SAQA 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.
SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Determine produce grade: Maize 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
8158  Determine produce grade: Maize 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Grain 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
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 learner who has achieved this unit standard will be competent in:

Determining the correct produce grade of maize without supervision to ensure correct quality, price and storage allocation. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
To enter a learning programme for this unit standard or to be assessed against this unit standard, the learner is assumed to have:
  • Literacy, numeracy and communication skills at or equivalent to NQF level 2.
  • Attended a course on Introduction to Grain Handling or equivalent.
  • An understanding of General safety in the work place.
  • An understanding of supplier and customer relationships at NQF level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The scope of this unit standard starts upon the presentation of a representative maize sample and includes sorting, visual inspection and determining of the grade according to applicable grading factors to ensure compliance to statutory requirements.

    Grading of maize is performed during the intake and dispatch process.

    The specific outcomes as reflected in this unit standard are performed without direct supervision, but with access to work-site procedures and operating instructions. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    PREPARE FOR GRADING OF MAIZE 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Preparing the workarea according to work site and safety procedures
    Determining a sequence of operation according to work-site procedures and statutory requirements.
    Selecting appropriate tools, measuring instruments and equipment according to work site and quality procedures.
    Selecting appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) according to statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
  • Job instructions, oral or written, are accurately followed and adhered to.
  • Purpose of determining a sequence of operation is explained.
  • All affected parties are informed of results, deviations and corrective actions taken.
  • Purpose of selecting and using appropriate tools and equipment are explained.
  • Purpose of preparing a grading sample is explained.
  • Consequences of not identifying non-compliant kernels and foreign matter according to statutory requirements are explained.
  • Consequences of not determining moisture content according to statutory requirements are explained.
  • Reasons for adhering to safety and quality procedures. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    DETERMINE MOISTURE CONTENT OF MAIZE SAMPLE 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Selecting and using appropriate equipment according to work site and safety procedures.
    Measuring and recording moisture content according to statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
  • Job instructions, oral or written, are accurately followed and adhered to.
  • Purpose of determining a sequence of operation is explained.
  • All affected parties are informed of results, deviations and corrective actions taken.
  • Purpose of selecting and using appropriate tools and equipment are explained.
  • Purpose of preparing a grading sample is explained.
  • Consequences of not identifying non-compliant kernels and foreign matter according to statutory requirements are explained.
  • Consequences of not determining moisture content according to statutory requirements are explained.
  • Reasons for adhering to safety and quality procedures. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    DETERMINE NON-COMPLIANT MAIZE KERNELS 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Separating maize and non-compliant kernels according to work site procedures and statutory requirements.
    Calculating, interpreting and recording non-compliant kernel percentage according to statutory requirements.
    Identifying, calculating and recording noxious seeds and foreign matter according to statutory requirements and quality procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
  • Job instructions, oral or written, are accurately followed and adhered to.
  • Purpose of determining a sequence of operation is explained.
  • All affected parties are informed of results, deviations and corrective actions taken.
  • Purpose of selecting and using appropriate tools and equipment are explained.
  • Purpose of preparing a grading sample is explained.
  • Consequences of not identifying non-compliant kernels and foreign matter according to statutory requirements are explained.
  • Consequences of not determining moisture content according to statutory requirements are explained.
  • Reasons for adhering to safety and quality procedures. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    COMPLETE GRADING PROCESS 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Interpreting findings and allocating maize grade according to statutory requirements and quality procedures.
    Restoring work area according to work site procedures.
    Informing affected parties according to work site procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
  • Job instructions, oral or written, are accurately followed and adhered to.
  • Purpose of determining a sequence of operation is explained.
  • All affected parties are informed of results, deviations and corrective actions taken.
  • Purpose of selecting and using appropriate tools and equipment are explained.
  • Purpose of preparing a grading sample is explained.
  • Consequences of not identifying non-compliant kernels and foreign matter according to statutory requirements are explained.
  • Consequences of not determining moisture content according to statutory requirements are explained.
  • Reasons for adhering to safety and quality procedures. 


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessor accredited by SETASA.

    Any training provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited by SETASA.

    Moderation of assessment will be done by SETASA in its ETQA capacity at its discretion. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Basic knowledge of the safe handling of tools and equipment related to grading of maize.

    Basic knowledge of determining non-compliant kernels and foreign matter.

    Grading principles in the grain handling industry.

    Maize grading regulations

    Principles of sample analyses.

    Basic knowledge and principles of taking and working with a representative grain sample. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in the process of determining moisture readings to allocate maize grade. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others during receiving and preparation of maize samples for grading. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself when preparing the work place for grading purposes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information during the grading process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate with others during the process of reporting findings as well as final product grade to affected parties. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology when using equipment to determine and interpret different readings. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems by recognising the effect of non-compliant kernels and foreign matter on human consumption. 

    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 
    This unit standard officially expired on 13 June 2004. However, it is both required for qualifications currently being registered, and is due to be reregistered in October 2004. It has thus been temporarily extended until October 2004.

    VALUES:

    All learners should demonstrate:
  • An application of company ethics, values as well as general safety and customer care principles.
  • An awareness of expectations and obligations of basic worker / management / customer relationships. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  23154   National Certificate: Grain Handling Processes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  48659   Further Education and Training Certificate: Grain Milling  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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. Deloitte 
    2. Grain Quality And Arbitration Services Cc 
    3. Grain Training Institute 
    4. NWK Beperk 
    5. Sierk Ybema Grain Services 
    6. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    7. VKB LANDBOU (PTY) LTD 



    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.