Horticulture

Type : National Certificate • NQF : 1 • Credits : 131


This qualification provides learners with a firm foundation of portable skills with which to enter the horticultural industry in its broadest sense, or if already employed in the industry, be able to look forward to a career path in any sector of the industry.

A Learner achieving this qualification will be able to work effectively and productively within the field of horticulture knowing:

  • The basic differences between the various plants.
  • How plants are categorized.
  • How to prepare the soil for planting.
  • How to grow, handle and care for plants.
  • How to apply water to planted areas correctly.

The principles of health and safety are embedded in all the learning aspects of the qualification.

The qualification addresses an urgent industry needs to skill its workforce, to produce and maintain high quality plants and landscapes.

One of the first impressions that a tourist has of a country, is the beauty of its parks, gardens and sports facilities. This qualification aims to introduce and consolidate world class standards of horticultural excellence to enhance South Africa as a tourist destination. The resultant spin-offs will have a positive impact on job creation and economic empowerment in the country

This qualification is aimed at those people with limited formal education. It represents a strategic development in the career and learning pathway of individuals, both from a vocational point of view, as well as from a learning point of view.

For those wishing to enter the industry, whether they are unemployed or as an Entrepreneur, this qualification offers a
solid foundation of all aspects in the horticultural industry including:

  • Landscape construction and maintenance
  • Amenity horticulture
  • Sportsturf
  • Arboriculture
  • Plant propagation
  • Interior plantscaping
  • Retail nurseries
  • Floristry

As the core is generic to all the above sectors of the horticultural industry, the qualification embodies the principle of portability and forms the base for any future learning. Accordingly, this will facilitate the employment of learners within the industry.

This qualification addresses both the current and future needs of horticulture in South Africa.

The qualification is accessible to the learner, in both the urban and rural environs. The varied scope illustrates the multiple vocations that are available.

The industry will encourage potential Learners to embark on this qualification as it has universal relevance to the industry and is nationally recognized. Learners who would like to access this qualification should have demonstrated competency in Communication and Numeracy at ABET Level 3.

Recognition of prior learning: The qualification may be achieved in part or as a whole through the Recognition of Prior Learning.

ACS Academy (A division of ACS360) is a SETA and QCTO accredited education and training provider. We offer more than 140 nationally recognised qualifications including Diplomas, Occupational Certificates, Skills Programmes and Unit Standards that are registered with the South African Qualifications Authority on the National Qualifications Framework.

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