Purpose of this Qualification

The purpose of this qualification is to allow junior personnel and elected candidates to progress towards a position of farm labourers (operators) with specific reference to Plant Production.


Modules and Courses

Module 1: Communication

  • Access and use information from text
  • Maintain and adapt oral communication
  • Write for a defined text
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programs

Module 2: Mathematical Literacy

  • Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life-related problems
  • Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of rational and irrational numbers and the numbers systems
  • Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life
  • Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in two dimensions in different life or workplace contexts

Module 3: General Agricultural Practices

  • Recognise and identify the basic functions of the ecological environment
  • Monitor, collect and collate agricultural data
  • Access the influence of the environment on sustainable livestock production
  • Utilise and perform minor repair and maintenance tasks on implements, equipment and infrastructure
  • Store and control agrochemical products effectively and responsibly

Module 4: Agricultural Business

  • Apply marketing principles in agriculture
  • Apply layout principles for conservation and infrastructure
  • Control inputs and stock in agribusiness
  • Define and understand production systems and production management
  • Explain principles of human resource management and practices in the agricultural environment
  • Illustrate and understand the basic layout of financial statements
  • Operate and support food safety and quality management systems in the agricultural supply chain

Module 5: Plant Production

  • Apply crop protection and animal health products effectively and responsibly
  • Apply plant manipulation methods
  • Demonstrate an understanding of plant propagation
  • Harvest agricultural crops
  • Monitor the establishment of a crop
  • Monitor water quality
  • Operate and maintain specific irrigation systems
  • Understand basic soil fertility and plant nutrition
  • Understand the structure and functions of a plant
  • Control pests, diseases and weeds on all crops effectively and responsibly

Module 6: Natural Resource Management

  • Apply sustainable farming practices to conserve the ecological environment
  • Identify and recognise factors influencing agricultural enterprise selection
  • Participate in agri/ecotourism practices at both micro and meso levels for tourists


Duration: 12 Months

Delivery: Classroom/Online/Blended


Grade 10

Computer Literacy


Possible careers on completion

Qualifying learners could follow a career in:

  • Farm Worker specialising 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
  • Good agricultural practices
  • Animal Production
  • Plant Production
  • Identify the basic structures and functions of a plant
  • Soil is prepared according to the requirements of the crop
  • Propagate plants
  • Recognize common insects, disease symptoms and weeds and apply basic control measures
  • Apply agrochemical products in a safe, effective and responsible manner with consideration to the environment
  • Plant a range of crops and monitor the correct establish of crops as well as ensuring that planting is placed and spaced as required
  • Manipulate plants by applying a narrow range of techniques
  • Harvest crops


National Certificate: Plant Production SAQA

ID: 48975 



Delivery: Classroom 

Accreditation: AGRI SETA

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