Purpose of this Qualification

A learner assessed against this qualification will have the necessary competence to participate as part of a working team, performing the agricultural processes as applicable to Plant production in a closely defined context and under close supervision. 


Modules and Courses

Module 1: Mathematical Literacy

  • Working with numbers in various contexts
  • Officially analyse how mathematics is used in social, political, and economic relations
  • Collect, analyse, use and communicate numerical data
  • Demonstrate an understanding and use of the numbering system
  • Describe and represent objects and the environment in terms of shape, space, and time
  • Analyze cultural products as representations of shape, space, and time

Module 2: Communication

  • Use maps to access and communicate information concerning routes, locations and directions
  • Engage in a range of speaking and listening interactions for a variety of purposes
  • Read and respond to a range of text types
  • Write for a variety of different purposes
  • Explore and use a variety of strategies to learn (revised)

Module 3: Agricultural Business

  • Apply basic agricultural enterprise selection principles
  • Identify the need for capital and understand the need for the recording of income and different costs in an agri-business
  • Apply basic human resource management principles and practices applicable in an agricultural environment
  • Handle inputs and stock in agri-business
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of marketing
  • Define production and understand the basic activities of production and conversion in the agri-business environment

Module 4: General Agricultural Practices

  • Collect agricultural data
  • Apply basic food safety practices
  • Maintain basic water quality
  • Select, use and care for hand tools, basic equipment and infrastructure
  • Operate and maintain irrigation systems

Module 5: Plant Production

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the structure and function of a plant in relation to its environment
  • Plant the crop under supervision
  • Harvest agricultural crops
  • Manipulate plants
  • Recognize pests, diseases, and weeds on crops
  • Propagate plants
  • Fertilize the soil and attend to basic plant nutrition

Module 6: Animal Production

  • Assess the influence of the environment on sustainable livestock production

Module 7: Natural Resource Management

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of sustainable farming systems.
  • Understand how sustainable farming systems conserve natural resources
  • Apply elementary farm layout and infrastructure
  • Demonstrate an understanding of agricultural / ecotourism as a system at the micro-level
  • Identify and explain permaculture principles


Duration: 12 Months

Delivery: Classroom/Online/Blended


Numeracy, Literacy & Communication equal to ABET 3


Possible careers on completion

Qualifying learners could follow a career in:

  • Farm Worker specializing in plant production (Pest Controller // Irrigationist)
  • Farm Supervisor
  • Farm Team Leader


Exit level Outcomes

On achieving this qualification, the learner will be able to:

  • Fundamental Competencies
  • Agri-business
  • Agricultural Practices
  • Plant Production; and
  • Animal Production (This component has been included to ensure that Learners at this level is exposed to a small component of animal production)


National Certificate: Plant Production

Accreditation: Agri SETA

SAQA ID: 48972

NQF Level: 3

Credits: 120

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