Qualifications Framework level

EQF level

European Qualifications Framework (EQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).


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LQF level

Latvian Qualifications Framework (LQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).

LQF covers stages of education starting from the basic education (level 1 – special basic education) to the highest education (level 8 – doctoral studies).


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Level of professional qualification
Latvia has a system of five professional qualifications levels (PQL, 1 – the lowest, 5 – the highest).

PQL system covers only professional qualifications (basic education, secondary and higher education stages).

PQL reflects readiness of a person to perform work of certain stage of complexity and responsibility.
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Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes are knowledge, skills and competences acquired during a certain period of learning.

In Latvia, learning outcomes are stipulated by state education standards and occupational standards (for the professional qualifications).

Learning outcomes of higher education are defined by higher education institutions.


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– Able to perform intellectual operations at the level of knowledge, understanding and use.
– Uses in-depth knowledge with corresponding theoretical justification in narrow areas of activity.
– Independently interprets available information.
– Performs complex (complicated) activities – mainly in predictable situations.
– Has general knowledge corresponding to professional qualification.
– Has wide-ranging skills and skills essential for the profession coressponding to the professional qualification.
– Able to perform the work of executor independently and achieve results in a limited period of time.
– Knows and is able to apply appropriate technologies.
– Able to apply information acquisition and processing technologies.
– Latvian and foreign language(-s) proficiency improved.
– Is conscious of links between historical developments of their county, Latvia, Europe and world.
– Able to apply mathematical knowledge and skills.
– Able to evaluate the processes occurring in nature and society.
– Observes the environmental protection requirements in professional activity.
– Able to find their place in the economic structures of society and is able to operate therein.
– Understands the relationship between employer and employee and knows the relevant legislation.
– Has a conception of the principles of the mobility of the labour force of the Member states of the European Union.
– Evaluate their abilities adequately.
– Plans activity in compliance with circumstances, possibilities and their abilities.
– Performs a specific task in a limited time.
– Able to make a decision – mainly in familiar circumstances.
– Able to assume responsibility for the quality and quantity of the result of professional activity.
– Is systematic and rational when working.
– Is careful and accurate.

Gardener

  • Knowledge

    1. The KNOWLEDGE  at the level of notion:
    1.1. plant cultivation technologies;
    1.2. types of indoor areas and technologies used in these areas;
    1.3. basics of the development of garden planning, setting up and support systems of a garden;
    1.4. principles of time, work, and materials accounting;
    1.5. basics of communication;
    2. The KNOWLEDGE  at the level of understanding:
    2.1. botanical division of plants and requirements according to the growing conditions;
    2.2. assortment of species and varieties of horticultural plants;
    2.3. biological and conventional fertilizers and means of plant protection;
    2.4. structure, maintenance and operational requirements of horticultural machinery and equipment;
    2.5. storage conditions of horticultural materials;
    2.6. environmentally friendly technologies and materials;
    2.7. chemical substances, their storage, conditions, absorbers of chemical substances;
    2.8. principles of energy efficiency and economic management;
    2.9. sorting of waste and management conditions;
    2.10. professional terminology in the official language and in one foreign language.
    3. The KNOWLEDGE  at the level of use:
    3.1. names of plants in Latin and professional terminology;
    3.2. structure and characteristics (morphology, physiology, ontogenesis) of plants, including recognizing of weeds;
    3.3. methods of soil processing and preparation of substrates;
    3.4. indicators of seed quality, pre-processing, types and time of sowing;
    3.5. methods of plant propagation, physiologically active substances;
    3.6. plant care using various cultivation technologies;
    3.7. types of crowns, formation and care of crowns;
    3.8. methods of garden care;
    3.9. fertilizing peculiarities in plant cultivation and care, signs of lack and excessive amount of nutrition elements;
    3.10. recognizing the damage caused by the most widespread pests and diseases, plant protection measures;
    3.11. acquisition, use and storage of professional plant protection means;
    3.12. level of harvest ripeness and harvesting methods, storage conditions;
    3.13. quality and marking requirements for horticultural products;
    3.14. driving of A category tractor machinery;
    3.15. environmental protection and environmentally friendly working methods;
    3.16. labour protection (requirements of the requirements of the labour protection laws and regulations, labour protective equipment and its use,first aid);
    3.17. fire safety rules, fire fighting equipment and its use;
    3.18. basic principles of professional and general ethics;
    3.20. legal employment relations;
    3.21. information technologies;
    3.21. official language;
    3.22. one foreign language at the professional communication level.

  • Skills

    1. To determine the mechanical contents of soil and soil readiness for its processing, select the processing terms and perform soil processing.
    2. To prepare substratum pursuant to the task, plant characteristics and cultivation purpose.
    3. To recognize seeds, seedlings, and plantlets of flowers and vegetables at various stages of their development.
    4. To assess the quality of seeds, perform sowing of plants, adjust the sowing machine in compliance with the sowing standard, control sowing quality, perform thinning, potting, planting, and replantation in accordance with the peculiarities of the plant root system.
    5. To perform rooting and grafting of plants according to the cultivation conditions, purposes of plant cultivation and instructions given by specialists.
    6. To use the most suitable technologies and modes for cultivation, formation and care of plants.
    7. To take care of the plantations of plants, ensure balance of nutrition elements, use appropriate fertilizers, recognize and eliminate the lack or excessive amount of nutrition elements.
    8. To monitor the phytosanitary condition of the plantations of plants and recognize damage caused by the most widespread pests and diseases.
    9. To prepare and use liquid plant protection means and use personal protective equipment, adjust the sprayer and control the quality of spraying.
    10. To recognize and limit weeds and pests by using appropriate agrotechnical methods.
    11. To use agrochemical and physiologically active substances and other means of plant protection.
    12. To harvest, sort, and package the production pursuant to the quality and marking requirements.
    13. To use various plant cultivation and care methods and technologies on an open field and covered areas by using appropriate harvest care methods in unfavourable cultivation conditions.
    14. To ensure storage of horticultural production according to the harvest sales plan, and control the harvest storage.
    15. To perform installation of plantation and support systems provided for in the technological maps.
    16. To take care of the trunks and wounds of fruit trees, form crowns of fruit trees according to  the chosen crown type and to cultivate and form berry shrubs.
    17. To take care of the spacing of rows and the surrounding soil of fruit trees and berry shrubs, as well as protecting plantations against wind.
    18. To prepare containers, follow the level of harvest ripeness and perform selection harvesting according to the planned type of usage.
    19. To use horticultural machinery by meeting technological requirements and perform daily maintenance of the machinery and equipment.
    20. To observe operating rules of horticultural machinery and equipment.
    21. To cooperate with the work supervisor and other workers, understand  tasks.
    22. To organize one’s own work without assistance, analyse the work process and assume responsibility for the result of the own work.
    23. To use materials economically, keep records of materials and  work.
    24. To use computer hardware and special software to perform horticultural work.
    25. To observe the standards of legal employment relations, as well the basic principles of professional and general ethics.
    26. To observe the requirements of the labour protection laws and regulations and assess the possible risks.
    27. To choose and use appropriate personal labour protective equipment.
    28. To observe the requirements of the labour protection laws and regulations, prepare and maintain one’s own workplace for safe performance of the work.
    29. To observe the requirements of the fire safety laws and regulations.
    30. To provide the first aid.
    31. To observe the requirements of the environmental protection laws and regulations.
    32. To sort waste resulting from the work process.
    33. To observe storage and use rules of chemical substances.
    34. To use absorbers of chemical substances.
    35. To use environmentally friendly technologies and materials.
    36. To use professional terminology in the official language and in one foreign language, use names of plants in Latin.
    37. To have a good command of the state language.
    38. To have a good command of one foreign language at the professional communication level.

  • Competences/ autonomy
    1. Ability to perform preparation and cultivation of soil by using methods according to the physical features of soil and plant characteristics.
    2. Ability to recognize seeds, seedlings and plants at various stages of their development.
    3. Ability to perform propagation of plants observing their cultivation conditions and instructions given by specialists.
    4. Ability to ensure plant cultivation and care in high quality and pursuant to the applied technologies, without causing harm to the environment.
    5. Ability to use plant protection and fertilization means.
    6. Ability to recognize the damage caused to plants by harmful organisms or physiological problems.
    7. Ability to cultivate, harvest and prepare for sales horticultural products and perform stock-taking of such products.
    8. Ability to determine the level of ripeness of vegetables, fruits, and berries, perform harvesting in accordance with the chosen technology and time of harvesting.
    9. Ability to perform pre-processing and storage of vegetables, fruits and berries in accordance with the planned storage period.
    10. Ability to use machinery, equipment, and materials carefully and economically and to use them pursuant to the works provided for in the technological maps.
    11. Ability to understand and perform the work tasks according to the instructions given by the employer or supervisor of works.
    12. Ability to organize and perform work without assistance within one’s own competence, assume responsibility for the result of the own work and inform the supervisor of work.
    13. Ability to work in a team, express and substantiate their own opinion.
    14. Ability to observe the standards of the legal employment relations.
    15. Ability to observe the basic principles of professional and general ethics.
    16. Ability to observe the requirements of the labour protection and fire safety laws and regulations.
    17. Ability to perform job duties by observing the requirements of the environmental protection laws and regulations.
    18. Ability to perform sorting of waste resulting from the work process.
    19. Ability to use personal protection equipment according to the labour protection rules and prepare their own work place in order to work safely.
    20. Ability to provide thefirst aid.
    21. Ability to use computer hardware and special software for performance of the own professional activity.
    22. Ability to communicate in the official language and in one foreign language.
    23. Ability to use professional terminology in the official language and in one foreign language.

Qualification acquisition requirements

Previous education
Certificate of general secondary education
Ways to acquire 
Qualifications can be acquired in the framework of education programs or in the evaluation and recognition of non-formal knowledge, skills and competences acquired (in vocational education LKI Levels 2-4).
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Formal (through education programmes)
ECTS credit points 
The unit of the volume of Latvian higher education studies - 1 credit point corresponds to one week of study work in full-time studies (40 credit points per study year).

1 The credit point of Latvia corresponds to 1,5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credit point.
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Duration of study 
Duration of qualification in full-time studies
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Qualification document

Awarding body

College:

- Malnava College

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Qualifications Framework level

EQF level

European Qualifications Framework (EQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).


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LQF level

Latvian Qualifications Framework (LQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).

LQF covers stages of education starting from the basic education (level 1 – special basic education) to the highest education (level 8 – doctoral studies).


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Level of professional qualification

Latvia has a system of five professional qualifications levels (PQL, 1 – the lowest, 5 – the highest).

PQL system covers only professional qualifications (basic education, secondary and higher education stages).

PQL reflects readiness of a person to perform work of certain stage of complexity and responsibility.


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Qualification field, stage and type

Thematic field (ISCED 2013)
International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) developed by UNESCO.
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Agriculture (081)

Detailed field: (ISCED 2013)

Horticulture (0812)

Education
Stages of Latvian education system included in the LQF:
- basic education
- secondary education
- higher education
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Secondary education

Qualification type
ITypes of Latvian education:
-General education
-Professional education
-Academic education
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Vocational

Full or partial

Full qualification

Other information

National Education Information System

National Database of Education Opportunities

Active qualification

Last changes: 12.06.2019

Posted: 07.06.2017