National Diploma

Animal or Plant Production

  • Duration: 2 years
  • R42 300 per year
  • Choose your course:
    – Animal Production
    – Plant Production
  • Get R12 000 for Free:
    – Farm Management (short course)
    – 2 Free Farm Visits
    – Free Online Learner Support
    – Free Mentoring via Email or Telephone

Registration Form

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Training, Practical, and Workplace Experience

Students will have to complete theory (self study, assignments) and practical (workplace experience) to gain competency in animal or plant production.

Students can do all the theory themselves (at home) or they can join our contact sessions on our Cullinan Farm. Training sessions will be according to a schedule, generally one week per month (Monday – Friday), booking for these sessions are essential (schedule available on request).

Students can attend the monthly sessions as part of their training.  During these sessions students will get the necessary support for their assignments that form part of their Portfolio of Evidence (PoE).  Students will have the opportunity to work in groups during these sessions.

Alternatively, students will have unlimited support via email during their 2-year course.

It is recommended that you find yourself a practical site close to home to do your workplace experience at. This can be at various farms over the two years in your area where you obtain further skills.  Once you are a registered student, we will provide you with a letter in this regard to assist you with finding other workplace options.

Distance Learning Requirements

  • Should have access to a working farm environment for workplace experience.
  • Learners who do not have access to a farm have the opportunity to gain some workplace experience at our Cullinan farm.
  • All diploma learners have the option to attend any of the theoretical contact sessions @ Cullinan farm during the 2 years.
  • PoE support sessions will be on Friday’s as per training schedule. These support sessions are not compulsory, and students only attend the sessions if additional support is needed.
  • There is also continued e-mail support to all learners.

Practical Workplace Guidelines

Learners who do not have a formal workplace will be able to register for the Diploma if you commit to a combination of the following practical guidelines during your 2-year course:

  • Learners will be able to make use of the Agri Skills Cullinan Farm Training Centre, to do practical on weekends and public holidays.
  • Learners, who have space in their backyard, can start a small animal or plant project (piggery, poultry, aquaculture, hydroponics, herb growing, beekeeping, aquaponics etc.). These projects will serve as practical and students will keep logbooks on their projects.
  • Learners can work on family farms.
  • Learners can work overseas in the agricultural industry.
  • Learners can get involved in Agricultural Community Projects.
  • Learners can also log visits to livestock auctions, farmer’s days, information days at different companies, as well as any other educational events.

We hope that the above guidelines will enable more students to follow their dream and be able to start a career in agriculture.

Practical & Logbook

Practical

  • Learners can do 4 months of practical per year at our Cullinan Farm Training Centre.
  • Over the 2-year course a learner can complete 8 months of practicals with us.
  • Learners can do their practical session during any of the below blocks (booking essential – full time students will be able to book practical sessions first):
    • February – May
    • June – September
    • October – January
  • During the 2-year course a learner must complete a total of 14 months of practical.
  • The space per session (including accommodation – extra cost) is limited, please make sure to book your preferred session early (only 12 – 15 allowed per session).

Logbook

  • All National Diploma learners must complete a logbook to keep record of their practical experience.
  • It is essential that you start your logbook as soon as you start doing your practical.
  • Logbooks are completed daily.
  • As adult learners it is your responsibility to keep your logbook up to date and to get the necessary person/s to sign if off.
  • You must log 14 months of practical during your 2-year course.

Course Information

The purpose of this qualification is to allow Junior Farm Managers to progress towards a Farm Manager position with specific reference to Animal Production.

Admittance Requirements:

  • Matric certificate.
  • Learners who do not have a matric certificate should complete the National Certificate NQF Level 4 in Plant or Animal Production first.
  • Should be living or working on a farm – proof of some experience.
  • Theoretical training will be done via distance learning or contact sessions at Cullinan.

Time Frame:

  • All the diploma courses run for 2 years.
  • Learners work individually at their own speed and time.
  • The facilitator/mentor will schedule goals with the learner; this will help to avoid procrastinating and non-completing the course.

Mentoring is scheduled per learner request to assist with any queries.

Conditions:

  • The learner must have access to facilities on a farm where you can do practical and have supervision in the workplace.
  • If all the facilities are not available for the related subjects you will need to make arrangements at other places.
  • The learner will need access to a computer.
  • All material will be supplied electronically, you then submit the workbooks electronically or you can print it and hand in hard-copy.

Price includes:

  • VAT.
  • All manuals.
  • Facilitator/mentor will visit the site at least once in the year (depending on location).
    a. The learner will visit the office at least three times in this period.
    b. This will be for your summative assessment.
    c. E-mail/assistance will be arranged and you can ask for help when it suits you.
  • Registration with the AgriSETA.
  • Assessment and Moderation (There are no examination fees).
  • Certification with the AgriSETA on completion.

This does not include:

  • Travel, refreshments and accommodation for the learner.
  • Equipment, PPE, and facilities for practical.
  • Payment of training venue.
  • Arrangement and availability of practical area/farm.
  • Learner grants/stipements.

This package includes:

  • Demonstrate Basic understanding of the Poultry Production industry (119442)
  • Explain basic pig husbandry practices (116120)
  • First Aid Level 1

Call or email now!        012 460 9585        info@agriskills.net


Note: There is no refund on learners that do not complete the course.


Unit Standards for Qualification 49011

Type ID Title
Core 116428 Analyse and interpret the financial statements and physical records in an agri-business to generate managerial information.
Core 116430 Apply and plan animal nutrition.
Core 116425 Design a natural resource management plan.
Core 116426 Develop a production and strategic plan for the agricultural business.
Core 116419 Develop and implement a food safety and quality management system in an agricultural supply chain.
Core 116399 Dissect animals.
Core 116388 Evaluate animal anatomy and physiology systems.
Core 116393 Evaluate animal health systems.
Core 116390 Harvest animal products: animal products systems.
Core 116394 Implement and manage human resource and labour relations policies and acts.
Core 10050 Integrate marketing plans with business process.
Core 116385 Integrate sustainable breeding and selection methods.
Core 116381 Investigate life threatening hazards when handling animals.
Core 116382 Manage an input chain.
Core 116384 Manage and control resources in a sustainable manner.
Core 116337 Optimise and integrate various farming systems and trends within related enterprises.
Core 116369 Optimise water quality.
Core 116324 Plan a farm and select a site.
Core 116336 Understand juvenile animal rearing practices.
Fundamental 8974 Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts.
Fundamental 12417 Measure, estimate & calculate physical quantities & explore, critique & prove geometrical relationships in 2 and 3 dimensional space in the life and workplace of adult with increasing responsibilities.
Fundamental 8975 Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts.
Fundamental 7466 Represent and operate on complex numbers in non-trivial situations.
Fundamental 7483 Solve problems involving sequences and series in real and simulated situations.
Fundamental 8979 Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes.
Fundamental 7468 Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues.
Fundamental 7470 Work with a wide range of patterns and inverses of functions and solve related problems.
Fundamental 8976 Write for a wide range of contexts.
Fundamental 116412 Develop and manage a data collection plan to support an agricultural enterprise.
Fundamental 116387 Integrate sustainable systems into planning and management processes.
Elective 116299 Apply advanced pig husbandry practices.
Elective 116649 Control feedlot production unit.
Elective 116402 Control problem animals.
Elective 116370 Manage dairy production systems.
Elective 116372 Manage hive placement and bee pollination.
Elective 116327 The optimisation of agri / ecotourism strengths and opportunities and negation of threats and weaknesses.
The purpose of this qualification is to allow Junior Farm Managers to progress towards a Farm Manager position with specific reference to Plant Production.

Admittance Requirements:

  • Matric certificate.
  • Learners who do not have a matric certificate should complete the National Certificate NQF Level 4 in Plant or Animal Production first.
  • Should be living or working on a farm – proof of some experience.
  • Theoretical training will be done via distance learning or contact sessions at Cullinan.

Time Frame:

  • All the diploma courses run for 2 years.
  • Learners work individually at their own speed and time.
  • The facilitator/mentor will schedule goals with the learner; this will help to avoid procrastinating and non-completing the course.

Mentoring is scheduled per learner request to assist with any queries.

Conditions:

  • The learner must have access to facilities on a farm where you can do practical and have supervision in the workplace.
  • If all the facilities are not available for the related subjects you will need to make arrangements at other places.
  • The learner will need access to a computer.
  • All material will be supplied electronically, you then submit the workbooks electronically or you can print it and hand in hard-copy.

Price includes:

  • VAT.
  • All manuals.
  • Facilitator/mentor will visit the site at least once in the year (depending on location).
    a. The learner will visit the office at least three times in this period.
    b. This will be for your summative assessment.
    c. E-mail/assistance will be arranged and you can ask for help when it suits you.
  • Registration with the AgriSETA.
  • Assessment and Moderation (There are no examination fees).
  • Certification with the AgriSETA on completion.

This does not include:

  • Travel, refreshments and accommodation for the learner.
  • Equipment, PPE and facilities for practical.
  • Payment of training venue.
  • Arrangement and availability of practical area/farm.
  • Learner grants/stipements.

This package includes:

  • Demonstrate Basic understanding of the Poultry Production industry (119442)
  • Explain basic pig husbandry practices (116120)
  • First Aid Level 1

Call or email now!        012 460 9585        info@agriskills.net


Note: There is no refund on learners that do not complete the course.


Unit Standards for Qualification 49010

Core 116428 Analyse and interpret the financial statements and physical records in an agri-business to generate managerial information.
Core 116429 Apply integrated pest management principles.
Core 116431 Describe biological processes in plant physiology.
Core 116425 Design a natural resource management plan.
Core 116426 Develop a production and strategic plan for the Agricultural business.
Core 116427 Develop a propagation plan for any agricultural production system.
Core 116419 Develop and implement a food safety and quality management system in an agricultural supply chain.
Core 116409 Develop and implement plant manipulation methods.
Core 116414 Develop suitable irrigation systems.
Core 116394 Implement and manage human resource and labour relations policies and acts.
Core 10050 Integrate marketing plans with business process.
Core 116382 Manage an input chain.
Core 116384 Manage and control resources in a sustainable manner.
Core 116371 Manage soil systems.
Core 116373 Manage the harvesting process of agricultural crops.
Core 116337 Optimise and integrate various farming systems and trends within related enterprises.
Core 116369 Optimise water quality.
Core 116324 Plan a farm and select a site.
Fundamental 8974 Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts.
Fundamental 12417 Measure, estimate & calculate physical quantities & explore, critique & prove geometrical relationships in 2 and 3 dimensional space in the life and workplace of adult with increasing responsibilities.
Fundamental 8975 Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts.
Fundamental 7466 Represent and operate on complex numbers in non-trivial situations.
Fundamental 7483 Solve problems involving sequences and series in real and simulated situations.
Fundamental 8979 Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes.
Fundamental 7468 Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues.
Fundamental 7470 Work with a wide range of patterns and inverses of functions and solve related problems.
Fundamental 8976 Write for a wide range of contexts.
Fundamental 116412 Develop and manage a data collection plan to support an agricultural enterprise.
Fundamental 116387 Integrate sustainable systems into planning and management processes.
Elective 116398 Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based word processor to create and edit documents.
Elective 116405 Develop, implement and manage a permaculture site design.
Elective 116383 Manage a hydroponic production unit.
Elective 116328 The effective and responsible arial application of agrochemical products.
Elective 116327 The optimisation of agri / ecotourism strenghts and opportunities and negation of threats and weaknesses.
Elective 116400 Effective and responsible advice, recommendation and sale of agrochemical products.
Core 116428 Analyse and interpret the financial statements and physical records in an agri-business to generate managerial information.

What can I do with my qualification?

Animal Production NQF 2:

  • Agriculturalist
  • Animal identification systems
  • Breeding specialist
  • Animal health management

Animal Production NQF 4 – 5:

  • Farm manager
  • Veterinarian (terms and conditions apply – contact & inquire)
  • Agri school teacher
  • Irrigation technician
  • Research technician

Plant Production NQF 1 – 3:

  • Nursery manager
  • Green house manager

Plant Production NQF 4 – 5:

  • Extension officer
  • Product inspector
  • Agri school teacher

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