Purpose of this Qualification

A learner assessed as competent against this qualification will be able to perform the necessary technical skills within the context of either agronomy, horticulture, or animal husbandry as applicable to the agricultural commodity. The learner will be able to operate as part of the operational team. In the case of the farm owner, the learner will be able to execute basic business skills and develop as a small, micro, and medium enterprise.


Module 1:

  • Identify personal values and ethics in the workplace
  • Access and use information
  • Maintain and adapt oral communication
  • Write for defined context
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes
  • Collect, use and communicate data that relate to farming


Module 2:

  • Apply basic knowledge of stats and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life related problems.
  • Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems
  • Identify, describe, compare, classify, explore shape and motion in 2- and 3- dimensional shapes in different context
  • Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life
  • Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems


Module 3:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of agricultural production systems
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the primary agriculture industry
  • Identify pests and diseases relevant to the agricultural commodity the learner is associated with
  • Operate and perform routine maintenance on equipment and tools


Module 4:

  • Operate in a team
  • Perform quality checks
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic accounting practices
  • Demonstrate an understanding of contracts and their sources
  • Demonstrate an understanding of managerial expertise and administrative capabilities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of supply and demand, and the concept: production.
  • Identify and discuss different types of business and their legal implications.
  • Identify, discuss, describe and compare major economic systems with an emphasis on the South African economy


Module 5:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of HIV/Aids and its implications
  • Maintain hygiene measures
  • Maintain occupational health and safety


Duration: 12 Months

Delivery: Classroom/Online/Blended


Numeracy, Literacy & Communication equal to NQF 1

Technical skills pertaining to agricultural activities equal to NQF 1


Possible careers on completion

Qualifying learners could follow a career in:

  • Farmer
  • Farm Supervisor
  • Farm Team Leader
  • Farm Manager


Exit level Outcomes

  • On achieving this qualification, the learner will be able to:
  • Compile and implement a basic business plan with a short-term focus, which includes a basic sales plan and basic budgeting plan. This plan will be specific to his/her own context of operation and agricultural commodities, whether horticulture, agronomy or animal husbandry
  • Utilise unsophisticated and/or manual technology and solve problems within a specific context (either horticulture, or agronomy, or animal husbandry) and appropriate to a commodity(ies) of own choice
  • Understand and apply operational safety and hygiene standards applicable to the industry and market, taking into account the level of operational requirements
  • Be aware of and apply applicable legislation
  • Distinguish between different production systems appropriate to a specific commodity
  • Monitor and support disaster management and conservation management
  • Collect data and information
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of and apply basic principles of communication within the farm operations
  • Work effectively with others and operate as part of a team by applying basic teamwork principles
  • Understand and apply basic ethical principles, values, and norms applicable to the workplace with specific reference to relationships with co-workers, clients, him- or herself as well as the environment
  • Identify and access basic resources
  • Apply basic principles of entrepreneurship (should the learner choose to include this elective in the learning programme)


National Certificate in Farming NQF Level 2

Accreditation: Agri SETA

SAQA ID: 20288

NQF Level: 2

Credits: 120

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