National Certificate: Plant Production

NQF Level



Minimum 120

Estimated Days




Accrediting Body


The purpose of this qualification is to allow new entrants access to the Primary Agricultural Sector with specific reference to Plant Production. 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.

Entry Level Requirements

It is assumed that a learner entering a programme leading to this qualification has achieved numeracy, literacy and communication equivalent to ABET 3. KVR Pre-assessment


1. Fundamental Competencies (English and mathematical literacy) 2. Agri-business 3. Agricultural Practices 4. Plant Production; and 5. Animal Production. (This component has been included to ensure that Learners at this level are exposed to a small component of animal production)

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