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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply water to landscaped areas 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119702  Apply water to landscaped areas 
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 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:
  • Apply the optimum amount of water to various plants to ensure healthy growth and development.
  • Select the most suitable watering equipment to water various plantings.
  • Select the appropriate frequency of watering to suit prevailing conditions.
  • Demonstrate the correct methods of watering to prevent run-off and wastage.
  • Utilise knowledge of good watering practices for the propagation and care of plants. 

  • 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 
    Select the most appropriate time of day, or conditions to conduct watering. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: High evaporation rate, low evaporation rate - still air, coolest time of the day, dew point wind, hottest time of the day. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The climatic factors that negatively affect watering efficiency are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consequences of watering in windy conditions are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effects of conducting watering at the hottest time of the day are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The ideal time and climatic conditions for watering are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Select and demonstrate the use of watering equipment to affect an application rate that suits various soil conditions. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: hose end nozzles, watering can nozzles and spouts, cone sprinklers, rotary sprinklers, infiltration rate of soils, prevent water wastage, puddling, run-off, slopes, degree of compaction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The infiltration rates of various soil types are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The necessity to apply water at or below the infiltration rate is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effect that slopes and compaction have on the infiltration rate of soils is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The various hose end spray nozzles and their adjustments are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Examples of hose end cone sprinklers, their application rates and uses are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Examples of hose end rotary sprinklers, their application rates and uses are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The correct rate of application of water to suit various soil types is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Show an understanding of the seasonal water requirements of plants. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: Summer, spring, autumn and winter water plant usage, dormant periods, deciduous shrubs and trees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relationship that the various seasons have on the water requirements of plants is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The necessity of modifying the frequency and length of watering times to cope with seasonal changes in evapotranspiration rates are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The need to reduce the watering of deciduous plants in their dormancy period is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Modify the frequency and quantity of watering to suit the evapotranspiration and rainfall. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: Ratio of climatic variation - rainfall received, scheduled watering frequency, scheduled timing of water application, testing of the soil water content. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of increasing the watering timing, relative to an increase in E.T. is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The modification of the frequency of watering, to suit varying climatic conditions, is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The use of a rain gauge and the reading of received rainfall are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The adjustment of watering times, in response to rainfall received, is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of regular testing of the soil water content is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The procedures for the manual testing of the soil water content are demonstrated. 


    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.

    Note:
  • Refer to specific outcomes:
    > "Select the most appropriate time of day, or conditions to conduct watering."
    > "Select and demonstrate the use of watering equipment to affect an application rate that suits various soil conditions."
    > "Show an understanding of the seasonal water requirements of plants." 

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

    Note:
  • 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.

    Note:
  • Refer to specific outcomes:
    > "Select the most appropriate time of day, or conditions to conduct watering."
    > "Select and demonstrate the use of watering equipment to affect an application rate that suits various soil conditions."
    > "Show an understanding of the seasonal water requirements of plants." 

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

    Note:
  • Refer to specific outcomes:
    > "Select the most appropriate time of day, or conditions to conduct watering."
    > "Select and demonstrate the use of watering equipment to affect an application rate that suits various soil conditions."
    > "Modify the frequency and quantity of watering to suit the evapotranspiration and rainfall." 

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

    Note:
  • 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.

    Note:
  • Refer to specific outcomes:
    > "Select the most appropriate time of day, or conditions to conduct watering."
    > "Show an understanding of the seasonal water requirements of plants."
    > "Modify the frequency and quantity of watering to suit the evapotranspiration and rainfall." 

  • 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.

    Note:
  • Refer to specific outcomes:
    > "Select the most appropriate time of day, or conditions to conduct watering."
    > "Select and demonstrate the use of watering equipment to affect an application rate that suits various soil conditions."
    > "Show an understanding of the seasonal water requirements of plants." 

  • 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. College of Sustainable Agriculture 
    2. Kara Heritage Institute 
    3. Nkangala Public FET College - Central Office 
    4. Waterberg FET College - Central Office 
    5. Wildlife and Enviroment Society of South Africa 



    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.