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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY
|REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE:
|Further Education and Training Certificate: Pest Control Operations
|SAQA QUAL ID
|Further Education and Training Certificate: Pest Control Operations
|SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
|AgriSETA - Agriculture SETA
|OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework
|Further Ed and Training Cert
|Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation
|PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL
|NQF Level 04
|SAQA DECISION NUMBER
|REGISTRATION START DATE
|REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered"
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT
|LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
|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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION
A learner who has achieved this qualification will have a firm foundation of competencies required by the pest control industry. The purpose of this qualification is to equip the learner with the skills needed to successfully and safely control target pests in a specific environment. It will provide learners with the opportunity to advance their knowledge and understanding of the science and practical implementation of pest control principles and procedures.
This will ensure that the learner will be able to protect people's health and property from organisms that cause economic damage or nuisance whilst minimising any detrimental effect to the environment.
This qualification shall ensure that the learner is eligible for registration as a Pest Control Operator in accordance with legislation.
This competence shall ensure quality within the industry and contribute to the improvement of the living standards of the peoples of South Africa.
Upon completion, learners will have achieved a competence in communication and functional mathematics, providing them with a platform to communicate and perform a range of mathematical calculations related to pest control operations at NQF level 4. Core learning will prepare the learner to carry out pest control operations using equipment and technology in a safe and effective manner within the pest control work and business environments. Learners have the opportunity to elect a specific area of pest control from the range of weed control, control of health and nuisance pests in commercial, industrial and domestic environments, control of subterranean termites, the preservation of timber structures and the control of wood destroying organisms. Specialisation also include the specialised techniques used to control these pests such as through fumigation controls using toxic gases.
Through the employment of persons who are competent to perform pest control operations, employers and in turn the field and sub-field have confidence that basic pest control related tasks will be performed efficiently and safely with a minimum impact on the natural environment.
Social development and economic transformation are enhanced through this qualification. Career development, personal recognition and job satisfaction are facilitated through the learning process associated with this qualification.
The FET Certificate: Pest Control Operations at NQF 4, is a key qualification in the Pest Control Industry and a prerequisite for registration as a Pest Control Operator in terms of Act 36 of 1947, as amended, with specific reference to the regulations regarding the registration of Pest Control Operators published in terms of the provisions of this act.
As a founding member and signatory to the Orlando Protocol of 2002, A Charter for World-Wide Professional Environmental Pest Management, the South African Pest Control Services Industry Board, is committed to ensure that all SA pest control operations are performed in an environmentally responsible, safe and professional manner in support of the standards set by this protocol. This qualification establishes the required competencies in the SA pest control industry to ensure that this is achieved.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
|It is assumed that the learner is competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
Recognition of previous learning:
This Qualification may be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience and must adhere to the policies and procedures specified by the relevant ETQA. The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the mechanism to be used and support and guidance should be provided. Care should be taken that the mechanism used provides the learner with an opportunity to demonstrate competence and is not so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the Recognition of Prior Learning option towards gaining a Qualification.
Access to the qualification:
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?
|The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component.
To be awarded the Qualification, learners are required to obtain a minimum of 141 credits as detailed below.
The Fundamental Component consists of:
It is compulsory therefore for learners to do Communication in two different South African languages, one at NQF Level 4 and the other at NQF Level 3.
The Core Component is compulsory and equals 70 credits.
Learners are to choose one of the Elective learning specializations and to achieve a minimum of 15 credits from the Elective component.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES
|On achieving this qualification the learner will be able to:
1. Apply communication skills to satisfy internal and external customers.
2. Calculate and provide numerical information to enhance operational efficiencies and cost effectiveness of pest control operations.
3. Inspect for the presence of pests and vulnerabilities to infestation.
4. Identify the core pests commonly found in domestic, industrial and commercial environments.
5. Select, recommend and motivate appropriate pest control procedures.
6. Implement pest control procedures.
7. Monitor, measure and record the success of the control procedures.
8. Supervise operational team in the implementation of the above outcomes.
9. Identify the pests found in their field of speciality (weeds, health & nuisance pests in commercial, industrial & domestic environments, wood destroying organisms or subterranean termites).
10. Apply specialised pest control operations to control target pests in the specific area of speciality (control of weeds, control of subterranean termites, control of nuisance pests in commercial, industrial & domestic environments, preservation of timber structures, fumigation of soil, structures, commodities or marine vessels).
Critical cross-field outcomes:
This qualification addresses the following critical cross-field outcomes:
1. Identify and solve problems in which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
> Addressing eventualities and unforeseen situations when performing pest control operations.
> Monitoring and controlling the effectiveness of pest control programs and implementing corrective measures where required.
> Controlling variables impacting on safe and effective pest control operations.
2. Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
> Working in a coordinated team during pest control operations.
> Co-ordinating one's works with that of others in the direct surrounding work area, the internal organisational environment and the external work environment.
3. Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
> Following a structured and logical process when conducting pest control operations.
> Prioritising and implementing the steps to ensure safe and efficient pest control operations.
> Applying quality procedures in a pest control environment to ensure quality of services.
4. Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
> Identifying and isolating infestations by pests.
> Collating and sorting data collected.
> Monitoring the effectiveness of interventions.
> Maintaining records and completing reports.
5. Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
> Reading and interpreting statutory regulations and technical publications.
> Reading and interpreting chemical labels and Materials Safety Data Sheets.
> Calculating volumes and ratios of chemical applications.
> Preparing and presenting reports.
6. Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
> Working according to health, safety and environmental protection regulations.
> Applying integrated pest control and environmentally sensitive principles and techniques.
7. Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation by:
> Recognising the importance of an integrated approach to pest control operations that minimises the potential negative impact on the environment and ecological systems.
8. Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large by:
> Understanding the contribution and impact of effective and safe pest control operations on the maintenance of health and hygiene standards of communities.
> Enhancing professionalism and quality of pest control services provided to the community by achieving the exit level outcomes of this qualification.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
The applied competence (practical, foundational and reflective competencies) of this qualification will be achieved if a learner is able to achieve all the exit level outcomes of the Qualification. The identification and solving of problems, working in a team, organising self, using data, understanding the implications of actions and reactions in the world as a set of related systems must be assessed using a combination of practical, foundational and reflexive competency assessment methods and tools.
Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.
Integrated assessments should assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies. Formative and summative assessment must be used to determine the development of the whole person and the integration of applied knowledge and skills in the field of pest control operations.
While assessment should be done in an integrated manner, certain Exit Level Outcomes will be measured and verified through assessment criteria assessed in one application.
Assessors should check that the learner can demonstrate an ability to consider a range of options, make decisions and apply the above listed skills and knowledge skills in an integrated manner in a pest control environment.
|The Orlando Protocol of 2002, A Charter for World-Wide Professional Environmental Pest Management is regarded as a best practices benchmark for all pest control operations by the South African Industry. The exit level outcomes of the FET Certificate: Pest Control Operations seeks to specifically address the competencies required in supports the principles and best practices of the Orlando Protocol. The key principles of the Orlando Protocol of 2002 must be regarded as a benchmark and must be used as a best practices guide for this qualification and all learning towards the achievement of this qualification, as follows:
Integrated pest management: Achieve effective pest management and minimize the potential for exposure to pesticide by adhering to the principles of Integrated Pest Management. In particular, protect all people and especially children, from the adverse affects of pests in such a manner that does not pose any undue risk to their safety through the use of pesticides to control pests and diseases.
Training and education: Every manager is responsible for the application of pesticides, and every technician who applies pest management products, should be verifiably trained to ensure appropriate, effective and safe application of the products, in addition to appropriate knowledge of the pests to be controlled.
Work safety: Every pest control technician, or enterprise, should act during the execution of its work in a way such that it neither causes injury nor damage to any other person, nor to himself.
Environmental protection: Pest management products should be transported, stored, mixed and disposed of in a manner which preserves the quality of the ecosystem, including soil, water and endangered species.
Waste reduction: Efforts by government agencies and the industry to encourage the minimization of waste and the safe disposal of products and their packaging.
Provision of information: An open approach to the provision of appropriate information to the general public on public health pesticides and pest management techniques.
Research: Increased public and private funding for the development of effective, reduced-risk products and technologies for the management of all public health and nuisance pests.
Government regulation: Operate within the legislative framework of state, regional and national governments, whilst encouraging governments to take account of the pest control industry's views and expertise.
Product registration: The independent registration of pesticides by Government agencies and the control of the use of new and existing compounds based upon assessments using contemporary scientific standards.
Harmonization of registrations: All governments are encouraged to work towards a common approach to pesticide registration.
Social responsibility: The industry must act beyond the arena of pest management alone. The industry seeks to observe and promote the well-being of those people employed within it, whilst fostering and promoting an attitude of social responsibility. The industry must aim to ensure that the results of their labour contribute to the development of a better and healthier society, whilst offering those who work within the industry pride in their achievements and the knowledge that their endeavours serve to create a better world.
International comparability studies of comparable qualifications were done by means of an extensive internet search of various English speaking countries. The following are qualifications and unit standards registered on various qualification frameworks that are comaprabel to this qualification.
A number of qualifications have been registered under the New Zealand Qualification framework at levels 2 to 4. These qualifications are aligned to the management of specific pests such as:
These qualifications include a number of unit standards that compares well to the exit level outcomes of this qualification such as:
Comparable unit standards registered under the domain Pest Control includes:
No; Level; Credits; Title
Comparable unit standards listed under the Vertebrate Pest Management qualifications includes:
No; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credit
Comparable unit standards listed under the Pest Plant Control qualifications includes:
ID; Title; Level; Credit
The Royal Society for the Promotion of Health and the British Pest Control Association registered the National Certificate in Pest Control (100/1631/4) (Level 2) as the national standard that must be achieved for registration as a Pest Control Technicians in the United Kingdom. The learning outcomes of this qualification are as follows:
These learning outcomes compares well with the exit level outcomes of the Certificate: Pest Control Operations at Level 4.
Two qualifications registered on the Australian Qualifications Framework are comparable to the unit standards and the qualifications hereby submitted for registration.
PRM20298 Certificate II in Asset Maintenance (Pest Management - Technical):
To achieve recognition at Certificate II level, the candidate must have demonstrated competency against all 5 specified core units.
PRM30298 Certificate III in Asset Maintenance (Pest Management - Technical):
For recognition at Certificate III level, the candidate must have demonstrated competence against all core units and at least 1 elective unit from the list provided
African countries with processing facilities (including SADC countries) were searched for applicable qualifications or training programmes, but no relevant qualifications are offered in any of these countries.
Concluding notes on the New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australian comparisons:
The FET Certificate: Pest Control Operations compares well with the best international qualifications and training programmes offered.
|The Certificate: Pest Control Operations at Level 4 allows the learner to progress vertically to HET qualifications aimed at the educational needs of health inspections, entomological studies and various environmental control practices. These fields of learning are generally accepted by the industry as the further level of learning for Pest Control Officers in the industry. The qualifying learner also be able to make a career choice and to progress to generic management qualifications.
The generic knowledge and expertise enables the learner to progress horizontally in a range of other qualifications where knowledge of the control of pests in a safe and effective manner is necessary such as qualifications in Agricultural Production Practices, Environmental Control Practices and Health Inspection Services.
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS
|For an application to register as an assessor for this qualification, the applicant should:
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.
|This qualification is based on exit level outcomes only. To enable the learner to obtain the best possible outcome from fundamental component of this qualification, the following unit standards are may be found useful as a means to successfully completing the qualification:
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|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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