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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Prune tea 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115843  Prune tea 
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 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 
A learner who has achieved this unit standard will be competent in:

Pruning of tea without supervision to ensure correctly pruned tea fields to rejuvenate growth and frame development. 

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 skills at or equivalent to NQF level 1.

Introduction to Tea Industry

An understanding of general safety in the work place at NQF level 1. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The scope of this unit standard deals with the pruning of tea fields according to predetermined cycle and height in order to rejuvenate new growth and bush frame development.

The specific outcomes as reflected in this unit standard are performed without direct supervision, but with access to standard working procedures and operating instructions. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Prepare for prune process. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
Preparing the work area according to standard working and safety procedures.

Determining a sequence of operations according to standard working procedures.

Selecting appropriate tools and equipment according to standard working and quality procedures.

Selecting appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) according to statutory requirements. 

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:

Purpose of
  • Pruning to predetermined height and level
  • Rejuvenating new growth and bush frame development
  • Pruning to a 3-year cycle
  • Preventing sun scorch by covering bushes with hamper

    Consequences of not:
  • Preventing table rise and loss of crop
  • Adhering to safety procedures
  • Pruning to predetermined pruning cycle
  • Pruning to a predetermined height
  • Removing knotted wood and "crow's feet"
  • Recording pruned bushes per Ha
  • Covering pruned bushes 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prune tea. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Reclaiming tables by skiffing in mid winter to predetermined height and according to standard work procedures and policies.

    Pruning tea bushes on a 3-year cycle mechanically or using hand loppers according to required standards, procedures and predetermined 12-year program.

    Selecting and cutting out "crows feet" and knotted wood during pruning according to standard working procedures.

    Covering pruned bush using cut hamper according to standard working procedures. 

    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:

    Purpose of
  • Pruning to predetermined height and level
  • Rejuvenating new growth and bush frame development
  • Pruning to a 3-year cycle
  • Preventing sun scorch by covering bushes with hamper

    Consequences of not:
  • Preventing table rise and loss of crop
  • Adhering to safety procedures
  • Pruning to predetermined pruning cycle
  • Pruning to a predetermined height
  • Removing knotted wood and "crow's feet"
  • Recording pruned bushes per Ha
  • Covering pruned bushes 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Complete prune process. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Recording pruned bushes per Ha.

    Storing tools and equipment according to standard working procedures

    Informing relevant parties 

    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:

    Purpose of
  • Pruning to predetermined height and level
  • Rejuvenating new growth and bush frame development
  • Pruning to a 3-year cycle
  • Preventing sun scorch by covering bushes with hamper

    Consequences of not:
  • Preventing table rise and loss of crop
  • Adhering to safety procedures
  • Pruning to predetermined pruning cycle
  • Pruning to a predetermined height
  • Removing knotted wood and "crow's feet"
  • Recording pruned bushes per Ha
  • Covering pruned bushes 


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    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 
    Basic knowledge of the safe handling of tools and equipment related to the pruning of tea bushes.

    Basic knowledge of relevant tools and equipment.

    Basic principles of pruning techniques.

    Knowledge of pruning standards.

    Basic principles and knowledge of bush maintenance. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems by reporting poor pruning standards. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when receiving information during the pruning of tea. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage one-self when performing the pruning process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate with others by reporting deviations in pruning standards, heights and levels. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology with pruning equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems by understanding the impact of not pruning to predetermined cycle, maintaining pruning heights and levels and the impact of poor pruning practises on the profitability and sustainability of the organisation. 

    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 / customer relationships. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48903   National Certificate: Tea Production and Processing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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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