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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Prune deciduous fruit trees 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14354  Prune deciduous fruit trees 
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 
A learner will be able to use pruning techniques, forming of deciduous fruit trees and treat pruning wounds during the process of pruning deciduous fruit trees.


A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of pruning fruit trees.
  • Prepare for pruning deciduous fruit trees.
  • Prune and from deciduous fruit trees.
  • Perform end of pruning procedures. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Pruning procedures may refer to pruning of stone and pome fruits, during summer and winter pruning. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate understanding of pruning fruit trees 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The purpose of pruning deciduous fruit trees is explained according to criteria 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The importance of hygiene and functional equipment are explained in relation to the fruit trees 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The reason for adhering to clothing requirements is identified in relation to industry standards 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Reasons for treating of pruning wounds are explained according to fruit tree health standards 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Reasons for tree forming practices are explained in relation to fruit tree structure criteria 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tree forming practices refer to bending, tying and suckering.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare for pruning deciduous fruit trees 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Personal preparation is done according to workplace procedures 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Pruning equipment is prepared for pruning according to workplace procedures 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment may include but is not limited to pruning shears, pruning saw, stepladders and paint brush
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Forming equipment is prepared according to workplace procedures 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prune and from deciduous fruit trees 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Deciduous fruit trees refer to newly planted trees, young non-bearing and bearing deciduous fruit trees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Deciduous fruit trees are pruned according to workplace procedures 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Deciduous fruit trees are formed according workplace procedures 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tree-forming refers to bending, tying and suckering
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Pruning wounds are treated according to workplace procedures 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Common problems associated with pruning and forming of deciduous fruit trees are solved within scope of work. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform end of pruning procedures 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Pruning, forming equipment and protective clothing are cleaned and stored according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Cleaning refer to sterilisation of equipment where applicable
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Pruning materials and waste are removed from orchard according to workplace procedures 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Faulty or broken equipment are reported according to workplace procedures. 


    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.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions.
  • 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 IDENTIFYING 
    The learner will be able to identify and solving problems during the pruning of trees 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner will be able to work effectively with others as members of a team that is responsible for cleaning the orchard. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner will be able to collect, analyse, organise by observing when and how to prune 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner will be able to collect, analyse, organise by observing when and how to prune 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner will be able to communicate effectively by using visual and/or language communication skills by reporting on work matters. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the process as a set of related systems by explaining/demonstrating how a well pruned orchard relates to other systems such as fruit quality, farm productivity, market competitiveness and job security. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Terminology
  • Workplace procedures refer to place of work procedures, prescribed procedures from the manufacturer of equipment, personal, equipment and environmental safety procedures, best practices and applicable legislation

    Legal requirements:
    The following acts and/or codes, current and future regulations and amendments will be applicable.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act, No. 85 of 1993.
  • Basic Conditions of Employment Act, No 57 of 1997. 

  • 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. Grabouw Skills Centre (Pty) Ltd 
    3. Hot To Go Training College and Services 
    4. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    5. Mbimbini Training and Community Development 
    6. Millenium Skills (Pty )Ltd 
    7. NEW HEIGHTS 1082 PTY LTD 
    8. Phezukomkhono Training Services 
    9. Setlakala Business Development 
    10. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
    11. 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.