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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE:|
|National Certificate: Landscape Irrigation|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|66429||National Certificate: Landscape Irrigation|
|SGB Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|AgriSETA - Agriculture SETA||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Certificate||Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation||Horticulture|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||120||Level 2||NQF Level 02||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered"
|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|
This qualification provides learners with a comprehensive base of portable skills that will enable them to progress within all spheres of the horticultural industry. This qualification forms an integral step in the career paths of the various disciplines in ornamental horticulture and follows on from the Level 1 Certificate. For those already employed in the industry, this qualification will offer learners the opportunity to hone their skills and receive recognition for their competencies.
A Learner achieving this qualification will be able to work effectively and productively within the field of irrigation knowing how to:
For those wishing to enter the industry, whether unemployed or as an Entrepreneur, this qualification offers a solid foundation in all aspects of the horticultural industry. This qualification represents a vital step in the development of a career and learning pathway of individuals, both from a vocational point of view, as well as from a learning point of view.
South Africa is essentially a dry country and water is therefore a critical resource that requires careful management. Considering that the horticultural industry cannot survive without the application of water, it is vital that the workforce in this industry are well trained to understand the importance of careful planning, correct installation, efficient operation and ongoing and consistence maintenance of the irrigation systems.
The fact that South Africa will host the 2010 World Cup Soccer tournament means that sport fields will need to comply to the best international standards and will therefore require ongoing quality maintenance leading up to and during the tournament, as well as thereafter. To achieve this, the quality of the irrigation systems installed need to be top class.
Through this qualification, the learner will become conversant with the implications that a lack of attention to planning, installation, operation and maintenance will have on the performance of an irrigation system, and on the availability and cost of wasted water. The impact on the environment will also be understood.
The qualification will facilitate job creation and self employment opportunities, while furthering the aims of economic empowerment in South Africa.
The qualification includes the skills necessary to apply safety principles in all aspects of working with irrigation systems, the skills needed to install, use, operate and maintain the irrigation systems, as well as understanding the importance of scheduling the application and rate of watering to the horticultural environment while considering the impact on the environment itself.
As the qualification is based on the common core of the preceding Level 1 qualification, it embodies the principle of portability and is integral to further learning, despite its focus being on the more specialised field of irrigation. Through the wide scope of electives, the specialisations of the various sectors are catered for.
The sectors of the horticultural industry that will benefit from this qualification include:
This qualification addresses both the current and future needs of horticulture in South Africa.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|The industry will encourage potential Learners to embark on this qualification as it has universal relevance to the industry and is nationally recognized. Learners who would like to access this qualification should have demonstrated competency in:
Recognition of Prior Learning:
The qualification may be achieved wholly or in part through the Recognition of Prior Learning and the qualification may be granted to learners who have acquired the skills and knowledge without attending formal courses providing they can demonstrate competence in the outcomes of the individual Unit Standards as required by the Fundamental, Core and Elective areas stipulated in the Qualification and by the Exit Level Outcomes
An RPL process may also be used to credit learners with Unit Standards in which they have developed the necessary competency as a result of workplace and experiential learning.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|The certificate is made up of a planned combination of learning outcomes that have a defined purpose and will provide qualifying learners with applied competence and a foundation for further learning.
The qualification consists of a minimum of 120 credits, composed of:
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Operate a manual irrigation system and schedule the applications to suit the plants water requirements.
2. Identify the various types of piping used in irrigation and install these in an irrigation system.
3. Utilise the appropriate sprinkler to provide the optimum watering to suit the planted area.
4. Utilise manual and automatic control valves to operate an irrigation system.
5. Utilise manual and automatic controlled filters to ensure that sprinklers are able to operate at their best.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
1.1 Watering frequencies for various plants are determined in relation to prevailing climatic conditions.
1.2 Operating periods for the various zones of an irrigation system are selected to ensure that applications suit the plant's requirements and the soil's infiltration rate.
1.3 Basic maintenance procedures and techniques are utilised to effect minor repairs to irrigation equipment.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
2.1 The basic principles of hydraulics are described in terms of their application in irrigation systems.
2.2 The distinction between the various classes of irrigation piping are explained with regard to their pressure ratings.
2.3 The characteristics of the different types of high pressure piping are described within the context of their use in irrigation mainlines.
2.4 The characteristics of the different types of low pressure piping are described within the context of their use in irrigation spraylines.
2.5 The fittings used to connect the various types of piping are identified and the techniques to install these are demonstrated on different irrigation equipment.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
3.1 The unique characteristics of drippers are described in terms of their low pressure requirements and suitability for small areas in landscaping.
3.2 The features and benefits of cone sprays are explained with regard to their fine droplets and suitability for flowerbeds.
3.3 The operating characteristics of rotary sprinklers are explained with regard to their efficient coverage of large areas and suitability for lawns.
3.4 The techniques to install the various types of sprinklers are demonstrated in a typical landscape.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
4.1 The characteristics of the different hand operated valves are described in relation to the ease of operation and suitability for a sprayline or for isolation.
4.2 The function of a footvalve and a non return valve are explained within the context of preventing a backflow in various irrigation and pump systems.
4.3 The importance of installing a pressure reducing valve on a high pressure feed is explained in terms of the protection it gives to the various irrigation pipes and equipment.
4.4 The function of air release valves and vacuum breakers is described in relation to the purging of air from irrigation mainlines.
4.5 The many uses that a solenoid valve may perform in an irrigation system are described in terms of the automatic control of sprinkler spraylines reservoir filling.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
5.1 The necessity of having a filter element that suits the required water quality is explained in terms of the application of the relevant selection criteria.
5.2 The advantages of using a self flushing filter system are explained in regard to the ability to automatically flush the filters before they become dirty.
5.3 The importance of correctly positioning the filters in the irrigation system is explained in terms of the ease of maintenance.
5.4 The need to install pressure gauges on either side of a filter is explained in terms of monitoring the pressure differential between the inlet and outlet of the filter the objectives.
The integrated assessment allows the Learners the opportunity to show that they are able to utilize concepts, ideas and actions across unit standards. This will allow Learners to achieve competency that is in keeping with the purpose of the qualification.
An integrated assessment will indicate how theoretical learning is demonstrated in a practical environment in such a way that the application of the work learnt becomes second nature.
In conducting an assessment, the quality of the performance must also be evaluated i.e. both the performance and the thinking behind the action must be qualitative.
The assessment should include both formative and summative options and should use various assessment tools i.e. not by observation only. It is suggested that a Portfolio of Assessment form part of the summative assessment, with practical outcomes being demonstrated in a simulated or real work place situation.
A broad range of task-orientated and theoretical tools may be used, with the distinction between practical knowledge and disciplinary knowledge being maintained.
Unit Standards in the qualification must be used to assess the specific and Critical Cross Field Outcomes. It is recommended that the assessment tools give Learners the opportunity to account for their decision-making and problem solving in line with the Specific Outcomes and related Assessment Criteria.
As a result of this qualification being generic in forming the foundation for a career in horticulture, Learners should be assessed in occupational contexts and activities. The assessment should ensure that the foundational skills are portable and prepare them for further learning, whatever career path they may choose.
|South Africa is essentially a dry country and water is therefore a critical resource that requires careful management. In this regard the South African irrigation industry, governed by the Landscape Irrigation Association (LIA) and the South African Agricultural Irrigation Institute (SAAII). These bodies are responsible for ensuring that the standards of planning, installation, operation and maintenance of the irrigation systems in the horticultural and agricultural environments are set and maintained to world class standards.
The landscape irrigation industry has links to the major international irrigation bodies such as the IA (Irrigation Association) of the United States and information is regularly shared. This ensures that the South African landscape irrigation industry remains at the forefront of international developments. In terms of climate, Australia has similar climatic zones and conditions to South Africa. Their landscape irrigation industry is well advanced and specialisation is conducted from level 1. In contrast, other countries have elected to begin their specialisations at NQF Levels 2 or NQF Level 3.
Various factors influence this, the most notable include:
To obtain an African perspective the qualifications of the following SADC countries were investigated: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
From a global viewpoint these countries are typified as developing nations, with a primary focus on subsistence. Consequently agricultural training is paramount to ensuring food security for their populations and as a result the areas landscape irrigation systems are few, with the majority occurring in the hotel and tourist destinations. These systems are usually contracted to South African irrigation companies. As a consequence no specific landscape irrigation training is conducted in these areas. Their staff who maintain these landscapes are either sourced from South Africa or they obtain their training from the LIA or our tertiary institutions.
Specialisations such as pumps and pump maintenance are catered for in the elective unit standards of these qualifications. This ensures portability and yet allows learners to progress in their particular field of specialisation from level 3 for most sectors of the industry, but from level 2 with respect to irrigation.
Various international qualifications with similar content to this qualification were sourced. In examining these, the following have been used for comparison, although they do not necessarily address the subjects from the same perspective, they do contain aspects relevant to those used in South Africa. The following qualifications and the particular unit standards that were selected for comparison with various components of this qualification are listed hereunder.
The landscape and horticultural industry in Australia has a similar profile to that of South Africa and their irrigation industry operates at a similar level to that in South Africa, evidenced by the fact that specialisations in a specific field occurs at an entry level.
Certificate II in Irrigation: Reference No RTE20203 Of all the worldwide searches that were conducted, this level 2 qualification has the greatest similarity to its South African counterpart.
The relevant unit standards are as follows:
Reference No RTE2602A-Assist with the operation of pressurised irrigation systems:
Reference No RTE2603A-Lay irrigation and/or drainage pipes:
Reference No RTE2606A-Maintain pressurised irrigation systems:
There are Unit Standards available at level 3 covering Automatic Turf Irrigation System but not at level 2. Short practical courses are offered by the various irrigation product distributors.
There is only one Unit Standard "Demonstrate knowledge of irrigation systems used in horticulture" which is registered at level 2. It serves to give an overview of the various methods used in watering plants, but it does not give the detail knowledge which the National Certificate Landscape Irrigation seeks to address.
No irrigation or comparable horticultural one year certificates were found in the Scottish qualifications framework that. To address their needs, short courses in landscape irrigation are conducted.
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||119714||Demonstrate an understanding of the role and requirements of water in plants||Level 1||NQF Level 01||3|
|Core||119691||Backfill compact and replant grass sods and plants in irrigation trenches||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Core||119701||Create an awareness of enviromental protection||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Core||119699||Excavate irrigation trenches in established landscapes||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Core||264040||Install automatic and manual control valves in an irrigation system||Level 2||NQF Level 02||12|
|Core||119700||Install irrigation piping in trenches||Level 2||NQF Level 02||10|
|Core||264036||Install irrigation sprinklers and emitters in landscaped areas||Level 2||NQF Level 02||12|
|Core||264039||Install manual and automatic filters for an irrigation system||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Core||263995||Schedule the application of water to plants and landscapes||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Core||264058||Utilise health and safety principles in horticulture||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Core||264017||Utilize irrigation equipment and operate manual sprinkler systems||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Fundamental||115000||Demonstrate understanding of everyday aural texts in X||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Fundamental||7480||Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Fundamental||114998||Demonstrate understanding of selected texts in X||Level 2||NQF Level 02||6|
|Fundamental||9008||Identify, describe, compare, classify, explore shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional shapes in different contexts||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Fundamental||12444||Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in 2-dimensions in different life or workplace contexts||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Fundamental||114999||Speak and respond in everyday situations in X||Level 2||NQF Level 02||6|
|Fundamental||7469||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Fundamental||9007||Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Fundamental||114993||Write texts on relevant topics in X||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Elective||116077||Monitor water quality||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Elective||116066||Operate and maintain specific irrigation systems||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Elective||254076||Demonstrate knowledge of hydraulics and flow measurement in water and wastewater systems||Level 3||NQF Level 03||12|
|Elective||260723||Install, test and maintain a basic fluid power system||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Elective||253391||Maintain centrifugal pumps||Level 3||NQF Level 03||14|
|Elective||264041||Maintain landscape and sportsturf irrigation systems||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Elective||253497||Maintain positive displacement pumps||Level 3||NQF Level 03||10|
|Elective||116212||Maintain water quality parameters||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Elective||116266||Monitor the operation and maintenance of irrigation systems||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Elective||254066||Operate a reticulation pump station||Level 3||NQF Level 03||10|
|Elective||11780||Understand and apply basic plumbing principles||Level 3||NQF Level 03||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.
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