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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply the fundamentals in the practice of extension as a profession 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252463  Apply the fundamentals in the practice of extension as a profession 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Agricultural Extension 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 
This unit standard is to introduce the fundamental concepts of extension to learners.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to know, understand and apply Fundamental concepts of extension in:
  • Southern African development context.
  • Different Extension systems in Southern Africa.
  • Factors influencing human behaviour.
  • Credibility and accountability in Extension.

    This unit standard will contribute to the qualitative development of learners by providing progression to this NQF Level within the Extension environment. Recognition, further mobility and transportability within this field are accommodated. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and development within the development sector. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence in communicating verbally and in writing at Level 4 on the NQF or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Apply knowledge of the fundamentals of Extension to ensure a scientific basis in development. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Fundamentals refer to but not limited to:
  • History, concepts, principles, philosophy and ethics. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The fundamentals of Extension are defined for application in extension practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The fundamentals of Extension are demonstrated for application in extension practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The fundamentals of Extension are applied independently in practice to ensure a scientific approach. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Understand the client and their needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The criteria utilised to identify clients and their specific needs and resources are listed to ensure an appropriate development approach. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Categorising of clients and their needs and resources.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Client needs are assessed and reported on to consider in the extension programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Methods in assisting and meeting client's needs are identified and recorded to ensure a valid needs analysis. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Know all the internal structures and service providers available in support of extension. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Service providers are identified to establish links and ensure support between internal and external structures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Database of service providers.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods in linking clients with relevant structures and service providers are demonstrated to ensure coordinated development support. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The networking system is commissioned and monitored to ensure optimum operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Develop a database of all the relevant structures and service providers that support extension. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A database of services, equipment and service providers is developed to ensure a suitable reference of support to extension. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A database of clients, their needs, abilities and capabilities is developed to ensure appropriate linkages with support structures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Establish working and participative relationships with all the relevant structures and service providers that support extension. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant structures and service providers are linked with clients to ensure appropriate support in development programmes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Linkage and networking with service providers are formed to demonstrate a participatory development approach. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to distinguish between the service, cost, quality and product that is available. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed, (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • 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 by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    A demonstrated understanding of:
  • The fundamentals of extension.
  • Methods of needs identification.
  • Methods of needs identification.
  • Support and service delivery systems.
  • Network establishment.
  • Database development and management. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking to address modification implications in design. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others under supervision and coordination of project activities and resources. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage oneself and ones activities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively and responsibly to report on project milestones and interpreting modification requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems in the impact of modification on process efficiency. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Be culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59409   National Certificate: Agricultural Extension  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  63249   National Diploma: Agricultural Extension  Level 5  NQF Level 05  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.
     
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