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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Recognise and care for plants in area of responsibility 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
113814  Recognise and care for plants in area of responsibility 
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 2  NQF Level 02 
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 qualifying learner assessed as competent against this unit standard will be able to recognise and care for plants in the learner`s area of responsibility.

The value of the unit standard to the learner is a wide range of career options in the fields of bird parks, aquaria, zoos, botanical gardens, nurseries, other animal holding facilities, breeding centres and rehabilitation centres.

This competence will contribute towards best practices of public exhibition of natural resources. This competence will aid the interaction between captive facilities and the public whilst maintaining the aims of species protection. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Guides to the scope and complexity of the specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are provided in bullet points beneath each.

These are prefaced by "for example" since they are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity.

These are intended only as a general guide to the scope and complexity of what is required. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Recognise appropriate plants and their ecological requirements. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Names of common plants found in area of responsibility
  • Creepers, ground covers
  • Shade trees. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the Unit Standards being assessed.

    They must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, Critical Cross-Field Outcomes and essential embedded knowledge.

    As each situation is different, it will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment.

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

    Method of assessment

    Assessment should include practical demonstration of competence, either in the workplace or through relevant simulation.

    A range of assessment methods should be used, including:

    Direct observation - watch the learner carry out the task or produce a desired outcome during the course of his or her normal work under normal workplace conditions
    Product sample - examine the outcomes previously produced by the learner
    Simulation of a specific task - set a specific task for the learner to demonstrate in a simulated environment
    Questioning (verbal or written) - ask relevant questions linked to the unit standard
    Testimony - collect a portfolio of evidence from suitable people (e.g.: reports from a third party)

    Integrated assessment

    It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together, thus reducing the overall number of assessment `events`.
  • Consider a complete activity in the workplace (the `whole-of-work` approach) and see which unit standards relate to this activity.
  • Work out how learners could collect evidence on a number of unit standards at the same time covering all the critical aspects of the standards.
  • Ensure that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    In particular, assessors should check for the following:

    Practical Competence
  • Name plants within area of responsibility
  • Appropriate plants for exhibits are selected
  • Suitable substrates are prepared
  • Plants are correctly acclimatised
  • Plants are cultivated using suitable techniques
  • Successful long-term maintenance of plants within exhibits is demonstrated
  • Pests are controlled appropriately

    Foundational Competence
  • Reasons for selecting specific plants are provided
  • Reasons for propagation and maintenance of plants are provided
  • Reasons for selecting appropriate pesticide control method are provided

    Reflexive Competence
  • Reflect on own activities and integrate lessons to improve future performances. 
  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
  • Names of common plants found in area of responsibility
  • Creepers, ground covers
  • Shade trees. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Select appropriate plants for exhibit enhancement. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Toxic plants
  • Edible plants
  • Ornamental plants
  • Aesthetic values. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the Unit Standards being assessed.

    They must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, Critical Cross-Field Outcomes and essential embedded knowledge.

    As each situation is different, it will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment.

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

    Method of assessment

    Assessment should include practical demonstration of competence, either in the workplace or through relevant simulation.

    A range of assessment methods should be used, including:

    Direct observation - watch the learner carry out the task or produce a desired outcome during the course of his or her normal work under normal workplace conditions
    Product sample - examine the outcomes previously produced by the learner
    Simulation of a specific task - set a specific task for the learner to demonstrate in a simulated environment
    Questioning (verbal or written) - ask relevant questions linked to the unit standard
    Testimony - collect a portfolio of evidence from suitable people (e.g.: reports from a third party)

    Integrated assessment

    It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together, thus reducing the overall number of assessment `events`.
  • Consider a complete activity in the workplace (the `whole-of-work` approach) and see which unit standards relate to this activity.
  • Work out how learners could collect evidence on a number of unit standards at the same time covering all the critical aspects of the standards.
  • Ensure that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    In particular, assessors should check for the following:

    Practical Competence
  • Name plants within area of responsibility
  • Appropriate plants for exhibits are selected
  • Suitable substrates are prepared
  • Plants are correctly acclimatised
  • Plants are cultivated using suitable techniques
  • Successful long-term maintenance of plants within exhibits is demonstrated
  • Pests are controlled appropriately

    Foundational Competence
  • Reasons for selecting specific plants are provided
  • Reasons for propagation and maintenance of plants are provided
  • Reasons for selecting appropriate pesticide control method are provided

    Reflexive Competence
  • Reflect on own activities and integrate lessons to improve future performances. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Acclimatise plants and prepare suitable substrate. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Hardening off
  • Aspect, climate, orientation etc.
  • Composting
  • Preparing holes
  • Mud, sand, gravel. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the Unit Standards being assessed.

    They must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, Critical Cross-Field Outcomes and essential embedded knowledge.

    As each situation is different, it will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment.

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

    Method of assessment

    Assessment should include practical demonstration of competence, either in the workplace or through relevant simulation.

    A range of assessment methods should be used, including:

    Direct observation - watch the learner carry out the task or produce a desired outcome during the course of his or her normal work under normal workplace conditions
    Product sample - examine the outcomes previously produced by the learner
    Simulation of a specific task - set a specific task for the learner to demonstrate in a simulated environment
    Questioning (verbal or written) - ask relevant questions linked to the unit standard
    Testimony - collect a portfolio of evidence from suitable people (e.g.: reports from a third party)

    Integrated assessment

    It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together, thus reducing the overall number of assessment `events`.
  • Consider a complete activity in the workplace (the `whole-of-work` approach) and see which unit standards relate to this activity.
  • Work out how learners could collect evidence on a number of unit standards at the same time covering all the critical aspects of the standards.
  • Ensure that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    In particular, assessors should check for the following:

    Practical Competence
  • Name plants within area of responsibility
  • Appropriate plants for exhibits are selected
  • Suitable substrates are prepared
  • Plants are correctly acclimatised
  • Plants are cultivated using suitable techniques
  • Successful long-term maintenance of plants within exhibits is demonstrated
  • Pests are controlled appropriately

    Foundational Competence
  • Reasons for selecting specific plants are provided
  • Reasons for propagation and maintenance of plants are provided
  • Reasons for selecting appropriate pesticide control method are provided

    Reflexive Competence
  • Reflect on own activities and integrate lessons to improve future performances. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Cultivate plants. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Strike cuttings
  • Planting methods
  • Watering
  • Feeding. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the Unit Standards being assessed.

    They must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, Critical Cross-Field Outcomes and essential embedded knowledge.

    As each situation is different, it will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment.

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

    Method of assessment

    Assessment should include practical demonstration of competence, either in the workplace or through relevant simulation.

    A range of assessment methods should be used, including:

    Direct observation - watch the learner carry out the task or produce a desired outcome during the course of his or her normal work under normal workplace conditions
    Product sample - examine the outcomes previously produced by the learner
    Simulation of a specific task - set a specific task for the learner to demonstrate in a simulated environment
    Questioning (verbal or written) - ask relevant questions linked to the unit standard
    Testimony - collect a portfolio of evidence from suitable people (e.g.: reports from a third party)

    Integrated assessment

    It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together, thus reducing the overall number of assessment `events`.
  • Consider a complete activity in the workplace (the `whole-of-work` approach) and see which unit standards relate to this activity.
  • Work out how learners could collect evidence on a number of unit standards at the same time covering all the critical aspects of the standards.
  • Ensure that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    In particular, assessors should check for the following:

    Practical Competence
  • Name plants within area of responsibility
  • Appropriate plants for exhibits are selected
  • Suitable substrates are prepared
  • Plants are correctly acclimatised
  • Plants are cultivated using suitable techniques
  • Successful long-term maintenance of plants within exhibits is demonstrated
  • Pests are controlled appropriately

    Foundational Competence
  • Reasons for selecting specific plants are provided
  • Reasons for propagation and maintenance of plants are provided
  • Reasons for selecting appropriate pesticide control method are provided

    Reflexive Competence
  • Reflect on own activities and integrate lessons to improve future performances. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Protect plants. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Shading
  • Frost cover
  • Alien plants. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the Unit Standards being assessed.

    They must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, Critical Cross-Field Outcomes and essential embedded knowledge.

    As each situation is different, it will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment.

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

    Method of assessment

    Assessment should include practical demonstration of competence, either in the workplace or through relevant simulation.

    A range of assessment methods should be used, including:

    Direct observation - watch the learner carry out the task or produce a desired outcome during the course of his or her normal work under normal workplace conditions
    Product sample - examine the outcomes previously produced by the learner
    Simulation of a specific task - set a specific task for the learner to demonstrate in a simulated environment
    Questioning (verbal or written) - ask relevant questions linked to the unit standard
    Testimony - collect a portfolio of evidence from suitable people (e.g.: reports from a third party)

    Integrated assessment

    It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together, thus reducing the overall number of assessment `events`.
  • Consider a complete activity in the workplace (the `whole-of-work` approach) and see which unit standards relate to this activity.
  • Work out how learners could collect evidence on a number of unit standards at the same time covering all the critical aspects of the standards.
  • Ensure that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    In particular, assessors should check for the following:

    Practical Competence
  • Name plants within area of responsibility
  • Appropriate plants for exhibits are selected
  • Suitable substrates are prepared
  • Plants are correctly acclimatised
  • Plants are cultivated using suitable techniques
  • Successful long-term maintenance of plants within exhibits is demonstrated
  • Pests are controlled appropriately

    Foundational Competence
  • Reasons for selecting specific plants are provided
  • Reasons for propagation and maintenance of plants are provided
  • Reasons for selecting appropriate pesticide control method are provided

    Reflexive Competence
  • Reflect on own activities and integrate lessons to improve future performances. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Control pests appropriately. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Spraying and using pesticides
  • Appropriate safety precautions
  • Protective clothing 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the Unit Standards being assessed.

    They must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, Critical Cross-Field Outcomes and essential embedded knowledge.

    As each situation is different, it will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment.

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

    Method of assessment

    Assessment should include practical demonstration of competence, either in the workplace or through relevant simulation.

    A range of assessment methods should be used, including:

    Direct observation - watch the learner carry out the task or produce a desired outcome during the course of his or her normal work under normal workplace conditions
    Product sample - examine the outcomes previously produced by the learner
    Simulation of a specific task - set a specific task for the learner to demonstrate in a simulated environment
    Questioning (verbal or written) - ask relevant questions linked to the unit standard
    Testimony - collect a portfolio of evidence from suitable people (e.g.: reports from a third party)

    Integrated assessment

    It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together, thus reducing the overall number of assessment `events`.
  • Consider a complete activity in the workplace (the `whole-of-work` approach) and see which unit standards relate to this activity.
  • Work out how learners could collect evidence on a number of unit standards at the same time covering all the critical aspects of the standards.
  • Ensure that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    In particular, assessors should check for the following:

    Practical Competence
  • Name plants within area of responsibility
  • Appropriate plants for exhibits are selected
  • Suitable substrates are prepared
  • Plants are correctly acclimatised
  • Plants are cultivated using suitable techniques
  • Successful long-term maintenance of plants within exhibits is demonstrated
  • Pests are controlled appropriately

    Foundational Competence
  • Reasons for selecting specific plants are provided
  • Reasons for propagation and maintenance of plants are provided
  • Reasons for selecting appropriate pesticide control method are provided

    Reflexive Competence
  • Reflect on own activities and integrate lessons to improve future performances. 


  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of:
  • Plant recognition using common names
  • Plant selection appropriate to exhibition
  • Plant biology (growth, reproduction, nutrition)
  • Cultivation methods
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Equipment and chemicals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving relates to specific outcomes:
  • Recognise appropriate plants and their ecological requirements
  • Select appropriate plants for exhibit enhancement
  • Cultivate plants
  • Protect plants
  • Control pests appropriately. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work relates to specific outcomes:
  • Acclimatise plants and prepare suitable substrate
  • Cultivate plants
  • Protect plants. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and management relates to specific outcomes:
  • Select appropriate plants for exhibit enhancement
  • Acclimatise plants and prepare suitable substrate
  • Cultivate plants
  • Protect plants
  • Control pests appropriately. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation relates to specific outcomes:
  • Recognise appropriate plants and their ecological requirements
  • Select appropriate plants for exhibit enhancement
  • Acclimatise plants and prepare suitable substrate
  • Cultivate plants
  • Protect plants
  • Control pests appropriately. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication relates to specific outcomes:
  • Recognise appropriate plants and their ecological requirements
  • Select appropriate plants for exhibit enhancement
  • Control pests appropriately. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology relates to specific outcomes:
  • Recognise appropriate plants and their ecological requirements
  • Select appropriate plants for exhibit enhancement
  • Acclimatise plants and prepare suitable substrate
  • Cultivate plants
  • Protect plants
  • Control pests appropriately. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems relates to specific outcomes:
  • Recognise appropriate plants and their ecological requirements
  • Select appropriate plants for exhibit enhancement
  • Acclimatise plants and prepare suitable substrate
  • Cultivate plants
  • Protect plants
  • Control pests appropriately. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Professional development relates to specific outcomes:
  • Recognise appropriate plants and their ecological requirements
  • Select appropriate plants for exhibit enhancement
  • Acclimatise plants and prepare suitable substrate
  • Cultivate plants
  • Protect plants
  • Control pests appropriately. 

  • 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

    Demonstration of the knowledge and skills outlined in this unit standard must be consistent with the principles of:
  • The value of the facility within the field of resource management and to society
  • The role captive facilities play in terms of general environmental education
  • Protection and preservation of natural resources
  • Ecological and social rights, benefits and responsibilities
  • Empathy towards living natural resources.

    Supplementary Information
  • Learner should be encouraged to use scientific terminology. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48433   National Certificate: Conservation: Species Care in Controlled Environments  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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