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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Farming 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
20287  National Certificate: Farming 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
AgriSETA - Agriculture SETA  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation  Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 10105/14  2015-07-01  2018-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
The purpose of this qualification is to prepare the qualifying learner to practice as a farmer in the farming field of the farmers choice, be it agronomy, horticulture, animal husbandry or a combination of any of the mentioned fields.

This qualification reflects the needs of farming in South Africa both now and in the future: it gibes accessibility and flexibility to the learner and the employed. The level of flexibility reflects the multiple job roles, organisational requirements and changing technological nature of the agricultural industry and at the same time, it allows the individual to work towards a national recognised qualification. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Recognition of prior learning

The structure of this unit standard-based qualification makes possible the recognition of prior learning, as its intention is to recognise all relevant skills learners already possess. Learners can achieve par of this qualification or the whole qualification through a process of recognition of prior learning. 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
At the completion of this qualification, the learner will be able to:

Communicate effectively.
Problem-solve within the farming sector
Utilise effectively practical skills in farming.
Effectively show competence in farming at NQF level 1.
Demonstrate an ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
Successfully implement agricultural practices and technology applicable to an agricultural venture.

At the completion of this part of the qualification the learner will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of supply and demand, and the concept of production
  • Demonstrate understanding of a general business plan and apply it to a selected business idea
  • Demonstrate understanding to identify different types of business and their legal implications
  • Demonstrate the ability to start and run a business and adapt to a changing business environment.
  • Effectively identify, analyse and select various business opportunities
  • Effectively access, process, use and present information
  • Use appropriate communication skills, conventions and structures for specific purpose situations.
    At the completion of this qualification, the learner will be able to:

    Communicate effectively.
    Problem-solve within the farming sector
    Utilise effectively practical skills in farming.
    Effectively show competence in farming at NQF level 1.
    Demonstrate an ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
    Successfully implement agricultural practices and technology applicable to an agricultural venture.

    At the completion of this part of the qualification the learner will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of supply and demand, and the concept of production
  • Demonstrate understanding of a general business plan and apply it to a selected business idea
  • Demonstrate understanding to identify different types of business and their legal implications
  • Demonstrate the ability to start and run a business and adapt to a changing business environment.
  • Effectively identify, analyse and select various business opportunities
  • Effectively access, process, use and present information
  • Use appropriate communication skills, conventions and structures for specific purpose situations. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    The assessment criteria is associated with the outcomes of the qualification in a sense that each unit standard that forms this qualification has assessment criteria. The outcomes reflect further learning and articulation possibilities, given the fact that a learner will be able to move horizontally and vertically from one qualification to the other by adding electives standards and intensifying the core standards. The unit standards are so portably that a learner can exit into other qualifications.

    Integrated assessment

    Integrated assessment at the level of qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show that they are able to integrate concepts, ideas and actions across unit standards to achieve competence that is grounded and coherent in relation to the purpose of the qualification.

    Integrated assessment must judge the quality of the observable performance, but also the quality of the thinking that lies behind it. Assessment tools must encourage learners to give an account of the thinking and decision-making that underpin their demonstrated performance. Some assessment practices will be of a more practical nature while others will be of a more practical nature while others will be of a more theoretical nature. The ratio between action and interpretation is not fixed, but varies according to the type and level of qualification.

    A broad range of task-orientated and theoretical assessment tools may be used, with the distinction between practical knowledge and disciplinary knowledge maintained so that each takes its rightful place.

    In particular assessors should check for:

    The learner must demonstrate an ability to consider a range of options and make decisions about:

    Information gathered and reported about farming
    Their role in running a framing business
    The legal requirements and parameters within which they operate.

    The learner must demonstrate an understanding of:

    Farming responsibly in harmony with nature.
    Their role in environmental care and responsibility to the community at large. The legal requirements and parameters within which they operate.

    The learner must demonstrate ability to:

    Function effectively and safely as a member of a team under difficult environmental conditions.
    Act ethically and use sound judgement when faced with difficult environmental situations. 

    INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Benchmarking was done against the NQF of New Zealand and the Australian Qualifications Framework. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Anyone assessing a learner against these unit standards must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
    Any institution offering learning that twill enable achievement of these unit standards or will assess these unit standards must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
    Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

    Therefore anyone wishing to be assessed against these units standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution, which is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Assessors must have proficiency in the subject matter of the discipline or learning area relevant to the standards and qualifications they are responsible for. The assessor should either have the same or higher qualification than the one being assessed. In terms of levels, Primary Agriculture Education training Authority will recommend that an assessor must have qualification of at least one level above the one being assessed.

    The assessor must demonstrate the ability to:

    Understand what forms of assessment re appropriate to their discipline/field and to the NQF level being assessed;

    Understand the `language` of the field they are assessing, i.e. both the technical terminology as well s the ways of thinking and doing that are required of the to be competent as assessors;

    Regularly ask learners for feedback on assessment in order to constantly monitor and improve their (assessors`) practice;

    Know the curriculum and trainers through regular contact and provide trainers with derailed feedback;

    Take language factors into consideration when conducting assessment, using interpreters;

    Ensure that learners are clear about what is expected of them;

    Treat learners with respect and sensitivity;

    Demonstrate a broad understanding of outcomes-based forms of assessment and the NQF. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  14443  Demonstrate a critical understanding of the role and impact of technology in society  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  13357  Demonstrate an understanding of agricultural production management practices in relation to the socio-economic environment  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  13995  Demonstrate an understanding of contracts and their sources  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  14111  Demonstrate an understanding of how scientific skills and knowledge could contribute to sustainable use of resources  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  13355  Demonstrate an understanding of the physical and biological environment and its relationship to sustainable crop production  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  13998  Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of supply and demand, and the concept: production  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  7504  Demonstrate skills that relate to a safe and secure environment  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  10229  Discuss development, utilisation and management of human and natural resources  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  13994  Identify and discuss different types of business and their legal implications  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  14097  Know, select and use materials, tools and equipment safely for technological purposes  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  7489  Show, explain, discuss and analyse the relationship between society and natural environment  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  8494  Demonstrate an understanding of HIV/AIDS and its implications  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  8493  Maintain occupational health and safety  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  8420  Operate in a team  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7464  Analyse cultural products and processes as representations of shape, space and time  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  7451  Collect, analyse, use and communicate numerical data  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  7449  Critically analyse how mathematics is used in social, political and economic relations  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  14084  Demonstrate an understanding of and use the numbering system  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  7463  Describe and represent objects and the environment in terms of shape, space, time and motion  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  7526  Engage with aesthetic, affective, cultural and social values in texts  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  12471  Explore and use a variety of strategies to learn (revised)  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  12469  Read and respond to a range of text types  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  7524  Show a critical awareness of language usage  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  7530  Use appropriate communication skills, conventions and structures for specific purposes and situations  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  7461  Use maps to access and communicate information concerning routes, location and direction  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Fundamental  7447  Working with numbers in various contexts  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12591  Administer husbandry practices to farm animals  Level 1  NQF Level 01  20 
    Elective  12556  Apply fertiliser manually  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12587  Care for farm animals  Level 1  NQF Level 01  10 
    Elective  12564  Control nematodes manually using chemicals  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12554  Control Weeds manually  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  14444  Demonstrate an understanding of a general business plan and adapt it to a selected business idea  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12581  Demonstrate an understanding of canopy management  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12574  Demonstrate an understanding of different wine cultivars  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12586  Demonstrate an understanding of diseases, pests and vine abnormalities  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  10006  Demonstrate an understanding of entrepreneurship and develop entrepreneurial qualities  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12578  Demonstrate an understanding of establishing a vineyard  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  14356  Demonstrate an understanding of fruit cultivars  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  14396  Demonstrate an understanding of grafting vines on a commercial scale  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  14360  Demonstrate an understanding of healthy farm animals  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  14345  Demonstrate an understanding of propagation of deciduous fruit trees on a commercial scale  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12573  Demonstrate an understanding of selecting the appropriate sites for growing grapes  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12575  Demonstrate an understanding of soil preparation  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12583  Demonstrate an understanding of the cultivation of soil and the control of weed  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12584  Demonstrate an understanding of the nutrient requirements and fertilisation of vines  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12579  Demonstrate an understanding of vine frame development  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12582  Demonstrate an understanding of vine irrigation  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12580  Demonstrate an understanding of vine pruning  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  10009  Demonstrate the ability to start and run a business and adapt to a changing business environment  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12577  Erect a trellis system for the growing of vines  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12561  Erect and maintain wire fencing  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12593  Feed farm animals in accordance with a planned diet  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  14334  Fertilize Deciduous Fruit Tree Orchards  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12588  Handle and move farm animals  Level 1  NQF Level 01  10 
    Elective  12600  Harvest cotton manually  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  14335  Harvest Crops Manually  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12590  Harvest of animal products  Level 1  NQF Level 01  16 
    Elective  12585  Harvest ripe grapes  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12566  Harvest sugarcane manually  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  10007  Identify, analyse and select business opportunities  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  14395  Install an underground system in an agricultural field  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12565  Irrigate crops to maintain a predetermined moisture content  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12597  Make a crop and cultivar choice for your region  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12601  Plant cotton manually  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12567  Plant sugarcane manually  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  14354  Prune deciduous fruit trees  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  14337  Set Out and Plant a Deciduous Fruit Orchard  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  12594  Understand the process of slaughtering farm animals  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  14374  Control weeds pests and plant diseases in an agricultural field using chemicals  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  114366  Demonstrate an understanding of occupational health, safety and environmental legislation relevant to the food or beverage environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Agri Learn 
    2. Badiri Training Institute 
    3. Brightspark Academy 
    4. Cotton South Africa 
    5. Dieketseng Training Centre (Pty) Ltd 
    6. Dzunde Farming Co-operative Limited 
    7. Elgin Community College 
    8. Hot To Go Trading 17 Cc 
    9. Ikhwezi Drakensburg Rural & Urban Development Chamber 
    10. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    11. Knowledge For Ever 
    12. Koue Bokkeveld Training Centre 
    13. Lazaro Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    14. Malizana Projects CC 
    15. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    16. Megro Learning 
    17. Millenium Skills and Development 
    18. Montshepetsa Bosui Farming & Training Cnt 
    19. Mponeng Projects Cc 
    20. Nyankwavi Investment CC. 
    21. Phezukomkhono Training Services 
    22. Prempie Business Solutions Pty Ltd 
    23. Scientific Roets (Pty) Ltd 
    24. Sego Hludi Trading Enterprise 
    25. Setlakala Business Development 
    26. Skills Fusion 
    27. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
    28. Thuto-Lere Community Empowerment Programme (Pty) Ltd 
    29. TPLR and Training Services (PTY) LTD 
    30. Womiwu Rural Development 



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