A person achieving this unit standard will be able to supervise activities in a hydroponic farming operation, through an understanding of hydroponic systems.


Unit 1: Identify the properties of various in growing media, for their use in different hydroponic production contexts.

  • Open and closed hydroponic systems are differentiated.
  • The characteristics of different growing media to specific hydroponic crop production contexts are related.


Unit 2: Prepare fertilizer / nutrient solution as per instructions.

  • Fertilization/nutrient solution for different systems and its application as scheduled are prepared.
  • Nutrients for the fertilization solution include all chemicals, salts, or combination thereof, usually used in hydroponic crop production irrigation systems include injection and bulk tank systems, are described
  • The correct quantities of nutrients are applied.
  • The correct mixing procedures for nutrients are applied


Unit 3: Monitor PH and EC of the fertilizer solution.

  • The PH and EC range for specific crops are identified. 
  • PH and EC instruments calibrate according to the concepts of PH and EC.


Unit 4: Identify the characteristics of the hydroponic operation structure.

  • Different hydroponic structures are identified and explained.
  • Different erection covering materials and uses thereof are identified and explained.
  • Different equipment/systems used for climate control are identified and explained.
  • Problems in the hydroponic production systems are identified and solved


Duration: 1 Day

Delivery: Classroom/Online



SAQA ID: 116314

NQF Level: 4

Credits: 4

Certificate Validity: 2 Years

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