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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify and report common pests and diseases in plant propogation and landscapes 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119708  Identify and report common pests and diseases in plant propogation and landscapes 
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:
  • Recognise the presence of common pests and diseases in the horticultural and landscape environment
  • Identify pests most commonly found in the workplace
  • Identify plant diseases most commonly found in the workplace
  • Conduct preventative procedures to minimize the occurrence of pests
  • Apply knowledge of pest control for plant propagation and landscape maintenance 

  • 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 
    Identify pests and describe the consequences of their presence. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: definition, list common pests, different types of feeding habits, consequences, naming common pests, their characteristics and the plants they are prone to attack, insect, slugs, snails, mites, worms, caterpillars, beetles, aphids, bugs, scale insects, ants, moles, sap sucking, leaf mining, defoliate, tunnel, roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruit, abnormal growth (galls), death, damage (aesthetic), spread viral & fungal diseases, sugar cover. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The factors that define a pest are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The different feeding habits of common pests that damage or destroy plants are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of the damage to plants, caused by pests are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Ten common pests found in the workplace are named and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The signs/evidence of the presence of these pests and the plants they commonly attack are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Recognise the presence of a disease and describe the consequences. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: types of diseases and their spread, consequences, naming common diseases, their characteristics and the plants they are prone to attack, bacterial, fungal, virus, most common of these, methods of spreading, rate of infection, powdery mildew, downy mildew, grey mould (Botrytis), bacterial leaf spots and blotches, rust, fungal leaf spots, viruses, wilt, root rot, damping off, root knot nematodes, honey fungus, ink spot, canker, crown rot, dollar spot. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The factors that define a disease and how they are spread, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effects that diseases have on plants are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ten common diseases found in the workplace, are named and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The signs/evidence of their presence and the plants they commonly appear on are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply preventative procedures to minimise pest and disease occurrence. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: plant health, suitability of plant to intended position (pH, aspect of site), micro climate (shade, frost),correct planting, plant requirements, identifying cause, removal. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The measures to be taken to prevent pest infestations are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The practices to minimize the occurrence of diseases in plants are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The preventative procedures for deterring pests in the horticultural environment are demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the methods to control pests and diseases that occur in the horticultural environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to:
  • Organic - traps, companion planting, resistant plants, hygiene, crop rotation
  • Biological - predators, parasites, diseases, beneficial animals
  • Chemical - insecticides (pesticides), fungicides 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The methods to control pests are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The methods to control diseases are 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 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. Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    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 3.
    3. Apply preventative procedures to minimise pest and disease occurrence. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation: Collect, analyze, organise and critically evaluate information. Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    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, and 4
    1. Identify pests and describe the consequences of their presence.
    2. Recognise the presence of a disease and describe the consequences.
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods to control pests and diseases that occur in the horticultural 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 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
    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. Call D5 Trading and Projects Pty Ltd 
    5. Green Futures 
    6. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    7. Kgopane Trading Enterprise 
    8. Kimbali Holdings 
    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 



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