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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of soil preparation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12575  Demonstrate an understanding of soil preparation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
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 
The learner will be able to identify different soil properties, structures and textures and select implements for preparing the soil for planting.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of soil.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of soil preparation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of soil sample taking. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    No prior learning is assumed to be in place. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of soil. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Soil structure and soil texture are defined according to a definition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Structure-less soil are identified and explained according to criteria and advantages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The composition of soil is explained according to criteria. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Soil refers to layered and duplex soil.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Advantages and disadvantages of soil are identified according to criteria. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Soil refers to layered and duplex soil.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The composition of duplex soil is explained according to criteria. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of soil preparation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The advantages and disadvantages of effective and ineffective soil preparation are explained according to criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The function and application of soil preparation equipment and materials are identified and explained according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment may refer to plough implements and materials may refer to chemicals or fertilisation.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of soil sample taking. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The importance of soil sample taking is explained according to criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The reasons for making profile pits are explained according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The requirements of a profile pit in a vineyard are explained according to criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The method of soil sampling is explained according to criteria, 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Internal moderation.
  • External moderation.
  • An assessor, accredited by the relevant ETQA, will assess the learner`s competency.
  • Assessment procedures will be supplied by the ETQA in alignment with NSB requirements.
  • All assessment activities must be fair, so that all candidates have equal opportunities. Activities must be free of gender, ethnic or other bias.
  • Assessment and moderation procedures, activities and tools must be transparent, affordable and support development within the field, sub-field and NQF.
  • Questions and answers to determine theoretical knowledge are expected.
  • Examination of an assessment portfolio.
  • Reporting skills are demonstrated by effective communication, using verbal (language) and/or writing skills.
  • Training providers must be accredited by the appropriate ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected within the assessment criteria of each specific outcome. 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner will be able to organise and manage him/herself and his/her activities responsible and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner will be able to collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information in order to select a suitable terrain for the specific type of grape. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  20287   National Certificate: Farming  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. Agri Learn 
    2. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    3. Bheliwe Contracting Services cc 
    4. DEW CRISP PTY LTD 
    5. Dumela Poultry Solutions 
    6. Dzunde Farming Co-operative Limited 
    7. Fair Deal Agricultural Training Centre 
    8. Goldfields FET College 
    9. Hot To Go Training College and Services 
    10. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    11. Knowledge For Ever 
    12. Lesedi Community Services 
    13. Maluti FET College - Central Office 
    14. Marang Women in Agric and Development 
    15. Millenium Skills (Pty )Ltd 
    16. NEW HEIGHTS 1082 PTY LTD 
    17. Phezukomkhono Training Services 
    18. Safropa Pty Ltd 
    19. Setlakala Business Development 
    20. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
    21. The Renaissance National Skills Development Centre 
    22. The Skills Development Hub (Pty) Ltd 
    23. Thubalethu Training Centre 
    24. TSZ Training Centre 
    25. Zilungisele Business Enterprise cc 



    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.