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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Drive a tractor 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116820  Drive a tractor 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
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 who have obtained this Unit Standard will be able to:
  • Drive a tractor
  • Conduct daily maintenance on a tractor
  • Comply with the legal requirements for operating a tractor 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    No prior learning is assumed to be in place. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the legal requirements for operating a tractor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Legal requirements are identified with respect to drivers, passengers and protective devices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Example
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • National Road Traffic Act
  • Legal requirements identified regarding licensing and fitness of Tractor and equipment hitched e.g. National Road Traffic Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Recognise operating hazards in the use of a tractor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hazards in using a tractor are identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Examples
  • Mounting and dismounting from tractor
  • People and animals in vicinity of tractor
  • Passengers
  • Brakes
  • Hitched or trailed implements
  • Speed
  • Hitching point
  • Power take-off
  • Gear selection
  • Hilly and rough terrain
  • Differential locking
  • Back wheels of tractor bogged down or implement pulled bogged down.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Accidents and the major cause of them are identified in writing. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Examples
  • Speed
  • Carrying passengers
  • Pedestrians
  • Free wheeling
  • Power Take Off cover removed
  • Working on moving machine.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The tractor driver's responsibilities in case of an accident are explained verbally and in writing. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Responsibilities explained with respect to:
  • Injured people
  • Other road users
  • Informing police
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Operate a tractor. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    With and without a hitched trailer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pre-starting checks are performed manually. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Examples
  • Check tyres, fuel level, oil level, water level, leaks
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Engine starting operations are performed manually. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Post-starting checks are performed manually. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Examples
  • Check brakes and indicators
  • Interpret instrument panel
  • Check for extra ordinary noises from engine indicating possible malfunctioning of the engine
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The tractor is driven in all the available gears. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Example
  • Tractor driven forward and reversed.
  • Tractor driven in aconfined space.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The driver complies with all legal requirements when driving a tractor. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Example
  • National Road Traffic Act
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct daily care of tractor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Checks on the tractor are routinely performed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Perform/ check:
  • Cooling system including fanbelt
  • Rust, leaks and top up if necessary.
  • Lubrication system for leaks and top up if necessary.
  • Grease all nipples.
  • Clean air filter and replace if necessary
  • Fuel system for leaks and top up if necessary
  • General appearance checked e.g. nuts and bolts and structural damage
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The tractor is washed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Examples
  • Check that the tractors engine is cold before washing commences
  • All parts that are sensitive to water, such as the exhaust outlet and alternator/generator, are to be covered
  • Avoid getting water on instrument panel
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accreditation for this Unit Standard shall be obtained from the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body, through summative and formative assessment by a registered assessor.
  • Assessors must be registered as an Assessor with the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Agreement with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderators must be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Agreement with the relevant ETQA.
  • Training providers must be accredited by the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Agreement with the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation should include both internal and external moderation where applicable.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge be assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral and written evidence. It cannot be assessed by observation only.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, then they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Reasons for checking the tractor before and after starting.
  • Requirements of the National Road Traffic Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act when operating a tractor.
  • Requirements drivers have to comply with in the case of an accident. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner will be able to identify and solve problems during the process of driving a tractor. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner will be able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner will be able to collect, analyse and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner will communicate effectively when reporting on work matters. 

    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
    Elective  50226   National Certificate: Rooibos Processing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  50227   National Certificate: Rooibos Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  50228   National Certificate: Wool and Mohair Handling  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.
     
    1. Agri Skills Transfer (PTY) Ltd 
    2. Alvans Training Academy 
    3. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    4. Boland Agri Training & Community Development Centre 
    5. Dynamic Training Centre 
    6. HYGRO TRAINING COLLEGE (Pty) LTD 
    7. Jolaros Trading and Peojects 
    8. Kgalemelang farming (Pty) Ltd 
    9. Knowledge For Ever 
    10. Megro Learning 
    11. Mposa Institute For Dairy Technology 
    12. New Hope Revival Organisation 
    13. Nkoanapula Trading & Projects 
    14. Peritum Agri Institute 
    15. Protea Agricultural Training Centre 
    16. Shukela Training Centre 
    17. Skills Priority 
    18. Toutele Training and Development Institute ( Pty) Ltd 
    19. Two a Day Group (Pty) Ltd 
    20. Twoline Training Skills For Africa Pty Ltd 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.