonstrate the removal of foliage and thorns that will be below water level.
  • Demonstrate the removal of broken stems, flowers and foliage.
  • Explain the use of personal protective equipment and tools.
  • Demonstrate the need for re-cutting plant material. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation: Collect, analyze, organize and critically evaluate information.
    Specific Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Demonstrate the removal of excess foliage and thorns prior to commencing the floral arrangement.
  • Demonstrate the removal of foliage and thorns that will be below water level.
  • Demonstrate the removal of broken stems, flowers and foliage.
  • Explain the use of personal protective equipment and tools.
  • Demonstrate the need for re-cutting plant material. 

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

  • 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 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Demonstrate the removal of excess foliage and thorns prior to commencing the floral arrangement.
  • Demonstrate the removal of foliage and thorns that will be below water level.
  • Demonstrate the removal of broken stems, flowers and foliage.
  • Explain the use of personal protective equipment and tools.
  • Demonstrate the need for re-cutting plant material. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-related 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.
    Specific Outcome 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Demonstrate the removal of excess foliage and thorns prior to commencing the floral arrangement.
  • Demonstrate the removal of foliage and thorns that will be below water level.
  • Demonstrate the removal of broken stems, flowers and foliage.
  • Explain the use of personal protective equipment and tool. 

  • 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 



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