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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Assist in the greenkeeping and golf course maintenance 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
336035  Assist in the greenkeeping and golf course maintenance 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Sport 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Sport 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
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 
Learners working towards this Unit Standard will be working within a sport education function, or golf club environment providing support services to golf clubs, golf coaching, and golf event management, where the acquisition of competence against this Unit Standard will add value to one`s job. This Unit Standard will also provide the learner with an understanding of how to maintain golf courses and participate in the greenkeeping function.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Applying a basic understanding of mowers and grass cutting in golf course maintenance.
  • Explaining the maintenance requirements of golf course areas with examples.
  • Integrating cultural practices in greenkeeping and golf course maintenance.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of golf course bunkers, and their maintenance. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners accessing this standard are competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Apply a basic understanding of mowers and grass cutting in golf course maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The types of grass cutting machinery are explained in relationship to their use in maintaining different areas of a golf course. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Grass cutting machinery includes but are not limited to:
  • Rotary, reel and brushcutter.

    Golf course areas include, but are not limited to:
  • Rough, semi-rough, tee, fairway, greens, edges and gardens.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The details of grass cutting on a golf course are explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Details include, but are not limited to, height, frequency, direction and quality.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The types of grasses, their use on golf courses and maintenance requirements are explained in relation to maintaining a golf course. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Grass types include, but are not limited to: Kikuyu, Bermuda, Bentgrass and Veld Grass.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedures for using grass cutting machinery operation is understood in the context of training. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Procedures include, but are not limited to:
  • Safe operating procedures, preparation, operation.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the maintenance requirements of golf course areas with examples. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Areas include, but are not limited to:
  • Greens, fairways, tees, rough and semi-rough. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A golf course green is described in terms of quality characteristics, grasses used and construction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The maintenance practices for maintaining a green are explained and described with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Practices include, but are not limited to:
  • Mowing, edging, weeding, verticutting, dusting rolling, repairing, thatch control, fertilization, irrigation, aeration, topdressing, pest and disease management.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The maintenance practices for maintaining fairways, tees, rough and semi-rough are explained and described with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Practices include, but are not limited to:
  • Planting sods, soil preparation and levels, fertilisation, irrigation, topdressing, and scarifying.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Integrate appropriate cultural practices in greenkeeping and golf course maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Responsible fertilisation in relationship to greenkeeping and golf course maintenance is understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Weed control in relationship to greenkeeping and golf course maintenance is understood and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Insect control in relationship to greenkeeping and golf course maintenance is understood and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Disease control in relationship to greenkeeping and golf course maintenance is understood and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Acceptable irrigation practice in relationship to greenkeeping and golf course maintenance is understood and applied. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Irrigation practice includes, but is not limited to:
  • Types of sprinklers and pipes, frequency of irrigation, problem identification and maintenance.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Display an understanding of golf course bunkers and their maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Methods of bunker construction is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Raking of bunkers is explained utilising various raking methods. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Raking methods include, but are not limited to:
  • Machine, hand and cleanup.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The methods for edging bunkers are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The maintenance of correct sand levels in bunkers and the redistribution of sand within bunkers are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The types and quality of bunker sands and their maintenance are explained with examples. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any individual wishing to be assessed (including through Recognition of Prior Learning) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The learner must demonstrate an understanding of:
  • Communication skills.
  • Planning and organisation skills.
  • Basic supervisory skills.
  • Greenkeeping equipment, their uses and operations.
  • Basic golf course layouts and areas requiring maintenance and upkeep.
  • Basic construction processes of various course features to facilitate their upkeep.
  • Basic horticultural practices relevant to greenkeeping. 

  • 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 processes to determine greenkeeping requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community to ensure that golf course maintenance and greenkeeping are effectively undertaken by engaging all relevant stakeholders. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in order to ensure that proper assistance in the greenkeeping and the golf course maintenance functions is provided. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information in order to ensure that proper assistance in the greenkeeping and the golf course maintenance functions is provided. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion to ensure that proper assistance in the greenkeeping and the golf course maintenance functions is provided. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility to the environment and health of others in assisting in the greenkeeping and the golf course maintenance functions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of interrelated systems by recognising that in assisting in the greenkeeping and the golf course maintenance functions, problem-solving contexts within the leisure and horticulture environments do not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities by assisting in the greenkeeping and the golf course maintenance functions. 

    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  73189   Further Education and Training Certificate: Golfing and Golf Coaching  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    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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