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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain bowling greens 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264295  Maintain bowling greens 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Horticulture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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 
A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Manage the bowling green environment.
  • Manage the workshop and stores.
  • Perform regular maintenance on the bowling green equipment.
  • Manage the mowing and other turf improvement procedures.
  • Implement an integrated pest control strategy.
  • Compile a feeding program and fertilise the bowling greens.
  • Prepare the bowling greens for a tournament. 

  • 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 
    Manage the use of the bowling green in order to maintain the optimum playing conditions and to minimise the amount of wear. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for ensuring good airflow across the greens is explained within the context of minimising the occurrence of fungus. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The need to control player traffic onto the greens is explained in terms of the prevention of undue wear in certain areas. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of continually moving rink lanes is explained with regard to the evening up of the wear on the greens. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences of not changing rink orientation during the week is explained in terms of the formation of channels or lines in the surface of the green. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Monitor and manage the workshop and stores to maintain good housekeeping
    standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of situating the storeroom/workshop at the same level as the greens is explained with regard to the weight of the maintenance machinery and the extra wear and tear that moving these would incur. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons why the storeroom/workshop should be large enough to accommodate all items is explained in terms of the need to maintain and store the items in the same location. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The necessity of keeping the floor in good condition is explained with regard to the requirements of a smooth level surface for setting some of the maintenance machinery. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of providing a separate lockable chemical store is explained in terms of ensuring that no unauthorised use of these chemicals occurs and that the health and safety procedures for the storage of hazardous chemicals are maintained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The potential hazards that may occur when fertilisers are incorrectly stored are described and the procedures to manage the safe storage of the various types of fertilisers are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The importance of managing and maintaining good housekeeping practices in the stores and workshops is explained with reference to the positive role that these procedures play in minimizing the occurrence of safety incidents. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Service and maintain mowers and other grass cutting equipment to ensure a good playing surface. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The necessity of ensuring that all equipment used on the greens is electrically powered is explained with respect to avoiding petrol and oil spills on the greens. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons why mower ramps must be used to transport the mowers on and off the greens are explained with reference to safeguarding the banks and for protection of the mowers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The need for all operators to be familiar with the machine operator's manual(s) and the relevant company's SOPs is explained in terms of the possible damages that could occur. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of ensuring that all operators adhere to the safety procedures for the machines is explained in terms of preventing a safety incident. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The essential need to keep all equipment clean is explained with regard to the maintenance of rust free machines and implements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The reasons why the mowers require regular "backlapping" are explained in terms of maintaining the quality of cut and the procedures to 'backlap'' a mower are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The procedures to set the height of cut on a greens mower are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The procedures to set the cylinder to bottom blade tolerances and verifying the quality of cut on a greens mower are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Select the most suitable mowing or turf care practice to ensure that the bowling green has a consistently good playing surface. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The necessity of removing the early morning dew from the greens before mowing commences is explained in terms of the uneven cut that occurs when the drive cylinder "slips". 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of regularly testing the "green speed" of each green is explained within the context of applying the necessary corrective measures to bring the playing speed to within the seasonal norms and the procedures to perform this are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The occasions when a green needs verticutting are described in terms of the requirements of the thatch control process and the procedures to perform this are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The occasions when a green needs scarifying are described in terms of the requirements of the thatch removal process and the procedures to perform this are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The occasions when a green requires double cutting are described with reference to the requirements for an increased green speed and the procedures to perform this are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The signs on the greens that indicate that the incorrect cutting height has been set on a mower are described and the corrective actions that must be performed are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The signs on the greens that indicate that the incorrect cylinder to bottom blade tolerances have been set on a mower are described and the corrective actions that must be performed are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Identify pests that are commonly found on bowling greens and select the appropriate strategy to control these. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The benefits of utilising biological control for combating pests is explained in terms of establishing an ecological balance in the green through the introduction of natural predators. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A selection of broadleaf weeds that are commonly encountered on bowling greens are identified with reference to the appropriate control measures that should be used on each of these. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The necessity of removing foreign grasses and mutations immediately they are identified is explained with reference to the negative impact that these will have on the consistency of the playing surface. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The ways in which the rotation of control chemicals can assist in pest control are explained in terms of reducing the chances that pests may have of building-up a resistance to a specific chemical. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The necessity of keeping an accurate record of the chemicals that have been applied to the green is explained within the context of documenting the effectiveness of each type. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The advantages of knowing the life cycles and habits of common pests are explained in terms anticipating possible pest attacks and the preventative steps that may be implemented. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Prepare the bowling green for play (league, provincial/national competitions). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The methods of improving the green speed in preparation for a tournament are described within the context of the grooming process that is required and the methods of achieving this are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The procedures for cleaning the ditches and the topping up with new sand are demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of performing the final double cut is explained in terms of ensuring that a consistent and true surface is provided for the tournament. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The necessity of establishing the green speeds and noting this on the information boards is explained with regard to addressing the player's need to know how the greens are playing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The reasons for indicating the wind direction are listed in terms of the adjustments players may need to make during play on the green. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The rink placements are demarcated in preparation for play correct depth of ditches is demonstrated all necessary equipment is provided correct. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The reasons for installing the necessary tournament equipment in the pre-determined areas is explained with reference to the convenience that is provided to the players. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Apply the appropriate fertilisers to the bowling greens to achieve the optimum turf conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The necessity of taking annual soil samples is explained in terms of identifying the nutrients that are deficient in the soil. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of compiling an appropriate fertiliser schedule is explained in terms of ensuring that the feeding programme addresses the nutrient deficiencies shown in the soil analysis report. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The methods of calculating the correct amount of fertiliser to be used on a green is demonstrated in accordance with the company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The necessity of cleaning the fertiliser distributors is explained in terms of the corrosive properties of fertiliser and the damage that can result if the cleaning is neglected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The procedures for issuing fertilisers is described with relevance to the documentation required to record usage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The application of fertiliser to the green is described within the context of the calibration that is required and the procedures to calculate this 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:
  • Utilising the results of the insect ratio to formulate an appropriate pest control strategy. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 

    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:
  • Reporting to the members when the specific turf maintenance procedures will occur. 

  • 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:
  • Rotating the use of various pesticides to prevent the pests from building a resistance to one formulation. 

  • 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
    Elective  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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