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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of key elements of commercial forestry 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123130  Demonstrate knowledge of key elements of commercial forestry 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Forestry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Forestry and Wood Technology 
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 
This unit standard orientates commercial forestry labour to the key elements in commercial forestry so that they understand the work that they do and how it fits into the sector.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of commercial forestry research.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Silviculture in commercial forestry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of harvesting in commercial forestry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of timber processing in commercial forestry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fire protection in commercial forestry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of conservation in commercial forestry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the management function in commercial forestry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of commercial forestry nurseries. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication and Mathematical Literacy at ABET Level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of commercial forestry research. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Purpose of commercial forestry is explained according to company / industry needs in respect of genetics plant quality, work methods and experimental plots. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of research is described in terms of its influence, optimal resource utilisation and forest efficiency. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of Silviculture in commercial forestry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of Silviculture is explained in terms of the Influence on product quality crop yield and cost. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Main Silviculture tasks of commercial forestry are described according to forest owner's description. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Soil preparation, planting, coppicing, weeding, pruning and thinning.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools and equipment used in Silviculture are identified according to company policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of Silviculture is described in terms of its influence on optimal utilisation, sub fields and forest efficiency. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate knowledge of harvesting in commercial forestry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of harvesting is described in terms of the influence on the final product, cost of harvesting and optimal utilisation of resources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Harvesting operations are described using standard practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Clearfelling and debranching, debarking, extraction, log scaling, cross cutting, log writing, log recording, stacking, loading, transport and road maintenance.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools and equipment used in harvesting are identified according to company policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of harvesting is described in terms of its influence on optimal resource utilisation, sub-field and forest efficiency. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate knowledge of fire protection in commercial forestry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of fire protection is described in terms of protection of the crop, infrastructure and people. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Operations in fire protection are described in terms of preparation of tracer belts, burning of belts, training of fire fighters, fighting fires, standby duties, maintenance of fire fighting equipment, lookouts and communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools and equipment used in fire protection are identified according to fire protection plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of fire protection is described in terms of the influence on other sub-fields. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate knowledge of conservation in commercial forestry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of conservation is described in terms of its influence on the environment and commercial forestry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Conservation areas/aspects are described in terms of water, soil, air, fauna and flora and heritage sites. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Methods used to conserve conservation areas / aspects are explained in terms of company environmental policy. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Name 3 aspects and then rehabilitation methods.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Influences of the conservation sub-field on all other sub-fields are explained in terms of ensuring commercial forestry efficiency. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Demonstrate knowledge of the management function in commercial forestry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of the management function is described in terms of forestry efficiency. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Planning, organizing, leading and control.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The way in which support functions and resources are able to assist management are explained using workplace examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Human Resources, Finance, Training, Workstudy and Marketing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Management function is explained in terms of its effect on customer satisfaction and forest products. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Demonstrate knowledge of commercial forest nurseries. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of the nurseries function is explained in terms of the industry's needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The most important species grown in nurseries and planted in each region are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The methods used to produce young plants are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Healthy young plants are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Size, colour, roots, stem form and ailments.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The correct treatment of young plants in and outside nurseries is explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hygiene, water, transport and handling.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Knowledge considered critical to the successful achievement of this unit is covered in the specific outcomes and assessment criteria. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group/organisation/community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically (showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others). 

    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  50225   General Education and Training Certificate: General Forestry  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 


    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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