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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Prune shrubs and other ornamental plants 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264257  Prune shrubs and other ornamental plants 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape 
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 
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 person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Decide when shrubs, climbers and herbaceous plants will benefit from pruning.
  • Identify diseased plants.
  • Identify the growth habits of the plant (various types of roses, shrubs).
  • Identify appropriate pruning methods for that type of plant.
  • Prune roses, flowering shrubs and other plants to promote healthy growth and optimum flowering.
  • Prune shrubs for different needs.
  • Prune climbing plants so that they thrive and grow to their full potential. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Assess the pruning needs of ornamental plants and shrubs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A selection of various types of roses, are identified through the recognition of their particular characteristics and growth habits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A selection of various ornamental shrubs and plants are identified and the most suitable time of the year to prune each of these is indicated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The inspection and assessment of various plants, shrubs and roses is conducted and a description is given of the type of pruning that each requires. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A selection of commonly used shrubs and climbers that require trimming, shaping and training are identified and the most suitable time of the year to perform these functions is indicated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prune ornamental shrubs that flower on the new season's growth. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The pruning requirements of shrubs that flower on the new season's growth are explained in respect of the specific pruning principles that should be used to promote the optimal flowering and growth. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The sections of a shrub that are to produce flowers on the new season's growth that must be critically assessed before pruning are identified and the appropriate pruning techniques are indicated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The methods of pruning shrubs that flower on the new season's growth are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A selection of commonly used shrubs that flower on the new season's growth are identified and the most suitable time of the year to perform these functions is indicated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prune shrubs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The pruning requirements of shrubs that flower on the previous season's growth are explained in respect of the specific pruning principles that should be used to promote optimum flowering and growth. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The sections of a shrub that produce flowers on the previous season's growth that must be critically assessed before pruning are identified and the appropriate pruning techniques are indicated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The methods of pruning shrubs that flower on the previous season's growth are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A selection of commonly used shrubs that flower on the previous season's growth are identified and their flowering time is indicated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Prune shrubs and trees that produce flowers on their spurs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The shrubs and trees that produce flowers on their spurs are described in terms of their growth and flowering habits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The pruning requirements of spur bearing shrubs and trees are explained in respect of the specific pruning principles that should be used to promote the optimum flowering and growth. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The sections of the plant that produce flowers on spur bearing trees and shrubs that must be critically assessed before pruning are identified and the appropriate pruning techniques are indicated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The methods of pruning spur bearing shrubs and trees are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A selection of commonly used shrubs and trees that produce flowers on their spurs are identified and their flowering time is indicated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Use specialist pruning techniques on ornamental shrubs and trees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The techniques that are required when pruning/shaping evergreen/topiary shrubs is explained and the procedures for pruning these are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The need to identify and remove all "green" growth on variegated shrubs and trees is explained and the procedures for pruning these are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The techniques that are required when pruning berried/fruiting shrubs is explained and the procedures for pruning these are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The techniques that are required when pruning trees and shrubs that have attractive bark is explained and the procedures for pruning these are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Prune climbing roses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A selection of commonly used climbing roses are identified and their particular growth habits are indicated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons why climbing roses produce upright canes that bear no flowers in summer is explained in terms of the role that the apical meristem has in the climber's growth. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The principles of pruning and training climbing roses are explained in terms of achieving the desired form and density of plant growth through the manipulation of the branches. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reasons why the growth of upright stems should be encouraged throughout summer is explained in terms of the function that these stems perform. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The techniques for pruning a climbing rose in winter are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification 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 qualification 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 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected in the Assessment Criteria for each Specific Outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by:
  • Assessing the stems that require removal in a rose plant. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Following an annual or seasonal pruning schedule to ensure that the optimum flowering potential of the shrub is achieved. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation by:
  • Participating with others in the pruning large herbaceous plants. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by.

    Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to contribute to the full personal development of themselves and the social and economic development of the society at large.

    Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

    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  66649   National Certificate: Landscaping  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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. DHM Consulting Pty Ltd 



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