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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Promote and maintain professionalism in extension 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253021  Promote and maintain professionalism in extension 
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 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
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 will contribute to the qualitative development of learners by providing skills and knowledge on guiding communities towards the establishment of sustainable development.

The learner will be able to relate to the different needs and sentiments of a specific community as it relates to extension. In addition the learner will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of extension or management and practice at higher levels.

The learner achieving this unit standard will be able to:
  • Apply in his/her own practice ethical standards and a code of (professional) conduct.
  • Establish credibility and rapport with a range of recipients in a simple setting.
  • Understand the importance of and commit to continuous professional development.
  • Manage his/her own work without supervision.
  • Manage information and knowledge relevant to his/her practice of extension.
  • Network among a range of recipients in a simple setting.
  • Exhibit professionalism in the practices of extension.
  • Contribute to the development of a code of conduct.
  • Contribute to the credibility, accountability and professional status of extension as a discipline, specialisation and practice. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners attempting this unit standard should have the following knowledge in place:
  • Basic understanding of a code of conduct, ethics and professionalism.
  • Basic understanding of what information and knowledge are.
  • Basic understanding of what extension is.
  • Basic understanding of the principles and purposes of extension.
  • Basic understanding of the range of extension approaches. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Manage information and knowledge refers to but is not limited to gathering, analysing, assimilating, organising, storing and retrieving, sharing/disseminating information and knowledge.
  • Recipients: Recipients refers to but is not limited to farmers, supervisors, scientists, communities, community leaders, learners, colleagues.
  • Credibility refers to but is not limited to acceptance by colleagues and clientele as trustworthy, reliable, responsible, and accountable in the practice of extension.
  • Rapport refers to but is not limited to a relationship between the extension practitioner and his/her clientele which is positive and demonstrates mutual respect.
  • Manage his/her own work refers to but is not limited to the ability to plan, organise, implement, control activities and work output and the information needed to do his/her own work. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Apply ethical standards and a code of (professional) conduct in his/her own practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Ethical standards for extension are listed to create a framework for establishing a personal development plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Own standards for extension are listed and prioritised to create a basis for setting personal professional goals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Current personal professional 'status' is assessed to create a basis for setting personal professional goals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A personal plan is developed for continuous professional development. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Progress on the professional development plan is reviewed and updated at regular intervals. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Establish credibility and rapport with a range of recipients in a simple setting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Factors influencing credibility and rapport are identified to create a framework for establishing a personal credibility plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Recipients are identified and described to determine the scope of a personal credibility plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A personal plan is developed to establish credibility amongst peers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The personal credibility plan is reviewed at regular intervals to measure progress and set new goals. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Manage his/her own work without supervision. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Elements of a work plan are listed to create a framework for the work plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Objectives for a personal work plan are identified within the framework of the plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The link between the objectives of the plan and the overall extension strategy is identified to ensure coherence with the overall extension strategy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The work plan is documented according to the agreed format. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Progress of the work plan is evaluated against the objectives set and reported according to the agreed format. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Manage professional information and knowledge relevant to his/her practice of extension. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Ranges of professional information and knowledge for extension are identified to create a framework for developing a personal information and knowledge development plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Own range professional information and knowledge for extension is assessed against the established range. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A personal knowledge and information development plan is developed based on the completed assessment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Progress of the knowledge and information development plan is evaluated against the objectives set and reported according to the agreed format. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Network among a range of stakeholders in a simple setting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    General networking needs are determined to establish a framework for a networking strategy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Stakeholders are identified and analysed to create a basis for a networking strategy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A networking strategy is developed based on the framework and the analysis of stakeholders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The link between the networking strategy and the overall extension strategy is identified to ensure coherence with the overall extension strategy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Progress of the networking strategy is evaluated against the objectives set and reported according to the agreed format. 


    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:
  • Concepts: professional information and knowledge; networks and networking; professional development; code of conduct; credibility; ethics and ethical standards, work plans.
  • Purposes of professional information and knowledge; networks and networking; professional development; code of conduct; credibility; ethics and ethical standards, work plans in extension.
  • Characteristics of recipients, stakeholders, professional information and knowledge; networks and networking; professional development; code of conduct; credibility; ethics and ethical standards, work plans.
  • Relevance of professional information and knowledge; networks and networking; professional development; code of conduct; credibility; ethics and ethical standards, work plans to extension.
  • Effect of the appropriate/inappropriate choice of plans to establish credibility and network.
  • The effect of the appropriate/inappropriate personal and work-related conduct on the image and effectiveness of extension.
  • The role of institutional, social, organisational procedures in carrying out extension work.
  • The legal, policy and professional frameworks within which extension operates.
  • Extension as a profession, discipline, specialisation and practice. 

  • 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 assessment activities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage one-self and activities when participating as project team member. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect and organise information when delivering reports. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively and responsibly with stakeholders and the community and when reporting problem areas. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems when transferring technology from one entity to the other. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Be culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts when interacting and communicating with communities. 

    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  59550   National Certificate: Agricultural Extension  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  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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