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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify types and basic characteristics of tree families 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262185  Identify types and basic characteristics of tree families 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Horticulture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Horticulture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
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 
Tree workers need to be familiar with the various types of trees and the families to which they belong. Tree knowledge required includes: Their properties, as well as the conditions under which they thrive and adapt, as well as their maintenance and upkeep.

The need to know and understand the characteristics of alien and threatened species is also an important factor for tree workers.

This Unit Standard provides basic knowledge required by tree workers. Learners credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Identify basic tree families.
  • Describe the characteristics of basic tree families.
  • Identify alien tree and foliage. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2 or an equivalent.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 2 or an equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify basic tree families for dismantling, felling and pruning operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The external common characteristics of the different tree families are described using examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Size, colour, foliage, deciduous or evergreen, fruiting characteristics.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The characteristics of tree families in living trees, that are not observable to the naked eye, are explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Special features, habitat, form, hard wood, soft wood, growth rate.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Trees are classified according to features. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Different tree classifications are discussed with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the characteristics of basic tree families. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Characteristics of basic tree families are described in terms of climbing techniques with respect to size, type of wood and habitat. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effect of pruning is explained in terms of growth rate and foliage of certain tree families under certain weather conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effects of poisonous, irritant and nuisance properties of tree families are identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify targeted trees and foliage for intervention. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Targeted trees:
  • Alien, protected.

    Intervention:
  • Eradication, protection, pruning, felling. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Features of targeted species are identified and described in terms of their reaction towards intervention. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Procedure to be followed in handling protected trees is discussed in relation to environmental laws. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Knowledge of eradication procedures for alien vegetation is demonstrated and applied as required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reasons for regeneration of some alien trees are given in terms of tree features and adaptation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reasons for following up on regeneration are given. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • ,Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA`s policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Knowledge considered critical to the successful achievement of this unit is covered in the specific outcomes and assessment criteria. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems relating to tree adaptation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when interacting with team members. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities in the application of knowledge of tree families. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse information when classifying trees. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when relaying tree information to relevant parties. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically by showing responsibility towards the environment and safety of others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by understanding the value of tree in the ecosystem. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Anyone assessing a learner against this Qualification must be registered with the relevant ETQA as an assessor.

    Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA. Assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the policies and guidelines for assessment of that ETQA, in terms of agreements reached around assessment and between various ETQA's (including professional bodies).

    Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA.

    The options as listed above provide the opportunity to ensure that assessment and moderation can be transparent, affordable, valid reliable and non-discriminatory.

    For an applicant to register as an assessor or moderator of this qualification, the applicant needs:
  • To be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • To be in possession of the relevant qualification.
  • To have sufficient relevant experience.
  • To have the appropriate qualification to assess communication and mathematical literacy. 

  • 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  65490   National Certificate: Arboriculture: Tree Preservation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 


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