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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of vine pruning 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12580  Demonstrate an understanding of vine pruning 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 understand the reasons and principles for pruning and understand the best time for the pruning of vines.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the reasons for pruning.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and application of pruning.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the time periods for pruning.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of pruning systems. 

  • 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 reasons for pruning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The reason for pruning is explained in relation to the establishment and maintenance of vines in a desired shape. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The importance of pruning vines is explained according quality and quantity maximising growth. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Pruning may refer to the prevention of the build-up of bearers and removes worn out parts and balance between vigour and production.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and application of pruning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Fertile and infertile canes on vines are identified in own context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The factors influencing the fertility of buds are explained in own words. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range: Factors may refer to bud position on cane, spacing of bearers, light intensity, temperature, water, stress, vigour, leaf surface that influence the fertility of the buds and growth condition during the previous growing season has an influence on bud fertility.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The importance of optimum budding percentage is explained according to criteria. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Optimum budding percentage may include but is not limited to sufficient reserves and cold requirements of the vines.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the time periods for pruning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The procedure for winter pruning is explained according to criteria. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Winter pruning includes pre-pruning, clean pruning, and trial pruning.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The effects of early or late winter pruning are explained according to criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The pruning of vines is explained with reference to normal vigour and production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The methodology for pruning vines is explained in relation to with poor production and set, excessive vigorous vines and vines in areas subjected to frost. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of pruning systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The operation of pruning systems is explained using own words. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Operations may refer to the short-bearer, half-long bearer and the long-bearer pruning systems.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The concepts of mechanical pruning and minimum pruning are explained using own words. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The practical application pruning hints are explained within own context. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Practical application may refer to covering of pruning wounds, position of bearers and disinfection of bearers.
     


    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 him/herself and his/her activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner will be able to collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information in order to prune grapes. 

    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. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    2. Hot To Go Training College and Services 
    3. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    4. Mbimbini Training and Community Development 
    5. NEW HEIGHTS 1082 PTY LTD 
    6. Phezukomkhono Training Services 
    7. Protea Agricultural Training Centre 
    8. Setlakala Business Development 
    9. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
    10. The Skills Development Hub (Pty) Ltd 



    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.