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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate identification and application of indigenous plant species protection 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253971  Demonstrate identification and application of indigenous plant species protection 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nature Conservation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 is aimed at individuals involved in the management of indigenous plants within nature conservation areas and other natural environments. Learners involved in law enforcement and environmental compliance will also derive benefit. Learners qualifying against this unit standard will be able to interpret the plant environment, the use of indigenous plants and to assist in managing the flora within a protected area.

The qualifying learner will be able to:
  • Identify indigenous plants and their uses.
  • Identify protected Indigenous plants within the operational area. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in:
  • Communication Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify indigenous plants and their uses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Available resources are used to identify and describe the indigenous plants found within the protected area/operational area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Threatened indigenous plants present in the operational area are identified and listed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Key indigenous plants in the operational area are identified and listed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The most important plant parts and their functions in the operational environment is identified and listed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The ways in which indigenous plants are utilised within and/or external to the protected area is identified and explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify protected Indigenous plants within the operational area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The legally proclaimed protected indigenous plants are identified and listed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The legally proclaimed protected species status are known and listed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Local ordinances as well as CITES proclamations pertaining to local species.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The legal provisions and penalties for the violation of protected species are known. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing an individual against this unit standard must meet the assessor requirements of the relevant ETQA. In particular, such assessors must demonstrate that they assess in terms of the scope and context defined in all the range statements.
  • Any institution offering learning towards this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Local medicinal and cultural uses of plants.
  • Local legislation promoting protection of local plant species.
  • Regional and CITES Legislation regarding protected species of plants. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and management:
  • Field personnel engaged in management of plant resources must of necessity plan and work methodically and systematically and this supports self-organisation and management in the operational environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation:
  • The identification of indigenous plant species and their utilisation supports the gathering, and evaluation of information in the operational environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology:
  • Knowledge and application of techniques for identifying indigenous plant species require the use of science and technology in the operational environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems:
  • Knowledge of the association between people and plants as well as market demand for "useful plant resources" promotes ecological awareness and supports the understanding of the world as a set of inter-related systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Responsible citizenship:
  • The need to comply with environmental legislation enhances responsible citizenship in the operational environment. 

  • 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 
    Demonstration of the knowledge and skills outlined in this unit standard must be consistent with the principles of:
  • Maintaining essential ecological processes and life-support systems.
  • Maintaining genetic, species and ecosystem diversity.
  • Considering ecological and social rights and responsibilities, whilst ensuring sustainable utilization of species and ecosystems, thereby yielding the greatest sustainable and equitable benefit to present generations whilst maintaining the potential to meet the needs and aspirations of future generations.

    It is furthermore assumed that learners embarking on this unit standard have a basic understanding of biology at NQF Level 4. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59949   National Certificate: Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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.
     
    NONE 



    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.