National Certificate: Plant Production NQF 3

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National Certificate: Plant Production NQF 3


About this course

This qualification will form the basis for learners to extend their learning into more specialised areas of plant production and provides the basis of the establishment of sustainable farming operations through the inclusion of a wide 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 of quality agricultural products in Plant Production whereby enhancing the overall agricultural process and gain opportunities to access local, national and international agricultural markets.

Course Outline


SAQA ID: 48972



Entry Requirements: Grade 11 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
• 116156 Collect agricultural data
• 116165 Define production and understand the basic activities of production / conversion in the agri-business environment
• 116199 Demonstrate a basic understanding of the structure and function of a plant in relation to its environment
• 116157 Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of sustainable farming systems
• 116164 Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of marketing
• 116206 Fertilise soil and attend to basic plant nutrition
• 116163 Handle inputs and stock in agri-business
• 116201 Harvest agricultural crops
• 116159 Identify the need for capital and understand the need for the recording of the income and different costs in an agri-business
• 116168 Maintain basic water quality
• 116203 Manipulate plants
• 116202 Operate and maintain irrigation systems
• 116200 Plant the crop under supervision
• 116205 Propagate plants
• 116204 Recognise pests, diseases and weeds on crops
• 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
• 13356 Assess the influence of the environment on sustainable livestock production

Study Schedule

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