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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of the seed industry 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114670  Demonstrate knowledge of the seed industry 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  11 
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 who has achieved this unit standard will be competent in:

Demonstrating knowledge of the complexities and unique nature of the various aspects of the seed industry. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
To enter a learning programme for this unit standard or to be assessed against this unit standard, the learner is assumed to have:

Literacy, numeracy and communication at NQF level 2.

Introduction to the work place within the seed industry. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
General guide for scope, context and level

The learner is expected to perform the specific outcomes as reflected in this unit standard without direct supervision, but with access to work-site procedures, operating instructions and statutory requirements.

Legislation includes, but is not limited to Plant Improvement Act, Plant Breeder's Rights, Seed Certification Scheme, Variety List and Journal, ISTA rules. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Demonstrate a knowledge of the complexities of living seed. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Explaining seed as a living organism.
  • Explaining the physiology and morphology of seeds relevant to the workplace.
  • Understanding the principles of the ISTA rules. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used

    Consequences of not understanding seed as a living organism are explained.

    The importance of correctly applying relevant seed rules and regulations.

    The reasons for using the correct processing equipment in the workplace are explained.

    The impact of various processes on the physiology and quality of seed are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of the operations of the seed industry. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Explaining the maintenance and enhancement of seed quality relevant to the workplace.
  • Explaining the sources of genetic material and impurities. (8)
  • Explaining the licensing and legal implications of intellectual property rights.
  • Explaining the relevance of seed processing and production relevant to the workplace. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used

    Consequences of not understanding seed as a living organism are explained.

    The importance of correctly applying relevant seed rules and regulations.

    The reasons for using the correct processing equipment in the workplace are explained.

    The impact of various processes on the physiology and quality of seed are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate knowledge of seed legislation. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Applying the provisions of the Plant Improvement Act.
  • Explaining the implications of the Plant Breeder's Rights.
  • Explaining the implications of the Crop Protection Act, No 36 of 1947.
  • Explaining the implications of GMO legislation. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used

    Consequences of not understanding seed as a living organism are explained.

    The importance of correctly applying relevant seed rules and regulations.

    The reasons for using the correct processing equipment in the workplace are explained.

    The impact of various processes on the physiology and quality of seed are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate knowledge of seed technology and physiology. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Demonstrating the relevant application of seed technology within the industry.
  • Explaining the relevance of taxonomy, morphology and reproductive biology to the seed industry.
  • Explaining the impact of seed pathology on the seed viability and implications for resulting crops.
  • Explaining the implication of plant breeding and genetic principles in crops relevant to the workplace. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used

    Consequences of not understanding seed as a living organism are explained.

    The importance of correctly applying relevant seed rules and regulations.

    The reasons for using the correct processing equipment in the workplace are explained.

    The impact of various processes on the physiology and quality of seed are explained. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Mechanisms and bodies for external moderation of learner achievements)

    An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessor accredited by SETASA.

    Any training provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited by SETASA.

    Moderation of assessment will be done by SETASA in its ETQA capacity at its discretion. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Knowledge that will help me understand and that I will be able to explain

    General knowledge of processes within the seed industry.

    General knowledge on the principles of business ethics, lines of authority and channels of communication. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in the process of applying knowledge of the seed industry. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage one self by systematically studying and working through relevant learning material. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate with others during the recalling and explanation of information required. 

    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 
    Values (All learners should demonstrate)

    An application of company ethics, values as well as general safety and customer care principles.

    An awareness of expectations and obligations of basic worker/management and industrial relationships. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48658   Further Education and Training Certificate: Seed Marketing  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48653   Further Education and Training Certificate: Seed Processing and Packaging Control  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48647   Further Education and Training Certificate: Seed Production  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48657   Further Education and Training Certificate: Seed Research and Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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. Mpontshe Training 



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