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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|National Diploma: Agricultural Extension|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|63249||National Diploma: Agricultural Extension|
|SGB Agricultural Extension|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|AgriSETA - Agriculture SETA||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Diploma||Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation||Primary Agriculture|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||256||Level 5||NQF Level 05||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
Qualifying learners will gain competencies that will promote extension expertise in a sub field in the context of plant/animal production or Land Care by being able to:
Learners who wish to enter extension as a profession need knowledge and skills to work in the complex and rapidly changing agricultural environment.
The Department of Agriculture initiated the development of this qualification based on a research study conducted in all the provinces suggesting active skills enhancement. The research culminated in "An Agricultural Education and Training Strategy" which outlines the need for training of extension officers to support small scale farmers to be able to produce for profit including addressing poverty, managing food security and natural resources.
This qualification is aimed at learners who wish to enter a career in extension and have acquired experience in related sub fields of technical skills, experience and knowledge. Qualifying learners could render services to: Farmers, farm workers, Rural communities, Departments of Agriculture (National and Provincial), Community Based Organisations, NGOs, Faith-based organisations, Universities, Agricultural Colleges, Local Governments, Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, Social and Economic cluster departments, Private sector (e.g. producer orgs. Coops, service provider), Agricultural Research Council, Department of Economic/Environmental Affairs and Tourism.
Extension is recognised to be multi- and inter-disciplinary in nature. It overlaps largely with other behavioural sciences, which have the common purpose of understanding human behaviour, and in this regard it shares certain interests with disciplines in the human and natural science.
However, because extension is an applied discipline it focuses not only on the understanding, but also on the change of behaviour.
Services rendered by a qualifying learner would further the participation of target communities in development programmes and increase the sustainability of specific development projects and programmes for improved and accelerated upliftment of their livelihoods.
This qualification provides benefits to the economy and society as it addresses the skills shortage as identified in the National Skills Development Act of 1998 and the Critical and Scarce skills identified by the Department of Labour. Furthermore, it supports the national initiatives of the National Department of Agriculture as explained in the following strategic documents:
This qualification more generally supports the following national initiatives:
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|It is assumed that the learner is competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 and in other related technical knowledge such as animal production, plant production, or nature conservation.
Recognition of Prior Learning:
The structure of this unit standards based qualification makes the Recognition of Prior Learning possible. This qualification may therefore be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.
The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the mechanism to be used and support and guidance should be provided. Care should be taken that the mechanism used provides the learner with an opportunity to demonstrate competence and is not so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the RPL option towards gaining this qualification.
If the learner is able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this qualification the appropriate credits should be assigned to the learner. Recognition of Prior Learning will be done by means of Integrated Assessment as mentioned above.
Access to the Qualification:
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|This qualification consists of:
The leaner must choose any of the Specializations.
Total: 73 Credits.
Total: 62 Credits.
Land Care Management:
Total: 75 Credits.
Other Electives - Or electives for any relevant technical sub-field or work setting.
To obtain this qualification a minimum of 256 credits is required.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Apply integrated knowledge, skills and values of the Principles & Philosophy of extension in an intervention.
2. Select and apply interpersonal skills which are conducive to an extension setting.
3. Interact with a group towards fulfilling their objectives and goals within their own potential.
4. Apply knowledge of extension management to complement the role of all stakeholders and role players towards sustainable development.
5. Implement and manage an extension project plan, meeting the objectives and criteria within an extension programme.
6. Design a farm plan based on natural resources for the development and implementation of a sound production strategy ensuring sustainable resource utilization.
7. Collect and analyze appropriate data to provide support and to participate in the development of a business plan.
8. Implement an integrated sustainable production system to ensure the quality and quantity of the produce.
Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO):
Unit Standard CCFO Identifying:
Unit Standard CCFO Working:
Unit Standard CCFO Organizing:
Unit Standard CCFO Collecting:
Unit Standard CCFO Communicating:
Unit Standard CCFO Science:
Unit Standard CCFO Demonstrating:
Unit Standard CCFO Contributing:
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
> Range principles not limited to: Leadership, atmosphere, communication, group size, cohesion.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
> Range for systems includes but not limited to: Funding, agricultural input/output, value chain, resources, extension agents, economy.
> Range for enterprise includes but is not limited to agri-business, value-adding enterprise, craft enterprise, service industry.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
> Range project cycle; Initiation, Planning, design, execution and evaluation.
> Range managerial principles not limited to: Plan, organize, lead and control.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:
> Range scientific criteria not limited to: Carrying capacity, soil classification; physical and chemical properties; climatic data; topography; water, catchments.
> Range of resources: Technology, economic, human, natural and physical resources.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 7:
> Range for enterprise includes but is not limited to agri-business, value-adding enterprise, craft enterprise, service industry.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 8:
|Comparison with similar qualifications internationally is difficult to establish. Traditionally extension is treated in one of three ways internationally:
Further, internationally extension is usually either offered as agricultural extension or as extension education. The qualifications sit within agricultural faculties of universities, education faculties of universities and in agricultural training institutes. In other cases, extension is offered as an area of learning within an agricultural qualification. This qualification fits into the third category cited above. It is aimed at a more generic qualification that can be applied to a number of technical specialisations and qualifications. It is also designed to accommodate the unique transitional issues facing South Africa.
Comparison within SADC:
No one-year diplomas or certificates were found in the SADC region (other than within South Africa) that could be compared to this qualification.
The Universities of Namibia and Swaziland each offer a 3-year diploma in agriculture in which agricultural extension features significantly. The areas of learning covered are similar to those in this qualification but to a very limited degree. Again, however, these are both 3-year diplomas unlike the proposed diploma.
Comparison with other International Institutions:
The University or Mauritius offers a Certificate of Agricultural extension. The course is designed to train the students to develop a good understanding of the principles and theory underlying agricultural extension. On successful completion of the programme, they will be able to apply these practical extension works and have the ability to evaluate extension activities and programmes.
Although the qualification is grounded in agriculture, this certificate closely resembles the proposed diploma in many ways. The areas of greatest similarity to the proposed diploma are:
It covers areas of learning similar to those in the SAQA qualifications including:
Areas not directly covered in the proposed diploma, but covering the similar concepts:
Areas not covered in the proposed diploma:
North Carolina State University, USA:
Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Education:
The qualification is grounded in agriculture and is more directly concerned with education. As such it is dissimilar to the proposed certificate.
One area of similarity to the proposed diploma is:
Areas of marginal similarity are:
Areas of dissimilarity:
University of the West Indies:
Diploma in Agricultural Extension:
This qualification is open to learners who have completed a first degree or who hold a recognised technical or professional qualification in addition to practical experience or other qualifications of special relevance to the course of studies. This is a very similar approach to the proposed certificate in that it is intended for learners (especially learners with field experience) in a technical field to which they can add an extension qualification. Again, although it is embedded in agriculture, this diploma has much in common with the proposed certificate.
The areas of similarity to the proposed diploma are:
This qualification has a Field Research Project which the proposed diploma does not have.
Other institutions included in the search for international comparability included the following:
In conclusion, the proposed Diploma compares very favourably with similar level extension qualifications offered by numerous institutions internationally. It covers the essential areas of extension that are used internationally, but in addition to accommodating more traditional agricultural extension (including agribusiness, and plant and animal production), it is constructed to address areas of particular concern to South Africa such as Land Care as well at the transformational issues peculiar to South Africa particularly in agriculture, land reform and Black economic empowerment.
|The Diploma: Extension Level 5 articulates horizontally and vertically with the following learning programmes and qualifications in the "Extension field".
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|As per the SAQA decision to re-register all provider-based qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework that meet the criteria for re-registration, this qualification has been re-registered from 1 July 2018. As per the SAQA decision to re-register all provider-based qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework that meet the criteria for re-registration, this qualification has been re-registered from 1 July 2018.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||116428||Analyse and interpret the financial statements and physical records in an agri-business to generate managerial information||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||11|
|Core||252469||Apply group dynamic principles in order to guide a group towards independence and sustainability||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||252463||Apply the fundamentals in the practice of extension as a profession||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||252490||Demonstrate an understanding of extension management||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||12|
|Core||116425||Design a natural resource management plan||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||116426||Develop a production and strategic plan for the agricultural business||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||11|
|Core||252476||Develop and implement an extension programme plan||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||116412||Develop and manage a data collection plan to support an agricultural enterprise||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||252473||Develop and update networks for extension delivery||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||252471||Display cultural awareness in dealing with clients and extensionists||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||252478||Establish sustainable extension structures in a community||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||252475||Evaluate an extension programme in a simple setting||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Core||252477||Facilitate a group to achieve a stated objective or solve a problem||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||252474||Implement strategies for behaviour change and innovation||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Core||116382||Manage an input chain||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Core||116384||Manage and control resources in a sustainable manner||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Core||116337||Optimise and integrate various farming systems and trends within related enterprises||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||11|
|Core||116324||Plan a farm and select a site||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||9|
|Core||8663||Plan and conduct a research project||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Core||252464||Plan and implement interventions and opportunities for transfer of technology||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Core||252897||Facilitate behaviour change and innovation in extension||Level 6||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6||20|
|Fundamental||8662||Analyse and communicate workplace data||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Fundamental||8648||Demonstrate an understanding of professional values and ethics||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Fundamental||252894||Use non-verbal communication in extension and development||Level 6||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6||5|
|Fundamental||252994||Use verbal communication in extension and development||Level 6||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6||5|
|Fundamental||252954||Use written communication in extension and development||Level 6||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6||5|
|Elective||14600||Analyse community and conservation issues||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||12|
|Elective||116430||Apply and plan animal nutrition||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||12|
|Elective||13649||Apply fundamental knowledge of environmental ethics to a field of work or study||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Elective||116429||Apply integrated pest management principles||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Elective||253972||Control soil erosion||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Elective||116431||Describe biological processes in plant physiology||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||9|
|Elective||116427||Develop a propagation plan for any agricultural production system||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||9|
|Elective||116419||Develop and implement a food safety and quality management system in an agricultural supply chain||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||7|
|Elective||116409||Develop and implement plant manipulation methods||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||116414||Develop suitable irrigation systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Elective||116399||Dissect animals||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Elective||116388||Evaluate animal anatomy and physiology systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Elective||116393||Evaluate animal health systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||117871||Facilitate learning using a variety of given methodologies||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Elective||116390||Harvest animal products: animal products systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||9|
|Elective||116385||Integrate sustainable breeding and selection methods||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Elective||13647||Investigate options for improved environmental management and sustainable living||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||16|
|Elective||116371||Manage soil systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Elective||116373||Manage the harvesting process of agricultural crops||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Elective||14020||Monitor budgets related to community projects||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||116336||Understand juvinile animal rearing practices||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|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.||Afgri Operations (Pty) Ltd|
|2.||Afrivet Training Services (Pty) Ltd|
|5.||Jukat Training Institute (Pty) Ltd|
|6.||LFP AGRI (PTY) LTD|
|7.||Mzansi Farming Pty Ltd|
|8.||New Hope Revival Organisation|
|10.||Orange Language Institute (Pty) Ltd|
|11.||Potchefstroom College of Agriculture|
|12.||Toutele Agriculture College South Africa Pty Ltd|
|13.||TPLR and Training Services (PTY) LTD|