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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain basic water quality 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116168  Maintain basic water quality 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 1  NQF Level 01 
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 
Learner must demonstrate an ability to observe and maintain basic water quality and the ability to work with the technical systems that control certain quality factors in water. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of water management and agriculture.

Learners will gain an understanding of sustainable agricultural practices as applied in the animal-, plant and mixed farming sub fields. This unit standard focuses on the application of water quality practices in primary agriculture.

They will be able to participate in, undertake and plan farming practices with knowledge of their environment. This unit standard will instill a culture of maintenance and care for both the environment as well as towards farming infrastructure and operations. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will show competence against the following unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 1: Collect Agricultural Data. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Whilst range statements have been defined generically to include as wide a set of alternatives as possible, all range statements should be interpreted within the specific context of application.

    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate a basic ability to sample and observe water quality. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Quality factors for water include but are not limited to temperature, dissolved gasses such as oxygen and carbon dioxide, COD, water insoluble solids and dissolved minerals and organic load. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The use of the recalling of tasks associated with the control of water quality is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Water quality sampling techniques is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The maintenance of water sampling equipment is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Information on the sampling of water quality is recorded and provided. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    An ability to perform maintenance tasks on certain operational technical systems is demonstrated. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Including but not limited to water aeration, inlet and outlet screening, inlet and outlet level and flow control, degassing and filtration and temperature. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An ability to perform basic maintenance tasks on certain operational technical systems that control and maintain specific water quality is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to identify the need for the maintenance work to be done is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information regarding the maintenance task being performed on water quality systems is recorded and provided. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    The ability to handle systems to maintain water quality is demonstrated. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Quality factors for water include but are not limited to temperature, dissolved gasses such as oxygen and carbon dioxide, COD, water insoluble solids and dissolved minerals and organic load. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tasks associated with the maintenance of systems that control water quality are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Water systems maintenance is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information on the maintenance of water quality control systems is recorded and provided. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Record basic observations and applications regarding water quality. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Including but not limited to water aeration, inlet and outlet screening, inlet and outlet level and flow control, degassing and filtration and temperature. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to record all necessary data regarding water quality management is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to report on the recording of water quality observations and data is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An understanding for the need to record and report data on water quality is demonstrated. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes; critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are 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 or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    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, 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, then 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.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The person is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
  • The names and terms related to water quality.
  • Attributes and properties of water related to its quality.
  • Sensory cues related to water quality and water quality maintenance systems.
  • The purpose of sampling water and maintaining water quality.
  • Implications related to water quality on the operation.
  • Rules related to the sampling of water quality measurements.
  • Recording techniques.
  • Basic reporting skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem Solving refers to specific outcome:
  • Record basic observations and applications regarding water quality. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team Work refers to specific outcome:
  • Record basic observations and applications regarding water quality. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self Management refers to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation refers to specific outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an ability to perform maintenance tasks on certain operational technical systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to handle systems to maintain water quality.
  • Record basic observations and applications regarding water quality. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication refers to specific outcome:
  • Record basic observations and applications regarding water quality. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Science and Technology refers to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter relatedness refers to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self development refers to specific outcomes:
  • Demonstrate the ability to handle systems to maintain water quality.
  • Record basic observations and applications regarding water quality. 

  • 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
    Core  48970   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48971   National Certificate: Mixed Farming Systems  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48972   National Certificate: Plant Production  Level 1  NQF Level 01  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. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    2. Biofuels Business Incubators NPC 
    3. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    4. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    5. CEDARS CONSULTANTS CC (Boksburg)(TP) 
    6. Deloitte 
    7. DEW CRISP PTY LTD 
    8. Dihwai Food Cultural and Agricultural Services 
    9. ELSENBURG AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE 
    10. Escay Catering and other Services 
    11. Evening Flame Trading 107 
    12. FARISANANI MANAGEMENT SERVICES 
    13. Farm for Africa Training and Development 
    14. Food and Trees for Africa 
    15. Fort Cox Agricultural College 
    16. GA Community Care Consultants 
    17. Ghoenas Kraal Opleiding Sentrum 
    18. Goldfields FET College 
    19. Heedmorine Training 
    20. Hortiserve 
    21. Hungweni Trading Cc 
    22. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    23. Interstate Clearing 092 (Pty) Ltd 
    24. Intsukaze Training Center 
    25. Kgopane Trading Enterprise 
    26. Kimbali Holdings 
    27. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
    28. Knowledge For Ever 
    29. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    30. Longmore Training and Developen 
    31. Lovedale Public TVET College 
    32. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    33. Maishamalema Development Training 
    34. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    35. Marang Women in Agric and Development 
    36. Mathapuso Construction and Projects 
    37. Matlharini Multi Centre Skills 
    38. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    39. Mbimbini Training and Community Development 
    40. Medu Skills Consultants 
    41. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    42. Mogaladi Business Enterprise 
    43. Montshepetsa Bosui Farming & Training Cnt 
    44. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    45. Mpontshe Training 
    46. Mthashana FET College - Vryheid Campus 
    47. Mvelo Consultant 
    48. National Institute For The Deaf - NID 
    49. NEW HEIGHTS 1082 PTY LTD 
    50. Ngwato Wa Mphela Agriculture Training Services 
    51. Nkalebetja Agricultural Projects and Management 
    52. Nophelo Training Centre 
    53. Novi General Services 
    54. Owen Sithole College of Agriculture 
    55. P N K Management Services 
    56. Phepha Consulting Services 
    57. Phezukomkhono Training Services 
    58. Phill Skills and Development Institute 
    59. Progressive Environmental Projects 
    60. Retsogile Education and Training 
    61. Safropa Pty Ltd 
    62. SBJ Shadikamang Agriculture 
    63. Scientific Roets (Pty) Ltd 
    64. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    65. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    66. Setlakala Business Development 
    67. Seza Bantu Rural Agricultural Projects 
    68. Sioma Training and Enterprise Developement 
    69. Siyafundisa I Africa 
    70. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    71. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    72. The Skills Development Hub (Pty) Ltd 
    73. Thuto Boshwa Skills Development Services 
    74. Thutong Learning College 
    75. Thutopele Skills Institute 
    76. Tinotsile Training and Development 
    77. Tlatlana Events Solution and Communication 
    78. TM Mashwara and Projects 
    79. Tompi Seleka Agricultural College 
    80. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    81. Tripple R Training Provider 
    82. Tshenkeng's Consulting 
    83. Unang Business Enterprise 
    84. Vari Holdings (Pty)Ltd 
    85. Voyano Project Management 
    86. Westco Agri Training 
    87. Working Decisions Cc 
    88. Zelpy 1382 (edms) Bpk 



    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.