National Certificate: Plant Production

NQF Level



Minimum 120

Estimated Days




Accrediting Body


The purpose of this qualification is to allow Junior Personnel and elected candidates to progress towards a position of farm labourers (operators) 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 for 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 oversee quality agricultural products in Plant Production thereby enhancing the overall agricultural process and gain opportunities to access local, national and international agricultural markets.

This qualification will provide individuals in the agricultural sector with:

The necessary competence to participate as part of a working team, performing the agricultural processes as applicable to Plant production in an established and familiar context under general supervision.
The knowledge and skills to perform directed activities and take responsibility for guiding others at lower levels within a Plant Production context.
The ability to take responsible decisions within a familiar range based on a sound understanding of the basic principles of agri-business and good agricultural practices, in meeting the set objectives and targets within the broader farm plan which includes the economical application of general resources, agricultural production and technical knowledge and skills, all in an Plant Production context.
The ability to carry out familiar procedures in a limited environment and will be able to adhere to the relevant safety, quality, hygiene and technical standards as applicable within the industry.
The skills to progress towards higher levels of Management and Technical production practices as defined by qualifications at the next level.
The ability to actively participate in the Primary Agricultural Sector through the production of quality agricultural products, enhancing the overall agricultural process and gain opportunities to access local, national and international agricultural markets.
The opportunity to become economically active in farming practices that will have a direct impact on Local Economic Development through the production of food, the improvement of household food security and access to mainstream agriculture.
To guide and direct others in terms of the implementation of smaller development projects within a Plant Production context.

Entry Level Requirements

It is assumed that a learner entering a programme leading to this qualification has achieved numeracy, literacy and communication equivalent to NQF 1 and technical skills pertaining to agricultural activities equivalent to NQF 1. 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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