National Certificate: Animal Production NQF 3

  /  School Of Agriculture  /  National Certificate: Animal Production NQF 3

National Certificate: Animal Production NQF 3


About this course

This qualification will form the basis for learners to extend their learning into more specialised areas of animal production and provides the basis of the establishment of sustainable farming operations through the inclusion of a whide spectrum of competencies required by farmers in South Africa. Whilst technical production orientated competencies are ensured, other aspects such as agri-business and good agricultural practices are included in the range of competencies required by farmers in order to enable them to strive towards agricultural management standards and practices at higher levels. Competent qualifying learners in this qualification will participate in the production quality agricultural products in Animal Husbandry whereby enhancing the overall agricultural process and gain opportunities to access local, national and international agricultural markets.

Course Outline


SAQA ID: 48970



Entry Requirements: Grade 12 or equivalent


  • 116158 Apply basic agricultural enterprise selection principles
  • 116166 Apply basic food safety practices
  • 116160 Apply basic human resource management principles and practices applicable in an agricultural environment
  • 116172 Apply elementary farm layout and infrastructure
  • 116191 Apply standard animal feeding procedures
  • 116165 Define production and understand the basic activities of production / conversion in the agri-business environment
  • 116164 Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of marketing
  • Evaluate basic external animal anatomy and morphology
  • 116163 Handle inputs and stock in agri-business
  • 116198 Harvest animal products
  • 116159 Identify the need for capital and understand the need for the recording of the income and different costs in an agribusiness
  • 116168 Maintain basic water quality
  • 116197 Observe and handle animals
  • 116174 Recognise basic breeding behaviour of farm animals
  • 116190 Recognise defensive behavior in animals
  • 116167 Select, use and care for hand tools and basic equipment and infrastructure
  • 116169 Understand how sustainable farming systems conserve natural resources
  • 7464 Analyse cultural products and processes as representations of shape, space and time
  • 116156 Collect agricultural data
  • 7451 Collect, analyse, use and communicate numerical data
  • 7449 Critically analyse how mathematics is used in social, political and economic relations
  • 14084 Demonstrate an understanding of and use the numbering system
  • 116157 Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of sustainable farming systems
  • 13355 Demonstrate an understanding of the physical and biological environment and its relationship to sustainable crop production
  • 7463 Describe and represent objects and the environment in terms of shape, space, time and motion
  • 12462 Engage in a range of speaking and listening interactions for a variety of purposes
  • 12471 Explore and use a variety of strategies to learn (revised)
  • 12469 Read and respond to a range of text types
  • 7461 Use maps to access and communicate information concerning routes, location and direction
  • 7447 Working with numbers in various contexts
  • 12470 Write for a variety of different purpose

Study Schedule

  • Fulltime (Mon – Fri)
  • Part-time (Evening Classes)
  • Weekends (Saturday 9-4)
  • E-Learning(facilitator Lead Sessions/ Self-Paced E- Learning)