National Diploma

Animal or Plant Production

  • Duration: 2 years
  • R42 300 per year (once off payment)
  • Choose your course:
    – Animal Production
    – Plant Production
  • Includes the following short courses for Free:
    – Basic beef cattle production.
    – Basic goat production.
    – Basic pig husbandry.
    – Basic poultry production (boilers & layers).
    – Basic plant production.
    – Basic sheep production.
    – First Aid Level 1.
    – Basic Fire Fighting.

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 will do all the theory themselves (at home). Support will be available from a designated mentor. 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 or agricultural business for workplace experience.
  • Learners will be able to make use of the Agri Skills Cullinan Farm Training Centre, to do practical on weekends, public holidays, and during school holidays (by arrangement only)
  • PoE support sessions can be arranged with our office. Learners can arrange these sessions if additional support is needed.
  • There is 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, public holidays, and school holidays (by arrangement only).
  • 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. Must meet minimum requirements.
  • 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.


  • 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.

Choose between:

  • National Diploma: Animal Production – SAQA ID 49011 NQF 5 or
  • National Diploma: Plant Production – SAQA ID 49010 NQF 5

Admittance Requirements:

  • Matric certificate (conditions apply). You do not have to submit this on enrolment, we will give you admittance on your Grade 11 results. Once you’ve received your matric certificate you must send it to us.
  • 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.

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.


  • 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 and email.
  • 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 and workbooks.
  • Facilitator/mentor will visit the site at least once in the year (depending on location).
  • 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.

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

Martic Certificate Conditions

Minimum admission requirements for Diploma:

  • The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 3 (Moderate Achievement, 40-49%) or better in four recognised NSC 20-credit subjects.
  • Institutional and programme needs may require appropriate combinations of recognised FETC subjects and levels of achievement.
  • Click here for a list of recognised NSC subjects.

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
  • 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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